“Of course as children, we all, in all cultures and societies, learn behavior from observation, imitation, and encouragement…” ~ Gary Gygax
Isn’t it terrific? Last month, writers of all abilities took on the National Novel Writers Month challenge to write as much as 5,000 words all within 30 days. The kids in Steamboat Springs, CO participating in the contest said they aren’t done yet! They want to write some more. They are having too much fun to quit!
The idea behind the contest is to inspire writers, of every age, to create stories, and have fun in the process. Sounds like the contest hit the mark. Young, emerging writers in this town have found that writing is a fulfilling way to spend their spare time. Can’t argue with that!
The kids are right. Writing with reckless abandon means there will be more work to be done. The fulfillment of a well crafted story means editing, rewriting and evaluating, sometimes many times over, until the finished result is organized and cohesive. An imaginative novel must include underlying meaning, well-developed characters and dialogue that supports and compliments the storyline.
Encouraging and developing young writers who don’t just fantasize about writing books is the ultimate goal of this contest. Now, kids in this town say “I’m not done yet!” But, I anticipate hearing some reports of stories that have been brought to completion. That will mean ultimate success.
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