The NaNo Effect

Last year I started this blog a few weeks before tackling National Novel Writing Month. I hadn’t done it since high school, and needed a good way to motivate myself to finish the first draft of my novel. And I did it. I finished my book and won NaNoWriMo 2013. The work is not over, however! […]

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5 Ways to Get into Gear

Whether you’re a student, a teacher, a writer, or otherwise, getting into the mood to do something is an obstacle we must overcome. The first draft of my novel was completed in November, and here it is, the middle of April, and I am still editing on it. I also have to catch up on […]

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Relax.

Well. It’s Friday evening in Japan. Finally time to relax. This week was extremely hard, lonely, exhausting, and strange. At school: I was slapped in the face for the first time in my life by a student who was mad I didn’t give me a sticker. A teacher made him come and apologize later. But […]

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Thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (Even for you people who don’t celebrate it. Just eat a lot of food anyway.) I have an announcement!!! I WON NANOWRIMO! I did it earlier today! I wrote over 3000 words today and got to around 50,035! I am on the last chapter of my book, about halfway through, and then […]

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Perseverance.

First of all, I just want you to look at this beautiful creature:     My stats are soaring right now. I was jealous of all the people winning NaNo early, and now look! I was totally wrong about not being able to finish NaNo. I WILL finish. Just look how close I am! I […]

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Fresh.

This morning I woke up feeling MUCH better. All that water and extra sleep kicked the sickness right out of my system. I was up and at ’em early this morning, and a crazy thing happened! I started writing! At 7am! Now, I am NOT a morning person, so this freaked me out but I […]

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Sickness.

I got sick. Again. I was sick last month and it was awful and I usually only get sick once a year or so…. so this is very rare for me. Someone suggested it might have been brought on by stress, and I can agree with that. I spent ALL DAY yesterday writing until my […]

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Almost.

I am at the point of Almost. Almost finished with my first draft. Almost done with NaNoWriMo. Almost got to 5k today. Almost have a massive headache. Almost is a strange place to be. I know I will finish soon, and I am on the edge of my seat. However, writing today was incredibly difficult. […]

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Debates.

Today I woke up early on this fine-weathered Saturday morning and judged a debate contest! These students speak English so well, but even the ones who were lacking in English could debate with the best of them! I was so inspired and it was invigorating to watch such a nice competition and be a part […]

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Opinions.

So I didn’t write much today. I am exhausted and don’t have the energy necessary to propel my story into the climax and out into the ending … I am going to have an ALL DAY writing day on Saturday hopefully, so I can do most of my writing then. I am going to be […]

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