But before you head over there, let me ask you something: who’s your favorite author?
You probably answered that question with the name of a well-known author whose books can be found at your local bookstore or library. But my favorite author is the teenager who lives at my house. I can’t wait until her books appear on shelves across the nation, but for now I’m gearing up to be her biggest cheerleader.
You see, November is National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for initiates). She has signed up for the challenge of writing 50,000 words, a short novel, that month. It will be, as they say, thirty days and nights of literary abandon! If you have a home schooler who is interested in writing, I highly recommend participating in the project. They even have a youth program that allows students to choose their own level of challenge. The websites offer plenty of encouragement, including daily pep talks, a personal word count graph, and more.
I’ve done it before, so I know she’ll have stress. She’ll hit walls (literary walls). She’ll travel useless paths down impossible plot twists. She’ll get tired and cranky. And she’ll still be responsible for her normal school work.
Any other ideas for encouraging her are most welcome… please leave a comment!