What the heck is NaNoWriMo?!

In case you've never heard of it, November is National Novel Writing Month. If your children (or you!) are budding writers, sign up and get a month of encouragement and inspiration from fellow writers all over the world. When you register, you set a word count goal and work toward meeting that goal during the month. You can read pep talks from published writers; connect with other participants through forums and online events; and find articles, questionnaires and other resources to help you through rough spots. At the end of the month, you'll get a certificate and lots of discounts from sponsoring organizations if you've reached your word count goal. There are also many resources and suggestions for editing and publishing your novel.

The accompanying Young Writers Program is great for homeschool students of any age. Along with the resources of the main website, you can download free workbooks for elementary, middle school, or high school students. (These are available year-round, so you aren't limited to November!) Each workbook contains over 100 pages of lessons and activities to help with character and plot development, writing dialogue, reaching word count goals, and revision and editing.

Whether you participate in the month-long event as a family or just find writing resources to use in your own way, NaNoWriMo is a great addition to your homeschool toolbox!

Happy Homeschooling!