November 1st has come and gone . . . already! I did none of the hoped-for NaNoWriMo writing exercises in October that I'd kinda-sorta thought about. I, in fact, forgot completely about NaNoWriMo.
But my children did not.
The experience of last year must have been powerful because when the medium-sized girls saw the calendar, they immediately asked for a journal.
I let them get their own.
They set their goals: 5,000 words each.
It is not even close to the 50,000 NaNoWriMo encourages, but this is self-motivated activity. Who am I to argue?
S11 and J9 opened their journals after their regular school was done and wrote all day long. They both wrote more than 1,000 words their first day.
I suggested they set their goals a little higher.
Today they've written and written and written. I forced them outside into the autumn sunshine for several hours, but they've still managed a healthy several hundred words each.
I asked M11 if she was writing.
She said she was thinking.
I asked E13 if she was writing.
I took that for a no.
I'm satisfied. Last year I made them do it. This year 2 out of 4 are writing . . . and writing hard.
That's the best.