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To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo?

NaNoWriMo has been a part of my life since I was thirteen. In 2009, somebody on the writing website Protagonize.com was talking about National Novel Writing Month and, being a keen/obsessive writer at the time, I decided to sign up, although it was already the seventh of November and I had no plot, characters, or experience of writing a novel. Nevertheless, I succeeded at the 50,000 word challenge, and finished my first (terrible, short, cliched) novel. I’ve done NaNo every…

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NaNo Cold Feet

NaNo Cold Feet

It’s funny — university is hitting me much harder this year in terms of time to blog, even though I don’t feel quite as overwhelmed and panicked by the amount of things I’m doing. That said, there are quite a few things that I’m meant to be doing that I haven’t done. Today, for example, I was meant to have a rehearsal for Pirates of Penzance from 2-5pm, but since I didn’t get up until 2.30pm, that … didn’t exactly…

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Competitive Soul-Selling

Competitive Soul-Selling

I’ve decided to enter some poetry competitions. I’ve always been nervous about entering competitions. Up to a point, that’s just my own insecurity: it seems pointless to submit a poem when the likelihood of receiving any recognition is so tiny, and I’ve never believed myself capable of winning any of them. But it’s also a financial consideration: the entry fees build up if you enter more than one or two, and it seems even less worthwhile. I’ve talked about how…

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Vocabulary Juxtaposition (Writing Challenge)

Vocabulary Juxtaposition (Writing Challenge)

Okay, friends. I’m not really here – I’m deep in a pit of revision and self-loathing, where I’ll be until Friday, but I couldn’t bear to neglect you until then. Now, I’m a big fan of Chuck Wendig’s blog. He runs flash fiction contests regularly, and while I almost never participate, I like the idea. This may go terribly wrong, as I have very few followers and therefore the likelihood of receiving any responses is tiny, but let’s give it…

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