Guest Blog: Inspirations – National Novel Writing Month


By guest contributor Diahn Ott

  1. Leather Journal by julieboyles
  2. Antique Pen Nib Pendants by aminyitray
  3. Coffee mug by TwistedRiverClay
  4. Author Portrait Buttons by letterarypress
  5. UNBLOCKED print by CitrusTree
  6. Books upon Books, by squidart

November 1 signaled the start of another crazed frenzy of novel writing for millions of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) participants. The goal is to reach 50,000 words in 30 days – the length of a short novel. It’s the ultimate test of stamina and creativity – a marathon of literary abandon.

For those of us who participate, inspiration, procrastination and caffeination are the keys to survival, so I went on a hunt for items worthy of adding to our mission of novel writing victory. (The hunt did, of course, help in the procrastination part of the process…)

Whether you are writing a novel for NaNoWriMo, penning a thesis for graduate school, or just finishing up the grocery list before you head out the door, take a look at these lovely and inspirational items. Who knows – your grocery list could be considered literature some day, right?

About the contributor: Diahn Ott is an eclectic, self-taught artist, working primarily in water-based media such as gouache, watercolor and acrylics. She loves combining paints with ink, images with words, and natural with industrial elements. What separates Diahn from other artists is her ability to locate, and accentuate, the beauty in the ordinary by manipulating layered elements with the purity of line work. Her work can be viewed on her blog, Ottwork  and purchased at her recently opened Etsy shop, Ottwork Studios.