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NaNoWriMo, Week 3

NaNoWriMo Week 3 Statistics: Words Written This Week: 11,783 Total Word Count: 37,434 Percentage Complete (assuming 50K words): 75% Chapters Written: 17 How it’s going so far: I was astonished when I realized, last Wednesday, that I had already surpassed the total number of words I’ve ever written on a novel during my previous best month (20-25K; I’ve never kept exact track, but... read more

NaNoWriMo, Week 2

NaNoWriMo Week 2 Statistics: Words Written This Week: 11,817 Total Word Count: 25,651 Percentage Complete (assuming 50K words): Just over 50%! Chapters Written: 12 How it’s going so far: I hit a couple of blocks this week. The first was on Wednesday, the day after the election. I woke up exhausted, in shock, and grieving. (I’m still experiencing those last two feelings.) It took me most of the... read more

NaNoWriMo, Week 1

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of National Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For those who are unfamiliar, this is a month-long event that takes place every November, in which participants challenge themselves (and each other) to write a full-length novel (50,000 words, approximately the length of The Great Gatsby) in thirty days. It’s an immensely popular event, drawing thousands of... read more

Knowing Myself Better: 9 Lessons Learned

My last day of teaching for the school year was this past Friday. I’m currently 39 weeks pregnant, and waiting for baby girl to arrive. I hope she gives me a few days to rest before she decides to enter the world! This transition has been more challenging than I’d anticipated. After all these months of preparation, I expected to be mentally ready to stop teaching. But I’m sad to be... read more

The Three “P”s of Writing Productivity

I’ve been working on upping my writing productivity this summer. It’s a necessary focus, what with completing draft 1 of my novel, posting fifteen blog posts and two newsletters a month, and managing social media for two websites. If I want to continue on that ambitious path, I need to be super-organized, and I need to feel confident that I can hit my goals monthly, weekly and daily. So at the... read more

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