How to: Get Out of a Reading Slump 2.0

Happy Thursday!

There are a lot of readathons happening in July so I thought it would be a good idea to share my tips and tricks on how to successfully free yourself from a reading slump.

  1. Pick Up an Old Favourite – My go-to remedy for a reading slump is to pick up an old favourite of mine that yes, I’ve read about 100 times, but love even more every time. For me, this is any Cassandra Clare book, Eliza and Her Monsters or Fangirl. I can read these books countless times and by the time I flip to the last page, they always have me wanting to consume more books.
  2. Don’t Force Yourself to Read – A lot of the time we fall into a reading slump because we are forcing ourselves to read when we don’t want to, or when it is a story we don’t want to read. NEVER force yourself to read (unless it’s for school because then you should probably just try to do it) because that only leads to getting no reading done at all.
  3. Let Yourself Be a Mood Reader – While I make TBRs for most months, they are created from books I really feel like reading at that moment. Luckily for me, if I feel like reading a book at the beginning of the month, I usually still will by mid-month but of course, this is not always the case. So, if you are in a slump or are edging towards one, take a look at your shelf and choose what you feel like reading. Forget your current read and your TBR. Just pick a book you want and read it.
  4. Watch Reading Vlogs – Whether I need some motivation to read or write or be productive, I love turning to vlogs for this. The act of watching someone else do what I want and need to do just fuels me with this sudden motivation to tackle whatever it is. Sometimes I have to watch the entire vlog, and sometimes another (but don’t get sucked into the vicious cycle of only watching these vlogs…try to limit yourself to 3 videos). Other times, I only need to watch the first few minutes and then I am good to go. Here is one of my favourites!
  5. Take a Trip to the Library or Book Store – I go to the library a LOT because it is only a 5-minute walk from my house. Even if I don’t pick out a book, sometimes it is helpful to just be surrounded by books. About 90% of the time, this makes me desperately want to pick up a book and spend the day indoors, absorbed in a new (or old) story.

Those are my 5 tips on how to wriggle free of a reading slump and I hope they were helpful! This month, I am participating in 2 readathons and in the next few days, I will have my TBRs up for them. Also, I will now be posting on Saturdays as well so look out for those new blog posts! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Plans, Goals + More

Happy Monday!

Today is the FIRST day of Camp NaNoWriMo, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all what exactly I plan on working on this month. What story am I tackling? What’s my word goal? Well, all of that will be discussed right now.

At first, I was not going to make this because once again, I am working on my Aztec mythology story that oh, I’ve worked on for the past 3 or 4 Camp NaNoWriMos. What I am most excited about though, is that I’ve managed to stay in love with this project even after all this time. Usually, I write an idea (as a short story) and then edit it a bit and boom, done. I don’t ever have the desire to work on it more. However, this is a story I just have not been able to get how I want for whatever reason, but that only makes me want to work on it more. I am definitely getting closer and I am willing to take the time it needs to get there.

To be honest, apart from my word goal of 17,000 for this project (and I might write a short story if an idea comes to me), my main goal of this month is to fall back in love with writing. Actually, now that I think about it, that is not the right way to phrase it. I still love writing and there hasn’t been a moment where I stopped, but over this past month or so, I’ve definitely neglected it and it has not made me feel good. I was busy so I am not blaming myself, but I really want to spend this month working on my writing and getting back into the routine of it. It always brings me joy but I just want to make sure I am actively doing it. These past two months have been some of the greatest months of my life in all aspects, mentally, physically, socially, etc, etc, but one part (or two, but they kind of go hand in hand) that has been lacking is writing and reading. I have been neglecting my passions and while it has still been a fun and good time, there is this part of me that feels incomplete just because I am not carving out that bit of time each day to focus on what fuels me as a person. As we got to the end of June, I definitely felt myself lacking and gathering energy from a dry well. Yesterday though, I spent a good hour reading and just enjoying literature and it felt AMAZING. I also finally finished a book and I think it is either the first or second book I finished in June…however, I am still on track for my reading goal!

But yes, this month is, of course, me trying to reach my goal of 17k words, but overall, I am striving to recenter myself as a creative being. Already I have written my words for today and it was my first writing session in a long, long time. I wrote 1, 846 words and it filled me with the sort of happiness you only get when you are pursuing what you absolutely adore. I cannot wait to sit down again tomorrow and write some more words, but I am trying not to push it at the same time. I write when I feel like it (I do aim for the mornings still though), what I feel like (still on my main project), and how long I feel like. So far, it’s going great, and I hope your Camp NaNoWriMo is as well!

