Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday! This week was more productive reading and writing wise than past weeks, thankfully, so I am excited to share what I managed to get done in today’s update and I hope you all enjoy ūüôā

Slowly but surely, I have been making my way through Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi and I finally finished it yesterday! This is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series which is amazing, and this book was just as fantastic as the first three. I had high expectations going into it, since I loved all the other books, and all of those expectations were met so I definitely recommend giving it a shot! Next I will be picking up Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier because I listened to the audiobook for the first book, Ruby Red, a few months back, and never ended up continuing on with this re-read. This is one of my favourite trilogies that I have re-read and loved it millions of times. I am so excited to jump back into this world of time traveling and also visit the characters I love so much!

As for writing, I think by the end of the week I wrote about 7,000 words which is great! This is a pace I need to keep up for the rest of the month because I am trying my hardest to finish draft 1 of my current WIP by the end of May. Yes, putting time constraints on your writing isn’t the best idea, but this is something I want and know I can do. Also, I won’t have time to really write for all of June, and when I finally do have time I want to get straight into draft 2. I am still loving my story and characters, and I have so many ideas on how to make it better than I am just itching to start on the next draft.

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Reading + Editing My Old Writing

I have always wanted to make a blog post on this, but there were a few things always holding me back. 1) I always thought this would be easier to share through video rather than a blog post 2) my old writing sucks. However, I thought it would be a fun post to try and tackle, and hopefully it will give you a few laughs because of how terrible my writing was! I like to think I have become a lot better over the years, but who knows.

Okay, so today I will be editing an excerpt I found from one of my NaNoWriMo projects from back in 2015…so just over two and a half years ago when I was fourteen years old. I actually won NaNoWriMo that year, ending off at about 53,000 words which was awesome. However, the story I wrote was not outlined, and had no overall point to it really. It was fun though. It was a YA fantasy about an assassin with magical powers who scours the earth to take revenge on the people who killed her parents..other than that I cannot remember a single thing but here is the prologue I wrote for it! How this is going to work is I am going to paste the prologue below, and then paste it again where I make edits and notes and basically make fun of what I wrote. Let’s get editing!


Prologue

London, 1862

I stroke the wooden paint brush across the rough paper.  An image of what my perfect painting will look like flashes in my mind and relaxes the tense muscles in my hand. The paint brush takes full control over my small hand and lets colour bleed onto the page. Swirls of oranges and pinks swarm together, lining the green fields and creating the hazy sunrise. I swipe it across the paper one last time and grin at my final piece, knowing my father will be proud. I jump up to my feet and dust off my light blue nightgown and then zip out of the room like a buzzing bee that sees a flourishing flower.

I come to a skidding halt in front of my parents’ bedroom and¬†a warm sensation washes over me as I put a huge childish grin on my face. Their bedroom is a fair size but quite empty. A scarred, ebony dresser with three wide drawers is pushed against the far wall, next to a tall window. The broken floorboards creak as I scurry onto their short double bed that is draped with plain white blankets and a few lightly stuffed¬†cream pillows.

“Father! Mother! Look what I painted!” I announce happily, showing off my painting of the beautiful sunrise overlooking the luscious green fields. My father takes the corner of the painting and the corners of his lip¬†turn up. He runs a hand through his messy brown hair and then passes the painting to my mother who slips on her reading glasses. A soft smile spreads across her face and she gives an approving nod.

Suddenly a loud bang echoes throughout the small house and voices boom from outside. My parents hastily bounce off the bed as if they have been expecting this and the next thing I know my mother is yanking me by the arm, leading me out of the room. I try to ask what was happening but my mother shushes me as she ushers me into my tiny bedroom. A candle burns faintly on my nightstand, next to my cracked leather journal that I write in every night before I go to sleep.

My mother wiggles open my closet door and shoves aside my clothes, clearing them away so we can see the back wall. I bite my lip, feeling worried and confused. Where was my father? Who are those strange men? Why were they here? So many questions swirl around in my head, making me dizzy and nauseous as if my father picked me up and spun me around like he always did when I was a small child. It was fun while it was happening but after I would have to lie down to settle my stomach.

