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JENNY'S JOURNAL

JENNY'S JOURNAL

After a prolonged absence due to circumstances a bit out of my control, I am back to write about writing. Or not writing. Not writing is sometimes due to writer's block, whatever that is. Sometimes, it's due to  Read More 
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JENNY'S JOURNAL

Well, that was fun, wasn't it, doing the NaNoWriMo? You have a great story idea in the form of a draft. Now it's down to the real work, which is actually  Read More 
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JENNY'S JOURNAL

Are you still writing? You mop the sweat from your brow. You check the calendar. Yep! Three more days to make it to the winners' circle. You're typing furiously, willing your characters to do something, say something, anything.

Mine did, and guess what? They wanted to make it a happily-ever-after tale and it just got too pleasant for everyone. Boring. So I turned it all on its head,  Read More 
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JENNY'S JOURNAL

This will be, as my mom used to say, short and sweet and hard to beat.

I am deep into NaNoWriMo now, and trying my best to finish before Thanksgiving. It would be easier if  Read More 
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JENNY'S JOURNAL

If it seems I've been neglecting this blog, I have a very good reason. (Writers always have a very good reason not to write.) I have been busy organizing my life so I can begin NaNoWriMo with an unburdened conscience. It does seem, though, that every time I try to get organized  Read More 
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JENNY'S JOURNAL

Why am I writing this blog entry at one o'clock on a soggy Seattle morning? One reason is that writers' hours aren't bankers' hours. You have to type when the computer's hot. Or when you can steal a few minutes away from  Read More 
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Jenny's Journal

Hi again and welcome to my second foray into blogging. I've been told that a blog should be a journal of your activities. Or that a blog should have only one slant to it (if you're a food writer, it should always be about food; if you're a new mom, it should always be about babies—wait, that can't be right). To my way of thinking, there are no hard and fast rules for blogging. Just as there are no rules for novels.

Oh, you thought there were? That what the professor set forth in class or what you read in any particular book were rules to follow? A famous writer who knew something about the subject said: Read More 
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Jenny's Journal

Hi! Thanks for taking time to check out my blog.

Throughout my life, I have done a ton of writing and editing, but I am on the bottom rung for blogging. How to go about it? I decided to just start writing and figure it out as I went along. I'm taking my own advice, as it appeared in a Writer's Digest article about National Novel Writing Month. The question was, How do you write a 50,000-word novel in one month? The answer is below, abridged and edited so that your eyes don't glaze over. Read More 
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