writer’s block and finding inspiration- a discussion // Blogmas Day 20

Inspiration. This is something I struggle with constantly. Where does it come from and how do I keep it?

I haven’t exactly found the answer to this yet.

Personally, I deal with writer’s block constantly, and I am always looking for new sources of inspiration. As someone who loves to write, I find this to be incredibly frustrating. When looking at writers I look up to, it seems as though they are able to constantly produce content and never burn out.

I, on the other hand, go through periods where I can write for hours everyday, and then I’ll go weeks without writing at all. I hate the inconsistence, but I haven’t been able to commit to a daily schedule. Life and other commitments just get in the way sometimes.

So, how do you handle this?

Remember that it’s ok to take a break

Breaks are necessary. It’s important not to overwork yourself because you’ll end up burned out really quickly. I do not believe that a writer must write everyday. Sure, it definitely helps. But as long as you are practicing your craft often enough, at least 4-5 times a week, then you are fine. I’ve definitely even had extended periods where I didn’t write outside of school because I just couldn’t.

That doesn’t mean I’m not a writer. Exhaustion will not produce your best work. So take a nap, meditate, go for a run, etc. Writing can be done at any time.

…But don’t take too long

Yes, it is important to take a break sometimes, but don’t use it as an excuse for not writing. I am definitely guilty of this. I tell myself that I need a break or I need some time to rest, and then I never end up writing.

Sometimes you just need to force yourself to pick up that pen and paper. You don’t always need INSPIRATION necessarily, you just need MOTIVATION.

Usually the hardest part of doing anything is actually starting. If you have been dealing with “writer’s block” for a while now, then I want you to go and pick up a pen/pencil/marker/crayon/whatever and just w r i t e.

Let out whatever it is you’ve been holding in. Yes, you. Right now.

You might find that once you start, you won’t be able to stop, and you’ll forget why you were struggling so much before.

Remind yourself why you love it

Why are you writing to begin with? Writing is hard, and can be very painful at times. But if you’re doing it because it’s something you love to do, then you can push through the unbearable parts.

Just taking the time to remind yourself of this can be very beneficial. It can be the extra push you need.

Where I get inspiration:

My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, and it usually changes every time I write. But, here is a list of common places I get it from because I feel like it could be very useful

  • past poems/stories i’ve written
  • other poets
  • lines from books
  • song lyrics (this is a big one)
  • conversations i overhear
  • life experiences
  • pictures
  • dictionary- finding synonyms of random words (sounds strange but works)
  • movies
  • going outside for fresh air

I am a firm believer that consuming media allows you to create better. You learn from others, and you also develop your own style. You find what you like, as well as what you don’t, and use that to make your own art.

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Where do you get inspiration? Leave me a comment letting me know down below! I love to hear the process that other writer’s go through :)

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24 hour read-a-thon TBR // Blogmas Day 19

I am doing a 24 hour read-a-thon tomorrow with my friend Amanda, and I am so excited! I plan on doing a few of these while I’m on winter break because I’ll have a lot of time, and it’ll be nice to get more reading in.

I have so many books I want to get to, so this will be helping me out a lot! Let’s just jump into the TBR.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

This is my current read, and I really want to finish it ASAP! It’s not my favorite read right now, but I’m enjoying it enough to keep reading. I’ve had this on my TBR for far too long though, so I really want to finish it.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I have the audiobook for this one, and It’s about 8 hours long. Since I listen to them at 2.5 speed, it’ll take less than 4 hours, so I definitely think I can do this! I’ve been meaning to read this for the longest time, too. Everything, Everything was okay, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things for this one!

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I finally got the e-book on the Libby app, but I only have about 7 days left to read it, so I definitely want to get to it ASAP. The movie just came out on Netflix, and I’ve been using all of my self-control to not watch it yet. It’s been rough, but if I finish it soon, then I can finally watch it!

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The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

If I manage to finish the other 3 (highly unlikely), then I want to continue this one! I only read about 1 or 2 chapters of it, but I’m really enjoying it so far. I probably won’t get to it, but just in case, it’s on the list!

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If you’ve read any of the books below, leave a comment letting me know what you’re thoughts were! See you tomorrow :)

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top 5 favorite book covers // Blogmas Day 18

Happy Tuesday! I finished my last final today, and I’m finally back at home! I will have so much more time for reading/writing/blogging for the next 5 weeks, and I’m so happy about that.

Today I want to talk about some of my favorite book covers because I am all about aesthetic. I am very particular about book covers, and I definitely have a style that I prefer over others.

