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First off, I’d like to apologize for my absence these past couple of weeks. After NaNoWriMo started last Tuesday, I’ve been so focused on getting a good lead that at the end of the day, I couldn’t even imagine writing blog posts haha.  So how am I doing so far with my word count? Well, for those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter (but why aren’t you? Hmm?), here’s my progress report:

As of November 12th, I have written over 50,026 words. Yes, that’s right. I’m already finished with NaNoWriMo.  If you remember my failed attempt at doing this last year, you’ll realize how much of an accomplishment that is to me. To finish this major writing even in a little over a week and a half is mind-blowing to me.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about how I managed to complete NaNo so quickly this year, but for today, I just wanted to say hi and let you all know that I did it. I showed the ones who doubted me that they were wrong about me and for those who did believe in me, well, I did it. 🙂  Before I did NaNo this year, I’m not sure if I would have suggested any other writer to do it, but now I think everyone should experience it.  I learned a lot about who I am as a writer and that it is possible to write 50,000 words so soon. It is possible to get that far with enough determination and support.

For my NaNoWriMo buddies (you know who you are), I’d just like to thank you all for the awesome support and encouragement that you have given me. There were times when I would hit a small wall and want to give up because it seemed like such a huge task, but you never let me. You all picked me up and told me to keep going. I’m not sure I would have done this without all of the support I have received. So thank you for that. For those who are still working on getting to that 50k finish line, just know that I’ll be there cheering you on! You can do it.

It is awfully nice at the finish line.  Very comfy and relaxing haha. Although I wish there some cookies or something….

If you’re still working on NaNoWriMo, comment below with how you’re doing.  If you need any encouragement, well, I’m  here haha.

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While on Twitter the other night (Shameless plug time: you can add me on twitter here) and I updated saying that I had written over 4,000 words that day. A fellow writer complimented me by saying that’s amazing progress and mentioned I could do nanowrimo in my sleep.  If you don’t know what nanowrimo is, it’s National Novel Writing Month. It’s held over the span of November. People sign up and attempt to write a whole book in a month. I remember signing up last year, but it didn’t happen haha.  Like I’ve said before, I’m not really someone who can write under pressure.

Although hearing that another writer thinks I could do it is nice to know. Of course this year, I won’t have the time to even think about doing Nanowrimo. Even if I have finished writing my book, I’ll have to work on edits and researching different types of publishing.  I’ll have to find someone to design the cover of the book. All that fun stuff, right? Right? No? Damn.

If I keep up the progress I’ve been making, I think I can get this book done by the end of October. Maybe…just maybe… I can have this book out to the public by Spring 2012. I hope. That’s the plan anyways.

So for all of those planning on facing Nanowrimo this year, I wish you luck! I hope you’re successful. Unfortunately, I wish I had the time, but my book awaits. 🙂

Oh, just to mention this, I made a goal of hitting 20,000 words by Sunday and I’ve already hit that goal! So I’m getting there. Slowly but surely, you guys will be reading this zombie book. At least I hope you will haha

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Goals. We all need them.  There are people out there who wander around with  no goals at all. They’re the ones we’ll call “Drifters.”  Drifters go from point A to point B without any clear sense of where they are going, what they are doing, or how they are going to get there? Why? Because they don’t make any goals for themselves. They coast through life that way.

It’s okay if you prefer to live that way. But, I don’t see how you would be able to successfully achieve anything.  That’s what goals are for. They are there to make us better and stronger people.  We learn from them and when we accomplish said goals, we are allowed that feeling of pride. Like we have done something right.

Unlike the drifters, the Go-Getters are the ones who making these goals and are doing what they can to make them happen. They don’t sit back and wait for success to come to them. They go out and make that success a reality. If they fail, they just get right back and start again. There’s no drifting for them. They’re flying to the finish line.

We all have moments where we desire to be a drifter because that’s the “safe” route.  They’re motto is: you can’t fail if you don’t try. But, is that true? Do you really avoid failure if you don’t try at all? I don’t think so. I think you’re really failing yourself if you don’t try hard at what you want to do. You’re not bettering yourself. You’re dragging yourself down deeper by pushing those dreams away.

I keep these things in mind every time I sit down and write. I remind myself of why I have these goals. Why am I doing this? Could I just quit? The answers to those questions is: I’m doing this because it’s what I was meant to do. And no. I can’t quit. You should never quit.

The battle of choosing to be a drifter or a go-getter will always be out there. You won’t ever see a time when there weren’t both. That’s okay. Think about what you want to do. Do you want to live life as a drifter or a go-getter? Do you have goals you want to accomplish but are too scared of failure? How can you get past that? What can you do to be a go-getter?

Don’t be afraid to go for what you want. Don’t be afraid of failure because the experience is worth it.

