NaNoWriMo Week 3 – Turning Off Your Inner Editor

Happy week 3 of NaNoWriMo, and also, happy Monday!


While I am not doing NaNoWriMo traditionally this year, I am still making sure I get a lot of writing done, and in order to do that you have to do one thing…and that is turning off your inner editor.

NaNoWriMo is about writing a LOT of words in a short span of time, and in order to do that, you can’t be editing every word you write right after you write it. This can be really hard though because sometimes we can’t handle our writing being crap…which during NaNoWriMo it usually is if we are being honest. However, it is possible to turn off that inner editor and get those words down, and here are a few tips to do that!

1. Use Timed Writing Sprints – This is something that helps me because if I have a timer for 30 minutes, I know that I have to use that time to write and that there is not enough time in that sprint to also edit as well. I still don’t recommend editing AFTER the sprint either, personally, I would wait until after NaNoWriMo or until after I finished that project’s draft…but it’s better to do it after than during. Use that designated timed writing sprint to just write and worry about editing later.

2. Remind Yourself of This Quote by Anne Enright “Only Bad Writers Think Their Work Is Really Good” – Okay, this is true to a point because I still think you are valid to be proud of your work and think it is good (eventually, usually after lots of edits), and thinking that doesn’t make you a bad writer. Buuuuut if you think your first draft or even second draft is really good…your ego is going to suffer a lot in the writing world. Get used to the idea that it takes time to get your writing to a good place, and recognizing that it’s bad is actually good!

3. Reward Yourself for NOT Editing – At the end of each day, reward yourself if you held back and didn’t edit, and punish yourself if you did. Maybe you got through the whole day without editing any of the words you wrote, so you take yourself out for a coffee. However, if you did edit, maybe you can’t watch Netflix for a day. I recommend making the rewards and punishments kind of extreme, to a point, of course, but by doing this it will make you not want to edit your work even more…which is good.

4. Turn Off Any Online Editing Apps – I have Grammarly on my computer and LOVE it by the way, but seeing something underlined in red makes me want to go back and fix it. Sometimes I do, and it’s harmless when it’s only like one word but it can lead to a whole editing frenzy. We don’t want that so for whatever you are writing your project on, turn off any editing apps (you can leave on spellcheck if you want, but turning it off might help if you are someone who really can’t help but edit their work immediately) and just write.

Those are four tips for turning off your inner editor and making sure NaNoWriMo STAYS NaNoWriMo and not NaNoEdiMo…get it? Anyways, I hope you enjoyed and found it helpful and make sure to let me know how your NaNoWriMo is going if you’re participating! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update!

Happy Sunday!

Sorry for not having a blog post up on Friday. I wasn’t inspired to write anything and thought a short break would be nice as well since November is a pretty stressful month for me. However, I love writing these reading and writing updates so I am back for that as well as for three new blog posts coming this week that I just finished pre-writing! Anyways, I hope you had a great weekend and here is everything reading and writing related I got done this week 🙂

This week was a fantastic reading week, and I am so happy with what I got read. Currently, I am focusing on re-reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare in preparation for the third and final book in The Dark Artifices trilogy being released on December 4th. This is my favourite series of all time because I love everything about it: the characters, the plot, the writing, the world…everything is just amazing!!! I’m currently on page 500ish right now, meaning I’ve read like 400 pages this week which is crazy. This is my third (I think) re-read of this MASSIVE 720 paged book and of course, I am loving it just as much if not more than the first and second time. I cannot wait to finish it hopefully in the next two days or so, because I really want to get to the next book, Lord of Shadows since I have only ever read it once…and that was a year ago too! Hopefully, I can start that by Wednesday and get it all read before December 4th comes around but like the first book, it’s a big one. Apart from Lady Midnight, I’m also still listening to the audiobook for Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier. I got in the habit of listening to music while walking instead of my audiobook, but I did listen to quite a few hours still this week and only have about 3ish hours left. I’m trying to figure out what audiobook to listen to next, and while I was listening to The Mortal Instruments series before starting the Ruby Red trilogy, I think I’m going to pick up a fun, easy contemporary audiobook instead. But yes, it’s been a good week for reading and hopefully, next week will be too!

