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I wrote 50,000 words this month!

A few minutes ago, I validated my 2018 NaNoWriMo novel. It’s the first time I’ve written 50,000 words in 30 days since 2011, or 7 years ago. Coincidentally, my first-ever NaNo win came in 2008, so snagging a win this year feels especially apropos. I ended the month with 50,313 words (by NaNoWriMo’s count). Of...

NaNoWriMo ate my life

NaNoWriMo ate my life

Ah, yes, November. That time of year where I vainly try to write 50,000 words in 30 days, and usually peter out around 20,000 – 25,000. And yet, I insist on trying. 20,000 words in a month is still twice my usual goal of 10,000 words in a month. Plus, it’s fun. (Yes, I realize...

New flash fiction in Uproot!

New flash fiction in Uproot!

I have a short short story—”Lonely Weather”—in Issue 5 of Uproot, a journal focused on “place, migration, and dislocation.” Mia walks west. She walks without stopping for rest, for sleep, for food, for water, because she is a ghost and feels no physical pain. The word echoes in her mind: ghost, ghost, ghost. She hopes...

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018: Week 1 recap

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018: Week 1 recap

Although I’ve given myself permission to fail (better) at Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m actually doing pretty well! Here are my stats for the first 10 days of this 30-day writing challenge (not including today): Total words written: 7,024 Words left to write: 17,976 Average words per day: 702 Days without writing: 2 Mental breakdowns: 0 Emotional...

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018: Fail better

Camp NaNoWriMo 2018: Fail better

If you want to be a writer, you have to be comfortable with failure. Failure isn’t bad, though. It (hopefully) means you’re learning and growing. But more importantly, failure means you’re trying. I’ve been participating in National Novel Writing Month since 2007, and Camp NaNoWriMo since it began around 2010. The goal for NaNoWriMo is...