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Day 5 of Write Yourself Alive

A Letter to a Younger Man from My Deathbed

I’ve always been somewhat skeptical of writing prompts. Often their cliché topics turn me off and I stick my nose up at them in disgust. That’s changed with Write Yourself Alive. The prompts are great for keeping me focused, and they’re actually teaching me a lot about myself too. This course is not just an exercise in writing. It’s an exercise in self discovery.

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How I Finished the NaNoWriMo Challenge with Time to Spare

Every November thousands of people gather online and in person to try to write a novel in thirty days or less for something called National Novel Writing Month. It may sound like an insane task, but every year hundreds accomplish this goal with the support of a huge community of writers.

This year I decided to give NaNoWriMo a try on a whim. I came up with the idea for my novel on the morning of November first while taking a shower. I had planned to begin querying agents throughout the month of November on behalf of my first novel, The Worst Form of Violence, but I decided putting it off for a month wouldn’t hurt.

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

I started my first novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2012 and it took me another year and a half to finish. That’s because it was a story I was invested in, plus a little bit of laziness and fear crept in. Not to mention that thing called life. But hey, at least I finished!

This year I’m determined to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month, even it I have to just mash gobbledy gook on my keyboard. Successful authors have done it before.

As of 1 o’clock today, I’m already nearly 2,000 words into my story. Off to a good start!

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