Here are some of my five favorites (although there are so many more- i will definitely do a part 2!).

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This first cover is one that I do not own unfortunately, but I am absolutely obsessed with. It’s pretty simple, but the vibe I get from it is so nice. It is so aesthetically pleasing, and I am just obsessed with it, okay?

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I thought this cover was absolutely gorgeous the day I got it, and I am still obsessed with it! In person it is really shiny and reflective, which adds even more to it! The U.K. cover is also so amazing, and so are the other books in the trilogy. The little details all come together so nicely, and the font of the title fits so well.

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THIS BOOK IS SO GORGEOUS!!! In person, the entire thing is glittery and so pretty! I am so in love with it. It’s literally the tiniest book ever but just so so stunning. Unfortunately, this was not a favorite of mine writing wise, but the cover makes up for that a little bit.

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Okay, can we talk about this cover? How beautiful is this?? This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year, and I think the cover definitely added so much to this story. It fits so, so well with the book. I think it captures the beautiful writing of this story so well.

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This cover was just revealed today and I’m already in love with it! The design is so sleek yet I feel like it captures the books essence perfectly (even though I have not read it yet). It just seems really fitting, and I am in love with it! I am going to buy a copy ASAP, and you all should, too :)

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What are some of your favorite book covers? Be sure to let me know in the comments :)

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A look back on my first semester of college // Blogmas Day 17

Tomorrow is my last final for my first semester of college, and then I will be going home for the winter season! I can not wait for a break, finals KILLED ME.

But, today I want to reflect on how my first semester went, and how I feel about where I am right now :)

So, the first week was sort of rough for me. I actually wrote a post about my first week and how unhappy I was. I think the change was just bigger than I expected it to be, combined with the heat and not having air conditioning, and getting a little sick towards the end made me feel really cranky and out of place. I missed home and the familiarity of seeing my friends everyday. I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere, and I just wanted to move onto the part where I have close friends.

Luckily, things have definitely looked up for me! I joined a few clubs on campus, got to know some amazing people, and I enjoyed all of my classes.

I definitely learned so much this semester- not just school wise, but also about myself.

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Some highs from the past few months:

  • Living on my own and having independence
  • Read my poetry out loud for an audience for the first time ever
  • Got straight As on my midterms!
  • (I think) I got straight As on my finals (grade aren’t out yet)
  • Made a ton of new friends
  • Had enough time to participate in NaNo this year (unsuccessfully, but still)
  • Went to a book signing
  • Made so many new online connections

The last two weeks have been finals, so I’ve been working really hard, and it’s been stressful.

But, I am super pleased with how my first semester of college went, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the future :)

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2019 Life Goals // Blogmas Day 16

I recently did a post where I talked about my reading goals for the year, but I wanted to include some of my “life-related” goals, too!

I am a super goal-oriented person, so setting to-do lists and making bucket lists is my absolute favorite thing ever. So, here are the things I hope I accomplish this year :)

Save $1k

I am the absolute worst at saving money. I made myself the goal of saving 1k in my bank account between September and December, but that just didn’t happen. I work a job at school which means I get paid minimum wage, and I can only work a certain number of hours a week. But, I plan on getting a job over summer break outside of school again so that I can save more money, and I’m just going to be more conscious about it in general.

Finish my poetry manuscript

I’ve had a name and theme idea for a poetry collection for months, and I eventually want to publish it. So, this year I want to work on drafting together all of the poems, organizing, editing, and then finalizing the details of it so that I can eventually send them off to a publisher or self-publish it!

Finish the first draft of my novel

I don’t plan on publishing an actual novel for a while, I want my debut as a novelist to be something I truly love. However, I want to finish the first draft of my current WIP, even though I know it will never be published. It’s great practice though, and would make me so happy!

End my second semester with straight As

I have been working really hard this year so far so earn the grades I have, and I want to keep this streak up next semester! School is my number one priority right now, and I want to do well.

Get a summer job/internship

Like I said earlier, I want to get a job over the summer to save up some extra $$. It really doesn’t matter where it is at this point, I just want to find something!

Hit 1k followers on here

I am so proud of this little blog I started when I was a little sophomore. It’s been through a lot of ups, downs, and changes, but I love where I am today. Numbers are not something I focus on heavily, but it would be nice to reach this number!

Hit 500 followers on my poetry instagram

Alongside the last goal, I also want to hit 500 followers on my poetry account because poetry is something I want to take more seriously this year. The reason for setting this number is just because it will hold me more accountable when it comes to posting. I want to make sure I consistently post on the account.

