Community is the Key to NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone! The first FULL week of Nano is coming to a close. How is everyone doing?

I knew this month would be a challenge with classes AND the commitment of working on my NANO, but so far I’ve managed to do it all *knock on wood* thanks to some great time management, some sleepless nights, and some amazing communities who encourage me every step of the way!

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Rejections and Moving Forward

Welcome back, everyone! I’ve returned from an exhausting but amazing trip to Japan. For this trip, I made the conscious decision not to bring my laptop. It was painful and I probably won’t be doing that again, but it also allowed me to disconnect from my current WIPs and come back with fresh eyes.

But while I was disconnected I still received emails on my phone.   I’m still waiting for that day when I get a little ‘Ping’ and an email that requests a full manuscript. Unfortunately, all I received was another rejection and news that I did not make the finals for a contest I entered.

I won’t lie, it was a bummer.

But it means I can keep moving forward.

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Maintain Passion For Your Passion Project

After starring at the same words for months, maybe years it is easy to feel lost in your project. The passion is just gone. Maybe there are other plot bunnies floating by your head, tempting you with their ideas and characters and they look so appealing.

I turned to advise on how to keep passion in romantic relationships and tried applying it to the  relationship between writer / WIP.  You two started out this relationship great- it was an instant connection. The words were flowing and you were having an amazing time exploring this new concept. Then something happens. The dreaded middle, writer’s block, maybe things just aren’t going the way you planned. Maybe you’ve edited the thing so many times you are sick of it!

Fear not. Everyone has these moments of doubt. It isn’t anything new and it will pass. That is the most important part, so let’s repeat it. It will pass.  But if you need an extra boost to rekindle that passion and love you once had for this special project, below are a few good places to start.

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