Dearest blog readers-
Many of you have already heard that I am participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a wonderful and crazy Internet gathering of thousands of writers worldwide to support one another through 30 wild November days of artistic productivity. It’s actually a contest, and everyone who writes at least 50,000 words wins!
That comes to about 6 pages a day—or 10 pages if I don’t write on weekends. Good thing I’ve been thinking about this novel for years! No matter how you divide the word counts, it is an ambitious endeavor, and I am enthusiastic. I am also proud to count myself among the supporters of the fantastic organization that administrates NaNoWriMo, The Office of Letters and Light.
The Office of Letters and Light teaches kids and adults to write the books they want to read; draft the movies and plays they want to see; and build the kinds of neighborhoods in which they want to live. Their programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to help participants become active doers in their personal lives and in the lives of their communities.
Can you imagine a nonprofit mission better aligned with my own life’s mission? For five years I have been building a business based on my passion for the writing process and my belief that we are all writers with something valuable to say. Letters and Light believes in ambitious acts of the imagination, and so do I. That’s why I’m a writer and why I choose to work with writers.
So, I am appealing to you because by reading my blog, you have already offered me your emotional support in my recent artistic outpourings. I am participating in NaNoWriMo’s fundraising event, The Night of Writing Dangerously, a 5-hour write-a-thon, and I need sponsors!
My fundraising goal is modest: $200. That’s just $10 from 20 people or $20 from 10 people. What do you think? Can you handle $15? Go make your donation now!
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