That is all for this blog post 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 for reading 🙂

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Why I Love Libraries

Happy Thursday!

Today, I wanted to take some time to just commemorate libraries and all of their glory in providing literature for the public. I’ve used libraries ever since I started reading…so almost 8 years ago, and while I do own around 200 books, I still use the library weekly. They are amazing and we need to make sure we are supporting them whenever we can!

Why Libraries are AMAZING

There are a lot of reasons for this, but I think the overarching reason is that it is completely, 100% free. You can take out whatever book, movie, CD, audiobook, etc, etc, and give it a go. There are a lot of other reasons why libraries are amazing though:

  • Introduces You to New Stories – Sometimes I don’t know what I am going to the library wanting. I will just let myself browse and I always come across something I didn’t know of but suddenly want to read. And the best part is that I don’t have to check the price to see if it’s in my budget or not!
  • Fun Activities – For all ages, the local libraries in my area offer awesome activities. I partook in them more when I was younger, but I still occasionally volunteer in them. For example, last winter I volunteered as a reading buddy for this kid’s reading group and it was the best of times!
  • Everyone In There Loves Literature – Except for the few people purely there, hunched over the computers and playing games, everyone in the library is there because of their shared adoration for books! It is nice being in that kind of environment. It’s calming and encourages me to read more!

How To Support Libraries

It is important to support libraries because they are the main pathway of literature to the public. Without them, a lot fewer people would be reading and enjoying stories. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to support libraries. Not only to support them actually but to just assist them in growing and reaching out to more people in need of books.

  • Library Book Sales – My libraries are always having book sales where they sell lots of used books with their profits going back to the library. I try to attend as many as possible, and while they usually fall in the worst weekends for me, I have managed to attend one and not only did I find some good books, but it was a lot of fun!
  • USING Your Library – I don’t know why I didn’t put this one first, but obviously just using your library is a fantastic way to support them. Taking out books, movies, CDs, etc and enjoying the facility is easy, free, and a good way to spend your time.

My Current Library Reads

Like I said, I am constantly using my libraries so I always have a good stack of books next to my nightstand that I have taken out from them. Here are the ones I have recently taken out and plan on reading this summer!

  • Time Management by Richard Walsh
  • The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook by Yuwanda Black
  • Side Hustle by Guillebeau
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black

Anyways, that is all for this blog post about libraries, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments below what books you currently have out from the library because I would love to know. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Non-Fiction TBR

Happy Monday!

Lately, I have been on a HUGE non-fiction kick so I thought it would be fun to share some of the books I am reading or plan to read this summer. Most of these are writing/productivity related so hopefully you all find them interesting too! Anyways, let’s get into it. Here are 5 non-fiction books I cannot WAIT to read.

Time Management by Richard Walsh

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This is my current non-fiction read and since it is separated into a lot of different topics and tips, I’ve been skimming and flipping through at random. A lot of it is filled with tactics I already use, but a lot of it is a helpful reminder so I am definitely enjoying and learning from it. If you have trouble with basic time management than I highly recommend this book. If you have a pretty good idea of it though, I would try and search for a different book. Still, I am glad to be reading this right before my summer break begins because I always like to go hard-core time management during these months. Especially since I need to prepare for university next year!

The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook by Yuwanda Black

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One reason I am very excited to pick up this book is because it is not designed only for freelance writers, like all the other freelance related books I have picked up in the past. I think because of that, I will be able to explore other freelance opportunities and receive a broader view of this type of career. I do want to pursue freelance in the future, but not full-time so I am curious to see what information and tips this book will offer me!

Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeam

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This book coordinates kind of with the last book because like I said, I do not want freelancing to be my full-time job. It is something I really want to pursue during university and my early years of post-school life, aka a side hustle. This book is all about starting up your side hustle and ensuring its success, so I am looking forward to diving into everything this book has to offer this summer!

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

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Okay, I have kind of read this book already, but for whatever reason, I cannot remember a single thing from it. I have had a hard time discovering new writing craft books that I really love, and I do remember liking this one a lot so hopefully, I will enjoy what Goldberg has to say on the craft of writing. Lately, I have been lazy when it comes to writing so I definitely need a good kick to get back in the swing of things, and this summer is the perfect time to do so.

A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

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As I have mentioned a few times, I am going to be studying English (literature) at university next year so I thought it would be fitting to read some books on writing essays, info about different types of literature, etc, etc. This is going to be my first exploration into these more educational based books and I am very excited! This book discusses everything from myths to the Romantic era to poetry, meaning I will be getting the whole scope. There is this other book I spotted that talks about the meanings and inspiration behinds various literary characters, so I will probably pick that up next!

