5 Books I Want to Read in 2018

Between growing TBRs, new book releases, and life, in general, it can be hard to stay on top of the books you want to read. I’m still weaning myself back into regular reading after a long slump, so I know it can be overwhelming and the feeling of being behind other book bloggers can feel suffocating. That isn’t conducive to wanting to pick up a book and read anytime soon. So, to counter the fast-paced world of books, I decided to make a list of books I would like to get through in 2018. I don’t have to get through them all, but they are ones I want to read most this year. Maybe you’ll find some new ones to add to your TBR as well.

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My 5 Anticipated Book Releases of 2018

A new year brings new book releases, some old, some new, but all of them exciting. This year some of my faves are returning to the publishing world, and I couldn’t be more excited. There are also some new discoveries I can’t wait to dive into. If you’re looking for some new books to add to your TBR, you won’t be disappointed by this list.

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Why Reading Is The Best Advice an Author Can Give?

I know how frustrating it can be, you finally get to meet your favorite author in person or talk to them via the internet. You spend hours -maybe days- talking yourself up to finally, finally ask them how they write such compelling prose? How were they able to render your heart into such a catastrophic mess of emotions and pain just begging for more? How did they formulate a world so tangible, you can’t believe it isn’t real? You expect a profound answer, you expect them to unlock the secrets of the writing world, you expect them to give you a ticket to success, to make this writing thing easier, and they say, “Because I read.”

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November 2017 Writing Goals (I’m writing a YA Novel!)

There, I’ve said it, I’ve thrown it out to the internet and screamed it to the heavens – maybe now I’ll write the damn thing. It’s been a long time dream of mine – since I was 5 to be exact – to be an author. I’ve made excuses and lazed about on it for years, but no longer. I am writing a book, and this blog is going to keep me accountable. To do that, I’m going to start a series of writing goals and updates on my process to keep myself motivated and to give the kick in the ass I’ve been needing for years. What better month to start it all off than November? Not only is it my birthday month – 22 ya’ll! – but it’s also National Novel Writer’s Month – talk about starting with a bang. Continue reading “November 2017 Writing Goals (I’m writing a YA Novel!)”

Writing Anxiety (And How to Address It)

Being a writer is hard. Anyone who says otherwise obviously has been living under a rock. There is so much that goes into developing the craft: writing, proof-reading, editing, more editing. And that’s just for basic papers. Books and articles take a lot more to finalize. It can all seem daunting, especially to young readers who want to tell their own stories, express their own voices through some sort of medium. We’re very lucky in this day and age to have the networking abilities we have, to be able to share thoughts and voices with a few keystrokes. The online world has opened more doors for writers than ever before, but the very thought can cause a lot of anxiety. There are so many people with the dream to write, so many different avenues that can be walked, so many different perspectives. Coming up with unique, compelling stories can seem terrifying, share those stories can be even more so.

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