Inspiration from Old Places

Randomly I was having a conversation with my boyfriend and Wattpad came up. It was a site I used to read so many books on, but also it is the place where I wrote my first ever book. It is short and bite sized and it is called “Confessions of a Teenage Writer”

I wrote this while hoping to finish at least one other draft of a novel. Yet, this became the first thing I ever finished and I’ve only finished one other draft of something since.

Looking back and reading the comments on this book made me want to sob. I hadn’t really looked at this book or anything on Wattpad since 2016. Yet, when I wrote it I realized I had effected others. I had accomplished what I had wanted to do so badly and so early on.

People had connected with my work. They had thought it beautiful. They’d encouraged me to keep writing, but in their eyes I already was a writer. The titles I have not thought I could claim for myself in recent years, but I am both writer and author. Again I feel the tears come.

Lately, I have been able to start the process of writing again. Currently, my project is in the idea phase. I truly don’t know much about it and it’s come in bits and pieces. Lately, everything in my life has felt like a gentle stream nudging me back to the passion I have had for so many years, to write.

For a single day at my work there was a young girl that came and of all things she wanted to be a writer. She worked for a day only. Yet, listening to her. Hearing how she hadn’t finished anything because she had all these ideas in her head and couldn’t commit to one I felt so inspired and nostalgic for who I was when I first began writing. It felt electrifying to remember and to understand that this was me coming back home to myself.

It’s felt like the universe has been telling me it’s ok. It’s ok that I needed the time I did, but the time is right now. It’ll be ok.

For now, my toes feel like they are dipping in this water. Preparing for the way I will wish to go. Where I will begin.

So, I have begun here. Waking up at 5:30 in the morning to write blog posts. I’ve started reading again. Started to think about an idea and build it out. All these things will soon build out and eventually I will be flowing in this gentle river until I make small stops on my journey when I finish the first draft, when I’m editing, when I’m hoping to see if there’s a home in publishing for my story, and again starting a whole new idea.

I am here. I am ready. I am inspired and hopeful. The best yet I am smiling. I appreciate so much the younger version of me who went for writing so head on and with such passion. Who read books every single day and couldn’t imagine she’d breath well in a day without at least ingesting a single chapter. Turns out for the most part it became true. I haven’t been able to come back to myself for so long. Now is the time. I want to shout that. Now is the time!

This feels so wonderful.

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The Ebony and Fire Writing Club: What Projects are you Working on?

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Ebony and Fire Writing Club! Phoenix wrote up this amazing post that you all should check out on her writing projects here! For those of you who don’t know me and Phoenix have joined together to bring you a fun writing club to inspire you all on your individual writing journeys!

Also check out our club page here to check out all our posts and notices on what’s to come!

If your interested in joining leave your name below and a little bit about your current project!

I’m so excited because today I’m going to be talking about my project a little bit more and adding a little bit of my favorite advice I take as I move forward in my own writing adventure.

My Current Writing Project

At the moment I’m working on a young adult paranormal romance horror. It’s about two girls who meet and go into the woods and realize that the dangers one of them has known since childhood may not be as false as she once thought. Through it the pair starts to fall for each other and must navigate the sweet feelings they are coming into along with the dangers of a dark evil that’s brewing in the forest.

At the moment I’m in the drafting stage and I have 3,003 words written. I’m doing my best to start a daily system that works and at the moment I’m brewing with inspiration about it!

In the next week I hope to write 500 words a day toward this novel and I will update everyone on June 1st if I’ve succeeded in my goals for the following week!

A Favorite Piece of Writing Advice

For all you aspiring authors out there I got to say this instead of aspiring to be the next Stephan King, Anne Rice, Sarah J. Maas, or J.K. Rowling, aspire to be the first you! All those stories that have become so dear to our hearts started well before any of these authors made a name for themselves. They start in your heart poured out into the page word by word and letter by letter. Write what fills your heart with passion and never stop! The rest will fall into place. Never give up!

What are you working on?

I would love to hear all about the amazing things you all are working on. What are you writing about?

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I’m Writing A Book!!!

Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of the Author livestreams and my lord nothing brings me into the need to write more then that. I finally can say that I’m ready to write again. So I’ve started on a story in the past few weeks on and off, but now I’m going to get into it a bit deeper.

