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I'm trying to shake off a pretty long writing slump today. Following the collapse of my Patreon serial and signing up for classes again, I just haven't had the time or extra energy to put pen to paper so to speak. One of my classes is English, which means that there's a ton of reading and writing as I learn the building blocks of argumentative writing and how to structure non-fiction essays using these basic tools. I'm learning an awful lot about what makes for an engaging read, and I'm totally grateful for that -- I'm looking forward to carrying that knowledge into the rest of my writing.

And that starts today. I admit that I'm nervous; I'm working on my short story for Fiyah magazine, about an inner-city grandmother who has to travel around Baltimore buying ingredients for a tea that will take the edge off her grandson's lycanthropic transformation. I've had these characters in my head for a while now, and I think I know them -- but it's been my experience that you really don't discover who they are until you write them in a story. So in a lot of ways, it feels like I'm meeting these people for the first time after, I don't know, talking with them through letters up until this point. There's the thrill of anticipation, and the deep worry that first impressions will not go well. We'll just have to see!

I won't be joining folks for NaNoWriMo this year, but I have made a pact with My Husband, The Dragon to write every day this month -- and encourage him to do the same. I'm tired of noodling around with stories and never finishing them. It's time to knuckle down, be dedicated, be disciplined. And I know I've said this so many times before, so I won't say any more. The proof is in the pudding, it's time to do the work.

Tomorrow I'll check in with my word count for the previous day and any loose thoughts rattling around in my head about the process. Until then!

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