April Anticipations!

I love gushing over all of the book and movies releases and I am back with another!


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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This is a spinoff of Becky’s other book, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens (which is now a fantastic movie that you NEED to go watch!) but follows Simon’s best friend, Leah who is struggling with her sexuality and who she is. I am so excited to get my hands on this book because I really loved Leah and thought she was such a realistic character. I cannot wait to see the world through her eyes and read whatever story Becky has in store for us next month! April 24th 2018

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

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The Fates Divide is the second book in Veronica Roth’s new sci-fi series, which starts off with Carve the Mark. I have not read the first book but I have heard good things so maybe I will get to it sometime soon! From what I know, it follows two different characters that somehow get thrown into each other’s world…that’s about all I know but it sounds good enough to me. April 10th 2018

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz

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I read the first book in this series, Alex & Eliza, which follows one of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler and their journey to meeting each other. I liked the first book but wasn’t blown away by it, however I am still excited to follow their life after their marriage in the next book! While I am not American, I have always been fascinated by American history and now all these books and musicals are coming out in regards to it and I am just having the best time. April 17th 2018


Avengers: Infinity War

I didn’t know I wanted to watch this movie until I watched the trailer and realized literally EVERY superhero to ever walk on the screen is in it. Not only do I think it will be epic to see all my favourite superheroes work together, but I think it will be interesting to see how having so many main characters on screen at once. I do think it will be hilarious and action packed and I am itching to watch it. April 27th 2018

I Feel Pretty

This is an Amy Schumer movie that follows a woman who has never felt confident about her body, but when she hits her head one day she wakes up and starts viewing herself as this “perfect” and pretty person, even though she hasn’t really changed her appearance. Not only does this look hilarious, but it also has a really good message that you should love yourself for who you are, and not compare yourself to others. April 27th 2018

Those are some of the books and movies I am looking forward to in the month of April and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Balancing Multiple Writing Projects

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Balancing Multiple Writing Projects

I am a writer who likes to keep busy by working on multiple writing projects at once, and while it sounds daunting (and sometimes is) if you manage your time and energy correctly, you will be amazed at how much you can get done.

Devote One Day to Each Project

While you can spend a day on two or even three projects, you will not get much done. However, if you focus on only one project per day, you will get so much more done and faster too. For example, I am currently working on two short stories and outlining my novel for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I don’t work on everything each day. Usually I will work on one short story and then the other the next day. Sometimes if I finish what I need to get done that day though, I will finish off the day by doing a little bit of outlining but I will devote an entire day to outlining some other day.

Have To-Do Lists

This is so, so important because since you are balancing multiple writing projects, you want to get as much work as possible done each day. You need to have a list of the things you want to get accomplished and then go through that and make sure you check every single one off. I recommend not going too crazy when it comes to your goals for the day and stick to around 3 smaller goals and 1-2 bigger ones. If you start reaching too high than you will feel unaccomplished by the end of the day and start losing confidence in whatever projects you are working on.

Set Timers Throughout the Day

When you spend the entire day on a project, the last thing you want is to get burned out. I recommend setting up timers throughout the day so when they go off, you know it is time for a break. Personally, I like to work for 45 mins-1 hour at a time and then have 10-15 minute breaks. Having around an hour to work just lets me get a lot more done and when I finish each session, I feel like I have deserved that 15 minute break.

Those are my 3 biggest tips when it comes to juggling multiple writing projects, but this really goes for all types of projects. Good luck with your projects and I hope you found this helpful! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo #3

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Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo #3

Welcome to week 3 of prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo 2018! Today I thought it would be a good idea to talk about researching when outlining because it is a really important part of the outlining process, more so for some than others. I know for me, my current WIP requires a lot of research and often I am asking myself these two questions: what do I really need to research? and how much is too much research?

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When it comes to researching, I recommend researching as much as you can. Do as much as you think is necessary and even a little more. It is important to know more than your readers will, so even if you don’t plan on injecting every bit of this research onto the page, it can come in handy later on. Okay, now onto the first question!

What will I really need to research?