“Mother, I don’t feel well.” I whisper, my voice shaking. My mother gently places her hands on my shoulders and stares at me with her emerald eyes, the ones she passed on to me. She twirls a strand of my curly brown hair around her finger then releases it. Her eyes are filled with tears which trigger the ones that swim around in mine.

“You cannot feel sick, Katie. You have to be brave, smart and strong,” She whispers sharply, “Now, you need to exit out of this tunnel and then run as fast as you can away from this house. Do not wait for your father and I because-” Her voice breaks a little bit but she continues, “Your father and I may not make it out.” I look at my¬†mother and I am about to ask why they cannot just come with me now but loud footsteps pound in the hallway and she quickly whips open a secret door and throws me inside. I glance down the long tunnel that stretches far then wraps tightly around a corner. A few torches are hung on the stone walls, providing a few patches¬†of dull light. I spin around but my mother shuts the door, leaving me alone in the confined, musty tunnel. My legs tremble as tears streak my pale cheeks, dripping off onto my nightgown. I want to kick the door open and be with my mother and father but they told me different. I quickly back away from the door then start sprinting, trying to stifle the sobs that pour out of me like¬†a rushing waterfall.


Prologue

London, 1862

I stroke the wooden paint brush across the rough paper.  An image of what my perfect painting will look like flashes in my mind, and relaxes relaxing the tense muscles in my hand. The paint brush takes full control over of my small hand, and lets bright colours suddenly bleeding onto the page. Swirls of oranges and pinks swarm together, lining the green fields and creating the a hazy sunrise. I swipe it across the paper one last time, and grinning at my final piece. knowing my Father will be proud, I think to myself as I jump up to my feet, and dust off my light blue nightgown, and then zip out of the room like a buzzing bee. that sees a flourishing flower.

(This wasn’t the worst paragraph ever, it just had a lot of words I didn’t need in it…clearly due to all the crossing out I did. I like to think I have gotten better at keeping my sentences to the point, and not adding useless words just for the heck of it because it can become a serious problem down the road!)

I come to a skidding halt in front of my parents’ bedroom, and¬†a warm sensation washes over me as I put a huge, childish grin on my face. Their bedroom is a fair size but quite empty. A scarred, ebony dresser with three wide drawers is pushed against the far wall, next to a tall window. The broken floorboards creak as I scurry onto their short double bed that¬†which¬†is draped with plain white blankets, and a few two¬†lightly stuffed¬†cream pillows¬†tucked underneath.

“Father! Mother! Look what I painted!” I announce happily, showing off shoving¬†my painting into their faces¬†of the beautiful sunrise overlooking the luscious green fields. My father takes the corner of the painting it,¬†and the corners of his lip¬†turn up. He runs a hand through his messy brown hair and then before¬†passing the painting to my mother who slips on her reading glasses. She slips on her glasses, a¬†soft smile spreading across her face as she gives an approving nod.

Suddenly a loud bang echoes throughout the small house and voices boom from outside. Bang. The sound echoes through the house, footsteps booming from down the hall. My parents hastily bounce jump off the bed, a strange look passing between them. as if they have been expecting this and the next thing I know my mother is yanking me by the arm, leading me out of the room. My mother lunges towards me and grips my arm before yanking me out of the room and down the hall. I try to ask what was is happening but my mother shushes me, as she ushers ushering me into my tiny bedroom. A candle burns faintly on my nightstand, next to it, my cracked leather journal. that I write in every night before I go to sleep.

(Again, these last few paragraphs weren’t awful…although if I were to get to them to what I deem “good” I would have to scrap it all and rewrite it. For the sake of this blog post, I tried to save as much as I could, only crossing out words and changing the wording slightly. It is so weird seeing my writing process from when I was fourteen, seeing how I worded things and shaped sentences. Parts of it make me cringe, a lot, but it is nice to see that I have grown a lot as a writer!)