There you have it. Those are the 5 non-fiction books I really want to read, and while I would LOVE to add more, along with all the fiction books I plan to read, I doubt that will happen before school starts. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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The Future of My Blog – Balancing School, Writing & More

As I am only days away from completing my ENTIRE high school education, I have been thinking a lot about the future of my blog. How I will balance it next year with school work, writing, a social life, and more. And also how I will even find the inspiration to produce content since my university life will be just writing essays…nothing more. Today, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all what my plans are for my blog next year. Will I be posting? Will I still be active? Well, let’s discuss that now!

What Am I Doing Next Year?

Next year, I will be attending a university near my house and there, I will be studying English (aka Literature). Hopefully, if things go like I want them to, I will also be minoring in professional communication. I will be taking a full course load (5 courses per week), however, I will also most likely be working a part-time job…we will see how that goes.

What About the Blog?

Well…I will most definitely still be blogging next year! A few months ago, I blogged about five times a week, but then that got cut down to three and then even that got cut down to two which is where we are at now. While I don’t want to cut that down even further into one blog post a week, I might have to. Nothing is for sure though because I am going to give it a trial run in September and see how I manage it. If I can’t do two then, of course, I will make it a priority to publish one post per week at the least. This summer, however, since I know I will have nowhere as much free time as I have now, I will be posting three to four times a week! Yes, that’s right. For July and August, I will be sharing a total of at the least, twenty-four blog posts but I am hoping a bit more than that. I want to make sure I am as active on my blog as much as I can be, taking advantage of my time during the summer.

I also have bigger plans for my blog, I just don’t know when they are going to happen! Sometime in the next year, I would LOVE to update my WordPress plan from personal to business. For some reason, I’ve always wanted to have an email newsletter and have access to some the other cool aspects having a business membership brings to you. This will also just give me more freedom to be EVEN more creative with my blog, and I cannot wait till that day comes!

Anyways, this was a rambling, all over the place blog post, but I hope you enjoyed the mini update on my plans for my blog next year! I don’t think I could ever stop blogging…unless for some reason I lost my passion for it but if that does happen, it definitely won’t be for a very, very long time. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which will all be linked down below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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June Reading + Writing Plans

Happy Monday!

First off, some exciting news is that I got a (kind of) part-time job that I am really, really excited about! I get to create and run marketing campaigns and ads for a website that sells some pretty amazing products. I only started working for them on Saturday and I haven’t done too much that is visible to anyone yet, but once I do I will definitely let you guys know of the website and the cool work they do!

Anyways, today I am going to be discussing my reading and writing plans for June! Yes, we are already 10 days into June which is CRAZY, but I thought it would still be fun to share with you guys everything I plan to get done.

READING

Currently, I am in the midst of reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and while I’ve been reading it for the past week, I’ve definitely been enjoying diving into the mystery world of literature. I’ve been reading SUPER slow because my life has been a disastrous mess that seems to include no breaks whatsoever, but I did make it a priority to get some reading done this past week so I am about 100 pages into it. This month, I plan on reading at least 2 or 3 more books which I am very, very excited to get to. The next book on my TBR is The Wicked King by Holly Black, the sequel to The Cruel Prince and I am SO excited that I finally have my hands on it. It came for me at the library over the weekend and I snatched that up as soon as I could. The other book I really want to get to this month is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I read Hosseini’s other book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, in May for English class and absolutely adored it, so I cannot wait to explore his debut that I hear nothing but fantastic things about. I know The Kite Runner will break me just like A Thousand Splendid Suns, but these stories and characters are so incredibly important to our world that it is worth it. Other than that, I don’t have any other specific reading plans, but I do want to pick up at least one other book this month to stay on top of my 60 book reading goal!

