Finishing NaNoWriMo (and what I learned from it)

This past Saturday, I finished the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel. It’s rough — as a first draft often is — and there are some holes I need to fill in, but overall, I’m thrilled with how it turned out, and proud to say I cranked out a first draft in under a month. …

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Join Me For NaNoWriMo 2018

I think I mentioned in a previous post that, because I have no regard for my sanity, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this November.   What is it? For those of you who don’t know: NaNoWriMo is, essentially, a mad dash to get 50,000 words of something written in November. Now, I’m not someone who …

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Novel Writing Tips: Writing the First Draft of Your Novel

As of last Tuesday, the first draft of my novel is complete - finished, wrapped up, doneskies. I’m absolutely intoxicated from the high of “wow, I just wrote my first novel.” Even more exciting: I spent just 22 days writing it - for some reason, I decided to do a solo NaNoWriMo in July, and …

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Writing a Novel: Productive Writing Tips for People With ADHD

  This isn’t something I talk about often - because most of the time I don’t see the benefit of mentioning it - but I have ADHD. I’ve had it since I was young, and I’ve struggled a lot through it not being acknowledged and later from misdiagnosis. Once I figured out what was up, …

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Analyzing Poetry: What’s Good and What’s Not?

Unpopular Opinion: All Poetry is Good Poetry I read a lot of poetry, in a lot of different styles: Wordsworth, Keats, Sexton, Czaga, Ginsberg, Plath, Peters (and far too many more to list). Each of these poets has their own unique style, and there’s no question in my mind whether they can be considered poets …

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Part Eleven: The Creature

The Creature You stand on your toes, stretch to reach the window and can only barely see through; a fine film of dust and grime cover the once transparent glass. You feel like a kid again, eavesdropping on your parents from the next room over. This time, though, fear is deeply rooted in your stomach …

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