Good evening! One of Webster’s definitions for inspiration is “any stimulus to creative thought or action.” Daily, I intentionally observe my surroundings and search for a spark of inspiration to ignite my daily writing episode. My calendar brings me a special dose of inspiration. Therefore, when I set out to choose which calendar I will select to track my year’s journey, I examine the external design for inspiration; sometimes just a beautiful color with simple text of “2015 Planner” inspires me. I open the cover and feel the texture of the pages, as quality paper inspire me to write. Page layout is key to my choice, a weekly format allows me to include daily writing activity in my schedule. Maps, factual data on information that is important to me, quotes, and fonts are the other key elements that lead to my final decision. I selected a deep red, “Barnes & Noble 2015 Desk Diary”, it is a “Literary Datebook” that will keep me inspired each day as I write; it is full of Illustrations of famous authors, short essays, full-color world maps, and a literary quiz all in beautiful fonts and designed in a well-executed layout on each page. Each day I write, I add my word count to my calendar. At the end of the week, I analyze my weekly writing productivity. (Sidebar: This is my personal motivation to work really hard every day to write as many words that will flow – to reward myself when I accomplish excellent results at the end of the week.) Thus, this is the reason that I invest an extensive amount of time into my calendar selection…because it serves as a key tool to inspire me to write daily. Please share with me how you made your final decision to purchase your 2015 calendar…and how it will inspire you to write in 2015?
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I LOVE writing, from ideas on sticky notes…to storyboarding on index cards…to writing a 50,000 word 30-day
novel every year on “NANOWRIMO”. Yep…I am a two-time “NANOWRIMO” winner. Ok…so here’s my story…”I’ll type it fast so it doesn’t hurt so much.” My mom passed away in 2010 and my world kinda stopped; I was living, but I wasn’t really, you know,…..‘l-i-v-i-n-g’…(too much pain) for instance, my wall calendar in my bedroom still displays NOVEMBER 2010. I have changed every calendar in my home, but I cannot bring myself to change this one (too painful). After two years of mourning, I went in search of a diversion to distract me from my pain. (Sidebar: I spend most of my free time at the Library). Upon one of my regular visits to my favorite Library, I happened upon an author speaking on the topic of “Writing”. She introduced “NANOWRIMO” and I was hooked! I took my first “NANOWRIMO” challenge in 2013 and won! Yay! I repeated the challenge in 2014 and won. Yah, again! The diversion worked! The biggest benefit for me was that I received a bonus gift…I learned that, not only can I write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, I also fully enjoyed the process of typing every single word. Before “NANOWRIMO”, I enjoyed reading novels, but the thought of writing one never crossed my mind, add the challenge of doing such within a 30-day window, (Sidebar: Seriously! Is this really possible, people can really accomplish this?) Allowing myself to take the “NANOWRIMO” challenge revealed a hidden treasure that I had buried inside my pain. (Sidebar: Treasure=Love writing novels!) Writing my second 50,000 word 30-day novel in 2014 was fun, easy and satisfying. I loved the process so much that I decided to invest in the process by committing to a public forum on a daily basis. I invite you to stop by and enjoy my journey as I bring you daily inspiration in hopes to inspire you to write every day with me. I look forward to spending the year with you!