BookTubeAThon Day 1 Update!

Yes, I will be doing daily BookTubeAThon updates along with my regular blog posting schedule! I am really excited to share how much reading I accomplish each day, and my quick, snapshot thoughts on the book. I have a SUPER busy week starting tomorrow, but I am still determined to get lots of reading done!

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So it is currently 5:30pm for me (but I will quickly update this blog post before I go to bed because I DO plan on reading more today) and about ten minutes ago I completed Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. This book was not on my initial TBR, but I got it out from the library and felt like reading it so I did! It was a total of 355 pages and I spent about 4 hours on it. I was excited to read it because it follows the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler, and also to learn more history, which I did. But in my opinion, it was kind of slow and did info dumps sometimes, but other than that I did enjoy it and thought it was a fun educational read. Now I am going to take a break, eat some food, do some writing and French and then jump back into read later tonight! Tonight I will be picking up The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and my goal is to get about 100 pages read before I go to sleep.

DAY 1 OVERVIEW:

Books Completed: 1

Pages Read: 405 pages (355 of Alex and Eliza + 50 of The Wrath and the Dawn)

I also wanted to point out that I am adding more books to my TBR because I realize I can easily read more than three, and also why not add more stress to my week? So I am striving for seven books this week and the extra four are: Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz (which I have already read), The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Perks of Beings a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky!

That is all for my quick update on my reading from the BookTubeAThon 2017 and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to comment below if you are participating in BTAT17 and what book you are currently reading. Also, check out my other blog post from today: Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4: Escaping Writer’s Block!

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4: Escaping Writer’s Block

It’s inevitable for you to feel blocked in your writing at some point, and just in case that is happening to you, here are a few tips on how to defeat the ugly monster we call, ‘writer’s block’.

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  • Identify the Source – First things first, you need to identify the source of your writer’s block. Some possible sources are: you just don’t feel like writing, you are stuck on what should happen next, or maybe you didn’t plan your story enough and have NO idea where it is heading. If you know what is causing it, it is easier to stop it.
  • Just Write – One way to get through writer’s block is to just write. Free write a page or just push through the scene that is troubling you. Either way, writing is the best cure.
  • Take a Walk – Taking a walk outside will help clear your mind, and help you figure out what to do next. Sometimes the cure to your writer’s block can be that you just needed to NOT write, but take a step back and let your mind solve the problem.
  • Figure Out Where You Went Wrong – Sometimes when I have writer’s block, it is because I wrote a scene that doesn’t flow right. What I do is re read the scene and then if I really don’t know how to fix it, I will delete it and rewrite it until it is good enough for me to keep going. Remember: Only delete it if you REALLY don’t know what doesn’t work in that scene.
  • Read! – Sometimes all you need is a way to release your creativity in another form than writing. Reading is a necessity for all writers, so if you are feeling blocked, read to help get your creative juices flowing. It also helps you strengthen your writing so there is really no loss from picking up a book at any time!

That is all for this final Camp NaNoWriMo weekly tips and tricks blog posts, and I hope you enjoyed. Hopefully you had a fun and successful Camp NaNoWriMo, and don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Reading/Writing Update!

Next week is BookTubeAThon, yet I have more books I want to finish reading this week than next week. At the moment, I currently reading “City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare, the third book in The Mortal Instruments series, and I forgot how amazing it is! It has been about two years since I re read this series, but I remember City of Glass being my favourite of the six, and I can see why. I am close to finishing it, I have just over one hundred pages left, and when I finish that I will be reading “Alex and Eliza” by Melissa De La Cruz. I am really excited for this book because it is a YA story about the love between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. I cannot wait to dive into it and see how much I like it! I even have a third book I want to finish by…well, tomorrow, and that is “Eliza and Her Monsters” by Francesca Zappia. I picked this book up yesterday because the synopsis was something I was definitely in the mood for, and now I am just dying to read it! I am hoping to start and finish it tomorrow so wish me luck.

Yesterday I took a break from writing which I really didn’t want to do but had to because I needed to organize some of my thoughts for it. I am at a total of 43,073 words and my goal is to get to 50,000 words by the end of July, which I think I can easily get to. I have a clear vision on where my story is going, it is just the end that was somewhat fuzzy and also whether or not I wanted to write another book to go along with it, or another two, or none at all. Now though, I know how my end will play out and a rough outline for what a sequel could look like, things are a little more organized. I do plan on writing today and tomorrow and the rest of next week and so on (thankfully), and I am looking forward to keep chugging along!

