I love National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Well, that's not exactly true. I love the idea of it. The thought of sitting down and writing a novel from start to finish in 30 days is a very exciting one. If you could keep up that pace you could be quite prolific. My problem is that I can't even keep up that pace for the month of November, let alone the rest of the year. In the past when I've decided to try completing NaNoWriMo I've ended up feeling like a complete and utter failure. I've never come anywhere close to the goal of 50,000 words. It's not that I don't know what I want to write about. I just don't think I'm wired for fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing. And there's the whole family responsibility thing too. I mean I can't just stop homeschooling, cooking, and cleaning for a whole month. So this year, rather than set myself up for another epic failure, I've decided to do something different. I'm going to eat an elephant.
Well, not literally of course. But just like the method for eating an elephant (one bite at a time), I'm going to work on my writing one step at a time. I've already set out a rough plot line for my next novel (the sequel to Terror By Night which is available on Kindle and Nook). I've started writing scenes that I will weave together as I progress. But the most important thing is that I'm writing. If I'm faced with the gargantuan task of getting 50,000 words out in 30 days I freeze up. It's just too big leap for me. But if I take it one step at a time I can get it done. And what about NaNoWriMo? I still love the idea of it, but I've just realized that for me it will be a yearly motivational reminder to stay on task and write. Who knows? Maybe one year I'll actually complete it. Maybe.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I am very happy to announce the release of our first unit study - Green Eggs and Ham, a Springboard Unit Study for the Very Young.
Green Eggs and Ham, a Springboard Unit Study for the Very Young, is a unit study designed to nurture a love of learning in young children. Following the story in Green Eggs and Ham, your child will learn about poetry, mammals, the water cycle, and much more. Any parent can follow this easy to use unit study to help their children have fun while learning.
The Green Eggs and Ham unit study is now available on both Nook and Kindle. Click here to get it on Nook, and here to get it on Kindle.
Find out more about Springboard Unit Studies here!