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Lessons from NaNoWriMo

Lessons from NaNoWriMo
November is over and so is NaNoWriMo - the month where people around the world scramble to write a 50,000 word novella in 30 days. So what are my thoughts now I've had 24 hours to reflect on the event, and sleep. A lot. 😉NaNoWriMo 2019 has been the most successful NaNo I've participated in. Here are the lessons I learnt. Lessons Finishing isn't a fluke.I can cross the finish line again. And I did it twice. In 30 days. I feel more like a writer. Knowing that I have more stories fully told is an enormous confidence boost. They may be rough, they may need months of work but it feels totally different from having a dozen unfinished stories in your brain too scared you'll mess them up if you don't know exactly every beat of scene of every chapter. I now know I can weave that story into what I want. More or less. Even on the days when I had no clue I still came up with something. Take AwayTrust yourself, your brain will get you there. Short stories are fun.My first short story. It wasn't planned in advance and I discovered that I like the structure ...
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A Rumour, an Icon and a Mug

A Rumour, an Icon and a Mug
Marlene Dietrich was, I think, the classic movie star whose work lead me down the glorious Golden Age of Hollywood rabbit hole. She was my gate-way drug, you could say. There was a big season of her films on tv when I was young and I couldn't get enough of them. I seem to recall loving 'Dishonoured' so much I wore out the old vhs tape I had. Yep that's how long ago it is. It's a pre-code movie so undoubtedly bonkers - a lot were - and I haven't seen it in well over two decades (omg😱) so I can't vouch for how well it would hold up to a modern audience. I really must watch it again. Anyway, Dietrich moved from Germany to the USA to further her career with Josef Von Sternberg and she spoke out against Hitler long before war broke out when it probably wasn't in her best interests to do so. She was an accomplished musician, playing the violin and musical saw(!) and spend the latter part of her career travelling the world as a cabaret singer. She was also fluent in three languages! Oh and the rumours she and Greta Garbo had an ...
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