by National Novel Writing Month
About the Book:
The official NaNoWriMo handbook that inspires young people to tackle audacious goals and complete their creative projects.
Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, Brave the Page is the go-to resource for middle-grade writers. Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice, it champions NaNoWriMo’s central mission that everyone’s stories deserve to be told. The volume includes chapters on character, plot, setting, and the like; motivating essays from popular authors; advice on how to commit to your goals; a detailed plan for writing a novel or story in a month; and more!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. They provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds–on and off the page. With its first event in 1999, the organization’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.
NaNoWriMo month is coming up and growing in popularity each year. Writers of all levels take part in NaNoWriMo month and I love that it’s such an encouraging community . My freshman in college is going to take part for the first time this year. Writers tend to either be paper and pen to electronic. There are many options out there to fit every writer. Brave the Page is a writers handbook for the younger writer in mind. I’d say middle through high school would be a good age range. College might be pushing it but I still think they would get something out of it. Your budding writer will want their own copy so they can do the writing prompts. They could also use any of the following items to use for the writing prompt exercises.
First up anyone 13 and over can sign up and participate in NaNoWriMo month it’s free and offers some much. Now I’ll hand it over to my writer and freshman college student since she has been writing since she was 7.
For pen and paper writers:
Pens: Inkjoy pens write so smooth and they come in a wide variety of colors which can up with developing ideas and keeping them organized. A nice set of highlighters is always good as well.
Journals: I have a wide variety of journals but really my favorite ones are spiral notebooks in all different sizes. They are sturdy and easy to take with you and when you mess up it’s a lot easier to rip out a page. Also they are available everywhere and very affordable. Stock up now while they are on sale.
Post its: Post its are great to use! I am planning on using them for NaNoWriMo month. I’ve already started creating my story board and blocking out things for what I want to include in my book. I also use them to create writing time and sprints for me so I don’t push writing aside for something else.
Part old school paper part electronic: RocketBook! This is cool I got it for my 18th birthday. It’s just like any old spiral you jot down your notes, or chapters and when your ready to load them up you open the app that is on Google Play and Apple. Scan the pages and it syncs with your cloud service and then wipe clean. This is good for when your on the go and can’t type out our story ideas, etc…
- It does use certain pens so be sure to have them: FriXion Pens. and it can be a little pricey but then again it’s a spiral that you use over and over and never gets full so in the long run you might be saving money. It’s the best of both old school paper and up to date technology. Amazon has some good deals most of the time for RocketBooks so worth checking out.
I’ve tested out several different sites when I took a creative writing class last year in high school. The plus side to electronic writing is easy to erase mistakes, it’s always there and a lot easier to edit and you can back it up. The down side to this is alot of these cost money and it can get pricey.
Google Docs: It is very user friendly, backs up your writing as you go. Many published writers use it and you can download your finished story or book in a pdf format and create a book easily.
Microsoft Word: I don’t have any thing much to say about this one. It isn’t a favorite of mine. I didn’t find it as easy to navigate and my teacher preferred Google.
Hemingway App: A great easy way to edit your writing and create more professional stories. Very user friendly and can be used for everything from school assignments to writing a novel.
Grammerly: This tool is great to use and is similar to the Hemmingway App. Very user friendly and can be used at home and for school. Personally I like the Hemingway App.
I was going to do some paid for sites but really most kids can’t afford to pay for writing sites and there are a lot of great free apps, books ( check them out at your local library) and forums. So if you want to check out a paid site there is one called Dabble. It has a lot of nice features and the best part you can do a 14 day trial and no credit card is needed for the trial. So no forgetting to cancel if your not sure or just checking it out.
Thank you Viking Books for Young Readers for sending us a copy of Brave the Page. All thoughts and opinions are our own and not influenced by the free book.