Justifying Word Vomit (Novel Writing: Month 5, Chapter 5)

  Another month of novel writing: COMPLETE! However, it certainly didn’t come without its challenges. The farther I get into this story, the more I realize how complex it is. I initially started a journal/sketchbook to keep all the little details of the story organized. For the first two or three chapters I did pretty... Continue Reading →

Persevering Towards Your Goals (Novel Writing: Month 4, Chapter 4)

  I have written four chapters!  This may not seem like a big deal to you, but I can promise you it’s spectacular for me!  When I think back to my original story, I would have periods of intense writing and then long bouts of stagnation so that I don’t think I’ve ever actually written... Continue Reading →

The Stigma of Depression: Drugs vs. No Drugs

  When I was 11, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  In the previous year I started developing an extreme fear of germs.  The only trigger that I can trace it to is when I had a very nasty stomach bug that was going around over the winter and for some reason, the vomiting... Continue Reading →

Novel Writing: Month 3, Chapter 3

  Three chapters down!  That doesn’t seem like a lot in general, but when I think about all the other responsibilities and mandates I have governing my life right now, it really is quite an accomplishment for me.  What is important though is that I am moving forward. It’s a constant progress of which I’m... Continue Reading →

Novel Writing: Month 2, Chapter 2

  Another month has flown by, and my novel writing journey is becoming more exciting.  After finishing the second chapter in my novel, the all-around plot is really beginning to take shape in my mind’s eye.  Unfortunately, I tend to get a little ahead of myself so that while I’m trying to write chapter two,... Continue Reading →

Why Is It So Important to Make a Life Plan?

  I remember working on a scholarship application in college that asked me to outline my life plan. Where would I be in five years? Ten years? Fifteen years? It was so insulting to me to have to explain to some stranger how I imagine my whole life playing out.  At the time I was... Continue Reading →

Novel Writing: Month 1, Chapter 1

If you’ve read my earlier post on “New Year’s Resolutions,” then you know that one of my goals for 2014 is to write a chapter for a novel every month.  On the one hand, a chapter a month doesn’t seem all that strenuous in comparison to the brave souls who take on NaNoWriMo and write... Continue Reading →

The Creativity of Goal-Setting

January means the inundation of “New Year, New You!” and “Fresh Start!” advertisements everywhere. Join the gym! Sign up with Weight Watchers! Start a new hobby! Find your perfect match!  It’s so overwhelming that I think society has become somewhat numb to the idea of change.  “New Year’s Resolutions” now seem just like a hoax... Continue Reading →

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