I don't know about you, but getting my kids writing is a tough thing ... especially since they're worried about spelling, grammar, style and making it "perfect" OR they don't care a flip and turn in whatever so they can be done.
Here's a fun, short-term challenge to write a novel in a set amount of time. This is going to be especially beneficial for LegoManiac (who keeps trying to write a novel) and StringBean (who shies away from it, but is actually quite a good story teller!).
Thanks to Debbie over at Livin La Vida Grande , I have signed them up for the NaNoWriMo Young Writer's Program. Starting November 1st and finishing on the 30th, they have to write on a novel ... just write to reach their word goal without worrying about grammar ... or spelling ... or Mom's editing. This is just a fun way to get them writing ... without too much pressure.
Here's a link to How this Works. Adults can sign up too (altho we have a 50K word count in a month, while the kiddoes can set their own word-count goal) -- if you want to join the challenge, you have to go to a different site. For those of us who just want to help our kids, we can sign up as "educators" to get access to the teacher's lounge with tips on motivating the kids, helping with writer's block, etc.
By the way, NaNoWriMo = "National Novel Writing Month" which is November!