Do The Thing That Scares You!

  “Do the thing that scares you.” And I don’t mean, “Oh I’m terrified of spiders so I should just go jump in a spider pit.” That’s different. That’s torture. Or sadomasochism. Or just BAD. What I mean is that many times we hide from the things in our life that require courage. Or perhaps... Continue Reading →

How To Know You’ve Set Too Many Goals

So it’s a new year! And just like in 2014, I’ve continued my Novel Writing Journey. My goal for 2015 is a little different than last year’s because I’m not limiting myself to one chapter per month but rather setting out to finish the first (very rough) draft of the novel. I’m afraid of this... Continue Reading →

One Year of Novel Writing: Month 12, Chapter 12

 Twelve months, twelve chapters, and I DID IT! I wrote every month! I finished all twelve chapters! I came out of 2014 with twelve more chapters in my book than I had in 2013 or the years previous, and that is an incredibly great feeling to have. I’m really proud of myself for making a... Continue Reading →

Finding My “Drive” to Write: Novel Writing Month 10, Chapter 10

  Month ten!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!! I didn’t finish. I know! Tragedy! Disaster! Horror! Failure! But by the time I wrote this blog I had finished. It took me two extras days of writing, but it is done! And I think it turned out to be a pretty decent chapter. I’m still kind of stuck in this... Continue Reading →

Novel Writing: Month 9, Chapter 9 – Does Having An Outline Help?

  BAM!!! Another month done! If you remember from last month’s blog post, my goal for September was to write a little in my novel every day. And now, you’re probably wondering if I accomplished this goal? Well… Yes! And…no. I started off really well. September 1st was Labor Day and filled with family fun... Continue Reading →

Is Writing Every Day Beneficial? (Novel Writing: Month 8, Chapter 8)

  Well, writing chapter eight for my novel didn’t exactly go as planned. Or even as hoped. Although again I did finish! (Hallelujah!) It’s just that I’m finding it hard to devote as much time as I want to writing. I imagine this is the problem that most amateur writers have. Writing takes creativity. And... Continue Reading →

On Dealing With Writer’s Block (Novel Writing: Month 7, Chapter 7)

  July was a harder month to write in than I expected. I don’t know if the process is just getting stagnant and monotonous or if I was simply busier this month and therefore couldn’t devote as much time to writing. I did finish the chapter though! Even if for a little while I thought... Continue Reading →

DON’T STOP NOW! (Novel Writing: Month 6, Chapter 6)

  Well June flew by pretty quickly! I’m realizing that I have the most typed portion of this book ever at this point, and how do I react to it?  I want to go back and rewrite it all again!  I know I’m supposed to be making a dedicated effort to just WRITE, but it’s... Continue Reading →

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