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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 30: Victory

Let’s treasure not just victory, but the connections we have made with our fellow writers. This is all too often a solitary calling and we need people who understand what it is to have a storyline fall apart or the moment when you are absolutely convinced that every word you are writing is certified, 100% crap. To be a part of this community, even for a little while, is to have the joy of knowing we are not alone.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 29: Don’t Give Up

Tomorrow is not the end, but the beginning of the next phase, and no matter where we are with our stories, there is always a new dawn waiting for us if we have faith in ourselves.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 28: Bounce

We are writers. We write. We write through good times and we try to write through bad times, though there are moments when we have to say, “No, not today.” I saw that from a number of people earlier this month. They stepped away from the keyboard for a day or even a week, but they came back because writing is what they do. I would say bad times call for writing even more desperately than good times because readers need the comfort and inspiration fiction can bring.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 19: Possibilities

You took this on because this is important to you. Maybe it’s a life goal, maybe it’s a need to get yourself back on track. If you’re struggling, tell yourself that you’re doing good by sitting down in front of that keyboard. You’re building a habit that will see you through this month and beyond.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 18: Let’s Do Something

The world would be a poorer place without ideas to inspire folks, to challenge their beliefs, to offer comfort when life is cold and cruel. We should not elevate what we do too much, but I have long held that if what I write makes one person feel better — even if that person is me — then that is a worthwhile thing.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 17: Trimming Sails

It’s different for each of us, but it may be time to adjust your sails so you reach your destination, which should be a finished first draft, whether you make 50,000 words by November 30 or no.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 16: Feeling Lost Yet?

My favorite moment in any story I write is the one where I find myself lost inside of it. It’s a strange phenomenon, but when it’s working, there comes a moment when everything seems to click and the story becomes my whole world. It’s what’s on my mind at any given moment, and occupies my thoughts on waking and before I drift off to sleep. Even when I’m busy with other things, it is never far from me.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 15: Halfway There

But whether you’re ahead or behind, the writing continues because that’s how we build our stories and our words, drop by drop, word by word. It may feel as if it’s painfully slow – and I’m not going to argue with you about that – but it is progress.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 14: Let Yourself Go

Now is not the time to strive for perfection. If we do, we won’t make word count, we won’t get our words done. Just throw the words on the page and trust your instinct. Don’t worry if your 19th century heroine is making 21st century pop culture references. If it expresses what you want her to convey right now, put it down. During the revision phase is the time to weed out inconsistencies, putty over the cracks and make certain everything is smooth.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 13: Tomorrow

Books don’t get written without our words. Yesterday is past, never to come again, but tomorrow is always waiting. Your tools lie before you. Arm yourself and your ideas could change the world.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 12: Small Victories

Every word you write is a victory, even if you don’t make your word count today, this week, this month. It is a victory because it is more words than you had written yesterday.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 11: Keep Going

We keep going word by word. Those words becomes sentences, which become paragraphs, which become chapters — and those chapters become a story. You cannot write it all at once, no matter how much you try.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 10: Coping

There are going to be moments in life when it all hurts and the only thing you feel capable of doing is curling up into a ball and weeping. That’s hard — and we’re not even talking about writing. We’re talking about feeling as if every effort is going to be too much. The pat answer is to say, “It doesn’t get better,” but that doesn’t necessarily help when you sitting in the depth of despair.

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