I saw this on my good friend Kenzie’s website over at Smudged Thoughts, and I thought to myself;
“What a marvelous idea! I believe it’s time to ROLL UP YER SLEEVES, CUZ IT’S TIME TO JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON!”
And also- thank you for giving me a reason to step out of my cave, Kenzie! I wanted to write a blog post to keep my one post a month streak going, but I had NOTHING to go off of.
But now I do.
And so I give thanks for mentioning me, and reminding me that I am, in fact, still a writer. LOL.
-How it works-
Thank and link back to the blogger who’s blog you first saw the tag on (done!); link back to the creator of the tag. (Jenna Therese was the original creator! Y’all need to check her out if you enjoy writerly things and sweet human beings.)
Answer the questions.
Include five of the biggest things you’ve learned about writing and how they’ve changed you.
Don’t tag a single soul! (But please feel free to thank your friends who have been an inspiration to you, and and leave a link their blogs if they have one!)
Who is someone who has inspired and motivated you to pursue writing?
My biggest support when I first started out is my Mommy. We both noticed that I was doing well in language arts, and I had a knack for telling stories. I started writing my first novel when I was 11, and my mom would beta read my stuff and give me advice afterwards.
I don’t think I would’ve continued to write without her encouragement.
Who encouraged you when you felt like giving up?
I’m … not sure if there was ever a point in time where I stared at my manuscript and said, “I’M NEVER WRITING AGAIN!!!!”
There are times where I step away from my writing for large chunks of time because I’m either burnt out, or I don’t have the time to commit to writing a story. But I’ve never wanted to give up writing. I love it way too much. ♥
Was there a person (or even a blog post) that came at just the right time to give you the boost or motivation when you needed it?
Ummmm- so here’s the thing:
When I get inspired or motivated to write, it’s usually due to the fact I just recently got sucked into a book and my creativity juices are limitless.
Some of those books include; Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti, anything by Julie Kagawa, anything by Jane Austen, anything by Diane Stanley, The Great exhibition series by Kaye Dacus, and The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin.
I’m also inspired by LINE WEBTOON stories, manga and anime (I.E, Boko no Hero), blog posts that delve into topics that I’m interested in, YouTube videos, music, and Wattpad stories.
I’ve come to fondly identify myself as a “mish-mash inspiration junkie.”
Who has always been there for you, through thick and thin with your writing?
4 online groups have been monumental in being my support in writing.
I have 2 close google hangout groups, the folks over on Wattpad, and the incredible people that hangout on NaNoWriMo Christian Teen forum. They’ve all been there for me to help me in the tough spots with my novel, and even during the rough times emotionally.
I really don’t think I can thank everyone enough for motivating me to write when I haven’t touched any of my stories in months.
Who has helped you make your writing better, wasn’t afraid to give you honest feedback, and helped improve your craft?
One is Becki Fortwallace. I met her on NaNoWriMo in 2016, and she was an incredibly fun and observant beta reader. Whenever I wrote something new, she’d come in and make notes about the things she liked, the things that needed improvement on, fix spelling errors, and plot out HUGE potential plot holes that could really ruin the entire manuscript. I haven’t heard from her in like 3 years, but she’s still left an impression on me- some of the advice she gave me I still implement to this day.
Someone else that’s immediately jumped into my head is my friend and co-writer, Becca. We also met each other during NaNoWriMo of 2016- and since then, we decided to write a fantasy novel together.
Busy days and slaphappy nights quickly ensued afterwards.
Becca has a good habit of popping up out of the blue RIGHT before I completely forget that her and our novel still exists. She also helps me to stay focused and not wander off to do another writing project. It’s been an amazing lesson in self-discipline… which is something I lack. So thank goodness for great friends!
One last thing I want to mention is the #NBR group (the Next Big Recognition contest) hiding out over on Wattpad.
I was a regular Wattpad user when I was 14 and 15 years old, and during that time, I was part of the NBR critiquing crew. There were some cool people that I met over there on that site who were incredibly observant story analyzers. Like, NOTHING would escape their notice.
I didn’t really think about it at the time; but being a part of the NBR critique squad sharpened my critical thinking skills, helped me recognize critical elements to a good story, and develop a unique voice through words without coming across as rude. It also IMMENSELY built my writing confidence.
I’d honestly love to go back and be a part of the group again if I could. Maybe when I find a lull in my schedule, I’ll visit and sign up again.
10/10 would recommend to any budding author. Or, at the very least, keep close tabs on the contest and follow the string of comments they leave on each chapter.
Who has given you healthy doses of laughter that brighten your day and bring a smile to your face?
Welllllll- funny that you mention that.
Cause this particular group never fails to make me smile:
(I love BTS, lol. Their personalities are A+++)
Other people that are bubbles of pure sunshine in my life include:
Four of my real friends; Emma, Gazelle, Kailie, and Jill.
My Bible study peers.
My mentor, Mary.
My GED Teacher.
And Kenzie + Tarva from my Google Hangout group. All of them from the group chat have been a blessing in my life, but I’d say that I’m the closest with those two.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
For writing??? Or just in general??
