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Pep Talk – Lizzie Harwood
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Pep Talk

Lizzie Harwood / Pep Talk

How to Reach a Really Big Goal

You've probably read articles with a similar-sounding title. This is written in the vein of "how to break a really daunting project down into manageable chunks." We all do this all of the time. At work, when we are made responsible for something new and a little scary. At home, when we move houses or countries. In our family life, when we add a new baby into our dynamic. And in our creative lives when we decide to write a...

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What 'winning' Nanowrimo means to me.

At first I thought that what I wrote wasn't too bad and started imagining how quickly I can put Betty and Alabama out there in the publishing world as 'real'. Then, of course, I finished reading Jo Nesbo's The Devil's Star and I realised that my 50,000 words towards Polaroid Nights needs a) another 50,000 words, and b) some really excellent research and thinking-through of the perpetrator and crimes because c) I pretty much wrote it just from some odd...

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Nanowrimo euphoria… sort of.

I am still Nanowrimo'ing - we are three days away from November 30th and the 50,000 word goal. I'm at 44,913 words, so I am quietly confident that I can get the remaining 5,000-odd words down. Of course, that's not to say that what I've written is useable, editable or even comprehensible. I've shifted around with no transitions, I've introduced characters only to have them fade into the mist, I've changed point of view with no consistency. But that's probably how...

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