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Resolve to Let It Go

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Evergreen, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Personally... | 0 comments

Resolve to Let It Go

Happy new years, friends! Is it just me or has this year simultaneously been flying by and also felt it’s already been at least five years long? Have you managed to wrap your head around the whole 2020 thing yet? I still can’t write it without feeling like I should replicate myself some earl grey and hop into my flying car. That somehow what my brain has always pictured as the future is the present is beyond the capacity of my imagination. Speaking of imagination, I’m going to need you to use yours and pretend I posted this in January....

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5 Tips to Get Into a Writing Habit in 2020

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

5 Tips to Get Into a Writing Habit in 2020

Everything has been a bit bananas over here (Why must kids get sick so often? Why???) and I’m a bit behind on the blog. While I try to get my feet back under me, I’m turning the blog over to Reedsy’s Thao Nguyen today for a great guest post on starting a writing habit (an essential part of Building a Writing Life). -Hillary Every January, you tell yourself: “This is it! This will be my year.” You’re going to write that book and get it published. You plan, set deadlines, and the first couple of weeks probably go wonderfully....

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Decade in Review or why lists are your best friend

Posted by on Dec 29, 2019 in My Writing, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Personally..., Playwriting, The Whine Seller & e-commerce, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Decade in Review or why lists are your best friend

In a few days, we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve 2019 which marks not just the end of the year but also the decade. Social media has been abuzz for weeks with the twin takes of “Make a list of what you accomplished in the last 10 years!” and “Listing your accomplishments is Bad, Actually, and will make you feel terrible so just be happy you’re alive.” And, on one hand, I can see how looking at a list of what someone else accomplished in the last ten years can make you feel terrible which is why I...

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My Year in Writing 2019: a rebuilding year

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

My Year in Writing 2019: a rebuilding year

My understanding of sports can be best summarized by the time I looked up at the TV and asked my husband if he was watching “Monday Monday Football Monday” and he just looked at me, looked at the TV, looked back at me and said… “It’s Tuesday? And this is hockey?” But despite my inability to tell a quarterback from a Zamboni, I am going to use a sports cliche because 2019? 2019 was a rebuilding year. See, at the start of this year, I realized I was looking at least at least four more years until I’d...

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Write for the job you want

Posted by on Nov 30, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Write for the job you want

Write for the job you want, not the one you have There’s an expression that says, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” and it applies well to your writing life. Even though you’re just starting out, you likely know where you ultimately want to be. You know the writing life you want to have, even though you’re not there yet. The key to getting there is to write for that life now. What is the writing life you want? Let’s say you want to be a bestselling author. You want to have dozens of books...

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NaNoWriMo Pep Talk: Winning Isn’t Everything

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo Pep Talk: Winning Isn’t Everything

NaNoWriMo is nearly over. Only 8 days until this whole wild challenge is behind us and we’re swept up in the holiday chaos that accelerates us all into the end of the year. I know some of you have already reached or even surpassed 50,000 words and I want you to know that you are awesome and have accomplished something amazing here this month. I am so darn proud of you! For those of you still furiously racing to the finish line, I highly recommend getting yourself a word buffer as we head into Thanksgiving Week because the holiday can...

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Writers: Finish what you start

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Writers: Finish what you start

Consider yourself warned: There’s a point, usually around the halfway point of your story but not always, when you will hit a moment of crisis. This story is a mess, my writing is awful, the characters are flat and dull, and the whole thing is falling apart. Why am I even bothering to write this? This feeling will often coincide with the siren call of a shiny new idea that would be sooo much easier to write, and it’ll try to convince you that maybe you should just go write that and stop wasting your time with this disaster. When...

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Take failure off the table

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Take failure off the table

It was summer. My daughter was five years old and just learning to go underwater. All-day long she’d done tentative little dips, dunking her face, sliding across the surface of the water. Then she dropped her goggles. She lunged for them, but it was too late. Down down down, they sank to the very bottom of the deep end of the pool. Over and over, she dipped under to get them, but she never even came close to where they were. With each dip, she got more frustrated. She was barely getting a foot under the water, how could she ever hope to...

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Turn your writing dreams into a writing goal

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Turn your writing dreams into a writing goal

While people often use the terms interchangeably when talking about writing or anything creative, there’s a big difference between a dream and a goal. A dream is a fantasy, a mental picture of how we wish it could be. A goal is a tangible thing you can work toward in the real world. Goals vs Dreams Even the word goal itself changes how you think about it. A dream feels like an ethereal picture in the distance, but a goal is a finish line you can walk toward right now. What would it take to turn your writing dream into a writing goal?...

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