My mother wiggles yanks open my closet door, shoving and shoves aside my clothes, clearing them away so we can see the back wall. I bite my lip, feeling worried and confused worry and confusion pushing down on my chest, their strong hands squeezing my pounding heart. Where was my father? Who are those strange men? Why were they here? So many questions swirl around in my head, making me dizzy and nauseous as if like when my father picked me up and spun me around like he always did when I was a small child. It was fun while it was happening but after I would have to lie down to settle my stomach.

“Mother, I don’t feel well.” I whisper, my voice shaking. My mother gently places her hands on my shoulders and stares at me with her emerald eyes., the ones she passed on to me. She twirls a strand of my curly brown hair around her finger then releases it. Her eyes are filled with tears which trigger the ones that swim around in mine.

“You cannot feel sick, Katie. You have to be brave, smart and strong,” She whispers sharply,.¬†“Now, you need to exit out of this tunnel follow this tunnel to the end. There you will find a ladder. I need you to climb up it¬†and then run as fast as you can away from this house. Do not wait for your father and I because…” Her voice breaks a little bit but she takes a staggered breath and¬†she continues, “because your father and I may not make it out.” I look at my¬†mother and I am about to ask why they cannot just come with me now, but loud footsteps pound in the hallway and she quickly whips open a secret door and throws me inside. A tear slides down her mother’s cheek as she pushes past me, fingers gripping a doorknob sticking out of my closet wall. The door swings open and my lips part. I try to speak, try to let the pressing questions in my head fall from my lips but my mother pushes me through the secret door, and suddenly, I am swallowed up my darkness. I glance over my shoulder, down at the long tunnel¬†I glance down the long tunnel that stretches far behind me before¬†then wraps wrapping¬†tightly around a corner. A few torches are hung on the stone walls, providing a few patches¬†of dull light. I spin around but my mother shuts the door with a loud sob, leaving me alone in the dancing shadows¬†in the confined, musty tunnel. My legs tremble as and fat¬†tears streak my pale cheeks, dripping off onto my nightgown. I want to kick the door open and be with my mother and father but I know I can’t¬†they told me different. I quickly back away from the door then start sprinting, trying to stifle the sobs that pour out of me like¬†a rushing waterfall.

Okaaay. Well that was fun, wasn’t it? Very cringey at times but honestly, it was a lot better than I expected. It was really fun to look back on my writing and realize what I do better now then I did back then. I encourage you all to do the same if you are feeling a bit down on your writing because by reading your old work, you will finally be able to see the progress you have made as a writer. All the progress after spending hours glued to your laptop, lost in a world created by nothing but the vast of your imagination.

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Summer 2018 TBR

I cannot believe that summer is just over a month away, which means I have about a month or so less of school…and that means more time for reading! The past few months I haven’t been great with my monthly reading count, but I am hoping to take advantage of two whole months off school and get a lot done. I am mostly looking forward to all the readathons happening this summer, like the Biannual Bibliothon and the BookTubeAThon because I always get¬†so much read. Anyways, here are a few of the main books I want to get to this summer, and I hope you enjoy.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

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This book had so much hype surrounding it when it first came out, and from what I gather, it is well deserved. However, I wanted to let some of the hype settle before picking it up…also it is a massive, fantasy book that takes time to read and that is something I do not have right now. All I know is that it is influenced by West African mythology and that is all I need to know. I am already so excited to get my hands on this book and devour it whole.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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This is a new summery, contemporary book by Morgan Matson, one of the queens of contemporary, and I am so, so excited for it to come out on June 5th! Save the Date follows a girl named Charlie whose older sister is getting married, and for the first time in years, all four of her siblings will be together. Charlie is hoping for the perfect weekend, but of course it will be anything but that. I love re reading Morgan Matson books each summer, so I am looking forward to having a new one to adore!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Scythe is another book that has a lot of amazing hype surrounding it, and I kept hearing about it so much that I just went out and bought it. I am really looking forward to diving into it because from what I know about it, it sounds fantastic. Scythe takes place in a world with no hunger, disease, death or anything bad. To keep balance in the world, there are scythes, those sent to kill people to keep the population under control. This book follows two apprentices to a scythe, Citra and Rowan, but it is a role neither of them wants. This book is intriguing and sounds captivating, and I am really hoping to get to it this summer…maybe even the second one too!

The Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Even though the third and final book in this trilogy doesn’t come out until December, I am dying to give Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows a re read. I wanted to do this earlier but I don’t know if you have noticed that they are humongous books, and lately I just haven’t had the time to devote to them. Especially since they are so amazing that all I want to do is spend my time reading them! If you didn’t know, these books follow a race of half humans and half angels called Shadowhunters whose mission on earth is to keep humans safe from demons.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Mass

Don’t worry, I have read the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, however I never finished the second book…now there is a third book out as well as a novella, and I realize how far behind I am! These are high fantasy books with faeries, and since I need to re read the first book before finally finishing the second book, I need the summer to do so. Everyone has read these books and everyone is discussing the events of the “finale” and I don’t want to be left out anymore!

Those are some of the books I want to get to this summer, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out the blog posts linked below, and also follow my social media accounts for more bookish/writing related content ūüôā

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Writing Rituals Tag!

I didn’t have time to pre-write any posts for this coming week yesterday, which is what I usually do so I have a blog post scheduled for Monday. Well, actually, I did have time, I just didn’t spend my time wisely. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to do a tag so that is what I am doing! I have seen most people do this tag on YouTube but I have no idea who created it…anyways, let’s get into it!

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

When it comes to what day, I usually write whenever I have time. However, I tend to write later in the evening because that is when I am (usually and hopefully) done my homework for the day, and any other things I had to get done. This is usually around 7pm and my writing sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours!

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

This has always been fairly easy for me because when it is time for me to write I go to one of my “designated writing spots” like my bedroom or a coffee shop, plug in some headphones and then write. I don’t get distracted too easily while writing, which is funny because with anything but writing, I have the attention of a goldfish. I guess I really like it!

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

For the most part I can remember what I wrote the day before, but sometimes I will read over the last paragraph I wrote just to refresh. Usually I just open my document and start writing without really thinking much about it.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

Whenever I am feeling uninspired I go straight to the Hamilton Mixtape on Spotify because all the songs are a lot of fun. One song that I specifically turn to while writing is “Wrote My Way Out” because that is basically the theme of what I am doing. I definitely recommend checking it out!

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

When I am struggling with writer’s block I try to read a favourite book of mine, or just one with a story I really admire like Harry Potter. I will also go straight to YouTube and watch some of my favourites like Kristen Martin and Natalia Leigh. After watching a few of their writing tip videos, or writing vlogs, I am usually ready to write!

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

Other than Word I don’t use any tools with writing. Well, I usually have my notebook with all my character info and just overall plot info next to me, but I try to keep the tools to a minimal while writing. The more complicated the more time taken out of writing, right?

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

My computer? I write on it so if I didn’t have that then I wouldn’t be able to write at all. I have tried writing out stories by hand, but I mess up a lot and also my wrist starts hurting. So yeah, my laptop.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

Sometimes I will have green tea next to me while I write which really gets me in the “writing zone”. This keeps me going with some caffeine which then becomes words on my laptop screen.

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I know that I am done writing when I feel that I have written everything I can for that story. When things are either settled with my characters and world, or very unsettled, meaning I am setting myself up for the next writing session. But yeah, I just know when I am done when I am done…if that makes sense.

That is all for this tag and I hope you enjoyed. I tag all writers to do this because it was a lot of fun! Don’t forget to check out the blog posts linked below for more bookish/writing related content, and also follow my social media for writing and reading inspired posts!

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday and happy Mother’s Day as well! I hope you all have a fantastic end to your weekend and since it is the end of the week, here is my reading and writing update.

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Restore Me is amazing. Yep, that is how I feel about it right now. Every time I pick it up to read I do not want to stop, I only want to stay in that one spot and let myself get swallowed up by Tahereh Mafi’s world that is the Shatter Me universe. Currently I am on page 200 which means I am just about halfway through. My goal is to hit 300 pages today, despite the amount of work I have to get done today, because all I want to do is read! Other than that I haven’t been reading anything else…I was reading American Panda by Gloria Chao which I did like, but not enough for me to keep going so yes, I sadly DNFed it! I do hope to pick it up in the future when I am in the mood for it, but for now my attention is on Restore Me.

