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alexandra-lopez asked: I began writing a novel six months ago. As I wrote, I began to feel that my writing became routine. So far I have written 51,571 words and the format I laid out for it would make it spread to 75,000+ words. But I’m no longer in touch with the story like I used to be. Is this because I’ve been taking too long to write it or is it a sign that I should stop writing it? Because I’m not sure anymore.

It’s probably just a sign that you’re about 2/3 of the way through the book, and having that drop off that happens around then. As I explained in my NaNoWriMo pep talk… Read the rest of this entry »

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A couple friends of mine have both recently written about the label “writer” and how awkward it feels to apply it to one’s own self. I’m by no means as talented or prolific as Hoops or Mazvita. But I have been bitten by the writing bug.

It began when I was a child. I wrote a lot. Short stories, books, poetry, essays… I had notebooks and computer disks full of stuff I’d written. When I was in late elementary school, I created a neighborhood newspaper (the Teacup Gazette, if you’re curious). I started writing fan fiction when I was in middle school. I started blogging in college. Read the rest of this entry »

A friend of mine recently posted a summary of Adam McHugh’s Phases of Writing. I was pleased to see that other writers go through a similar process to mine.

I frequently start a story with loads of enthusiasm, the words are flowing faster than I can type, and it’s just exhilerating. Then comes some sort of block, and I go from soaring on the wind to sinking in a mud pit. Most of my stories (and blog entries for that matter) never make it past this phase. I have several folders on my hard drive full of writing that succombed to the “total incompetence” phase. Read the rest of this entry »