This question depends on what kind of research you are doing. If you are researching an entirely different civilization for your book, it is pretty obvious that you will need to know what they wore, what they ate, what their government was like, what the common day looked like for them…basic things that we know about ourselves. For example, maybe you want to write a book that takes place during Ancient Greece and you are focusing on Greek mythology. Clearly you will need to research everything about the gods and the rich myths and legends that come with this ancient civilization, but it is also important that you know what they ate and what they wore and maybe even throw in a few common phrases people would say. Every little thing you throw in will add to the authenticity of your story and make it that much better. However, if you are not researching a civilization but maybe you need to know about a certain job like a scientist, that means it will be handy to know what kind of scientist they are, their pay, their hours, their duties, etc.

How much research is too much research?

The next question might be the most important one because while I just said above to research a lot, and that is true, but there is researching a lot and than there is researching too much. You should take the time to carefully research what you need to but don’t let the research take too much time away from the actual writing of your story. For me, I am giving myself 3 weeks to research (already 1 1/2 weeks in) and then wherever I am at, I need to stop and write. By the end of 3 weeks I should know enough about what I researched to actually start on my story, thus not allowing me any excuses. I recommend setting yourself a time span like this, and if you don’t feel it is enough time by the end of it, don’t worry, write anyways. You can research along the way or just blast through your first draft and research more afterwards for your second draft. The point is, don’t let researching get in the way of you writing, especially with something like Camp NaNoWriMo!

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Reading + Writing Update!

I finally finished rereading the first 3 books in the Shatter Me series and wow, it took me a while. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore every book in the series and had such a good time revisiting this world but I was just so busy and exhausted by the end of the day that I only read 30-50 pages a night, maybe not even. Hopefully I can pick up the pace because I need to finish the last 150 pages of The Book Thief by April 4 and also finally finish listening to The Son of Neptune audiobook! So many books so little time.

This week was so unproductive that it physically hurts me…but at the same time it is 100% okay because I spent the time catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while. It was a blast but now that the week is mostly over and they have left, I am ready to jump back into outlining my novel and writing because Camp NaNoWriMo is only 13 days away…wow. I need to pick up the pace because not only do we only have 13 days left, but I also leave for holidays in 4 days and who knows how much I’ll get done while I’m away. I also have a few short stories I wanted to get done this coming week, so fingers crossed I am not putting too much on myself and will be able to get it all done!

That is all for this blog post and I just want to quickly apologize for not posting on Friday! I was barely at home Wednesday-Saturday and hadn’t even opened up my laptop until last night. Anyways, expect a post tomorrow as well as my normal days (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading + Writing Goals – March + April 2018

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Reading + Writing Goals – March + April 2018

So I made a blog post for my January and February goals back in January, and while I said I was going to recap them when I got around to writing my March and April goals, I’m just going to pretend I never said that. Basically the first two months of 2018 were fails for the goals I set because I set goals that were way out of reach. I wouldn’t say the months were unsuccessful because I did accomplish some things, but overall it was a flop on my goals. Anyways, now I know what kind of goals to set for myself so I made a list of my March and April goals that are ambitious but not too ambitious!

March + April Goals:

  • Finish my Creative Writing 12 by March 16
  • Write + publish 30 blog posts
  • Submit to 3 short story contests
  • Submit to 1 literary magazine
  • Finish outlining novel
  • Write 40,000 words during Camp NaNoWriMo in April
  • Read 10 books

These goals are much more reachable than my past goals, and I am already chugging along to completing some of them already! Fingers crossed though that my wrap up on these goals in May is way more successful than January and February, but honestly no month could be as lazy as them!

Anyways that is all for my reading and writing goals for the months of March and April, and I hope you enjoyed. Make sure you comment some goals you have for the coming months, and also check out my last blog post: Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo #2

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Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo #2

Last week I went over some brief tips on outlining your novel for Camp NaNoWriMo and now we are going to dive a little more into that, but focusing on characters! Characters are incredibly important to any story…if they are done well. Here are some tips to creating three dimensional, fleshed out characters!

