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As long as I’ve been able to write, I’ve wanted to be a writer. But as we all know, the desire to be a writer doesn’t create books alone. I’ve started writing novels, only to give up three chapters in. I’ve hidden my writing so that the world would never…

I’m not afraid of the dark. It’s bigger than that.

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Today, my coworker shared about how much he loves a quiet, dark house when he gets home from work. In the time before his wife gets home, he keeps the lights low and enjoys the quiet solitude.

“You’re just like my husband,” I said, and then told him how my…

Even if you don’t write 50K in 30 days, NaNoWriMo can still kickstart your writing goals.

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For many writers, November is for National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. This is when writers pledge to write a 50K novel in 30 days. The only way to do this is to set time aside every day for your writing. No excuses. No interruptions. Just daily writing until the…

Sure, diet culture and food restriction are terrible. But have you seen me around the break room goodies?

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This week, I asked my Facebook friends to share what foods they would eat if there were no rules. And the comments were enough to make my mouth water. Pizza. Mozzarella sticks. Fried chicken. Red meat.

And then one friend asked who was making these rules.

My red flags started…

We all want to go viral. But there are plus sides to remaining smalltime.

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My first article on Medium went viral. It was an accident, really. I guess I should have known better, but honestly, I just needed an anonymous space to write my feelings.

I won’t go into detail, but it was regarding Trump and the Church, and you can read the rest…

What if someone looked at the way you spend your life? What would they say about your passions?

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The beginning of a New York Times article on Tom Morello shares how he’s passionate about poetry and protest, which, if you know Rage Against the Machine, you know that at least the protest part is true. …

Especially if you’re too busy to write.

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When I first started writing, I had all these romantic notions of what being a writer would be like. …

But the red flags of her abuse were clear. I know because it happened to me.

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The cops were called to my apartment when I was 18 years old. My boyfriend answered the door, offering pleasantries as well as confusion over why they were there. The collar of his t-shirt was stretched, and distinct scratches lined his chest. I hid a bloody tissue in my fist.

From social media to your blog, where’s the line between public and private?

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Years ago, I was a single mom who blogged about our family, and my kids were the shining stars. I changed the kids’ names, giving them cute nicknames to offer them a sense of anonymity. …

Everyone is talking about “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” including me.

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I have to admit, Sally Rooney’s new (and highly acclaimed) novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You, was almost a DNF (did not finish) for me. …

Crissi Langwell 🦋

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