NaNoWriMo Day 5: Another Day Another Convert

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Although I’ve yet to get any writing done today, I did log 11,414 words for the first four days of NaNo. Weekends, with their checklist of family activities, are my least productive writing days since I need relative quiet and few interruptions to keep enough brain cells together to write a coherent sentence. However, that hasn’t stopped me from talking about NaNoand trying to recruit participantswherever I go. 

At today’s cross country meet I swayed one tween to think about it, and somehow convinced my younger daughter, who’s six, to participate in the Young Writers Program. That may not sound like a coup to you, but it’s easier to find a job in this economy than it is to persuade my daughter to do anything that’s not her idea. Right now, as we speak, she’s working toward her official goal of 300 words. And with one of the few successful tools of my parent’s arsenal, I told her that if she wrote 1,000 words before November 30, I would take her to play at the new indoor bouncy gym. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do.


While signing her up for the Young Writers Program, I learned something new, which was that kids can write their novels by handthen use a random text generator to verify their “win” at the end of the month. This is a great option for young kids who don’t know how to type or for anyone who doesn’t have daily access to a computer.

Speaking of fully stocked arsenals, the Young Writer’s Program provides comprehensive resources for kids, parents, and teachers, some of the best of which are their workbooks. You can purchase or print out for free, separate workbooks for elementary, middle, or high school writers. As a former homeschooler, the extensiveness of the YWP resources were not lost on me. I’m printing one out, again as we speak. A note of warning though, these are no measly pamphlets. The elementary level workbook is 126 pages, made much more manageable by setting your printer to two pages per sheet and duplexing.

If you have signed your budding writers up for the YWP, I’d love for you to drop me a comment and let me know how it’s going. And if your school is participating, I’m especially interested to hear how that’s working out.

Happy Writing.

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