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Happy new year to everyone! I hope you’ve all had a very exciting and safe time ringing in 2011. This is the time when people make resolutions about what they want to accomplish/change for the new year. I usually make one and never keep it, but this year will be different. I decided to make a list of all the things I hope to accomplish:

  1. Finish my book. I’ve been procrastinating and not focusing on it as much as I should have been. 2011 is my year to make that happen.
  2. Learn to take  things one day at a time. I’ve become good at panicking over things that haven’t even happened yet (and may not..). I need to learn to just take a step back and relax.
  3. Get a job that I’m happy with.  Maybe one that deals with my English degree. That would be nice.
  4. Find that “perfect” boyfriend that has been hiding (and he’s been doing it rather well too…)
  5. Conquer my O.C.D and learn to let go of the firm grip I have on the hand sanitizer.
  6. Stop letting fear control me.
  7. Take my own advice every once in awhile.
  8. Oh, and, um, finish that book of mine! Haha

That’s the list as of right now. I’m sure I will continue to add on it and once I have the finished list, I will fill you all in. In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying this weekend and spending time with loved ones! Hopefully, this year has started out well! If not, look on the bright side. It’s only the first of the year. You can change it around. 🙂

Oh, and one note before I end this.. my “Interview With a Character” blog fest is January 7th, so if you haven’t signed up and still want to participate, please e-mail me at thestoryinme@gmail.com or just leave a comment here and let me know! I’ve had a good response so far but more is always welcome! Character interviews are great fun to do. I’m excited to share mine.

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Learning….

This past week  has been a very busy one for me, so I apologize if I haven’t really focused on this blog. My writing has also suffered this week, but I’m sure that I will get it back soon.

Have you ever had something happen in your life that has really made you sit back and evaluate how you live?  That has happened to me last week. I don’t really want to go into the whole thing in detail, but it has affected my thinking.  Achieving my goals have become even more important now.  Life is too short to waste, you know?

Finishing my book is now more important than ever. It is my focus and I will make it to the finish line. Why? Because I refuse to give up. I refuse to let people down.  If you want to achieve something, you should do the very best to accomplish that.

Tomorrow, you will get a real post, I promise. 🙂 Just wanted to check in and tell you all that I appreciate each and every one of you that stops by to read this blog. I can’t believe how much it has grown. I can’t believe how much I have grown as a person and a writer.

Oh, and I think another character interview is coming up soon. Be on the look out for that!

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Someone asked me awhile ago why I wanted to be a writer. They asked me what I wanted to get out of it. Do I get this question a lot? Yes.  I get it all the time. It’s been awhile since I’ve graduated college and really took this writing seriously. People still can’t understand why I want to do it.

I really try to take it all in stride. People around here don’t just become writers. They do other things like farming, nursing, teaching, etc. Writers just don’t come out of this rural county. I don’t like to fit in the mold anyways. I like to do my own thing.

So, this is how I answered that question:

I want to be a writer because I feel like it’s what I am meant to do. I feel we all have a certain purpose in this world and we should do what makes us happy. Writing makes me happy. It’s my therapy.  I’ve said this before but if I can inspire just one person out there in this world then I have succeeded. If I can help just one person then that will bring more joy to me than anything else.

I guess people around here think I’m in it just to become some popular author. If that happens, great, but that’s not my goal. My goal is to inspire people to read, to get wrapped up in a world they may not be familiar with. I want them to meet my characters and feel for them. I want them to become friends.

My stories are only going to strengthen and take on a life of their own. I already have an idea for another book. When that idea hit me, I immediately dropped what I was doing and started writing down notes. I had a full-page by the time I was finished. I have all these ideas running around in my head, it would be a shame not to share them with everyone. 🙂

So, that’s why I want to be a writer. When you have a passion for something, you should always go for it. Stop caring what other people are going to think. You can’t go anywhere if you don’t try.

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As I mentioned yesterday, this is my 100th post on this blog. 🙂  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to write about today. It is a special post after all. Do I post some poetry? Do I post another short story? I have done all that already, so that isn’t very special..

I think for this post, I want to celebrate this blog by showing my appreciation to everyone who takes the time to read this. Whether you have been here since the beginning or you have just discovered this blog, I really do appreciate everyone.

I have been writing stories for so long, I can’t imagine doing anything else.  So, after college, I realized that this was the time for me to really pursue my dreams of becoming a published author.  It was time to put it all into action. I had so many stories to share and so many characters for people to meet.

I started this blog to share my experiences about being a “newbie” writer and trying to achieve that dream of mine. I wanted to inspire others to do the same, to never be afraid to go for what you want. I also wanted to connect with other writers and join them on their journeys. I’m so glad that it  has happened for me.

Without the constant support I have received from family and friends (whether it be in real life or in the blogger world), I don’t think I could have managed to keep going. When I hit a slump, you all are willing to pick me up and encourage me to keep going. Thank you for being my “cheerleaders.” You have no idea how much that means to me.

It’s been quite a journey so far and more people are joining me. 🙂 I welcome you all and hope it is as enjoyable for you as it is for me. With my book halfway finished, I really can’t wait for everyone to read it. My goal will be within reach and that is a celebration I cannot wait to have!

So, thank you again for all of the kind words and conversations we have had on this blog. I just appreciate that people come onto this blog and read these words I write.

That is why I’m dedicating this special 100th post to you. This blog isn’t really intended for myself. 🙂

Now, onto 100 more blog posts! I hope to see you all at the 200th post celebration.

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