Why You Need to Fund Your Own Writing Residency

I’m currently sitting in Lyon, France in a sweet little apartment in the Croix-Rousse neighborhood. It’s as charming as it sounds. Even though I applied for four different residencies all over the world, and was accepted for two and declined one, I still decided to fund my own trip abroad to spend some quality time with my book. It had nothing to do with a revolt against the system or a declaration that I can do things better on my own. My decision came from an answer to a question that I asked myself when I sent off all of the applications in the first place – What if I don’t get into a single one? The answer – I’ll go anyway.

So I have. Here’s why you should fund your own residency too.

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NaNoWriMo Week Two

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typewriternanoWhoops. Why is no one sitting at that desk pounding out the NaNo? I, like a few others, have hit the infamous NaNoWriMo Week Two Slump. In my defense (there’s always some sort of defense, right?) I had to muck through a rough patch for a few days and wasn’t feeling all that great. But, it’s a new week and I’ve got some of my mojo back! But I couldn’t have done it without a little help from my friends.

Here’s why my writing group is awesome:

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Call Me Crazy…

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ladywritingBut on Thursday night at 11:20, I decided to commit to NaNoWriMo, or in plain English – National Novel Writing Month where you complete a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. The start date was November first, so forty minutes was plenty of time to make a this-might-flip-your-world-on-its-head decision. Like Mister says, my volume knob only has two numbers: 0 and 11. Yes, yes, it is all or nothing with me, and in this case I’m cranked all the way up blowing the glass out of windows.

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