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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Lifestyle

how to widen your vocabulary WITHOUT reading books // learn new words (and actually remember them!)

Ever watch old BBC shows and wonder, huh, I wonder why we don’t talk like that anymore?

We’re in 2018 — a year where the words ‘lit,’ ‘slay,’ and ‘fleek’ are used on the daily and generally accepted by the public. Maybe it’s just the fact that I have no idea what those words mean, but it’s in my highly esteemed opinion that we should be using much better vocabulary than we do now.

We do tend to disregard ‘old fashioned’ words in favor of simpler ones nowadays, but there is a lot of charm and class associated with those words. Not to mention, they’re super useful to use as a writer. They make you look like a clever and educated author, even if you’re 99.89% sure you have no idea what on earth you’re doing. SO VOCABULARY IS HELPFUL TO ALL OF US.

It’s hard to find where to start when it comes to learning more of the English language, but lucky for you, I’ve already made a handy-dandy list of ways to begin! So pull up a chair. Grab a dictionary and a journal. We’ll be speaking like the King James Bible in no time!!

Well, not that fancy. People will begin mistaking ‘thine’ for ‘Vine’ and the world will explode. Maybe just stick to obscure words…

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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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Reading

Are Public Libraries Going EXTINCT?? // Pros & Cons Of Our Favorite Book Stop

I am in love with a place called the library.

Stepping into a library is like entering a new universe. It’s a place where books are respected and revered, where stories and imagination are encouraged. There’s a tense silence in the air that melts away when you open a book and get immersed in its world.

So I was surprised when I learned how few people actually like the library. Apparently, only 19% of Americans read for fun (and that number is dwindling). Is the library becoming extinct with the lack of readers and increase of digital reading? Why should we even have libraries around in 2018??

We’re going to decide together whether libraries are necessary to keep around as we examine the highs and lows of our favorite book temples. I present to you: the pros and cons of public libraries!

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Writing

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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Writing

5 Ways To Stay Happy & Healthy During Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming in two days. Yes, two. HOW CRAZY.

It seems like it came up by surprise, even though we’ve been talking about it ever since November’s ended. How is there so little time to get ready?? I still need to stock up on caffeine and dark chocolate!! HELP.

Plotters and Pantsers alike seem to pull themselves together at the last minute and churn out their sloppy yet fixable first drafts. Unfortunately, though, a large number of participants end the month with mental and physical pain that could end up being a serious health issue. And that is not how we want to celebrate ending our novels.

And so this begs the question: how do you win Camp NaNoWriMo without panicking and/or feeling like you’ve been hit by a bus?

After some thought of last November’s NaNoWriMo, I found 5 things that kept me from going absolutely insane.

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Lifestyle, Writing

What To Do While In The Midst Of Procrastinating (Like We Need Help Anyway)

Today, I was supposed to post Organize Your World part 4. But guess what??

I PROCRASTINATED YAY!!

And don’t think I had a good excuse.

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‘I’m thinking’ is just another way to say I haven’t done it yet and I don’t really want to so I’m making a bunch of excuses to avoid it.

So, yes, I avoided writing the post I had meant to write, and instead wrote about all the things I’ve been doing in the meantime you can do while being stubborn and procrastinating.

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