I miss writing. So much. I haven’t written in several days now because of me being lazy, yes, but also because I was trying to catch up on the mounds of homework I missed during my sick phase at the beginning of May. However, my fingers are itching to continue on with my Camp NaNo project so hopefully I will be able to squeeze in an hour to focus on that today. If not that is okay because there is always tomorrow…but it would be really nice to add some more words to my story since my personal deadline is May 31 which is a lot closer than I thought!

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Drafting 101

Drafting is hard. Especially the first draft because all you can think about is how much it sucks! This is currently what I am struggling through, as I have hit the half mark in my novel I have dealt with a lot of hardships facing my draft. Here are a few of my tips on how to make drafting suck less, and how to motivate yourself to keep pushing through it!

Step 1: Accept It

Remember, all first drafts are awful. Even the most successful writers have terrible first drafts that they feel like tossing in the flames, so remember that you are not alone. Just accept that your first draft isn’t going to be amazing, and your second draft probably won’t either. Writing takes time, and it is going to take more time if you don’t accept it!

Step 2: Keep Writing

Now that you accepted it the only thing you can do is to keep writing. If you don’t keep writing your story will only be in your head, and you can’t rewrite and edit nothing so get those words down!

Step 3: Take Notes Along the Way

While your writing your draft it is important to just get it done, but also write down the ideas that pop up in your mind along the way to make your next draft even better. I have my little idea notebook next to me when I write so I can quickly jot down any ideas that come to mind, but then get right back into writing my story. Having these new ideas at your fingertips will make writing your next draft easier to write, since you will already have an idea of what comes next.

Step 4: Reward Yourself

Reward yourself! Maybe if you write everyday for an entire week, or five days a week (whatever works best for you), treat yourself. Tack on an extra thirty minutes to your TV or reading time, or take yourself to a coffee shop. Whatever you want most give that to yourself for keeping on track with your writing! (This is something I am doing because I have had a hard time keeping up with writing my draft!)

Step 5: Remember You Are Writing the Story YOU Want to Read

This is the most important step because if you aren’t writing the story for yourself, then what is the point? It is hard to write a story that you don’t want to write, or writing a story you aren’t passionate about, because then it will feel like a chore. Write the story you most want to read, and that will be the core of your motivation when it comes to writing.

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My Writing Plans

I realize that I talk a lot about tips on what¬†you should do with your novel, and how you can improve your story, yet I never talk about my own plans for my own stories! I give brief updates here and there, like what genre it is or how much I write each day or what my current word count is, but I don’t give much info about what my hopeful outcome of it is. That is what I wanted to talk about today so settle in because this might be long.

So as many of you know, because I gave weekly updates and whatnot, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this April of 2018. My goal was to work on my fantasy idea, inspired by Central American mythology by the way, and get about 40,000 words into it by the end of the month. I actually achieved this, and plan on continuing with it until the end of May when I hope to have my first draft fully completed. Once I have this messy first draft completed, I am going to take most of June off to let my story settle, but also because finals! I am in my grade eleven year, which is kind of important so I really need to focus on getting good grades rather than the personal lives and challenges my characters in my fictional story face…or at least that is what my mother says! But despite trying not to write in June, I do want to sit down towards the end of the month and write down all my ideas and thoughts for draft two…possibly even reading over draft one if I feel in the mood to torture myself.

Even though my dream has always been to be an author, I haven’t actually focused on writing a full novel since I was…maybe thirteen? I have been very focused on writing short stories because they are short and sweet and work well with my school schedule. It means I don’t have to commit to one story for a long time, and I don’t have to devoute any certain amount of time a day that I usually don’t have. However, since I am nearing my final years of high school, I realized there are a lot of scholarships and fellowships I can apply for if I submit twenty or so pages of my current work in progress. At the time of realizing all this, I didn’t have a work in progress, but I did have an idea, so I thought I should give it a shot. I sat down two months before Camp NaNoWriMo and started outlining and researching more in depth on my idea and then bam! It was suddenly April and I was off and writing. I am a panster, so I had a loose outline that has vigorously changed throughout the course of writing the first half of my book. Which is okay, but sometimes I end up writing myself into a deep hole, but that is the whole experience so who am I to complain, right? But yes, I plan on sending my first, hopefully very polished, twenty pages of my WIP into different scholarships and fellowships to try and see how good I am. I encourage you all to do the same because it is nice to write towards a big goal. It gives me motivation every time I don’t feel like writing.

