How to Find Motivation to Write

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As much as I love writing, sometimes it’s easy to get into a slump.  I’ll have days when the last thing I want to do is sit down and work on my story.  Whether it’s because of a simple lack of motivation, loss of interest, or writer’s block, having these days can be frustrating and slow down the progress you’ve been making.

During the time I’ve been writing, I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks on how to minimize the amount of time I spend stuck in that awful place and how to get out of it quicker when I do fall into that pattern.  I thought I’d share some of these tips with you all today since I know this is something that everyone who writes faces at least now and then!

So, if you’re interested, just keep reading, and I hope these tips can help you!

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August TBR

August TBR

Hi, fellow bookworms!  I hope you’ve all had a great summer so far!  I thought since it’s the beginning of August I would share with you all the books I’m hoping to get to this month.  There are four books on my list, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get to all of them, since this month is super busy for me.  Mostly because, in a couple of weeks, I will be a freshman in college!  Which is simultaneously super exciting and terrifying.

I’m hoping that making this list of books to get to will keep me motivated to try and read even though this is a busy time for me.  But I’m definitely not going to worry too much if I can’t get to all of them.  So, with all that said, let’s get on to the list!

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What to do While Listening to Audiobooks

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Audiobooks are some of the best things ever in my opinion.  You can listen to a story while doing other things and giving your eyes a rest.  Sometimes, if the narrator is good, it can even be more enjoyable than reading the traditional way.  There is one problem with audiobooks, though.  It can be difficult to know what to do while listening to them.  You want to do something so that you’re not just sitting there, staring at the wall while you listen, but you don’t want to do something that will distract you from the story.

To help you out with this problem, I’ve made a list of things I like to do while listening to audiobooks!  Hopefully you’ll get some ideas from my list!

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Books to Read This Summer

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Hi, fellow readers!  Summer is finally here, and that means summer vacations, fun times with friends, and lots of free time!  Whether you’re spending it at the beach or at home, one of the best things about summer is the freedom to read as much as you want.  So, in celebration of that, I thought I would share with you four books that I think are perfect for this time of year!

Quick disclaimer before I start the post: all of these books are contemporaries.  Apparently that’s what feels the most summery to me.  I just wanted to let you know that so you aren’t expecting things like fantasy.  Anyway, let’s get on with the post!

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Things I Learned During High School

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It’s the end of the school year, and I’m done with high school for good!  I’ve been through a lot in the past four years, and I thought a good way to celebrate graduating would be to tell you all some things I’ve learned during my time as a high school student.

Just a disclaimer before we start.  These are more life lessons rather than specifically things to do with school.  I was homeschooled during high school, so I can’t give you a ton of advice about things to do with teachers, overwhelming homework, etc.  But, the things I’m going to talk about in this post will apply to pretty much anyone and are important things to learn in your life!

With all of that said, here are the things I learned during high school!

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My Life in Books Tag

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Book tags are some of my favorite things about the book community.  They’re fun and entertaining, and you get to learn about someone and the books they like.  It’s been a little while since I did a book tag on here, so I thought today would be the perfect day to change that!

(Also, before I begin the tag, I wanted to say that I can’t find whoever originally made this tag.  If you happen to know who made this, please let me know in the comments so I can give them credit!)

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May TBR

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It’s the beginning of a new month, and, when you’re a part of the book community, one thing that often means is making a new TBR.  If you don’t know what that means, TBR stands for “to be read”.  Basically, a lot of people in the book community like to try and plan our their month’s reading and make a list of books they want to finish within that month.

I don’t always make TBRs.  It often depends on the mood that I’m in at the beginning of the month.  Sometimes, I find them to be too limiting and put too much pressure on me to read a certain number of books.  Other times, like this month, I like them because they help me figure out what I want to read so that I don’t feel clueless about what to pick up next once I’ve finished whatever I had previously been reading.

Anyway, as you’ve probably guessed, this month I felt like making a TBR.  I might not stick to it completely, but I want a little more structure this month.  I thought it would be a fun thing to do to post it on my blog, so here we are!  With all of that said, let’s just get into the list of books I want to read this month!

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts.  Not fate.  Not destiny.  Or dreams that will never come true.  I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him.  Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica.  Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations.  Never the poet.  Or the dreamer.  But when I see her, I forget about all that.  Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store – for both of us.

Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment.  A million futures lie before us.  Which one will come true?

I’ve actually already started reading this book.  I’m only on page 79, so obviously I’m not very far in.  But I love what I’ve read so far!  I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so hopefully it lives up to the hype!

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol by Graham Greene

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The Third Man is Greene’s brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a city of desolate poverty occupied by four powers.  Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless in Vienna to visit his old friend and hero Harry Lime.  Harry is dead, but the circumstances surrounding his death are highly suspicious, and his reputation, at the very least, dubious.

Graham Greene said of The Third Man that he ‘wanted to entertain [people], to frighten them a little, to make them laugh’ and the result is both a compelling narrative and a haunting thriller.

The Fallen Idol is the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play.  Left in the care of the butler, Baines, and his wife, Philip realizes too late the danger of lies and deceit.  But the truth is even deadlier.

I found this book a few years ago at a library sale.  I read the description and thought it sounded like something I would like, but I have yet to actually pick it up and read it.  I’m hoping to give myself a little push to change that this month and finally get around to it!

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

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Zeus has punished his son Apollo – god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more – by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester.  The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark.  What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?  After experiencing a series of dangerous – and frankly, humiliating – trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America.  Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships – with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series.  Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride…

If you know me at all, then you know that I love Rick Riordan’s books, and the first book in the Trials of Apollo series was no exception.  This is the sequel to that, and it came out just a few days ago!  I’m so excited to dive into this book later this month and see this world that I love so much again!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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As soon as Anne Shirley arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever… but would the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage?  Anne knows she’s not what they expected – a skinny girl with decidedly red hair and a temper to match.  If only she could convince them to let her stay, she’d try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes or blurt out the very first thing she had to say.  Anne was not like anybody else, everyone at Green Gables agreed; she was special – a girl with an enormous imagination.  This orphan girl dreamed of the day when she could call herself Anne of Green Gables.

This book is probably my all-time favorite book.  I read it when I was little and loved it so much that I wanted to be Anne.  It’s been a long time since I last read it, so I thought this month would be the perfect time to pick it back up and see all of the characters and places that I adore again.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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The capital has fallen.  The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.  Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remains of a once-great magical army.  Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint.  Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.  Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers.  But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields.  The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction – and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

This is the last book in the Grisha Trilogy, and I’m so excited to get to it!  I loved the first two books in the trilogy.  I’m hoping that this one lives up to my expectations.  The second book had such a dramatic ending, and I can’t wait to see how everything wraps up!

Those are the books I hope to get to this month!  I might not read all of them, but I wanted to have this list to give me an idea of what my goals for this month are as far as reading goes.  Leave a comment letting me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you’re planning on reading this month!

Thanks for reading!