My book is a ya paranormal romance horror and I’m so excited about it! I’m going for some darkness mixed with sweetness and it’s been so much fun to write!

I’m hoping to write 500 hundred words per day on it till it’s done starting tomorrow. It’s not too crazy of a goal and I’m pretty sure if I write for 30 minutes to an hour a day I can get 500 a day written pretty easily.

In a few months I should have it done and you guys will be reading a very different kind of post and a celebratory one. It’ll be fun to write about my journey and to go from writing this first draft to edits, to querying, and one day with this book or another being published. It’s a journey that I’m happy to be starting now and I can’t wait!

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I Have a Crush on Sam Maggs

During Y’all west I found Sam Maggs. I hadn’t heard of her previously. I just had no idea she existed. Immediately hearing her talking and getting to know what she writes and a bit of her personality it was an instant crush.

Sam Maggs is one of the coolest authors I’ve come across. She writes for triple A video games, Marvel, and she puts in queer relationships in everything she writes. She is a queen. An absolute queen. I can’t wait for her new novel The Unstoppable Wasp!

The Synopsis:

“Bestselling author Sam Maggs brings Nadia Van Dyne (the Unstoppable Wasp) and her genius friends to life in an all-new original YA novel based on the world of The Unstoppable Wasp Marvel comics series.

Nadia Van Dyne is new to this. New to being a Super Hero, new to being a real friend and stepdaughter (to one of the founding Avengers, no less), new to running her own lab, and new to being her own person, far, far away from the clutches of the Red Room-the infamous brainwashing/assassin-training facility. She’s adjusting well to all of this newness, channeling her energy into being a good friend, a good scientist, and a good Super Hero. It’s taking a toll, though, and Nadia’s finding that there are never quite enough hours in a day. So, when she’s gifted a virtual assistant powered by the most cutting-edge A.I. technology that the world has to offer, Nadia jumps at the opportunity to “do less, experience more”-just like the advertisements say.The device works- really works. Nadia has more time to pursue her passion projects and to focus on new discoveries. But it’s never quite that simple, and not everything is as it seems. This thrilling adventure finds Nadia confronting her past as she tries to shape her future, and learning that sometimes the best way to effect big change is to think small-maybe even supersmall, Unstoppable Wasp-style. She’ll need the help of her genius G.I.R.L. (Genius In action Research Labs) squad and found family to save herself and (not to be too dramatic) the entire world as we know it. Along the way, Nadia discovers that when she teams up with the people who love her the most, they’re totally Unstoppable. Just another day in the life of your way,way above average teenage Super Hero.”

It sounds so amazing!

Also, I followed her on twitter and I realized that she also enjoys Tarot which is super cool to me because I hadn’t seen too many authors that are into tarot. The fact that I found a picture with Daleks made my heart burst cause I adore Doctor Who. I have a fat crush on Sam Maggs. I will support her and her work to no end. She’s so cool to me!

I never knew anything about game writing before she talked about it on one of her panels and I realized I’d adore game writing myself. I’ve always loved video games and I realized that one day being able to be on a team of authors doing game writing would be so fun for me one day.

Sam Maggs is so cool! I’m fangirling. I’m so happy to have finally heard of her so I can buy all her books and tell everyone to read them.

Anyway because anymore of my thoughts would pretty much be incomprehensible I’m just going to say this: I Stan Sam Maggs so hard. I love her thoughts on things and she’s one of the sweetest beans out there. I’ve never had a crush on an author before, but I definitely do have one on her. I’m so excited to read The Unstoppable Wasp (as well as her other books) and hopefully play one of the games she’s worked on one day.

I have never felt the need to write such a fangirly post for an author before. Sam Maggs is just the coolest. Anyway I’ll shut up now. I love her though. Ok imma stop.

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Write the Story: Week 3

I’m back with another set of Write the Story mini-stories to share with all of you! I hope you enjoy them!

On to the stories!

1. Magic Interferes in New Orleans

I thought it would be fun to write a little bit of a coven story for this New Orleans magic story. It definitely was fun and a little spicy with the no-nonsense matriarch.

2. A Romantic Scene in an Unromantic Place

I don’t think I’ve ever thought of blacksmithing as being romantic, but after writing this I might’ve changed my own mind. I like this cute little romance between the smith and a cosplayer. I’d read the hell out of a book like that.

