Happy Thanksgiving From Me to You

I wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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To all my friends and dear sweet followers, I wish you the most amazing Thanksgiving holiday ever.  If you are not from America, I  want you to know that I am thankful that you are connected to me.

November is a special thankful month and I share this day with you all. Today I will be spending the day with some of my family and I will be equally missing the rest of my family that lives in other states.

 

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NaNoWriMo for Young Writers, Make it a Family Event, or a Classroom Event!

NanoWriMo is about to start and Mom and Dad, don’t forget to invite your young writer to share the month of fun with you. There is an entire program just for young writers. With workbooks that are free to download so that that spark of the love of writing can begin November 1st. Teachers and  homeschool educators  can introduce the young writer to the process as well. There are tools for each circumstance.

Where can I get a free workbook?

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Worksheets are included in these free PDF files. Walking the elementary school, middle school, and high school students through the entire process of writing their first novel. With proofreading hints and tips, guidelines on making the story have peaks and valleys of suspense, and guiding the young writer through the entire process. I gained a lot of advice reading these workbooks. These workbooks carry the young writer from plotting, through editing and proofreading all the way to submitting their work for publication.

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If there had been a NaNoWriMo when I was a young parent, I can only imagine the fun the children and I would have had throughout the month of November. Instead of just reading books together, we could have all hunkered into the family room and written books together. Now it is a real event. This is the time to share the news with young writers in your life about NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program.

What support is available?

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Share this post with anyone that you believe might be enthused about their young writer joining in on their creative month. What a wonderful opportunity. As a grandmother, I promise I am sending this information to most of my grandchildren. I have two older grandchildren that I inherited when my daughter married their dad and I am hoping to encourage them as well.

The Young Writer Program website is being revamped at this time, yet there is an opportunity to sign up for notification when the site goes live. They will send an email announcing the new site. I can’t wait to see what new additions have been added. Once the new site goes live the link to the old site will become invalid. So sign up to be notified so that you have all the most current information available. The site should go live any time now as we move closer to November. Just as an aside, I have signed up for  notification and will change all the links on this page when it is live, so the links provided, will stay current.  🙂

Want to know more about getting your child or student involved?

Go to Young Writers Program at Nanowrimo and. There is also plenty of information on the educator’s role in NaNoWriMo. Are you a teacher, do you homeschool? Would you like to have your students involved? There are free tools to make this happen.

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I hope this has inspired a young writer, a parent, teacher, or educator, to introduce the challenge of NaNoWriMo into your life.  Writing can open so many doors to the minds of the children. I hope you take advantage of the opportunity that is available to you.

Please let me know if you are participating. I would love to know how your family of writers, class of writers, or students are doing.  Opportunities like this make me so glad to be part of the current computer based world.

NaNoWriMo Official Banner, Personal Invitation, and Buddy Request!

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo begins in a little over 15 days and I am scrambling to get my reviews posted. The slowest part is getting all the fabulous books I have scheduled read. I read pretty fast, but I still am struggling.  Of course, if you know me by now, you know that when I struggle to complete a project, I blog.  Not the most productive way to handle a deadline, but it is how I roll.

So my calendar is packed with books and review dates when I catch a cold that settles in my head. Oh yes, I am talking about a massive eye pressing sinus  headache for 5 days.  5 days without reading a book.  As you can imagine, that puts me way behind schedule.  So I have been scurrying about with a book on the computer, one of the Kindle, and a paperback in my hand.   I am catching up so I have not lost faith in my trusty calendar.

Yet I am rolling around several ideas as to how I want to NaNo this year. I have begun the sequel to The Path of the Child. I am 3 chapters in. I guess less than 10,000 words. So I can set those to one side and concentrate on adding an additional 50,000 words through the course of November.

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Another potential plan is to write 2 smaller books that are my secret projects I mentioned recently.  I am only afraid there are not 50,000 words between them.

Idea three. Start fresh with no plan, like I have done with the past 3 NaNoWriNo years.

I am not sure if I work on all three project, will I become unfocused? Will I miss my goal? If I start something new, what will happen to That Path to the Past?

All relevant questions that I am asking myself.  Of course, I know I will still have reading time, but I will not have a calendar packed with a review or two a day like October and September were.

I am curious as to your ideas, input, and thoughts, on my dilemma. I know I will be participating, I will be striving for 50,000 words. I am just not sure what to work on. Any feedback will be listened to and appreciated. I

Any and all  feedback will be listened to and appreciated. Help a girl out?

Write ideas, comments, and feedback below.   If you play along and help this girl out, I would be so appreciative. Wanna be a buddy? I am on NaNoWriMo site as Vicki Goodwin.