Camp NaNoWriMo Writing Tips #4

Ahh Camp NaNoWriMo is almost over and I am starting to loose motivation so I decided to make another one of these writing tip posts in case any of you are doubting your work!

Writing Tip #1 – Running out of ideas for a story? Look at a picture and write about it. A picture tells a thousand words so you should easily be able to get your ideas flowing by doing this.

Writing Tip #2 – To improve your vocabulary which is very important for a writer, subscribe to online vocab building websites because you will be able to do activities that teach you knew words that you may be able to use in your story!

Writing Tip #3 – Doubting yourself? Give yourself a writing goal to achieve every week and if you complete it reward yourself. Example: Say your goal by the end of the week is 10,000 words and if you complete it then treat yourself to a chocolate bar, or an 10 minute longer break during writing. Whatever you want.

Writing Prompt of the Day – It was like nothing happened. He didn’t remember a thing and I was off the hook, or so I thought…(From WritingPrompt.com)

Writing Quote of the Day – “Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.” – Holly Gerth

Hope you guys liked this post and I hoped it help! If you have any writing questions don’t hesitate to ask!

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Camp NaNoWriMo Writing Tips #3

I really like doing these blog posts so here are some more tips, prompts and inspirational quotes for all you writers! Whether you are participating in Camp NaNoWriMo or not, I hope this will help you with your writing journey. 🙂

Writing Tip #1 – Have any of you ever been working on a writing project and then suddenly get another idea? Well here is a tip on what you should do when that happens. If you suddenly get an idea while you are writing, don’t abandon your writing project! Write down the idea in a notebook, and let it sit. Finish the project you are working on and then if you can’t stop thinking about that other idea start it! If you end up forgetting about the idea then it might not be as important as you thought it was.

Writing Tip #2 – Sometimes you just don’t want to write. I get this all the time, but don’t let that stop you from writing because to be a writer you actually need to write. Don’t let yourself stop writing just because you feel blocked. When you come to this, just free write for like ten minutes! Get your brain moving, and write about whatever you want. Write about why you don’t want to write, what else you could be doing, really anything that just keeps you writing.

Writing Prompt of the Day – You fall in love with a sorcerer who changes you into anything they want, until you… (Prompt found on WritingPrompt.com)

Writing Quote of the Day – “Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading.” – William Zinsser

Top 5 Most Anticipated Sequels

I cannot wait for the rest of 2016 to come because there are amazing authors coming out with amazing sequels to their previous books. This is my list of the 5 I am most anticipating in 2016 and 2017! (Not in Order) Don’t forget to comment your most anticipated sequels and check out my last post: Camp NaNoWriMo Writing Tips #2!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I am SO excited for this book because An Ember in the Ashes was such a fantastic book! When I finished it I needed the sequel but sadly it’s not even out yet but it will be on August 30th of 2016! If you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes I highly recommend it because it will blow your mind.

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – I love all of Rick Riordan’s books, and while the first book in this series, The Sword of Summer wasn’t my favourite, I still really liked it and cannot wait for the sequel! Also I will be meeting Rick Riordan on his fall tour of this book and I am SO excited!!!

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas – This is the 5th book in the Throne of Glass series which is definitely one of my favourite series. Sarah J Maas is such an amazing writer and her stories are always so detailed and beautiful! I haven’t read the 4th book, Queen of Shadows, yet but I am planning on reading it once Empire of Storms comes out as well which will be on September 8 of 2016!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – This is the second book in the Dark Artifices series which I absolutely LOVE!!! Cassandra Clare has been my favourite author ever since I read her Mortal Instruments series 3 years ago. When I read Lady Midnight, the first book in her new trilogy, I thought I couldn’t have been more blown away because it was phenomenal! Please read all her books if you haven’t because they are soooo worth it. This book is coming out sometime in April of 2017!

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard – I really did enjoy her first book, Red Queen, and I am excited to finally get the 3rd book too! Despite the fact I haven’t read the second book…but I will, I promise! The story is just really fun and easy to read and if you haven’t read any of the two already out definitely check them out! This book will be out in stores on February 7th 2017!