As for writing, I’ve been writing a few hundred words every day towards a few short stories I’ve been working on and today was a big editing day because of all those words I wrote this week. Deadlines are looming and stories are unfinished so I need to step it up and get some polished and ready for contests, literary magazines, scholarships, etc. For my writing class, we recently submitted our first writing assignment which was a fiction piece and while I was decently proud of my story, I didn’t get the mark I wanted. My story was by no means amazing or some of my best work I will admit, and the comments my TA made were very helpful…but a few comments kind of caught me by surprise at how she misinterpreted some parts in the weirdest of ways, but I mean that’s writing for you. I don’t really take my writing marks to heart (which is something I LEARNED to do, but believe me, it did not come naturally) but it’s always nice to get a good mark, right? Marking writing is hard though because it’s creative…there is no right or wrong answer. If another TA marked my writing, I would have gotten a completely different mark for better or for worse so. Anywayssss, I am hoping next week will be a bit more focused on writing since November and December are busy writing months (and I’m glad one of those months is coming to an end finally), and stuff needs to get done!

That is all for my reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks, and have a great day 🙂

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5 Books to Give to Your Non-Reader Friend

We all have those friends who claim they aren’t readers, but in my opinion, everyone is a reader. If they aren’t, they just haven’t found the right book yet. That’s where you come in! As readers, it is our duty to recruit as many readers possible by giving them amazing books to read. So, to make your job easier I put together a list of 5 books to give to your non-reader reader friend and I hope you enjoy!

1. The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth


Not only is this a decently lengthed book (about 350 pages) so it won’t intimidate a non-reader, but it is also a beautifully haunting and interesting book that reels you in from page one. It reminds me of an older version of Narnia but following the characters after they leave a magical world called The Woodlands. Philippa, Evelyn, and Jamie are siblings that spent years in The Woodlands after retreating there during the war and return back to their own world as if no time has passed. While Philippa and Jamie are eager to return to their old lives now that the war is over, Evelyn is reluctant and still feels tied to the magical world of The Woodlands. I absolutely adore this book and how raw everything is. I feel like it is a book that anyone would enjoy, reader or not!

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass


The Selection is just one of those fun, light-hearted books that are like candy. Once you pick it up, you can’t stop reading it. This is a dystopian-contemporary book that is part of a trilogy (technically a series but we don’t speak of the last two books) where our main character, America Singer is picked to be part of the Selection; a contest to win Prince Maxon’s heart. It’s a little cheesy and cliche and predictable, and yes, the main character can be stubborn at times, but the story is just a lot of fun to follow. It has romance, drama, and a little bit of action even and trust me, it’s a blast.

3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Ah, this book is so, so incredible that I can’t help but recommend it to anyone and everyone. This is also a dystopian book that takes place in a future where humans have solved every problem, including death. To keep the population in check though, there are scythes who pick a certain amount of people to die each month, and our two main characters, Citra and Rowan, have been chosen to be apprentices to well-known scythe but this is a burden neither of them wants. Not only is this plot gripping, as is the world (which is also kind of scary, giving us an insight into what the future could hold), but the characters are incredibly vivid and fleshed out, making the story even better. Just read it! It’s a five-star read.

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


This series has it all; magic, darkness, and amazingly witty characters. Blue Sargent is one of our main characters and comes from a family of psychics, yet has never shown any psychic abilities herself. But when she goes to a church like she does every year so her mother can watch the soon-to-be-dead walk by, but without seeing them herself, Blue sees her first ghost named Gansey. When she meets the real life, still alive Gansey who is a rich kid from her least favourite school, she can’t help but feel drawn to him and his strange group of friends in a way she can’t explain. The first book in this quartet is amazing, and hopefully, the first book will draw in your non-reader friend so they read the rest of the series as well!

5. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia


Eliza and Her Monsters is another easy book like candy, but it does have a little more substance to it than The Selection I will say. Not only is the main character pretty relatable, but the story and relationships in it are as well. In this contemporary, Eliza Mirk is a mysterious and strange, quiet girl who is the anonymous creator of one of the most famous online webcomics, Monstrous Sea. When Eliza meets Wallace, incidentally Monstrous Sea‘s biggest fanfic writer, she comes out of her shell a bit more but becomes torn between telling him the truth about who she is or just not. I read this book in one sitting and cannot recommend it enough!

Those are the 5 books I recommend you give to your non-reader friend, and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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NaNoWriMo Week 2 – How I’m Tailoring NaNoWriMo to Me + Tips


Yeah, so…I’ve already failed NaNoWriMo 2018. I talked about it a bit in yesterday’s Reading + Writing Update, but basically, I have not been writing 1,667 words a day…or really any at all to be honest. I did try, I really did! And while I haven’t been working on Project Mystic, I have been writing towards other projects. November is my busiest school month and requires a lot of essay and short story writing for portfolio deadlines in December and also just class deadlines in general. Because of that, I haven’t had any leftover creative energy to pour into Project Mystic. That is why I am tailoring NaNoWriMo to what I know I can get done this month because when December 1st rolls around, I still want to look back on November as a productive month creativity wise.

Here are the 5 steps I will be following for the rest of the month so that it is still productive.

Step 1: Identifying the Writing Projects I Need to Get Done

Not only am I someone who likes to write multiple stories at once, but I have to. This goes for essays and other school assignments too. I don’t have the time to work on one and even if I did, I have gotten in the habit of juggling multiple writing projects at once so I don’t think I’d want to. I still produce content and lots of it too, meaning I have more things to edit and submit. So yes, the first thing I am going to do is sit down with my notebook and write out all of the writing projects I need to work on this month, as well as what I need to get done for all of them.

  • Persuasive Essay for English, 5-8 pgs
  • Short Story for school writing contest, 400 words
  • Essay for essay contest, 800 words
  • Fairy Short Story for writing portfolio/contest, 2,000 words

Step 2: Creating a Colourful Time Line

Next is my favourite part! Drawing out a fun and colourful timeline so you can look at it and see what you need to get done. I recommend posting it above where you write or on the back of your door. Just somewhere you always look so you are always reminded. Sometimes the days pass by me and all of the sudden it is the day before one of my deadlines but having a timeline helps me keep track of all my deadlines.

Step 3: Sectioning Off Writing Time for Each Project

When writing multiple writing projects the most crucial tip I can give is to devote specific times to each one. For example, I will probably be devoting mornings and early afternoons to my creative projects and then the later afternoons and evenings to my school writing assignments. This way they are separated and I am also not constricting myself too much to a specific time when I need to write. I can still choose which project I work on that morning or evening and that freedom helps me from not burning out.

Step 4: Sectioning Off Time to Re-Fill the Creative Well

You also need to make time to re-fill your creative well because writing any project let alone multiple requires a lot of creative energy. Depending on what time I have a class that day, after my morning writing session I like to spend time watching TV, reading, or just listening to music. Yes, I could be working on something else because I do have other things to do apart from writing projects, but I need to take some time for myself. I will also take time for myself once I am done all my work for the day and usually I will do the same thing like watch The Mindy Project for hours…

Other Things You Can Do:

  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Paint, draw, colour, etc
  • Play an instrument (don’t play one? Learn one! I play the piano and its a great way to re-fill the creative well)
  • Go for a walk

Step 5: Reflecting and Recognizing Your Accomplishments

Now, if you’re like me and have to tailor NaNoWriMo to your needs aka not exactly meeting that 50k on one project, this is an incredibly important part of that. When the end of the month comes around, you need to look back at all you got done and appreciate that. Even if it isn’t 50,000 words towards one of your writing projects, you still accomplished something and that’s worth celebrating! Writing is hard, even harder if you have a life outside of it (which I recommend you do…). Some months we can’t write 10 words let alone 50k, and that is okay. 

