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Autumn Creativity

It’s autumn. The season for kids going back to school. The season for the leaves to turn orange and for harvest festivals to occur.

But what is so special about autumn for writers?

It’s NaNoWriMo season!

Even if you don’t write something in November, autumn is a great season to collect and store writing ideas for the rest of the year.

Here are 3 ways to unleash your creativity in autumn:

1. Keep it visual. One of the best ways to stimulate creativity is to see something. And of course, you see loads of things everyday. How will you be able to keep those ideas?

• Pinterest boards. I absolutely love Pinterest boards as you can save anything on the go. Not only are they so much fun and inspiring, but they are also really cute too😊

• Take photos. Almost everyone has a phone or a device that can take pictures. Did you lay out sheets of paper in a cool way at work? Take a picture. Do you like seeing your shadow? Take a picture. If you can take it, snap it.

• Watch movies. Let’s face it, when we read a book, it sometimes feels like you have a movie inside your head. Well, why not watch some actual movies? Not only will you have awesome ideas of how characters should look like, but it will also give you some inspiration for story ideas.

2. The Sounds Of Music. Ah, music. The heart of inspiration, in my opinion anyway 😊, . But there are so many songs to choose from! Where do you even start?

• The right stations. Radio stations are great, especially when you’re in the car on your way to school or work. But not every station is suitable for everyone, so make sure that you find the right station for you. For me, you can find me enjoying tunes to Classic FM. For some of my friends, they’ll be listening to a station that I don’t even know of!

• Play that Playlist. Playlists are a great way to choose songs for any mood. You can have a playlist for romance, a playlist for a fight scene, or simply just for encouragement to get you going through the day. Whatever mood you’re in, make that playlist. I highly recommend using Spotify for playlist creating.

• Go to concerts. What better to view creative vibes than going to a concert! There are so many kinds of concerts, each with different atmospheres and feelings. Think about how you feel, and lock it somewhere for you to create something out of it later.

3. Write. That’s right. Just write. Draw. Compose. Whatever you do! How else are you going to place your creativity into action without doing anything?

But what if I don’t feel like it? What if I don’t know where to start? I have too many ideas in my head!

Here are 3 ways to deal with that.

• Creativity sprint. Just set that timer and write as many words as you can. Create a melody as long as you can. Draw a picture for as long as you can. Then when the timer is finished, stop, look at your work, edit your work, and make a goal for your next creativity sprint.

• Get in the mood ! Use the pictures that you found, listen to the music that you love. Just get in the mood! Abbiee Emmons has an amazing video on this which you can click here( you may recognise some of my tips in this video, because she inspired me to make this post 😊): https://youtu.be/dS9xh6Css3Y

• Pray. Seriously. If you are struggling with motivation, just ask God to give it to you. He’s the Ultimate creator, and He loves it when we are creating 😊

How about you?

How are you going to be creative this season?

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Posted in Monthly R and R, Writing

August 2018 Reflections and September 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Happy September!

August was quite busy with camp and meeting up with people.

Let’s have a look at August goals

1. Write and submit an article to Project Inspired

I wrote an article… but I’ve been editing it. I’m hoping to submit it this month though.

2. Continue studying for GCSEs

Yes, it was hard work, but I think it will pay off 😊

3. Find some Christian French and Spanish singers to listen to

Sadly, I wasn’t very successful, but I will keep trying!

4. Start learning Romanian for my mission trip to Romania in October!

I have started a little bit, but I need to do more and practice with someone.

5. Compose a song

Yes! It’s really cute, too😊

Now I’m in September!

So here are my goals:

1. Submit an article to Project Inspired

2. Start speaking some Romanian

3. Do exam papers on my GCSE subjects each week.

4. Edit When Martha Rests, my devotional book,.

5. Plan a blog event for October/ November for this blog’s one year birthday( 1 year, guys!)

6. Compose a song

6 goals! Eeep! Hopefully, I can get them all done.

How about you?

How was your August?

How are your goals coming along?

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July 2018 Reflections and August 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

It’s nearly the end of August( and I’m now publishing my goals!)

Let’s review July:

1. Start preparing for the autumn blogging season.

I do have some plans for the autumn, but they are not set in stone yet 😊

2. Camp NaNoWriMo

I finished my first book of devotionals, which I hope will be ready for you next year😊

3. Start practising Spanish when I go to Spain

I did, which was helpful because I ended up being a ‘translator’ for my friends throughout the week 😊

4. Start revising all of the GCSE course that I’ve learnt so far.

Yes, which has been helpful, but very tiring.

