Series I Haven’t Finished…

I used to be really good at finishing series, but now that I have less time than I would like to be able to read, it can be hard to finish a series. Some series though, I have no excuse to not finishing other than I just didn’t pick up the second book for whatever reason! Anyways, here are a few series I haven’t finished but do plan to.

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

When I read the first book in this duology, I mostly skimmed it and didn’t really appreciate or understand what was going on…I feel like I had really high expectations for the book because of the hype, but also wasn’t in the mood to read it at the time so I didn’t love it like everyone else did and does. I do have the second book, Crooked Kingdom though, so I would really like to re read Six of Crows and then jump into Crooked Kingdom! I know I will like it once I actually read it, but when will that be? Hopefully soon.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy by Rick Riordan

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The third book for this trilogy is actually coming out in a few days, but sadly I still haven’t read the second book…I love Rick Riordan, and have made that clear on this blog, but I honestly didn’t love this series as much as his others. That is probably the main reason I didn’t read the next book once I got it, but I would really like to give it a second chance. Sadly, I would have to re read the first book which would take up more time, but maybe once the third book comes out I will just binge the trilogy. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.

Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan

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I know, I know, I am just not up to date with all of the Rick Riordan books! He just comes out with too many books in a year and once you fall behind…well good luck. Anyways, this was another new series by him that I didn’t absolutely adore. I did like it, but I feel like I need to give the first book a re read before jumping into the second one. It is possible that I compared it too much to the Percy Jackson series or the Heroes of Olympus series which is why I didn’t like it as much as I hoped. Hopefully that is the case because I know it is a series a lot of people enjoy!

Blood of Gods and Royals by Eleanor Herman 

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This is a really interesting and complex series that includes one of my favourite things, Greek mythology, which is the main reason I picked it up. I really enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to the second book. However, it was a new release which meant I had to wait an entire year before being able to purchase the second book, Empire of Dust. By then I wasn’t as excited because I completely forgot what happened it the book! So yeah, another re read to add to my never ending list because I really did like the characters and story line.

Those are a few series that I have started but haven’t finished…and hopefully in the future I will! I hope you enjoyed this blog post and don’t forget to check out my last blog post: NaNoWriMo Prep #1

NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep #1

It is October! Which not only means fall, warm drinks and Halloween, but also prep month for NaNoWriMo. If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about when I say “NaNoWriMo” then check out a blog post I wrote last week called “NaNoWriMo”. Anyways, in this blog post I will be taking about getting that idea for your story. Since I did an entire posts on writing prompts last week, I won’t give too many today but if you are in need of some inspiration check out that post!

The Idea

All stories begin with a single idea. It may not be a good idea at first and it probably is a very simple idea, but it is an idea that gets us excited and our creative mind whirling. Ideas come from all around too! They can come to us in a long walk, or in the shower, or even from another story. The point is, is that if you look around long enough something will eventually come to you. When I have some trouble coming up with an idea, I like to hit up Pinterest and check out there writing prompts because I always leave with a spark of an idea!

Here is a summary of what I said in some key points, because these key points will be essential when coming up with “the idea”:

  • Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere
  • Doing an activity where your mind is allowed to wander helps provoke ideas (a walk, a shower, etc)
  • Don’t be afraid to look at other stories for inspiration! (Just don’t completely copy someone else’s idea…)

Remember though, not every idea is a good idea, so if you think you found the “magic” idea and it doesn’t work out…don’t be too hard on yourself! There is an endless supply of ideas for stories, and you have only just begun to scratch the surface whether you have never written a story in your life, or have written a hundred.

Motivation

Whether you have just started planning your story, or are close to the end of writing it, motivation is something every writer struggles with. Even if you absolutely love your idea and your story and your characters, it doesn’t mean you have your doubts at time. For every prep post I do, I will add a little motivation section towards the end, to remind you to just keep writing! I will be including some inspirational quotes, as well as some tips and tricks to stay motivated.

You only fail if you stop writing – Ray Bradbury 

I’m not a very good writer, but I am an excellent rewriter – James Michener 

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on – Louis L’Amour 

That is all for my first NaNoWriMo prep blog and I hope you enjoyed. Stay tuned for my upcoming prep posts and also check out my last blog post: 25 Inspirational Writing Prompts!