There once was a wee girl who whittled words across the pages of any notebook she could lay her hands on. When her mother click clacked across a keyboard, she ran for her own pages to wind words around whatever story that whittled itself through her imagination.
As her mother began thinking about what story she would write come this year's NaNoWriMo, this wee girl madly wrote her own adventure. And her mother entertained the idea that flickered in front of her as she watched her daughter write her tale.
Could this wee girl join her mother for NaNoWriMo this year?
Yes! She can and that's exactly what this wee girl, my wee girl, is going to do on Thursday!
She is using the Young Writer's Program (YWP) from NaNoWriMo. And while she's not doing this with her class or anyone in her school, she's going to write her words while I write mine.
While working in her YWP workbook for elementary school age kidlets, she turned to me with such excitement in her eyes. "Can I do NaNoWriMo next year too?" She gushed with pure excitement bubbling over. And of course, I told her, "Yes! You can do NaNoWriMo every year for the rest of your life, if you want." Two beats of silence and my wee girl with golden pig tails bounced up and down, "I can??!! Yahoooooooooooo!!!!"
So. Unbelievably. Awesome.
We're still picking a word count goal for her. The last story she wrote, taking a little over an hour or so to write, almost met the high end word count for her age. So we're going to pick something a little higher in order for it to be something to write towards over the month. But obviously don't want to make it so high, it's unachievable. An achievable challenge is the goal.
Thursday, November 1st - the first day of NaNo, my wee girl will wake up to a fresh new notebook with a special pink mechanical pencil tied off in a bow waiting for her words to fill the pages.
Tick. Tock. It's almost here!