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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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{NANO PIT STOP #2} 5 ways to make nano less stressful

Hello my frens, and welcome to the second post in my nanowrimo 2017 series! I hope you all thrived this week writing? Hmm…. *squints* At least survived?   Anywho, today I challenge you with a question:   How can nano be less stressful?     For basically every writer, nanowrimo is a synonym for stress. It means writing in the car, after midnight, while doing laundry and doing homework and consuming a ton of caffeine because you don’t have time…

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{NANO PIT STOP #1} 40 ways to celebrate the start of nano

HAPPY NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH, MY FRENS! Every writer’s favorite/worst favorite time of year has arrived at last, and we have approximately twenty-six (and a half) days left until we can sleep again.   Heh.   But that’s not what this post is about! There are a lot of cons about nano (no sleep, rushed schedule, etc.) but this November I’m planning a post series on how to keep you positive, motivated, excited, and focused on your novel. So what…

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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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