JUL
10
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Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing

Why Your Failing Eyesight Is Good For Your Writing
My eyesight is not what it used to be. I blame almost fifteen years of editing and supporting writers. But in some ways, I think my failing eyesight is good for my writing. Pigeons fly blind. When they fly forward, they are not at all looking in the same direction they're moving. Instead, they watch the passing scenery, like a passenger in a car.  Years ago, while doing NaNoWriMo, I started the practice of writing first drafts—when I was using a computer and not pen-and-paper—to set th......
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NOV
18
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Telling My Story: Interview with Lauren Archuletta

Telling My Story: Interview with Lauren Archuletta
Freelance writer Lauren Archuletta writes for several print magazines and online sites, including Twenty Something Living, Spark Notes, and idobi Radio, and she handles the communications for a Boulder nonprofit. This November, she’s branching out from journalism into fiction with her first serious effort at NaNoWriMo. In this interview, we discussed her journalism career, her inspiration, and all the sexy things about writing. Kristy Lin Billuni: Let’s start with your established writing care......
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NOV
11
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Inspired by Sisterhood: Interview with Maya Goode

Inspired by Sisterhood: Interview with Maya Goode
Maya Goode writes stories about identity. She also leads the Literary Roadhouse podcast with three other hosts, where they discuss short fiction and will soon launch a book club podcast as well. And she’s participating in NaNoWriMo this year. In this interview, we discussed identity, process, and our favorite things about NaNoWriMo. Kristy Lin Billuni: Writing about identity is so powerful. Tell me a little about your stories. Maya Goode: My stories often border on a good old fashioned tragedy,......
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NOV
04
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Hacking NaNoWriMo: How To Get What You Need at the Most Creative Time of the Year

Hacking NaNoWriMo: How To Get What You Need at the Most Creative Time of the Year
NaNoWriMo will rock you if you need to write daily with abandon toward a clear goal of completing a novel. And if you win—finish your novel in 30 days—the experience will feed you the delicious taste of a creative dream fulfilled. But I’m just not dreaming about another messy manuscript on my credenza. I have enough of those. My NaNoWriMo wish this year? Complete several dangling creative projects. The list looks something like this: revise chapters integrate feedback into a final draft&nbs......
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NOV
25
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Longing for a Holiday: Interview with Zohra Saed

Longing for a Holiday: Interview with Zohra Saed
Ask Zohra Saed what she’s writing, and she may tell you about her dissertation, but that’s just the beginning. More than an academic, more than a poet, more than a teacher, Saed just wrote the preface for a reprint of Lowell Thomas's Adventures in Afghanistan for Boys. “That was important for me,” she adds. “He visited Jalalabad, where I was born, in the 1920s.” She’s also published personal essays, poetry and historical writings, is edting a chapbook on Langston Hughes's trip to Central As......
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