National Novel Writing Month

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.  On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Last year I participated in NaNoWriMo and found that it really helped keep me on track with the project I was working on, which later became my first novel, Remembering Lauren. The buddy system, the fun word sprints, the local gatherings… they all inspired me to complete a very […]

Procrastination used to be my friend

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I used to put things off all the time. Not just the things I didn’t want to do, like cleaning, de-cluttering, exercising, etc., but even things I wanted. Household projects that I researched and envisioned brightening up my home were tossed in a folder to collect dust. Laundry would sit until I was forced to wear things in the back of my closet that made me uncomfortable most of the day. Cleaning projects would pile until they seemed overwhelming. And then one day a writer friend suggested that I participate in NaNoWriMo with the local writing group. NaNoWriMo for those […]