Non-Productive Writing

Non-productive writing: This is writing that you do because you want to, not because you have to. As opposed to unproductive, which leaves the bitter taste of self-reproaches of laziness and writer’s block, Non-Productive Writing can actually build your self-esteem as it builds your skill set. How many of us really take the time to […]

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Am I a Real Writer?

Otherwise known as Imposter Syndrome. I see this question come up a lot online. And for once, this is something I don’t suffer from — at least not yet. I do, however, have some thoughts on overcoming it. As mentioned in my post about anxiety, finding that little unemotional voice in your head is key. […]

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The Anxiety Monster

“OMG, I suck!” “What if everyone knows I suck but me?” “Who is ever going to want to read this drivel?” “What was I thinking?” “Why am I wasting everyone’s time?” Negative self-talk is always the easiest to listen to. It tells us we aren’t worthy, and it happily drowns out ten times its weight […]

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The Year of Putting Myself Out There

Apparently starts now. About two weeks ago I found out (at the last-minute) about the MWA first crime novel contest. And me in my new year frenzy of optimism thought to myself, ‘I can be ready to enter that by the deadline’. Ignoring, of course, that it’s generally thought to be a bad idea to […]

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NaNoWriMo – Turning the Corner

Can you believe that it’s been three weeks already? I can’t. I have been so busy this month, that I nearly lost count of the days. Though I can say with pride that I have been on the ball as to which day of the week it is for almost ten days now. Go me! […]

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NaNoWriMo – Week Two

I had a nap yesterday. Ok, I had a series of naps yesterday. Somehow I always forget that creative work is work, and it can be exhausting. Who am I kidding, it is exhausting. This is the part when NaNoWriMo can really start to suck. It’s sucking up your time, your energy, your every waking […]

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NaNoWriMo – Early Days

It Begins. The way so far has been … good. It’s only been a day, but I got over those “Omg-how-did-I-think-I-could-do-this-I-don’t-even-remember-what-this-story-is-about” jitters, dove in and wrote nearly 2000 words last night. I got a later start than I would have liked. Life has been a bit nutty this past week, and while I could have […]

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