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How I wrote a novel in 20 minutes a day (and you can, too!)

I just wrote “the end” today on my middle-grade science fiction novel. I wrote it over the course of forty days, with a short break in the middle to finish a novelette that was burning on me (so forty non-consecutive days.) I’m somewhat astonished with this fact, as it didn’t feel hard. I’ve written four National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo) novels, and they all felt hard. Hard to find the time, hard to catch up when I fell behind, hard to stay on top of, a race to the finish. True, this one was shorter. It’s complete at 44k words.…

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I am officially obsessed with the writing site Premise: write 3 pages (about 250 words/page) each morning. “Morning pages” some writers call them. So this semi-brilliant guy has written a website where you can do just that (he talks about the details here). Only the best part is, you don’t have to do the pages in the morning. Any time of day will do (phew, us night owls all just breathed a big sigh of relief.) So a friend mentioned this to me a while back and I looked and thought the site looked interesting, but then moved on…

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Writing with my kids

So I’ve been doing a lot of non-writing lately. Or, more accurately, writing for purposes other than other’s enjoyment, as that’s the only way I can think of accurately describing a Needs Assessment document or a Benefit Communication Piece. I mean, I’m sure the people reading the needs assessments and benefit communications feel very…entertained in some way or another, but those venues are not typically accessing the creative part of my brain, thus I don’t think of them as “writing” exactly. Think this will be them at their own book signing in a few years? So I’ve been missing writing,…

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