I first heard about National Novel Writing Month when I was a freshman in college. I’ve never felt like I had the time to participate, but in some ways that’s the point of NaNoWriMo. You make the time to write a novel in between the rest of your life. You join a community of other aspiring writers, and at the end you’ve accomplished something that very few people ever will: an entire novel.
The fact that NaNoWriMo has a deadline, one month for a full-on novel, means that you can set daily or weekly goals to accomplish. This can be a great lesson for accomplishing large projects. Why not try getting the whole family involved in the project? Writing a novel can help improve your child’s writing skills, and improve research skills (depending on the topic).
So when somebody asks you what you did this November…why not say you wrote a novel?