Reading

risks we #RESPECT in YA fiction // collab with olivia @ purely olivia

As a writer and bookworm, I read books with an eye for style, creativity, and risk.

Though some say reading judgementally isn’t enjoyable, I think it’s awesome to take an educated approach to the stories we read. As a writer, it’s something to embrace even more, right? If we see another author make a mistake, we can avoid those pitfalls in our own books. It’s kinda how learning works!

One of my favorite things to find in a book is an author not only being a good writer, but being a RiSkY one. I love an author that isn’t afraid to break some rules, pave new paths, and be a general writing BOSS. Plus, watching other authors try new things is so inspiring! Because they could fail. They could flop and get bad reviews and be thrown into the fire to be kindling.

For that reason, we gotta #respect the risks taken by authors, especially in a genre so competitive and crazy as YA. There are some particular risks, though, I really enjoy reading, so I contacted Olivia @ Purely Olivia to ask if she would collaborate with me. And here we are today tackling twelve risks we adore from our favorite YA authors. 🤗 I’m taking six while Olivia reviews the next set of six, so don’t miss out on her post!

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Blogging

how to earn more followers RIGHT NOW // 10 realistic ways to grow your blog audience

The number one question I receive regarding blogging is ‘how do I get more followers?’

It’s not surprising, either. It seems everyone’s looking for the secret behind gaining followers. There are more articles about it than you can count, and even more bloggers searching for them every day. The problem is, the posts we find aren’t all that reliable. Like, do we have the time and money for starting a social media account, advertising, and hosting time-consuming giveaways?? haha NO.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ve struggled with gaining followers too. It’s a process; building an audience requires patience and dedication. But. That doesn’t mean you can’t encourage your follower count to get a bit higher. There are a few ways to realistically draw new people to your content — and you can start doing them right now.

Get some paper and a pen, and let’s get started growing, shall we?

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Reading

how to own MORE books for LESS money // + our very first giveaway!!!

We bookdragons love the library.

Why wouldn’t we? I mean, it’s an incredible selection of books for absolutely no cost (unless, you know, you don’t turn it in on time). Seems like the perfect deal to me! I’ve even written a post about the glory of the library and why it should NEVER EVER DIE.

But, dream with me for a minute. Once in a while, we just really want a book that doesn’t have bent flaps or random scribbles or pages stained with unknown fluids. We want a book that is clean and beautiful and ALL OURS PLEASE. How cool would it be to have all those pretty books on one shelf??? cough @paperfury cough

Unfortunately, neither you nor I can spend all our money on these little paper treasure troves.* We need more than just the tears we cry after the death of our favorite characters to survive. So, logically, the only solution we have is to… get CHEAP OR FREE BOOKS.

But where, praytell, do we get these inexpensive books? Wellll, you can find all of that info right here, and maybe even win a free book of your own from our very first giveaway! LET’S GET STARTED, FRIENS.


*we live in caves of solitude and therefore have no income #sorrynotsorry 🙃

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Lifestyle

how to widen your vocabulary WITHOUT reading books // learn new words (and actually remember them!)

Ever watch old BBC shows and wonder, huh, I wonder why we don’t talk like that anymore?

We’re in 2018 — a year where the words ‘lit,’ ‘slay,’ and ‘fleek’ are used on the daily and generally accepted by the public. Maybe it’s just the fact that I have no idea what those words mean, but it’s in my highly esteemed opinion that we should be using much better vocabulary than we do now.

We do tend to disregard ‘old fashioned’ words in favor of simpler ones nowadays, but there is a lot of charm and class associated with those words. Not to mention, they’re super useful to use as a writer. They make you look like a clever and educated author, even if you’re 99.89% sure you have no idea what on earth you’re doing. SO VOCABULARY IS HELPFUL TO ALL OF US.

It’s hard to find where to start when it comes to learning more of the English language, but lucky for you, I’ve already made a handy-dandy list of ways to begin! So pull up a chair. Grab a dictionary and a journal. We’ll be speaking like the King James Bible in no time!!

Well, not that fancy. People will begin mistaking ‘thine’ for ‘Vine’ and the world will explode. Maybe just stick to obscure words…

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Lifestyle

best (SELF-CARE) day ever!! // 10 ½ stress-relieving activities for creatives

Time is so limited nowadays.

I don’t know what happened, but somewhere over the past few years time has suddenly evaporated from under me, especially as a creative. Maybe it’s the digital age we’re in, all the things I have to do now, or maybe it’s just that I have a different perspective than I used to. But time really flies by.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the cycle of eat→school→work→sleep→repeat that we forget to take care of ourselves… which can be described as a one-way ticket to Burnout Avenue. Yuck.

ENTER THIS POST. Since we need a little break every so often but rarely ever seem to ‘have the time,’ I went looking for day-long things to do to give that creative energy a leg-up. And so this handy-dandy list was born! Here are ten activities that’ll nurture your creative soul while giving you a much-needed break.

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Blogging

how i write my BLOG POSTS // the inside scoop on how i create my content

Blog posts are not to be taken lightly.

Blog posts are things to put time and effort into. They deserve work, passion, and love. After all, they’re what make or break your blog! Without good content, you’ve got nothing good to ‘sell,’ and therefore no customers. You’re out of business. Womp-waa.

As bloggers, we want to provide our audience with the best stuff they can get their hands on. We strive to make our content the absolute best that it can be with the most efficiency possible.

I try my hardest to give my readers content that they’ll love every week… and I’m going to spill the tea on how I do that! From beginning to end, my process takes a total of three hours throughout the week to end up with a fun, organized post. My process isn’t perfect for everyone, but, for me, it works!

That being said, let’s get started on a new post!

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Inspiration, Writing

my writing ROLE MODELS // 10 kickbutt authors who are changing my writing

We’ve all got favorites.

Favorite shows, favorite foods, favorite books actually we cant make up our minds on that last one. But we can more or less agree on what makes a great writer. It takes a person with an eye for characters, themes, prose, and passion to write well.

While a lot of aspiring writers already have those qualities, some are more advanced than others. And that’s perfectly okay! Those of us earlier in our journeys have a bounty of writers that have come before us to admire and learn from.

Like many others, I have a group of authors who have been writing inspirations, be it through actual writing characteristics or simply encouragement they’ve given me. Unfortunately, I can’t thank each and every one of these writers — some are millionaires and some are, well, dead — but their work is well-loved by me and others.

Sooo, let’s count down my top 10 writing role models!

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