Each Wednesday check this blog for a strategy, process, or reflection for illustration with the iPad app ProCreate. This Wednesday Wrap Up , I share my November project — writing, poetry, art, wrapped up in an annual adventure: NaNoWriMo.
Yesterday was November 1st– the first day of NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month] in which I write at least 1667 words a day to reach 50,000 total words by November 30th — fifty thousand words of a novel inside you! I wrote 3009 words the first day. I generally try for 2500 a day for the first two weeks, in case I need a day off!
Each year for eleven years I have reached that goal. Several are possibly pretty good fantasy novels for the early middle years. This year, I will finish a novel that has spanned three years, including this one. I write for the novel, its poetry/songs, and to illustrate characters, events, and settings. That will be the focus of this blog for thirty days, and I may miss a Wednesday WrapUp or two. But — you can see what I’ve illustrated in the past, and what I’m adding this year:
Take a look at artifacts of my novels so far. Click for AskWhatElse posts, with links to their Flickr albums below:
Get into the spirit of writing– 1,667 words a day is doable! Surely the art you’ve created has a few stories inspired by the art itself or the idea that started in the real world. It’s a powerful creative adventure. Take a look at how I got started: Let Them Write.
It’s not too late– sign up here: NaNoWriMo. Then find me: user ms.edwards
If you’ve got kids– there’s a place for them too Young Writers NaNoWriMo— with plenty of resources/ curriculum to guide you– for writers and for educators.
Hope to see you there– but for now, Joseph and his family are on their way to an evening picnic — and perhaps discover the spiral flashes of fairies dancing.