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Paul: They’re not the kind of stories you can really tell.
Holly: Too dirty?
Paul: Yeah, I suppose they’re dirty, too, but only incidentally. Mainly they’re angry, sensitive, intensely felt, and that dirtiest of all dirty words – promising.

Writing friends and blogs that I follow are all abuzz about September and what that means for the writing world. As for me and my NaNoWriMo training, I have made a small dent in my overall training goal of 15,000 words this month. By that I mean that as of 4:07 a.m. on September 15, I have written 1,310 words. That doesn’t include updates on this website or blog posts, of course, but it does include a poem, two starts to two separate pieces of prose, and revisions to an article I’ve been drafting for Pure Nintendo for a few months now. Obviously “a few months” is not an ideal turnaround for any previous student journalist/news editor, but thankfully that particular story isn’t as time-sensitive. I do not plan to make a habit of this, though. Deadlines are important.

As for the rest of the world, September is full of its own deadlines. The Master’s Review hit up the highlights for this month nicely in September Deadlines: Contests and Magazines With Deadlines This Month. My only issue is trying to decide exactly what I want to write and who I want to submit it to–but their list this month is quite lovely. I do recommend perusing the themes and prizes.

And while some of this does apply namely to bloggers, Anna’s 5 Ways to Boost your Creativity are an important reminder that keeping the creativity alive takes just as much energy and work as using it.

I’ve spent several hours writing and exploring corners of the internet about writing tonight. When I first sat down and started writing tonight, my laptop was at 9 hours and 40 minutes of battery life. I don’t work tomorrow (today) so that’s meant writing, and writing whatever comes to mind. Now I am at the end of my rope, and I wish I had a bit more muse for something intensely felt and promising. Unfortunately I’m human and that means I need sleep.

I believe tomorrow I will go out and put to good use the meaning of the hashtag “#amwriting.” I hope you take full advantage of that hashtag and your muse, too. If not today, soon.

– Jen

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