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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 9: Aim High – and Breathe

Having a writing pad is something you should to try to achieve if you can. It allows you to breathe a little, to know that if/when something comes up to take you away from the writing, you’re not going to fall behind. The best way to achieve this is to push when the writing is good, not cut yourself off just because you’ve hit 1,667 words an fulfilled your daily requirement. If the words are flowing, flow with them and push past that mark, build up that extra that you’re going to need at some point in your writing process.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 8: Showing Up

It is appropriate for us as WriMos because, no matter where we are, we are also showing up. We’ve committed to writing these words this month, to tell our stories now, not “someday.”

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 7: Breakfast of Champions

Since I’m something of a pantser, I can roll with that idea. Some of my best stuff has come from things I absolutely didn’t know were going to be there. But I’ve seen friends who are determined, dedicated plotters faced with that, and often all one can do is feed them chocolate and help them get through the panic.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 6: Dream Big and Do

We’re writers. We deal in imagination and we create worlds and lives in the pages we write. Yet, so often, for all our dreaming of finishing a book or getting one (or more) published, we some how can’t manage to cross that invisible barrier from wanting to becoming. Our fault, dear WriMos, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 5: How Do You Measure Success?

Success comes in many forms. There is the obvious, of course: fame and fortune. These things are nice; if I had fortune, I would not be holding down a day job while trying to set up four books to be published next year. But they are not necessarily the only markers.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 4: Faith Manages

Is it hard yet? For a lot of folks, this week is the easiest because the story you’re working on is fresh and new, which can really help keep a writer moving because there’s a lot to discover, no matter how much you’ve planned before hand. Treasure that feeling and let it help you write like the wind. You’ll be grateful for these days later on.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 3: Laying a Base Coat

We’re still in the broad strokes stage of our work, cracking 5,000 words today if we’re on schedule. Truth be told, we’ll be working in broad strokes for most of the month. NaNoWriMo isn’t the time for subtlety and fine detail.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 2: Shall We Dance?

Here’s hoping it was a good writing day yesterday, no matter how many words over or under 1,667 you did.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 1: Let’s Go

It’s early here on the west coast, though some of you reading this elsewhere have probably already had your first cup of coffee. You’ve possibly even had a chance to start on your NaNoWriMo Project. I haven’t. This is one of those years where the demands of the work week prevented me from staying up until midnight, ready to type at least those first few words. I was sensible and went to bed at my usual time so I’d be able to get up when the alarm went off and be reasonably rested for all the commitments I have to do outside my writing.

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Halloween

“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.” — Samuel Smiles

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