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The Truth Behind #AmWriting

The Truth Behind #AmWriting

I won’t lie, I’ve hashtagged #AmWriting when I was doing everything BUT. Most times, it starts as an earnest attempt to begin writing that eventually gets hijacked by any number of unrelated activities. Let’s be real, the moment we sit down to write is when we notice all the accumulated dirt on the floor, or think of that hummus we’ve been meaning to make for a week now, or recall suddenly the good friend we forgot to write for a…

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When To-Do Lists Explode

When To-Do Lists Explode

I’m willing to bet that most of you reading right now, much like me, have a problem I like to call “Overloaded Project Syndrome”. While this is a preferable disease to many others in the world, it is still debilitating and difficult to live with. And what it entails is a creative mind that WILL. NOT. REST. Constantly tossing around ideas, coining new projects, weighing the possibilities of adding XYZ to the day, when our schedules are already overflowing. Maybe this doesn’t sound…

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On Having Written

On Having Written

Don’t like to write, but like having written. I found this quote and the corresponding investigation into where it came from the other day while meandering through the internet. Turns out, this quote is first attributed to the writer Frank Norris in the early 1900’s. He also mentioned a few other things that set off my writer alarms — such as agonizing over the first draft, and barely revising thereafter (isn’t that what we’re not supposed to do according to every writer manual…

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WriMo Writers CONFESS!: When Winning Looks Like Quitting

WriMo Writers CONFESS!: When Winning Looks Like Quitting

WriMo Writer’s Confess is a collaborative blog project dedicated to venting, discussing, and all manner of respectful complaining about the challenges introduced by writing a novel in a MONTH. For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, here’s the rundown: National Novel Writing Month organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels….

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WriMo Writers CONFESS!: Hitting The Brick Wall

WriMo Writers CONFESS!: Hitting The Brick Wall

WriMo Writer’s Confess is a collaborative blog project dedicated to venting, discussing, and all manner of respectful complaining about the challenges introduced by writing a novel in a MONTH. For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, here’s the rundown: National Novel Writing Month organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels….

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WriMo Writers CONFESS!: The Infuriating Hot Mess

WriMo Writers CONFESS!: The Infuriating Hot Mess

WriMo Writer’s Confess is a collaborative blog project dedicated to venting, discussing, and all manner of respectful complaining about the challenges introduced by writing a novel in a MONTH. For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, here’s the rundown: National Novel Writing Month organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels….

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To NaNo or Not?

To NaNo or Not?

I’m what you could call “a little behind” on things. I’m also what you could call “a little project-happy” or “a little scattered” or “a little drowning in ideas”. Taking this into consideration, it seemed only reasonable that I would draw the line at NaNoWriMo this year. To be fair, I’ve only participated in NaNoWriMo once. Ever. It was back in like, 2009, maybe. I started my account, then I started a story. I got 2,000 words into it and…

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Changing of the Seasons

Changing of the Seasons

I’m an Ohio girl. This means that where I’m from, I get equal parts spring, summer, fall, and winter. Though some Ohioans would claim there’s only Winter and Construction Season, I beg to differ. All it takes is a little close listening to catch the distinctly inspiring spring breezes, the heady humidity of high summer, the crispness at 6pm of a fall evening, the special chill on a winter morning. They’re all different, and they’re all so important to me….

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It Could Be Worse

It Could Be Worse

When I travel, there’s one thing I neglect first: BLOGGING. Though I should just say, “Writing in general”. It’s sad, but it’s true. I’m visiting home right now for about a month and most of my time is dedicated to seeing all these lovely faces I haven’t seen in AGES, going out to eat with said faces, and then, of course, the DAY JOB (which, as a remote analyst, comes with me anywhere I go, thus voiding any real chance…

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Writers, Please Raise Your Hands…

Writers, Please Raise Your Hands…

..if you’ve EVER committed one of these errors listed in this article, Ten Things That Make an Editor Stop Reading Your Manuscript. I’ll be the first to admit, my hand is waving around in the air waiting to be called on. Oh please, me me me me!! Seriously, though. In reading these tips, I couldn’t help but think to the first novel I ever wrote…and then the second…and then the third….and then the fourth…and then the one I’m actively working on…

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