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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How To Make Time For CREATIVITY In Your Crazy Busy Life

The general rule: full schedule = death to creativity.

I know firsthand that our lives can get very busy with school, work, family, travel, and plenty of other distractions. As a creative soul and a planner at heart, I find myself buried deep in my to-do-lists. When the day is finished and nothing creative gets done, no big — we’ll just do something creative tomorrow yay!!

But then it happens again. And again. AND AGAIN. We have 24 hours a day to get stuff done.* Where did time for creativity go???

I hate to break it to you, but you’ve been wasting it.

So, today, we’re breaking down 4 ways you can make time for creativity — even when your schedule is overflowing and you’re running out of to-do-list paper.


*you know, give or take like 9 hours for sleep

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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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