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Cultivating Kid Novelists

Shelter-in-place orders probably perturb introverts the least. Writers, for instance, may be quite content to spend their days inside, tapping away at their keyboards. The online NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers program aims to offer inspiration to sequestered budding authors. What does the funny-sounding initialism stand for? National Novel Writing Month. If a novel sounds a bit ambitious for a 10-year-old, remember that a kid’s version of a novel may not be the same as an adult’s. In this program, youth can create their own writing challenges and word-count goals. As they work toward their objectives, writers can connect with other emerging novelists in the NaNoWriMo forums. The self-publishing platform Blurb will even help them create a final copy of their masterpieces. For more information, go to