I have kiddos starting their NaNo stories just like me. Tonight we went to the store and bought a batch of brand new pencils, they each chose a special notebook just for NaNo, and my daughter sits beside me at the table pouring over a baby name book. She is naming her characters.
We discussed plot ideas, the importance of writing our ideas down (Miss Anna, 9, nearly forgot her idea entirely by NOT writing it down!), and that it is okay to write fan fiction if they want. Mr. Aaron, 8, is going to be writing a Harry Potter fanfic.
But, regular homework must come first. I'm keeping the boy's Spiderman notebook until he finishes his spelling list, and writes out his reading log. I might have to confiscate it at the end of each day so we start fresh on these projects each day.
In any case, my kids, 8 and almost 10, are BOTH joining me for the first time ever. Anna gave it a half-hearted try last year, and gave up all too soon. She would have met her goal had she continued.
I look forward to seeing their ideas come together and help them tackle their problems within their plotlines! This is going to be a fun year!
NOW! If only they'd stop talking aloud about their own ideas so I could think about mine!! LOL