So yes, that is how I am tailoring NaNoWriMo to more realistic goals for me and I hope you enjoyed! It turned into a how-to but that’s okay, and I hope you found these tips helpful! Good luck to those thriving during NaNoWriMo and to those who are shaking up the path a bit. If you want to check out my last blog post or my social media accounts they are linked below but that’s all until Wednesday! Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

Did lots of reading and writing happen this week? Kind of. This week was a weird week of being in a creative/productive slump but I think I am getting out of it. Hopefully. Since it is Remembrance Day today though, I get the day off school tomorrow which means more time to get some reading, writing, and homework done. Again, hopefully.

I didn’t finish any books this week, but I made a lot of progress in the ones I’m currently reading. This week has been a week of music rather than audiobooks sadly, but I’ve still listened to about an hour more of the audiobook for Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier. I still have about 9 hours left, but I have doubt I’ll be able to finish it sometime this week or at least get a good chunk more listened to. Since I finished Emergency Contact last week, I started my re-read of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare and am about 100 pages in. I’m hoping to get another 100 pages read at least by the end of next week, but if I want to get it finished as well as Lord of Shadows by the time Queen of Air and Darkness is released…I have to read a little faster. As for my writing class, I’ve been reading this book of poems called Bent Box by Lee Maracle and while I’m not a huge fan of poetry, I am really enjoying the poems in this book. They are so honest and raw that I can’t help but connect and relate to them in a way that has me nodding my head. I can only read so many at a time though, but again, I’m hoping I’ll finish it by next week. I’ve also been re-reading Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky because it is a short, sweet book that is easy for me to carry around and read when I have the time. It’s a book I’ve read a few times already, but I always enjoy my re-read of it as I am now! However, I’m only like 50 pages into it but I’ll probably finish it sometime next week. I put all of this on myself, reading too many books at once, but oh well.

So…I’ve failed NaNoWriMo already. I know, I know. We are only 11 days into November, but I’ve decided to abandon my 50k word goal for this month because yeah, that is not going to happen. However, I still plan on writing a lot this month but focusing on multiple projects instead of just one. In tomorrow’s blog post, I’ll be going into a little more detail as well as giving some tips on how to get the most of NaNoWriMo even if you decide to tweak the original idea a bit. I have a lot of essays for school as well as short stories for portfolio scholarships due soon, and sadly those need to be my prime focus at the moment. I’ve written about 3 first drafts of short stories this week though, which is awesome, and I’ve also started outlining some of my essays for school so all in all, it has still been a productive week writing wise. I’m a little sad I won’t have time to work on Project Mystic, but it has been years since NaNoWriMo has actually worked for me so I can’t say I’m surprised.

That is all for this reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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Classic Literature Book Tag (Original)

Happy Friday!

This week was a rollERCOASter so I only wrote and edited this blog post last night…but, it is up and here obviously because you are reading it so at least I got it done! Anyways, I really wanted to make another book tag and since I’ve had to read lots of classics lately, and I thought a classic literature tag was the way to go. I hope you enjoy these questions and if you want to do this tag then I tag you! Just make sure you tag me in your post so I can read your answers 🙂

1. Oedipus the King – Pick a Book With An Interesting Family Dynamic

(WARNING: Spoilers for The Mortal Instruments series below)

Oedipus the King is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles and follows Oedipus, the king of Thebes, who learns the true origins of his past…and it is a little shocking, to say the least. A family like that but in more current literature is the Morgenstern family from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Not only do Clary and Jace fall in love and then think they are siblings, but even when they find out they aren’t we still learn that Clary has kissed her brother because he is a sick and twisted demon baby…yeah, interesting isn’t a strong enough word to describe this family.