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: 2017 BookTubeAThon TBR!ED

2017 BookTubeaThon TBR!

It is that wonderful time of the summer again where readers come together from all over the world on social media, to celebrate reading! This year it starts at midnight on July 24th to midnight on July 30th and I am so excited to get some reading done and follow the awesome reading challenges for this year.

#1: Read a Book with a Person on the Cover

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This challenge is perfect for my current reading situation, because I am re reading The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, and all the books have bodies on them! So for this challenge I have chosen City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. This is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments, which follows a girl named Clary in a world of angels and demons as she tries to find her place in it. There is lots of action and fun characters so I am excited to jump back into this book.

#2: Read a Hyped Book

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I bought this book solely because of BookTube, but I just haven’t gotten around to pick it up yet. That book is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and I am so excited to FINALLY read this hyped book. I have heard amazing things about this book, and while I don’t really know what it is about other than it is based of the Arabian story, One Thousand and One Nights, I am really intrigued to see how I like it.

#3: Finish a Book in One Day

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I have read many books in one day, and a good majority of them have been Sarah Dessen books or other contemporaries, so I have decided to pick up Once and For All by Sarah Dessen! This is her brand new release that came out in early June and has a beautiful cover. All I know about the book is that the main character’s mother is a wedding planner and there is a romance (obviously) but I am still excited to see what happens. I know I will love it though!

#4: Read About a Character That is Very Different From You

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I am doubling up my challenges which is no surprise because I always do, and for this challenge I am going to be also reading City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. There are many main characters in this series, but the first book follows mainly Clary’s POV so I am going with her for this challenge. I am the COMPLETE opposite of Clary. For one, she is a red head and I am a brunette, she is a very talented artist with drawing and painting while I cannot draw a straight line for my life, and she lives in New York City while I live in a tiny town in Canada…yeah so many differences.

#5: Finish a Book Completely Outdoors

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In the summer I love reading outdoors so I was very excited for this challenge. I am also doubling up for this challenge, and have chose Once and For All by Sarah Dessen because reading summery contemporaries in the warm summer air is the best!

#6: Read a Book You Bought Because of the Cover

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Another double up because of course BookTubeaThon is during my busiest week of the month! I am also using Once and For All by Sarah Dessen for this challenge, because even though I was going to buy the book eventually because I love Sarah Dessen books… I bought it a LOT sooner than I would have because of how gorgeous the cover is. It is an ombre of pink and purple as you can see in the picture I attached to this post, but yeah, beautiful!

#7: Read 7 Books – I never have achieved this and will NOT being striving for it this year. I will probably try for next year but this year I work about 32 hours the week of BookTubeaThon and have a summer course to work on AS WELL as Camp NaNoWriMo, so if I finish those three books the week of BookTubeaThon, I will be more than happy.

But yeah! Those are the books I chose for the BookTubeaThon and I hope you enjoyed. Definitely let me know if you are participating and what books you plan on reading because I would love to know!

My Writing Routine!

Since Camp NaNoWriMo started, I have realized that I have a pretty solid writing routine. I only realized this a day or two ago when I tried to write in the morning, which is the time of day I don’t usually write, and it was so hard! Anyways, this is my writing routine and I hope you enjoy.

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~7:00pm~

I usually begin writing around seven in the evening, give or take. I just like writing later on in the day once things have settled and the sun has begun going down. I throw my phone across the room onto my bed, with it on Do Not Disturb, and then I warm up by re reading the last paragraph or few sentences I wrote the previous day so I know where I am going with the story, and this is something I recommend everyone do! With Camp NaNoWriMo happening, I have been doing their writing sprints on their twitter sprint page: @NaNoWordSprints, and there, they hold writing sprints that last anywhere from 10-30 minutes. When Camp NaNoWriMo is not happening though, I usually write for 30 minutes, take a break, and then keep writing.

~7:30pm~

This is usually when I take my first break, and during this time I go to the bathroom, and grab a drink or snack. Sometimes I write with tea, but it isn’t something I NEED in order to write, but sometimes during my break I will get some green tea (one of my favourite teas!). My break generally last 5-10 minutes, but is very important because you need to give your mind a break after a bit!

