I’m going to keep today’s blog pretty short. It’s election day and I have lots of election day related activities.
I know the rest of the country is focused on the election, but we writers also observe something else in November, called NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve never participated, basically you commit to writing 50,000 words (a novel) in one month. It’s a tough challenge. The one and only time I actually participated for real, I managed 20,000 words. But that’s okay, because it’s now a finished novel that I’m almost done revising. The magazine Mental Floss has a list of novels that started out as NaNoWriMo projects.
What you may not know about this yearly tradition is that students can do it too. Boise author Amy Cook and I are working with a group of students at North Jr. High in Boise as they accept the challenge. It works a little differently with students, but it is incredibly fun and rewarding to see kids excited to write and willing to spend free time doing it. We are trying to make it even more meaningful by bringing in published authors to talk to them and setting up revision meetings for January and February.
In other news, there are still slots for the Plot Master Class with Arthur A. Levine editor Cheryl Klein on November 17. This isn’t just for children’s authors. Anybody writing a book with a plot will benefit from this workshop. It is simply amazing how much knowledge you’ll cram into your brain in one day.
Okay, now GO VOTE.