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Posted By Chalkbrd

November is National Novel Writing Month in the United States.  It is called NaNoWriMo for short because saying National Novel Writing Month takes too long to say.  Some people even call it NaNo.

NaNoWriMo is a challenge.  The challenge is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.  That means the writer has to write 1,667 words every day.  People who take this challenge are called WriMos.

This year I was a WriMo.  This was the fourth year I was a WriMo.  The first year, I started to write the novel, but didn't write much.  The second year, I wrote the whole 50,000 words.  When you write 50,000 words in 30 days, you "win."  You don't actually win much.  You win a certificate you can print out.  You win a badge you can put on your website.  But it gives you a sense of accomplishment, and it gives you a complete novel.  I won my second year and I won my third year.

This year, my fourth year, I didn't think I was going to be able to win.  I couldn't write much most of the month.  I was sick.  But the last week of the month, I wrote a lot of words.  I wrote a total of 50,050 words during November.  I won!

Now I have a new NaNo novel to edit.  Some day I hope it will be published.


Can you answer these questions?

  1. Which month is National Novel Writing Month?
  2. What does NaNoWriMo mean?
  3. What is a challenge?
  4. How many days can a WriMo take to write a 50,000-word novel?
  5. How many words does a WriMo have to write every day?
  6. Who was a WriMo this year?
  7. How many years have I been a WriMo?
  8. How many years have I won NaNoWriMo?
  9. What did I win for writing 50,000 words in 30 days?
  10. How many words did I write this year?


Posted By Chalkbrd

I like to write books.  I am a writer.  I wrote a non-fiction book with a pastor friend of mine.  When our book was published, I became an author.

Now I am writing some fiction books.  A fiction book is called a novel.  I am writing a novel.  When I publish my novel, I will be a novelist.  A novelist is a person who writes novels.

 My novel is a science-fiction novel.  It takes place on another planet.  I like to write science-fiction books.  First I have to write the rough draft.  When I write a rough draft, I am writing the story without worrying about making mistakes.

After the rough draft is finished, I go back and edit the book.  When I edit, I am looking for mistakes and trying to make the novel better.  Writing books is very hard work and can take a long time.


Can you answer these questions?

  1.  Do I like to write letters?
  2. Who did I write a non-fiction book with?
  3. What did I become when our book was published?
  4. What am I writing now?
  5. What is a fiction book called?
  6. What will I be called when my novel is published?
  7. What do I call it when I write the story without worrying about mistakes?
  8. What do I do after the rough draft is finished?
  9. When I edit, what am I looking for?
  10. Is writing a novel easy?