10 Steps to Writing Your First Book

When I was 14 years old I wrote my first book. When I was 19 I published my first book. And when I look back at that first book I laugh like a lunatic because I did not know what grammar was. Or a decent plot line. But the experience of writing it taught me everything.

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My NaNoWriMo Strategy

It’s November, which means NaNoWriMo!

If you’re unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Writers around the world join together to write 50,000+ words of their novel in 30 short days. It’s a rush of adrenaline, stress, and complete madness. But as a writer, I love it.

Because NaNo is so high intensity for a writer (you do the work of months/years in only one month) it’s important to have strategies for making it work. As this is my first time (after years of putting it off) I’ve still written several novels. So I’ve taken my novel writing strategies, streamlined them, and now I’m going to share how I’m going to survive NaNoWriMo 2015!Read More

Why You Should Keep a Diary

I am an avid diary writer. When I was in grade school and didn’t have the energy to hold a pen at night, I used to dictate to my mother so she would write for me.

Diary writing is something that I’ve naturally always felt is a good idea. What could possibly be wrong with writing down the day? And as I’ve grown older, I have plenty of filled up Moleskines stock full with years of Morgan. Having a diary has been a mental relaxation that I’ve used for as long as I can remember. I mean, Colin Clark wrote a bestseller with his diary! Anne Frank became a household name from hers!

Writing a diary is something I believe everyone should do because it’s cathartic and helps relieve stress. Both of which are things people need more of. So I’ve made a list of why everyone should have a diary!Read More

My Advice For New Bloggers

Four and a half years ago I discovered blogging. And let me tell you, it was a doozy. I found out there was a lot more than just typing up my thoughts a few times a week, it was actually A WHOLE LOT MORE. And I wish I’d had someone who could guide me through all the mess that was discovering blogging and ultimately creating a blog I could be proud of. And now I’m going to do that for you, a new blogger.

The 4 Pieces of Advice I Wish Someone Had Given Me: Blogging Edition

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Want to Buy My Book?

Yes, you read that right. I have a book.

Today I am very excited to announce the official release of my first book, the eBook Affairs. Getting here has been an interesting road and as terrified as I am to share it with all of you, here it is!

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My Newest Writing Job: Lifehack

Hiya!

As you can guess from the title, I’ve taken on a new job! I am now a Lifehack Expert at Lifehack.org and it is fantastic! I just started writing for them last month, and my first article is finally up! I’m really excited to start this new opportunity and get the best I can out of it. I hope you guys enjoy the article!

11 Differences Between Real Friends and Fake Friends

Friendship is one of the best aspects of life. That said, certain friends are certainly much better than others. A real friend and fake friend can be hard to distinguish, but they are very different! Real friends are people you can go to for anything. You know they will always be on your side, through thick and thin. Fake friends might as well be scum of the Earth for all the support they will give you. Use this guide to figure out if your friends are your real friends! Continue reading the article here

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The Process of a Real Life Plot Line

Writers know that plot line is what makes a story interesting. Isn’t the same true of real life too?

Plot line is what drives a story. It’s what motivates characters to do things, what the journey of their life entails, and where the story begins and ends. The plot line is the story. And this applies to just about everything, especially our own “mundane” human lives.

I put mundane in quotation marks not because I am pretentious and use quotes to seem cool, but because our lives are anything but mundane. Despite not skydiving everyday and watching TV being our favourite pastime, each person has a fascinating plot line to their own life. I know, it surprises me too. I spent two weeks watching every episode of Law & Order: SVU.

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How to Write an Essay

Because I have to write an essay that I don’t want to, and I have to write a blog post that I want to, here’s this handy little guide to writing an essay on my blog!

Paragraphs, Pens, and Pain: How to Write an Essay

 1. Cry until you have three days to write your essay

This is a necessary step.

2. Make an outline

While I always write my essays on my laptop (my handwriting is slower than my brain and my typing is faster than my brain, do the math) a good old-fashioned written outline is a godsend when it comes to essays. Make plots for each paragraph and write the parts of the paragraph you need underneath.

Example:

Paragraph 1:

Introduce book

Summarize the story

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My College Blogging Rules

In 2012 I wrote a blog post about my blogging rules. While I wrote it to be a quick read while I was traipsing about Europe for a week, many found it very helpful for keeping up their own blogs. The information in that post was great for people who are just starting blogs or who have dedicated blogging as a job. However, in my current position at university, I have found that there are some blogging rules that definitely should be added to the list. I don’t have the time I used to, and the constant flow of work takes up some of my more creative idea time. Therefore, I have made a new list of rules that are great for people who have less time to blog, but who still love doing it and want to continue!

My College Blogging Rules

1. Write your posts beforehand

Blogging once a week is great, but let’s be real. Having actual time to sit down and write a decent blog post once a week doesn’t actually happen. We just have too many assignments and real life things going on. To make sure your posts come out once a week, and they aren’t written at 2am after you finish your term paper, write your posts beforehand. When I went to Europe I wrote two posts the week before that I could publish while I was traveling. Find a weekend or a free night and write a blog post or two. With me now taking on several more credits (and a 300-level course) along with general life things, writing a post before is going to save my life. As we speak I’m taking the hour between my morning classes and writing posts for the next month in case my schedule picks up even more. Writing beforehand is a genius idea, and I highly recommend it to you.Read More

British Boys Give Me Chest Pains (A Q&A)

After being sent questions on Tumblr, Twitter, and just through email, I decided that there were enough questions to choke out another Q&A. As usual, I am being my usual cheeky self, but no one gave me any celebrity crush ultimatums, so that was a bit different. Anyway, here are the questions you sent me and I answered! Enjoy!

If you were to have of the opposite gender, what name would you want to have?

Probably Will or some other short name. I tend to really love four-letter boy names.

What is your spirit animal?

An English Foxhound. Because they are very British but live in America. (I once said this at a magazine meeting and 300 people about lost it when I said it.)

Current celebrity crush?

Nico Mirallegro. He gives me chest pains.

One thing you want people to know about you?

Almost everything I say is a joke. My personality is a bit of a joke to be honest. All of my crazy fangirl shenanigans, my retorts, and most of the things that I do are meant to be a laugh. I’m usually not serious.Read More