On Writing

Post-NaNo Blues

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I have a NaNoWriMo hangover. Without an ongoing project to work on, I’m having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. I keep listlessly casting around for ideas and finding nothing that my mind catches on. I do have an idea for a novel, but I’m going to need to do some […]

Spotify shoved this song in my face today, and I am overflowing with the rightness of it for this point in my novel. Because it’s November 29th. I have 47,550 words. And I am almost finished. This novel has been in my brain for a while. I knew what I wanted – the theme, the […]

Starting My Writing Journal

One of the early pep talks for NaNoWriMo this year was from Daniel José Older. His whole pep talk is great; this sort of writing about writing is something I just devour and something I’d one day like to really contribute to myself. In particular Older talks about his writing journal, something that he’s only […]

I’ve added another story to my writing day, alongside my NaNovel – fanfiction; no, you can’t read it; I publish it on AO3 under an alias, as one does – and my mind is all stories, all the time. Well, I take brief breaks to goggle at the state of world politics, but mostly, it’s […]

I don’t know about you, but I feel like October just flew by. How can it be November already?! And yet here we are, Day One of NaNoWriMo, and I am HYPE. It’s fun being in New Zealand on November 1st. You can start hours before anyone else, and being able to update your wordcount […]

Wednesday night I wrote a poem, and it felt good to do that. Actually picking the germ of something out of my notebook, writing on it, refining it, and coming out of it with an actual thing… As opposed to writing on a feeling, ending up with a nothing scene that will languish in that […]

Hitting the beats

I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day about how our lives are stalled cars on the highway of life. He seemed surprised that I was in the same position. “What do you mean? You go running three times a week!” The implication being, of course, that this means I am a […]

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The NaNoWriMo forums are frequented for two months out of the year. I prefer it like that, actually; like there are two months of Annual Writing Holiday, one month of sharing and preparation and excitement, and the second of panic and coffee and procrastination. NaNoWriMo is genuinely not the same without the forums; it’s a […]

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All I’ve written this week is a sort of incoherent stream-of-consciousness, influenced by the new Nick Cave album Skeleton Tree and Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley’s new EP. Also influenced by Maus, although I couldn’t tell you how. I’ve started reading Pale Fire, which is the sort of work of genius that just makes you […]

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I have a novel that’s been sitting around a while. One day, I’m going to send it to an agent. I haven’t worked up the nerve just yet. Self-publishing works for a lot of people. There are some successful authors out there who self-publish. I wonder sometimes if that would be a better option for […]