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Stella M
10-07-2012, 05:50 PM
Anybody's teens doing this next month ?

10-07-2012, 06:33 PM
Do I count, since I have the mind of an adolescent? ;)

Stella M
10-07-2012, 06:47 PM
Yes! Lol...

Have you done it before ? Any tips ?

I think dd would like some buddies as well.

Anyone else ?

10-08-2012, 08:48 AM
I'm on NaNo here (http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/autumndivona) and happy to accept buddies of all ages.

There are a few different ways to go about NaNo. Most people aim for a pretty reasonable goal of roughly 1,667 words per day, all 30 days. This allows people to work just a bit every day, without feeling overwhelmed.

I personally prefer NaNo Rewards aka "Reverse NaNo", which means you start off powering through at the beginning, and tapering off toward the end. Trying to find my calendar from 2011 now, which shows the daily word count goals...

Day 1: 3346 (for 2011 NaNo, I banged out 6,073 words on Day 1)
Day 2: 3216
Day 3: 3101
Day 4: 2986
Day 5: 2872
Day 6: 2757
Day 7: 2642

Day 8: 2527
Day 9: 2412
Day 10: 2298
Day 11: 2183
Day 12: 2068
Day 13: 1953
Day 14: 1838

Day 15: 1724
Day 16: 1609
Day 17: 1494
Day 18: 1379
Day 19: 1264
Day 20: 1150
Day 21: 1035

Day 22: 920
Day 23: 805
Day 24: 690
Day 25: 576
Day 26: 461
Day 27: 346
Day 28: 231

Day 29: 116
Day 30: 1

Last year I had my 50K by the end of the second week. I actually got really carried away, but it was worth it.

This is really an excellent thing for teenagers to try. It gives them goals to shoot for and a chance to flex their creative muscles. The forums at NaNo are clean too - nothing crazy going on there. :)

Stella M
10-08-2012, 03:57 PM
Excellent, thanks Jinxie.

10-09-2012, 03:33 PM
We are planning to try it, via their Young Writers Program...we shall see how it goes. My boys are 9 and 12 right now.

10-10-2012, 06:58 AM
My daughter has done NaNoWriMo and the two NaNo "camps" in June and August. She also did ScriptFrenzy, but I think they are discontinuing that.

It DOES take a lot of time, especially if you're shooting for the same word count as adults. However, she LOVES it.

10-24-2012, 08:05 AM
Here are my daughter's thoughts about the approaching NaNoWriMo from her blog:

Musings From Neville's Navel | The adventures of a nerdy teenage writer girl and her purple creature! (http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/)

11-01-2012, 02:14 PM
I did NaNo as a teen and loved it... the bragging rights alone are awesome -- how many teens can say that they've written a novel? Or three or four novels, depending on how long they've been NaNoing? The community really helps make it fun, too. Best English class ever. ;)

11-01-2012, 07:14 PM
My 20 year old son is going to do it. That and "No Shave November". Should be an interesting month. He shaved off his beard and mustache this morning. Weird!
Anyhow, he did NaNo 3 years ago and loved it. He's had another novel in mind for a while now and he's going for it. :)

Magnolia School
11-09-2012, 10:18 PM
My 11 yo daughter and I are doing it for the first time this year. I have to say, I think she is having better success than me. For instance, I could be writing right now, but I am so tired I can't think of where to go next with my story. Anyway, it's great to see others here on the same track!