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Week three of NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

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This week we discussed dialogue and the importance of keeping your plot moving forward through your dialogue.

This week we discussed dialogue and the importance of keeping your plot moving forward through your dialogue.

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Week three of NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

  1. 1. NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program 3rd MEETING NOVEMBER 16, 2020
  2. 2. If you live in Pasadena or go to school in Pasadena, enter our short story /poem contest for a chance to be published!
  3. 3. Congrats on completing 18% of our shared word count goals for our classroom!
  4. 4. It’s actually 22% of our goal as of last week! 112,100 28,008
  5. 5. Shoutouts to high achievers this week! 25% or more toward goal: Thomas and Delight! 35% or more toward goal: Avishi, Meira, Layla, Lexi and Willow!
  6. 6. The student with the highest word count in our class right now is Willow, who has 4,367 words written toward her 10,000 word goal! Avishi, Layla, Lexi, Delight, Meira, Sedonah and Willow all wrote at least three days this past week!
  7. 7. Just so you know, you DON’T have to write your novel in NaNoWriMo.org for me to give you credit. You do have to set up a “novel” and set a goal, and just record the number of words you’ve written. Try to update it every day so that you get credit for every day you wrote.
  8. 8. Use the Total Word Count box to update your total each day. If Elijah writes 300 words today, his total word count will be: 447 + 300 = 747 So he would erase “447” and write “747” and it will update the graph.
  9. 9. For those of you who are writing your novels on the website, your word count updates automatically each time you write. Writing on NaNoWriMo.org also gives me a chance to read your writing, and give you compliments and encouragement!
  10. 10. Now… let’s get to work!
  11. 11. Let’s talk about the importance of BACKING UP YOUR WORK.
  12. 12. Challenge Time: Write a short dialogue between two brothers who can’t agree on what to buy for their mother for the holidays. Make sure we can learn: a.) That they are brothers b.) Whom they are shopping for (their mother) c.) That they have completely different interests and different ideas about what to get d.) Something about each of their characters, like what they each like e.) Something about their mother, whom we have not met
  13. 13. Ready, Set, GO!
  14. 14. Tips: Don’t have them call each other “bro.” You can establish that they’re brothers when they refer to their mother as “Mom.”
  15. 15. Anyone want to share your dialogue?
  16. 16. Challenge Time: Now write a dialogue where a nearby salesperson has overheard the brothers squabbling and steps in to suggest the perfect gift for their mother… But it comes at a price…
  17. 17. Ready, Set, GO!
  18. 18. Tips: Use persuasion! Show us that the salesperson has really been listening!
  19. 19. Anyone want to share your dialogue?
  20. 20. Challenge Time: The salesperson turned out to be an evil villain who has kidnapped their mother and is holding her for ransom in a basement within the mall! Write a dialogue in which the villain calls one of the brothers on the phone and asks for a ransom. (Don’t give us any of the villain’s words. Let us listen to this conversation as if we are the other brother.)
  21. 21. Ready, Set, GO!
  22. 22. Tips: Don’t bury the conversation in a whole lot of “Hello? Who’s this? How are you doing? See you later!” kinds of dialogue.
  23. 23. Anyone want to share your dialogue?
  24. 24. Now, using the Comic Strip worksheets, write an argument between two of the characters in your novel.
  25. 25. Ready, Set, GO!
  26. 26. Tips: What might your characters disagree on? How strongly do they feel about this? How might you convey their irritation?
  27. 27. Anyone want to share your dialogue?
  28. 28. For the next two weeks: Try to write EVERY DAY. If you are having trouble finding the time or the energy, here are some suggestions: • Set your alarm an hour earlier, and write first thing in the morning before you start school. • Write during your lunch break. • Don’t watch TV or play video games until you have written at least 300 words. • Set yourself a goal and then reward yourself with something you love, like candy.
  29. 29. If you haven’t logged on yet, here’s how:
  30. 30. 1. ywp.nanowrimo.org 2. 3. 4.
  31. 31. 5. Create your account 6. Explore our group 7. Take the challenge
  32. 32. Remember… NO CLASS ON NOV. 23RD I’ll see you all on Nov. 30th!

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