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Category: Writing Struggles

Guest Post: Shush! Writer at Work…

By: Amy Lynch   It occurred to me recently that it doesn’t matter how many children you have, or how big your laundry pile is, or what kind of pressures you face at work. If you really want to write, you’ll make time…and space. I’d love to say that I’ve transformed my spare bedroom into an idyllic and tranquil writing space, desk nestled between antique books and a poster reminding me to breathe deeply. That’s simply not the case. In fact, my spare bedroom is like an episode of Hoarders – an ironing board…

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What a difference a day makes

Today, I woke up to a tiny human voice telling me, “It’s time to get up, Mommy!” Today, I drank hot chocolate and listened to country music on blast while cruising down Capital. Today, I went to Crossfit, my home away from home, and pushed my body as hard as I could, PR’ing my hang cleans AND my deadlifts. I can now hang clean 105 pounds and deadlift 185 pounds. Today, I went to Panera for HOURS and edited my novel and a short story from my workshops in Vienna. Today, I felt alive…

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Describe yourself, he says.

The he is Jake Lamar. He asks us to use first, second, or third person POV and to describe ourselves. I am sitting in an AC-less room in Vienna talking about writing with my fellow MFA classmates. This trip is the first time I’ve met a lot of these people, and the first time I’ve met Jake. When we go around the room reading our exercises, I wait until the last second to volunteer. I am not one to speak up when I’m nervous. And I am nervous. Before I even start to…

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My, oh my, how long it’s been!

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been two months since I’ve updated my blog! Things have been so very hectic in my personal life (going through a divorce with a kid can definitely take up a lot of space in your mind!) so I’ve been neglecting my writing a little. I did end up finishing Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I’m still working on editing the first draft of my NA novel since I kind of put it on hold to do other things. But I plan to get back to it…

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Dear Prudence & Camp NaNoWriMo

Hey everyone! Quick update! I’m less than 10,000 words from finishing my Camp NaNoWriMo goal. Once I finish, I’ll post a more detailed post explaining all that went right (and wrong) with Camp. Let’s just say, it was not easy and I had to make my goal less words. But I’m determined to finish these last 10,000 by the end of the day on Wednesday! As for my short story “Dear Prudence”, it was just published on FICTION on the WEB on July 18th. I’ve gotten…

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