NaNoWriMo 2017: Week #2 Progress + “First Drafts Are Not Final Drafts.”

“This year’s NaNoWriMo still has quite the way to go, and I am finding it increasingly difficult to stay on track with my word count. I’ve had moments where all I wanted to do was start over, where I honestly believed that I would not be making it to the end. However, I do not believe […]

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Dual Perspective + Character Conflict

“Creating the world the way you see it, the way that best fits the project at hand, is not an easy task to undertake. Playing with original ideas, throwing around the different possibilities you might adapt for the sake of your novel, can cloud your mind. Changing up the way in which you are comfortable […]

NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 6 + How I Approached My Plot

“Nothing keeps me writing like this time of year, and I can safely say that I am making progress on my novel. It was late last night that I finally decided what direction the story would take, and what that would mean for the characters I’ve created. Sometimes, starting with an entirely blank slate can put you back a […]

NaNoWriMo 2017: Planning, Setup, and Awaiting the Start

“NaNoWriMo has always been a time for me to really hunker down and get my writing in order. It is the time of the year I can truly remind myself of my capabilities, of what I can do once I make the time to get down to business. This year, I haven’t had an idea in […]

Poetry: Eglantines and Self Portraits + Doorsteps

EGLANTINES AND SELF PORTRAITS The guise of sweet regalia Untold inquisitions and delicate specificities The settled lament of written ballast For she felt her lungs command a strange interception Her nonfeasance clung to her rib cage, Burying the ache beneath her fancied stoicism She spoke of her end, a bed of eglantines An inaudible retinue, […]

The Minimalist and Her Goals: Writing Sessions and NaNoWriMo Prep

“November is slowly approaching, and I’ve got all hands on deck trying to prepare for NaNoWriMo 2017. I’ve settled on an idea, I’ve set up my documents, and now I wait. These last few days of October, I want my writing focus to be on exercising my creativity, on writing shorts, playing with narrative. The excitement has begun […]

With Effort Comes Progress and Quality Content: Write Now, Assess Later

“Monday morning productivity is my favourite to take part in. Setting myself up for a productive week, and laying out the plans to get things done, bring about a sense of accomplishment I can’t allow myself to part with for too long. Last week, I took some time to work through some identifiable anxieties surrounding the loss […]

“Play With Your Narrative and Take a Chance on the Unexpected.”

“There will always be a few impending risks with every new piece of writing. This usually results in a turn of events we never expect, a fresh perspective, something that sparks our interest continually, keeping us writing. It is hard to get a grasp on everything that you want your piece to accomplish, but what […]

Write More, Write Efficiently: “Developing Your Written World.”

“It is never easy to pick up a project again once it’s been neglected for quite some time. The initial drive, the initial fire may have been put out, and you’re left trying to salvage what is left of it. I can certainly say that I’ve begun to feel as though I’ve gotten my planning in order. […]

Accepting the Need for a Break in Routine: “When Juggling the Professional Approach to Everyday Life Becomes Difficult.”

“We all want to do the best we can with the time we have at hand. There are endless amounts of late nights, lack of sleep, forgetting to eat on time, as you try to balance your busy schedule. There are minute anxieties that arrive when the scheduling becomes a little too much, when you’re not allowing […]