NaNoWriMo Rubric and Survey

Hi folks! Today, I’d like each of you (if you haven’t already) take this survey from NaNoWriMo. They want to know your thoughts!

Click here for survey.

I’d also like to go over the rubric. Remember that you need to post on your blog first, then fill out the top half of the rubric (on Google Classroom) and click ‘Turn In.’

Use the rest of the time to work on your excerpt!



Novel Excerpt: Unleash the Inner Editor!

DP #42: Story Starter

After a long, hard day of work, you return home—the only problem is, your front door is wide open, all your lights are on and there’s a sword stuck in the ceiling. The rest of your house looks normal, but you also notice several holes dug in your backyard. What’s going on?

Write for ten minutes.


Today you are going to self-edit your work using your inner editor. On pages 82-84 of your workbook, it has activities to complete to ensure your excerpt (and novel as a whole) is in the best shape it can be.

Happy self-editing!  Tomorrow, we will be Lab 300 so we can review the rubric on Google Classroom and get you working electronically on your pieces.

Novel Excerpt Self-editing

DP #41: Story Starter

One day you come into work and find a cookie mysteriously placed on your desk. Grateful to whoever left this anonymous cookie, you eat it. The next morning you come in and find another cookie. This continues for months until one day a different object is left–and this time there’s a note.

Write for ten minutes.


Today you are going to self-edit your work by completing the activities on pages 77-81.

Happy self-editing!  Tomorrow, you will do some “clean up” with your draft.

Novel Excerpt Peer-editing

DP #40: Story Starter

You’ve stumbled across a time machine. Where do you decide to travel?

Write for seven minutes.


Today you are going to be sharing your novel excerpt with a peer of your choosing. To do so, you need a hard copy of your excerpt and your NaNoWriMo notebook.

Flip to page 72 so we can review protocol for today’s peer editing.

Give your workbook to your partner and have them flip to pages 75-76. Have them fill out this information as they read. When they’re done, you’ll have their notes and feedback in your own notebook.

Happy editing!


NaNoWriMo: Day 29

DP #39: Brag a little


Take five minutes to write down what you most like about your story, whether it be a character you’ve developed or a piece of dialogue you’ve written. It’s important to celebrate your successes as a writer, particularly when you’re feeling drained.Be prepared to share.

Today’s procedure will be the same as yesterday. You’ll be getting ten new cards, again designed to help curb writer’s block and give your novel some finishing touches or new twists.


Happy writing and if you haven’t yet, please sign up to bring something Friday if you can. A pizza donation is always appreciated.

NaNoWriMo: Day 28 (crunch time!)

DP #38: What’s left?

You only have three days left to make your word count goal (that’s including today).

Take five minutes to jot down what’s left for you to do to make that happen. Is there a scene you haven’t written yet? A new character to introduce? Imagery you want to go back and add in?

Be prepared to share.

You may be stuck. Out of inspiration at this point. For that reason, today and tomorrow we are going to use what is called the “Writer Emergency Pack.”

I’ll be placing ten cards at each table. Five of the cards are illustrated idea cards and five of the cards are detail cards.  Listen closely as I read the emergency procedures.

Try allowing one of the illustrated idea cards (with matching detail card) to guide your writing today. Feel free to use more than one. Just write, write, write!

For our NaNoWriMo celebration party on Friday (because I know you’re all going to hit 100%!) I will be supplying pizza! We could also use pop, snacks, treats, and paper products. There will be a sign-up sheet going around. Please sign up to bring something if you can.