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My Writing Niche- episode #74: Lessons I Learned as a Nanowrimo Rebel

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Hello, and welcome to My Writing Niche! For each week of November, I posted a special episode in honor of National Novel Writing Month! This year, I participated as a Nanowrimo Rebel. Today’s podcast is about what I learned from the experience. Enjoy!

Relevant Links:

National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)

Young Writers Program (youth version of Nanowrimo)

**Slow Burn from the album Blues Sampler courtesy of Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons Attribution license. More of his music can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org or at http://incompetech.com.

**disclaimer: This is not an “official” Nanowrimo podcast, rather just my own personal thoughts about November’s favorite writing frenzy.

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My Writing Niche- episode #73: Nanowrimo 2013 ends!

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Hello, and Congratulations to all who participated in National Novel Writing Month 2013! For each week of November, I posted a special episode of My Writing Niche! This year, I participated as a Nanowrimo Rebel. Today’s podcast is about life after National Novel Writing Month – or Nanowrimo for short. Enjoy!

Relevant Links:

National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)

Young Writers Program (youth version of Nanowrimo)

**Slow Burn from the album Blues Sampler courtesy of Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons Attribution license. More of his music can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org or at http://incompetech.com.

**disclaimer: This is not an “official” Nanowrimo podcast, rather just my own personal thoughts about November’s favorite writing frenzy.

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My Writing Niche- episode #72: Nanowrimo 2013- Welcome to Week 4!

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Hello, welcome to week four of National Novel Writing Month! For each week of November, I will post a special episode of My Writing Niche! This year, I am participating as a Nanowrimo Rebel, and I’d love for you to join me. Enjoy!

Relevant Links:

National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)

Young Writers Program (youth version of Nanowrimo)

**Slow Burn from the album Blues Sampler courtesy of Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons Attribution license. More of his music can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org or at http://incompetech.com.

**disclaimer: This is not an “official” Nanowrimo podcast, rather just my own personal thoughts about November’s favorite writing frenzy.

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My Writing Niche- episode #71: Nanowrimo 2013- Welcome to Week 3!

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Hello, welcome to week three of National Novel Writing Month! For each week of November, I will post a special episode of My Writing Niche! This year, I am participating as a Nanowrimo Rebel, and I’d love for you to join me. Enjoy!

Relevant Links:

National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)

Young Writers Program (youth version of Nanowrimo)

**Slow Burn from the album Blues Sampler courtesy of Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons Attribution license. More of his music can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org or at http://incompetech.com.

**disclaimer: This is not an “official” Nanowrimo podcast, rather just my own personal thoughts about November’s favorite writing frenzy.

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My Writing Niche- episode #70: Nanowrimo 2013- Welcome to Week 2!

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Hello, welcome to week two of National Novel Writing Month! For each week of November, I will post a special episode of My Writing Niche! This year, I am participating as a Nanowrimo Rebel, and I’d love for you to join me. Enjoy!

Relevant Links:

National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)

Young Writers Program (youth version of Nanowrimo)

**Slow Burn from the album Blues Sampler courtesy of Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons Attribution license. More of his music can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org or at http://incompetech.com.

**disclaimer: This is not an “official” Nanowrimo podcast, rather just my own personal thoughts about November’s favorite writing frenzy.

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My Writing Niche- episode #69: Nanowrimo 2013- Welcome to Week 1!

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Hello, welcome to week one of National Novel Writing Month! For each week of November, I will post a special episode of My Writing Niche! This year, I am participating as a Nanowrimo Rebel, and I’d love for you to join me. Enjoy!

Relevant Links:

National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)

Young Writers Program (youth version of Nanowrimo)

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**Slow Burn from the album Blues Sampler courtesy of Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons Attribution license. More of his music can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org or at http://incompetech.com.

**disclaimer: This is not an “official” Nanowrimo podcast, rather just my own personal thoughts about November’s favorite writing frenzy.

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My Writing Niche- episode #68: Nanowrimo 2013 Approacheth!

