Jump In: NaNoWriMo and Imagination

Zuzamele in Blossoms by Karen Gadient

Artwork: “Zuzamele in Blossoms” | Zuzamele, the first daughter of the Exalted Sovereign of Mahanizeh, disappears after leaving her eighth groom alive on the first year of their joining—an anniversary that traditionally allows royal grooms to relinquish their lives gratefully in the Rite of Delivery. Mahanizeh officials quickly announce her capture and imprisonment in Avizhdolin, but rumors flourish of her escape to Ruhizeya aboard a celestial freighter.

Oh hey—did you know NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming? Yep, less than a month. As I have in previous years, I’ll be participating. Are you?

Zuzamele may not be the story I’ll be writing in November, but it could be. You see, that’s the awesome thing about NaNoWriMo: you can use anything your mind thinks up and run from a single paragraph (I wrote the above details on a whim after I created the artwork) well into an epic tale.

Jump in. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun and make a mess. Scatter ink everywhere and watch the magic trip into life. I make new friends every year during NaNoWriMo (my user name is Keyrover). Hope to see you there.


Filed under Art, Creativity, Digital Artwork, Fantasy, Friendship, Imagination, NaNoWriMo, Portrait, Science Fiction, Sketchbook, Writing

10 responses to “Jump In: NaNoWriMo and Imagination

  1. Rene

    Great idea, and perfect advice. It’d be fun to see this story hashed out in a NaNoWriMo frenzy. you’ll have to share some pieces as NaNoWriMo progresses. and good luck hitting 50k!

    • karengadient

      Thank you. 🙂 Not sure if this will be the story I use for my NaNoWriMo project this year (possibly), but I’m looking forward to a month of crazed writing. Good luck in your writing endeavors as well!

  2. That is gorgeous. You captured me! So Karen–are you interested in people promoting your artwork by including it in blogs? Or is that a nono (I’ve made a hash of using images in the past so I’m as careful as I can be)? I’d be thrilled to add this image to my NaNoWriMo post.

    • karengadient

      Thank you. 🙂 You can include the image on a related post if you link to this post and mention me. I’m pretty cool with that stuff as long as folks credit and link. Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

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  4. I’ll be working on my novel, but not for NaNo, since I also have to work on a contracted nonfiction book. But good luck to you, Karen.

  5. Great advice here… Writing is jumping in (and letting it go)…

    Cheers, Aquileana 😉

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