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NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month!

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National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30.  Writers in the Young Writer’s Program (high school students and younger) can set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals. Most of us are trying for 30,000 to 50,000 words.

*** Anyone who wins NaNoWriMo can see their novel published FOR FREE! You get 5 free paperback copies!

Interested in publishing? Check out this site for awesome tips, journals, and guidelines! http://www.newpages.com/npguides/young_authors_guide.htm

NaNoWriMo Resources

Hello everyone! Here are some resources to help you with your novel:

NaNoWriMo website: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Lose your workbook? Download a new one here! NaNoWriMo workbooks: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/files/ywp/High_School_Workbook_Customizable_V2.pdf

How to set up dialogue

Key ideas to remember:

* Each person who speaks gets their own line – don’t put two lines of dialogue on the same line.

* Always use quotation marks to show that someone is speaking.

* Each new quote is indented (press tab) to show that it is the beginning of a new quote.

* All grammar goes inside the quotation marks. If you are writing a regular sentence (not an exclamation or question) and you want to continue the sentence, use a comma before the quotation mark.


“Stay in your seats until the bell rings!” Mrs. Fox announced loudly.

“But why?” asked Jermaine as he impatiently wiggled from side to side.

“Because it’s the school rule. You can’t block the door – it’s a fire hazard.”

“I think that rule is stupid.”

“Okay. You still have to have a seat until the bell rings.”

Notice that the next few times each person talks, you already know who they are – you don’t have to identify them again!

If you have a chunk of dialogue that goes onto another paragraph, do NOT put quotations at the end of each paragraph – only at the end of the whole quote.


“I have a lot to say!” Emma announced defiantly. “I had a dream last night that my bed was a boat but it wasn’t a normal boat – it had wheels and flippers. I don’t know where I was supposed to be going but I guess it was awfully far.

“I also had a dream once that I was a cookie. It was super weird and REM was playing in the background.”