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NaNoWriMo: Is Your Inspiration Fading? Here are 3 Tips to Keep Writing

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Here you are, halfway through November—National Novel Writing Month—and there’s about a gazillion and one things you seem to be doing other than writing. What’s happened to your carefully laid plans for writing a certain word count every day? What happened to prioritizing your writing (and letting the kids have takeout Chinese for supper!)? How about keeping your momentum going all month? Ouch, huh? After the buildup and fanfare of November 1, inspiration and motivation both have a way of fizzing away under the pressures of real life. But they don’t have to! Let’s examine three ways you can boost your inspiration in the middle of NaNoWriMo and regain both your focus and your forward motion. Don’t Wait for Inspiration…

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4 Ways Being a Writer Teaches You to be a Better Person

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I used to say, “I fooled people into thinking I was nice.” I’m not a classically “nice” person. I’m blunt, I’m impatient, I’m selfish and I’m judgmental. In short, I’m very, very human. I consider myself tremendously blessed to be a writer. Why? Because every day I spend writing is day I spend learning to be a better human. I can look around now, after years of writing, and realize—with more than bit of shock—that I’m really not fooling people anymore. The traits I used to pretend to have are now ones that come—more and more—with habitual ease, and all because the habits and mindsets I’ve developed in an effort to improving my writing have in turn improved all other…

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