3. On a Quest

I thought it would be cute for a mom to go on a little quest to find her daughter a puppy. I’ll admit this wasn’t the easiest prompts for me, but I gave it a go.

4. The Supernatural Invades the Everyday

I liked writing this story. A little paranormal. A little sci-fi. A little horror. It was a lot of fun.

5. A Journalist Crosses the Line

I thought it would be cool to write this as a precautionary tale told again and again that twists with every telling, but in essence provides the same message to aspiring journalists wanting to search for truth.

6. Big Time Deals in the Big City

So uhh, yeah. I watch Minecraft smp live. It’s idiotic, but absolutely hilarious. It made writing this a million times more fun for me so.. judge me as much as you want, but I enjoy it.

7. A Scientist Makes and Unexpected Discovery

There are a lot of sciency prompts in here. I do enjoy them, but this one was kinda hard for me to write. Although I do think it came out ok. I hope you all like it.

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-Till next time!

Write the Story: 1st Week of prompts

Last week I wrote about the best purchase I ever made. Which was buying a journaling prompt story book at Barnes & Nobel.

Over the past 7 days or so I’ve continued writing in it and have had a lot of fun creating these little stories. I’m so excited to share these little stories with all of you!

Again I want to excuse my terrible handwriting and any spelling and grammar issues of which will be quite a few. I’m sorry.. it is a hazard that comes with being me. I hope you all enjoy these stories anyway!

1. A Family Mystery Uncovered

I liked writing this one it was cute to think about a grandmother with a secret past.

2. Drama in and Out of the Lab

My handwriting got worse in this one I’m sorry, but I loved writing this story. I like the entry formatting and the sciencey background it has.

3. Chasing the Enemy

This was my favorite story to write. It was so much fun and the Mc has this super fiery personality. I don’t know what else to say, but I very much enjoyed it.

4. An Unexpected Union

I struggled with this story. I didn’t like writing it and it didn’t feel like much fun. I liked the idea of an Unexpected Union, but the words for this story had me stuck. For now I think the story is ok, but it’s not my favorite by any means.

5. A Lunch Date Gone Wrong

This felt like a sitcom type of situation to write. It was fun. I liked the prompt a lot.

6. Business as Unusual

It was about time I wrote something paranormal. Just for that reason I really enjoyed writing this story.

7. The Year is 2563…

This was the first prompt that felt like the beginning of a much larger story. I’m super interested in this concept and I think it would make a fun book.

Well… that’s a wrap till the next time!

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Writing Horror in December

There was a poem I wrote for Halloween that inspired a brand new book idea that I immediately fell in love with. I shared it with my closest friend at the time and they told me that I should definitely write it. I immediately wrote the first chapter and then life happened. I felt no longer motivated to continue the story and it was at a standstill. My life was at a standstill.

However, now more then ever I look back at that story and I’m still in love with it. So yesterday I wrote 1,000 words towards it and I now can’t wait to keep the story moving! This story has the snarkiest Mc I’ve ever written, a mom battling anger and depression, and a house that may or may not be driving one of the two into insanity.

This book is fun because it writes so easily. There is no outline necessary and I can just go for it! I’m letting this story take me wherever it wants to go and so far I’m really enjoying where it’s gone!

I know I can write this book to completion decently quickly. Which is odd and unusual for me. But it’s one of those books that is calling my name and I have a feeling that to deny that call would be a mistake.

Maybe it’s weird to write horror during the Christmas season, but I’m so happy with this story that I don’t really mind it. I can’t wait to see how the first draft turns out!

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-Till next time!

I Don’t Write Enough to be A Writer

Everyday, I wake up to the same things, white walls, bookshelves surrounding a Television, and the need to go right back to sleep. I get tired a lot. Mostly because my life feels like a bubble that never changes and yet is now more different then it ever was. I get up, maybe write a blog post, get ready for work, actually go to work, and come home exhausted. I then decide to watch some YouTube or a movie or read or something, because I can never go right to sleep. I do not however, to the one thing that I should be doing. Which is write.

I was doing better with this. I had a plan, but now I’m just not feeling up to it. Even though I want to be. I talk a lot about passion. I talk a lot about one day wanting to be a writer who can keep afloat from just writing alone. To make that my reality, but what good is that when I don’t let myself actually write? When I think about it, it makes me want to get a bit jaded. Will I ever get myself to write as much as I know I could and should be?

