The Biggest Lie You’re Telling Yourself

While I normally like to keep my posts upbeat, today I’m going to talk about something a bit more personal that we desperately need to address more as writers, especially bloggers. I wasn’t planning on publishing this post — it’s been in my drafts almost five months — but I can’t ignore the topic anymore.

So. Here it goes.

I’ve only been blogging for a few months now. It would make sense that I don’t have hundreds of views a day or 500 followers.* But, still, I was in a bit of an emotional slump because of it a little while ago.

I’m an INFJ and don’t like people feeling bad for me, so I didn’t tell anyone and played it off like blogging and writing was easy-peasy. Cool beans. A piece of cake.

But, honestly? I was comparing, and I was slowly losing hope for myself.


*WE WILL GET THERE ONE DAY. WE WILL RULE THE WORLD

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5 Book Characters That Are #Me

I’m not one of those people who does tags all the time. I’d rather spend my one precious posting day a week ranting about something that moves me than 300 words of me talking mindlessly about myself.*

However. This post warranted an exception. Why?

BOOK CHARACTERS!!

I don’t know, something about this idea just made me super excited — comparing myself to book characters?? Pretending like they’re real for a few minutes??? YES SIR I’LL TAKE IT.


*one of these days i’m going to get to all the things i’ve been tagged for. don’t worry. i’ve got a google doc 😉
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What Makes Blogging SO HARD (But It’s Fun Anyway Wohoo!) [Collab w/ Em @ 2G2M]

A few weeks ago, Em @ 2G2M asked me to do a collab with her. I was super hooped – her blog is so helpful and cute ahhh!! – and obviously I screamed ‘YES’.

We decided to post about the pros and cons of blogging. I volunteered for the bad, because who can pass up an excuse to rant about how awful their life is??

Wait, that’s not what the title says I’m doing?

Oh. Okay.

Honestly, I was kind of stumped at the idea of talking about the cons of blogging.* It’s become a staple in my life, one of the first things I think of when I’m asked what I like to do.

But it can’t all be glitter and French fries, can it? There are definitely some struggles with keeping up a blog. That’s why we’re going to be talking about the hard things about blogging — because, sometimes, everybody struggles with the same things and all we can do is laugh and help each other out whenever we can.


*i wasn’t sure if i was going to be super sarcastic with this post or not??? i love blogging too much to outright hate on it lol

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5 Ways To Stay Happy & Healthy During Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming in two days. Yes, two. HOW CRAZY.

It seems like it came up by surprise, even though we’ve been talking about it ever since November’s ended. How is there so little time to get ready?? I still need to stock up on caffeine and dark chocolate!! HELP.

Plotters and Pantsers alike seem to pull themselves together at the last minute and churn out their sloppy yet fixable first drafts. Unfortunately, though, a large number of participants end the month with mental and physical pain that could end up being a serious health issue. And that is not how we want to celebrate ending our novels.

And so this begs the question: how do you win Camp NaNoWriMo without panicking and/or feeling like you’ve been hit by a bus?

After some thought of last November’s NaNoWriMo, I found 5 things that kept me from going absolutely insane.

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How To Find Blogging & Writing Inspiration – Turning Real Life Into Brilliant Ideas!

The most commonly asked question to authors and bloggers is ‘Where do you find your inspiration?’

I have always answered something along the lines of ‘I don’t know, everywhere,‘ or ‘the world around me.’ But I know my readers. You expect more than that lame cop-out answer, don’t you? You certainly deserve more than that.

With April’s Camp Nanowrimo sneaking around the corner, a lot of us writers are scrambling for that perfect idea, or just an idea in general.* And not to mention, planning for all those days you need to schedule posts while you’re writing…

Don’t freak out! Sure, it’s a lot we’re about to dive into this month, but you can come up with awesome ideas before April 1st, both for your blog posts and your novel. Don’t believe me?

You can, and you will.


*you know, because i have no clue what i’m doing 99% of the time

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How To Be The Best Alpha/Beta Reader Ever™ And Give Priceless Feedback

Have you noticed a big boom in the amount of new books being written?

A lot of us in the blogosphere aren’t just bloggers – we’re readers, writers, and storytellers. So, we not only want to write a weekly collection of our thoughts. We want to write an novel! YAY!

But! With all these new novels, we’re being asked more and more often to be readers to these work-in-progresses, also known as being an alpha or beta reader.* And as a writing blogger, it happens a lot. I’m pre-reading 4 books right now!**

While the job’s simple enough (read, comment, support) a lot of people seem to get it wrong by not doing anything for some reason?? They don’t put in the effort to give helpful comments and suggestions to the author.

That needs to change.

Today, let’s talk about how you can be a valuable member in a team of readers, and give great advice that will benefit your author’s editing time.


 *What’re alpha and beta readers?

  1. An alpha reader reads your book as you are writing it, during your first draft.
  2. A beta reader reads your book after you have finished the first draft and are editing or beginning your second draft.

** *laughs nervously at GIANT MANUSCRIPT DOCS*
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