5. Compose a piece

Yes!!!

6. Read more books

Yay!!! I love the summer so much as I get to read more 😊

Now, onto August goals!

1. Write and submit an article to Project Inspired

2. Continue studying for GCSEs

3. Find some Christian French and Spanish singers to listen to

4. Start learning Romanian for my mission trip to Romania in October!

5. Compose a song

How about you?

How are your August goals going?

Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Book Reviews, Writing Wednesday

August 2018’s Book if The Month-When Beauty Blooms

Hello everyone! Today’s book is special as it it part of Victoria Lynn’s Blog Tour this week( and my first blog tour review!)

About the book:

Revolutionary War Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.

What I loved:

I loved the way that Ginger, Daphne and Marjorie interacted with each other, even though they were quite different personality wise.

Age Recommendation: 12+

For anyone who wants a sweet short romance, this is perfect.

Where to buy this book

You can buy it on Paperback ( https://www.amazon.com/When-Beauty-Blooms-Victoria-Lynn/dp/1723352721/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1532912849&sr=8-2&keywords=when+beauty+blooms+by+victoria+lynn

For Americans) and on Kindle ( For Americans here:

https://www.amazon.com/When-Beauty-Blooms-Victoria-Lynn-ebook/dp/B07FNZXM1K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532912849&sr=8-1&keywords=when+beauty+blooms+by+victoria+lynn )

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Chosen For Such A Time As This Author Q&A

Eek! It’s August! And what better way to start than with an author interview with Jheralynne Foster on her new book!

1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I knew I wanted to become an author when I was in elementary school! That’s when I started writing short stories, poetry and scripts.

2. What is Chosen for Such a Time as This about?

Chosen is a non-fiction, devotional style book written to encourage women of all ages to trust God’s timing, no matter where you find yourself in this season. Chosen is my personal story where I share the lessons I’ve learned and how God has transformed my life.

3. What inspired Chosen for Such a Time as This?

God has taught me so much over the past few years and He placed it on my heart to share my story with other women. The title comes from the belief that there is purpose and beauty in each season.

4. Who is the book for?

Chosen is for women and girls who need hope, understanding and wisdom regardless of where they are in life or what their experiences have been. It is for those who need a fresh perspective or encouragement in their daily walk with Christ. It also addresses many of the issues Christian singles are faced with, and provides practical ways to overcome them!

5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I want every reader to know that she is created in God’s image and He has a unique plan for her life. My prayer is that readers will have a better understanding of their worth in Christ, His character and how to trust God and live for Him in today’s world.

6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

I am currently writing my second book, which is a 90-day devotional. It will be published this December, so stay tuned! 🙂

7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading books that encourage me to grow. I also enjoy reading relatable fiction books!

8. Where can we connect with you?

I blog at jheralynnefaith.com! I also recently created Instagram and Twitter accounts. You can follow me @styledandgraced

9. What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

I believe the gift of writing and the desire to write come from God. We were made in His image and He is the ultimate creator, which is why He gives us creative ideas and talents. If you’re a young aspiring writer, I encourage you to write every single day, even if it is journaling. Ask God for direction in how He wants to use you and be intentional about developing your craft! Be confident in who God has called you to be and don’t allow discouragement or fear to keep you from pursuing purpose!

Thank you so much Jehralynne! Be sure to go and check out her book!

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The Reluctant Godfather Blog Tour- Author Q&A

When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I’ve been writing for sixteen years, and I think the hope of becoming an author has been there for over a decade—but it didn’t become something I knew I was going to seriously pursue until I was in my early twenties.

What inspired The Reluctant Godfather?

It’s a terribly uninteresting answer but . . . nothing in particular!  Oddly enough, the whole book sprang into my mind nearly fully formed.  I had just returned from a vacation, and my mind is often relaxed and distrated at that point and sometimes get the creative juices flowing.  There really wasn’t a particular thing that inspired the book – it just dropped into my lap.

Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

Like an old Walt Disney movie, I wrote The Reluctant Godfather with the goal for it to be appropriate for everyone.  I’ve been so gratified to see the wide divergence of reader feedback—I’ve had adults (both men and women) enjoy it, teenagers, children, families.  It’s been a gift to see so many different people enjoy it.  As far as what I want people to gain from it—I want people to enjoy themselves.  I hope my book is a small dose of gentle escapism that can infuse a little pleasure and magic into someone’s afternoon and maybe stir their heart.

Where can we connect with you and read your other books?

You can connect with me at my author website www.allisonteboauthor.com, at my blog www.allisonswell.com, on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.   And please doconnect with me, because I am a hardcore extrovert!

