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70K In February

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There is a little voice in my head trying to tell me not to write this post. “You should have finished this story in January,” it says “You’re not even done yet, what on earth are you celebrating?” Well voice and all ye cynics out there. I’m celebrating because: 70k is an achievement, dammit! 70k is my sweat and blood. 70k is nights and days of typing and...

The Testimony

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I have never been one to write testimonies down. There isn’t any particular reason for this, I just hadn’t thought of it. But now it seems like the wise thing to do. Sometimes we forget to be grateful – grateful for our hot meals, grateful for our shelter, grateful for our good health, grateful for the love we have around us etc. We remember to complain or to feel sorry for...

2015 and My Nanowrimo Story

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I met the nanowrimo challenge head on and was able to tame the dragon; but at 50,000+ words my story was far from finished. My plan at the time was to finish the story off in December and begin editing in the new year. Only I didn’t do squat in December. I found myself having to catch up with all the things I had neglected in November; ( I also found myself distracted by a certain somebody...

Nano Reflections

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What are you most proud of achieving this month? I am extremely proud of self for completing 50,000 words in 30 days. It was no mean feat and I am in noooooo hurry to attempt it again.   What did you learn about yourself as a writer? I learnt that I am more of an action and dialogue writer than a descriptive writer; though I love to linger over description, when a deadline is looming it...

Done, done and done!

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I can’t believe I actually did it! 50,000 words in one month! Now I’m not trying to make those who didn’t make it feel bad (and honestly, there is still time), but I can’t contain my excitement. I was really starting to freak out! When my laptop broke down on me (thank goodness for hard drives); I moved to my surface. When my surface died (I lost the charger); I moved to...

Crunch Time

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So I’m 40,000 words in and I have 10,000 words left to conquer; and I am freaking out.
My day today is full, when will I find time to write? And I only have today, tomorrow and the day after.
10,000 words. It’s not so bad. Right?
Dear readers and writers, if you have any tips, any tips at all as to how to reach 10,000 words; I am all ears.
Somebody, anybody…EEEEEEEK!!!!

32,000 words and sweating…

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It’s getting close to the final date. And I’m only 32,000 words in. The worry is starting to set in, and the doubt. Can I do it? I failed to write a post noting the start of my Nanowrimo journey on the 1st November (actually started poorly – with only 400 words); but I did start and now it is crunch time. In order to make the goal of 50,000 words I have to write 18,000 words in five days. That’s...

The Stories from African Pens

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African literature is a genre in and of itself. And it is one that I have always admired, albeit from a safe distance. For me African literature is like a gobstopper – strong, distinct but difficult to eat. Like a painting that is beautiful but has you turning your head this way and that, wondering if perhaps the gallery accidentally placed it upside down. It is like listening to someone...

So I’m Starting A Creative Writing Workshop…Yay Me

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For the month of November and as a supplement to the Nanowrimo event, I will be hosting a free creative writing workshop. Hosting not teaching. It is an avenue for us all to learn and grow but as a host I will be providing activities, prompts, structure and lots and lots of encouragement. The workshop is for anyone who would like to 1) finish a 50,000 word novel 2) improve their writing skills 3)...

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