November Pathfinders: Write On!

November is National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo). As such, Pathfinders will feature novel writing along with other kinds of writing for all kinds of ages. Join us in a writing exploration.

Adults

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National Novel Writing Month is the creative movement that’s sweeping the world. In 2014, more than 400,000 people around the world wrote novels with NaNoWriMo. Come Write In, NaNoWriMo’s community partnership program, connects libraries and other community spaces with local writers, forming relationships that are transformative for both writers and libraries.

http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28623

There are several great sites for doing you novel writing research. Some of what you are writing has to be a little true. Check out these sites to learn more.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/how-to-research-your-novel

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/category/researching-your-novel/

You can also apply some of same organizing tools as doing a reach paper. Go to this site for some information.

https://digitalliteracy.cornell.edu/tutorial/dpl3000.html


Wants some advice from successful writers? This site has authors talking about what works for them.

www.book-a-week.com

Even though this site says “for young writers” many of the websites have some great features.

http://study.com/articles/40_of_the_Best_Websites_for_Young_Writers.html

If you are already an author in Maine, the Maine State Library maintains a list of all writers with some kind of connection to Maine, whether by birth, residency, employment or works that are set in Maine. . There is a form where you can fill out to get put in the database. Go to their site at:

http://www.maine.gov/msl/maine/writers.htm

Kids

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If the beginning of the story is the most difficult for you, check out these ideas for “Story Starters.”

Scholastic Story Starters

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/

This site will provide you with the hero, setting and villian.  The story is up to you!

The Story Kitchen

http://www.brucevanpatter.com/storykitchen.html

Need some inspiration?  Check out these serials from kids across the country!

Amazing 826 Serial Storytelling Extravaganza

http://826national.org/writing-gallery/

What is a haiku?  Learn about this style of poetry and try one of your own here:

KidZone Poetry:  Haiku

http://www.kidzone.ws/poetry/haiku.htm

 

Teens

Looking for a big challenge?  Try writing an entire novel in just one month.

NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program

http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Not sure where to start?  This blog post has some good ideas to point you in the right direction:

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How to Write a Novel

http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/p/how-to-write-novel.html

Stuck?  Beth Reekles can help!

Top tips for teen writers:  Beth Reekles

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2013/jan/23/top-tips-beth-reekles

Here’s some advice from John Green:

John’s Writing Advice

http://johngreenbooks.com/johns-writing-advice/

10 Writing Tips from John Green

http://www.talesofsuccess.com/john-green-writing-tips-19141/

Do you want to learn a new style of writing?  This site offers free writing lessons:

Pomegranate Words

http://www.pomegranatewords.com/

How does music figure into your story?  Read this article to get your creative juices flowing:

The Soundtrack of your Story

http://www.book-in-a-week.com/2015/09/the-soundtrack-of-your-story/

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