NaNoWriMo and Starting Fresh | Writer’s Life

2020 has been one of my most sporadic years for blogging and writing, despite the fact that I had some pretty big dreams when the year began. With my college graduation on the horizon, I was looking forward to having more time to dive into many of the projects I’d started over the years.

As you may have noticed, things didn’t quite go as planned.

I’ve talked before about breaking my own rules when it comes to blogging and the need to take a break from writing sometimes, so I won’t rehash it here. Long story short: deadlines and goals are good, but giving yourself grace is important too. (And who hasn’t needed some grace in 2020?)

I’ve gotten to the point where I can usually tell when I’m getting burned out – I get bored. Projects and hobbies that, at first, felt exciting and new to me lose their shininess. As I’ve said before, sometimes you have to push through – in other words, dig deep and rediscover what made you fall in love with that project or hobby in the first place. Sometimes you need to step away entirely until you can look at it with fresh eyes.

Other times, though, you need to find a middle ground.

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Yearbook Superlatives Tag

A fun fact about me: in my junior (third) year of high school, I was voted the “Best Writer” in our yearbook.

This is less impressive when you consider that it was probably less a comment on the quality of my writing and more on the fact that, as president of the creative writing club, I was just the first person people thought of when they thought of writing.

(Never mind the fact that my high school was relatively small and our yearbook was digitally created with Microsoft Publisher.)

But that aside, yearbook superlatives are fun! So today, as inspired by this post (which I learned about through Wanderer’s Pen), we’re going to discover where my characters might end up in their hypothetical high school yearbook. I decided to come up with my own list of categories, but shout out to those two blogs for giving me the inspiration!

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21 Fun Facts About My Writing

21 Fun Facts About My Writing

I’ve got a lot of writing projects. Okay, more like three writing projects, but that’s a lot when you’re a worn out college student.

Anyways, I do talk about my projects every so often, but it’s usually limited to a specific character or incident. So, sort of in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I decided to share some “fun facts” about my three writing projects. If you’re not familiar with these stories, don’t worry – I’ll link to their “About” pages below.

Without further ado, here’s some trivia you can impress your friends with when I’m rich and famous*

*let’s be honest, that doesn’t usually happen – but hey, I can dream.

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Week In Review – May 4

Happy Friday, everyone!

Congrats on making it through this week AND through all of April! Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s a busy time of year for many of us, but we’re all making it through.

Speaking of April, I compiled my 1 Second Everyday clips from the past month into a short, 30-second video. If you’re interested in seeing how my 1SE project is coming along, you can see my progress below!

This week, I shared some thoughts about Myers-Briggs types and INTJs in particular, especially when it comes to the idea of “being nice.” I had a really good time thinking about this one, so I hope you enjoy it as well!

There are also just two weeks left to participate in my blog survey and giveaway! Be sure to read all the details here.

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Beautiful People: Favorites & Farewell

Those who have been following my blog for a few months probably remember the Beautiful People linkups I participated in a few times last year. For those unfamiliar with it, Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up & Further In, and each month, they would share a list of questions for writers to answer about their characters. For us writers, it was a great way to get to know our characters a little better, and it was always fun to visit other people’s blogs and learn about their writing projects as well.

Sadly, this month marks the end of Beautiful People (for the time being). Although I started participating a little later than most, I had a wonderful time being a part of this, and I would be remiss if I didn’t participate in this last linkup.

Typically, I would share these types of posts on Wednesdays, since they’re not really a “normal” Monday post. Since this is a “Favorites Edition” of Beautiful People though, I thought it would be fun to share some favorite things from my various writing projects, as well as a few of my favorites when it comes to writing overall.

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Week In Review – April 6

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you all had a good week! To be honest, mine was a little bit crazy, since I had a lot going on with classes, work, and other commitments, but aside from that, I’m doing alright! I hope you all are staying afloat as well.

This week, I shared 10 Time Management Tips that I use in my day to day life. To be honest, it can be pretty tricky to balance blogging, school, work, and my (albeit limited) social life, so I’ve learned pretty quickly how to make the best use of my time. If that’s something you have a hard time with as well, be sure to give my post a read!

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Week In Review – March 23

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well, especially those in the northeast who may have gotten hit with a bit of snow this week… Fortunately, my school cancelled classes on Wednesday, so I didn’t have to go out in the snow too much. It’s a little strange, actually, getting two snow days in one semester. My week was already pretty light work-wise, so having that day off was a real treat.

This week, I shared three of my favorite podcasts that I’m listening to right now. I’ve been getting back into podcasts recently, especially while working on projects and such. If you’re looking for something new to listen to, be sure to give it a read!

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Week In Review – February 23

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well! This was a pretty busy week, but a good one too. I had a great time at the Battle Royale event last Saturday (even though my favorite character lost), and my lab session went well too.

This week, I shared the writing lessons I learned from Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series, which I just finished re-reading recently. If you need tips on writing three-dimensional female characters, adult characters that aren’t useless, or making your narration unique, be sure to give it a read!

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Daily Quote Challenge

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m here with a challenge I was tagged in a few weeks back, but I just got the chance now to participate.

I was tagged by the amazing Anna @ The Story Scientist to participate in the Daily Quote Challenge! Now, I’m bending the rules a little bit because I want to keep to my blogging schedule, so instead of posting one quote every day for three days, I’m doing to post three quotes today, same as Anna did.

The (Traditional) Rules Are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Tag 3 new bloggers every day
  3. Post one quote on your blog every day for three consecutive days

I chose “quotes” that fit my WIP, Summertime, and its characters. Don’t know about Summertime? Well, you can read the first chapter here! I’ve also posted a lot about the main characters, Riley and Leslie, a lot, so you can always read more about them, too.

The three five quotes I chose are…

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Beautiful People #24 – May 2017

Welcome back to another edition of the Beautiful People linkup! For those who don’t know, BP is a monthly blog linkup hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up & Further In. Each month, they share a list of ten questions for writers to think about for one of their characters, and then the writers share their answers on their blog! It’s a great way for fellow writers to connect with each other, so for more information, click here.

If you’d like to go back and read (or re-read) some of my past BP posts, you can do so with the links below.

BP #17 – May 2016 (Riley Taylor)
BP #18 – June 2016 (Leslie Summers)
BP #20 – August 2016 (Chey Cooper)
BP #21 – September 2016 (Trevor Johnson)
BP #22 – February 2017 (Leslie Summers and Riley Taylor)
BP #23 – March 2017 (Eden Hunter)

This month is a “parental edition” of BP, so all of the questions focus on the character’s parent(s) and their relationship with their parent(s). I chose to do my character Riley Taylor once again, mostly because I haven’t really talked about his parents before and the story there, so I thought this would be a nice new look at his character. Without further ado, onto the questions!

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