On Sharing

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“Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.”

—Paulo Coelho

I haven’t been nearly as dedicated with this blog as I’d intended, but then we all know what they say about intentions…

I always have excuses: life is busy, I can’t think of anything to write about, nobody’s reading so why should I write?  It goes on, but mostly, I just forget.  I used to have get a weekly reminder from WordPress to make sure I wrote regularly, but for some reason it stopped, so now I forget to keep it up.  In the beginning, I was excited about writing a blog and excited about writing, so I had the motivation to keep it up, but the novelty has worn off now.  The semester will be over in three weeks and I won’t have regular deadlines to remind me to write—creatively or here—but I still want to keep it up.  I  just need to find a way to stay motivated to do it.  Maybe if I go back to posting quotes with some regularity.  I also think that writing prompts or maybe flash fiction (I’ve never tried it before, maybe it’s a good exercise?) might be a good idea.  Do any of you out there have any thoughts or suggestions of what you’d like to see here?

In 4 days, NaNoWriMo starts and then I’ll be writing insane amounts on a daily basis.  Maybe that sort of creative output will prompt more output here.  I guess we’ll see.

Happy writing, happy reading, until next time…

J

10 Ways to Prep for NaNoWriMo 2014 by D. H. Sayers

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This is a nice thorough list of things that will help you get ready for NaNoWriMo. I’ll write my own post eventually, but I keep putting it off, so enjoy this one from a fellow NaNoer for now.
J

D. H. Sayers

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

So, you’ve bit the bullet, pulled the trigger, logged into the site and signed up! Congrats! You have done something only a small percentage of the population has done in a long time, you’ve made a commitment to your passion. 50,000 words in 30 days, however, from this side of November, can look daunting. I am here to tell you that it can be done. I did it myself last year and will do it again this year.

So from one Winner to another, and you are a winner, don’t let any Internet Troll tell you otherwise, I am going to share some of the things you can do to ensure that you succeed. So, without further ado, I am going to lay out for you 10 ways in which you can prepare to win National Novel Writing Month!

  1. Know the Journey – If you think about it, NaNoWriMo is…

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Bring It On

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Distant Dreams

I received yet another rejection letter today.  I didn’t expect to make it this time either, but I did hope.  I’ll just add it to the growing pile: rejections mean I’m actually trying and I’ll never make it if I don’t keep trying.  On the bright side, this piece was an annotation I did last semester and my advisor said it was one of the best he’d seen, so I guess it really depends on the audience.

Dear Jasmine:

Thank you for giving Pitkin Review an opportunity to consider your work. Unfortunately, your piece, “Shakespeare’s Couplets in the Merchant of Venice” was not selected. We highly encourage you to submit work for the next issue of Pitkin Review. We also encourage you to submit to other markets.

We wish you the best of luck in the future.

Matthew Swihart, Esq.

Editor-in-Chief, Pitkin Review

I think I was fairly bitter about my previous rejection from the Pitkin (note: the comic I included is now even more appropriate)—probably due to my high hopes with this new school and overconfidence that my piece would be accepted—but I’ve had a long day and I’m exhausted and while I really did hope that I would make it because it would be wonderful to be published, even in a tiny school publication like this, I just didn’t have all that much invested in it.  I must say, though, now that I have another to compare it with, the previous letter was pretty nice for a rejection and rather encouraging too, while this one suggests I submit elsewhere—not that that’s a bad idea, but still “yeah, your work’s not good enough for us, but maybe somebody else will go for this rubbish.”

*sigh*

Anyway, as my pile of rejections is slowly growing—and my hair is beginning to fall out—I am feeling more and more confident in calling myself a writer.  So, onward and upward.  World, bring it on.

J

Halloween and other Frightening Things

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If one door opens

Packet 3 is in the mail!  I just barely made my extended due date, the work is not up to par, and it is the skinniest packed I’ve ever submitted (25 pages out of the 40 pages maximum allowed), but it is in the mail and I can move on.  This semester has been going very badly between unexpected and overwhelming demands at work and the usual struggle of working on a graduate degree.  My advisor has been flexible and generous with extensions, without which, I would probably have already failed this semester.

It all sucks and I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but sometimes life is hard and we just have to keep pushing through it.  So I keep going because there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I want to be a great writer, and right now this is what I have to do to get there.  I will be changing jobs before my next semester so that I have more time to dedicate to my studies, but for now, I just have to

Keep Calm

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Write On

Good luck to all of you in your creative (and other) endeavours.  And Happy Halloween Month!

J