I asked sophomore Anna to respond to some questions about her 8th grade experience with NaNoWriMo. Here are her responses:
What was the most rewarding part of writing a novel?
Well, I know the most rewarding part was seeing the actual book in my hands. A book that looked like a book from a library, except I wrote it.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
The hardest part was finding the perfect ending and where to stop. You don’t want the book to drag on, but you just have so many ideas. Sometimes the ideas don’t work together so that’s also challenging. The ending is usually my favorite part of the book because that’s when you find out how the story all fits together.
If you had time, would you do NaNoWriMo again? Do you think NaNoWriMo was a valuable use of our English class?
I wouldn’t mind doing it again. I would TOTALLY rather write another book than read A.R!!!!! Usually if I have free time, I have to read, but I’d rather write a book than read a book. That’s boring! haha
So, I guess that answers if it’s valuable English time because I think absolutely! It helps your English a lot. You’re writing a book, so you don’t want any grammar mistakes or bad vocabulary.
What suggestions would you give a young writer getting ready to write his/her first novel?
Always write about something you’d like to read or something that interests you and write something that you would think is the perfect book. It’s way easier than it sounds. Writing about something you love is easy.
Was it worth all the work you put in to revise and edit your book for publishing?
It was 100% worth revising my novel. I love showing it off! I don’t technically want people reading it, but it’s crazy to have a book say my name on the bottom. Out of all the things to do in my life, who would have thought having a printed copy of a book I wrote would be one of them? Not many people can say they have a copy of a book they wrote
What could your teacher have done to make it a better experience when you wrote your novel?
I think you were the perfect teacher for it, Mrs. Krebs You let people choose if they wanted to do it (I don’t see why they wouldn’t). I loved the sticker chart you had to show us how far we were and see how far others are. I liked how you did it in Google Docs, so we could share our stories with friends and see if they have any corrections or ideas. Anyway, I know that’s a lot but I hope it helps a little!