November 1st began with squeals of delight from my sweet young girl as she found her Hello Kitty notebook and new pencils waiting for her to begin her very first NaNoWriMo through the Young Writer's Program.
For the first week, she couldn't wait to write everyday. On school days, she got busy on her homework just to be free to put her pencil to paper and whittle her story, A Girl Who Lived on an Island Alone. On the weekends, she often wrote before I even got up.
The second week held just as much excitement as the first. By the third week? She hit a speed bump and lost some interest. I wavered between encouraging her to keep at it and not wanting to take away any of her joy in writing. In early elementary school years, personally, I think it is more important to keep kidlets excited about telling stories than it is to drill in a daily writing habit.
And with the end of November rapidly approaching, she began writing again. A secret smile plays on my lips when I see her smile as she writes her tales.
Today is November 30th and my sweet li'l girl entered her story to verify and validate and...
She won her very first NaNoWriMo and I sincerely hope there are more writing experiences we can share still to come. And every time she grabs her special NaNo Hello Kitty notebook throughout this coming year, I'll be wearing my secret smile.