New personal best: 365K Club, week 28

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… July 9, Day 191: 3,015 words (a new personal best!) July 10, Day 192: 795 words July 11, Day 193: 1,881 words July 12, Day 194: 790 words July 13, Day 195: 830 words July 14, Day 196: 800 words July 15, Day 197: 850 words That’s a grand total of 8,250 words for the Continue Reading...

Best writing week: 365K Club, week 27

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… July 2, Day 184: 861 words July 3, Day 185: 2,150 words July 4, Day 186: 2,465 words July 5, Day 187: 1,642 words July 6, Day 188: 1,464 words July 7, Day 189: 957 words July 8, Day 190: 1,065 words That’s a grand total of 10,614 words for the week, 11,414 for the month Continue Reading...

First Lines Friday: 1984 #fridayreads

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One of the most unusual first lines in literature is the opening to George Orwell's 1984: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." A fitting choice for this week's First Line Friday, given the chaos of the American Presidential election year and the recent Brexit votes in the UK, 1984 is the story of Winston Smith, a member of the Outer Party who works for Continue Reading...

#HumpDayReviews: Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit by Steven Pressfield

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Over the weekend, I downloaded a free copy of Steven Pressfield's latest book, Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit, and tore through it. I highly recommend it to all writers, especially those who are just starting out – whether that's starting from the very beginning, or stepping into a new genre. I'm definitely going to be recommending it to all of my editing clients! So what's so great Continue Reading...

Top 10 Writing Retreats

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In honor of the very first writing retreat I've attended (and organized – what?!), I've decided to share a list of some of the coolest writing retreats I've ever seen on the internet. These are the retreats I totally wish I were attending, rather than returning to my average, normal working life after a nice long weekend (again, one of the first times I've had a chance to actually relax over a Continue Reading...

Celebrate Writing: 365K Club, week 26

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… June 25, Day 177: 766 words June 26, Day 178: 1,064 words June 27, Day 179: 918 words June 28, Day 180: 848 words June 29, Day 181: 807 words June 30, Day 182: 764 words July 1, Day 183: 810 words That’s a grand total of 5,977 words for the week, 17,676 for the month of Continue Reading...

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Reaching Your Goals

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In keeping with my theme this week of celebrating reaching my 100,000 word goal for the year (6 whole months early, woohoo!), I've decided to make a list of the top 10 ways you can celebrate reaching your goals. The goals being celebrated don't have to be as monumental as writing 100,000 words, though; you should celebrate every milestone in your life! So, here are a few favorites... 10. Treat Continue Reading...

Celebrating 100,000 words with a new toy

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So, as I mentioned briefly in this week's 365K Club check-in post... I hit my 100,000-word yearly goal! That's right: we're only halfway through the year, and I've already met my target. I think I need to take some time to let that really sink in, so that I can celebrate it. I mean, really, how cool is this? As of June 24th, I've written 100,000 words in 2016. That is a LOT of Continue Reading...

Best Day Ever!: 365K Club, week 25

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… June 18, Day 170: 463 words June 19, Day 171: 1,626 words June 20, Day 172: 1,205 words June 21, Day 173: 323 words June 22, Day 174: 323 words June 23, Day 175: 323 words June 24, Day 176: 417 words That’s a grand total of 4,680 words for the week, 12,802 for the Continue Reading...

Top 10 Reasons Ninjas Will Always Beat Pirates

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Once upon a time I wrote a book about the ultimate showdown between pirates and ninjas. That book is called Ninjas of the 512, so as you may have guessed, I took up swords on the side of the ninjas. After much polling and discussion with various people from all walks of life, however, it has come to my attention that this is simply WRONG. "The pirates are supposed to be the good guys," Continue Reading...