WRITING

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May was not a busy writing month, but it was busy in ALL other aspects. While June will also be the same pace,  I want to get back on the writing grind and get some stuff done. My first project is my Aztec fantasy story, but a shorter version than a novel. I wrote the first draft back in April, I think, and while my word count goal was 17,000 words, it ended up being well over 30,000…so in June, I want to write the second draft and try and get that number closer to my goal. My second project is a screenplay! I had a screenplay idea that I am super excited to work on and just delve into the world of screenplay and writing for TV a little bit more. I have no idea how long it will be, but I do want to get the first draft and maybe a second one done by the end of June. I will also probably attempt to write a short story somewhere in this month as well, but with studying and writing exams and going on a couple weekend trips, I don’t know how well this will go…I am hopeful though because I really want to enter my summer break on a productive note. I know that once school starts, my life is going to get so hectic that it will take me a couple months before I can write and read at the pace I am used to. I have to take advantage of my bucketloads of time that I will have during July and August and wriiiite! Also, Camp NaNoWriMo starts next month! What? I feel like I just finished cranking out 2k words per day for Camp NaNoWriMo back in April, yet here we are, almost mid-June and one step closer to Camp NaNoWriMo round two.

That is all for my reading and writing plans for this June, and I hope you enjoyed! Make sure you let me know below what your reading and writing plans for June are because I would love to know. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Radioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel – Book Review

Happy Monday!

Today I will be giving my honest, non-spoiler thoughts on Radioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel which was kindly sent to me from his publicist as an ebook in exchange for this review. All of these thoughts are what I truly felt while reading the book!

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In this adult science fiction, dystopian novel, Jared Cartwright is adventuring across the wasteland of his world that was destroyed in a nuclear war. Sealed off from the last remaining flickers of human life and society, Jared has to level up beyond normal human limitations using nanites in order to survive the cruel realities of this world. On his quest of survival, Jared comes to learn that dragons really do exist when he accidentally steals a dragon egg, facing companionship of it rather than punishment by its mother. Together, Jared and his new dragon, Scarlet, tackle a new task: finding the lost dragons and restoring them to their former glory. 

Firstly, I am not a huge sci-fi fan or even dystopian for that matter. However, I did think this book was a fun step outside of my usual reading taste. I think it is good to explore, or in this case, re-explore other genres apart from the ones you constantly read. While reading this, I did remember that I don’t usually pick up sci-fi because of the science aspect of the novel. Sometimes, it is hard for me to grasp if it is poorly explained and other times, I just don’t want to read something heavily influenced by science. That is just my preference though.

The wasted world we are taken into was interesting to explore, and despite my lack of adoration for science in novels, I found the whole using nanites to survive intriguing and easy enough to grasp. Along with the “levelling up” aspect of the novel. At first, I was worried that Jared levelling up would mean he became closer to being invincible, but luckily, the author did not take that route. Instead, Jared had to rest after each level up and learn how to harness his newfound abilities. However, he could still be beaten. I hate when characters are seemingly invincible in books because that is unrealistic and completely throws me from the story. In Radioactive Evolution though, Jared is anything but invincible and while he needs a reminder from Scarlet sometimes, he realizes that too.

As for Jared and Scarlet, the two main characters in this story, I couldn’t find a way to connect to either of them. Scarlet is a dragon who often, didn’t even seem like a dragon to me. Yes, she was slowly growing at the beginning of the book, but I often found myself having to remember that she was in fact, a dragon. I did enjoy her sassy and witty personality though, and how she always called Jared out when he was acting too tough. Jared, on the other hand, just did not leap off the page enough for me so I could not feel as if I knew him. Instead, I felt disconnected from him throughout the entire novel even as we dove into his backstory.

Before I get into my overall thoughts for the actual plot in the book, I wanted to talk about the writing in this book. I thought Richard Hummel had a very simple, yet effective style of writing that allowed me to visualize each situation pretty well. It was polished and professional which is obviously, what every reader expects when they pick up a novel. This made for a quick and easy read because I was not re-reading sentences trying to figure out what was going on. However, there were quite a few formatting errors throughout this book that definitely, because of the amount, threw me out of the story. There were several times when Scarlet’s dialogue wasn’t big or bold like it usually was, and it took me a while to realize it was her speaking. There were also times when Jared’s internal thoughts that he was communicating to Scarlet were not italicized and once again, confusion pulled me from the story. Other than those simple flaws, the writing was clean and crisp.

Now for the plot.

In the beginning, I felt as if we were not getting anywhere within the story. We were wandering around, following Jared and Scarlett as they met some low-risk obstacles. However, it did pick up as expected as the story continued on. Most of the obstacles and problems our characters ran into along the way didn’t pose too much of a high-stress threat to me. My experience reading this book was easy going and rarely did I find myself worrying about what would happen next plot-wise as well as to our characters. That isn’t to say the plot wasn’t interesting though. It moved at a medium pace and while learning about the world, the plot enticed me to learn more about this post-apocalyptic world. It just didn’t bring me to the edge of my seat.

