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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: The Aftermath

The time was 11:58 AM, the date November 30th. My contacts had dried in my eyes a few hours ago, but there had never been an instant to take them out. I had to stay focused on the computer screen in front of me, on the words my fingers were rapidly typing as the minutes flew past, careening towards the 11:59 AM cut-off point. Most importantly, I had to submit my NaNoWriMo word count for the final time.

If you read my last article, you’ll know that NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual event that pushes writers to compose 50,000 words during November, with a goal of 1,667 words per day. You’ll also know that this year I decided to participate.

So how did I do?Continue reading

How To Write a Rough Draft

How to Write A Rough Draft – 10 Ways to Be Dangerous

I’m about to give you advice that I should follow myself.

Repeat after me:

Your writing doesn’t have to be perfect the first time around.
Your writing doesn’t have to make any sense the first time around.
Your writing can be utter shit the first time around.Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gifts for Writers and Entrepreneurs

The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to open up the coffers, hit the ground running, and start crossing people off your To-Buy list.

*gulp*

Did you just start sweating too?Continue reading

How To Be Creative Using Daily Writing Routines

I love writing!

But, as with everything else in life we enjoy, there’s always something we don’t enjoy about it. That’s just how it is.

I don’t like not understanding something. I also don’t like my frequent inability to make creative decisionsparticularly when it comes to deciding what I’m going to paint, or write about next.

It’s become clear to me now that I’m not the only one experiencing this never-ending tug-o-war between my creativity, my daily routines, and the discipline to actually sit down and write my thing.

The struggle is real.Continue reading