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Productivity: Co-working and write-ins

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There was a time after college when my friend Vijay and I had a lack of external structure. There was no more school, and work was hard to find. So we would meet at a local library to work on our writing together. We spent our days working in studious silence, jockeying to reserve private study rooms, and then we’d …

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What I Read, Part 1: Blogs

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There’s been a bunch of talk in my spheres lately about what folks are reading to learn about their craft. I found a bunch of new things to explore, and I figure I should share. This week I’ll post about the blogs I follow, and later I’ll go into the books I love. RSS Feeds and Readers RSS stands for …

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NaNoWriMo: A Win!

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Well, it took me until almost the 11th hour, but I made it. This year I managed to stay above par almost the entire month. I built up a four day buffer. I lost it over the Thanksgiving break. Pies (from scratch, mind you) Turkey Day Very Challenging Homework My Best Friend’s Wedding (in reality, not the movie) If I …

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NaNoWriMo: Eyeing the Finish Line

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Today I broke 44k, which means my win is within the week. According to the official site calculations, I’ll finish on the 25, which is a very comfortable win and right on target for my goal of 55k by the end of the month. Oh yes, I may finish early but I will still be writing. In fact, I’ll be …

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The 100 Page Slump

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Whaddaya know? 14 chapters and approximately 100 pages in, I hit a slump. There’s this theory that says that about 100 pages into a novel, most people hit a wall. It’s around the 20-25k mark. Coincidentally, this is typically in the second week of NaNoWriMo, when things start to get Hard. A lot of people quit around this point. They …

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NaNoWriMo: Bending the Rules

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So, I might be cheating just a little bit. The official rules for NaNoWriMo state: Just be sure to only count words written during the month. Now, I have about 15k of a previous draft of GISELLE sitting on my hard drive. It covers quite a bit of the same material in this draft, with differences. And I really like …

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#NaNoPrep: The Pacemaker

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While checking out the competition browsing our neighbor regions I came across a link to The Pacemaker. It’s a super nifty little words-per-day calculator. Set your target word total, designate when you’ll be most and least productive, and voila! For a while now I’ve been interested in trying ‘reverse NaNo’, as its been dubbed. That means starting with high output, …

A draft, a draft!

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I have, technically, finished my first draft. It runs all the way from the beginning to the end, minus some [square bracketed] missing scenes. The story still known as Statutory State (because I have yet to come up with something better) stands at about 72k. That leaves plenty of room for adding in those missing scenes. What got me to …