NaNoWriMo offers resources and motivation for young writers

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is an annual Internet-based writing project during the month of November. It is open to people 13 years old and older. 

NaNoWriMo is a site with tools to help you write your book in the period of time of a month. The goal for everybody is to have 50,000 words in the span of 30 days for the 17-year-olds and above program, which would mean 1,667 words per day, but for the young writers, which is 13-17 program, it’s only 10,000 words a day.


Some of the resources available for writers include the following: 

Novelist workbooks: They help you create characters, build settings, and hatch plots.

Pep talks: These are inspirational letters that are written by well-known authors to help motivate and inspire.

Videos: On the NaNoWriMo YouTube channel, there are a bunch of fun writing videos full of advice to help you along the way.

Brave the Page: This is an official NaNoWriMo handbook that sheds light on how to do a lot of the nitty-gritty things in writing and a go-to resource for middle-grade writers it makes a big point on everyone’s story matters.

Word Sprint: This is a short timed writing challenge to help you really get going with ideas in a couple of minutes’ time span.

Dare Machine: This gives you some prompts of sorts of crazy things a character could go do to help you along in the idea process.

Goal Tracker: This will help you keep along with your everyday goal so that you can get to the end goal of 10,000 words.


NaNoWriMo is a really good resource to help you get inspired about writing if you have an idea. It really puts you to the test of coming up with the whole story, especially if you are interested in writing, but you don’t know how to go about it. NaNoWriMo is a really good resource for you. 

Something that has been found to be very helpful is the time limit. When people are under pressure to get something done in a certain amount of time, ideas can come faster, and the nitty-gritty stuff of a novel like a character is going from one place to a different place or they’re getting ready to eat breakfast before going somewhere where the action will happen. That stuff is easy to get down if using the Word Sprint tool for a minute or a couple of minutes.

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