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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Writing

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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Blogging

how to earn more followers RIGHT NOW // 10 realistic ways to grow your blog audience

The number one question I receive regarding blogging is ‘how do I get more followers?’

It’s not surprising, either. It seems everyone’s looking for the secret behind gaining followers. There are more articles about it than you can count, and even more bloggers searching for them every day. The problem is, the posts we find aren’t all that reliable. Like, do we have the time and money for starting a social media account, advertising, and hosting time-consuming giveaways?? haha NO.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ve struggled with gaining followers too. It’s a process; building an audience requires patience and dedication. But. That doesn’t mean you can’t encourage your follower count to get a bit higher. There are a few ways to realistically draw new people to your content — and you can start doing them right now.

Get some paper and a pen, and let’s get started growing, shall we?

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Blogging

how i write my BLOG POSTS // the inside scoop on how i create my content

Blog posts are not to be taken lightly.

Blog posts are things to put time and effort into. They deserve work, passion, and love. After all, they’re what make or break your blog! Without good content, you’ve got nothing good to ‘sell,’ and therefore no customers. You’re out of business. Womp-waa.

As bloggers, we want to provide our audience with the best stuff they can get their hands on. We strive to make our content the absolute best that it can be with the most efficiency possible.

I try my hardest to give my readers content that they’ll love every week… and I’m going to spill the tea on how I do that! From beginning to end, my process takes a total of three hours throughout the week to end up with a fun, organized post. My process isn’t perfect for everyone, but, for me, it works!

That being said, let’s get started on a new post!

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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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Blogging

Common MISTAKES New Bloggers Make (+ FREE Blogging Milestone Checklist)

They say practice makes perfect, right?

It’s obvious that nobody gets blogging down pat the moment they post their first article. It takes a lot of trial and error to grow a blog from the ground up, and, as with anything, you gotta start somewhere.

That being said, there are a lot of mistakes that are consistent with newer bloggers. After a while, it feels sort of stupid that we even did them in the first place,* but it’s not anything to be embarrassed by. Blogging is definitely a learning process. That’s why we like to help each other out when we can.

So today I’d like to point out a few mistakes new bloggers typically make when they’re getting started and how to turn those flaws into growth!


*AND ALL THE BLOGGERS SAID AMEN

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Writing

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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