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1/11/12 10:50 P

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I had a very long break from writing. I got in a writing group and that fizzled out and then my house burned down--sounds tragic but in the long e-mails to family and friends to let them know how things were going, someone suggested that I should write a blog. So I did. Then three years ago that same person suggested that I try NaNoWriMo. I'm three for three on meeting the 50,000 word goal. My writing is in fits and starts. What is published is library academic stuff. The trick for me is to work on the rewrites from my NaNo starts.

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1/10/12 11:23 A

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Welcome back!

I had taken many years off while life got in the way - college, marriage, kids, divorce, remarriage, etc.

I got back into it by going to a writers conference. I went because one of my favorite authors was the keynote speaker and I really wanted the chance to meet her. But, apart from meeting one of my idols, there were workshops, and group meetings, and hundreds of other people who were just like me.

After almost a ten year period where the only fiction I had written was character backgrounds for role-playing games, I started my first novel. I have gone to that same writers conference every year since, and it keeps me motivated.

In between, when I feel myself ebbing, I find a local lecture or writing group or attend a workshop. There are free or low cost workshops offered if you look for them. Check the independent bookstores in your area, community colleges, high school newsletters, or search the internet for local writing groups.

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12/22/11 5:13 P

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One of my writing teams had a challenge. Write 30 minutes a day for a month. I did the challenge and now I have trouble not writing. I have to set an alarm if I need to go somewhere because I'll think I'm writing for 30 minutes and it's really an hour and a half later!

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12/22/11 1:26 P

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Anni, I say just sit at that keyboard and WRITE! Who cares if it's awful or the Best Thing you've ever done? The important thing is to do it.

Good luck!



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12/21/11 8:01 P

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Five years ago, I lost my muse and with him, my ability to write at all. I'd get lost in the middle of a sentence and have no idea where it had been headed. I'm still struggling to get back to the novel I was working on. Also finally figured out that my protagonist was the wrong one for the story I had to tell, so I need to start with a different character and about 12 years earlier in my timeline to give him the proper motivation.

Even when I wasn't writing, I continued attending the local critique group and doing on-line critiques which made me more aware of the problems I found in other people's work, and it made a difference in my own. It also made it harder for me to read poorly written books for pleasure, because I can see the flaws in them.



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12/21/11 7:37 P

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Like you, I used to write all the time and then got away from it. Then 4 years ago I did NaNoWriMo for the first time and got hooked on writing all over again. (Well, that, and a wonderful college prof who liked my writing and encouraged me to continue.)

Maybe try 750words.com? You can set your entries to private and it tracks your progress -- I'm on a 26something day streak of writing every day.


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12/21/11 2:21 P

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12/21/11 2:18 P

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This could have been written by me.....

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12/21/11 2:15 P

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For me, writing was a BIG part of life. I wrote for hours every day as a child and teenager; there was no doubt I would be a writer. But somewhere along the way I hit adult hood and just...stopped. I haven't written properly in about 5 years, and I feel like I've lost the ability to do so.

How do you start again after so long away? Anyone else recovering from a period of writing abstinence?

Just because you have been through the rain of life doesn't mean I have to walk around in wet clothes forever; there is a warm towel, a big hug, and a mug of low fat cocoa waiting for you somewhere!


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