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Writing Update (Plus a Giveaway)

I recently have gotten back into the swing of doing something that makes me the happiest and fulfills me the most: writing. 
I have been writing since I was 6 years old. Writing fiction has always been a part of me. But college and then teaching has taken up too much of my time in recent years, and did not do enough writing. I wrote Aureole my senior year of high school, and while I edited and published it during college, I didn’t haven’t worked on any large writing projects for a while. 
Over the summer, I wrote many short stories. But before that, in the summer of 2012, I started planning a new novel and wrote around 8,000 words of it. For comparison, a novel is considered 50,000 words. Nowhere near a full-length novel before I hit writer’s block.
Then, around two weeks ago, I started working on it again. When I flew back from my uncle’s wedding in Charlotte, I picked up one of those $9.99 crime novels at the airport. It made me want to write again, so I read through my outline, character bios, and what I had done so far. Then I picked up my pen and wrote. 
I’ve made it through that scene that gave me writer’s block. I’m hoping to keep writing on a regular basis again, especially because I would still like to publish a book of short stories next summer. Writing makes me happy, and I would still like to make a career out of it.

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  • I always find that reading novels inspires me to write too. Glad you are finding your writing groove again. Looking forward to reading Aureole. That's so cool you wrote it while you were still in high school.

  • Oh I really love writing too! When I was little I used to write all kinds of stories. I was working on two books when I was a kid too…but I never finished them. (Surprise, surprise.) I entered a children's story contest last year and won..! So my story was published with another nine stories. The title of the anthology was named after my story and everything. I got to go to a local book signing and even do a reading from my story. It gave me a taste of what it would be like to actually be a successful writer and I liked it… a lot! So keep at it. I think it's amazing that you've started something..even if you hit writer's block. I think the hardest part is committing to an idea and getting it started..!

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    I found your blog on Two Third Hazel's side bar.

  • I think it's pretty darn cool that you have a published book! I am sure it won't be the only one!

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://www.anchorsaweighblog.com/

  • I absolutely love this. I enjoy writing so much but have always been scared to take that plunge and attempt to write a genuine book….let alone a novel! I have so much admiration for you! Good luck with all and how awesome that you've overcome your writers block! You should really contact that authors email and let them know that their book inspired you to get through it! I think any author would love to hear that!