What is NaNoWriMo?!? 
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which started yesterday!

Writers across America are having fun trying to write a 50,000 word Novel by November 30th.  You can participate.  The Young Writers Program allows YOU to pick how many words to write by November 30th. 

The idea is to get your creative writing flowing and to write without thinking.  Are you up to the challenge? 

Last year 200,000 adults and 41,000 young writers participated in the program.

Check out: for more information!

Happy Women’s History Month!

Did you know that the origins of Women's History Month actually began in Sonoma County? 

In the 1970s, although groups like the National Organization of Women (NOW)and ERAmerica were fighting to have the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, the topic of women's history was completely unknown in both the public consciousness and in school curricula. 

To address this perceived lack, in 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women initiated the first-ever "Women's History Week" celebration.  The program was a huge success, with special programs in the schools, speakers around the county, an essay contest, and finally a celebratory parade held in downtown Santa Rosa as the finale of the week.

Upon hearing of the success of the Sonoma County program, several prominent women's groups began lobbying for a national celebration — and in 1980, President Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the first-ever "Women's History Week," which was in early March of that year.  And in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity.  

All thanks to the local community support in Sonoma County!  Yeah!

Check out this website and add your own stories to the ongoing fabric of women’s history:

You can include photos, narratives, and memories of your mothers, grandmothers, and heroines, alongside famous women from history. This website allows for a collective celebration of women's history and creates a place where current and future generations can be inspired by the role of women in history.  The idea is to create a single place where the women important in each of our lives are remembered side-by-side.

 What better way is there to celebrate Women's History Month, than to tell the stories of women who are important to you?




Figment is a new social networking community geared towards teens with a focus on all things surrounding creative writing. Share your own writings, connect with other teen authors, find book reviews, read interviews of your favorite authors, participate in writing contests, and more. Check it out and sign up at

YA Fiction Factory? Wow….

I just read this article from New York Books about author James Frey (known for getting busted for falsely claiming his bestselling book was a true story).  It appears that he is recruiting struggling young writers to participate in a sweatshop-style writing project to try to churn out the next Twilight-style commercial success in teen literature.  I must admit that I am a little shocked.  I actually read the "I Am Number Four" book — it was ok, not great, but clearly written with the goal of becoming a movie. 

I wonder what will happen with this company and the stuff they will turn out?  Will any of them actually become popular?  What do you think?

Read the article here:

It’s that time again — NaNoWriMo!!

November is National Novel Writing Month! 
NaNoWriMo officially begins at midnight—whatever your local time—on Monday, November 1.  People around the country will be hunkering down to crank out a full novel in just 30 days.  

NaNoWriMo doesn't care about quality writing, they care about quantity.  To get the words and ideas down on paper.  It's all about output.  This allows you to write without worry, to write with no risks, to just write.

Teens who want to participate have a choice of doing the regular (adult) NaNoWriMo program or the Young Writers' Program.  The regular program is for ages 13 or older, and on November 1, you will begin writing a 50,000 word novel.  The Young Writer's Program is for 17 years and younger;  you still have to complete a novel in one month, but you can set your own word-count goal instead of being limited to the 50,000 words.

Which one will you go for? 

While you're writing, you get to talk to other writers on the website forums, get ideas from the "Dare Machine," and if you finish, you not only get the pleasure of having completed an entire novel, you get a snazzy certificate! 

To reach the 50,000 word challenge visit
To reach the Young Writer's challenge visit

And get ready to become a novelist!


Do you remember what NaNoWriMo is?  Last November, teenspace, wrote an article about NaNoWriMo challenging teens to write a novel in 30 days.  Annika from Rincon Valley took this challenge head on and met her goal!

NaNoWriMo by Annika, Rincon Valley, 7th grade
Do you love books?  Well, write one!  When most people think of writing a novel, it’s like a giant monster looms over their head.  They’re scared to start, scared of what people would think, and scared of the very concept of putting together their very own book.  November is a time to push away those fears; a time to try new thins and reach new dreams.  November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.  The goal of 50,000 words haunting their dreams, they band together to fight the evil demon known as their own novel.

What people don’t understand about NaNoWriMo is that writing isn’t for ‘smart people.’  It’s not for people who have 4.0s or aren’t failing classes.  Writing is for anyone.  Yes, it takes motivation, it takes patience.  NaNoWriMo is a time to get rid of these fears and try your hand at writing a novel.

Anyone can read a book.  Anyone can write a book.  This gloomy November, why don’t you give it a shot?