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Category Archives: Writing Process

NaNoWriMo has begun…

… and I have a less-than-stellar start. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in November, which translates to 1,667 words per day.  The true WriMo works on a novel (that is, a fictional story) and begins writing a new manuscript on the first of the month.  There are, however, many WriMo “rebels” who …

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Writing Schedule

Several years ago I read an interesting assignment.  Imagine your perfect day:  not a special day like a birthday or holiday, but an ordinary day.  Be specific, such as what time you wake up, eat meals, and go to bed.  Be sure to include activities that you consider priorities in life.  Afterwards, place the schedule …

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Purposeful Journaling

For several years now I have been faithful to writing Morning Pages, the brainchild of Julia Cameron in her classic book, The Creative Way.  The concept is to handwrite three pages when I first awake (or type its equivalent of 750 words).  Its purpose is to dump the mental clutter in my head in order to make space for …

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Why I Write

I must admit that I have never participated in a “blog hop” but after reading Karen’s post I knew I wanted to join the fun.   I was curious as to when this “hop” originated, but after doing a bit of research and following various links, I was only able to discern it has been active since at least …

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Fear of Writing (Part 2)

FEAR. It seems rather silly to fear writing. In my mind, fear is beneficial only to protect life, but the decision to become a writer is most definitely not a matter of life or death. But it is a matter of worth – of value – of significance. And I fear that a life devoted to …

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