Participating in NaNoWriMo Without Entering the Competition

We're just days away from November 2017, and with the emergence of another November, comes another NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This year I am participating in NaNoWriMo, but not officially. For those unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is a global event online where writers all over the world attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. The NaNoWriMo organization offers prizes for those who are able to win the competition. A Google search of NaNoWriMo will present you with ...
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Words to Describe Sickle Cell Pain

I often find it hard to describe to those who don't suffer from Sickle Cell how the pain feels. It can be complicated to explain, especially since there are so many different levels of Sickle Cell pain. I personally experience some type of pain each day. Most of the time the pains may be mild, but every so often they'll get slightly more severe and I worry that they'll develop into crisis pain. I saw a nice graphic on a Sickle Cell Instagram account recently that summed up the types of pain ...
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Smiling makes a huge difference

I wrote a post before about The Power of a Smile, but now I want to add some new 2017 insight onto it. These days it's hard to be social with everybody in their own bubble. When you're out and about, people are spending every free moment on their phones, and they generally don't want to be disturbed. It has made people come off as less inviting and more intimidating to approach. Yes, it's right to be weary of strangers; but that doesn't mean you can't wear a smile. Smiling has the power ...
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Slayers | Flash Fiction

Chick Wendig at terribleminds.com issued one of his Flash Fiction challenges last week, and as I want to make 2017 a year of reading and writing, I decided to participate. The rules of this challenge was to write about something that scares you, with a word limit of 1000. Unfortunately, I think I got carried away and went slightly over the limit, oops! Regardless, I would appreciate any and all feedback on this so that I can improve. SLAYERS I received many stares as I entered the ...
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Losing your Creative Spark and Getting it Back

I lost my creative spark recently. I can't exactly pinpoint why. I think it was a combination of events in my life that left me depressed and unmotivated. This mood lasted weeks and it hindered my growth and business prospects. I started to get the desire to do creative things again, but the lack of motivation was still there and I couldn't quite bring myself to engage the spark plugs. Eventually this creative slump began to affect my actual work, and that was the last straw for me. Like ...
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