WHAT IS NANOWRIMO? • It’s not… • A bridge in Alaska • A European Swallow • A type of storm • It is… • National Novel Writing Month • A chance to be creative • A time to set goals for writing • A community building activity
Skills NaNoWriMo Builds: • Fluency – Writing so much in so little time boosts proficiency in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and will help you approach future writing assignments with ease and confidence. • Confidence – When creating so much prose in such a short period of time, you will realize just how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it. • Creativity – Creating characters, situations, dialogue, and even whole planets from scratch helps you think, and apply your fanciful ideas to a full project. • Time Management – you will learn how to tackle a huge project by breaking it down into manageable bites!
What do we have to do? • To participate in NaNoWriMo, you should first set a word count goal for a ROUGH DRAFT… • This is your goal! Pick something that is challenging, but you can achieve! • 8,000 words in one month (roughly 13 pages) • 15, 000 words in one month (roughly 25 pages) • 30,000 words (roughly 50 pages) • 50,000 words (roughly 100 pages)
After you set a goal… • After you set a goal, start planning what you will write… • A novel • A series of short stories • A series of essays • A series of poems
What Does It Have to Be About? • WHATEVER YOU WANT! • Pick something that is interesting to you…school appropriate of course!
FOR GREAT RESOURCES… • Visit… • http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ • http://nanowrimo.org
How do I keep track of my totals? • A typed 12 point font page averages around 400 words. • You can use word count on Microsoft Word if you are typing. • If you hand write, count your first few pages and take the average amount of words you write per page. • Once a week, on Thursday, you will be asked a total to give your English teacher.
WHEN CAN I WRITE? • NOVEMBER 1st – 30th
We Can Do It! • Let’s see how many words Kinard can write in one month!!!