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The Slow Buildup

The Slow Buildup

There must be some genetic process buried deep inside me, tiny ribbons of DNA that dictate my creative process. Something that I’m not aware of, something that unfurls, silent and swift, within the depths of my being to accomplish it’s goal. Even while I stuff my face with cheese cubes some nights, or drink wine in front of silly movies, or spend too much time adjusting the contrast on travel photos…it’s working. I only say this because I think I’m…

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Top 5 Ways To Kill Your Productivity

Top 5 Ways To Kill Your Productivity

By now, we all know how to stroke our muse into a frothy creative fervor. But how do we stifle it? What if we want to stomp on it, quiet it, and otherwise murder it? Not all of us have access to this information. Especially productive people probably don’t even know how to slack off or piddle away their precious time. So I’ve decided to volunteer my lifelong note-taking, live from the trenches of procrastination and work avoidance, to share…

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When The Waiting Game Ends…

When The Waiting Game Ends…

Being a writer involves a lot of WAITING. In fact, there is nothing speedy about this profession. Writing a regular-length novel, at it’s quickest, can take a month — but that’s only when you have the biting flame of NaNoWriMo under your ass. For me, a novel can take anywhere from a month to 9 months to complete, first draft only. And then once the novel is done, it has to sit for awhile. You know, congeal. Gestate. Like a jello…

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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!: 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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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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An Interview with Sheri Velarde

An Interview with Sheri Velarde

We’re back for another stimulating and mildly inappropriate round of author interviews! This time, I’m welcoming Sheri Velarde – she’s a fellow author at Breathless Press, and also works with Secret Cravings Press. In addition to that, she’s an artist, jewelry-maker, rocker, and all-around badass.  Today, I’m going to probe her mind in a variety of ways and hope that she doesn’t complain to our publisher afterward. Welcome to my blog! First things first…Your real name is Sheri Velarde…or is…

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