Go on a road trip with friends

I’ve always wanted to go on a road trip with my friends, but we’ve never been able to actually do it. It would be so much fun, and hopefully I get to do it in the future!

Let me know what your goals are in the comments below :) See you tomorrow!

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag // Blogmas Day 15

Hello everyone! If you read my last post, you know that I missed 2 blogmas days, so I’m making up for them today! One more post will go up a little later today :)

I saw this tag that Kelly did, and I really wanted to do it, too! Check out her post here :)

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it  ✅

I have like 12 ARCs right now on Netgalley that I have not read and reviewed yet (oops). Plus I have some physical ARCs that I’ve won so I don’t technically need to review them, but I have not read them yet. I am dedicating the beginning of 2019 to finishing as many as I can, though. The guilt is killing me.

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2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌

I have a 65% right now, which is not great, but it’s above 65! I used to have a much higher rating, but then I requested and got approved for a bunch of ARCs and I’m OVERWHELMED. I’m working on it, I promise.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✅

I’ve definitely done this, but I also know I will never post those reviews now. It’s too late and I don’t even remember which books they are.

4. Folded down the page of a book ✅

Yes, I dog-ear pages all the time. It doesn’t bother me at all, haha.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book ❌

My cousin dropped one of my books into the ocean one time, but I never spilled anything on them.

6. DNF a book this year ✅

Yes, I think I DNF’d two this year, and I can’t even remember what they were.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ❌

I buy a lot of books solely for their covers, but I still plan on reading them!

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✅

Oh, definitely! I am a huge procrastinator.

9. Skim read a book ✅

I did this for school all the time.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌

I set my goal to one book this year, so that I could focus on quality over quantity, so I did obviously reach that. For the past 2 years that I have been seriously using goodreads, I also reached both of my goals.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it ❌

I don’t think I’ve ever not returned a book, but I’ve definitely had people not return books to me.

12. Broke a book buying ban ✅

Oh, 100%. I do this all the time, it’s so bad. But 2019 is the year of no book buying!

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✅

This goes along with #3. I usually say I will do a review, then start it, but completely forget to finish. By the time I remember, it’s too late because the book is no longer fresh in my mind.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading ✅

Yes, I love to annotate my books and I do this all the time. I just love to record my thoughts and be able to look back on them :)

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ❌

I’m pretty good about doing this, I don’t think I’ve forgotten to add a book unless if it was something I read before using goodreads.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ❌

Nope, I also return the books to their owners!

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ✅

Yes, I hate letting people borrow my books unless if I absolutely trust them. I’ve had multiple people not return books to me, so I am very careful about this.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌

No, I am very careful with other people’s books, but I don’t borrow a lot of books from other people to begin with.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ❌

I never really take the jacket off of books, I usually leave it on.

20. Sat on a book accidentally ✅

I can’t remember a specific incidence but I’m sure this has happened at least once.

Total Score: 11/20

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I tag everyone who wants to do this! It was a lot of fun :)

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2019 TBR- books i want to get to ASAP // Blogmas Day 14

Hello everyone! I missed two days of Blogmas because of school and other reasons, but I’m putting up 3 posts today (so make sure you check out the other 2 which should be up a couple hours after this one) to make it up to y’all!

I know I told you guys that for 2019, I’m not buying any new books- I am solely going to read the books I own but haven’t read yet, and will use the library more often. So, I thought that I would do a post about the books I definitely want to go to in the new year!

This is a long one, so I won’t be giving any explanations, sorry! (also these are not in any order)

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Afterparty by Ann Stampler

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

You by Caroline Kepnes

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavalaro

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The House by Christina Lauren

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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I am so so excited about all of these books, and I can’t wait to look back on this list at the end of the year and see how well I did! Leave a comment letting me know which ones I should get to ASAP :)

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poetry collection #5 // Blogmas Day 13

I’ve been extremely into poetry recently, so I thought I’d share some more of it on here (even though I just did recently).

If you didn’t check out the last installment of this series, you can click here to do so.

I revealed that I started a poetry instagram account on that post, so if you want to follow it, you can do that here :)

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Please let me know your thoughts in the comments! If you write poetry, please feel free to share it with me, too!

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2019 Reading Goals // Blogmas Day 12

2018 has been a weird year. It simultaneously felt like the longest and shortest year ever. There were so many ups (I graduated high school, went to prom, my first Bookcon, started college, I moved, etc), but there were also a few downs.

But now we’re moving onto a new year, which always brings hope and promise of better, exciting things.

For today’s post, I wanted to create a list of my reading goals for the upcoming year because I didn’t really follow any this year, and I thought it would be fun! It will also be fun to look back on them at the end of the year and see if I am still following any!

