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The (Not So) Secret to Writing

November (and #Novennber) is National Novel Writing Month, or, as the hiply efficient call it, NaNoWriMo. It’s a time for writers to cast aside their fears, inhibitions, crippling self-doubt, and excuses to crank out a 50,000 word novel. Quality is optional; the goal is simply to get it done, and the only way to get it done is to like, you know, actually write. From what I’ve gathered from authors, both published and pre-published, over the years, the key to writing success is to…wait for it…write. A lot. Visually, it can be represented like this:


That seems like a pretty straightforward model to follow, but even when your writing is frequent and voluminous, you’re bound to sometimes feel like this:


It’s that little sliver in the middle that makes everything worthwhile. Visualize it. Live for it. Work for it. Elusive as it may seem, you can achieve it, and it’s as easy and as maddeningly difficult as writing. Just remember this:


If you’ve got the necessary time and dedication to handle the “just write” portion of writing and would like some more detailed guidance, check out this brochure of helpful writing resources.

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