Monday, November 2, 2009


I was planning on having Ben and Shira write a 5,000 word novel for NaNoWriMo, but life has conspired against us. November is going to a brutal month for us and I can already see that my kids are feeling stressed. I decided that adding writing to their workload will be the tipping point, so no NaNoWriMo for the twins.

I have no intention ever of writing a novel, however, I am taking up the challenge to write a blog post every day in November for NaNoWriMo. I need something to give me a good old kick to get me blogging again. I have all these things I want to say but then don't get round to blogging about it.

If your homeschooled kids are writing a novel for NaNoWriMo have them submit their novel to the The Book Arts Bash. I can't imagine a better opportunity for a child to have his/her writing critiqued by someone who really knows what s/he is doing. Judges are such luminaries as Holly Black, the author of "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and Sara Gruen, author of "Water for Elephants". The winners in each age category will receive an in-depth critique from a leading NYC or LA editor or literary agent.


Leah said...

Shez, that's cool!

I'm participating in NaNoWriMo again this year, and both my daughters are writing for NaNo as well.
Lizzy, who's 16, is doing the adult program.
Fran, who's 11, has set herself the goal of writing a 7000 word 'novel'.

Shez said...

Leah, I hope they enter their novels into the Book Arts Bash. Entrance is free and the prizes are very worthwhile.

Leah said...

I'm afraid they're writing in Dutch this time, so their novels won't really qualify for the Book Arts Bash.
Otherwise, I'm pretty sure they would want to enter them.
I'll check out the Book Arts Bash anyways and see if there's anything else they could enter.
Thanks for the heads-up.