Nanwrimo and the Young Writer’s Program, Day 2

The first 53 words

Here is my son’s writing from yesterday – and I don’t know if you can see it, but at the bottom is reads: “hallo Nanowrimo, I love doing this!” How cute!!! 😀

Now, I doubt very much I’ll get in to report on our progress every day, but while I’m able I thought I’d keep you all updated on how my son and I are going.

Today was a slow day for me. I got my word count: 1799 words to be exact, but the writing is still feeling sluggish. DS (Dear Son, for those unsure of what I mean), didn’t want to bother at all – until I reminded him of the awesome t-shirt he’ll be getting at the end, and offered him chocolate as incentive. More specifically, I said that whoever got to their word goal first, would get a row of chocolate. (I should note, that I never bribe my kids with chocolate, so that was a big thing). He won, easily, of course, having only 50 words in comparison to my 1667 word goal. *sigh* next time I will make the challenge harder.

Once he got into it, he wrote his words really quickly, his main character killing of the dragon in record time, and then going home to eat tea and go to bed. I then made hin write another sentence, getting his word count for the day up to 60 words, with a total wordcount of 113. Doing well so far…

My biggest problem I think is that I am still editing as I go – damn inner editor – be gone!! DS got quite worried about proper spelling, stopped now and again to ask me how to spell something. I had the discussion with him about how November is a time for writing, not worrying about spelling and grammar (he may only be 6, but he’s almost better at it than I am lol), and that December is the time to fix all that stuff up.

How’s your writing going?  If you are participating in Nanowrimo – are you reaching your goals?

Don’t forget, I have four copies of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton to give away this month, all you have to do to get your name in the draw is comment on any post! :D (For more info check out this post)

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Roald Dahl Day

Today is Roald Dahl day! A day to celebrate all the awesome stories Roald Dahl wrote over his life time!

http://www.roalddahlday.info

My favourite book – well it’s hard to say, but at the moment it’s The BFG. My son is reading it for his home-reader from school and reads the story aloud to me. I love it.

Here’s one of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Words,” he said, “is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life. So you must simply try to be patient and stop squibbling. As I am telling you before, I know exactly what words I am wanting to say, but somehow or other they is always getting squiff-squiddled around.”

“That happens to everyone,” Sophie said.

“Not like it happens to me,” the BFG said. “I is speaking the most terrible wigglish.”

“I think you speak beautifully,” Sophie said.

And I agree – I love how the BFG speaks, how Roald Dahl invented words that somehow you know the meaning of even though you’ve never come across them before. And it’s been very educational for my son too – he points out the mistakes in the BFG’s speech and grammar, and we talk about why the BFG doesn’t speak the same way we do.

So – what is your favourite Roald Dahl book?