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    NaNoWriMo, Weeks 3–4: Giving Up & Never Giving Up

    After the fifteenth—and, if I’m being painfully honest with myself, a little before then— it was made abundantly clear to me that there was no path to 50,000 words for me this year. Between a six-day workweek at my day job, the promises I made to critique others’ work, and having written past the point I’d planned out, I struggled to form words even for this blog post (which is why it’s so late!). But I won’t count this week as a loss. Progress is progress, right? Every day of NaNoWriMo teaches something new, and I’ll sum up those lessons and share those for you now. Word Counts Don’t get…

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    NaNoWriMo, Week 2: Not Enough Hours & Three Sunflowers

    Writers—and avid readers, too, I’m sure—will be familiar with the term “the soggy middle.” It refers to the part of the book that drags on after the enticing beginning and before the triumphant (or tragic) end. In a great book with tight editing, there’s nothing soggy about the middle. But life’s arcs aren’t always so neatly plotted, are they? All this to say, “Hello, and welcome to a week I did not nail.” Welcome to my soggy middle of a November week. Sunday, November 8 I had to make a quick Target run before work, which killed my attempts to write in the morning. I did manage to get out…

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    NaNoWriMo, Week 1: Disney Springs & My First Sprintings

    Some writers fly by the seat of their pants, never putting more than a few moments of thought into what they’ll write until the very start of National Novel Writing Month. Some plan things out down to the tiniest detail during what’s become known as “Preptober”—which is either part or all of October depending on your school of thought. Me? I’ve known what I was going to write for months. Under the pen name Emma Fontaine, I’m penning a short story and a sequel novella taking place in the world of Once Upon Academy. Those are my main projects, though they won’t add up to 50,000 words combined. There are…

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    Come Along on My Pandemic-Safe “Writing Retreat” to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

    National Novel Writing Month—a challenge to write fifty thousand words within November’s thirty days—will be here in just over two weeks. I’ve participated “seriously” thrice in the past, and so I recall with perfect clarity how it completely flips my life upside down. And you know I do so love the chaos. One thing I’ve learned during my attempts is that I must be prepared if I’m going to succeed. I know this because I haven’t been as prepared as I could’ve been in previous years, and I’ve never won. That’s why I’ve taken at least one out of my two free days every week to organize a little writing…

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    Writing Around Disney World 2020: Epcot Festival of the Arts

    Being a Disney Cast Member comes with many, many perks. Among them is access to the theme parks for most of the year. In 2020, I’m making the most of this privilege by organizing writing retreats for myself around the Walt Disney World Resort. Just a couple of days before Christmas, I visited the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, and I fashioned for myself one of my all-time favorite Disney trips I’ve ever had. This particular outing was something of a gift to myself. I knew I wouldn’t be able to visit and celebrate the season with my family, what with work and all, and my boyfriend had already…