Creativity & Its Worst Enemy Ever, Burnout (Also: I’m On Hiatus)

Some people see hiatuses as big no-nos.

I know the feeling well. Post views go down, followers stop filing in, and those oh-so-perfectly planned posts are left sitting unread in the draft folder. All the things we’re working for are kinda tossed out the window.

Well, I’m taking a hiatus. It’s pretty nervewracking, but, more than that, it’s badly needed.

I’ve been thinking a lot about productivity and what keeps people from accomplishing their goals lately, and creative burnout has been at the front of my mind. It’s this really stupid feeling of not being able to create anything for a variety of reasons. And I’ve caught the bug. *miffed look*

Burnout isn’t something talked enough about here on the blogosphere or anywhere in the writing world, really. It causes so much damage, but a lot of people don’t notice the pattern they’re going through: creativity rises and rises, falls dramatically, then rises again. A tiring loop, over and over.

So let’s be the ones to talk about it.

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5 Tips To Writing A KNOCK-OUT Fight Scene

It’s not a stretch to argue that every writer has struggled with writing a fight scene. I sure have.

I don’t know, there’s something about writing a fight that’s daunting to me. I’ve got to make a realistic fight with the perfect combination of action, dialogue, prose, and plot… all while torturing my poor characters. And that is emotionally scarring. *hides under piles of pillows*

But, for some reason, fight scenes are also super interesting. They can push the story along exponentially in a short time, reveal new secrets, and break all the stereotypes. So we bear our crosses and keep writing those heartbreaking action sequences.

Though I struggle with writing grade-A style fight scenes, I recently got really inspired to find ways to improve in that aspect. There’s been trial and error, but I’ve learned at least a few tips that’ll make fight scenes easier to execute. Here are five pieces of advice to other writers with a fight-scene dilemma!

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12 Squeal-Worthy Books To Read Before Summer Ends

My favorite part about summer has to be the extra reading time.

What little bookworm can resist the thought of summer? Imagine it — there are now whole days free in your schedule where you can simply lie on the floor of your room, watching the rays of the summer sun reflect off your coffee mug and warm the off-white pages of the book in your hands. Summer.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the summer I was expecting this year, and I didn’t get as many awesome free days as I’d hoped. Nevertheless, I picked up every book I could find and read all that I could. Summer’s almost over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t squeeze in a few last-minute reads.

If you’ve already finished your summer TBR list (or you didn’t make one in the first place, that’s okay too), I’ve compiled a list of 12 out-of-this-world books to read before we head back to school next month. And, in my not-so-humble opinion, these are some of the best books ever.

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Answering Your Questions — 6-MONTH BLOGIVERSARY (+ Exciting News!!)

It’s my 6-month blogiversary!!!

On July 1st, I celebrated a full six months of When Words Fly! It truly was a great day of looking back and dreaming about the future.

After totally forgetting for a few hours,* I celebrated by binging recent Ninjago episodes, reading journal entries, and freaking out over a few special people with special birthdays (shoutout to my girl Annie Cate, SHES 15 NOW WHAAA??)

Today, though, we’re going to be answering the Q&A questions you submitted a few weeks ago. We also have a bunch of virtual (aka imaginary**) potatoes and confetti and cake, so get comfy! LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!

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*yes i actually forgot till about lunchtime *facepalms into a wall*

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How To Include Your Friends In Your WRITING LIFE

The #1 reason why young writers don’t share their writing is the fear of being uncomfortable.

Last week, we talked about the advantages of having friends who support your writing. But before you can enjoy writing friends, first you’ve got to find them! And, well… a large amount of us find that fact daunting.

Contrary to our beliefs, we don’t have to be uncomfortable when we talk about our writing. With the right words and a few tips, it can be as easy and fun as we writers dream it can be.

So, here are 4 steps to introducing your friends to your writing (plus, how to take rejection)!

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Why It’s Important To Involve FRIENDS In Your Writing

Being a writer is hard.

We have to deal with a lot of things. Deadlines, discouragement, rejections. Blog posts need to be written, drafts edited, and emails sent. Add all that to school, work, family, and other activities, and you’ll realize how much effort it takes to keep up with the demands.

Sadly, a lot of people think that their struggles aren’t for other people to bear, so they bottle them up and try to carry them alone. “i need to do this alone,” they think. “real authors work alone and i can too!!!”

News flash: everyone needs supporting friends, especially writers. We’ve got a lot on our minds that we just can’t balance by ourselves. That’s why we’re discussing 4 reasons why friends are absolutely necessary in your writing life!

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Ask Me ANYTHING! — 6-Month Blogiversary Q&A

EEP! When Words Fly is about to turn six months old!

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Six months of absolute crazy typed onto a computer and shoved out into the great big world for everybody to see. I haven’t given up yet (i never will lolol), and that’s pretty darn cool.

Just about everyone does a Q&A for their 6-month or 100 follower celebration, and that’s awesome! Q&A’s are great, and I’m doing one myself (keep reading). But I like going beyond the norm, so, instead, why don’t we have a full-on party?

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