About Me

My name is Amy Fahrer and I have been writing stories since I was about 4 years old.  For most of my life, I dabbled in writing as a hobby but only rarely gave it full attention.  Everything changed in 2007 when I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time.  The intense, fun, crazy challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days taught me a lot about my own skills (and shortcomings) as a writer, and gave me the freedom to be terrible in my first drafts.  This may sound obvious, but to a lifelong perfectionist, it was hard to accept that I had to write terribly before I could have a beautiful, polished finished product.  The first two years I participated I failed miserably.  Then in 2009 I finished with only minutes to spare on the last night.  The next year, I reached 50,000 words in only 10 days.

In the spring of 2011 I discovered Holly Lisle’s novel-writing course, How to Think Sideways. I made an investment in myself as a writer by signing up, and the writing I am doing as a result of the course is vastly different from–and better than–anything I have done before.

I currently live in Kansas, though I grew up in Minnesota. I am a former roller derby skater and official, and still have a deep love for the sport and the awesome women and men involved in it. I am married to an incredibly supportive husband, who has been known to scold me into writing when I’m dragging my heels. He also brings me snacks when I’m doing word sprints. Together we have a small pack of fur babies–you can check out their adventures over on my dog rescue blog, 3 Mutts and a Corgi.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Amy

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2 responses to “About Me

  1. Hi Amy! I found your blog in the A-Z challenge list and I’ve enjoyed reading through it! I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo next month, any advice to stay motivated?

    • Ooh, that’s a good question! I like to bribe myself to reach my goals each day. I’ll buy special chocolates that I can only have when I reach my daily goal, or only allow myself video game time if I’ve written 1k for the day. I also recommend writing as much as possible in the first few days. Having a bit of a word count buffer makes it easier to get through the days later in the month when you start getting tired. And keep sharing your progress with others who will keep you accountable and cheer you on. This might be in your Camp cabin, on Twitter, Facebook, or just with your friends and family. Having support makes any project easier!

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