Wednesday With Words: Beat Not the Poor Desk

Here’s a quote from yet another book I got for Christmas. It’s called Beate Not the Poore Desk, and it’s a book about writing by author Walter Wangerin. My parents got it for me as a special surprise, and I loved it! It’s a very good book for new and experienced writers alike. This is one of my favorite quotes:

Beate Not The Poore Desk


On my reading list this week:


Thanks for reading today’s Wednesday with Words post! I hope you enjoyed it. See you again soon.

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Who We Are (A Guest Post By Julia Vanlandingham)

Who We Are

Hey everyone! My best friend Julia wrote an amazing essay which I posted on here a few months back, and… she’s done it again! I hope you enjoy this awesome guest essay. 🙂


Who are you? It’s an easy question, right? So simple: Who are you? My answer to this question most of the time sounds something like this, “I’m Julia, I’m 17 years old. I have four sisters and one brother. I also have one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, and one baby niece. I LOVE mathematics, but I don’t like writing. I’m not that good at writing, because I have a very mathematical brain.” That may describe some aspects of me (some incorrectly, but we’ll get to that later), but does this answer really say who I am? I think not. This description say my name, my age, and my profession (or projected profession). This describes how others perceive me on my surface, but not really truly who I am.

The things we are passionate about, the activities and people we love, the experiences we have had: these are the things that shape us. However, what does that really mean? It means that as we grow older we change. The friends we have and the environment we live in will shape how we talk and act. The activities we participate in will either spark our interest in a certain field or scorch it. The people we love will change us in many ways. Whether it be that you pick your clothes up off the floor for them, or you mow the lawn everyday for them, it is a deviation from your normal behavior. So, people and events shape us, but is that what defines our identity? Are we simply the sum of all our actions?

Oftentimes we describe who we are based on what we do or what other people have told us we are. As an example, my whole life I have been told I was a bad writer. Now, let’s get something straight, at one point in time I was very bad at writing, but I worked hard and I have changed that. So, I always thought of myself as a bad writer. I thought that was one of the things that defined who I was. The longer I was told this, the more and more it was engrained in my mind that was me: Julia, the mathematician who can’t write.

I think that, in this case, the sum of all the parts is so much less than the whole. So, what is missing, what makes us a whole and not simply a sum of actions? Well, the answer is simple, but also so very hard to see at times: God. The missing factor is the Lord. This is what makes us who we are really, this is what defines us. First and foremost we are a child of the King. So, as I describe myself the biggest and most important part of who I am is not that I am a mathematician or that I have a big family, or that I once was not good a writing. It is that I have been saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I have lived, died and been risen with him, and that is what makes me who I am.

So, we are not simply defined as what we do or who we know, there is so much more to each and every one of us. Oftentimes we do not take the time to get to know people deeply, to really get to know who they are. This leads us to see them as the sum of their actions. Often this can lead to misconceptions about people, and sometimes it can hurt that person deeply for a long time. When someone is told repeatedly that a certain characteristic defines them, they will eventually begin to believe it. They will start to tell themselves the same thing, and they may believe that is who they are. Once someone has told themselves that this thing defines them for long enough, it is hard to go back. It leaves a scar. One that most people can’t even see. One that maybe the person can’t even see themselves. It takes a long time and much help to see that this doesn’t define them.

So, whatever it is that you have been told defines you. Whatever you have told yourself defines you. Whatever you think you are bad at and that you just can not do that thing and it is going to hold you back. Forget it. That is not you. Do not let anyone else tell you who you are. Strive everyday to live your identity in Christ, the only thing that can never be taken from you.


I hope you enjoyed this amazing guest post! What are some ways we could learn to shape our identities in Christ? Let’s chat in the comments!

See you again soon. 🙂

The Writer’s Tag

Welp. I was supposed to do this post yesterday, but, obviously, I completely forgot, so I’m going to do it today! I was tagged a couple days ago by Susannah @ Tea with Tumness for the Writer’s Tag (not to be confused with the Writer’s Book Tag, which I was also tagged for on the same day…) So, without further ado, let’s jump into the questions, shall we?


Writer's Tag


1. What was the first story you remember writing?

When I was very, very little, I would tear out enormous sheets of sketch paper and tape them together into ‘books’. These ‘books’ were usually Super Mario of Legend of Zelda fanfiction, filled with lots of colorful (badly drawn) pictures and poorly-spelled stories. These are the very first stories I remember writing, and I still have them… somewhere.

