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I hit a milestone yesterday. According to my Bullet Journal, I’ve written for 365 days in a row.

Think about that. Three hundred and sixty-five days. One year.

A big part of doing anything is sticking with it. Last year, I watched the Rita and Golden Heart Finalists be announced, looked at my own writing output…and got very depressed.

40 Days

But what I started doing instead was making these forty days not a time to deprive myself of something, but to add to my life. Make this season a positive instead of “How long before I can have a Snickers again without feeling guilty?”

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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30dayliterarymadnessSurviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is a daybook of support, encouragement and the occasional kick in the pants to help make the stress more bearable and keep your eyes focused on your goal.

For each day of this mad sprint, there is a quote and essay designed to help keep you going at the keyboard, along with other pieces about preparation and the novelizing hangover that comes in December. There are also pages for those other moments, the ones when you’ve fallen slightly behind – or you realize this may not be a year you cross the finish line. No matter how your November novel experience is going, this book will be a companion for each day.

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Blog Archives

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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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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