Overall, I thought this was a good adult, sci-fi story about a man and his dragon trying to survive in this wasteland and save dragons as a species as well as humankind. The story was developed well and the writing was easy to get through. While it didn’t have me on the edge of my seat if you are a fan of sci-fi I would definitely give this book a read. 3.5/5 stars

If you want to check out the book, here is a link to its Goodreads page 🙂 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42514577-radioactive-evolution

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First Year of University – What Am I Taking?

Happy Thursday!

I really enjoy hearing about what classes other people are taking at university, so I thought I would share with you all what I am taking since next year I will be in first year…which is still crazy to me. Next year is going to be a real challenge of balancing my life, school, plus all my creative passions (like blogging and writing) but I am determined to find a way. Anyways, here are the courses I am taking next year!

First off, what am I majoring in???

English! Suprised? Yeah no, me either. Apart from writing my own things, I really want to work at a magazine, newspaper or just in a job that allows me to create content. Web content creator. Writer. Whatever you want to call it.

First Semester

Greek and Roman Mythology – This might be the course I am most excited for because since I became obsessed with Percy Jackson, I have desperately wanted to take a class where we just discuss Greek and Roman mythology.

Contemporary Literature – This is one of the only two classes I need to take to satisfy my first-year requirements for my major, but I am actually really looking forward to this class. In this class, we focus on poetry, drama, fiction, and creative non-fiction from the 20th and 21st century.

Literary Traditions – This is my other required course and while it is pretty similar to the other, we focus more intensely on four or five writing pieces rather than a dozen or so. Can you see a trend in courses that will require a LOT of reading? Yeah, I am also realizing I will have NO reading time of my own.

Greek Culture – Yep, another Greek course because I didn’t have the space to put it in my second semester. Another reason I am taking all of these history courses is that it is a great asset to my writing and will really enrich and widen my worldview.

Intro to Film Analysis – I am also SO excited for this class because we just watch a movie during a three-hour lecture and then get together another time during the week to analyze the shots, narrative, and other aspects of it. I took a film studies course last year and really enjoyed it, so I cannot wait to do this! There is a second part of this course, but sadly, it didn’t fit in my timetable so I will be doing it in my second year.

Second Semester

Young Adult Fiction: The Magic of Books – This is another class I cannot wait for. It is only offered in the springtime of next year, so I jumped at the chance to take this book focused on my favourite thing, young adult books. Some of the books on the proposed reading lists are Children of Blood and Bone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets so yeah, I am excited.

Intensive Beginners Spanish – I am Mexican and I always feel really bad because I don’t speak Spanish…so I decided now was a good time to start and see if I can pick it up. My goal is to carry on with it throughout my entire university career, but we will see!

Medieval Studies – To be honest, I had no plans to take this class but I really needed another class to add to my timetable and while I love Greek and Roman mythology, I am not too versed in medieval mythology so I am interested to see how this course goes!

World Wide Web and Mobile Applications – Look at me, an English major taking a computer science course. I am actually SO excited for this because if you did not need to take math in grade 12 I would definitely consider taking a minor in computer science because I love exploring computers and knowing how to completely use them. This focuses on HTML, web-designing tools, social networking, and things like that that I have realized the careers I am looking into require you to know how to work all this stuff.

Myths, Fairy Tales and Fantasy Fiction – My cousin and I have decided to take this elective together and it is actually all about German myths and all that fun stuff. Our mothers’ side of the family is German so I think this will be a fun class for her and me to take together!

But yeah! Those are all the courses I am taking next year, and while I have not registered for them yet, I should get everything I want. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which will all be linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Tips for Creating Your Writing Portfolio

Happy Monday!

Whenever the summer approaches, I get in the mood of wanting to finally start putting together my writing portfolio (which I never actually do, but this year I will!!) so I thought I would share with you guys what I’m doing to get mine prepped and ready, and some tips on how you can do that as well. I’ve done a post like this in the past, but since then, I’ve learned some more valuable tips and tricks when it comes to making it. Anyways, onto the post!

What Is a Writing Portfolio?

A writing portfolio is a collection of your best-written works that are on display for future employers to look at, offering them examples of your writing for them to debate whether they want to hire you or not. These are the pieces that you have put a lot of work and effort into and are the pieces you believe showcase you as a writer best.

