National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), or the month of November, is a long standing tradition for writers everywhere. In a mere 30 days, we attempt to write a novel - or at least a body of text 50,000 words long. Many writers spend the entire year preparing for event, like an athlete training for a marathon. It's a great feeling to set the goal, do the work, and wave the flag of victory on December 1st, knowing you "won" NaNoWriMo!
Writing is always done when it's done together, and NaNoWriMo offers a great community on their website. You can join local chapters and attend "write in" events in your communities, or with other writers from all over the world! The motivation that comes from sharing the journey is a big help - especially in those "teen" days when you're sure you'll never make it to the finish line. Feedback and critique are often vital to rejuvinating a lost writer's soul.
Under 18? You might be more interested in
NaNoWriMo's Young Writer's Program.
The YWP features some special resources for you that integrates with your school work, and some really great young writer opportunities.
NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program is something I wish I'd joined when I was in my teens. They even have a resource to help kids print a copy of their finished piece at the end of the challenge!
You can share this resource with your school's educators and teachers, too, as there are some exciting classroom opportunities.