Every November I participate in National Novel Writing Month, and this year the entire family has finally decided to join me! I’m beyond thrilled, and who knows, maybe this year I’ll actually win.
For me, winning isn’t a huge thing because while I always dreamed of being a novelist, I never had the passion to drive me to the finish line. I like the idea of publishing a novel someday, but if I don’t, I’m cool with that.
Winning NaNoWriMo means writing a 50K word novel in 30 days during the month of November. It’s not meant to be a high quality novel, just a fun way to get people in the habit of writing every day. If you do win, there are some perks, but those perks will mostly be of interest to people who take their writing seriously. Seriously as in “I actually do have a serious goal to become a novelist.”
There are a few reasons I’m sharing about NaNoWriMo here on the blog.
I love NaNoWriMo!
Why not share the love of writing with others?
I’m excited to have my family, especially my kids joining me this year.
Most importantly: NaNoWriMo is an extremely fun way to add some writing into your homeschool year.
My girls are 7 and 9. I don’t expect them to write a 50K word novel. They don’t even want to write 50K words right now. When I introduced the challenge to them I told them what the tradition is, which is the 50K words in November. Then I explained to them that the spirit of NaNoWriMo is to write through the month and they could set a challenge or goal that was more suited to their skills, interests, and desires for writing.
The kids were all over it!
My oldest has decided to do nothing but write and illustrate the chapter books she’s writing, styled after Junie B. Jones, but about a different character. It sounds like Junie B. Jones will make appearances in the series, so I took this as a teaching moment to talk about fanfiction.
My youngest, I’m not sure what her goal is, she just wants to write. Her focus is on imitating her sister by writing chapter books.
We’ll be spending tomorrow writing, and hopefully sometime through the next month we’ll make it to the library for a writing event, and possibly connect with some of their similarly aged friends for some writing meet ups too.
Are your kids participating in NaNoWriMo this year? How are you approaching the challenge with them?