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    Writing Update, December 2017: Another Month, Another Novel

      It’s snowing outside again(ugh), so I figured, it’s time to sit down with a cup of tea and talk about how my writing is going. My goal this month was already ridiculous. The plan was (and still is) to write 80,000 words this December. Then this past Saturday, I added a new novel (or two, oops) right into the works.  So, If you don’t already know, I just wrote a novel. It’s currently sitting in a far away folder on my laptop, collecting dust until January, while I’m supposed to be rewriting last year’s NaNoWriMo work. It’s funny how some things in life never quite go as planned. I’m still…

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    NaNoWriMo 2017 Overview – This Is How It Went

    When it comes to writing challenges like NaNoWriMo, I’m infamous for waiting until the last minute to come up with story ideas and plans.  Last year (I won with 51.8k) I was scrambling five hours before the events officially started in the East Coast, slapping together a story idea based on an oldish character and a book cover. A novel never feels quite right without the book cover.  Then I raced into the first day of NaNoWriMo with no real feel for what I was writing. Well, history likes to repeat itself. I did it again this year.  About a month before I had a vague story idea that I…

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    Another Year, Another NaNoWriMo Hangover

    Before we start I want to say, ‘congratulations’.  You wrote for thirty days, give or take a handful.  You  created a habit. NaNoWriMo is over, the tough part is now keeping the habit. I’m creatively drained. My head pounds a little when I think too hard about plot. My fingers shake when they touch the keys. An aching pain shoots up my wrists. I’ve drunk enough tea this month to fill Boston Harbor. The usual post – NaNo symptoms.

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    NaNoWriMo – Day Thirty – The End

    It’s the last day of NaNoWriMo. Some of us have finished and are writing on, others are finishing, some have given up and some of us are still plodding on with our stories even though we have no chance of finishing in time. No matter where you are I’d like to offer you a hearty congratulations and good luck with your next steps. Even if you didn’t reach 50,000 you still started something and that is so much more than many people can say for themselves this month.

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    NaNoWriMo – Week Two – The Halfway Mark

    We are halfway through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a international event whee thousands of writers try to pound out 50,000 words in 30 days. I know, we’re a bit crazy and we’re probably all going to need rehab for the amount of caffeine that we’ve consumed so far. Oops! But we’ve reached the halfway point and we’re all still hanging on despite some setbacks and writer’s block this week. For many of us, if we haven’t already hit some road blocks within the past week we’re about to hit some as we struggle to up the tension in our stories and keep it interesting (*clears throat* If you’re a…

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    NaNoWriMo 2016 – Week One – Summary & Motivation

    Hey Guys! I’m just going to combine the recap for our first week of NaNoWriMo with my day six word count stats (bottom of the post).  Grab a cup of water and hydrate your self as you read, I have a bit to say and I also care for your health. First of all, I believe we all deserve rounds of applause and pats on the back for how far we’ve come, whether that’s 10 words or we’ve already nearly hit the finished line with 50k (I wish). Why?

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    Completing the #JustWriteIt Challenge

    Wow! I did it! I wrote 10,000 words in less than 30 days without any panic attacks, insomnia, too much chocolate bingeing or crying. Although to be honest, I did kill of way too many characters, after promising them they’d still be alive at the end of the game, and my mom is wondering where all the chocolate chips disappeared too. Oops! I look back over the mess I hastily ‘edited’ and posted last night and I groan because the amount of grunt work that I have to put into making my story believable and actually a story in general, makes me cringe. I was at a #wattpad4 chat on…

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