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I Went to the South For the First Time and This Is What I Realized

  If a month ago you told me I would be eating Korean food in the middle of Virginia with my mom, I probably would have sighed and said… well, probably. I’ve heard a lot about the south, but I’d never been there, and I would have never suspected what a treat I was in …

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“Weight-Loss Shaming” and the Thing With Health Trends

There are so many health trends on the rise currently. You know, all the clichés, like kale, yoga, avocado, vegan diets, meditation and the list goes on. We’re all searching for ways to improve our wellbeing and stay healthy, and that’s a great thing! Isn’t it? I’ve been thinking a lot about the negative wrap …

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My Trip to the West Coast // Thought on Change

I spent two weeks in Las Vegas with a quick visit to L.A. and I think this trip ended up being more significant than I ever planned on it being (as in, not very significant at all). Yet still lovely, being able to visit my grandma in Vegas (not to get crunk and wild, I …

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The Novel Series vol. 6: Resources for the Writer

Welcome to the final instalment of the Novel Series (I know you couldn’t wait for it to be over). But this is my favorite part because it’s short, sweet, and filled with all my favorite online resources (which are free!). It’s simply me sharing better advice rather than my own. These are all resources I …

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The Novel Series vol. 5: The Query Letter

This is exciting. This is hopeful. This is where we get impatient. Your query letter is possibly the most important few paragraphs you write besides your manuscript—or possibly more important, considering your query is your ticket to getting you manuscript read. I’m almost reluctant to talk about this too much because I’m not a published …

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The Novel Series vol. 4: Editing and Revising

There’s something so euphoric about finishing a rough draft manuscript… because you’ve written a book! Huzzah! Until you realize that it is, indeed, a rough draft. Which means editing needs to be done. And you will probably have to make massive revisions. And the euphoria is gone. Just kidding! I actually love getting into the …

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The Novel Series vol. 3: World Building

  I have to admit, this is not one of my strong points. So why talk about it? Because 1) it’s extremely important and 2) it helps me learn as well. A well-developed world is the foundation for a great story. *First let me remind you all that I’m not a professional, expert, professor of …

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The Novel Series vol. 2: Creating Character

I want to start with ‘character’ in this series because it’s where I start most of my stories. I like to think of stories as either character-driven or plot-driven. Character driven stories are where the character is the reason certain things happen, and they move the plot in a certain direction because they are who …

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The Novel Series vol. 1: Where to Start

Welcome to the Novel Series! If you’re thinking about writing a book, a story, or maybe you’re just interested in what the process of how ideas turn into bound books on a shelf, this might just be for you (and I mean just you). Wink. Or maybe you’re wondering how I go about writing a …

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3 Ways To Start Being a Morning Person

There’s something about “early in the morning” that causes a lot of groans. I’ve been there. I know. I used to hate getting up early. But there’s something about an early start to the day that makes the day better. I find that it reduces stress, anxiety, and I feel much more fresh and prepared. …

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