2. Where do you gain your inspiration? 

Often when I read a new exciting book or watch a cool movie, I’ll feel really inspired to create something new. I also enjoy listening to music and making aesthetic playlists that help inspire new aspects of a story.

3. Who/What exactly encouraged you to become a writer?

When I was in elementary school my mom read me a book called The School Story by Andrew Clements, which is about a girl who publishes a book when she’s only twelve. I was super inspired by the story, and it encouraged me to try writing my own books in the hope that one day I would be published too!

4. If you had a choice between past or present tense to use, which one would you pick?

I’ve experimented a fair amount with present tense, and while I like it and enjoy writing in it, I still think I prefer past tense, at least to some extent. Present tense seems  to give the story a more modern or fast-paced feel, which is good for some stories, but past tense gives the story a slightly slower, more familiar feel, and also make it way easier to write with multiple points of view.

5. Do you have some type of “kryptonite” weakness?

I spend far too much time browsing Twitter or Instagram or doing literally anything other than writing. I honestly tend to procrastinate way too much. I also can’t write when there are people around.

6. On the flip side, do you have a type of “superman” strength?

I write best in the evenings, or during thunderstorms. The weather seems to have something to do with my moods, at least when it comes to writing.

7. Are there any guilty pleasures of yours?

I love watching YouTube videos! Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of a very science-oriented channel called Vsauce, where they talk about everything from physics to the concept of infinity to whether or not cereal can be considered a soup, all in a super engaging way. Among my other favorite channels are The Game Theorists, The Film Theorists, React, and Rosanna Pansino.

8. Is there a genre of media/entertainment you’ve not seen but want to try out one day?

I am very interested in modern (freestyle/free verse) poetry, but I haven’t really read much of it except a few pieces here and there online. I’ve asked my family to get me a copy of Smoke Signals by Ashley Dun for Christmas, which looks to be a very good collection of beautiful poetry, and I can’t wait to give it a read!

9. And finally, what is your favorite writing snack?

I don’t really have a go-to writing snack, or usually eat while writing, but I did munch on some tasty corn chips while writing this post, so I guess those will have to do. 😉

10. So, would you do more Q&A’s like this?

Yes! I love doing Q&A’s, be they interviews on other people’s blogs, tags like these, or Paper Fury’s Beautiful People Meme!


Now, it’s time to tag some bloggers! I tag…


I hope you enjoyed this post! I promise, this should be the last tag I’m doing for at least a little while… unless I get tagged again. 😛

See you again soon!

The Writer’s Book Tag

Hey, everyone. I’ve never been tagged by anyone before, but over the last two days I was actually tagged twice by two different people for two separate blog tags! Confusing? Yes. Awesome? Of course! I’ll be doing the first tag, the Writer’s Book Tag, today, and then the second tag on Thursday. Thank you so much to Jenn @ The Book Nook for tagging me! Here goes…


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First Draft

A book or series that you’ve never read before.

I have several books on my shelf by authors that I like, but which I haven’t yet found time to read. Most notably, Guardians of the West by David Eddings, has been sitting there for several months now, unopened. I love-love-loved Eddings’ Belgariad series (it is yet another entry on the ever growing list of books and series that I need to reread but don’t have time to reread), but I haven’t yet found time to crack open this first book of the Malloreon.


Second Draft

A book or series you didn’t like as much the second time you read it.

Sue me, but I’m going to have to say the Harry Potter books on this one. I was obsessed with them the first time through, but later rereadings haven’t been kind to this series. I own all the books, including the companion Hogwarts Library set, but I haven’t touched them in a couple of years.


Final Draft

A book or series that you’ve liked for a really long time.

There are a ton of books that I’ve loved since I was little, but I don’t think any of them have made such a big impact on me as The School Story by Andrew Clements. It tells the story of a twelve year old girl who publishes her own book, and it really inspired me to become a writer myself, and dream big even at a young age.


Killing Off Your Characters

A book or series that made you cry.

This is a bit difficult, because I don’t usually physically cry about books, and I can’t clearly remember any times that I actually have. One book that did make me really sad, though, was Fairest by Marissa Meyer. It tells the story of the villain of her Lunar Chronicles series from the perspective of said villain, and the story and writing were honestly super heart wrenching and very, very sad.


