NaNoWriMo and The Sketchbook Project

11/10/2013 § 1 Comment


I’m sitting here in the café in Eymundsson on Austurstræti like a true miðbæjarrotta (“central-town rat” is an icelandic term e.g. someone who hangs around all the time and all day in the central of Reykjavik in café’s) when suddenly I remembered that I should remind you of NaNoWriMo before it’s to late. I don’t know if you remember my post about Iceland Writer’s Retreat and NaNoWriMo but there I explained what NaNoWriMo is.


NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a gathering of people who all have one thing in common, we all love writing.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters. You know how writing makes the world a more creative, vibrant place. Through NaNoWriMo—as well as our Young Writers Program, the Come Write In program, and Camp NaNoWriMo—we work hard to empower and encourage that vibrant creativity around the world. We can’t do it without writers like you.”

One of the two best things about this event is that it’s FREE. You are not required to pay a penny to join.

The second of the two best things is that you’re doing this for yourself, there is no pressure to finish and if you don’t finish it’s no big deal because you joined, you wrote because you wanted to and you had fun!

Sketchbook Project page 11

I also discovered this project called The Sketchbook Project which is an international art project where people all around the world that want to join get sent to them a notebook. This notebook you fill however you like, with doodles,drawings, poetry, creative writing, you thoughts and ext.

The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. Our mission is to allow anyone to be able to participate in art and to create a collection of work that represents the current state of artists worldwide.

We travel the continent with sketchbooks from artists all over the world. The best part is, anyone can join!

Wanna participate? Anyone, from anywhere is welcome to participate in The Sketchbook Project. Sign up, get a book and send it back.

We offer educational discounts. We have had schools from Kansas to Sudan participate in the project. Get your class signed up today!

Track our adventure. Chances are we are going to be headed to a city near you sometime soon. Follow along with us!

Connect a new sketchbook! Just get your book in the mail? Buy a new sketchbook in person? Connect it to your account here.

We have 3 libraries. Find out more info about Brooklyn Art Library, Mobile Library, and The Digital Library.

We create projects, and communities. We create lots of different projects. We have something for everyone!

The beauty of this is that anyone can join, no matter where you are from. Unlike NaNoWriMo that is an online gathering that does not require shipping books, this does so it’s wonderful that they ship worldwide.

On the downside it costs. There are two prices depending on what you prefer to do:

It costs 25$ for
+ Blank Sketchbook
+ Info card
+ A 3 city tour of your choice in our Mobile Library
+ Added to the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library
+ Notifications

and it costs 60$ for

+ Blank Sketchbook
Your book professionally digitized and added to our Digital Library
+ Added to the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library
+ A multi-city exhibition around North America
+Chance to be featured on the Sketchbook Project Blog
+ Notifications
+ Chance for your book to be selected for future curated tours
+ Real-time stats of your sketchbook
+ Info card

So overall I can’t compare these events since one is an art project and the other is creative writing project. I’m really glad that NaNoWriMo is still free, I am however not competing this year but I did last year and the year before that. I am however considering joining the Sketchbook Project this year, I just haven’t decided yet if I want to pay 25$ or 60$ so I can put it in the Digital Library, I’m leaning towards the 25$ though since I am a broke student here.

I really hope you consider joining either one of the events at least.


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