I’m writing today to tell you about NaNoWriMo–what it is, and my experience with it.
NaNoWriMo, stands for “National Novel Writing Month”; authors from all over the world take part in it! It starts on November 1st and ends at midnight on November 30th.
In NaNoWriMo, you set a Word Goal that you have to meet by the end of the month. Oh that’s right, I forgot to mention–In NaNoWriMo you’re supposed to write a novel within the month of November! :O
But it is possible to write a novel within 30 days. :) How do I know? I did it last year.
Before I started NaNoWriMo, my chapters that I wrote in my books were 2 pages long at the longest. But my Word Count Goal caused me to write 600 words per day, so by the end of NaNoWriMo, my chapters were six pages long or longer! It really helped me excel in the writing area of my life.
Small words that I used to not be able to spell, like the word ‘maybe’, I finally learned how to spell–plus it was a whole lot of fun!
Last year was my first year doing it, but it was hard. It was hard because I learned about it from a friend on October 31st, the very day before it started! I had very little time to choose a main character, choose what I was writing about, set up an account and a profile, etc. So what happened was I came up with the plot while writing it.
There is a problem though–because I had only about 24 hours to prepare for it; I had no time to decide on the characters personalities, a key ingredient for all main characters. And actually, I never used to develop their personality–I would just launch right into the book and write!
So as I’ve been preparing to do NaNoWriMo for the second time this year–I’m getting more excited about it by the day!
I’ve been developing my main character’s personality, what he looks like, his name, and I’ve even written a little bit just to get the feel of my characters. ;) But not the real book–just like a draft of the main character talking with his mother and sister.
So, in case you didn’t catch the link to the Young Writers Program of NaNoWriMo up at the top–here it is again!
If you are an unschooled (or not unschooled) kid who loves writing–I highly recommend for you to try out NaNoWriMo!