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September 2011

News & Updates

How Much Do You Read?

September 17, 2011
A book open on a lawn

I set  a lofty goal this year: read one book a week.

I blame Goodreads for this insanity; when I joined the book tracking site earlier this year it encouraged me to set a reading goal. One book a week sounded attainable to me, so I set the goal using the Goodreads widget.

Ever since, I’ve been chasing after that goal. Although one book a week sounds quite manageable, it has turned out to be a bit too much for my schedule. As of right now, I’m 7 books behind my goal. I’ve tried to ‘cheat’ by choosing shorter books or books that I can read quickly, but despite my best efforts, I can’t catch up! I can only hope that I log some serious reading time over my vacation this year.

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Writing Tips

Lessons Learned from the 3-Day Novel Contest

September 11, 2011

As I mentioned last week, this year I participated in the 3-Day Novel Contest – the true marathon of writing contests. I vowed to come back with a report about my experience, and after a week of recovery, I’m back to tell you all about it.

First off, I finished! I wrote a 98-page novel (perhaps considered a novella by general standards) in three days. Like when I ran a marathon, there were highs and lows; there were points where I wanted nothing more than to quit, and there were points where the words were flying onto the page and I felt euphoric and thrilled with the experience.

I would highly recommend the contest to anyone who has considered doing it. I was lucky enough to be encouraged into it by my friend Susan M. Toy, and I can’t thank her enough for suggesting that I participate.

Here are a few things I learned during the contest.

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