100k in 92 Days // Week 1

Week 1 of this challenge flew by! (And yes, I know this post is late by a few days XD.) Better late than never! If you are just joining us for this series, then here is the link to the first post.

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

-Toni Morrison

Current Word Count: 5,296

Word Count I Should Be At: 10,087

Where I’m At: I have everything plotted out so I can just write wherever I want. Right now, I’m writing the middle point and the few chapters surrounding that.

Spotlight Character: Zak

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Question of the Day: What genre are you writing?

Keep pushing through! You’ve got this!

100,000 Words in 92 Days // Getting Started

Today’s officially day one of the 100,000 Words in 92 Days challenge! If you’re seeing this challenge for the first time, click this magical bolded thing here to visit the first post in this series!

Starting September 1st, I’m going to try and write 100,000 words before the end of the year, skipping November for NaNoWriMo.

That’s writing 100,000 words in 92 days.

1,087 words a day.

For this new series, I’m going to publish one post each week with updates about my progress, an introduction to my characters and the world, and other special goodies such as playlists and graphics. Check back in a week for the first post!

The best part is YOU can join in too! You don’t have to do the exact project I’m doing. You could write less or even give yourself a challenge to just write every day for 92 days. You could make a goal to write 50,000 words in 92 days and spend the first few weeks plotting. Maybe you’ll edit your novel and rewrite it in 92 days. Or since this is super late notice, maybe you will join in halfway through. Whatever you do, it would be a blast if you joined in on this new series!

To make this an even more enjoyable experience, I’ve created a newsletter for just this series. If you sign up, you can expect emails twice a week full of exclusive updates on my writing progress (that you won’t see here), bonus materials such as custom playlists, and ways to connect with participants. Click HERE to sign up for the newsletter!

Also, Diamond, one of my amazing blogger friends, suggested that I make this a blog-wide challenge and I figured that was a great idea! If you have a blog, you are welcome to post about your progress and spread the word. Feel free to use the hashtag #100kin92days or the cover image if you want and make sure to link back to this post and/or future posts so I can read your post!

Good luck to those participating! I hope the first week goes super well for you!

How’s your first day going? Are you planning to do the whole 100k? Would you be interested in doing sprints with me?

100,000 Words in 92 Days // My Next Big Project

Holy cow! It’s been forever since I’ve popped on here. I know I say this every time but this time I’m staying for good. After taking a big break, I finally have enough structure in my life to bring blogging back in!

I decided about 4 days ago that I was going to take on a huge project. For nearly a year or so, I’ve been working on a novel, and the progress hasn’t been going well. I have a very complex outline, and I’ve written about 25,000 words but haven’t done anything else with it.

Until now.

Starting September 1st, I’m going to try and write 100,000 words before the end of the year, skipping November for NaNoWriMo.

That’s writing 100,000 words in 92 days.

1,087 words a day.

I’ve talked about this novel on my blog before or at least you’ve met one of the characters. Does anyone remember Wren? XD That crazy guy. Yep, that’s the novel that I’m working on.

~Basic Information~

Title: I’m not giving that out yet so for now, we will call it MW.

Genre: Dystopian

Main Song: Soldier by Fleurie


For this new series, I’m going to publish a post each week with updates about my progress, an introduction to my characters and the world, and other special goodies such as playlists and graphics.

The best part is YOU can join in too! You don’t have to do the exact project I’m doing. You could write less or even give yourself a challenge to just write every day for 92 days. You could make a goal to write 50,000 words in 92 days and spend the first few weeks plotting. Maybe you’ll edit your novel and rewrite it in 92 days. Or since this is super late notice, maybe you will join in halfway through. Whatever you do, it would be a blast if you joined in on this new series!

Are you going to join in? Tell us what you will be working on! What more information would you like to know about my WIP?

