Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NaNoWriMo Preparations

Today we began our "hype" for NaNoWriMo with our students. Each student has a little 200 page notebook (3"x5"...I do mean little!) for writing ideas, notes, character info, and their novel (if they choose not to type it.) The excitement was huge!

I have my own little notebook in my purse, decorated with smiley faces and several pages of notes. Poor Fortune Applewhite. She has a huge decision to make with the help of the ghost of Great Grandma Agnes, the local librarian, and her teacher/neighbor/mentor Mrs. Wagner. (Like most almost 13 year old girls, she's constantly at odds with her parents and her little brother) Her dilemma (which I can't write about until Nov. 1) makes me wonder if I would have been able to make the right decision at her age. Could I have doomed my family and myself (until the age of 50) to a life of unfulfilled dreams, poverty, bad luck, etc. (but good health) for the sake of an entire community? Or would I have ensured our good fortune by giving away good health and good fortune for neighbors, friends, and strangers? Tough question for my girl to answer on her 13th birthday!

2 comments:

Tara said...

Your story sounds interesting. Good luck with it. I love that you're encouraging your students to take part in NaNoWriMo.

Stephanie said...

Fortunately, our 4th grade has a really big writing program developed by two of the teachers. There's a lot of enthusiasm for all things written!