I just made a donation to Nanowrimo. In case you didn’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. THIRTY DAYS!


Born of Illusion was a NaNo novel. That’s right, the 85,000 word book that sold in a preempt to a major publisher started out as a very rough 50,000 words that I wrote in 30 days.

I have participated in NaNoWriMo three times now and have won all three times. I’m working on my fourth term, but winning is no guarantee. It’s hard, especially now that I have other deadlines!

The Offices of Letters and Light, the folks that bring you NaNoWriMo, is a nonprofit that believes that everyone has a story to tell. They do some awesome things around the world in the interest of literacy and writing and I am passionate about donating. Here’s why:

  • Because I love writing and writers and literacy and books and did I say writing? The  people from the Office of Letters and Light love all those things too and work to support them.
  • I believe in the power of words.
  • The Young Writers Program: This is a program for teens and educators to help get young people interested in writing and books. For educators, they have free classroom kits, etc.  Awesomesauce! From their website: On top of that, NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program promotes writing fluency, creative education, and the sheer joy of novel-writing in K-12 classrooms around the world. We provide free classroom kits, writing workbooks, Common Core-aligned curricula, and virtual class management tools to more than 2,000 educators from Dubai to Massachusetts.
  • Camp Nanowrimo: A gentler version of Nanowrimo set in April and July.
  • Because I am really, really cool. Are you? Donate here!