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NaNoJouMo Returns

Well, it’s time once again! I’m getting asked A LOT lately about NaNoJouMo, so here’s the post that started it all:

I was just contemplating my own version of NaNoWriMo. (For those of you unfamiliar with this term, NaNoWriMo is held during the month of November, encouraging writers everywhere to write a 175-page novel by midnight, Nov. 30.) At first I thought of NaNoCroMo, where I would crochet a certain amount every day during November...I think I will try to do that, but I’m also starting NaNoJouMo, an idea borne out of a Twitter conversation and brought to fruition here...It stands for National Nonstop Journaling Month!

NanojoumologoEach day during November, I will post a word to get you art journaling. A journal jump of sorts—one word a day to inspire or get you thinking. The goal is to journal SOMETHING in your art journal. DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A FULL PAGE...can be a doodle, maybe painting some backgrounds, doing some collage...just SOMETHING every day in your art journal during November. Even if it’s just moving a pencil across the page in a crooked line...

Nothing earth-shattering.

You may say, “Dawn, WHY should I do this?”

Well, I know some of us (many, let’s be honest) have a difficult time getting started. Sometimes we just need a kick in the pants to encourage us. I also want you to learn how to journal a little at a time. Art journaling is an activity that can be done in spurts. You don’t have to create an entire page or spread in one sitting. I have pages in all stages of production! And it’s OK!

So get out that handmade journal, Moleskine, notepad, composition notebook, or whatever you’re using as your art journal right now. If you have several in the works, that’s OK, too! You can pick a different one each day! Just get ready to art journal!!!!


Get ready, folks! It’ll be here before you know it!

This is a FREE daily prompt for anyone interested. Who’s in?

Reader Comments (35)

Really excited about this. Life with a new job and a one year old is so busy I don't take the time I should to journal - this will be like a gift to myself each day!

Count me in!!!! Looking forward to it.

I'll be joining in... can't wait for the creative prompts to jumpstart the process each day. :)

10.3 | Unregistered CommenterJacque

I am ready! LQQking forward to it!

Yes please!

me!!! me!!! :) free is just in my budget right now

i always take days to finish a page, i've been doing a lot of collaging so it's kind of like an on-going treasure hunt, sometimes i feel like none of my pages are ever really "finished"

10.3 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Silly Question. Will you posting the words on your blog or a special site? Count me in - I need all the help I can get :-)

Carol: Good question about this blog or a special site. Not sure yet...When I started I did it right on the blog. Last year I put it on a special blog...I'll keep you all posted. Thanks!

Count me in! Sounds like a blast =)

10.4 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Looking forward to getting started.

maybe this is what I need to get my brain moving in a positive direction and out of my artistic doldrum...I'll do it!

Count me in this should be fun :)

Count me in

10.5 | Unregistered CommenterJanT

Definately want to try this. It'll be my first doing anything like this. Thank you

I am in, thanks! Nothing like a good jumpstart everyday when cold November comes! I love to be in my journals...

Me! I'm so excited about this!!! woop!




Very excited about this. I'm in. I'll post this on my blog as well. Passing on the joy!

10.18 | Unregistered CommenterLori Lewis

I'm in!

Love this idea! Looking forward to it!

10.19 | Unregistered CommenterBriana G.

I am in....sounds like fun

This is exactly what I need right now! Thanks for organizing and hosting such a great event!

10.20 | Unregistered Commenterlaurie

Counting down the days. Just shared with a friend who is new to art journaling! Hopefully she will join in too!

10.24 | Unregistered Commentertrish

Sounds like a great idea, Trish! I am new to art journaling so a daily reminder/prompt will help me work those creative ideas!

10.25 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

I would love to be a part of this!

10.25 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Scott

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