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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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Progress And Distractions

Progress And Distractions

It’s been nearly a week since I told you I was rewriting the first Death and Fairies book, so I figured it was time for a progress update. Consistency I’m a fast writer, but I’m also an inconsistent writer. Sure, I can write 5,000 words in an hour, but I’ll only write for one hour, and then I might not write again for a couple of days. Part of this is due to my wrists — some days I have…

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Get Me Out Of My Head

Get Me Out Of My Head

Oh. I should post. This blog is a thing. Suddenly you see why I posted three or four times a week over the summer — not because I had a lot to say, but because I had nothing else to do. Now that I’m embroiled in university, I could have a thousand post ideas and you still wouldn’t actually get to read them. This place is stealing every second of my time. Which means that NaNoWriMo this year is, for…

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Achievements In Loving Myself

Achievements In Loving Myself

One of the goals I set myself for 2014, albeit not when I wrote my initial list at the end of December, was to appreciate my achievements even when they don’t seem like much. I’m very bad at this. I always want to do more, be better, and I can’t always step outside of that drive to think, “No, you know what? Actually, I managed all these things.” And of course, one of the areas in which this was the…

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Guest Post: Word Wars With Friends

Guest Post: Word Wars With Friends

Today we have Karl, my nemesis from NaNo 2012. He neglects to mention the hellish schoolwork load I had, or my numerous extra curriculars, and makes it sound like I literally just had to write all month. Typical! But it’s a great look at what the competition was up to while we competed, and the values of writing with friends…. — Regular followers of Miriam will know that she likes to write – a lot! One of the things she…

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The Hardest NaNoWriMo Of My Life

The Hardest NaNoWriMo Of My Life

In 2009, I signed up for National Novel Writing Month for the first time on the 7th November, despite the fact that I was a week into the challenge with no characters or plot having never written a novel before. Most people were pretty sure I wouldn’t make the 50k mark, but I did, in 15 days flat. It was my first completed novel, and while it wasn’t great, I was able to harvest ideas from it to write another…

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Binge-Writing

Binge-Writing

Last year, I finished one first draft, and one first draft only. I wrote lots of redrafts — in 2012 I took Watching from a sixth draft to a ninth, as well as rewriting Destroying. But I did a lot of starting first drafts. I started a novel called Rite inspired by the Rite of Spring, about ballet dancers and sacrifice and friendship and love. I got about twenty thousand words into it, if that, before realising I didn’t have time…

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Where Is Miriam Joy?

Where Is Miriam Joy?

It’s a fairly long time since I last took a two-week hiatus from my blog (or however long it’s been now), and while that’s not that long, and I have a policy of not apologising for absences, I nevertheless feel some explanation is required, because I disappeared without any warning. This is therefore going to be a blog post in which I do not philosophise or muse on the use of books in a zombie apocalypse: I am going to…

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It’s Not About Writing

It’s Not About Writing

I’m sorry to anyone who isn’t interested in National Novel Writing Month, because a lot of my posts are going to be about it this month. But you know, to me, NaNoWriMo is about more than the writing and the wordcount and the NaNoisms, hilarious as they are. Earlier this week I wrote a guest post for the Teens Can Write Too blog on how NaNoWriMo changed my life. That was about writing. But that’s not what NaNoWriMo means to me,…

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The Only NaNo Advice You’ll Ever Need

The Only NaNo Advice You’ll Ever Need

So, NaNoWriMo starts in just a few hours – or has already started, if you’re in a futuristic time zone / actually from the future – and I’m here to give you some advice! To be fair, I wasn’t planning to write a blog post today, but I’m going to be seeing a LATER showing of Skyfall as the one we’d planned to go to is full (I’ll be home late enough I might as well stay up until midnight,…

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