Life Is Not A Story
As an English major, I read and analyzed fiction every day during college. So much so that when things happened in my life — big, upsetting, unexplainable things — I struggled to analyze them. What was the narrative purpose of this breakup? If I studied abroad, how would that further my character? I was confusing myself, trying to force my life into a neat story arc.
But every time I tried to understand myself as a character or my life as a trajectory that should have a beginning, a central conflict, and a conclusion, I set myself up for failure. Thinking of my life that way made me unhappy; it simply didn’t work.
It didn’t work because life isn’t a story. We write stories to make sense of life.
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It’s Tool Time!
We can all agree on the end goal of NaNo’s writing binge: a novel. But the road to that novel will be different for everyone, beginning with what tools you use to actually write the darn thing. Picking the right tools now will save you precious writing time once NaNo is officially underway.
Here’s a breakdown of the different options available to you this month, and a few tips & tricks to making the most of those tools to make your road to 50,000 as easy as possible!
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