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Revising a Narrative

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, a LOT of people are revising the novels they just finished writing. Revising is a difficult skill to teach. I've told students that revising is changing the words to make it better. That helps them understand, but it really doesn't tell them what to do. I've heard of teachers who… Continue reading Revising a Narrative

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NaNoWriMo Winner!

It's not the first time I've become a National Novel Writing Month winner, but it's no less intoxicating! Fifty thousand words in one month is something I can be proud of. At school, the first trimester ends the first week of November. That means grading final projects, tests, and other work then doing report cards.… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Winner!

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is well under way in my classroom. This is the fifth year I have undertaken this event with a class. It is an incredible experience for the students! During October, students plan their novel. When November 1 dawns, they leap into the novel. This is only November 6, and… Continue reading National Novel Writing Month

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NaNoWriMo 2012

In just five and a half short hours, National Novel Writing Month begins. This will be the fourth year I have participated in NaNoWriMo, all four times with my class of eager students. Well, that first group wasn't very eager--they were pretty terrified. Three years, though, and all but one of those students finished their… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2012

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Interview on NaNoWriMo Blog

October always means it's time to prepare for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Since my NaNoWriMo novel was published last summer, the Office of Letters and Light (a.k.a. the people in charge of NaNoWriMo) interviewed me for their blog. Here is the link to the interview, which includes tips for getting ready to write… Continue reading Interview on NaNoWriMo Blog