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my top WRITING WEBSITES // online tools to fuel your writing

Writing is pretty darn simple.

Think about it. You don’t need any tools to write. You don’t have to learn a skill or buy fancy equipment or drive anywhere to do it. All you need is a pencil, paper, and your own imagination.

Sometimes, though, writing tools are awesome – and I’m not talking physical things like those fancy erasers or tablet computers. Knowledge is the name of the game when it comes to creating, and every now and again it’s nice to have some outside help. There are plenty of websites to help with this, and I’m going to show you a few of my personal favorites!

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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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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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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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5 Book Characters That Are #Me

I’m not one of those people who does tags all the time. I’d rather spend my one precious posting day a week ranting about something that moves me than 300 words of me talking mindlessly about myself.*

However. This post warranted an exception. Why?

BOOK CHARACTERS!!

I don’t know, something about this idea just made me super excited — comparing myself to book characters?? Pretending like they’re real for a few minutes??? YES SIR I’LL TAKE IT.


*one of these days i’m going to get to all the things i’ve been tagged for. don’t worry. i’ve got a google doc 😉
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YA/Classic Romances (The Good, The Bad, & The Tragic [PLUS SURVEY RESULTS HEH HEH])

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! The day of love and happiness (that usually ends with those chalk candies all over the place, eww) and buying expensive stuff to bestow on your other half!

Unless, you know, you’re single like me and spend the day eating all the chocolate cake in close proximity 🙂

But, for bookworms, this is also the day where we get to go crazy over our literary crushes and imagine all out OTPs in those corny ads on TV. Because if we aren’t ‘in a relationship,’ then at least let us pour over our books and scream over our ships, okay??

Speaking of ships… that’s what we’re talking about today. We’re going to go through all the different types of relationships in YA fiction (and some other things, too, hehe) and how some of them are stupid and some of them are THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO BOOKIES.

So, grab your chocolate cake and let’s get started.

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