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Author Archives: Loni Townsend

TMinus

NaNoWriMo commences in T Minus 66 minutes. I have meeted *cough*(yes, I know met is the proper term)*cough* and greeted eleven other local participants and it was an interesting mix of veterans and newbies. From all walks of life, we converged in a pizza parlor with one passion shared among us. Writing. I took my…

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When Critiquing

Your credentials don’t matter. You may read an average of 900 books a year, or you may have just discovered the joy of the written word this past week. Regardless of your reading history, it doesn’t matter. Because I don’t care. If I want to know what books or authors you have or have not…

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NaNoWriMo

Oh dear. What have I done? Was I crazy? I haven’t finished editing my first book. I’ve dedicated myself to critiquing. I have a child and husband at home. And now… I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month has one goal. Write a novel, at least 50k words, within thirty days – November…

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Sometimes I wonder

Sometimes I wonder if I’m a good writer or not. I’ve been told that I am, but I’ve also been told that my characters are wooden and unbelievable, which isn’t good writing. As I start my trek into plot point one, I find myself rethinking everything that’s on paper (figuratively, since I haven’t printed it…

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Adventures in Editing

When I finished my first draft, I had a mighty sense of pride. I had written a book. So when I received feedback telling me that my characters were shallow and unbelievable, it was pretty tough. But I was willing to accept the truth, examine the examples given to me, and reassess how I represented…

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Me Time

I sit in the darkness, nestled into my husband’s recliner, listening to the quiet snores of my daughter in the next room over. This is my time, the one hour I’m allowed to dedicate time and effort to writing. Parenthood means sacrifices, I know this now. Kimi is on a better schedule, tucked into bed…

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