Today is Wednesday, December 1, and November is finally over. All of the students in my program, Your Greatest Writing Adventure Ever, achieved their goals of writing a story in the month. The word count goals ranged from 1,500 to 4,700 words, and their ages ranged from seven to ten. What an amazing accomplishment! Not only the writing, but the fun they had doing it.
I am so proud of everyone, but I’m also relieved that NaNaWriMo is over. In fact, doing this program is such a mammoth accomplishment that it’s pretty much a requirement to have a TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) party at the end of the month. I will be attending two: the party for my students on Friday night, and the New York City party for grown-up Nano-ers like me who wrote the full 50,000 words. Time to celebrate our accomplishments! All the students in my program will have the opportunity to self-publish their illustrated works through StudentPublishing.com. On that note, my own novel, a futuristic biotech thriller, doesn’t really inspire me to revise and publish it. However, I do think it would make a good screenplay, so my rewrite may be during Script Frenzy in April. That may also be my next group writing program, so please get in touchif you would like your child to participate! Now that November is over, I should also be able to write for the blog more regularly again. I just did not have the time during this month. Writing 1,667 words per day in a story is quite a commitment! I’m glad for the experience, though, as it helps me relate even more to the struggles of my own student writers.