Common MISTAKES New Bloggers Make (+ FREE Blogging Milestone Checklist)

They say practice makes perfect, right?

It’s obvious that nobody gets blogging down pat the moment they post their first article. It takes a lot of trial and error to grow a blog from the ground up, and, as with anything, you gotta start somewhere.

That being said, there are a lot of mistakes that are consistent with newer bloggers. After a while, it feels sort of stupid that we even did them in the first place,* but it’s not anything to be embarrassed by. Blogging is definitely a learning process. That’s why we like to help each other out when we can.

So today I’d like to point out a few mistakes new bloggers typically make when they’re getting started and how to turn those flaws into growth!


*AND ALL THE BLOGGERS SAID AMEN

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5 Ways HARRY POTTER Can Make Your Series Magical

Harry Potter. The bestselling book series of all time.

Over 500 million copies of these books have been sold. Every country of the world is home to at least one of its millions of fans. It truly is a gem in modern English literature.

I was absolutely entranced by this series from page one. It’s a beautiful story of a boy growing up and doing what’s right in a world that wants him dead. The movies were a work of art. If you haven’t read the books, I strongly recommend you give them a try. I’ve been converted to a fangirl.

One of my favorite things about Harry Potter is the fact that it’s a series. Seven whole books of magic and adventure and romance and HUFFLEPUFFS WOO!! But, more than that, I enjoy how effortlessly Rowling carries the story from book to book. After some research (aka excuses to re-read the books), I’ve discovered 5 ways to recreate that magic in your own book series!

By the way, this post is 99.999% spoiler free. I hate when people spoil books. They’re bookworm sinners. Subpar bookies. Slytherins.

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3 Secrets To The Best School Year Ever™ (How I’m Owning College AND High School)

It’s almost Fall!

We’re so close, I’m already beginning to imagine it… raking leaves in the chilly autumn air. Salted Caramel flavored everything. S’mores and campfires and fuzzy jackets. And that means it’s time for…. a new school year!!!

*distant sobbing*

Yeah, I’m not even going to pretend I like school. I count it as something to be grateful for, sure, but it’s like the United States school system is trying to make us go insane.

I’ve been through this rodeo plenty of years now (tenth grade & dual enrolling in college, wohoo), and I can safely say that I’ve learned a thing or two about how to deal with the pressure without falling prey to a total identity crisis.*


*ok so maybe i have a mini identity crisis every now and again??? just a little one!!

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Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (I’m Back!! + Photo Travel Diary)

*jumps out from behind a stack of books with potatoes and cowbells*

 

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HI EVERYONE.

I’M BACK.

After my impromptu disappearance, I have returned!! And, even better… I’ve got the blogging bug again! A lot! Like, this hiatus thing might have worked too well, because I’ve been typing posts up like they’re nothing. So thank you for putting up with my absence. All of your comments were very sweet and very appreciated ❤

While I went on hiatus because of a tiny creative breakdown, I actually had a full vacation during this time away. And where else would this living Disney dictionary be than her favorite place on earth, Walt Disney World???

During our time there, I got a random surge of inspiration and wrote a poem about overworking myself and the recovery. It’s actually sort of good, so I decided to share it with you along with a few photos from my last day at Magic Kingdom.

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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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