by Amy Tjaden News Editor


No doubt we’ve all heard of Christopher Paolini who at 15 began writing Eragorn. The first book in the homeschooler’s Inheritance cycle went on to be a movie. Paolini is now working on the fourth book of his series.


Maybe you’ve heard of Melanie M. Jeschke. The homeschooling mom is the author of The Oxford Chronicles. Now there is Cati Gerwitz. The 18 year old, a homeschooler from New York, recently published her first novel, Home with You.


All of these authors have homeschooling in common. It got me to thinking. I’m sure there are budding authors among our readers. I can tell you that I have a couple of half written stories, outlines, and character profiles sitting on my computer. Will I ever get around to actually completing and publishing anything? I don’t know. But I keep trying.


What about you? What are your adventures in the writing and publishing world? Any tips for our readers? Does anyone participate in Script Frenzy or NaNoWriMo?


It is a little late but Script Frenzy is a challenge that takes place in April in which one has to crank out a script in one month’s time. I’ve never tried it. But if you go to you can look around and prepare yourself for next April. They have a plot generator that can be a lot of fun for the kids.


NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place in November. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. I have tried this a few times and I reached the goal once. It is an incredible feeling. You can check them out at They have a young writers program. November may seem a long way off, but it is never too early to be thinking over ideas.


If you’d like to share the details behind your literary adventures, whether it be poetry, scripts, short stories or sagas, send me an email at [email protected].


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