You could take any uplifting Bible verse and it’d be my favorite.
Other than that, I’d purposefully have to Google a couple of quotes that I lik-
NO WAIT. I know what’s my favorite!
There’s this guy that I follow on Twitter who’s a writer, and I don’t know how he does it, but like every tweet he writes is pure magic.
“I am incurably an introvert, but online I drive a Harley and scream at the top of my voice in 16th Century English. An owl and a pug dog accompany me, and in my back pocket is a Hufflepuff wand.”- Loremaster, Moonmage @SteveRobertz
This quote isn’t particularly about writing- but if I could stuff this man in my pocket and keep him as my personal muse, you’d probably get at least 8+ blog posts in one month.
Is there someone you just want to take a moment to thank, for anything?
I want to thank Kenzie, Tarva, Phoebe, Bunny, Ruby, Julz, Jethan, Cupcake, Kate, Remi, and Vickey for the pleasure of knowing them and their encouragement in my writing endeavors. Not to mention that you guys are like my go-to prayer group. I feel like I can say anything to you guys, and I’d be perfectly safe in knowing that my secrets are in good hands.
I want to thank Soul Searching/21stCenturyCatholic for sticking with me and supporting my blog when he does drop by to visit. He’s left some insightful and interesting comments over the duration that my blog has been running, and I always get excited when I spot him.
A quick shout out to Josie Lou– she found my blog like a month ago, and helped me with the Death Note Theory 2: L IS ALIVE! post. I ended up getting in contact with her over Pinterest, and we’ve been fangirling about anime ever since. Her taste in clothes are impeccable. ♠
To anybody else who’s taken the time to read my posts, bludgeoned the like button, or left kind comments: I appreciate it very much! I notice it when you do those small things like those to support me.
What author and/or book inspired you to write better stories and motivate you to strive to get your message to the world?
Oof. Good question.
Coming back to what I said earlier, I’m a mish-mash of all of the things that I like.
I don’t think it was one single author or one single book that inspired me to want to change the world.
I love anything that has to do with creativity, I love discussing deep topics with people, I love giving people a safe space to forget reality for a moment to dream, I love when I can see people connect, and I have a passion for stories- so it’s natural for me that I gravitated towards writing.
There wasn’t one particular eureka! moment that I can think of that made me want to write. It just sorta… happened.
I stumbled my way into writing, and discovered that I tripped over gold.
What piece of advice do you want to give to young writers?
Experiment- all day, every day, 24/7.
Make mistakes. Make lots of them. Write the stories that you want to read, and don’t be worried about finding old manuscripts 10 years from now that make you cringe. Don’t let yourself be obsessed with perfection that you can’t enjoy the journey.
The more you write, the more you discover your own unique voice. And the more you make mistakes now and learn from them, the less you’ll make in the future.
-4 Things I’ve Learned about Writing-
Write what you love.
There’ve been a few stories where I tried to write about something that only vaguely interested me.
And BOY, OH BOY- it was a mistake.
The only thing I got out of that time in my life is good black-mail material.
Choose a story or background that you are willing to spend the time to research on. You’re not going to accidentally stumble across the perfectly written plot by spewing words onto the page. Good stories take time to develop.
Actually OUTLINE your stories!
Some of y’all are writing rebels with the toxic mindset that outlines murder creativity.
I understand because I used to be one of them.
But that was also before I realized how WRONGGGG I was.
I couldn’t finish a long lasting story because I was plagued with writer’s block. Like, I couldn’t go 50 words without coming to a cold stop because I didn’t have any solid direction that I wanted to head in.
Outlines are supposed to save and direct your creative energy; not stifle it.
So once I started outlining, I was actually able to write for longer periods of time without writer’s block. I was excited (for the first time in a long time) to continue a story that would take time to write and develop. I had a vision and I knew where I wanted to go.
It was refreshing!
If you’re an author that doesn’t outline but you suffer from awful writer’s block, definitely try outlining your story and see where it takes you.
Write more, think later.
I’m a slow mental processor. I take some time to mull new things over in my head, and take even longer to come to a full conclusion. So naturally, I’m a slow writer and typer by default.
Add “Nah, I don’t need an outline to the mix,” and you’ve set yourself up to be writing for the next 100 years without stop.
I’ve had to practice typing like my fingers were on fire in order to even come close to finishing NanoWriMo one year- and it was pretty fun! I’m glad I was able to start typing a little faster. It shows that it is possible to get a lot done in a little amount of time.
Find good beta readers.
Beta readers have been my life blood over the past few years in helping me with growth and encouragement. An excellent beta reader wants to see your idea polished to the best it can be- and a fantastic beta reader will be your friend through the process.
Finding someone that will explain why they suggest an edit to your work is valuable. If someone can’t tell you why they don’t like something about your story, nod politely and search for another person as a beta reader.
A toddler can complain about something they don’t like. But it takes a wise person to tell you what they don’t like, why they don’t like it, and make suggestions on how to fix it.
That’s about it! Thank you once again for everybody’s support and encouragement!
Are you excited to work on your story? Lemme know in the comments. 😀