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers ?

My top tip—cultivate an objective and stringent eye. Pull stories apart and study them.  Analyze character arcs, themes, plots—everything.  I learned so much by tearing something apart and holding it up to intensive study and then carefully digesting every story I ever read or watched.  Become a detective and learn what makes a good story or character—than practice, practice, practice.   No one is great right off the bat.  Learn from the masters and emulate them—training in their footsteps.  Read about the craft.  Get involved with other writers for feedback and expect critiquing.  Learn to recognize your strengths and weakness and emphasis the one to your advantage while you work hard at the other.

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June 2018 Reflections and July 2018 Resolutions

  • Ok, ok, I may have forgotten to mention my goals at the beginning of this month( By the way, this month has been fruitful so far 😊)
  • June was awesome as I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions and I started some cool projects which I will inform you later.
  • On top of that, I finished Year 10! GCSEs here we come!
  • Ok, let’s evaluate my June goals:
  • 1. Start thinking about guest posting

    I have written some places that I’d like to submit articles to and I’ve already started writing some content 😊

    2. Compose another piece

    I have indeed, and it’s quite a cute piece too.

    3. Start preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo

    I have, and may I say that this is probably my favourite project that I’ve ever done 😊

    4. Start planning for some projects 🙂

    I have indeed, but you’ll have to stay tuned 😊

    Now, onto July!

    1. Start preparing for the autumn blogging season.

    2. Camp NaNoWriMo

    3. Start practising Spanish when I go to Spain

    4. Start revising all of the GCSE course that I’ve learnt so far.

    5. Compose a piece

    6. Read more books

    How has July been so far? Did you have any goals?

    Posted in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Writing, Writing Wednesday

    The World’s Beneath

    1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

    I’ve always written, ever since I was a little kid (even though that’s such a bleh response from cliche-ville, BUT it is a true reponse) I don’t think I thought much about being a published author back then though, I was too busy scribbling stories and getting ink on my fingers.

    I started thinking about publishing as a young teenager, because by that point I knew 100% and beyond that writing and sharing stories was my joy and that I needed to do it forever.

    2. What is Worlds Beneath about?

    Worlds Beneath is about….ahhh. So much! I kind of like to leave it up to the reader, to find out what it’s about. But the story is a continuation of The Blood Race, picking right up where we left off, following Icarus down into the ravine and the mysteries that lurk below the mist. Simultaneously we follow Hawk, who lays in a coma since Icarus’s fall, and Fin and he struggles to support a crumbling and turbulent Dimension.

    3. What inspired Worlds Beneath?

    The idea for the story really just blossomed in my head as I reached the end of the writing process for The Blood Race. I started working on Worlds Beneath very soon after.

    4. Who is the book for?

    Anyone and everyone. If you are currently breathing, this story is for you. To anyone wrestling with life, questions, doubts, dreams, and thoughts – to anyone fighting the darkness and seeking the light, this book is for you.

    5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

    Anything that helps them realize there’s a warrior within them. There’s so much packed into the story and I really just want people to read it and let it meet them where they are and see what they organically take away from it. But if the story gives them anything, I hope it gives them trust in the fact that they are so much more powerful and loved and valuable than they realize. That we ALL are.

    6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

    The Blood Race! Book 1 in the series, and you can snag that right here.

    7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

    I love reading non-fiction – scripture, spiritual books, motivational books, military books, science books – you name it. I also beta read for my sister, so I guess fiction occasionally happens too. 🙂

    8. Who is your favourite character in Worlds Beneath

    OH WELL THIS IS A TOUGH ONE. My favorite characters to spend time writing are Hawk, Icarus, Fin, and Sensei. I can relate to each and I always learn so much from them.

    9. Where can we connect with you?

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, my blog. 🙂

    10. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

    Keep writing, no matter what! If you want to build a career as a writer, go for it – all the resources you need are available to you! Keep writing and don’t give up, ever, ever, ever.

    Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to chat with you about my book, Medomfo! I so appreciate it. You’re a treasure. ❤

    When she’s not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate story-teller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons’ debut novel The Blood Race is the first book in her YA science fiction/fantasy thriller series. Get connected with Kate on your favorite social platform, and be sure to check out http://kaemmons.com/!

    Twitter: @emmonswrites

    Instagram: @emmonswrites

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaemmonsauthor/

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17065155.K_A_Emmons

    The Blood Race – https://goo.gl/CqRQxZ

    World’s Beneath – https://goo.gl/g5cEA6

    https://www.livylynnblog.com/for-authors-marketing/

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    The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon Blog Tour-Author Q&A

    Hello everyone!

