Chapter Fifteen

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The Process

Your Novel Year Update

Yesterday, I had my first meeting with my mentor to discuss the first chapters of my current project. I haven’t been writing much these last couple of days since I’ve been preparing for a visit from my friends from out of town and because I’ve been feeling kind of stuck writing this book. But my discussion with my mentor helped give me the boost that I needed to continue.

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Being Young and a Dreamer

When I daydream about where I want to go in life, it starts with my writing. My first dream is that I want to publish a book. I want to publish a book and see my name in print and walk into Barnes and Nobel and see my book on the shelf. I want to feel pride and relief that I actually did it. I want my book to make it to the New York Times best-selling list and I want to save the little blurb about it. I want to go on Ellen or maybe The Talk and I want the studio audience to go home with a  ...

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Post-Graduation Plans

So I’m a just about a month away from graduation. If we’re being specific (and I have been) it’s 37 days away.  That’s five weeks away. That’s thirteen days of classes away. I won’t lie, as excited as I’ve been for graduation this entire year, I’m a little nervous. School is all I’ve known my entire life. And I know there’s so much more life to live outside of school but there’s something about the routine of it that’s  ...

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I Want to Write Forever

At one point in my life, I wanted to move to Boston and be a clinical psychologist. I had it all planned out. I would live in a cute little apartment while I got my Ph.D. and eventually did a residency at Mass Gen. Why Boston? That’s where I wanted to go to college but didn’t get accepted. But I had visited the city and completely fallen in love. In my extended reverie, I was going to meet my future husband in the hospital cafeteria. He was going to be some kind of doctor. We  ...

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Why I Write

In fifth grade, I switched schools. My new school had a creative writing elective that everyone had to take. It was essentially an intro to creative writing where our English teacher taught us the basics of plot, characterization, setting, point of view, and other building blocks of writing. Some days we had prompts, some days we had free writing, some days we could read what we wrote to the class. I never did that. Everything I wrote in that class was a rewritten version of whatever Disney  ...

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About the Author and the Blog

My name is Alexandria. I go by Alex and probably won’t answer to my full name. But it’s important to note because people often spell my name wrong. Usually, it’s Alexandra without the “i”. In this case, I have to say, “No. It’s Alexandria like the city in Egypt. Or Virginia. You can choose which you reference.” Once someone misheard my name to be Alice.  That was at Starbucks and I Snapchatted my cup anyway.  Another mispelling—although this  ...

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