Just as we transition from the National Day on Writing into the rest of the year, we might be thinking about how to keep writing as vibrant as it was on October 20th.
In steps National Novel Writing Month beginning this coming Tuesday, November 1.
There’s a whole weekend between now and November 1 to prepare—for yourself, for educators and for students! The new, beta-version, NaNoWriMo writers’ website has tools and resources you’ll need and you and your students can use them right on the website—pep talks are my favorite.
I know, 50,000 words in one month is an unbelievable goal but as Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo says in his guest blog for Writer’s Digest,
“To write 50,000 words in a harried life, you have to closely evaluate how you spend your time. Each October, I go on a “time hunt.” I track how I spend each day, tallying minutes spent on social media, how many TV shows I watch, how long it takes me to shower and make breakfast—everything. It’s always a revelation to see what I fritter away, despite thinking I have no time to spare. Each year I find ways to open up nooks and crannies to hit my daily goals, whether it’s sneaking in five minutes of writing during my son’s soccer game or waking up an hour earlier…
“NaNoWriMo also teaches one of the most under-valued time management skills, one rarely discussed in a writing how-to book: learning to say no.”
Besides, if you have your students writing their own novels, then you can write with them.