Those are some sequels I am most excited for that are coming out in the next year! Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo Writing Tips #2

Wow, Camp NaNoWriMo is almost halfway over! Whether or not you are halfway done, or barley have any words down this post is made to help you! Here are some tips, prompts, and inspiration writing quotes to get you away from writers block, or wanting to procrastinate.

Tip#1 – If you don’t want to write, or have writers block than just free write. Get out a notebook or open up whatever document you use and just write. Write about why you don’t want to write or what better things you could be doing. If you free write like this for around ten minutes then it will help you push yourself to actually write your story.

Tip#2 – Another way to get over procrastination or writers block is too give yourself a One-Day-Writing-Workshop. Basically all you need to do is set a start time in the morning, so like ten, and a finish time, maybe around four or five, and then you just write. It doesn’t have to be involved with your story, although it would be better if it was, but just write what you feel like. It will open up your brain to writing.

Prompt of the Day – You wake up one day and discover that you are your four year old self. What do you do?

Writing Quote of the Day – You might not write well everyday, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. -Jodi Picoult

Hope this helped in some ways! If you need some more inspiration then check out the Writer’s Digest or Market!

Popular Authors I Haven’t Read

Hey guys! I decided to make this post just because I recently read books by 2 authors I really wanted to read (Morgan Matson and Sarah Dessen), and I loved them so I decided to make a list of the ones I have yet to read.

Victoria/V.E.  Schwab – I have heard FANTASTIC things about all her books and I really want to pick one up ASAP! Everyone says her books are amazing, and obviously I want to read an amazing book so I am hoping that I will be able to pick up one of her books this summer!

Jules Verne – His books are definitely a bit older, but I have still heard that they are great. I have a bind up of three of his books so I am definitely hoping to read one of them soon! Probably Around the World in 80 Days…

Maggie Stiefvater – I have always wanted to read her Raven Boys series because I have just heard so many great, and amazing things about it. Really excited to eventually pick up a book by her!

Kelley Armstrong – I literally see her books EVERYWHERE so I think that is a sign I should give her books a chance…I haven’t actually met anyone who’s read her books but they are apparently pretty good so I am excited to try them out!

Jane Austen – I have always wanted to read a Jane Austen book, and I am leaning towards picking up Pride and Prejudice, but I am not sure. Let me know which one of her books is your favourite so I can check it out! But yeah, I want to read a classic, and I feel as if you have to read Jane Austen at some point.

Brandon Sanderson – I have one of his books, Mistborn, but I haven’t read it yet. I always see people reading his books, talking about him, and I just see his books everywhere too so I am SO excited to read Mistborn because I heard it is amazing!

Those are a few popular authors I haven’t read yet but desperately want to! Hope you liked it and make sure to check out my latest posts!

 

My Writing Playlist

As some of you may know, I am writing a novel for Camp NaNoWriMo and while I don’t listen to music while writing all the time, I do sometimes. So here are is my playlist for when I write my sci-fi book!

Alexander Hamilton from Hamilton the musical – I am obsessed with Hamilton and this song just really motivates me to write, and its amazing so yeah.

Heavydirtysoul by Twenty One Pilots – I love TOP and heavydirtysoul is just a really fun song that I enjoy listening to whenever. There latest album is definitely one of my favourites.

Say No To This from Hamilton the musical – I really LOVE this song, I don’t like what’s actually happening but I really like the song as itself.

Rock Bottom by Hailee Steinfeld feat DNCE – This is a fun, easy going song that I like to listen to, it just puts me in the writing zone.

Those are a few of my favourite songs from my writing playlist and I hope you give some of these songs a try because they are amazing! If you haven’t listened to any Hamilton songs DO IT PLEASE!!!