2. Macbeth – Pick a Book That Bleeds Murder and Betrayal 

(WARNING: Spoilers for the Harry Potter series below)

Macbeth is the well-known Shakespeare play that follows a man (Macbeth) who becomes king after killing the king…and then is basically driven mad with an unquenchable thirst for power. A book with a similar plotline to this that contains lots of murder and betrayal is honestly the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. I mean, Harry’s parents are killed by Voldemort when he is a baby, Neville’s parents were killed by Bellatrix also when he was a baby, Quirrel betrays everyone by housing Voldy on the back of his head, Dumbledore dies, Snape dies, Mad-Eye Moody dies, Hedwig dies, Fred dies, and honestly, Harry can’t nor doesn’t trust anyone towards the end of the series. Is that enough death and betrayal???

3. The Odyssey – Pick a Character Who Is On a Journey to Get Home

The Odyssey by Homer is one of two epic Greek poems where the main idea is that Odysseus is trying to return home. A character that reminds me of Odysseus and whose series also includes Greek mythology is Apollo from The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan! The whole plot for this trilogy is that Zeus casts Apollo down to earth as a mortal with the task of earning his godly powers back by completing tasks. Much like Odysseus, he is struggling to return home and the journey is not easy. I haven’t finished reading this series, but I am hoping to in the near future…however, my TBR list is massive so maybe we will say just sometime in the future for now.

4. Romeo and Juliet – Pick a Romance Book…But That Has a Twist

(WARNING: I spoil Eleanor and Park below so…)

We all know the story, Romeo and Juliet, right? Honestly, I have never read it but I get the gist of it. Two young (very young) people fall in love even though their families hate each other, but they can’t help it! Raging hormones and such…well, you know us teens. Anyways, they love each other so, so much that when one of them fakes their own death, the other one kills themselves because they can’t bear to be parted from their beloved. Crazy, I know. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is an amazing contemporary following two characters, Eleanor and Park who develop a strange, but an adorable relationship, however, their story doesn’t tie up with a pretty bow. While neither of them kills themselves, Eleanor just disappears from Park’s life and I don’t think any of us were expecting that. Much like Romeo and Juliet.

5. Pride and Prejudice – Pick a Strong Female Character Who Goes Through Lengths to Prove Herself

Jane Austen wrote many books where the main character was a female struggling in a world of men, and even today we still see women treated unfairly. One character that comes to mind that has had to prove herself a lot during her story is Gwenyth Shepard from Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. In Ruby Red, Gwen is from a family of time-travellers, however, her cousin, Charlotte is thought to have the gene. When Gwen travels back in time though, she realizes that she’s the one with the gene and is thrust into a world of chaos and time-travel. Since Gwen is unexpectedly the time-traveller of the family, she doesn’t have the training in languages, history, arts, etc that Charlotte does, and because of that, she is constantly undermined by most of the characters in this trilogy. While Gwen is no world-changer of a character, she is just a normal, teenage girl that is trying to weave her way in life and on top of all that, time-travel as well yet is constantly weighed down by the doubt of others…mostly men, to be honest.

6. Lord of the Flies – Pick a Book Where Morals Are Very Grey

Lord of the Flies was not a favourite of mine but I had to include it in this tag. It follows a group of boys on an island when their plane crashes after they flee London which is currently under attack by the Germans. Without any adults, their responsibility and morals are really put to the test when they find themselves battling against nature, and themselves. I think all books need characters who are “morally grey” because that is a reality for a lot of us. Most people are neither good or bad, give or take a few, and that needs to be reflected more in literature. One series that has a quite a few characters like this is the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. Most of the characters are overall decent people but would do anything for the people they love or even just for themselves. They don’t always make the right or best decisions, and sometimes people have to pay for that.

7. The Hobbit – Pick a Character Who Leaves Everything Behind For An Adventure

I love The Hobbit movies but have yet to read the books…I know, I know, but honestly, I find the books a little hard to read. One character that reminds me of this question, and I am not saying she reminds me of the main character who is a hobbit, but that is Margo from Paper Towns by John Green. Margo literally picks up everything and leaves her family and friends without an answer to go on an adventure doing who knows what and where. She is spontaneous and free-spirited because of that and is always seeking an adventure.