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Creating Characters 101

  • Use Real People for Inspiration – It is really helpful when starting out to use real people to help you with your character sketch. As you go on, you’ll start adding new pieces that you came up with yourself, but until then it is like starting off with a template!
  • Make Them Diverse! – Make every character different. In the real world everyone has different skin colour, hair colour, voices, personalities…so reflect that in your characters. Having a diverse cast of characters not only makes your story more realistic, but it allows readers  to connect with them easier because they will see themselves in one or more of your characters.
  • Fears? Ambitions? Those Are Important – I have fears and ambitions, and so do you. If we both do that means ALL your characters do as well. Make sure you write this down, along with all these others tips, because sometimes we think we know what our characters fear or what they strive for, but it is important to actually write it down. You can use this in your story to bring more depth to your character and make them actually feel real.
  • Give EVERY Character a History – Everyone lives a different life, and just because a character isn’t as important to the story as the main character, they still deserve their own story. It also makes them easier to write because if they have a backstory you get to know them better. Maybe they were orphaned at a young age and moved around from house to house which is why they don’t get attached easily…whatever you feel is right for that character but just create it!
  • Know What Will Make or Break Them – Everyone has something that will make or break them. By this I mean we all have something that would make us the happiest person on the Earth, but also things that would deeply hurt us. Characters have this too! Something can bring them to the verge of breaking (or the happier alternative) and you can use that and bend it at your will throughout the story.
  • Know Their Motive – Again, whether they are the main character or a side character, it is so important to know what is motivating them to do whatever it is they are doing in your story. Just like how every person has some driving force in their life, like maybe they want to be a musician. If that is what their motive is at the moment then that means they will do things in order to move forward like buy an instrument and take lessons. It is the same with your characters, especially your main character. Something is motivating them and you need to know what.
  • Write in that Character’s Perspective – Even if you don’t plan on writing in that character’s POV, pull out a journal and just freewrite as that character. Write what their usual day looks like, write about them going on a walk…just writing in their perspective will make you understand them better and that will really show when you introduce them in your short story, novel, etc.

Wow that was a lot longer than I expected but hopefully it was helpful! It is so important to know as much as you can about your characters, but also your entire story and world before diving head first into Camp NaNoWriMo because otherwise you will hit some major roadblocks along the way.

Anyways, that is all for this Camp NaNo prep post and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading + Writing Update!

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

I cannot believe were are already eleven days into March…like this month will be over before we know it which means I need to pick up the pace! This week I did manage to finish Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, and am still making progress with the three other books I am reading. I am currently about two hundred and fifty pages into The Book Thief, over eight hours into The Son of Neptune audiobook, and one hundred pages into Ignite Me Tahereh Mafi. I am so glad that I am loving my reads, but I’m just hoping I can finish some of them soon because there are so many books I want to dive head first into like The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera!

Luckily I have also been pretty productive writing wise. Thanks to my handy writing bullet journal, I can say I wrote around 2000 words this week which now that I think about it, isn’t actually that great. Still, I was having a really tough week so I am surprised that I found the time to get in a few words. Hopefully next week will be better because lately I have been feeling on and off when it comes to motivation. Either I am bouncing off the walls or barely have enough energy to pull out my computer and it is getting really annoying. Anyways, enough with my whining and complaining, I just hope that I can get a few more thousand words in next week!

That is all for my writing and reading update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Writing with Myths & Legends

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Writing with Myths & Legends

Greek, Roman, Egyptian myths and legends are some of my favourites, tales that I find incredibly intriguing and fascinating. Since I find them so interesting, I attempt using these cultures stories in my own stories. This is something that requires lots of research in order to do it right, so I thought I would list the resources I use to do this because not only is it fun to learn about mythology, but it is also fun to write within these worlds!

Myths and Legends (TV Show)

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This is an amazing TV show on Netflix that is a great tool for storytellers. It talks about different myths and legends from different parts of the world, and discusses how the writers of these stories used different techniques in their works. You will walk away from each episode knowing a little more about mythology than you did before so I highly recommend it!

Rick Riordan Books!

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Want a fun and entertaining way to learn mythology? Rick Riordan books are the way to go if that is the case. He is an amazing writer of middle grade and YA who weaves different mythologies into his stories. For example, his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series focuses on Greek mythology, the Heroes of Olympus series focuses on both Greek and Roman mythology, the Kane Chronicles trilogy focuses on Egyptian mythology, and his Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy focuses on Norse mythology. You learn so much and it will make you want to keep knowing more!


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There are so many great podcasts on whatever you want, which means there are also a lot of options when it comes to discovering different myths and legends. My number one recommendation is the Myths and Legends podcast because they offer podcasts on such a wide variety of civilizations. Anywhere from Greek to Indian to Chinese this podcast has at all! It is a great source of info because when you are walking or driving or on the bus you can listen to it or if you are just sitting down with a hot drink.