Top 5 Favourite Authors

There are many amazing authors but I wanted to narrow my long list to my top 5 favourite and why! Don’t forget to check out my recent blog posts! 🙂

  1. Cassandra Clare. She is my all time favourite author just because I love her writing style, her stories, and all her characters. Every book she has written I have loved, and I am so happy that she is coming out with more and more books. Her books have impacted me so much, and I fell in love with them from the first word!
  2. Rick Riordan. His Percy Jackson and the Olympians series was the first book series I read (that was over 100 pages) and loved. His writing got me obsessed with reading so I will always have a sentimental love towards his books. That, and his writing style is hilarious along with his characters. Again, I am obsessed with all his books and anything related to them. And I am so excited to finally be meeting him on his Hammer of Thor tour! Ugh, a dream come true!!!
  3. JK Rowling. Obviously I had to add her in here because her books are amazing! I love Harry Potter just because it is so detailed and wonderful and how could you not like it! I really wish she would write a series about the Harry’s parents and their life at Hogwarts because that would be AWESOME!!!
  4. Tahereh Mafi. Her writing is just so beautiful and she has a talent for making her characters feel so real. I absolutely adore her Shatter Me trilogy and cannot wait for her new book Futhermore to come out!
  5. Stephanie Perkins. I wanted to add a contemporary author and because I am obsessed with all of her books I thought I would put Stephanie Perkins! Her books are just so relatable and great and cute and ugh, I want all the relationships in them.

Those are my top 5 favourite authors and I hope you liked this post!

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #2

It is day 6 of Camp NaNoWriMo and I have started off a bit shaky. By the 3rd day I had 5k words but I ended deleting a good portion of that because I decided to totally change the direction of my story. Now I am a but behind being as 6k words but I know I will be able to eventually catch up before the end of the month. I just wasn’t feeling the direction of my story and had no motivation to write it so once I changed it and fixed a few things it became so much easier and more fun to write! Anyways I hope your writing is going great and good luck!

Writing Tip of the Day: Start your story in the middle of the action. By doing this you are making your story far more interesting to your readers because we get straight to the point, and I don’t mean right in the middle of the battle but just when things are starting to heat up.

Fiction Writing Book Recommendations

I find that reading books that give you advice and tips on writing is a great way to improve so obviously I have read a few. Since I think they are a great way to improve as writer I made a list a few that I read and found helpful so I hope this helps if you are looking for a couple to read! Don’t forget to check out my last post as well: Harsh but Helpful Writing Tips 🙂

Gotham Writers Workshop Writing Fiction – I am currently reading this one right now and I have learned so many great tips. Gotham Writers is a writing school in New York but also offers the courses online. I haven’t taken any yet but I am planning to this summer but from what I have heard the courses are very interesting and you learn lots!

Writing Fiction for Dummies – I find all the “for Dummies” books to be very good in whatever category they are steering you in. I read this book last year and again, I learned so much and I am really satisfied with what I learned! It helped me become a better writer when I was new at it.

642 To Write About – This isn’t a book with tips or advice but it is a book filled with writing prompts! I bought this book and it has opened so many doors to new story ideas and whenever I have writers block this book helps to get my creative juices flowing again.

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell – Plot and its structure is an insanely important part when writing a novel which is why I added this book in. You will learn so much about how to develop your plot and have a firm structure and this helped me a lot with developing good worlds in my stories.

Those are a few books that should help you with your writing and I hope you liked it! Let me know if you would like me to do any specific blog posts because I will make sure I get to them.

 

 

Harsh but Helpful Writing Tips

Writing is not a walk through the park, neither is trying to get your book published so hopefully these few harsh, but helpful writing tips will assist you in this long journey.

The first draft always sucks – Your first draft will never be amazing let alone good but that’s what editing is for. The whole idea of a first draft is too get all your thoughts down quickly so it seems fitting that it would be terrible by the end. That’s fixable at least.

Develop a thick shell – If you want to be a writer you have to develop a thick shell because there will be people who turn you down multiple times and give harsh advice but you have to learn to accept that and take their words into consideration.

Hunt for inspiration – Inspiration isn’t going to come to you! You have to go and hunt it down because that is the only way your going to find it. Inspiration is what drives you to write the book so this is very important.

Writing is hard – This is a solid fact. Writing is not easy! If it was everybody would be doing it and be good at it but it doesn’t work like that. Make sure you know what your signing up for when you decide to write a novel because it takes a lot of commitment and hard work but if you succeed its always worth it in the end.

Tell your story – There is always going to be writers who are better then you, it’s inevitable but you are there to tell your story and nobody can tell it better than you. Don’t write to try and be the “best” writer, write because you are just there to share your story with the world.

Those are few harsh but all around helpful tips that I found and I really hope the help you get an idea of what being a writer is like! 🙂