To Write More, You Must Write

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One week into NaNoWriMo, and I am reminded that if I want to write more, I need to write more.

OK. That sounds crazy. William Hazlitt said it (somewhat) better:

The more a man writes, the more he can write.

My word count for the last week shows this. Not only did I write more words per session by Day 7 than I had on Day 1, but I also got faster, writing more words in less time.

True, part of the reason for this is the deadline. The founder of NaNoWriMo believes that all we need to accomplish great tasks is a deadline and, in a way, he is right. It’s much easier to stick to my daily writing when I have a word count to hit by the end of the month than when I am working on a project I plan to finish “someday”.

But the other reason I’m doing so well? The more I write, the more I can write. I’m training up. Writing every day makes it easier to write again tomorrow.

What do you think?

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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