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What Writing Has Taught Me

I finished the National Novel Writing Month challenge with a squeaked-in 40 thousand words. Just about 10K shy of my goal. About mid-month, I became stumped in the novel I was writing, which is nothing new. I have been writing this story on and off for 3 or 4 years. But there I was in the middle of crunch time, and I couldn’t drudge up anymore words. The only solution (about a week and a half late,) was to work on something else, so that’s what I did.

I had to continually remind myself it wasn’t about winning. It was about writing. All year I did not write or edit except for journaling and small dabbles here and there. I wanted to write novels. I wanted to return to adventure. So there I was with 40 thousand words between two stories, and I was feeling great.

In any project, it’s good to remember how much progress you have made. Otherwise it’s easy to get discouraged and quit. 

This has been,

Fanny T Crispin

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