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NaNoWriMo Writing Prompt: Something Sweet

How’s it going, writer? Are the keys still clattering, the pens still scratching? I hope so. It’s pretty amazing to push through a challenge like this. There are low points, yes, but I think overall it gives you confidence. At the end, you get the runner’s high of knowing you finished a marathon. I know…

How to Win NaNoWriMo

Happy November! Halloween has come and gone and today, All Saints Day, thousands of writers across the country are firing up their word processors for the first day of NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, here’s the gist: to participate in the official NaNoWriMo competition, you go on the website,…

Writing Prompt: Fake News

Do you read The Onion? I do, occasionally. Sometimes it’s hilarious, sometimes it’s a waste of time. But amid all the chatter about “fake news” (if people are still chattering about it–I’ve mostly tuned them out) I have to wonder how often humorously fake news sources have had their headlines confused with real ones, and…

Writing Exercise: Fear

There are a lot of ways to interpret today’s exercise. You can go the Halloween route if you choose, or respond to the horrors of recent news headlines, imagine yourself the victim of a hurricane (or if you are one, recount your experience). Whatever you write about, today I want you to write about fear.…