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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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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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Sitting Your Ass Down to Write

Sitting Your Ass Down to Write

Or, A Ventilation on Writing Themes I practice yoga, and one of the most important tenets echoing throughout yoga studios is about “Showing up to the mat”. As in, one of the most important parts of your practice is starting it in the first place. Each day, every day (or nearly everyday), just show up and do it. No matter how good, mediocre, thrilling, settled, scattered, vigorous or languorous the practice ends up being. This yogic mindset is something I’ve always tried…

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The Fight to Write

The Fight to Write

The Guardian posted this article in their Music Blog back in April of 2013. James Rhodes, a concert pianist, talks about the struggle involved with living his passion. As any artist in any phase of their commitment can attest, it’s not exactly a walk in the park (nor is it a piece of cake, a no-brainer, or a cinch). Simply having a passion can be a source of conflict, something that tears us away from societal expectations, familial obligations, or even…

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Revisiting the Creative Writing Basics

Revisiting the Creative Writing Basics

One of my oldest writing buddies and I decided to craft a Writing How-To Book back when we were in our late teens and struggling to get agents to look at our mildly crappy novels. Over the years, the outline for this guide continued to grow. We still think of ideas for this book, and the thing is shaping up to be pretty epic, if not the eventual desktop reference for creative writing throughout all the lands. What inspired us…

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