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Hello, November is just around the corner, so it’s time to gear up for National Novel Writing Month! Welcome to my special Pre-Nanowrimo episode of My Writing Niche! This year, I will be participating as a Nanowrimo Rebel, and I’d love for you to join me. Enjoy!

Relevant Links:

National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)

Young Writers Program (youth version of Nanowrimo)

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**Slow Burn from the album Blues Sampler courtesy of Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons Attribution license. More of his music can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org or at http://incompetech.com.

**disclaimer: This is not an “official” Nanowrimo podcast, rather just my own personal thoughts about November’s favorite writing frenzy.

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My Writing Niche- episode #67: Writing Conferences and Writing Class

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Hello, and welcome to My Writing Niche, a podcast for writers. Today’s topic will be the Writers Conference I recently attended as well as my monthly writing class.  Relevant links will be posted below. I hope you enjoy the podcast and find it helpful. Thank you for your time.

Relevant Links:

Western Reserve Writers Conference (30th Anniversary)

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Deanna Adams

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Reading

‘Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl’ by Deanna Adams

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John Ettorre

Website

Twitter

Reading

‘Born Standing Up’ by Steve Martin

‘On Writing Well’ by William Zinsser

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Michael Salinger

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Reading

‘A Bear in the Kitchen’ poetry anthology by Michael Salinger

John Brown’s Body (poem)

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Erin O’Brien

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Reading

The Writing Life: Words flow fast on the ‘content farm’ (article from Los Angeles Times)

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Introductory Fiction Workshop

Eric Anderson

Reading

Isn’t That Just Like You? (novella) by Eric Anderson

‘The Parable of the Room Spinning’ poetry anthology by Eric Anderson

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*image courtesy of vriesde via Flicker.

**Slow Burn from the album Blues Sampler courtesy of Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons Attribution license. More of his music can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org or at http://incompetech.com.

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What I Learned from NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, is when many insane, wacked-out people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word rough draft novel during the thirty days of November. And I’m proud to be one of them! In fact, anyone who stepped up and took on this crazy challenge wins.

Here is what I learned.

As someone who writes a lot of flash fiction, I learned how to put more details into my stories, how to expand on a concept and let it take me farther than I normally do when writing short fiction.

Since I ran out of time before November, I began the month with an incomplete outline. I learned that by outlining slightly ahead of my story, I allow myself to expand on the ideas currently running amok in my brain.

By planning my story as a series of short flashes, I learned how to pace myself. Each small flash needed to contain all the elements of a complete story, even though that story was connected to the larger plot. And by thinking of each story as part of that larger plot, I was able to plan ahead.

I learned how energizing it can be to be among other people who are doing the same thing at the same time, how they can cheer you on, support you, and encourage you to follow your creativity wherever it may lead. I learned how wonderful and generous those people can be.

I learned that I CAN complete a large project like writing 50,000 words in 30 days, a complete rough draft with a beginning, middle, and end – especially when I’m part of a larger community like my local writers’ group.

Over the next year, I plan to serialize my novel by posting edited weekly installments on my blog. I plan to participate in #TuesdaySerial as well as #FridayFlash, and hopefully by the end of the 2013 it will be ready for submission to an agent or a market. If not, I’ll keep working on it until I feel it’s complete.

I’ve learned to grow in my craft, and I feel better about this rough draft than any of my other first drafts. Don’t get me wrong. It needs work. However, I wrote the novel with future edits in mind, so I’m confident that over the next year, editing will go more smoothly for me than ever before. I’ll learn from my mistakes, improve on my strengths, and be a better writer.

NaNoWriMo is a month long creative writing course. It comes complete with a wealth of support in the form of forums, a website full of pep talks and tutorials, and a community willing to support the writers – all free of charge. The most frequently heard piece of writing advice offered to new writers by experienced authors is to just write. National Novel Writing Month encourages you to do just that, and you can’t put a price on the experience and lessons learned by every participant.

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Writing Prompt #96

In honor of Nanowrimo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, my writing prompts are dares.

Write a literal take on a pun.

Your character discovers they have inherited an island.

A mistake in a clothing shop leads to hidden treasure.

Have fun!

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