Writing a novel first draft via Nanowrimo

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Writing a novel first draft via Nanowrimo

Writing a novel first draft via Nanowrimo

Some of us have already ended Nanowrimo, and some of us are about to do so with the close of November. No matter if you have succeeded with the 50,000 words or not, we all have gotten SOMETHING on our work accomplished and isn’t that the whole purpose? This post is for those who are now holding that precious first draft. Rock on, you writer, you! GIVE IT A WHIRL I made my own story a nemesis this month by writing something from the seat of my pants, no outline, no idea what it would be. And it is a

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Striving for greatness requires practice

Striving for greatness requires practice

I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true — hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it. Ray Bradbury Growing up, we all had a dream of being something. Maybe a dancer in the Nutcracker, or a singer in a band. I wanted to be a famous author like the ones who wrote the books that I escaped into when my life was too demanding. So far, not famous. Not that I am not still hanging onto my dream!

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Things all writers need

As a followup, Unplugged Thursday was an utter hit. I wrote 1000+ words in an hour and it was all longhand. Quite a feeling of accomplishment, I have to say. The company with me, the food–everything was great. Well, except the weather. It was cloudy and had a chance of storms. It didn’t get bad until later though, after I got home, so it was a real treat. I cannot wait for next week! Today, while I was at work, I was inspired by a podcast with a motivational speaker. I didn’t get the guy’s name, but he had some

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3 Ways We Fail Readers in Our Work

There is a pact between a reader and a writer, and when it is established with credibility the reader will read and commit to the writer’s offering. Likewise,the writer will, on their end, agree to give the reader something for their time–a story, an idea, a way to look at the world. DUH! But sometimes we don’t quite hit our mark, and we end up failing the agreement with our reader and well, this is a bad thing. So in order to prevent this from happening, we need to look at what our readers expect and how we might be

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What Inspires You To Write?

This post about writing and what inspires you to write came out of what happened over the weekend and what I saw. Beware this post will be image-rich. So…this past weekend, my kids and I went on a walk to burn off some Easter candy. Yes, those little tiny pieces are high in calories and carbs, and if you sit down after you eat them, fat deposits on your rear. Since my rear has been attacked by carbs a few too many times, we decided to fight against the sugar rear-end rush. We walked quite a ways, and these are

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