Monday, January 23, 2012

Dreaming of Better Things



As writers, creating stories with a purpose is what we should, ideally, do at all times. When this happens, the magic occurs and stories come alive. For three young adult writers who took their purpose to new heights, it means so much more.

Write Dreams is a kidlit auction set-up by three International young adult writers, known as Amanda, Luna and Marieke. The auction was created to raise money for Donna’s Dream House, a holiday home for terminally ill children and teenagers that was brutally burned down December 21, 2011. The destruction of Donna’s Dream House destroyed what would be, for many, their last Christmas with their families.

According to Write Dreams, the 20-year-old Donna Curtis died on New Year’s Day 1996, after fighting cancer for four years. During her treatments, Donna saw the suffering of many terminally ill children and vowed her legacy would help them live a little more happily in the time they had left. Donna’s Dream House was born and run completely by volunteers to give terminally ill kids the perfect holiday, full of light and laughter, fun and life.

Not only did the arson take away these things, it was preceded by the theft of essential computer equipment and the destruction of furniture. Many of Donna’s personal photos and mementos were also burned, and the building itself will likely need to be rebuilt, with damages estimated in excess of
£80,000/$125,000.

The writers of Write Dreams took to heart this hometown tragedy and set-up the auction, which went live January 16 and ends January 27. Fellow writers and those who want to help can follow Write Dreams on Twitter, or visit their Web site for more information. Donations are also greatly appreciated.

Write Dreams demonstrates that once started as an online writing group, can grow into something else entirely and bring new purpose in our world. Meet the three writers here:
Amanda: Amanda began writing stories in grade-school, as well as making up stories that were part-real, part-imagination.
"I recall my childhood home being very much haunted."
Amanda's first "book" was due to a third-grade writing prompt, which turned into a 90-page response. Her love of writing was shelved temporarily to raise her family, but re-emerged after being inspired by a YA book that set her imagination on fire. Today, she is working on a WIP that is getting into shape for querying.
Marieke: A forever writer? Yes, perhaps. Marieke wrote her first book as a small child, on scraps of paper and using an old typewriter. Her "notes" were then transferred to a computer and sent off to a publisher. Today, she works as a civil servant by day, and writer by night on her latest manuscript.
Luna: Who knew that there would be a continuing adventure for Winnie the Pooh? Luna thought so, writing the book for her nieces when she was 16. This made her think about writing down the other stories she had in her head. She wrote her first full-length novel a few years later, and is currently editing a story written for NaNoWriMo.

8 comments:

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  2. Love the post. Thank you for helping spread the word about Write Dreams! :)

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  3. Just stopping over from Lynda's BBQ.

    I love when writers donate for a good cause.

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  4. This is a great cause and it's nice that writers can make a difference.

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  5. Great post!

    I just posted an interview with Marieke about Write Dreams. :) It's nice to see word spreading about the auction!

    Visiting from Lynda's BBQ.

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  6. Stopping by from Lynda's blog. So nice to meet you!

    It's so cool that writers are getting together to donate to a great cause! This is really cool :)

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