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    I Finished My First Draft. Now What? {6 things you can do with your book}+I’M BACK!

    So…you’ve typed those last words of your first draft. You’ve done it. After months of outlining, plotting, researching, and head-desking writing, you’ve finally finished that first draft.

    Some may wonder what all the options are regarding what they should do with that book. Here are six different things you can do with your first draft.

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    The Liebster Award

    Coming out of my usual blogging schedule for this, because I have something special coming this Saturday, so be sure to come back to check that out! 😉

    I was tagged by the awesome Aberdeen, for The Liebster Award. Which is really just another blog tag. 😉 I’ve been really wanting to do this, so I’m so happy that I was tagged!

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    Project Inspire {encourage others in their writing journey}

    This is something I’ve had on my mind for a while. 

    Something that I think would spread inspiration and encouragement to writers across the blogosphere.

    This is kind of like a tag, but it’s a little different. It’s not so much like a fun series of questions. It’s an opportunity to take part in a mission to appreciate, inspire, encourage, and simply spread love to writers everywhere.

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    Strange Things Writers Do + 20-Question Book Tag

    Writers are unique beings. And just downright strange to the outside world.

    *sighs* They’ll never understand our uniquely complicated and intelligent minds. 😛

    Here’s several things that writers do, that, uh…may seem a little creepy to passersby. 😉

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    Self-Care for Writers {stay inspired, creative, & feeling great}

    2019 is only a few days away, so let’s kick-off the year feelin’ good! 😉

    The new year is the perfect time to make resolutions and goals, so why not add another to the list: self-care. 

    It’s so. easy. for writers to forget about self-care. Especially if writing is just a hobby (not a career), we don’t always take the self-care part seriously.

    But I for one, plan on writing the rest of my life. I’m sure you’d like to too. 😉

    That’s a long time. A lot of hours at a desk, on your bed, or wherever else. Writing, writing, writing. Doing anything with this much consistency is bound to wear on your body, one way or another.

    But we can avoid the stinging-from-screen eyes, aching back, and low energy from desk jobs. Taking these few simple steps can keep you feeling healthier, not only for your body, but for that wonderful creative mind of yours. 😉

    Tip #1: Drink water

    Yup, you’ve heard this before (probably a million times).

    But water is so good for us. Not only does it keep you hydrated, it provides brain power and energy, flushes out toxins, boosts the immune system, and prevents sprains and cramps.

    I recently starting drinking water in the morning as I get started on my school work. Something that I’ve noticed is that I feel more energized and ready to go when I do this. I like to add essential oils to my water too, like lemon, lime or grapefruit. I think this makes it easier to drink more water, when it has a little flavor to it. 😉

    Tip #2: Take care of your eyes

    Not sure if you deal with this too, but if I stare at my laptop screen for too long without a break, I’ll get a headache or my eyes will starting burning (not fun). I kinda have to see to write. 😛

    I mentioned the 20-20-20 rule in my post about surviving nano. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. Make sure your screen brightness isn’t up too high either (or too low for that matter). Your eyes will thank you. 😉

    Tip #3: Exercise

    I’m sure you’ve heard this plenty before too. When you have long hours of sitting, exercise is essential to keep you healthy and get your blood pumping. Have some fun researching workouts for your chosen area (I like to do ab and leg workouts) or just pick an all-around exercise.

    Or just go for a walk and enjoy the outside. 🙂

    Tip #4: Posture

    I don’t often hear advice for this, but it’s so important. I can speak from experience that sitting slouched for hours at a time typing hurts the back. A lot, sometimes. It can leave you with sore muscles and an aching spine, and no one wants that. Practice sitting straight in your chair. Better yet, try and find an office chair back support, kind of like this one.

    Also, make sure your chair level isn’t too high or low for the positioning of your laptop/computer. Position yourself so it’s not straining your back or neck in any way.

     

     

    Writers are creative beings. And as such, we are very susceptible to burnout. If we don’t take time to refill our creative ‘tank,’ burnout is the result.

    That’s why staying inspired and feeling creative is another big step to self-care for writers. So here’s some tips on staying inspired, recharging, and refill your tank.

    Tip #1: Take time to just live

    Go outside during the sunset. Don’t bring a book or your notebook. Just there and breathe. Think. Contemplate. Pray. Experience the sounds and smells of nature. Maybe even do some gentle stretches to release tension. Anything that makes you slow down and just enjoy living.