    I’m so excited to have Angela Watts with me today to celebrate her book release, The Thief, The Damsel and The Dragon.

    When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

    I’ve been writing ever since I could form words, but I didn’t seriously consider publishing anything until I was about 15 years old. Before this, I had only completed one novella, so I really didn’t ever consider publishing or being an actual author a thing. 😉

    2. What is The Thief, The Damsel, and the Dragon about?

    This Christian, contemporary novella is about a young man and young woman who live in a small town in Tennessee. They seemingly have polar opposite lives… but they have one thing in common, and that is their need for God.

    3. What inspired The Thief, The Damsel, and the Dragon?

    I literally woke up one morning, got my French vanilla coffee, sat down… And had the sudden urge to just write something totally new. I talked to God and tossed ideas around for something short and sweet. God gave me the idea for TT,TD,TD and I ran with it!

    4. Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

    For me, this book was a glass of sweet iced tea on a humid summer day — a wonderful change! I don’t usually write stories without extreme pain, action, or grimness… but this novella was a step out of my comfort zone. I learned things about forgiveness, true joy, and about God as I wrote it. I pray my readers gain whatever God wills them to gain — whether it’s a laugh or God uses the story to show them the light about His Word or the Gospel.

    5. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

    I have written two novels, another novella, and short stories, but none are available to purchase. Yet! My first novel, Seek, will be published sometime toward the end of 2018.

    6. Where can we connect with you?

    You can find me and chat on my blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Goodreads, or Pinterest.

    7. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?

    Pray and read God’s Word. Again. And again. Pray for His guidance and wisdom. Search for stories from the Bible — God is the ultimate storyteller, after all

    Thanks so much Angela!

    If you want to learn more about Angela and her book, simply read below 😊

    “… the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” ~ Psalms 91:13

    Edward Prosner is going to steal from the small town mayor of Fall Springs, North Carolina. He’s got a flawless plan of action and is determined to return honor and justice to his father’s good name. The problem he faces? He needs a date for the mayor’s dinner party.

    Lucy Levitt is a huge romantic at heart, but with her family’s ranch and her part-time job, she has no time for dating. She believes God will place her soulmate in her life when the time is right. When the new man in town asks her out, how can she say no?

    The first date seems ordinary enough, but then they begin to realize that they can’t fight their dragons alone.

    Angela R. Watts is a sinner saved by Yahweh’s Grace and she strives to glorify the King in all she does. She’s a homeschooled highschooler who lives with her loving family and ranch animals at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee. She’s been writing stories since she was tiny and hasn’t stopped since, though she also enjoys ranch and housework, painting, babysitting, and watching sunsets.

    Blog: thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

    Facebook: Angela R. Watts

    Twitter: PeculiarAngela

    Goodreads: Angela R. Watts

    Pinterest: AngelaRWatts

    Instagram: angelar.watts

    Posted in Author Interview, Writing

    Once Upon an Adventure Part 3- Targeted Author Q&A

    It’s part 3! And we have the lovely Jes Drew with us today!

    1. Well, there was the phase when writing to be an author was part of me wanting to be everything at once, and then there was the stage where I realized that was all I was really good at. The latter began when I was fourteen.

    2. Targets is about Emily Rogers dealing with what should be downtime with her family after a stressful summer- but instead the stakes are higher than ever before. Even deeper than that, though, it is a processing of many of the heartbreaks and disappointments I faced during the long gestation of the Castaways trilogy. And in a way, if you don’t mind me getting all philosophical, it’s every [wo]man dealing with living a normal life- and the fear that it could all be gone in a moment.

    3. Well, Targets just seemed like the natural conclusion to the first two books. That’s where the basic idea came from, anyway. How that idea was shaped was, as I said, what I had to deal with personally during that time. I just shared it all with Emily, because I’m nice like that.

    4. This book is for everyone, but especially the lonely teenagers like I was, and for everyone dealing with hardships of any kind. I want them to see that it will not always be like that- everything to its season- and that they are not alone.

    5. I have written ten other books that are published, and all are available on Amazon in both ebook and print.

    6. You can connect with me both on Goodreads  at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8405352.Jes_Drew  and at my part-time blog Pause for Tales at http://pausefortales.blogspot.com/.

    7. My advice to young writers would be  1 Timothy 4:12- Let no one despise you for your youth, but set believers every an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

    Also, keep your imagination ready at all times, read and analyze what you read, and don’t be afraid to write what you want even if it breaks the mold. God gave you your quirks for a reason.