It is hard for me to write this, let alone believe it, but October is nearly over! I’m shocked how quickly this year has flown by and yet, it does not seem that our cruise vacation was only one year ago last week. But that is the way it is with time and perception.
November is NaNoWriMo. That stands for National Novel Writing Month. This is for young and old, amateur and professional writers. If your child has an interest in writing, this might be something you want to encourage him/her to participate. There are two different websites-one for adults and one for school-age kids.
Once you sign up, I believe, they have workbooks you can print or purchase already in print, to help them develop the different parts of their story. There is the free pdf you can download and print or just let your child use it and make their notes in a spiral notebook or such.
The HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay site featured the workbook download page a few days ago and I think they got too much activity because that particular page is no longer available. I have a feeling that they just moved it to another url. I did put the link into the wayback machine of the internet archive and was able to load the page.
There are three different versions of the workbook: elementary, middle, and high school. It has worksheets with some questions to develop your characters, setting, and plot. It includes a great story organizer image of a rollercoaster to understand the parts of the story and create them. It even covers the writing of good dialogue and the use of a variety of words instead of the usual boring words, like said.
That is the prep section to the NaNoWriMo. After that there are pages to help keep track of his/her progress, as well as a section to help with editing when NaNoWriMo is completed.
Well, I hope this idea and resource are helpful to you and your budding author(s).
Until next time, God bless,