Plot Holes

A book or series that disappointed you.

I really, really, really wanted to like Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but it was so dark and problematic and very immoral, and all the fantastic, spellbinding writing in the world couldn’t rescue it for me.

I was also very disappointed by the end of A Series of Unfortunate EventsAfter building up and sustaining and exciting mystery over thirteen books, the ending fell flat and failed to explain much of anything.


Writer’s Block

A book or series you never finished.

Once again, two series come to mind. I started reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, just to see what all the hype was about. The first book was not at all impressive, with poorly constructed dialogue and undeveloped writing skills, and although the second book was more interesting, I dropped it after I heard that the later books contained R-rated content. Not worth my time, especially if I can’t even finish reading the story because of the content.

I also never finished The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. The first book, Eragon, was okay, but I had to force myself to finish the massive second book, Eldest, because it was so boring, and the third book was even worse, so I dropped it after about five chapters worth of overly flowery description and unexciting action.


Feedback

A book or series you’d recommend to anyone and everyone.

There are literally so many answers I could put here, but I’ll try to narrow it down to just a few…

First of all, I always recommend the Evenmere Chronicles to everyone. It’s not very well known, but the writing and characters are amazing and it’s a very fresh take on a genre (epic fantasy) that seems to have been done to death in recent years.

I also never hesitate to recommend any and all of N. D. Wilson’s books. His novels are, of course, fantastic (I own well-loved copies of all of them, except Leepike Ridgehis first book, which for some reason I never seem to have gotten hold of), and his two non-fiction books, Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl and Death by Living are also amazing takes on the Christian faith. 10/10 would recommend everything N. D. Wilson.


That’s it for my answers! Today, I’ll be tagging three awesome bloggers to join in the fun:


Thanks for reading today! I hope you enjoyed all my answers, and that you check out a couple of those books I recommended back there *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*. Also don’t forget to check out Katie @ The Act Diary, who created this tag.

See you again soon!

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The Tangle is Here! (Plus a Special Bonus)

It’s November 4th, 2017, and you know what that means! Wow. I honestly can’t believe that my second book is out today… It feels like I was drafting Behind Her Mask was Death just yesterday, and now that’s been out for over a year, and The Tangle is here as well! I can’t wait to see what happens next…

If you haven’t seen it yet, The Tangle‘s cover has been slightly updated since I last posted about the book. You can see this new, final cover below, as well as the links to find the book in both paperback and Kindle formats:

The Tangle Ebook Cover

 

Get The Tangle in paperback

Get The Tangle on Kindle

 

 

 

 

 



As promised, there’s also a little something extra in this post! I love making playlists for books and stories, and today I want to share a special playlist for The Tangle with you. These are songs that inspired aspects of the book, or that I chose because they fit the mood or the themes of the story. I hope you enjoy this playlist!


The Tangle Aesthetic Playlist:

Picture Perfect by Hidden Hospitals

Something Divine by NYVES

Still Breathing by VERIDIA

Black Honey by Thrice

Deadman by Glasslands

Chasing Fears by Graceful Closure


Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the playlist, and that you like the book as well. I am so excited to finally be releasing The Tangle to the world! Don’t forget that The Tangle Blog Tour happens next week, from the 6th to the 9th.

See you again soon!

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The Tangle Blog Tour: Official Announcement

I’ve been talking for a bit about setting up a blog tour for The Tangle, and finally everything’s in place! Everything’s been scheduled, and I can finally let you know the official dates of the tour, and all the blogs it will be stopping at. Mark your calendars, or follow me on social media, where I’ll be providing links to all the awesome content during the tour!


The Tangle Blog Tour: Official Schedule 

Tour Dates: 6th – 9th of November, 2017

November 6th: Interview with Kyle Robert Shultz

November 7th: Book Review by S. M. Metzler

November 8th: Book Review and YouTube Interview with Hannah Heath

November 9th: Book Review by Brianna Merritt


I’m super excited about this blog tour, and I can’t wait to share this book with you! The Tangle comes out November 4th, but you can still pre-order the Kindle Edition on Amazon, and enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy on Goodreads.

Thanks for reading this post! I’ll see you again soon.