~7:40pm~

By this time I am back at my computer and ready to write! I keep writing and depending on how tired I am, or what time I have to be up in the morning, I will stop and hour or two later. If I am really into a scene though, I will write for HOURS without realizing and forget to take break, but in those instances its okay! I know its good to take breaks, but like I said, I get carried away easily with writing so I usually only take that first break.

~8:30-9:30pm~

I usually finish writing anywhere around this time and finish with somewhere between 1,000-3,000 words, all depending on the scene I am writing and how I am feeling energy wise. But yeah! I will close my laptop and that is my writing for the day.

That is all for my writing routine and I hope you enjoyed! Comment below any rituals or routines that you have when you write, because I would love to know 🙂

 

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3: Turning Off Your Inner Editor

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I am about 30,000 words into my book so far, and this is when I start wanting to go back and rewrite everything. That little voice inside my head is screaming at me to rewrite this awful jumble of words I call a book, and have everything make sense, and I am sure a lot of you have this problem to. Here are a few tips that will help when it comes to turning off your inner editor so you can move forward with your story!

  • Just Keep Writing – The most important thing when it comes to participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, or just writing your first draft, is to just keep writing! Get the words down on the page so you know your story and understand it. Don’t think about making it perfect, just get it done.
  • You Have Time – Unless you are under a deadline, you have time to finish writing your story before going back and fixing, well, everything. The world is NOT going to end if you do not go back and rewrite, or change that one paragraph that doesn’t sound perfect at this very second. Finish your first draft and when you are done you can go back! But the point is you have, usually, an endless amount of time to work on this, so just keep writing and don’t look back.
  • Things WILL Change In Your Story – It is probably for the best that you don’t go back and fix everything at this exact moment, because there is a possibility that you change your mind about a certain character or scene in your story. If you change it, it can require more work so just keep writing your probably crappy first draft, and by the end you will kind of know what you want to do with your story and how this will lead to this.

That is all for this quick blog post on tips to turn off your inner editor and I hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Reading/Writing Update!

For the next month or so, I will be in the process of packing up my room and moving, but I did pick out quite a few books to keep with me, so that I always have something to read. Those books are City of Ashes, City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, Once and For All and the Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anyways, but for what I have accomplished reading wise, is that I am now over half way through City of Ashes! Zoe Herdt from the BookTube channel @readbyzoe, is hosting a 24 hour readathon today, which I will be participating in in hopes of at least coming close to finishing this book.

Writing has also been very successful because from Monday to Friday, I have so far written just over 5,000 words, and I am hoping to reach a week goal of 8,000 by the end of the weekend. My story is kind of at a slow bump in the road, so I am going to go back, fix that, figure out where I want the story to go, and then keep on writing! Good luck to any others participating in Camp NaNoWriMo because the month is half over which means we need to start raking in those word counts! I put my word count goal as 30,000, but I am only about 9,000 from completing that so I am sure I will easily complete that. However, I did want to be at 50,000 words for my entire story by the end of July, so that last week of the month will be me writing hard!

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Books I DNF…

Books I DNF…

We ALL have those books that we just picked up but never got around to finishing, and I am too, guilty of that. Just because we DNF (stands for ‘did not finish’)a book doesn’t mean we don’t like it, and for me I usually DNF a book because I get distracted by a new shiny one. Anyways, here are the books I have DNFed and don’t forget to comment the ones you have below!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Okay, I absolutely adored A Court of Thorns and Roses, but A Court of Mist and Fury is HUGE and high fantasy which takes me a long time to get into. I was really enjoying it though, and got halfway before I just put it down and never picked it up again. When I do get around to picking it up again, I will have to restart it because I totally forget what happened!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is one of my all time favourite authors, and I love all her work, but I just couldn’t get into this novella bind up! I know I will love it because I didn’t get far at all into the book before I put it down and got distracted with other books, but once I pick it up again and actually read it more I know I will kick myself in the head for not finishing it sooner.

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

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This is a newer release so I don’t feel that bad about not finishing it, but still. I was actually enjoying this book until Lord of Shadows came out and totally consumed my life. I do plan on jumping into The Dark Prophecy again because I have heard amazing things about it and know that I will love it just like every other Rick Riordan book I have read!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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I’ll Give You the Sun was a FANTASTIC book and I was so pumped and ready to pick up Nelson’s other book, The Sky is Everywhere, but somewhere along the line of reading it I just never got around to finishing it. It wasn’t anything I was loving, but I did like it and wanted to continue reading it…but didn’t. It is a contemporary though so maybe I will pick it up again this summer during the BookTubeaThon if I have time and read it. Who knows though because it was a DNF!

