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Life's little mysteries...

Published 4 months ago • 2 min read

Life's little mysteries...

NaNoWriMo, unfiltered thoughts, and knowing when to relax

Eight great things worth sharing this week:

  1. It's that time of year again when writers from all around the world gear up for the annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Challenge. The goal? To write 50,000 words in just one month. Are you joining the adventure? If so, dive into this blog post, where I reflect on five invaluable lessons I've gained from my NaNoWriMo experiences. And here's a resource I created for those of you living at the intersection of Scrivener and NaNoWriMo. May it help you on your journey.
  2. Let's talk about an exciting new venture I'm testing out. Starting next Wednesday, at 12:30 pm PST, I'll be hosting an Instagram Live Q&A session. Mark your calendars and join me for engaging discussions about the craft of writing, and if there's a question you've been struggling with, reply to this email and let me know. I'll be sure to bring it up in the live stream.
  3. Last Friday, I stumbled upon a thought-provoking article that underscores the profound impact of writing down unfiltered thoughts. It's a practice that can enhance self-knowledge and offer invaluable insights about ourselves.
  4. “Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know this is the moment you most need to relax.” – Matt Haig (btw ~ if you haven't read his novel, The Midnight Library, you should)
  5. Last week I created a new FREE GUIDE designed to help writers (like you) plan your novel writing journey. Unveil 'Your Novel Writing Game Plan' and in just a few minutes, you will have crafted a personalized strategy to conquer overwhelm and build momentum for the path ahead.
  6. Back in the 1920s, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote The Brownies: A Monthly Magazine for the Children of the Sun. The publication didn't survive the depression, but a new book released this weekend, The New Brownies' Book: A Love Letter to Black Families, expands on the mission of the original periodical to inspire the hearts and minds of Black children across the country.
  7. Now, for a delightful twist, I came across exciting news. A Brooklyn library has unveiled an exhibit celebrating the writing contributions of none other than Jay-Z as we mark hip-hop's 50th anniversary. It's well-deserved recognition of an iconic artist's influence on the genre.
  8. And, of course, let's not forget our Nerd Word of the Week: 'Gnathic,' meaning related to the jaws. As in: a single gnathic fossil can uproot our entire conception of our species.

Happy writing, my friends,

April

P.S. In January I'm launching a new comprehensive online course to help fiction writers find ideas, overcome writer's block, structure their story, create compelling characters, write realistic dialogue and so much more. When it launches, the price will be $997, but I'm offering 10 spots RIGHT NOW at the deeply discounted price of $498. All you have to do is agree to answer a few yes-or-no questions, once a week, via email over the next two months. Interested? Click here to learn more.

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