My Favorite Inspirational Writing Quotes

inspirational writing quotes

As not only a reader, but also a creative writing major and writer, I probably don’t talk about writing enough on this blog. I’m currently continuing to work on my WIP for my independent project here at my off-campus program in NYC, and let me tell you, I am STRUGGLING to write! Everyday, I get back from my internship and I have zero motivation to write and I’m constantly unable to envision how I want my WIP to pan out.

Which is why I thought I’d compiled a list of inspiring writing quotes, to motivate you fellow writers out there AND myself (and well, because it seemed like a nice and easy blog post since I’ve still struggling to get content out lately, lol).


don't be afraid to write crap because crap makes great fertilizer

Literally me every time I sit down to write. But seriously, I firmly believe that no writing is pointless; there’s always a good idea hidden in there, even it’s only a kernel at the time. It’s OKAY to write crap; your writing doesn’t have to be perfect right away.

writing is like driving through the fog at night. you can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

This is a quote that I like to refer to whenever I feel like plotting is the bane of my existence. I know the beginning and the end point of my WIP, and sometimes I feel like I know a couple of the directions coming up, but dang, am I clueless about the rest of the journey! I just need to accept a more pantser attitude and discover the plot as I go.

you have no expiration date. A story won't go bad if you give it time.

Okay, this probably isn’t exactly as she said it, but it’s the same general idea. When I saw Roshani Chokshi on her tour for The Gilded Wolves, she said this when asked about writing advice, and it really stuck with me. Seriously, there is no rush to write; take your time to write, and don’t give yourself unnecessary stress by giving yourself a rigid deadline. That’s not to say deadlines aren’t helpful; they totally are amazing tools to push yourself to write, just don’t use them to freak yourself out to the point that you’re unable to write.

I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I"m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles. Shannon Hale.

And of course I couldn’t not include a writing quote from the author of one of my favorite books! But seriously, sand castles are hard to build and so are stories. Not everything is going to be perfect from the get-go; you have to continually come back and sculpt it into your vision. That’s why revisions exist.

if you wish to be a writer, write

And finally, the one that should be quite obvious, but is honestly such a great reminder. If you write, you’re a writer; there is no question to it.


We’re only a couple weeks days away from April and that means Camp NaNoWriMo is almost here! I’ve only participated in Camp NaNo once, but I found it SUPER helpful and I can’t wait to participate again. But, CRAP, that means I need to figure out my goal and start mentally preparing myself to write a lot everyday, especially since my project is due at the beginning of April, so I really need the motivation and friendly environment of Camp NaNo. Yikes…

Are you a writer? What’s your current WIP? Did any of these quotes resonate with you? What are some of your favorite quotes about writing? Are you planning on participating in Camp Nano?

Sunshine Blogger Award #2

Sunshine Blogger Award

A little sunshine to break through this dreary winter (even though it doesn’t look like winter here. ahhh, I want snow). In October, the awesome Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice tagged me for this award! I’m so honored that she thought of me (and praying that she doesn’t mind that I’m doing this tag 3 months late). Dezzy has such a pretty blog, so make sure to check it out!


RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

DEZZY’S QUESTIONS:

1. What’s your favorite type of blog post to write, and why?

Hmmm, probably Top Ten Tuesday posts and monthly wrap-ups? I love making lists (specifically TBR ones, tho I’m never super great at sticking to them) and TTT coomunity is great. In regard to wrap-ups, I find it super pleasing to reflect on all the books I read in a month (and again, write a TBR for the next month). Tho my wrap-up posts are not always great when I procrastinate and leave all the writing until right before I post it (as opposed to periodically working on the post throughout the month).

2. Do you usually reread books? Why or why not?

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Not super often, but sometimes! Generally I’ll reread books if I want to go back and finish a series. One of my favorite books, which I’ll never stop reading tho, is The Goose Girl!

3. What’s a book that made you an emotional wreck and/or broke your heart?

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Hmm, I tend to avoid books that will make me an emotional wreck, but the last book that made me cry (and I almost NEVER cry over books) was The Bird and the Blade. I won’t say more, but if you haven’t picked up this book yet, go do so now! It’s a YA retelling of the opera Turandot.

4. What’s a book that brought you the utmost joy (you couldn’t stop smiling after reading it)?

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Oooh, there are probably a lot of books I could name for this, but the first one that comes to mind is Crown of Midnight. I loved how dramatic the ending was and I remember thinking about the book and speculating about the next one for months afterwards.

5. Standalone books or book series?

Ooooh, this is hard! I love series because it means you get more of the characters but I also love standalones because of the lack of commitment they require….so, series, I guess? Tho lately I suck at finishing them (looking @ you Kingdom of Ash and Crooked Kingdom).

