Writing

write christmas 2018 // writing CONTEST and COLLAB with clara & co!

After NaNoWriMo, it’s kinda hard to regain that passion for writing.

You’ve spent 720 hours spilling your guts onto a page, brainstorming how the heck this book is gonna end, and finding spare moments to type away. I get it. It’s exhausting to write. And when it’s over you feel like taking a nap for the next thirty days. Or just hibernating through the winter. Whichever comes first.

That’s why me, Clara, and Charis started Write Christmas, a competition for all ages and stages of writing! The goal was to get people back to writing after NaNo and throw in a fun competition. It was so, so fun getting to read everyone’s amazing entries last year, and our participants had fun improving their skills and earning some bragging rights! 😉

I’m thrilled to announce the second annual Write Christmas competition! This year, Clara and I collaborated to bring you not one, but TWO chances at recapture that passion for creativity. And, this year, you have a chance at winning a $15 Amazon card! Let’s get to the details to get started 🤗

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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

What Makes Blogging SO HARD (But It’s Fun Anyway Wohoo!) [Collab w/ Em @ 2G2M]

A few weeks ago, Em @ 2G2M asked me to do a collab with her. I was super hooped – her blog is so helpful and cute ahhh!! – and obviously I screamed ‘YES’.

We decided to post about the pros and cons of blogging. I volunteered for the bad, because who can pass up an excuse to rant about how awful their life is??

Wait, that’s not what the title says I’m doing?

Oh. Okay.

Honestly, I was kind of stumped at the idea of talking about the cons of blogging.* It’s become a staple in my life, one of the first things I think of when I’m asked what I like to do.

But it can’t all be glitter and French fries, can it? There are definitely some struggles with keeping up a blog. That’s why we’re going to be talking about the hard things about blogging — because, sometimes, everybody struggles with the same things and all we can do is laugh and help each other out whenever we can.


*i wasn’t sure if i was going to be super sarcastic with this post or not??? i love blogging too much to outright hate on it lol

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Blogging

Awesome Gifts For Bloggers [Collab w/ Anna @ Anna Pastelle]

Sometimes, it’s so hard to get the perfect gift for that one person.

You know what I’m talking about. It’s your friend’s birthday, or anniversary… or first blog anniversary! You just have to get them something — not something generic like a $10 gift card to Walmart, but something that really matters to them.

If your friend is a blogger, there are plenty of gifts that would make their day! And I’m here to show you them! *jazz hands*

Anna @ Anna Pastelle and I teamed up today to bring you a bunch of ideas for gifting your writer, blogger, and bookish friends! She’s going to be talking about what to get your bookish buddies, while I cover blogger-specific gifts.

Soo…. let’s do it!

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