The deadline for the main fellowship I have my eye on is Novemeber 30 of this year, so I have about seven months which may seem like a lot, but honestly it will go by so fast. A lot will be happening for me in the next seven months (finishing grade 11, finals, summer trips, starting grade 12, starting to apply to universities, etc, etc) so I need to keep writing if I want to have a good product by the end of November. I have a very tight schedule with my manuscript that I need to be hard on myself about (also because I am still writing short stories and submitting them, so I need to manage time when it comes to that as well). As soon as it is July 1 (the next session of Camp NaNoWriMo by the way, which is perfect timing), I need to be at my computer and pumping out the second draft which¬†needs to be completed by the end of August at the very latest. After that, I will leave it for the first few weeks of the new school year so I can settle into grade twelve, and then come back and figure out what I need to focus on for draft 3 which means reading it over draft two. October, also known as “Preptober”, will be me writing the third draft and then November will be the month of polishing the first twenty pages! Honestly, any of the pages from twenty-one to two hundred can be awful, but the first twenty pages are what I need to focus on since that will be what I am submitting. They need to be clear in my overall idea, rich and different…which is a lot of pressure for only a few pages!

But yes, that is a very, very rambly update on my current writing plans and goals. Will it be easy? Nope, not even close since I am walking into one of the most important years of my school career, but where is the fun in it if it isn’t the least bit hard?

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After Camp NaNoWriMo: Now What?

It is about a week after Camp NaNoWriMo and now you are probably wondering what comes next. After an entire month of (trying) to write everyday, you are left with a bunch of words that string together a story. Depending on you and your project, your next step might be totally different from someone else, but here are a few ideas on what you can do next!

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What to Do Next: If You Don’t Have a Finished Product

If you are like me, you are only halfway through your project (maybe a bit less or more) and that means there are still words to be written. If that’s the case, here are some ideas on what to do next:

  • Keep Writing – This is what I will be doing, because I got about 40,000 words of my first draft written but a lot more to go. So I will be treating May just like another month of Camp NaNoWriMo. Depending on your writing schedule, try and write a certain amount of words every day or even a few times a week. Whatever works with your schedule.
  • Take a Break – Maybe you really burned yourself out during April and need a break to replenish that creative well. If that is the case, then do it! Take a few days, a week, or even a couple weeks off. However long it will take for you to get back in the writing groove and write some awesome words. Here are some quick ways to replenish your creative well:
    • Watch Movies + TV
    • READ
    • Journal
    • Exercise

What to Do Next: If You Are Feeling Uninspired With Your Project

This happens a lot. After devoting an entire month to a project, you might end up hating it a bit. Just remember that is completely okay and I am here with some quick tips on what you should do if this is the case:

  • Take a Break – Like I mentioned above, sometimes you just need to find your writing groove again. Spend some time away from your project and build up that love again while repairing yourself after a hard month of vigorous writing.
  • Revisit the Main Idea – Take a look at what your overall goal for the story was, because sometimes you can get carried away while writing and your story will become an entirely different thing. For better or worse. Maybe revisiting your main idea will spark that love and motivation for the project again, and you will be off on another writing journey.
  • Scrap It – MAKE SURE YOU ONLY DO THIS AFTER TRYING EVERY OTHER TIP, because only then will you be 100% if it is something you don’t want to spend anymore time on. Sometimes a story just isn’t for you to write and it can take a while to figure that out. Don’t beat yourself up if this is the case, and don’t feel like you wasted your time either. I can guarantee you came out as a better writer, even if you aren’t continuing on with the project.

