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29STORIES Check-In #9: NaNoWriMo Week 3

29STORIES Check-In #9: NaNoWriMo Week 3featured

So. Instead of writing much of anything this week, I had a small existential crisis instead. I used to get these, like, weekly in college, but it’s been awhile. I wrote a little something on Monday and then…I don’t know. I started wondering why this challenge was so hard for me. Why I wasn’t able Read more

29STORIES Check-In #8: NaNoWriMo Week 2

29STORIES Check-In #8: NaNoWriMo Week 2featured

Well. This week was kind of a dud. First, I didn’t really write anything last weekend. I have a dozen excuses for that: my schedule was thrown off, Husband was home most of the time and it’s hard for me to write while he’s here, for some reason, and since we’re in a one-bedroom there Read more

29STORIES Check-In #7: NaNoWriMo Week 1

29STORIES Check-In #7: NaNoWriMo Week 1featured

Conveniently, these Saturday check-ins line up nicely with the end of each week in November. Lucky how that happened? I got off to a slow but steady start on Sunday. It was another busy week of client work (and attempting to update my “business” site…CSS might just be the death of me), so fiction writing Read more

29STORIES Check-In #6: NaNoWriMo Game Plan

29STORIES Check-In #6: NaNoWriMo Game Planfeatured

So NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. I am so not ready. Traveling (three weekends straight, capped off by a six day trip last weekend that involved so. much. driving) really did a number on my attempts to prep and get ready. I’m not quite sure how the next 30 days are gonna look, but I’m sticking to my Read more

29STORIES Check-In #5: So Maybe I’m Doing NaNoWriMo?

29STORIES Check-In #5: So Maybe I’m Doing NaNoWriMo?featured

Oh yes. These are back. Hopefully for good (at least through next May or so). Let’s back up. In, what, mid-July? I think? I completely lost motivation and inspiration for…everything, really, for various reasons. I never quite “gave up” on this project but I definitely shoved it to the back of my mind and the Read more

29STORIES Check-In #4: Ideas Galore

29STORIES Check-In #4: Ideas Galorefeatured

Oh man. Sometime around Wednesday, I just started exploding ideas. And I captured most of them in Evernote! Of course, this started happening right as I was totally crushing a deadline, so I couldn’t do much more than jot down notes for the most part. Then those ideas started morphing into possible blog posts, guest Read more

29STORIES Check-In #3: Balancing

29STORIES Check-In #3: Balancingfeatured

Another slow week, writing-wise. Still focusing on planning/outlining, mostly. I’m pushing myself, also, to capture story ideas right as they come to me. I have an Evernote folder for this project, and I try to jot down quick notes on story ideas in there — even if it’s something as simple as a line like “Ben Read more


29STORIES Update #2: Strategery & Structurefeatured

Pulled back a little this week – 0 actual words written, because I’ve spent more time focusing on generating some ideas and planning some outlines and structure. The cool thing about short stories (and the thing I’m really not that good at) is you have so many more options with narrative structure and style than Read more


29STORIES Check-In #1: I May Really Be Crazyfeatured

The week (and project) got off to a slow start, writing-wise, at least. I wrote 1,430 words on 1 story this week. I stalled because I very quickly realized I need to become an outliner if I’m going to have any hope at finishing anything this year. See, I’ve always had a tendency of just free-writing long, rambling Read more


A New Project: 29STORIESfeatured

Back in February, I got this idea. I think I was reading about Elise’s yearly birthday projects and wondering what, if anything, I could do in a similar fashion. I very quickly got an idea, told myself it was too crazy, and tried to think of something else. But I kept coming back to that crazy idea. Read more