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NaNoWriMo 2018 

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” ~ E. L. Doctorow Gimme ALL the coffee Happy NaNoWriMo everybody! Today marks the beginning of an insanely crazy month. Where sleep depravity is real, word sprints a daily exercise, Stopping mid conversation to jot something down isn’t rude, and not having enough coffee is a potentially ….

Ten Years Of NaNoWriMo

“Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in.” ~ Louise Brown Ten Years First, Holy Expletive! Ten years! Ten years I have put myself through this torture. Ten years of word sprints, hundreds upon thousands of words, (over five hundred thousand) thirty days (three ….

Writing Feeds My Soul

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ~ Aldous Huxley A friend recently asked if I would keep blogging like it was an option on a questionnaire. I tactfully corrected her that I had been writing for years. Since I was six years old, with my trusty diary with the ….

Lessons in Editing

“That’s the thing about making a movie: You never finish editing. They just take it away from you.”  ~ Abel Ferrara Editing. The bang of any writers existence. I effing hate it. Seriously. Any and all expletives do apply to editing. I have spoken at length about how NaNo quickly stomps out all writing OCD because the goal is to ….

NaNoWriMo 2016 in the Books (Literally)

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Success! I didn’t think I would reach this point. That I would be able to finish my novel.And if I did, I was sure I would be burning the midnight oil november 30. While I had started out strong, the last week I was bogged down with ….

It Takes a Village

“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” ~ Misty Copeland I feel incredibly thankful for many reasons. Even when life can be pretty sucky (which it kind of was this weekend), there is still always something or someone to be grateful for. I am always ….

Brain Marathons

“To hold a pen is to be at war.” ~ Voltaire Oh Voltaire, you smart little thinker you. Last night it felt like I had run a brain marathon. Seriously. My mind was panting, I felt like I was going to collapse, I think I even broke a sweat a time or two. I was pushed to the brink. All ….

My NaNoWriMo WIP

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. F. Scott Fitzgerald Each year I try to go outside my comfort zone with my NaNoWriMo projects. The first novel I completed, as in surpassed fifty thousand words and completed with a “The End” was three years ago. It was Historical fiction slash romance and very fitting with my major ….

NaNoWriMo Tips: Surviving the Month

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.” ~ Steven Wright I gave a brief introduction about NaNoWriMo a couple days ago. While I touched on the craziness, I neglected to mention that all this is going on while I am in school and working full time. I know, I won’t have much of a social life in ….

Happy NaNoWriMo!

“In 2006, when I had come very close to calling my agent and telling him I needed to take a break, NaNoWriMo was where I found my inspiration again.” ~ Amelia Atwater-Rhodes  Wha— what did I just say? I swear it isn’t gibberish. Nor is it the name of a Pokémon character. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Otherwise known ….

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