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Kiruba Shankar

A sneak peek of the incredible Catherynne M. Valente’s Pep Talk

“Write something true. Write something frightening. Write something close to the bone. You are on this planet to tell the story of what you saw here. What you heard. What you felt. What you learned. Any effort spent in that pursuit cannot be wasted. Any way that you can tell that story more truly, more vividly, more you-ly, is the right way.

So holler. Tell it loud and tell it bright and tell it slant and tell it bold. Tell it with space whales and silent films or tell it with quiet desperation or tell it with war or tell it with dragons or tell it with tall ships or tell it with divorce in the suburbs or tell it with dancing skeletons and a kraken in the wings.”

Advice from Steven Pressfield, author of 12 books

Brilliant advice from Steven Pressfield, author of 12 books: “If you want to write, plant your backside in front of the typewriter. Don’t get up from the chair, no matter how many brilliantly-plausible reasons your resistance-churning brain presents to you. Sooner or later your fingers will settle onto the keys. Not long after that, I promise, the goddess will slip invisibly but powerfully into the room.”

Start of NanoWriMo

November will be an important month for us. 16 Days to go for the start of NanoWriMo which starts on Nov 1st. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in one month. That’s roughly 1700 per day. While those participating in our workshop may not feel that kind of pressure, it makes sense for us to give it our very best and see how much we can push our bar up. Please take a look at http://www.NaNoWriMo.org/ and signup. Lets go for it.