Tags Posts tagged with "NaNoWriMo"


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New Year's fireworks over Sydney Harbour and opera house

I used to think anyone who made New Year’s resolutions or goals they actually kept deserved a medal. But now I’m not so sure. Now I think anyone can do it—the problem for most of us is we sail into the new year with unrealistic expectations of ourselves and when we fail to start achieving we become disillusioned and give up all together. And it’s all because we place the focus on outcomes (eg I’m going to finish a novel) rather than aiming to change our behaviours gradually and meaningfully so we create good habits. That’s why we need to set realistic actionable goals in the first place. So here are some of mine for 2016.

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What to do when NaNo is over

Last Tuesday there was a collective sigh from writers all over the world. NaNoWriMo had come to an end and most of us survived—even if we were presenting with symptoms of zombification.

I know not everyone reached the 50,000 word mark, but that’s ok because the most important thing is you began. Facing the blank page is always the toughest part.

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The time to write is now

One long weekend I discovered how true that old saying about busy people getting things done is. I packed my car with snacks, leaving the city for a little cottage in the middle of nowhere for a writing retreat. When I arrived I set up my laptop ready to work on my novel. But with nothing to do but write I managed to do everything else I could think of.

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Duct taped Bratz Doll and Books

Writers are a different breed of people who come in all shapes and sizes. The general stereotype portrayed however is either a middle-aged, white male recluse or a twenty something with hipster glasses, lugging their laptop to an independent café – probably in Brooklyn. Both have tendencies toward substance abuse and/or cat hoarding. But what if you don’t fit into either category? Here’s 10 other signs (ah, stereotypes) that suggest you may be a writer.