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Writing, Dreams, and Consciousness

By Kirsten Mortensen

Copyright 2013 by Kirsten Mortensen

Smashwords Edition

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More Than Pretty Sentences

Are you a novelist?

If you are, I bet you’ll relate to what I’m about to say.

And if you’re not, trust me on this: writing novels is hard.

But here’s the surprising thing: the reason writing novels is hard is not only because they’re long.

Far from it.

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I first wrote the words “writing novels is hard” on October 29, 2011, on the eve of that year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

NaNoWriMo, if you’ve never run into it, is an annual online event in which participants attempt to draft a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.

It attracts a fair share of people who have completed novels in the past. Many have novels that are published, some even by traditional publishers.

But many participants have never written a novel before. NaNoWriMo is their first attempt.

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