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Beautiful Books Tag 2017

Hey, everyone! You may remember that for the past few months I’ve been doing the Beautiful People link up with Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. However, I didn’t do one in September because… Cait didn’t post the questions. But just when I was starting to think that one of my favorite blog link ups had left the internet forever, lo and behold! Cait and Sky are back this month with a new set of questions, and a new theme for October.


What exactly is Beautiful Books?

Beautiful Books is a special October theme of the Beautiful People meme hosted by Cait and Sky. It’s designed to help authors share some fun facts about their current work-in-progress/NaNoWriMo project. From Cait’s blog:

Sky and I host Beautiful Books so we can focus on  our NaNoWriMo projects. The format is the same as Beautiful People. We post 10 questions to answer about your WiP — aka your beautiful book. Answer the questions in a blog post of your own and then come back here to link up! 

Beautful Books


DISCLAIMER: I cannot guarantee that everything here is or will be canon in the future. I have spent a fair amount of time developing these characters, but some stuff is still unclear in my own mind, so I will try to answer the questions as best I can.

Also, the project I’ll be using for today’s post is still unfinished/super secret, so some details about the characters and plot will have to remain secret for now…


The Book

Shell, the first book in a YA sci-fi duology.

Current status: First draft is complete, and the beginning was completely overhauled and a few major plot changes were made since I last talked about this project. Currently I am focusing on writing the first draft of the sequel before I continue editing Shell.


The Questions

1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I’ve had the idea for the majority of this year, which is about how long I’ve been working on the book.

Shell was originally inspired by this video about hackers, which was created by one of my favorite YouTube channels, the Game Theorists. It’s a super cool (if slightly unnerving) look at the vulnerabilities in technology and how hackers can exploit them, and it really got my creative juices flowing!

2. Describe what your novel is about!

Without giving away too much, Shell and it’s sequel are about a black-hat (criminal) hacker who is recruited by the British government to fight for the good guys. Along the way, she gets betrayed and makes new friends and all that good stuff. 😛

3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

I went ahead and made a photo aesthetic for Shell (which I’ve been wanting to do for a while now). None of the photos are mine. They’re all from either Unsplash or Pinterest.

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Also, I probably haven’t talked about this before, but I love creating playlists for stories! I’ve narrowed it down to just three songs that I’ll share with you today, but I feel that these songs express the some of the themes and atmosphere of Shell very well.

Shell Aesthetic Playlist:

How We Do It by Lights

Car Radio by twenty one pilots

Real Life by Aaron Sprinkle

4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

Here are three of the major characters in the book, with a quick profile for each.


The Main Character: Mae Ki-Nari

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Fabulous photo by 胡 卓亨 on Unsplash

Quick profile: Sarcastic, smart, disconnected from the real world around her. She has difficulty relating to people in real life. She spends most of her time online. She loves music; it’s her safe space.

(I did an entire Beautiful People post about her, which you can find here.)


Dr. John (last name as yet undecided)

Dr. John

Photo found on here Pinterest.

Quick profile: Distant, detached, treats everything (even emotions) in a purely scientific manner, but he is still a very kind and considerate man. He’s a scientist for the British government and lives for his work.


Marta Mayberry

Marta

Photo found here on Pinterest.

Quick profile: Strong willed, intelligent and commanding. Secretary for the director of the Secret Service (or is she?) She has a motherly, ‘tough love’ attitude with Mae that Mae strongly dislikes.

 

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Yeah, no, definitely by howling. 😂 I don’t really know? I guess I am not very prepared??? Why am I surprised by this fact??? I don’t really do anything to prepare, I just open a Word document and stare at it and die???

6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

All. The. Things.

Okay, true, but more specifically I am looking forward to exploring all of the themes and issues dealt with in the book (see the answer to question 10), and also writing a character with anxiety. Mae deals with social/general anxiety throughout both books, so writing her is challenging, but I am quite enjoying the challenge.

7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting

The beginning of the book is set in Ontario, Canada, my favorite place on Earth. The rest is set in London, England.

A fair amount of Shell currently takes place inside a single building. (I say currently because of course this could change at some point, but I’m not sure)

Shell takes place in the near future (mid 2030s), so I have a fair amount of liberty with the details of the settings, but I’ve still spent an extensive amount of time on Google Maps (especially Street View) researching the placement of certain London landmarks.

