10.31.2005

021. I Live... Still!

(All links for resources will be posted at the end of the entry)

Alright, so I have not updated in... a very, very long time. And I'm doubtful that anyone will really see this post! But who knows. I hope someone will, because I'm really, really, really excited about it!

Okay, so someone has to be wondering what on Earth I'm doing updating this blog at eleven o'clock at night (I've been stranger and updated at 1am). Anyway! On with the post!

So, I'm not sure who has heard of this, but there is a National Novel Writing Month. Which is tomorrow -- November 1st. So, the insanity begins tonight at midnight!

NaNoWriMo, is what it's called for short, is a group of people all over the world writing 50,000 in 30 days! That's an average or 1,667 words per day! If you're awake for 8 hours, that's 208 words per hour! Most teenagers who are computer savvy type that in 5 minutes.

Now, most may be wondering 'so what? Why post it here?'.

I'm posting about it here because it is amazing. People; men, women, boys, girls, people who are nine through ninety are writing this! They are attempting to make personal history for themselves so that they can say 'hey! I wrote a novel!', and know that they have something to show for 30 days of hard, hard work. Even if you don't have a computer! Or hate writing with a pen and paper! They have laptop loaners! How cool is that?!

Still wondering why I'm writing about it?

Because it's a great tool to use in the classroom. It's a great creative release to use at home. And it's a fabulous time waster when you're supposed to be doing something completely different! It has forums to post to, a back story to read, a podcast to listen to (yes, I'm posting that here for Bud because I know about his love for podcasts), and resources for teachers so that they can bring NaNo to their classroom.

What I think would be cool? Bringing it to the classroom, then into blogs. The students could blog their novel! That's what I did last year, and will be doing this year, too.

Celebrate creativity; take a look!