    Tip #2: Don’t worry about what others think

    Write that first draft like no one will read it. Don’t worry about what readers, agents, friends, or editors might say. You have a message, so write it. Write it for you. Maybe when second drafting comes around, you can focus more on the audience you want to reach. But the first draft is a delicate stage, and you have to be careful.

    Don’t focus on what others think. What do you think about your book? What does God think?

    Tip #3: Put some time into other creative hobbies

    Your mind needs breaks, even from things you love. A creative brain loves to toy with new things.

    Pick up a hobby you haven’t enjoyed in many years, or better yet, start learning something new.

    Tip #4: Maybe we really don’t have to write every day

    I hear this bit of writing advice a lot. And frankly, I disagree with it. Not everyone’s writing thrives off of writing every day. For me personally, I write more just when inspiration hits. Some writers write a certain amount of days during the week and does something else the other days. And some do write every day.

    The thing is, you have to find out what works best for you. Finding your perfect groove will be very beneficial to your creativity and inspiration.

    Tip #5: Journal

    Don’t type it on your computer. Write in a notebook. Write down your feelings, thoughts, what happened that day. Don’t worry about if anyone will read it, just be real with yourself and write your heart onto those pages.

    Tip #6: Take a break before burnout hits

    You know that feeling when you feel The Burnout Monster creeping up, but hasn’t fully consumed you yet?

    There. That’s when you take a break. Recharge. Refill your tank. Before burnout has taken you over and who knows how long it will be until it leaves. Just take a few days to step away from writing or some other activity you’ve been doing a lot. Refill your tank.

    Tip #7: Look for inspiration everywhere. Expect it.

    As writers, all of life is a source for inspiration and ideas. By enjoying simple things in life, you find more inspiration. The way dead vines crawl over a broken window, the sun’s glint off of a puddle on a street, a lone flower poking through the snow. Look for inspiration, and you will find it. Ask the “what if?” question about everything to uncover the stories in every day life.

     

    I hope these tips will help you lead a happier, healthier, and more inspiring writer life! 😉

     

    Write on,

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    What are some ways you take care of yourself as a writer? I’d love to hear some of your own tips, so chat with me in the comments!


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    10 Awesome Gifts for Writers & Readers

    ‘Tis the season for gift-giving. 🙂

    It’s the time of year that you’re beginning to purchase Christmas presents for your family and friends. And, maybe a couple for yourself. 😉 (since bookworms definitely have money just lying around *nods* yeah)

    I have here a list of some of the best gifts for the writer or reader in your life, or just as a treat for yourself. Happy shopping!

    #1: A book-themed scarf

     

    Storiarts has amazing gifts for readers (you’ll see more of their products in this list). I have one of these scarves, Sherlock Holmes themed. They’re warm and good quality too.

    #2: Anne of Green Gables quote mug

    I’ve only read the first of the Anne of Green Gables books, but I’ve watched a movie too and I must say…she and I are very similar in many ways. 🙂 I’m not nearly as talkative as she is, but we have a lot of the same feelings. We are kindred spirits. 😉

    This mug is so pretty, and perfect for the bookish fan of Anne of Green Gables.

    #3: Storiarts book tote

    I need this. I just do.

    You know those trips to the library or book store where you come back with way too many books for your own good? This is a perfect tote for that.

    Better get two, to be on the safe side. 😛

    #4: A Book Beau book sleeve

    We bookworms love to keep our precious novels in super good condition. What better way than to slip your current read into a book sleeve? Perfect to protect against bends, scratches and stains.

    #5: Storiarts writing gloves

    I’m sure you can tell by now that I really like Storiarts products. 😉 I have a pair of these, Sherlock Holmes themed. They have quite a few themes, whether you want to go by author or book.

    These gloves are good quality, warm, and just down-right cool. 😉

    #6: In the Wick of Time book themed candles

    I mean, HOW COOL IS THAT?!

    I have the 221b scent (yes, I like Sherlock Holmes) and it. is. awesome. In the Wick of Time has many, many scents to choose from. So find a scent from your favorite book and let it bring a little more bookish joy into your life. <3

    #7: A Frost Beard product

    Once you get over the strange name, you’ll notice the cool products. 😉

    They have bookish candles as well, and merch like tees, mugs, and totes.

