Today is November 30, the last day of the infamous NaNoWriMo contest. If you didn’t read my last blog post or have just discovered this blog for the first time (thanks for visiting by the way!) then you may not know what NaNoWriMo stands for. I guess I should tell you… NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, 30 literary nights of abandon, where would be and aspiring authors write one novel, at least 50,000 words, in 30 days (i.e. the month of November). Nearly 3 BILLION words have been written by participants this year so far.
The Young Writers Program, http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/, encourages the writing spark of youths, to pursue what they love to do and provides resoures to help youth along the way. Tweens who love to write (alas, I was one of those many years ago) will find support for their writing, blog posts of encouragement and forums to discuss topics such as why their plot may not be working or how to improve characterization. If you are a tween and just found out about this contest today, do not worry! For one, NaNoWriMo happens every year, so you can mark your calendars for the next month of writing frenzy. Two, they have an archive full of pep talks for you to access! Click on the link here http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/pep-talks-archive to motivate yourself today to start writing that novel.
Are there books out there written by tweens (ages 9-14)? Yes! And you can do it too. There are many contests to publish books written by kids and tweens. One of which is the Scholastic Kids Are Authors annual contest, up through grade 8, at http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/contest/kaa_about.asp. Another great source I stumbled upon is KidBookInk, a blog that lists books written by kids at http://kidbookink.blogspot.com/.
For older tweens heading into the land of teenage hood, the website Teen Ink lists books written by teens at http://www.teenink.com/books/. Another source is Amazon’s super long list serve that buried within has a list of books written by kids 7 through 15 found here http://www.amazon.com/Books-Written-By-Kids/lm/R3EKZGNTF8IE4L. Many of these books may not be readily available at your local public library, so you may need to request books from other libraries. Be sure to ask your local librarian about a service called Interlibrary Loan! Many libraries will request books from other libraries and send them to your local library for you! Every library system is a little different, so don’t be shy about asking about this service!
Please comment with other websites or blogs that list books written by tweens. If you are a tween who published a book or ebook, please comment about it below!