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National Novel Writing Month – Fundraiser and Progress

Happy NaNoWriMo! I know you may be tired of seeing the countless posts on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites. Do not fret – we are almost half way finished with the month already, and hopefully like me, half finished with a novel.

While I’m working on my novel, I figured I might as well give my crafty friends something to do in the mean time. I’ve been noticing how popular word art pictures are becoming, and how many uses they have in the digital crafting world. That’s why I decided to do a FUNdraiser featuring a handlettered quote just perfect for National Novel Writing Month…


For Sale on Etsy

The “Night of Writing Dangerously” is coming up fast in California, and I wanted to help our friends at out with the high costs of helping young writers achieve their dreams. For the month of November, half of all proceeds from the “Word Art” section of our Etsy store will go straight to

There are dozens of projects you can do with these, everything from printing to using in digital scrapbooks to creating your own art. Plus, your purchase will be supporting thousands of writers both young and old, helping to bring awesome writing programs to schools, libraries, and workshops. Details on where the donations for NaNoWriMo can be found here.

So what are you waiting for? Get creative and help out the writers so we can keep writing our novels!

NaNoWriMo Nightmares

Don't Think. Just Write.

Inspiration created for my NaNoWriMo friends.

Oh yes, November has come. National Novel Writing Month. This year I vowed I’d give it another shot, despite my horrid crash and burn a few years back. I failed big time, ending the challenge about 18,000 words shy and walking away from writing for awhile. Yeah. THAT bad.

This year I’m coming in at a totally different angle. I still haven’t been writing much lately, aside from school essays, blog posts, and social networking ramblings. Burnout from doing the same thing obsessively every day is still months down the road. So this year, I just might make it.

There’s another reason I’m feeling confident I’m going to hit the 50,000 mark this time around. Instead of trying to develop a new plot or characters, I have an amazing character who I’ve known for several years. She’s the star in a story that I’ve rewritten several times. It started as a short story that grew larger, with it’s last version being a small novel. I was never completely happy with all the other previous drafts, so have started over for NaNoWriMo.

I’m starting with a clean draft and a vague idea of her previous stories in my head. I took the biggest step and have a strong beginning and clear idea where the plot is going. I’m letting the setting, characters, and interactions develop themselves as I write. Previous versions were written in third-person, but this time I’m using first-person. I’m not letting any previous versions clutter my focus for the story that is unfolding right now.

So even though I’m a little behind on my word count, I’m confident I’m going to finish. Why? Because I’ve fixed some of the problems with my previous attempts at this story and with NaNoWriMo. I may look a little like the tortoise in the tortoise and the hare, but remember what happened to that little guy? Slow and steady won the race. Granted, I have a time limit where the tortoise did not. Yet I still feel this is the year that I finish the month with a fabulous semi-final draft at or above 50,000 words.

Kira is Calling… Happy Halloween!

Last week I got the email that NaNoWriMo was coming soon. Honestly, I had forgotten all about it. I have been so giddy with Halloween decorations, promotions, and activities with the kids, that anything without a Halloween theme didn’t fit into the daily schedule.

Here I am, on the eve of October 31st, with hardly any prep work completed for NaNoWriMo. Lucky for me, this day brings a sort of “magic” and electricity to the air. On this night, I hear my inner goddess, Kira, telling me it’s time to write. NaNoWriMo gives me the chance to make writing a priority in my daily life, no matter how much I have on my plate right now. There is a goal and people watching me to see if I meet said goal. I have to do this. Because no one likes to fail, right?

So as I enjoy this evening and everything Halloween brings to our family traditions, my creative mind is waking up and word crafting skills dusted off. I hope to start fresh tomorrow, with a brand new story to tell.

Happy Halloween, everyone!