    #8: Obvious State products

    Another company with book-themed mugs, totes, art prints, candles, and more. Not super pretty designs in my opinion. But, then again, I’m a girl; a bookish guy would probably prefer the look of these products. 😉

    #9: Beautiful bookmarks

    Stop using snips of paper, napkins, envelopes, or whatever other random stuff you stick in your book as a bookmark. Instead invest in some beautifully designed bookmarks, like these or these.

    #10: “From the library of…” book stamp

    Claim your books as your own with this stamp: “From the library of [insert your name here].” That’s pretty cool. Because I for one have no intention of getting rid of my books, and this is perfect especially if you lend your books to friends. You know, just to make sure you get them back. 😉

     

    Well, I hope you’ll find something here that’s perfect for that bookish friend, or to treat yourself this Christmas. 🙂

     

    Write on,

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    What’s your favorite product from this list? Do you have a favorite bookish item that you love to use?


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    The Sweet-Tooth Book Tag + what happened with nano

    I created my own tag! 😀 Tags are seriously one of the most fun things in the universe.

    (I’m totally not sure how tags get started, so I just figured someone had to create one and just tag people, so here goes…correct me if I am wrong.)

    Rules:

    1. Thank and link back to the person who tagged you (thank you, me)
    2. Link back to the creator of the tag-www.jennaterese.com (also me 😛 )
    3. Tag at least five sweet other bloggers. <3
    4. Add your own question to the end with your favorite treat. 😉 Let your nominees know that they should pick 7 questions out of all of them to do (but yours included). That way the tag won’t get super-duper long with people adding their questions. 🙂

     

    Here’s the questions!

    1. OREOS. A book or series you couldn’t get enough of.

    The Swipe series by Evan Angler. With this series I discovered I love sci-fi/futuristic fiction, and these books were so good! Great world-building and suspense on every page. I also loved any Nadine Brandes book.

    2. LOLLIPOPS. A book you enjoyed as a little kid.

    I had this tiny book of poems (mentioned in another tag) that I used to carry around with me literally everywhere. It got so worn that I had to hold it together with tape. 🙂

    3. SOUR PATCH KIDS. A book that reading once was enough.

    Bell Mountain by Lee Duigon. I wanted to like this series because I appreciated the Christian themes, but it just didn’t really connect with me. I felt like the character development could’ve been done better. And when I don’t fully connect with the characters, I don’t fully connect with the story.

    4. M & Ms. A really long series you liked.

    The Kingdom series and Knights of Arrethtrae series by Chuck Black. I’ve read those both at least three times, and I don’t usually read books more than once.

    5. KING-SIZED KIT KAT. A really long book you liked.

    I actually don’t really own a really long book, but one of the longest books I’ve read lately was Fawkes.

    6. THREE MUSKATEERS. Your favorite trilogy.

    I’ve only completed one trilogy, the Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes. The MC, Parvin is the most relatable character I’ve ever read about. 🙂

    7. ALMOND JOY. A book that most people didn’t like, but you did (or vise versa). 

    Pride and Prejudice. Most of my friends really like the Jane Austen books, but they’re really not my type of book. I prefer action-packed adventures. 😉

     

    And there you have it! And now I am seriously craving some Oreos…

    Tagging…

    Chelsea

    Abigail

    Hannah

    Lilian

    Kendra

    (to my Australian blogger: I hope you have some of the same candy as the U.S. or some of these might not mean anything to you 😉 )

    Oh, if any of you would like to steal this tag, you have my permission 😉 (#breakingmyownrules)

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    Now, what happened with NaNoWriMo…

    Long story short, I didn’t reach 50k.

    …or 25k.

    That’s right, I didn’t even reach halfway. To be honest, November didn’t go like I thought it might. With this being my senior year of high-school, there’s just so much to do, so 2018 may not have been the best year to attempt this for the first time.

    But I’m not super disappointed about it. I am a little disappointed that this month didn’t go like I’d hoped, but as for my word count, I’m totally fine with it. Because I got way more writing done in a month than I would have otherwise. And I’m really enjoying this novel too. I was afraid I was going to come out of nano hating it, but I don’t. Which is more important to me than reaching the 50k word count goal. 🙂

    So anyway, my total ending word count was 16,516 words. Tell me in the comments about how nano went for you, and what your ending word count was. 😉

     

    Write on,

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    What’s your favorite candy? What’s your favorite series? What book are you loving right now? How did NaNo go for you?

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