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    What I Learned During Week One of NaNoWriMo

    When I first had the idea to write this post series, it was because I was switching my blog over to a wordpress.com site. As I was switching things over I was rereading all of my blog posts from NaNoWriMo last year. A lot of that time was spent cringing because of all grammar and spelling mistakes I made.  I guess I have to give myself grace though because a lot of the posts were written after midnight in like ten minutes. But the time that wasn’t spent holding back winces, was spent in nostalgia and a little bit of awe at the wisdom my sleep-deprived was able to articulate.

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    Nerves, Blues and Getting Started

    The month before NaNoWriMo is always filled with writers who are doing NaNoWriMo ‘the right way’ (aka those who spend the entire month of October outlining and learning about their characters.) and writers who believe NaNoWriMo is an unforgivable act against God. They run their mouths to anyone who will listen on the internet.  And then there’s those of us who barely declare our novels before the month begins, and we just jump straight into the deep end praying fervently that we won’t drown. We bite our nails as we read their comments on the internet.   Last year, I spent nearly the entire month of October freaking out to…

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    If You Don’t Know What NaNoWriMo Is…

    NaNoWriMo is when a bunch of writers get together on the internet and in real life (sometimes) to write 50k (or more) during the month of November.  That’s the official paraphrased definition of NaNoWriMo. The first question I always get asked is, why? Followed by, are you crazy?   No – well, maybe. NaNoWriMo is about connecting with other writers and pushing ourselves to new heights  we didn’t know we could reach. It’s about having fun harmless competitions over word count and how crappy our writing was that day. It’s about writing complete BS, and complaining about it with a smile on your face, because you freaking put words on paper.  Most importantly…

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