Tips For Getting Pumped Up About Writing Your Story // Featuring My 2021 NaNoWriMo Project

I’m super excited to be back with another post, especially with a writing-themed post because these are my favorite posts to write! Plus, I can’t resist the opportunity to talk about my WIPs. XD. In this post, you will get more information about my 2021 NaNo project. I’ve been working on it lately and I’m hoping to finish soon! (Though, who knows how close soon will be…) That’s why I’ve decided to talk about how to get pumped up about your story and in the writing mood because I’ve been insanely excited about this WIP of mine.

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New Month New Goals {With Free Desktop Wallpaper!}

Hey guys! It has already been a month! Isn’t that crazy? I feel like just last week, I was doing my April wrap up post! And here we are now! I’ve decided instead of doing a wrap up post for May, I wanted to try something new! (You guys will have to tell me how you like it.) It is a new month. Which means we need new writing goals for this month. You guessed it, we are doing a goals post! And even if you aren’t a writer, you can still participate in this post! It is good for everyone, regardless if you aren’t a blogger or writer. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

First, we are going to start with some guided questions that will help you create your goals for the month of June. If you would like, you can grab a piece of paper and a pencil. I suggest that because I know for a fact that if you write down all your goals, you are more likely to remember them and accomplish them! So hurry and go grab that piece of paper!

Quick question, before we get into the real questions. Why am I doing this post? Well, it’s summer for a lot of us which means we don’t have school, etc. So what better time to start writing? Hopefully, this post can get you into the groove so you can accomplish your monthly goals and your summer goals! Alright, I presume that you have your paper right now. If you don’t……*narrows eyes*. *Claps hands* Okie dokie!

What is your purpose in writing this book?

Think about that. Why are you writing this book? Why are you writing in general? Is it because you want to teach a truth or a message? Or maybe it is because you’ve had these characters talking in your head for the past month and you needed to write down their stories?

Wren: *Clears throat* Hey, your-

*Shoves him away* Sorry guys, he can’t come in yet. You’ll meet him soon! 😉

Or do you use writing as a way to travel to new places? As I like to say, everything exists. I believe in everything. Fairies, mermaids, gnomes, unicorns, etc.

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They are all real. If you can imagine it, it’s real. So, what is your purpose? Write that answer down and make sure you NEVER forget it. It will help you in rough times.

What do you want readers to learn from your book?

Is there a special message that you want to scream from the rooftops? Is there something you’ve always wanted the world to hear? Now’s your time to shine. Your book can change so many lives. It can change the WORLD. So let me ask you this, what do you want the world to hear?

*Claps hands* Now’s it’s time to get into the goal setting. You can set goals for just June, or for the whole summer, or even for the rest of the year! We are going to set two types of goals: an improvement goal and a time goal.

Your Improvement Goal

What do you want to improve on? Are you struggling with character development, scenes, internal conflict, villains? Are you struggling with finding inspiration or motivation? Are you struggling with finding time to write? Now take whatever you want to improve and figure out HOW you are going to improve that. Are you going to set time each day in the morning or night to write? Are you going to watch a YouTube video each week to improve your villains? Are you going to find a writing exercise to do each day? Make sure you write down your goal and make sure you complete it! (Note: This can apply for anything, not just writing. Maybe you need to improve at soccer, or practicing the piano!)

Your Time Goal

Now, you need to set a goal time wise. Are you going to finish your first draft by this deadline? Or maybe you are going to finish plotting by a certain time. Maybe you need to be a certain amount through the book by this date. Whatever you need to do, set a deadline for it. It will motivate you more. And make sure you write this goal down too! Write down how you are going to accomplish it before the due date.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post and were able to write down some goals! I’ve created a desktop wallpaper for you to help you with your goals and the things you need to get done this June. You can grab the wallpaper right here!