What to Do Next: If You Have a Finished Draft

If you managed to finish an entire draft in a month, congratulations to you! That takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears but I hope it was worth it in the end. Here are some things you can do next:

  • Take a Break – Yep, basically after working on any project consider taking a break. I went into enough detail already about taking breaks so do I really need to go over it again? No.
  • Start Another Draft – Maybe you only finished draft one, or draft three but still think your story could use another go. If that is the case, get writing! Work on creating a more concrete and all-around better story that you love, and that you can only create by writing it a ridiculous amount of times.
  • Edit – So maybe this was your final draft and you are ready to do some editing. Fun times right? Mmm, maybe, but not usually. Picking apart your story is hard, so maybe after going through it a few times consider getting a friend, a critique partner, or even a professional to look at it.
  • Submit to Contests/Fellowships/Literary Magazines – Personally, I like to submit short stories and whatnot to contests and other places. If you have a polished project, whether it is a novel or short story, consider sending it somewhere. Even if you don’t place or get it published, you can usually score some good feedback!
  • Querying – I am no expert at querying because I have never finished a novel that I was proud of, let alone good enough to query to agents, but maybe this is your next step. If that is the case, that is really exciting! Since I know nothing about querying, consider checking doing some research whether that is through google, books, AuthorTubers, etc.

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Reading + Writing Update!

While I usually like to start off each month being productive and getting ahead of all the things that was not the case for this month… Despite that, I still have a few things I can update you guys on so here is my reading and writing update for the week!

I have actually been pretty on top of things reading wise this week which is nice for a change. That is because I have been re reading Jenny Han’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy for the millionth time. Last Sunday I finished the second one, P.S. I Still Love You, so I have spent this week getting through the third, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, which I actually just finished today! Next I plan on diving into Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi because I have had this book since it first came out in March but just haven’t read it yet which is not acceptable. I cannot wait to jump into this book because I adored the first three in this “Shatter Me” series, and I know I will love this one too.

As for writing…well I didn’t end up continuing with my Camp NaNo project until Saturday when I finally sat down at pumped out 1116 words. To be fair, I wanted to take the first day of May off just to relax and recoup, but then I ended up getting really sick and was unable to string together a single sentence, much less a thousand words a day. So I took a few extra days off but then when I sat down to write yesterday it felt¬†so¬†good to be back in my story, despite the hot mess it is. However, while I was sick, I did end up editing two short stories I have been working on for a bit so at least I wasn’t entirely unproductive, right?

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Reading + Writing Goals – May + June 2018

It is that time again already where I go over everything I accomplished in March and April, and then what I hope to accomplish in May and June. March and April were actually very productive months and I am incredibly proud of what I got done, so fingers crossed the next two months will be the same!

For March and April I had a total of 7 goals and if you want to see what they were check out that blog post here¬†but out of of those 7, I accomplished 6! The only one I didn’t accomplish was to read ten books but you know what, sometimes you just can’t read all the books!

May + June Goals:

  • Read 8 Books – Since 10 was a little too much, I thought I would bring it down a bit. However, I think this will still be a challenge considering May and June are extremely busy months school wise. I have high hopes though!
  • Get Accepted into My Universities uStart Program for Writing – This is a program that allows you to take a university level course during your grade 12 year, and has been something I really wanted to do for a while now. If I get accepted, I would be taking Writing 100, so fingers crossed it will happen! I don’t usually write down goals that I can’t control the outcome of, but I am making an acception for this one.
  • Finish Draft 1 of WIP by May 31¬†– I am currently halfway through my WIP, so I am almost positive I can get this done. That is, unless I decide to continue being lazy and NOT write.
  • Submit to 3 Writing Contests – This was the number (I think) I submitted to in the last few months, so I am sure I will easily be able to do it again. There are a lot of writing contests that are catching my eye for the next two months, so hopefully I have enough time and inspiration to pump out a few stories for them!
  • Submit to 1 Literary Magazine – Again, I submitted to 1 literary magazine last time, so I am sure I will be able to do it again!
  • Prep for Editing WIP – This is definitely one of my most important goals because my first drafts are always so random and bare that I need to fill in a LOT of things during the next write. In June, while I am taking my break from writing, I need to just sit down and get all my new thoughts down so I can write an even better second draft.

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