by Rebecca Davies
"It is September once again, and soon November will be upon us. For millions of people around the world that can only mean one thing - National Novel Writing Month! Known as NaNoWriMo, it is a month long challenge to write 50 000 words of that novel you have always dreamed about. What is not as well known, however, is its partnership program, theYoung Writer’s Program (YWP).
"The YWP also runs during November, and is a challenge for people under 18 to write as many words as possible. They choose their own word count goal depending on how fast they can write and what a reasonable challenge would be. You ‘win’ NaNoWriMo and the YWP by achieving your goal. It doesn’t matter if it is the world’s most brilliant novel, or if you got stuck half way through and needed to add purple ninjas and pet zombies to get it going again, you win simply by writing."
Via Jim Lerman, Dennis T OConnor