Those are the three main ways I learn myths and legends and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo!

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Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo

Wow, it is already that time of the year…it’s Camp NaNoWriMo time! April is just around the corner so it is time to start prepping your outline or whatever it is you need to do in order to participate in the first round of Camp NaNoWriMo. In this post I will be giving some tips when it comes to writing out your outline, probably the most important part of writing a novel.

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Tips for Outlining:

When it comes to outlining my biggest tip is to not stress too much about, because I know that when I outline, I get caught up in making it perfect. It is important to make sure you get everything in your head out on paper so that you know what to write, but it is also important to not get caught up in it. Outline what you need to outline and don’t go overboard. You have until April 1st to outline and if you start now, you will be more than ready for Camp NaNo!

  • Know Your Theme + Thesis – This is really important because if you don’t know the point of you story and what you are trying to convey, then it will be difficult to write it well. When it is polished enough to be read by others, having a clear theme and thesis will make it easier to understand not just for you, but for everyone.
  • Secondary Characters – If you are having trouble coming up with events for your story, make sure your secondary characters are fleshed out just as well as your main characters. Having detailed and 3D secondary characters will open up the possibility of using your secondary characters’ motives as events that take place later in the story. Maybe they are hiding something dark that will change the course of your other characters’ lives…the possibilities are endless! The point is, having as many options for events to take place in your story will make outlining a lot easier.
  • Know More Than You Show – When it comes to every aspect of a story (world, characters, plot, etc) YOU, as the writer, should always know the most. Have backgrounds of all your characters, and the history of your world, even if most of it will not make it on to your pages, it will allow you to write a better, and more in depth story.

Remember, the more you plan and outline, the smoother your Camp NaNo experience will be. I used to think I could just pants stories (meaning I could just sit down with an idea and write thousands and thousands of words about it without a problem) but now that I have been in the writing world for a while longer, I realize that I don’t want to spiral down that hole of unfinished stories. So, make sure you plan and plan a lot!

That is all for this Camp NaNo prep post and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: My Writing Bullet Journal!

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My Writing Bullet Journal

I gave bullet journalling a try for the first two months of 2018, and while I liked it and had a lot of fun making my pages, it just wasn’t something I stuck to. However, I decided to give it another try but in a different way, and that way is to keep track of my writing instead of my life. I have pages of trackers and goals and all the fun things I write out anyways, so I thought why not just have it all in one bullet journal? I am sharing some pictures down below of a few things I included in my writing bullet journal and hopefully it will inspire you to make your own as well!


The first page I have of my writing bullet journal is actually my 2018 writing goals, but 1) I have shared those goals before in this blog post, and 2) the page didn’t turn out that well. However, the next page is my short story tracker where I keep track of the words I write for my short stories. It helps me to see how much I need to get done each day, as well as when I should reward myself for a job well done. I have the days of the the months on top and the months on the left side, and then I managed to squeeze in a legend at the bottom. It’s kind of hard to read but basically if I write no words I have to colour the square red, more than one word is pink, more than one thousand is purple, more than two thousand is blue, more than three thousand orange, and then more than four thousand turquoise.

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Next I have my submission tracker where I write down each literary magazine or contest I submit to. It is really important to keep this info in case your story gets selected. What I write down for each submission is the literary magazine/writing contest name, whether it is a literary magazine or writing contest, the date I submitted to it as well as the deadline, and then the story I submitted.




Next up is a story arc, and I have this in here just to remind me where to place certain events. I mean, most of us have this drilled into our heads from English class, but just in case something slips my mind it is nice to be able to flip back and have it there.


I also have a novel tracker to track all my words put towards my novel. As you can see I haven’t started writing it because I am still in the outlining phase, but it is basically the same layout as my short story tracker. Again these are really useful and if you make a bullet journal related to anything, I really recommend putting this page in.


Then lastly I have a list of my next bi-monthly goals. I have quite a few for the month of March but I will go over them more in my January/February goals wrap up post that should be coming up sometime soon!

That is all for this blog post on my writing bullet journal, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have a bullet journal for anything and what pages you keep in it because I am always looking for new ideas. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading + Writing Update!

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