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Brave the page : a young writer's guide to telling epic stories
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288 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
The World Needs Your Story -- Welcome to NaNoWriMo -- Who Should Read Brave the Page? -- pt. I Get Ready -- Where Story Ideas Come From -- Set Yourself Up for Success the NaNoWriMo Way -- Determine What Type of Writer You Are -- Start a Writing Routine -- pt. 2 Get Set -- The Quest for Your Story's Plan -- Quest 1 Meet Your Mentor -- Quest 2 Recruit Your Characters -- Quest 3 Plot Your Plot -- Quest 4 Build Your Story's World -- pt. 3 Write! -- Your Writing Adventure Begins Now -- Week O -- Week 1 -- Week 2 -- Week 3 -- Week 4 -- pt. 4 Now What? -- Back to the Beginning! -- Revision and Editing -- Start a Habit and Write Year-Round.
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The founders of "National Novel Writing Month" offer practical advice on how to organize and commit to writing stories and novels, and includes motivating essays from such popular authors as John Green and Scott Westerfeld.


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The official NaNoWriMo handbook that inspires young people to tackle audacious goals and complete their creative projects.

Includes pep talks from today's biggest authors!
John Green , Marissa Meyer , Jennifer Niven , Daniel José Older , Danielle Paige , Celia C. Pérez , and Scott Westerfeld with an introduction by Jason Reynolds !

Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, Brave the Page is the go-to resource for middle-grade writers. Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice, it champions NaNoWriMo's central mission that everyone 's stories deserve to be told. The volume includes chapters on character, plot, setting, and the like; motivating essays from popular authors; advice on how to commit to your goals; a detailed plan for writing a novel or story in a month; and more!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. They provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds--on and off the page. With its first event in 1999, the organization's programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the "Now What?" Months.

Author Notes

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of the online literary journal 100 Word Story and the Flash Fiction Collective. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times , Writer's Digest , and Poets & Writers . He is the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo . Rebecca Stern has experienced NaNoWriMo from every angle: she had her fifth- and sixth-grade students participate in the Young Writers Program when she was a teacher, did a victory dance in the 50K winner's circle in 2014, served on the Associate Board, was their Director of Programs, and is now their Young Writers Program and Development Consultant. She lives in San Francisco.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up--Every November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) provides an excellent opportunity for young people to flex their creative muscles. However, writing a novel in a month is pretty overwhelming, especially for those new to the craft. Fortunately, this title will motivate aspiring authors. The book's strength lies in its humorous and conversational reassurance. When learning writing techniques in school, students are often given clear, even strict parameters related to outlining and research. While these parameters can help students understand expectations, not everyone intuitively responds to the same methods. This book gives writers permission to figure out what works for them and acknowledges that writers are hardest on themselves, with an aptly named "Inner Editor" nitpicking every little mistake. Wonderful pep talks from well-known writers such as Scott Westerfeld and Marissa Meyer inspire an even bigger boost of confidence. In addition to offering emotional support, the book has enormous practical value. Fun writing exercises, ideas to expand setting and characterization, suggestions for keeping track of word counts, and strategies for approaching the editing process help to keep the writing on track while breaking it into manageable components. VERDICT This book is a fantastic reminder that writing is fun. A must-have for anyone participating in National Novel Writing Month.--Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State University, OH

Kirkus Review

A NaNoWriMo primer for young writers. This instructional guide begins with an introduction from Jason Reynolds and an inspirational chapter assuring kids that their stories matter and are needed by the world. The following chapters provide step-by-step instruction to get a writer at any level ready to tackle the blank page. The chapter "Determine What Type of Writer You Are" provides a quick tutorial that affirms a diversity of writing habits that can be tamed to fit each individual's writing practice. Once the writer is primed to begin, the next set of chapters helps lay the groundwork to write the novel: crafting the story plan and fleshing out characters as well as deconstructing the mechanics of plot and worldbuilding. Many chapters offer a "Dare Machine," a series of writing exercises so varied that a young writer at any stage can easily engage with confidence and excitement. Once the writer is ready to tackle NaNoWriMoto write a novel in four weeksto fend off discouragement, each week's guidance is prompted by a "PepTalk" written by different bestselling authors, including Daniel Jos Older, Celia C. Prez, and Jennifer Niven. Though specifically targeting young writers, this upbeat handbook is a wonderful instruction guide for writers of any age as well as a perfect text for any creative-writing classroom. (Nonfiction. 10 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.