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

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For some reason this Sarah Dessen book didn’t grab me as much as the others did. I still plan on reading it though, because I am sure that I will like it, but for now it is in my DNF pile…which is something I never thought I would do to a contemporary because I usually fly through them. I do think that it was because I had another book I wanted to read, but still! No excuse, I need to read this book.

Those are the books I DNFed and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2, for some motivation and tips!

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2: Tips and Tricks to Stay Motivated!

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First week down, now bring on the second! The first week of Camp NaNoWriMo flew by and was a great first week for me, so I am hoping that the next three are the same. Anyways, sometimes the second week is when you start losing motivation for your project but remember to keep going! If that is the case, I have a few tips, tricks and inspirational quotes for you to keep that creative flame burning and help you chug full steam ahead with your project. Hope they help!

  • Remember the First Draft is Supposed to Be Messy – This is one I always have to remind myself because the inner perfectionist and editor inside you deeply wants to go back and rewrite whatever you just wrote to perfection. But when it comes to writing a book that you want to actually finish before you die, then you have to shut off that part of you. It is okay for your first draft to be a complete disaster and make close to no sense because eventually you will write a second, third, fourth, or however many drafts it takes for you to make your book good. During those rewrites you can edit your work, but take pride that your first draft is messy because everyone else’s is too! The first draft is as bad as the book can get, remember that.
  • It’s Okay if You Don’t Really Know Where Your Story is Going – Sometimes your story gets the best of you and takes you in an entirely different direction than you ever imagined. That’s okay though because that is what writing is all about. Our stories change and shift for the better, and sometimes it isn’t always what we planned out. Let your imagination seize control!
  • Forget About Your Word Count – A word count is a goal for yourself, nobody else, so if you some days you cannot bring it in yourself to write up to it then that is totally fine. We all have days where our daily word counts are not realistic, but the point is that when that happens we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about it. As long as you are putting something down on the page, consider that progress.
  • Read, Read, Read – When you are not writing, read, read, read. By reading, you pick up on what not to do and what to do with your writing. It gets your creative juices flowing and is not only beneficial but fun!
  • Write Like There Are No Rules…Because There Aren’t! – There are no rules when it comes to YOUR writing. Write the story you want and don’t put yourself in a box that contains your creativity. Just because you see that many writes do things one way, doesn’t mean you have to as well!

There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own – Albert Einstein 

I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build sand castles – Shannon Hale

Write a page, only three hundred words, and in a year you have written a novel – Stephen King

That is all for my Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 post and I hope you enjoyed it!

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #3!

I thought I would quickly update you guys on where I am at with Camp NaNoWriMo because I got a lot accomplished this week already! My goal for Camp NaNoWriMo is 30,000 words because I figured with me working 32+ hours a week, I may have not have a lot of time for writing, but I have been proved the opposite. I am already over halfway over my goal and it is the only the eleventh day! Today I wrote 2264 words which brought my word count up to 17,264 words, which means I have just over 12,000 words to go. I actually already have 30,000 words technically, but that is only because I started writing a week or two before Camp NaNoWriMo, but by the end of the month I should have at least 42,000 words. My whole goal for this book is a minimum of 60,000 and I am hoping that I can keep it in the 70-80,000 range…but by the looks of it at the moment that will NOT be the case. I estimate that my first draft will end up being over 100,000 words easily which is really intimidating! One thing that has been helping me a lot this Camp NaNoWriMo, and has been motivating me to write more and more, is following @NaNoWordSprints on twitter (while you are at it, if you want to add me my Twitter is @Zoe_M8, I tweet when my blog posts go live and about writing and reading!) During the months of Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo, they have people who lead anywhere between 10-30 minute long writing sprints where they encourage you to write as much as you can it that time span, take a break and report what you accomplished, and then get back to writing. I have a lot of fun participating in them and if you need to get your word count up or just need some more inspiration to write, definitely follow them! As I am writing this blog post, my phone is buzzing with notifications from their page…

Anyways, that is all for my Camp NaNoWriMo Update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Favourite Books of 2017 (So Far).