Two Things A Writer Must Never Do + Poll

*Sings* I’M BACK! I bet you all missed me, right? You know what, I don’t bet, I know that you that missed me! 😉 I mean you couldn’t possibly live with out me, I’m your source of entertainment! (Okay maybe not) Tell me, what did you do for April Fools? (I know it already passed, but I didn’t get to hear!) Also, what did you do for Easter? Happy Easter, btw! 🐤

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I hope you are all healthy and happy. I also hope your writing is healthy and happy too and that you are able to meet your daily, weekly, and monthly writing goals. And if you are able to reach your goals, make sure you reward yourself because that is no easy feat! ❤

Today’s post and most of my posts are inspired by things that I’ve been struggling with and that many other writers have been struggling with. (And this also applies to all you bloggers out there too!) I’ve found that when I write about how I’ve tried to work through it and try to help you all work through it, it ends up rippling back to me and suddenly my problems have become a little bit easier. So today I’m here to warn you about two things you should never do as a writer.

Let’s jump in!

1. You should never compare yourself to others’ writings.

I’ve been posting one of my WIP novels on a novel app and haven’t been getting much feedback on it. And here I go to read another story on there that has lots of comments of people saying how fabulous it is and well descriptive. I even read the first chapter and was immediately pulled in. It was truly amazing. 

Aaaaaand I go back to my story with the thought: MY NOVEL SUCKS. Which it probably did. I only have about a year’s worth of writing experience, I’m only a teenage writer, and I wasn’t as smooth and descriptive in my writing as that one teen author. I was just ready to give up.

Here’s where we pause. Do you see what is wrong with this story? I was proud of the writing I had done. And if you compare yourself to another writer, you are basically throwing all that down the drain. And not to mention, everyone is on their own level of writing experience. That one author may have been writing for ten years! And here I am comparing my one-year experience to a ten-year experience. See the problem? Here’s the breaking news to you:

ALL WRITERS ARE UNIQUE! That’s the point. We aren’t meant to be the same. We all have a different purpose in writing. That’s WHY we write. And if you compare yourself, you are fogging up YOUR purpose. Take, let’s see, Keeper of the Lost Cities and Harry Potter. If you have read both these books, are the writing style the same?? NO! But yet, readers all over the world still find these books, read them, and enjoy them. 

Takeaway: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE. Because as a writer, you don’t want to be the same as someone else. In fact, you won’t be the same as someone else. You are a unique person with a unique purpose. Readers will still love your books. They will love you for who you are. Don’t compare yourself to someone else. Stay true to your writing purpose.

Now that I’ve looked back at how I was comparing myself to that one girl, I can see now that we are different writers. We won’t have the same writing style. We will never have the same style. And that has helped me to know that I can be me. And that’s okay. I can write differently. I have my own unique style and I’m going to rock that style. 

Say that to yourself. Say it out loud right now. 

I have my own unique style and I’m going to rock that style!

2. Do not edit yourself out of your writing.

I’ve also been struggling with this too. I would go to write something down, read it over, and think: “Oh this is stupid.” or “Oh everyone will hate this.” or “Everyone will think this is weird, I’ll just take it out and save myself some embarrassment.” NO! Okay, if you put something down on that manuscript of yours and it sounds like you, keep it! Now, I’m not saying keep all the weirdly phrased sentences. Don’t do that. But keep the descriptions and the sentences that sound like you. 

One of my good author friends once taught me that author voice shines through the description. Going back to the writing app example, I was bummed because my words weren’t all pretty and flowing like that one author’s description was. And that’s okay. I described the scene as to how I would see it and that is where my voice shines through. 

If you’ve read KotLC like me, you will notice that Shannon Messenger uses a lot of all caps letters and dashes. And you know what? That’s her writing style. If she were to match some other’s author style, then it wouldn’t be her. Her books wouldn’t be the same.

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Your novel, your book is your way to tell your story. It’s your way to tell the world that “Hey I’m out here and you need to listen to what I have to say.” Why blow all your hard work, your story, away by editing yourself out of your book? This is your story! You have to be the one to tell it. And you can’t tell it by “following the rules.” Rules were made to be broken. You have to be the one to push the limits. (And hint, hint, there are NO WRITING RULES. There is no one specific way you have to write.) 

