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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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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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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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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