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  1. All right. So I'm back (don't run for the hills, okay?) and I aim to do some real writing in the next couple of weeks. I've been lazy for several months (I could have so much written since the pandemic started) but I have fairly high hopes of actually accomplishing something. I'm going to focus on writing short stories since those are more within my "ability". Writing shorter is how I usually ended up doing things (IF I finished anything, I'm unaware of it), even though longer is still what I want. I desperately hope no one will mind if I post a lot and ask for help w
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  2. It says, "Write a public message on your feed." But I realized not everything I think is acceptable to the public all the time and may be best not made public. Then I forgot what I was going to say.
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  3. Twins dressed up for Halloween:
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  4. Which is to say, after breaking through the threshold to discover whether I could write to that length, I'm now working on writing novels better. I don't need NanoWriMo for that.
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  5. Nod. It's about knowing what you need - this is just one of many tools. After winning in 2004, most people continued competing in the following years because of the catharsis, the achievement of winning. I'd accomplished something of critical importance, but once that bell was rung, I didn't need to replicate that experience the following year. Instead, I spent the next nine years honing my short story skills and made 13 sales. I only competed again in 2014 as a kind of callback, an anniversary. I don't plan to compete again until 2024 because I don't need that specific kind of novel-length sp
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  6. Types of characters in a story Came a cross this and thought it was quite helpful.
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  7. I don't need NaNoWriMo. My brain is wired such that when it comes to writing, I can't just shut up.
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  8. Here's the secret to 'winning' NaNoWriMo: First, pray. And then word count, word count, word count. The primary focus here is busting through a large block of writing. It's not about writing well, it's about writing words, and a lot of them, in a short but doable amount of time. You'll need buy-in from your family. When I do NaNo, we go through the drive-thru a lot. I don't do the laundry as thoroughly as I might. I don't sit and watch, like, anything with Linda during November. (Except football - we always make time to watch the Packers together.) And I personally make a stron
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  9. Update: the friend was rescued earlier today and will soon be reunited with his family, if he hasn’t been already. Given the circumstances, this was the best possible outcome, though the rescue did result in the deaths of the kidnappers. Thanks for all the prayers! I am sure they were instrumental in how fast this happened (but having a presidential election right around the corner couldn’t have hurt either.)
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  10. I've never been a fan of NaNoWriMo for myself, but I do recognize it's helpful for a lot of writers. However, the one thing I don't like about it is what usually happens in December: A flood of newly self-published material that really needed a lot more time in development/editing.
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  11. LUKE 5:38-39 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. This is how the Christian life is, when you first come into it and you're faced with a series of events you tend to think, “ things weren't like this” or “things weren't this bad when i was in the world” and of course you're right, that's true. But, that's because you didn't have all of hell up against you, what you really don't know is, after staying faithful and knowing the
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  12. Why thank you *returns the salute* For myself, the merit of NaNoWriMo is the discipline and the deadlines. I'm one of those who will drift, getting words down, yes, but I could be faster. Deadlines, hard deadlines, get me working. That's what NaNoWriMo is for me - the motivation to get the job done and the story written.
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