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NaNoWriMo #Preptober: My Survival Kit

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit - #writing #amwriting

Cross posted on As The Eraser Burns. It’s almost that time of year again, folks: National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, the yearly Olympics for writers where participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days. The fun begins on November 1st, twelve days from now. TWELVE. As in, one-two-three-ten-twelve days, less than [...]

Where to Find Writing Exercises

Where to Find Writing Exercises and Prompts

I once gave a presentation where, ten minutes in, I asked attendees to do a writing exercise. Instant awkwardness. I could feel the groans they shifted in their seats, grimacing as though I had offered pickle juice for their tea instead of cream. For a second, I considered saving face by saying, “Just fooling, haha,” even though the exercise was really cute: Write [...]

Motivational Videos for Writers | Friday Five

Motivational Videos for Writers

It’s been a crazy week. Seriously crazy and while I did get some work done on a manuscript, it wasn’t good work because my mind has been pulled in so many direction. I hate not doing good work. It makes me feel lost. Chaotic. Incomplete because I haven’t been living my authentic life lately. Regretful over how much [...]

Flash Fiction Friday: How Easy

Happy Friday! Chuck Wendig posted a great Flash Fiction Challenge today: A Story in Five Sentences. I love writing exercises like these. Quick and breezy, so I’m jumping in: Her hair, once thick and lustrous, now hangs in limp waves past her thin shoulders, the perfect length for him to wrap around his meaty hands. She stifles [...]

NaNoWriMo Day 1!

So, while working at my favorite coffee shop yesterday, I had a conversation with Edgar Allan Poe about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I asked him if he thought it was crazy for me to even think about signing up, seeing as how I also have a midgrade to rewrite per an editor’s notes, (a head to toe [...]

When It’s Not Your Writing Season

Things I’ve learned while training for my first marathon: 1. “I’ll do my work first and then run later” usually translates to “I’ll most likely miss my run today and then feel like crap about it later.” 2. Ice baths are awful. 3. It’s not a good idea to tuck a Gu Energy Gel under [...]