(2017 NaNoWriMo) Captain’s Log, Day 28

Participating in NaNoWriMo is interesting in many ways. Even on those days when I do not write any NaNo words, I find myself thinking of writing far more than I might on any other day. It’s as if I must keep my brain in the game for all thirty days of November, yesterday being no exception.

From the moment I woke to the moment I went to bed, I thought about writing: how to improve my current pieces and, more importantly, how to start stronger when I do begin a next piece. I’m looking to some Pushcart-nominated pieces for inspiration–not in terms of topic, but in terms of depth of writing. If I were to critique my most recent work, it’s all lacking that raw emotion that comes from digging deep and getting to the heart of the matter.

Now that I’ve identified part of the problem, I’m confident I can make strides on all the work I have planned.

Here’s to all the digging I will need to do!

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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.