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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I Met Blogging Buddies IRL?! // ft. Chris Pratt, 200 Followers & Your Help?

GUYS. I MET PEOPLE.

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I’m sure other homeschoolers emphasize with my excitement, but these weren’t just normal people. THESE were my internet friends.

And we met in real life. *screeches for all eternity*

Meeting internet friends has been a staple on my bucket list as soon as I got them. Looking back, it’s hard to believe we actually in the same room. Breathing the same air. Talking to each other. Oh my gosh. They’re real.

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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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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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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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5 Reasons Why Fanfiction Is NOT A Waste Of Time (+ Never Before Seen Fanfic Snippets)

Call me unoriginal or immature, but I’m an absolute sucker for writing fanfiction and proud of it.

Unfortunately, fanfiction has been put down as a type of writing that doesn’t require any effort. It’s labeled as an embarrassing writing style where kids copy characters and plot from a big-time company without formal permission. Which has led to its being viewed as immature and irresponsible.

I can’t count how many times I’ve seen people criticize and make fun of fanfiction. Can you imagine the impact this has on younger kids who are only getting started writing and focus on fanfiction? They’re being told that their writing isn’t worth anything. It’s just a waste of time.

This makes me so. darn. sad. What if we’re robbing the world of a future bestseller or blogger or speaker? WE COULD BE DESTROYING THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF A FUTURE PRESIDENT.

That’s why, today, we’ll be discussing 5 reasons why fanfiction IS NOT a waste of time. In fact, it can improve your writing life!

I’ve also included a few fanfiction snippets that I thought would be entertaining to read! It was fun looking back at my archives and picking a few sections to share with you all. Obviously, they’re all Ninjago themed.* Who do you think I am?


* *clears throat* DISCLAIMER: i do not own any part of LEGO or Wilfilm companies. all characters shown here belong to those groups. the only things i’ve contributed are the ideas and words themselves.

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