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Depletion (Perseverance)

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No article this week. November is over, which means post-NaNoWriMo whiplash, and, as always, a sudden void of structure. I’ve spent the past 5 days in a half-elated, half-panicked state over my creative endeavors. Part of me is thrilled to be free of self-imposed time constraints, and the other part is terrified I’ll lapse back into my pre-NaNo period of unproductivity.

My solution is to just keep working. I’ve continued writing my NaNo novel a little each day, and I’ve also started major edits on my short story entry for an upcoming contest deadline. And in case you thought I’d forgotten, I also have plans for Object and Objective, which I’ll put into effect in early January (at least, that’s the plan).

So. That being said, fellow writers, enjoy your well-earned break. But don’t stop writing just yet. The end of the year is hectic, so it’s okay to take it easy, but habit is the core of progress, so try to stick to the healthy ones. I am personally quite depleted, inside and out, but I still have my habits. As long as I’m putting out words, I know I’m doing at least one thing right.

Let’s finish this year by writing.

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You’re Allowed To Write What Makes You Happy

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Title speaks for itself. All y’all are writers with independent imaginations, so use them as you see fit.

As it is, I am quite tired, and I’m going to go work on my book.

Click here (or on the image) to read the article.

And then go write!

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Being Thankful: Writer Edition

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Amidst all the Thanksgiving posts you’ll see this week… here’s one about writing! 😀

How easy is it for us to forget to be thankful for our abilities, especially this late in our year? Too easy. So I sat down and thought about how much I really appreciate what I can do. And, of course, the people who helped me.

Click here (or on the image) to read a short list of some simple, but important things we should always keep in mind year round.

Write on, my friends, and be thankful!

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Trying Too Hard Really Kills The Story

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Ever realize something that just knocks your ego down a peg or two or five? Yeah, I had that moment the other day when I realized my NaNoWriMo novel was on the verge of flopping.

And why?

Because I was trying way too hard.

Click here (or on the image) to read this week’s article about how easy it is to put too much effort into a book… and why that’s not a good thing. Fear not! There’s a hopeful note to this one, too.

Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to reach today’s word count toward your goal!

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Why NaNoWriMo Has It Right

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This is my obligatory monthly NaNoWriMo appreciation post, because THEY DESERVE ALL THE APPRECIATION! 😀

Click here (or on the image) to read my post about NaNoWriMo, why I owe them everything I have, and why you should support them. The reasons are many.

…and then go work on your NaNo novel. It’s still week 1!

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When You Want To Give Up Writing

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This is probably a bit strange to see on a writing blog. (Or perhaps, if you’ve been trudging wearily through the same mindset, this is just what you expected to see). Either way, the writing life isn’t always magic and outer space and overthrowing dystopian governments; sometimes it isn’t even being sad about rejection letters and then hurling yourself back into the saddle with all the more determination.

Sometimes, writing stomps on your spirit a little too hard for a little too long, and all its grandeur and allure just… starts to dribble away.

Of course, I’ll admit before anyone that we creative folk should never give up writing. Today I’m just acknowledging how I feel right now–and it’s a real feeling, too, not just a fleeting moment of self-pity. It’s been a couple months. Hopefully, as I take on new challenges, it will pass. It always does.

Now click here (or on the link) to see if you feel the same. If you do, relax for a while. Take a breath. If you don’t, then go write. The rest of us won’t be far behind.

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NaNoWriMo Prep! (Tis the season)

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So I know I’ve been a bit inactive on here lately. My schedule has gotten pretty cramped and then I got sick last weekend and-

Yeah, excuses. But I will have more articles coming this next week (if I can discipline myself, that is). Writing advice galore!

In the meantime, I’ve been preparing for NaNoWriMo, as should you if you plan to undertake the great writer’s challenge. I highly recommend you do so. It’s the best way I know to charge through a project and see it reach completion. Hopefully that’s what I’ll see next month.

If you’re curious, you can read about my novel(s) here, on my NaNo profile page.

(Then create your own! And add me as a writing buddy!)

Also, if you’re even more curious, check out my new Pinterest board! It’s my first stab at “aesthetics” for my book Blue 15 (you know… the one I keep moaning about because it’s taking so long). I had way too much fun pinning to this board today, but it really got my mind rolling and rekindled an excitement for the story I forgot I had. It’s easy to forget after 4 years of working on one project. Perhaps I’ll write about this next week? Hmm…

Anyway:

Click here to see the board!

All right, if I’m distracting you from your writing endeavors, then be distracted no more. Go forth and write. And check back here early next week for another article!