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Ready. Set. Are you ready to race?

The National Novel Writing Month race is on, and now we’re gearing up for a mid-month word sprinting event from the mind of Urban Fantasy Author A.Y.Chao.

Scrivathon is a 24-hour word sprinting event to help fund Syria Relief. To find out more, check out the official #Scrivathon16 page, hang out with Scrivathon writers on the twitter hashtag: #Scrivathon16, or visit Syria Relief.

Want to know more? To learn about word-sprinting and how it helps and encourages writers to git-r-done, I reached out to my nightly sprinting partners: April Benedetti, Bethany Simonsen, and Erin A. Tidwell. Below are their amazing answers.

And don’t forget to check out information on their newest works-in-progress below.

How often do you do word sprints?

April Benedetti: Essentially, every time I sit down t...

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Leveling Up

I’ve been dying to write this post all week, but life has gotten in the way again. #PitchWars was crazy, it was fun, and it’s still going strong. While I didn’t get chosen as a mentee, I learned so many wonderful things and accomplished some personal goals I’d set for myself, and let’s not forget all the amazing people: mentors, mentees, and #PW16RevClub’ers. So, first thing first, yes?

I. Personal Goals: Something every writer should have, and every person. Set goals you can accomplish, and those that are a little out of reach – something to strive for. My goal during all the madness came in two parts: a) get 1 request, and b) get a solid feel for where I’m at as a writer...

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The Day I Became a Writer

If you hang around writers long enough, you start to pick up on some of the milestone moments that happen on their journey. Things like finishing your first novel, the first time you wrote something that got published, or the first time you get that daunting edit letter from a critique partner and cry into your morning coffee (or evening wine). They’re milestones every writer goes through, and the person that comes out on the other side of those milestones is stronger, smarter, and a teensy bit more aware of who they really are underneath all the smiles and ink stains.

But there’s another milestone that’s more personal to each writer. It’s when you’re working on a project and it suddenly dawns on you: oh damn, I am a writer. Then you ask yourself: when did this happen?

When I was a child, ...

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Standing At The Crossroads

A crossroads can be a tricky place. Which way do you go? What if one path is blocked? Do you have a plan?

Before I set out on my PitchWars adventure, I had a plan. I knew what I wanted, where I wanted to go, and what personal goals needed to be accomplished. For the most part this plan has worked out, a few goals were accomplished, and I even landed  in a few surprises along the way.

With the list reveal only days away, I find myself standing at a crossroads now. And guess what? I have a plan. Okay, I have many plans.

  • What happens if I get chosen as a mentee? That one’s easy. I squeal in excitement, read my edit letter, go through whatever feels I need after reading, and then get to work on my submission piece, Secrets of Sgådnor...
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Final Preparation for #PitchWars

Are you in the home stretch preparing for #PitchWars? With the submission window less than a week away, hopefully you’re not still scrambling to get that last scene written, or restitching a plot hole together. By now I hope everyone can see the finish line and be ready to take a deep breath and relax while the mentors dive into their busy weeks.

If you’re on the home stretch, here’s a few tips to help get you organized. Please note: I am not a mentor. This is my own take on getting ready so, you know, grain of salt. 🙂

  1. Get your PitchWars folder setup. Wherever makes sense on your machine, you want to have a folder labeled for PitchWars. When you’re done, it will likely contain a spreadsheet and 4-5 word documents...
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