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November is National Novel Writing Month!

Shield-Nano-Side-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResEver thought about writing a novel?  Have a great idea for story?  A character that’s keeping you up all night?  Well, November is your month!  During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), hundreds of writers work on starting (and finishing!) their novels in the month of November in a feverish sprint of creativity.  Some of the most popular recent novels have been products of this rough drafting process.


What is it? 30 days.  50,000 words.  Last year, 669, 882 novels were written in the month of November with the help of the author forums, support groups, and tracking help all offered for free through the NaNoWriMo website.

What’s the point? The point of NaNoWriMo is not to write a final, polished draft, but to get a complete rough draft on paper.  Editing and proofreading take time and are often the reason why most first-time writers never finish the first draft.  Too often us fiction writers get distracted by the small details of writing and get frustrated when we can’t ‘get it right’ the first time.  By writing under pressure and with other authors, you will learn to let go of those small things that can easily be fixed on a third, fourth, and yes, fifth read through.

Why don’t you just do that on your own?  NaNoWriMo also makes it easier because, like all writing, it makes it a social event.  Writing can be a lonely, unforgiving trudge from the first word to the final sentence, but it doesn’t have to be.  Writing is always a communication between you and someone else (even if that someone else is your future self), and this process helps you to ask questions and get feedback much quicker than the traditional writing and publishing process.  NaNoWriMo also puts you in direct contact with others who are trying to reach the same goals, so they will intimately understand your struggles and will be excited to relish in your triumphs!


 Are you ready to take the NaNoWriMo challenge?

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Six Steps to Awesome: How to Write a Free Verse Poem

Free Verse

Are you struggling with writing a poem without rhyme or meter? Some say free verse is easy, but its not. That’s why I’m here to help! Just follow my simple steps and in no time you’ll have yourself an awesome free verse poem.
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The “R” Word: Revision

There comes the point in the life of a writer when their work emerges from its dusty hiding place under the bed, or stops serving as a coaster on the night stand, or leaves the expansive margins of the Basic Algebra notebook. This is the moment when the budding writer steps out into the light, and makes the declaration to the world:

I am Communicator, Story Teller, Poet.

They claim their name and walk in that truth, but before their transformative process is complete, they must embrace one important part of the writing process: the dreaded R word! Continue reading

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Hate to Love Writing?

Writing is not just writing words on paper and composing text of fiction or nonfiction information–it is a form of art. It is not merely a way to deliver factual information but also a way to express ones’ thoughts and ideas. Unfortunately, writing is often perceived as something boring and life-less.  Sure, it may seem that way when you have to write about something that does not interest you, but that is when you have to discover and immerse yourself in your creative juices and let the piece reflect you. 

Informational and factual pieces can be boring to write about but there are still ways to be creative when delivering the information to your readers. One does not always have to present the information traditionally. One can get creative and use different words and writing formats to keep yourself and the reader interested.

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People do not tend to realize that it does not matter what type of written of work it is–the piece still reflects you because what you chose to write or how to write it either articulates how you think or reveals various personality traits.

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For instance, if one has to write an historical piece, that historical event can be delivered in a storyteller format. History is not just facts and information; there is a story behind every historical fact. These days, we are so used to boring trivia facts being thrown at us that we are expected to memorize but those are just the facts, but what about the story behind it?

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