Read more diverse books

This first one is something that I already try to do whenever I can, but it’s definitely something I want to continue to do in 2019 and incorporate more of. I’m hoping that at least 40-50% of the books I read have a diverse aspect to them in 2019, which is definitely doable.

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Read one e-book a month

I recently purchased an Amazon tablet, so I want to make sure I get plenty of use out of it. I have been reading a lot of e-books recently, so this shouldn’t be a problem at all. I definitely have way over 12 e-books currently, and I really want to get the number down.

Don’t buy any books (5 freebies)

I’m trying to go for a ‘no-buy nineteen’ because I own way too many books that haven’t been read yet, and I definitely have enough to get me through the year. To give you an idea, I have over 90 books on my owned TBR, and I usually read about 60 books in a year. That means I have plenty of options for books.

I am going to allow myself 5 freebies though, because I want to be able to read some 2019 releases, and sometimes you just have to have a book, you know? For the most part though, I will only be reading books I already own.

Narrow physical TBR down to < 50 books

This goes along with the last one, but I really want to narrow my TBR down to less than 50 books. I miss the times when I would finish a book and then go to the bookstore to pick out my next one.

Although I’m not allowed to buy any books in 2019, I am still allowed to go to the library or borrow books on the Libby app- which is why this is a separate goal. You’d think that the two would be put together, but it’s possible for me not to buy any books but still not decrease my TBR.

Read one ARC a month

I have a ton of unread ARCs that I thought I would get to ASAP, but somehow they all piled up and now they are overwhelming and stressful. I plan on reading at least one a month (hopefully more), so that I can finish all of them by the end of the year. In fact, I am dedicating February to reading as many ARCs as I can because I really want to finish them all and get rid of the guilt hanging over me.

Read one book a week (52 total books)

I have read over 50 books a year for the past 2 years, so this one shouldn’t be a problem for me. For 2018, I set my reading challenge to 1 so that I would focus on quality over quantity, and I think I did that pretty well.

But, this year I want to set a reasonable goal that I know I can accomplish easily so that it is not stressful and will still allow me to read for quality.

Read at least 3 non-fiction books

I used to love reading memoirs, biographies, and other non-fiction stories. It stemmed from my desire to learn. I miss reading non-fiction, so I want to read some more of it this year. While I hope to read more than 3 NF books, I want to give myself an easy goal that I can easily accomplish.

Unhaul at least 5 books

I have a serious problem with collecting/hoarding books. There are some books that were sent to me by publishers or given to me as gifts that are duplicates of books I already have, and yet I never get rid of them. I feel like each book is a part of my soul, and giving them away is taking a part of me with them.

But, I know that I do not need all of the books I have, especially if I hated them/have multiple copies of them. I will try to donate/give away at least 5 this year (I know that sounds so easy, but it’s hard for me, ok?).

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Let me know what your goals for 2019 are! I’d love to hear :)

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2018 anticipated reads i didn’t get to // Blogmas Day 11

So many amazing books came out this year, but I unfortunately wasn’t able to get to that many of them. I’m going to give you a guys a list of five that hopefully I can get to in 2019!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

I love John Green. I’ve talked about so many of his books before, and I’m sure you all know how I feel by now. Obviously I want to pick up Hank’s debut novel, too! I’m positive it’s going to be just as amazing, and possibly a new favorite of mine as well! I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I am so excited about it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I purchased this book recently because everyone has been talking about it, and it sounds right up my alley. The synopsis is so interesting, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. And apparently the ending will make me WEEP which is what I need right now. I plan on reading it early in 2019.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

This book is a romance that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. I have been in a romance mood recently, and so I hope to get to this early in 2019. Everyone loves Christina Lauren books (if you don’t know, it’s two co-authors), and I own another one of their books but haven’t gotten around to it yet either. I’m terrible and my TBR pile is huge, sorry.

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker

This is a poetry collection by Alice Walker that not many people have talked about. I am a huge fan of poetry though, and I would absolutely love to read this ASAP. Alice Walker is the author of The Color Purple (which I have not read but also really want to), and everyone who’s read it loves that book. I feel like her poetry would just be so beautiful.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I haven’t read a lot of YA mysteries/thrillers but I really want to give them a chance. Something has drawn me to this book since I first heard of it, and I really want to read it. Again, I’ve heard many good things, and I just feel like I’ll really like it.

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Please leave a comment letting me know if you’ve read any of these books and which one I should get to ASAP! See you tomorrow :)

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