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How Do You Define Success?

Silhouette of figure on a hilltop with text: What Does Success Look Like to Us?

Our definition of success will affect our happiness. So let’s walk through how we might define our success—as well as what it means if we haven’t yet “succeeded.”

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October 12, 2017

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NaNo Prep: Getting a Handle on Our Story

Orange sand in hourglass with text: Ready for NaNo? Understanding Our Story

To make NaNo work for us, we need to figure out our goals for the experience—and there’s no wrong answer. However, if our goal is to create a coherent story, we should try to understand story structure.

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October 5, 2017

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Do You Share Your Expertise?

Sheet of music composition with text: What's Your Expertise? Now Share It!

As a writer we can suffer from the impostor syndrome, feeling like a newbie many times over. But we all have expertise in something, and now’s your chance to help others and share what you know.

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October 3, 2017

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Slow Progress Is Better Than No Progress

Inchworm creeping across a book with text: Slow Progress Still Moves Forward

Due to my health issues over the past 14 months, I’ve missed a lot of self-imposed deadlines, and it’d be easy to get frustrated. But it’s important to remember that slow progress is not a failure. Slow progress is still better than nothing.

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April 27, 2017

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How Can We Make NaNoWriMo Work for Us?

Close up of custom flames paint job on a car with text: Customize Your NaNo Experience

A common assumption about NaNoWriMo is that people write crap to meet the word count demands of 50K words in one month, but NaNo writing doesn’t have to be poor quality. Let’s take a look at how we can make NaNo work for us.

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October 27, 2016

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Are You Ready for NaNoWriMo?

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It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo, and if you’re anything like me, you might be freaking out a little as November nears. So here are several quick links to posts helping us plan, start, and get unstuck with our story.

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October 25, 2016

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Helping Writers: Writing Coaches, Guest Posts, & More!

Writers Helping Writers: Deepen Your Craft with Resident Writing Coach Jami Gold

We’re talking guest posts—both my upcoming posts at the Writers Helping Writers site as one of their Resident Writing Coaches and an opportunity to guest post here on my blog during the month of November. And *psst* I need advice for NaNoWriMo too…

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October 13, 2016

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Self-Care for Writers

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A writer’s life can quickly shift from leisure time to impossible deadlines, which can interfere with our healthy habits. To maintain our health, we should occasionally analyze our self-care habits and routines—especially when we have time between the chaos.

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March 8, 2016

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Does Our Story Have Everything It Needs?

Classroom skeleton with text: Does Our Story Have Good Bones?

After completing a story, we might face the question of whether to put in the effort to revise it. If we decide our story has enough promise, what should we do next? Does our story contain all the essential elements? Does it have the bones of a good story?

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December 22, 2015

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