Our school is participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. This is a challenge in which students and adults can participate in. The challenge is to write a novel with a set word count in the month of November. NaNoWriMo was first founded in 1999 ad was introduced to NEAAAT last year when some students had already heard about it.
This year, many are participating in the challenge. Many seem to be pretty excited about it. For example, Coach Rook is writing a novel this year as well. She has also participated three times and has only made the word count goal once. Her previous novels have included a young adult’s romance novel, a young adult’s realistic novel, a young adult’s historical novel, and a middle grades friendship novel. This year she plans to write a novel in verse, which means that the chapters in the novel are written in poems. Her advice to a student participating in NaNoWriMo this year is, “Write. Just Write. When you get stuck, write whatever comes into your head. If nothing comes into your head, look at an old picture and imagine what is in the heads of those people.”