Examples of Pieces:

  • Blog posts on topics related to what you are interested in and associated with
  • Short stories
  • Essays on topics you are interested in and associated with
  • Poems
  • Excerpts of FINISHED novels
  • News articles
  • Screenplays
  • Stage plays

TIPS:

  • Make Sure Nothing Is More Than 2 Years Old – You want to showcase your updated writing skills because every time we write, we get a little bit better. After 2 years, you definitely would have gotten a LOT better, and you want to exhibit that to potential employers!
  • Write Pieces Associated With Your “Brand” – By this, I mean don’t write things you think employers want to read. Write about what you usually write about because that is who you are as a writer. You want to come across as authentic as possible in your portfolio.
  • Incorporate As Many Writing Styles Possible – If you blog, write poems, and write short stories than that is great! Incorporate as many writing styles as you enjoy doing because that will make your portfolio much more diverse for potential employers. Personally, my portfolio will include blog posts, short stories, poems, essays, screenplays, and news articles (in the future) because those are the things I like to write.
  • Only Showcase Your BEST Writing – Don’t add something in that you just wrote and only gave a quick look over. Put in pieces that you’ve been working on for a while and have gotten your full attention.
  • Develop a Portfolio Over Time – The thing about creating your writing portfolio is that it takes time. You can put some pieces you’ve already polished up into it, but it is something that you should add to over time. For example, I’ve just written a few pieces that I am pretty proud of over the last 2 months, but this summer, I am going to be working on them a bit more just so they are the best they can be.
  • But Give Yourself a Timeline – I know I said let it develop over time, I do mean this, BUT you want to have something useable ASAP at the same time. What I’m doing is I am trying to get at least 4 of my already written and edited pieces (that I will work on over the summer) in my portfolio (which will be accessed through my blog) by the end of summer…so August 31. It is just a good idea so you are giving yourself lots of time, but not an infinite amount that means you will never get it finished.
  • Use As Many Pieces As Possible – Don’t use every piece you have ever written, but the more the better. I read an article that suggested you have anywhere from 10-35 pieces. Again, the 35 pieces end of it would be your portfolio after a few years of adding to it, but still, it is good to provide future and potential employers with lots of examples of your writing.

That is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed! My main tip though is to take your time. Put effort into your pieces and good things will result because of it. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts (because I am active on Instagram again!) linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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How To: Write + COMPLETELY Edit a Short Story In ONE Week

Happy Friday! (Just kidding. I decided to post this a day early so happy THURSDAY!)

This past week, I have been writing like a madwoman because as always, I put things off to the last moment. This “thing” I put off was a writing scholarship portfolio that is due actually today when you are reading this, so fingers crossed, the submission process for future Zoe went well.

Anyways, I always do things last minute, especially writing things, so I thought I would give some of my tips for fast-drafting and polishing up a short story in a short time span. Also, apparently May is short story month so this is the perfect time to share this blog post with you all. Hopefully, you all find this helpful and if you have any tips of your own, make sure you leave them down below!

  1. Outline, Outline, Outline – Even if you aren’t a huge fan of outlining (like myself), I highly, HIGHLY recommend writing out an outline before fast-drafting. Even if it is only a sentence of what happens in the beginning, middle, and end, then that is better than nothing and will help you so much while drafting. This will save you from those moments where you pause your writing sprint because you have no idea where you are going with this story.
  2. Do More Than One Draft – When it comes to short stories, I will try to do a draft a day. Especially if I have at least one week before it needs to be finished and ready to go. If I am even shorter on time, I’ll write draft one in the morning, draft two in the evening and so on. Personally, I like to write at least three drafts. Sometimes more if I think the story desperately needs it, but usually at three I decide it is a good time to let it sit for a moment before diving into edits.
  3. Start With the BIG Edits – Honestly, I do not know the “right” or “proper” way to edit. I do what works best for me which is making the huge changes first. This means cutting chunks out, re-writing sections, and adjusting dialogue and character descriptions. Also, just overall trying to get to my word count goal. I personally don’t see the point in starting with the little edits because I end up slicing up my drafts and barely any of the words survive to see the next day!
  4. Now For the Little Edits – Now, after glossing up your story and finally, FINALLY getting it to your desired word count, it is time to focus on the smaller, yet very important things. This is things like grammar, italicizing words, fixing word order, etc, etc. The little things that make the sentences flow nicely and make them sound beautiful.
  5. Let It Sit – If you have the time to spare, let your story sit for at LEAST one day. If you can afford to give it more, than great. Usually, I only have one day. So, I will give my story that one day and then usually the day it’s due (yes, I know, I’m SO on top of things), I will give it a final tweaking. No big edits though because that could start a total disaster.

Those are my 5 tips for writing short stories while under tight deadlines and I hope they were helpful! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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