It’s okay if it is different. That’s what we like, right? That’s what the whole first tip was about, being different. I promise you that if you are JUST YOU, readers will love you anyway. Your family and your friends love you anyway. That’s why people love you because you are you! No need to follow the rules, just be you. No need to try to be something else when you can just be you. Don’t be afraid to shine through your writing.

For a super special blogging series that I’ve been planning and working on that will be coming up, I need a bit of feedback. Would you be so kind to fill out this poll for me? All need to know is what your favorite genre is. (I need to see what the blogosphere likes! XD) Or if you don’t want to fill out the poll, you can write it in the comments below. Thank you very much for your help! ❤ (Also did I forget any genres??)

That’s all I have for today! I hope that this helps you who are reading this with your struggles. And if you know someone who is struggling with this problem, send them to this post! If you like and want more of these posts, you can check out my writing tips blog here.

If you need some tips on a problem and/or want to request a specific post, I’d love and prefer the suggestions. Don’t hesitate to contact me through my contact form.

Thank you so much for tapping into this post! Oh, and next post will be a bit more of a fangirl related post since you all are probably getting tired of the “writing tip posts”. 😉 Have a lovely day!

Finding Your Method To Defeating Writer’s Block

Stuck with a case of writer’s block? Let’s see if we can find your method to defeat it.

Hello! How are you doing today? I hope you are all happy and well! I’m back with a post that is inspired by a problem I currently have. A problem that occurs to millions of writers.

The dreaded writer’s block.

I’m confident that all writers sometime in their life have had a case of writer’s block. It’s something that every writer fears! Writer’s block can be many things but is most known as a feeling of being “stuck” and unable to write anything new. 

Writer’s block also has many different causes as well. Some of the more popular ones are:

1. Writers feel like they have to follow the “rules” of writing.

2. Writers that would get angry if their writing went unnoticed.

3. Writers worry that they aren’t good enough.

4. Writers don’t want their work to be compared to others’ writing which results in no writing at all.

5. Perfectionism 

6. External Problems

There’s also a thing called writer’s rut, which is the lack of wanting to write. Both are writing nightmares. Overcoming them is a daunting process that is specific to the individual. Not everyone will have the same method of overcoming writer’s block. That’s why I’m here today to help you find your method of overcoming writer’s block. 

To do that, I’ve found 23 different ways to overcome both of these problems. Go ahead and try as many of these methods as you need to find your method. But remember, sometimes experience and trial and error might be the best method overall.

1. Take a break. Step away from your writing. 

2. Exercise. Get up and get moving. Staring at a blank screen won’t doing anything for you. You aren’t going to get “unstuck” just by sitting there. In fact, you won’t accomplish anything by sitting there. Try going outside. Breathe the fresh air.  

3. Sleep on it. This is one of the methods that has helped me a bit. Most of my ideas, most of my motivation come from the moments right before I fall asleep. That’s where I get my inspiration. 

4. Change your location or the time you write. Shake things up a bit! A change of surroundings might spark your inspiration in new ways. Try switching your writing time to the morning before work or school. That way you can’t make up excuses to not write later in the day.

5. Write something new. Change up your genre, your perspective. Try writing in the other gender. Just let your imagination loose and have fun with it! Writing doesn’t have to be serious all the time. Maybe if you were to write a different way, you might end up liking that way better.

6. Create a playlist. Add music to a playlist that reminds you of a certain character. Use the music to set the mood, to get you into the writing mood. But don’t spend all your time looking for music as it can be a great waste of your precious writing time.

7. Eliminate distractions. Download an app or a Chrome extension that will block out certain websites or apps. That way you can only use the software you write on. This will help you focus just on your writing and not on the limitless, online content that surrounds you.

