We are officially halfway through November and I am more than halfway to my wordcount goal of 50,000….it’s all downhill from here so it should be easier. 🙂 I am thrilled because I have never reached 25,000 words before so this is huge! Also, Scrivener is awesome and I totally give that program credit for a lot of my writing this November. It’s made it so much easier to keep track of my plot, characters, and chapters. I have also been using Dr. Wicked’s Write or Die almost every day and it has really kept me motivated.
On Thursday I met with a few of my NaNoWriMo students and was absolutely flabberghasted by their progress. Because we have less time together this year, I have been very hands-off in terms of NaNoWriMo. They set their own wordcount goals, are working at home, and determined how much time they would devote to this optional project. Forty six students signed up on October 30 and about half of them are still writing! The ten that I met with on Thursday are doing an amazing job. One already had ten chapters written, one already reached their 3000 word goal, and the rest are diligently working. At one point, I turned around to find two writers comparing Wordles of their stories so far! I was just thrilled. We ended up printing out their Wordles and posting them on the wall next to our NaNoWriMo poster.
I plan to meet with a few more students this week and I can not wait to see what they have accomplished. I highly encourage middle school teachers to use NaNoWriMo in the classroom because I am just thrilled with the results. And we are only halfway through the month!