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A Body in Motion: A Post for Writers

In the past two weeks, I've started four stories, and I haven't finished one. I only when it's dark: early in the morning before class; late at night, if I can't sleep. It's no easy business when a writer is in the transition phase of her career. Between grading papers, reading and reviewing books, revising accepted works for publication, thinking (obsessing) about Absurd Hunger, and maintaining a happy home, my writing time is limited. So what do I do? I sign up for NaNoWriMo and begin a wholly new book based on my grandmother's life. This book has been a seed, planted deeply in the back of my mind for some time now, and on the advice of a student (an extremely talented writer whose work I will no doubt be promoting in the near future), I have begun to revisit the story that's been germinating for so long. So, here I am faced with another project, and I can only hope to get a good start, and eventually to do my grandmother's remarkable story justice.

So, am I overdoing it? Yes. Yes, I am. But as long as I have it in me, I'll continue.  Who knows, maybe the time will come when I begin finishing things again. In the meantime, I'm in that all-too-familiar place we writers find ourselves in. I'm in transit. And it's driving me crazy, in a pleasant way. To the writing life!!!

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  1. I say go for it! Why the hell not? I'll join you. I will write a play this month for NaPlWriMo. I will start four ten minute plays, but promise to not finish them until you finish yours. And, I will revise that darn scene from my latest full length that has me spinning in the mud. I have been waiting for your grandmother's story, so get to it. It's the fifth of Novemeber. Time is wasting and we have words to write!

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  2. OK, Jen, so your saying your really going to make me do this?

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