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{NANO PIT STOP #4} dear writer, be thankful and rejoice

Dear writer,   It’s been a long month. It’s been a crazy month of writing and not sleeping and wrestling with characters and filling plot holes and living on caffeine and chocolate.   Coming into this final week of nano, I know you’re tired. I know you need to push through the empty well of creativity and inspiration and get to the finish line.   But, before you head back to your novel today, take a moment to be thankful…

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{NANO PIT STOP #3} creativity is fragile

  Creativity is fragile. Going into the last weeks of nano (gosh, the month is flying by :P), I want to talk about how to protect Creativity (for the purposes of this post, I’m going to refer to creativity with a capital C)   First, understand that Creativity is not a muscle. It’s not something you flex and strengthen. It doesn’t get sore. It’s not like working out, and when your body starts to ache, you know that if you…

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{WRITING IS A GIFT} i am a pencil

A few days ago, I realized one of the coolest things—I’ve been saying I want to write a book for ten years now. Ten years. I don’t know what was going on in my six-year-old mind, but I vividly remember announcing “I want to write a book one day,” and ended up dictating a ten page story to my mom and stapling it together. (dubbed “The Hotel That Burned Down”—it was rather tragic, actually xD)   I haven’t been saying…

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{DREAMS AND CALLINGS PART 2} surrender

  Surrender has always perplexed me. I mean, how do you just…stop fighting. Stop trying. Give up—willingly. It’s like one of those trust test things, where you’re blind folded and have to fall back into someone.   I like to pull lessons out of things that happen in my life. And for the past month, I’ve been thinking: what have I learned from changing WIPs? What…what was God trying to teach me there? (a necessary thing to figure out if…

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{DREAMS AND CALLINGS} the best is yet to come

  This time last year, I was still a ballet dancer. I haven’t talked about it much in a long while, but I’m suddenly remembering where I was July 2016: dancing literally 24/7 and aiming for a career as a professional dancer.   I wrote a more in-depth post on this in December, but, long story short, I got injured and had to stop dancing. And — trust me — when you stop doing something that you’d been doing nonstop…

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