8. Create a Pinterest board. I recently started a Pinterest board of my own and I’ve found that it has helped me come up with ideas, and has set the mood. It helps me visualize my characters, the setting, the culture, places, and times. My Pinterest board has saved my skin, multiple times! 

9. Take a shower. “Research shows that when you’re doing something monotonous (such as showering, walking, or cleaning), your brain goes on autopilot, leaving your unconscious free to wander without logic-driven restrictions. In other words, you’re more able to daydream and make creative connections that you might otherwise miss.” -Reedsy Blog

10. Use a sketchbook. Buy a sketch book just for the WIP you are working on. Try drawing out your characters, a scene, the currency in your world, a map, a symbol, magic, their home, a place, something that represents your story, an accessory, the type of clothing they wear, and much more! If you don’t want to full-on draw your characters, you could even draw a small part of them like their eyes, or their hands, or their wings, or their elf ears, etc. This will not only help you get into the mood but can help you visualize your novel much better. 

11. Interact with your characters. Pull out each of your characters from your story. Sit down and have a chat with them. Show them your closet and ask them what they would wear. Turn on some music and ask them if they like the song. Argue with them. Interview them. Ask them to share a memory with you. Talk to them about their backstory. Imagine their voice. What would they sound like? What would their laugh sound like? This will help you bond with your characters more. 

12. Inkflow. Try this app, Inkflow which instead of having you write down your ideas, you can use more of a visual process by moving around your drawings, and doodles. 

13. Plotter or Pantser? Are you a plotter or are you a panster? For one day, try being the other type. If you are more of a plotter, try pansting for one day. If you are a panster, try plotting for one day. Mix things up!

14. Inspiration Frenzy. Set a timer for a certain amount of time, preferably a writing sprint of around 25 minutes. Write down as many words as you can in that time period but here’s the catch. NO EDITS! Just pour out your thoughts!

15. Start at the end of your book. Mix things up again! Starting from the end of your book will help you gain a different perspective.

16. Brainstorm. Set a timer. Write down ALL of your ideas whether they be good or bad, something you want to have in your novel or not. Don’t worry about grammar, or spelling, or punctuation. Just throw all those ideas in that lovely brain of yours down on paper.

17. Stop while you are on a roll.  Always stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck. Don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. ”  -Ernest Hemingway

18. Flash fiction. Take a break from your WIP and write a flash fiction story ranging from 200 words to 500 words. You can even use writing prompts! That way you can show your mind you can finish a story even if it is short, and it will work you up to finishing your novel. 

19. Meditate. This will help bring your brain back to focus and back to your WIP. This will also help you unlock the creative side of your brain. One of my favorite meditating channels is Boho Beautiful Yoga.

20. Pomodoro Technique. Sit down, set a timer for 25 minutes, and DO NOT get up until the timer is done. Take a three-minute break and then sit down for another 25-minute sprint. If you feel like you didn’t write anything good, at least you wrote down something. You are on the right track.

21. Use pen and paper. Shut down that computer or laptop and switch to the good old-fashioned pen and paper. Some writers find that it helps their inspiration flow better.

22. Write down all your accomplishments. Instead of focusing on what you haven’t done, write down a list of the things you have done!

22. Strengths and weaknesses. Sit down and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Determine what you are good at and focus on that. Then find what you are bad at and fix it.

23. Determine your purpose. Remind yourself why you are writing. Why do you want to get this WIP done? Why do you write? What’s your message? What’s your purpose? Why do you get up each morning? Having these goals in sight will motivate you to get the job done. 

And that’s all my tips! Hopefully, you are able to try some of them and find your method to defeating writer’s block. There is no one way to overcome these two problems. Remember, your own experiences might be one of the best methods as well. Good luck on your writing journey!

Tell me below: What was your favorite method I listed? What are the methods you use?

Have a lovely day and we will see you next time!