If You’ve Always Wanted to Write a Novel, This Post is For You

Posted October 28, 2013 & filed under Notebook.


If you’ve always wanted to write a novel, gather your WITS this week. NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month begins on Friday, Nov. 1st. WordPress Blogger Cheri Rowlands breaks it down for us:

Who: You — whether you’re a seasoned novelist, novice writer, wannabe author, or a blogger up for a challenge.

What: A project in which you work toward a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel.

Where: On your laptop. At your desk. In your favorite café. Wherever inspiration strikes.

When: Kicking off this Friday, November 1, and ending at 11:59 pm on November 30.

Why: You’re creative and passionate about words. You’ve got a story to tell. You want to participate in a fun, rewarding project and push others to stretch their imaginations, too.

How: Sign up at NaNoWriMo.org, where you can plan your novel, track your progress, and join a community that offers support, encouragement, and advice — online and off.

The idea of the project is to help you with the discipline of writing. You have a daily goal of a set number of words until you hit 50,000 by the end of the month.  The Official NaNoWriMo.org site has tools, tricks, graphics, and even pep talks!

There is a separate site for student authors and their teachers called the Young Writers Project. The concept is the same, but the goals are not quite as strenuous.

So if you’ve been waiting for the nudge to write YOUR story, now is the time. Ready… Write!


Getting Poetic on the Web 2

Posted October 3, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Here are some fun poetry games made just for kids:

1) The Funny Poem Machine is a mad-lib type of application. Fill in a short list of questions–crazy adjective, awesome verb, etc. And the machine will give pack a poem guaranteed to make you laugh.

2) The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) provides an app to help you create an acrostic poem. There’s even a brainstorming step built into the process.

3) Scholastic Books offers up a free Poetry Idea Engine on their site.

Writing is fun, and these applications might make it even moreso!

Getting Poetic on the Web 1

Posted September 29, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

There are fun versions of the refrigerator magnet poetry game all over the web. Here are a few sites that will allow you to express your inner “you.”

1) Twitter Magnets. Try this app if you’re hoping to wax poetic on Twitter. It even keeps track of your character count so you stay with the bounds of the allowable 140!

2) If you’re lucky enough to own an iPad, check out the Poetry Magnet app or the Poetry Creator on the iTunes site.

3) If you’d like to play online, the official Magnetic Poetry site has loads of fun features, including a special section just for kids.

If you have your own favorite poetry game on the world wide web, please let us know about it in the comment section.