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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

A Novel, Part 2

Oh. My. Goodness.

I. Am. So. Stinking. Excited.

Ashley and I finished our novel. We finished it. In 51 days.

And the final wordcount is...72,926.

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I am really thrilled right now, in case you couldn't tell.

So, you may ask, now what?

Well... I'm not really sure, but I think I know. How about a break? A really nice, LONG break. Don't be surprised if I go AWOL (absent without leave). See you in a few months... ;)

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  1. Cool!!!
    I'll tell you what to do next...post your story! (In small bits, that is...)
    Jocelberry

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  2. Hi Kylie,
    I've known about you for a while, like through Bluejane & Ashley's blogs. Occasionally I come and browse around...anyways, I guess this is your main blog currently. I've been reading through several of your posts. I think this is so awesome that you and Ashley have finished your book and such a high word count!! (well, to me it seems high because the highest I've done is 45k--which is not even a novel! At the time that I wrote that story, I didn't know that I was 5k away from a novel :)

    Anyways, hopefully I'll be hanging around your blogs more often.
    Hope you have a peaceful Sunday.
    ~ Tarissa

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