8. The Great Gatsby – Pick a Character Who Strives For the “American Dream”

The Great Gatsby takes place during the Roaring Twenties where there was lots of dancing, flappers, jazz, and the gloriously, wealthy idea of the “American Dream” which is something the main character chases. However, the “American Dream” is kind of unattainable and our main character doesn’t realize this until it’s too late. A character in another book that reminds me of this, as someone who loves the lights, the camera, and the action I guess you could say, is Lola Nolan from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Lola loves dressing up different each day, never wearing the same outfit twice. She also expects to live happily ever after with her boyfriend, Max and have a perfect life…but the reality is a little different than that.

9. The Tempest – Pick a Character Who Is On the Run

Another Shakespeare plays but this one is a little different and weirder than his others in my opinion. In this story, Prospero and his daughter, Miranda are hiding from his evil brother but she doesn’t know. There is love, betrayal, and all that fun Shakespeare stuff. A character who is very much on the run is Day from the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu(or I guess series now, actually) because he is a convicted criminal on the run from the very corrupted government, called the Republic. So yeah, Day!

10. The Secret Garden – Pick a Book That Has a Secret World

Okay, again, I have never read The Secret Garden…but I have seen the movie. I wish I read it when I was younger because I just don’t think I would enjoy it as much now! However, as it says in the title, the main character of this story is a young girl who finds yes, a secret garden. Lots of YA books have secret worlds hidden in them, amongst all the normal, much like Mary finding the secret garden which brings her a lot of good. In The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, our two main characters, Evelyn and Philippa, as well as their brother, discover a secret world amongst the chaos of World War II, called The Woodlands. The Woodlands is a magical world of nature and beauty but much like our characters world back home, a war is upon them. The siblings stay and help out with the war, but once it is over they are sent back despite Evelyn’s protests and have to learn to adjust in the real world. They all needed this world badly for different, reasons, and it helped bring out their true selves in the real world because of it!

Okay! So those were my ten questions for the classic literature book tag, and I hope you enjoyed. Please tag me if you decide to do this tag because I’d love to see your answers! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts for more bookish and writing related content. Everything is linked below, thanks 🙂

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8 Writing Prompts

Since we are in the midst of NaNoWriMo, I thought it would be nice to share some writing prompts. Whether you use these to free-write before a writing session or even use one as an idea for your next scene, writing prompts are super useful! I put together a list of 8 awesome prompts I found on the lovely Pinterest, and I hope you enjoy 🙂

  1. “Sometimes memories are the worst form of torture.”
  2. He wears the scent of blood and death like perfume.
  3. What if the prince or princess discovers they aren’t really royal?
  4. You have the ability to see into the future, but each time you do you lose an important memory.
  5. You’re an assassin with the sixth sense and you help ghosts avenge those who did them wrong when they were alive.
  6. The princess had many charms, but her looks were never one of them.
  7. He found the journal on the train.
  8. Write seven poems dealing with the seven deadly sins. You can’t use their names at all.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like jumping into some writing after reading all those! I hope these prompts to inspire and interest you, and let me know if you start writing something based off one of them. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked below! Thanks 🙂

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NaNoWriMo Week 1 – Taking Advantage of the First Week Buzz


Happy day 5 of NaNoWriMo! I cannot believe we’re already 5 DAYS into this crazy month, and I am…well, I’m doing alright. I talked about it in yesterday’s reading and writing update, but basically, after day 1 I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious creative burnout already. However, I am ready to get back into the swing of things and catch up, which is what this blog post is all about! Taking advantage of that first-week buzz.

