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NPI: Today is the beginning...

of the Novel Push Initiative. I'm happy to have discovered this through Twitter and I look forward to participating. So far, so good as I'm off to a roaring start this morning by writing 884 words. My goal is 250 words per day and out of those words I just typed up about that many are most likely quality words so I'm feeling great for today already! Yippee! I'll be updating here and on Twitter on how I'm doing with this challenge during October. Perhaps, I'll share a few samples or teaser quotes as well.

I'm also happy to have found a wonderful writer and writing partner on Twitter, Shadow, who has really boosted my spirits during September. She has given me the confidence through her efforts of inspiring me so I felt that I could finally give a contest like this a try as well. Thanks so much, Shadow! I'll be looking forward to your encouragement!

Also, my friends Robin and Carrie have once again been coming to my Scrapbooking group and their encouragement for me to write is helping so much! Even just talking about writing has inspired my imagination too. Carrie is so sweet to text the word "write" to me once a day to prompt me to remember to do so - perhaps with something I said. Robin is an advanced writer and I just found out that she'll also be doing the NPI challenge too! This is going to be great!

Wow, all of this will definitely gear me up for NaNoWriMo this year! I'm looking forward to attempting this challenge that was so elusive for me last year where Erin was my hero with accomplishing that last year. And don't let her fool you, I think what she wrote last year during NaNoWriMo rocked! Way to go and meet your goals, Erin!

I'm also hoping to participate in another writing group again. I've missed that. I hope that it will go well. It may vary how often I can go because the times they will be meeting conflict a little with my schedule but I will make an attempt to go as much as I am able.

Writing equals happiness for me!

Writing quotes:

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. ~Norbet Platt

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. ~Vita Sackville-West

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it. ~Harold Acton, Memoirs of an Aesthete, 1948

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow

Most of all, this is what I'm aiming for myself since I will be making every effort to write each morning:

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. ~Sharon O'Brien


Anonymous October 1, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

Hey there! Thanks for the Shout Out!

And keep up the good work. The NPI will be a great thing to help keep you going. Good luck!


Queen 'Bina October 1, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

"Advanced writer..." you're funny, Julie. Good luck this month!

Julie October 2, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

Shadow - Thanks, as always, for your words of encouragement. I think you're right about NPI so I'm looking forward to it. I hope you are doing well with your writing too.

Queen 'Bina - :D I do think so. I love talking with you about writing anytime.

Deepali October 8, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

Those are some great quotes - all the best with your writing, it looks like you are getting such a powerful writer network.

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