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November is National Novel Writing Month

abstract:It's been said that every person has at least one novel in them. Here is your chance to find out. Whether you're an individual wanting to test the waters, or an educator bringing your whole class to the pool, for the month of November, you just have to log on to and follow directions. Don't let the name of this organization fool you; it's for adults as well as youth. The Young Writers Program of National Novel Writing Month is a fun, "seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing." Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write your novel by midnight, November 30. The philosophy is not to get hung-up on style or grammar. It's volume, baby, volume that counts. (Studies show that when you stop freaking about the former, you end up in a writing groove to which the all the other details can be fixed post-op.) The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words. (That's 1600 wrd/day) The Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 and younger to participate too. Set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals. What matters at NaNoWriMo is output. BookBuffet would like to take our class to the pool. On November 1st, email us here with your intent to participate. Nov 30th email us with a copy of the final manuscript that you submit to NANO. Our editorial team will tally the results from participants and offer our own recognition. Details on how to participate follow.


October 26, 2008

How NaNoWriMo Works for Young Writers

1) Sign up for the event by clicking the sign up link and sign up as a "Young Writer."

2) Click on "My NaNoWriMo," and once there you'll see three edit options on the left-hand menu bar. Click on each one and tell us about your writerly self. Add a photo and exciting info about you and your book-to-be.

3) Set your word-count goal! This is really important. You can do this by going to "My NaNoWriMo" and then "Edit Novel Info" located on the left-hand menu bar.

4) Set your time zone. This is just as important to setting your word-count goal. You can do this by going to "My NaNoWriMo," then to "Edit Profile Settings." If you don't know what your time zone is, ask your parent or your teacher.

5) On November 1, begin writing your novel. Your goal is to write a novel by midnight on November 30. Starting November 1, weíll add some new items to "Edit Novel Info": spaces for you to enter or upload your cumulative word count for the month and a place for you to post an excerpt from your novel in progress.

6) Write like crazy for thirty days. If you reach your word-count goal by midnight, local time, November 30, you will be added to our hallowed Winnerís Page, and receive an awesome winnerís certificate and web icon. Don't worry, we'll post step-by-step instructions on how to upload your novel to our team of superpowered counting robots (flown in from Germany every year) in November.

7) Win or lose, you rock for even trying. To make sure that you know that we know you rock, we give each and every National Novel Writing Month Young Writers Program participant a certificate from NaNoWriMo headquarters just for writing with us.

Last but not least, send a copy of your submission Winners will be announced in December and a full profile of the author will appear with excepts of the work. Good Luck!óThe BookBuffet Editorial Team



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