Set Your Schedule ASAP

I talked about this in one of my preptober blog posts, but I am going to remind you again because it is super important to implement your writing schedule during the first week of NaNo. It is going to be a struggle to commit to it someday, but you need to otherwise you will fall behind like me and then get really, really stressed out about it…and we don’t want that. Set alarms or reminders for whenever you need to sit your butt down and write. Whatever gets you writing your story so it will be easier in the coming weeks!

Write In Your Spare Time

During the first week of NaNoWriMo, everyone is still excited about their projects because everything is still new and fresh. Even though you might be excited about your project for the whole month, nothing compares to that buzz of writing it during the first week, so take advantage of all your spare time and write! You might not have that spare time later on.


Really exercise the idea of rewards this week with yourself because I don’t know about you, but knowing I have a reward waiting for me after each writing session during the beginning of NaNo gets me really excited and motivated to actually do the writing. Make them as small or as big as you want, the point is to fuel that first-week buzz even more and try to stretch it out as far as you can into the month of November.

Minimize Wasted Time

By this, I mean try to minimize all the times you turn on your phone just to scroll through Instagram or Twitter, or to watch mindless YouTube videos. Instead, use that time to write or at least to fuel your creative well for the next writing session. When you add it all up, those 10 minute Twitter sessions will add up to maybe a few hundred words instead.

Those are a few of my key tips to really harness that first-week NaNo buzz! I know we are over halfway through week 1 already, but there is still time to think about these tips. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

Before I get into this update, I wanted to quickly rave about Bohemian Rhapsody (the movie all about the band Queen) which came out two days ago! I am a HUGE Queen fan and I have been for a few years now. While I wasn’t alive when they were at their peak (I mean, they still are but you know what I mean), I still really appreciate and adore their music and listen to it all the time. The movie was spectacular and is something everyone needs to go watch!!! Comment below if you’ve watched it because I need to discuss it!

Okay, anywayyyys. This week was a really great reading week and a great way to start the new month. On Monday, I finished reading Traplines by Eden Robinson and I knew I’d enjoy this short story collection, but I ended up really, really liking it. Her writing style is simple but also impactful, and all of her stories had so many layers to them that I really enjoyed uncovering. I talked about my thoughts on the stories in my October wrap up so check that out if you want to hear more! I also finished listening to the audiobook for Sapphire Blue on Wednesday, and am now working my through the third book in the trilogy via audiobook, Emerald Green. These are audiobooks I go through extremely quickly and am already like 3 hours into this audiobook. Another book I’ve made a lot of progress in this week was Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi! I’ve been reading this book for a while but flew through the last 200ish pages. The story really picked up and I ended up adoring this contemporary. It was relatable, real, and quirky. All the things I love!

As for writing, I’ve been doing stuff, I swear! This past week I’ve been working on rewrites and edits of a short story for my writing class (which is due tomorrow ajsnfsjnf), and it has been a process let me tell you. This is my first real grade for this class so I’ve been working really hard on this story and I am pretty happy with the end product! Maybe I will share it on my blog but who knows. I’ve also been working on Project Mystic, my current NaNo project buuuut I have only written for day 1…Currently, Project Mystic draft 2.5 is sitting at a whopping 1,805 words. Yeah…this weekend I was hit really bad with some creative burnout. I had a really stressful week that required lots and lots of essay writing and scrambling to finish assignments late at night, so I just needed a good 3 days to sit back and relax. Hopefully, I will try to write some more tomorrow but since I have other writing things I need to work on, we will see! I do plan on hitting 50k though. How? I have no idea.

