We have quite a few themes in November: Thanksgiving, NaNoWriMo, Peanut Butter Lovers Month – where do I start? It IS National Novel Writing Month (though I think Peanut Butter Lovers Month is severely under-celebrated), and we of the word-crafting ilk sometimes use this month to challenge ourselves to a goal of higher output. Crank…

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Watching Bob Ross is soothing – not just for his calm voice and attitude, but also because every time you think he’s added an absolutely disastrous paint swipe to the canvas, the art still ends up looking fine. Me: Ah, nothing could improve this tranquil secluded lake scene. It’s perfect. Bob Ross: And now we’re…

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Date: Sometime in the middle of November–I’ve lost track of the days at this point. Location: The lounge on the second floor of my dorm building. My roommate went to bed several hours ago. Time: 2 AM I’m pushing through the last few pages that I was supposed to finish yesterday. These words can still…

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Ever considered publishing that “Great American Novel,” or a new and trendy dystopian trilogy, or a fantasy series no one can stop talking about? It can be hard to get started, even when you have a story pretty well mapped in your head. “No problem,” you say as you approach the computer, ready to write…

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Ever since I entered grade school, I have been something of a writer. My first stories involved cats that could speak or fly, and while the premise was silly enough, my work was published in the school’s “young writer” publication several years running. Of course, it was a little private school so it didn’t turn…

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