What Sign Language Interpreting Taught Me About Writing

In the college I attended as a Deaf Studies major, sign language interpreting students  would spend their first two years learning American Sign Language (ASL) then spend the next two learning to interpret. Learning ASL - though challenging - was not ridiculously difficult for me. Interpreting, though, required an entirely different skill set. When I… Continue reading What Sign Language Interpreting Taught Me About Writing

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Week 2 Surprises

I definitely hit that second week slump. But I kept up with my goal of writing 2k words per day. Slowly but surely, my plot is starting to take shape. I've really enjoyed not being confined to one voice or one point of view. Jumping around from character to character has helped me flesh out… Continue reading Week 2 Surprises

Writing without (self) judgement

I set a simple goal for NaNoWriMo 2017. Write 2,000 words every day. Then I made a strict no-delete policy for myself. This means that sometimes I end up saying the same thing three different ways, just because each sentence has led me a little closer to the actual thing I want to say. Everything… Continue reading Writing without (self) judgement

Writing without an Outline (Eek.)

As I hinted in Sunday's post, I kept my prep really simple for NaNoWriMo. I don't have plot details fleshed out, character lists, and my backstory is super minimal. My perfectionist self was freaking out a little (okay, a lot), but today, when I sat down around 10:15, writers' block was nowhere to be found. I hit… Continue reading Writing without an Outline (Eek.)

NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s that time of year. I’m sipping tea out of a giant owl mug and I’m getting ready for my first November participating in National Novel Writing Month! When I was in school, my English department used to run a version of NaNoWriMo during the summer, because as college students we were usually too busy in… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2017