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

I don’t want to give too much away, but Mae definitely isn’t happy with her new job working for the British government, and she is actively trying to leave. Obviously, however, a lot stands in her way (I won’t say exactly what, because spoilers).

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Again, I’m afraid it would be way too big of a spoiler to tell you exactly how she changes… but I guess you could say that she starts to come out of her shell a bit. 😛

10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

I hope to deal with a lot of themes and issues in the duology, including something I am very interested in, which is the idea that by communicating so much over the internet, people use empathy and find it easier to dismiss, attack, or hurt people online than they would if they were speaking in person. Some other themes include our perceived personas online vs. who we really are IRL, as well as a discussion of internet surveillance and other fun stuff like that. There are actually a fair amount of heavy topics that come up in the story (meaning that these books will probably need several rounds of very intense editing to make sure I address everything properly… 😓)

How do I want readers to feel? I’m not exactly sure. I’d like to deliver thrills and excitement, as well as a thoughtful commentary on serious internet stuff (and also hopefully show the reader how anxiety feels, and how it affects everyday life). So, yeah, some pretty hefty goals, but I figure aiming high never hurt anyone. 😅


Thanks so much for reading my Beautiful Books post! I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to check out Cait’s original post, where you’ll find links to other writers who have done this meme, as well as the list of questions and a place to link up your own Beautiful Books post.

As always, this fabulous meme is hosted by Cait and Sky.

 

The Poet’s Corner: Welcome the Demons

Welcome the Demons

Alone, in a bubble, at the edge of a room.

I’d come and say hi, but it’s way too soon.

Just let me adjust. Just let my head clear.

Just give me some space over here.

 

The demons, they come, to steal my breath.

They make me feel I’d be better in death.

They hand me a gun. “Pull the trigger,” they say,

“It’s sure to take the pain away.”

 

“You’ll never be normal. You’ll never be loved.

You’ll never be perfect. You’ll always be snubbed.

Nobody loves you. Nobody cares.

Nobody that I’m aware.”

 

So I grip together both of my hands.

I’ll be that girl that no one can stand.

That weirdo girl with her crazy disorder.

“Why can’t she just be normal?”

 

Anxiety eats at my chest and my gut,

As with each breath I am drowning in blood,

And claws climb my throat and strangle my words.

They will not let me be heard.

 

And they all point at that girl over there,

Having a breakdown, hands tangled in hair,

Hoping that pain will do her some good.

Yeah, like it ever would.

 

How to be normal? How to be free?

Can you just tell all your secrets to me?

All that I know is how to be broken,

And tear my dead heart wide open.

 

Do normal people walk around feeling great?

Smile and laugh and stay up too late?

If I stay up late, it’s because of my thoughts.

They like to plague me a lot.

 

So I sit on my heels and rock back and forth,

And cry and cry, for all that I’m worth.

‘Cause I am worth nothing. That’s what they say.

Please just come take me away.

 

I pray to my God, but I’m not sure He hears.

Does He ever think of my pain and my tears?

Or am I just faking? Nobody knows.

Maybe I should just go.

 

I’d like to give you a great fix-all cure.

I’d like to say that I’m perfectly sure

That God has a reason to make us this way.

I’d promise you you’ll be okay.

 

But that would be lying, and I’m not here to lie.

I’m just here to scream, and to whine, and to cry.

I’m here to be empty, cold, gray, and dead,

To show you what’s inside my head.

 

 

When it’s all in your head there’s no way you can run,

And so I stand still on my own in the sun,

Hoping to find some answers in this

Unanswerable empty abyss.

 

God has a reason, I’m pretty  sure,

But right now I don’t really have a good cure.

So I’ll just keep living, just keep holding on,

And praying that hope comes along.


Welcome the Demons

August Monthly Wrap Up

Hey, guys! I know that this wrap up post is about four days late, but there are very good reasons! Well, I assume that my reasons are good… Anyway, if you were wondering where in the world I’ve been for the past two weeks, wonder no more. Just read my recap of this month’s shenanigans!


