Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Write Your Novel in November!

Have you ever wanted to write a novel, but never got around to it?

Have I got news for you, November is National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo.

Here is the scoop on NaNoWriMo:

•    This year will be the 15th annual NaNoWriMo. 

•    500,000 writers from around the world are expected to  participate this year. 

•    NaNoWriMo is one big creative writing challenge; your mission if you choose to accept is to write a 50,000 word novel from November 1st – 30th.

 I participated in NaNoWriMo, last year it was fun, and inspiring with uplifting pep talks from experienced authors, and every kind of writing forum you could imagine. 
Even though I did not reach 50,000 words I realized that if you can make a commitment to write a little each day you would be surprised how much you can accomplish.

Here are a few things to keep in mind


1.    To reach 50,000 words in 30 days you would need to write at least 1,667 words a day. 

2.    Its not about quality, as it is quantity you can edit later just think of it as free writing.

3.    Try to plan some time each day to write, find a time that works best for you.
4.    NaNoWriMo is for new writers, and veteran writers. 

5.   The idea is to start writing; it does not have to be perfect you just have to take the first step. 

6.     To sign up, and learn more about NaNoWriMo go to

    “In the words of Agatha Christie “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

 Is this your first NaNoWriMo? What made you decide to participate? Are you a NaNoWriMo veteran? What was your experience like?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Let me tell you about something,
something that makes me happy.
Something great,
 it’s really something you can appreciate.

Its mine and something no one can take.
Should I tell you what it is?
It’s something that has no borders or
boundaries something that speaks every language.

It travels to every country.
It discriminates against no race, creed, or color.
You don’t need age young or old,
you don’t need permission education or registration.

You can be rich or you can be poor,
 it’s something everyone can enjoy.
 Should I tell you what it is?
 It can be professional or informal;
 it’s old and new but also ever changing.

You can practice or maybe just freestyle.
You can see it live on Broadway plays,
 a Julliard stage or you could also see it on TV.

Like on ABDC, or dancing with the stars,
 maybe you saw it back in the day on fame or today on taking the stage.
So now should I tell you,
 or do you already know it’s beautiful its art its dance.

By Aminah Ahmed