I feel like I need an out. From the sameness, from being exactly where I was a year ago even though technically nothing is like it used to be. This is the most jaded I’ve been in a while, but it’s all leading to something. It’s leading to me realizing a few things. One.. I just need to write and let go of the fear that comes with it. I also need to change the way I react when things go awry. Recently, life has been up and down and all over, but it’s still good. I need to remember that and stop my tendency to shut down.

I need to find my new balance and it’s been a struggle to do so recently. Especially when I want to watch videos and do anything to escape reality. But that doesn’t work. It never has. It’s what I always did before and it’s never worked. So instead I’m going to remember a few things. One, the person who cares about me most in the world would want me to be happy. That they believe in me and in my writing. Two, that I myself want to see me do some awesome things and come out of this sameness on my own. To turn my life into something amazing. Three, that my dream is possible. That all my dreams are possible. Fourth, that I’m the one that’s making things way more difficult then they have to be. Things can be simple. I just have to put my mind to doing what I should be.

So right now, I may not be writing enough, but I will be. I’m going to do my best to take another shot at my ultimate goal. This is my dream for myself. To write stories that make people feel something. So I will.

I don’t have control over a lot of things in my life. There are a lot of have to’s and things I don’t particularly want to do or have happen that happen anyway. But I do have control over pursuing what I believe in. In actually trying to make something of myself. I can choose to act or I can choose to not do anything at all. So I’m going to choose action, because even if I do sometimes get frustrated and jaded with life and all that’s happening I have always been a person to get back up and try again.

So one day when I look back on this in the future and I’m actually an author. I’ll probably tell myself that I was writing a bit and maybe I was being to hard on myself, but the truth is I’ll be grateful for it. Because then I’ll be able to say that I did become a true writer and feel proud.

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-Till next time!

Why I’m Not Doing Nanowrimo This November

Every year I try to pursue Nanowrimo and every year I fail. I fail because of life. I fail because I have so many things I want to do. I fail because I can’t seem to sit myself down and write 1,500 words in one sitting. One year, I swear I will pursue and complete this challenge, but now is not the time.

I have a lot of things going on in my personal life. I have a lot of obligations I have to fill. I also, have this urge to watch some movies. Plus, I’ve had the feeling of wanting to binge all of Shane Dawson’s You-tuber documentaries. I’m also working a lot trying to make some extra money for Christmas. I simply don’t have the time.

This does not mean I won’t be writing at all. I’m currently writing a new book idea that has required no outlining what-so-ever and basically just lives in my brain waiting to be written. This book would have been perfect for Nanowrimo, but still, I have a couple of other obligations I’m working on on the side.

Sometimes, you have to look at your life and say to yourself that your not going to pile up a billion things. I have a tendency to do that to myself. To say I’m going to do this thing and that thing and adding too many things till I burn out. So for now I’m just going to stick with what I have.

This month no doubt is going to be a productive one. However, writing a whole book is not going to be in the cards. That’s fine by me for now. I’m going to try and balance some enjoyment and productivity this month. I think that is a good goal.

Nanowrimo is an amazing thing. So many amazing writers go on and tackle their stories and make them real. I’m going to continue on that same path, but I’m taking a slow and steady approach to it. I have so much I want to do. I think it’s not so bad to try and balance everything out a bit.

Thanks for reading! Are you doing Nanowrimo? I’d love to hear your thoughts down in the comments below!

-Till next time!

National Writing Day

Hello Everyone!

I woke up this morning to the wonderful surprise that today is National Writing Day! I hadn’t realized that there was a national writing day and stumbling upon it first thing in the morning made me feel like today is going to be a great day.

Today I hope to get in a longer writing session 1 to 2 hours instead of the usual 30 mins. I hope to take a look at a lot of writerly resources that are being offered such as the free Author Masterclass being offered by Authorfy for six weeks.

I have been loosing track in my writing for the past few days and really I’ve been off the rails in general, but I have a feeling that I’m going to be able to tackle today with confidence for once.

I’m going to think of today as a day or writing not only for myself, but as a day of appreciation of all the amazing writers out there published and not published who are struggling to make it in this really difficult, but really beautiful industry.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day writing. Weather it’s a short story, poem, continuing a novel, or writing a blog post. We should all spend this day writing with the thought that one day our voices may be heard.

Thanks for reading! What will you write today?

-Till next time!