What I Learned On My First 50K Word Marathon

National Novel Writer's Month, or NaNoWriMo as it's called, is a call to arms for writers. Once a year, NaNoWriMo encourages you to write a novel, or at least, 50,000 words or  roughly 200 pages of one. We are nearly a week away from the November 30th "finish line." So what did I learn from …

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That Guy: The Day My Future Was Decided

My junior year at what was then called William Paterson College. I was 21, tall, thin, idealistic, still naturally blonde, and I was going to change the world with WordPerfect and a dot-matrix printer. Then I met Guy. Not any guy, a guy named Guy. Guy Moore: the ten inches taller, much blonder, Editor-in-Chief of the …

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Free From Perfection: To Be a Writer, You Have to Give Your Work Wings

The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with. --William Faulkner As with most creative professions, the definition of "successful" and "professional" are in the eyes of both the person creating and the person, for want of a better word, receiving the creation. Are you a "professional" artist if someone …

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10 Things Highly Creatives Need to Keep in Mind When Loving a Highly Practical Person

I recently got caught up in an article by Justin Gammill called: 10 Things to Keep in Mind When Loving a Highly Creative Person. As a highly creative person who walks a fine line between getting lost in her craft and making sure her husband has clean work shirts, I was curious what Gammill had to …

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