Highlights:

  • I traveled more than two thousand miles this month (by car!) and visited tons of people that I haven’t seen for more than ten years. Yep, I went to Canada, where literally all of my extended family lives. But instead of just staying around Ontario at my grandparents’ house, which is what usually happens, we took a crazy road-trip across eastern Canada!
  • I visited Ottawa (the capital of Canada), Quebec city (where I kind of failed to speak French very well at all), then we treked through the vast wilds of New Brunswick to Truro, Nova Scotia, where we met up with my Grammie and my dad’s sister and then spent a couple of days down in the valley. Then, we went back to Truro and spent a couple of days there, before heading back towards the dear old USA and driving through Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts (where we visited Boston and saw some of the Freedom Trail) and finally State College, Pennsylvania, where we hung out with some of my dad’s friends from way back when. Aaaand, now I’m home! Yay.
  • I read some books on the trip (This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, mostly) and I also signed a copy of my book that one of our extended family members owns!
  • I got super stressed out.
  • I got my parents to put on some Twenty One Pilots music in the car! I’m not sure that they care for it very much, but we listened to both Blurryface (multiple times, due to the insistent requests from my youngest brother) and Vessel (once, all the way through). I think we may have a few new members of the Skeleton Clique to welcome in, namely my brothers, who were all very enthusiastic about the music.

Posts from August 2017:


Looking Forward:

There is a TON of exciting stuff that’s going to be happening this month. I’m back for good, so you can expect at least a few more blog posts from my corner of the internet to hit your inbox during September. I will also be officially announcing the release date and details of my next novel, The Tangle, so be sure to stay tuned for that as well. I will also (hopefully) have another super special announcement for your tomorrow, so make sure you subscribe by email to make sure you hear about it! If you like to listen to electronic music, you won’t want to miss this one.


Thanks so much for reading my August wrap up! Have you been on any crazy long trips recently? Have you ever been to Canada? My family and I go about three times a year, and I love visiting there! Let me know in the comments.

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August Wrap Up

Blogger Shout Out! (My Top 5 Favorite Blogs of 2017)

2017, so far, has been a pretty great year. Besides completing multiple writing projects (yasss!), learning to play guitar (or starting to learn, anyway), and becoming a Whovian, I’ve really enjoyed getting more involved in the blogging community and meeting a lot of new blogger friends online. So, today I thought I’d give a shout out to my top five favorite blogs, so that you can go check them out and find some cool new blogs to read!

Here we go:


5. Feels Like Hope

Feels Like Hope is the brilliant, excruciatingly honest blog of Aimee Meester, writer and creator of the amazing The Bright Eyes Project sci-fi podcast, which I’ve been listening to and enjoying greatly. The blog is fairly new, but already it is shaping up to be fantastic, and I really love Aimee’s writing style. Her posts are also absolutely brilliant and she has some great advice for writers.

Visit Feels Like Hope

Say hi to Aimee on Twitter

Check out The Bright Eyes Project


4. The Invisible Moth

The blog of Christian author Daley Downing, where she blogs about reading, writing, spiritual growth, and more. One of my favorite posts by her is Some Writing Tips I Take Issue With, in which she talks about some bad writing tips that often circulate in the Christian writing community. You should definitely check out this post, and Daley’s whole blog!

Visit The Invisible Moth

Say hi to Daley on Twitter


3. Hannah Heath’s Blog

Another awesome Christian author with lots of brilliant writing advice. She has a new post every Friday, and I always love getting updates from her blog in my inbox. Check out this awesome post, where she looks at and explains the age-old adage “Write what you know”.

Visit Hannah’s Blog

Say hi to Hannah on Twitter


2. Tea with Tumness

Tea with Tumness is the blog of S. M. Metzler, a YA fantasy author. She has tons of brilliant posts about writing, and also wrote a hilarious Sherlock fanfiction called ‘A Visit to the Psychologist’. Her writing advice is always spot on and super smart, and I highly recommend you check out her blog.

Visit Tea with Tumness

Say hi to Ms. Metzler on Twitter

Check out ‘A Visit to the Psychologist’


1. Paper Fury

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably read some of my flailings over Cait A.K.A Paper Fury, who is probably one of my favorite bloggers of all time! She is an absolutely hilarious and lovely book blogger, with one of the most gorgeous blogs and Instagram feeds I have ever seen. She posts book reviews, blogging and writing advice, and also hosts the Beautiful People meme, which I have participated in for the past couple of months. Definitely check out her blog because it is awesome.

Visit Paper Fury

Say hi to Cait on Twitter

Check out the Beautiful People meme


Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it. Are there any bloggers on this list that you really like? Do you have any other favorite bloggers? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogger Shout Out