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National Novel Writing Month: Young Writer’s Program

It’s November and that means Nanowrimo time once again! My husband, son (12), and daughter (7) are starting to write their novels today – will you join them? :)

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! The challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.

All around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants of all ages are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the “Great Frantic Novel”. And everyone wins, you get a certificate of participation at the end of the 30 days, providing you’ve reached your word count.

If you are 13 or older you can sign up on the main site at Just know that you will have to write 50,000 words since the adult site doesn’t allow you to set your own word-count goal. This is terrific, because you and your child can both write a novel and encourage each other all month long :)

If you are under 13, visit the How NaNoWriMo Works for Young Writers page! If you are an educator, visit the How NaNoWriMo Works for Educators page. Happy Writing!

Love, Luck &


Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.

4 thoughts on “National Novel Writing Month: Young Writer’s Program

  1. I will be doing NaNo as well! My username is AEG52998 if your children want to add me on the YWP site!

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