That is all for this writing and reading update and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know how your week was reading and writing wise because I’d love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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October Reading Wrap Up

I didn’t expect October to be as great of a reading month as it turned out to be, and I am definitely not complaining. October was…stressful, to say the least, but because of how stressful and busy it was, seeing that I still came out of the month with 7 books read feels really good and also gives me hope for November! Anyways, onto what books I read this month!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia


I’m really glad I squeezed in reading this book when I did because now all my reading slots are booked up with The Dark Artifices trilogy (not complaining, I CANNOT wait for Queen of Air and Darkness), and also whatever else I am reading for classes. Eliza and Her Monsters is a YA contemporary following a girl who is the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic series called Monstrous Sea, and her struggles and relationships and anxieties during her final year of school. I really love this book because I relate to Eliza a lot, but I also don’t at the same time if that makes sense. I like to think I’m more extroverted and willing to put myself out there than she is, but still, in the ways that count, I see a lot of myself in Eliza. The story is also great and the romance between Eliza and Wallace is ugh, everything. 4.5/5 stars

Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

This was another spur of the moment decision except instead of sitting down and reading these books, I listened to the audiobooks. I have read the Ruby Red trilogy a million and one times, and I have even listened to the audiobooks in full one or two times. The audiobooks are really well done and the narrator captures Gwen amazingly, bringing her to life. This is a time-traveling book following our main character, Gwen who lives in a family with a time-traveling gene, however her cousin, Charlotte is the one everyone believes has it. That is until Gwen travels back in time. This trilogy is so much fun and while a lot of people dislike it because it is too predictable or “not original” enough, it is one that I can come back to again and again! Ruby Red: 4.5/5 Sapphire Blue: 4.5/5

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


Audiobooks are key during busy months, especially when you are behind on your reading goal AND if you spend a lot of time commuting. Ha, both of those apply to me! This was another audiobook listen for me because ever since August, I have been listening to the audiobooks for The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because while I’ve also read these book a million, maybe even a billion and one times, I have yet to listen to their audiobooks which so far, are really well done and I am enjoying! This is the fourth book in a series that follows characters who live in a world of angels and demons and after our main character, Clary’s mother is kidnapped, she sets out to find her, discovering that she has more of a place in this strange, crazy world than she thought. 4/5 stars

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth


I was reading this book again because it finally released to the world on October 23rd, and because of that, I really, really wanted to put up a non-spoiler review for it. Luckily, I love this book and it is the perfect gloomy, fall read so I picked it up for the second time this year and gave it a quick(ish) re-read. This is YA fantasy-historical-contemporary sort of book that follows three siblings after coming back from a fantasy world called The Woodlands, who are trying to adjust back into the real world. It is such a fast read and it’s a good one too, so I recommend picking it up! 4.5/5 stars

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden


This was a book I had to read for English class and while it was hard for me to get through the first half, I didn’t mind it afterwards. This book is on a really, really important topic to Canadians though, and it was nice to see a World War I story through a fresh pair of eyes, a pair that didn’t usually get to tell the story. Three Day Road follows Xavier, a young Cree man from Moose Factory, who goes to fight in the war, and also his aunt Niska who raised him. We get to hear both of their stories and what happened in their early lives leading up to the present. It was definitely raw and hard to read at times, but it was a reality for the Indigenous people of Canada. However, I had heard that while Joseph Boyden claims to be from Metis roots, he is not actually…I couldn’t really get that out of my head while reading it because after everything he wrote in his books, lying about his background completely counteracts it! 3/5

Traplines by Eden Robinson


I also had to read this for a class, but I was able to choose the book as long as it was a short story collection by a living Canada author. So I chose this. I have heard a lot about Eden Robinson and was really excited to finally pick up something of hers! Traplines contains four short stories; Traplines, Dogs in Winter, Contact Sports and Queen of the North. All of these stories connect in the way that they take place in Northern Canada and follow characters with not the smoothest family trees. I read Traplines, the single short story, last year for class and really enjoyed that, Dogs in Winters was alright, Contact Sports was a rollercoaster ride, and Queen of the North…well I wanted more. In a good way! I really recommend picking this short story collection up because you should help support Canadian authors! Traplines: 3.5/5 Dogs in Winter: 3/5 Contact Sports: 4/5 Queen of the North: 4.5/5

So, those were all the books I read this month and I hope you enjoyed! I am very excited about next week’s and the rest of November’s blog posts because they are ideas that really excite me and I hope you all are looking forward to them too! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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