• Congratulations to all those who completed their goals for the month of November. But don't stop now. Join us on Friday afternoons (3:30-5:00) to enjoy time and a place  to practice your creative   writing.  Bring a snack to share. 




    Welcome to NANOWRIMO - National Novel Writing Month

    If you are interested in writing a novel this coming November there are some steps you can take that will prepare you to be successful. Begin by thinking about what sort of novel you might be interested in writing. Brainstorm and consider various genres. What do you enjoy reading? Write the novel you want to read.

    In September, consider your story arc. Who are the characters? What are they searching for? What is the problem that needs to be solved? What is hindering them from what they want? 

    In October you will modify some of your broad plans and make the beginning of an outline. Also, you can begin to focus on your main characters and your supporting characters. Begin to create some descriptions of them. Consider situations where you can SHOW what your character is like rather than telling what they are like. Try a few out. 

    On November 1st,  we will have a KICKOFF for the month. You will begin writing.  By this time you should have set yourself a daily writing goal.


    To attend the day of writing in the library on November 4 *-

    1) You must attend at least one NaNoWriMo session in October after school on Fridays OR have talked with Mrs. Getz to be caught up.

    2)You must return the permission slip by October  18 and have signed up on the Youth NaNoWriMo website with the code which I provided below. This will allow you to be part of the West Valley writing community for this year.

    3) You must also attend the kick-off November 1 in the morning before school 7:30 -8:15 or the afternoon meeting 3:30-5:00.  

     *In the past, we have had breakfast and snacks available. Listen for news about a possible lunch option.  


    CLICK HERE to provide information for NaNoWriMo.



    TO DO:  by October 18 . 

    1) Sign up on the NaNoWriMo website  ywp.nanowrimo.org/   

    Classroom: 2019-20 WVMS WOLVES
    West Valley Middle School
    Code: TPOVVHUL

    2) Return your permission slip

    3)Type for 10 minutes on a Google Doc. Check the word count on the doc and plan accordingly for your own word count goal. How much time will you spend each day writing? 

    As an average minimum, I would encourage total word counts as 6,000 words for 6th graders, 7,000 for 7th and 8,000 for 8th graders. Some of you will undoubtedly double or triple those numbers.

    4) Watch the Informational Video  (click)

    5) Review how everything works and answer questions -- Type in Googe Docs (easy to copy and paste into the website, easy word count, easy to share with other people for revision comments.)

    6) You should be thinking about your story arc - ideas, theme, genre, characters, setting... you may use the downloadable online workbook or Google slides to give you a place to start. When you click you will make a new slideshow that you can edit with your information.



      November 4 - Write in the library from 8:00 to 3:30. 

    **You are responsible to make sure you have checked in with your teachers about the day and anything you may need to do to make up the work. If you need to leave and come back, feel free to do so. Try not to make a disturbance with coming and going, however, as we will be working on different writing activities.

    ***Bring a drink. We will provide water. If you want to go to the cafeteria that is fine.

    ***Be sure to have your computer CHARGED when you arrive! 

    We will have quiet writing time in the library before school in the library 7:30-8:00 each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the month of November. Looking forward to seeing you there.