Author: Emily Fluckiger

    Beyond Nano

    To Nanowrimo and beyond! I am thankful for Nanowrimo. Nano teaches us to persevere, to commune with other writers, to push past “block,” to sit down and write, to finish. It is a yearly reminder to pursue our creative goals. I believe that the most important trait we learn from National Novel Writing Month is consistency.  Consistency is what takes writing far beyond a hobby. It is possible to put your work out into the world, to have it published, and even to get paid for it. The good news is that there is more than one avenue for your […]

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    It’s All Coming Together

    Like a tapestry, each word you weave creates a picture, a work of art. By itself “the” means nothing. “And” is pretty worthless unless there’s a word before and after it. Every thread is brought together to tell the story only you can tell. At this point in the month, your novel is starting to come together. You’ve fallen in love with your characters, or become thoroughly creeped out by them depending on what kind of story you’re telling. Either way, they’re real to you, and their journeys matter.  THEIR JOURNEYS MATTER. Your characters are begging to know what happens […]

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    The Muddy Middle

    We are the Nanos you’re looking for. We may be tired and a little broken down, but we still work. We still write. Or do we? If you’re anything like me, you’re in the middle of the NANO19 marathon sweating like a pig. You’re reaching for an empty water bottle, or bottle of creativity, if you’ll join me on this metaphor. I’m looking forward, as I always do while stuck smack dab in the center of a big project, and wondering how I’ll ever make it to the end. That is what Nanowrimo is all about: finishing.  But I want […]

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    Short Fiction: Resources for Getting Published

    Getting your short fiction published is as difficult as it is exhilarating. You’ll get rejections but you’ll also get acceptances and eventually even money for your stories! The trick is to research the markets very carefully, follow all the guidelines of each different publisher when submitting to them, and write the best story you can. There is a lot more I can (and have) said on this but the intent of this post is to provide you with resources to access markets as well as some websites with great advice. I also recommend getting involved in online writing groups through […]

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