Write a Novel in November! NaNoWriMo Kids

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Yesterday I sat in on my daughter’s 5th grade lunch writing club while her teacher explained  NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — for kids! The kids can’t wait to start writing. Because every day of November, they’ll be writing toward an amazing goal: a novel!

Write a Novel in November! NaNoWriMo Kids

Homeschool parents, this could be your writing curriculum for November. Don’t you think? In fact here’s a middle school curriculum for NaNoWriMo.

Sign up online at NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program to participate in this world-wide event. (You can still do it without signing up but you won’t have the same accountability and support of the forums, community, and program staff.) A step-by-step guide is here for what to expect.

NaNoWriMo Kids Workbook
Download your free National Novel Writing Month’s Young Novelist Workbook.

Check out the Better Novel Project for ideas on how to outline your novel.

*Parents, if you join in the novel writing fun, your challenge is a bit harder. Go to NaNoWriMo (for adults) to register.*

Prepare for NaNoWriMo

Decide what you’re going to write about before November 1. Use Hatch’s Plot Bank if you need ideas or try one of these 50 ways to get ideas for NaNoWriMo.

Read through this 30-Day Outline for Writers!

A previous winner shares how she outlines with the Snowflake Method and recommends character and plot worksheets. (A tad bit of language.)

Another writer suggests going to the forums, using character worksheets, and using Write Your Novel in a Month and any book by Writer’s Digest. Oh, and check out videos on YouTube!

And finally, the key is to write A LOT and not edit. (No editing yet anyway. Wait until you’re done.)


It’s time, NaNoWriMo Kids. Ready, set, . . . WRITE!!

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