6. If you could unread a book, what would it be and why?

Probably any one that I’ve given a one star, since I only give that rating to books that I think are complete trash. One star reads–usually because I binge-read to get them over with/find out what happens at the end–always leave me feeling gross after I finish reading them and I hate that feeling.

7. How has your blogging style and writing voice changed since you first started blogging?

Ermmm, I think I’ve gotten more informal and casual in my writing? Also, when I first started my blog, I didn’t take it very seriously and my posts were pretty irregular. I didn’t start putting more effort into my blog and posting regularly until the start of 2018 (which is 4 months after I started Are You My Book?).

8. How have your reading tastes changed ever since you started blogging?

Hmm, I don’t know if they have? I think perhaps I’m a little bit more open about trying books from other genres (outside of my usual area of YA fantasy), but I don’t think I can specifically nail down any other changes.

9. How did you discover your favorite author and/or favorite books?

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One of my favorite series is Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series (tho I still have yet to read the last book). I honestly think I discovered it merely by searching for books on Amazon. I remember discovering the first book and I think perhaps it hadn’t been publish at the time (lol I remember frantically searching the internet for a longer excerpt because I was so hooked by the opening pages in the Amazon preview). I forgot about the book until a couple months later in 2012 and then asked for it for Christmas. I’ve been hooked ever since.

10. What’s your favorite movie adaptation?

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If you had asked me before 2018, I would have instantly said A Walk to Remember. But after 2018 with the release of Love, Simon and watching the BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice for my Jane Austen class, those are now also top contenders…

11. List three favorite books and one song you associate with each of them!

Eep, I’m gonna have to bail out on the song portion of this question; I’m horrible at recalling song titles, let alone knowing them in the first place. 😬


MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What’s your favorite book to recommend?
  2. If you were forced to try out a new type of blog post (e.g. a new format or topic), what would it be about?
  3. If you had to dye your hair a color from the rainbow, what color would you pick?
  4. Who’s an auto-buy author of yours?
  5. Your all-time favorite snack?
  6. Current obsession? (e.g. movie, song, TV show, book)
  7. Tell us a little bit about your blogging routine?
  8. Tea or coffee and what’s your favorite kind?
  9. What’s your favorite day of the week?
  10. If someone handed you a giftcard to a bookstore right now, what book would you buy with it?
  11. What’s a goal of yours for 2019? (bookish, blogging-wise, other, it doesn’t matter)

I NOMINATE:

If you’ve already done this tag or you don’t like doing tags, no pressure!

(Also, yes, I know that is clearly not 11 bloggers but I had trouble finding blogs that were currently active and hadn’t already received this award!)


How did you discover your favorite author? What are your favorite books to reread? What was the last book you read that made you an emotional wreck?

November Wrap-Up: Too Much Homework, Leather Jackets, and I finally started Six of Crows! [ALSO My Semi-Hiatus Continues]

monthly wrap up

Hey guys, just popping on here real quick with my November wrap-up before I return to my hiatus. I will officially be back and active on my blog come December 14th, when my semester ends and all my final projects are turned. I literally have all 3 of my big projects due within 12 hours of each other (but so far I am somewhat managing to live in denial of the stress, so that’s good).

Let’s see, November was…a stressful blur and I’m not sure I really remember much of what I did, or if I care to, honestly. I think it was me really just holding out for the end of the semester (which is sooo close, ahhhhh).

ALSO I just finished a rough draft of my 10 page paper for my Jane Austen class and I feel so accomplished, omg.

Good gracious, why are intros so hard to write? I never know what to say. Okay, let’s just move on because I need to go to sleep after I post this. 😴


BOOKS I READ:

four books lying against the carpet

1. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Rating: 2 stars

Yeah, not a fan. I get that it was written in the 90s and that feminism was different then, but there was just so much self-loathing in this book and I hated reading about it. Not to mention that Bridget is a ditzy character and arghhhh, she drove me insane.

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Rating: 4.5 stars

Definitely had a slow start (and the book totally could have been shorter), but omg the writing was amazing. I also loved how instead of being written in chapters, the book was written in vignettes (which was so much more engaging). I don’t know if I can concisely summarize this book, so definitely look it up if you haven’t heard of it before!

(also this book ended up being helpful for a project that I had to do for my Cultural Heritage class which was sooo nice).

3. Emma by Jane Austen

Rating: 3.25 stars

As always, I loved Austen’s writing, but as for the rest of the book? Not a big fan. The protagonist is annoying, not a lot happens plot-wise (I swear like a third of the book takes place in Emma’s thoughts & imaginations), the romance is too creepy, and the ending was too easy/passive (Emma did nothing to bring about these resolutions).

4. Austenland by Shannon Hale

Rating: 3 stars

Basically a loose Pride & Prejudice retelling featuring an Austen fanatic and an Austen-inspired resort. A quick, cute & fun read but there wasn’t a lot of substance to it. This novel was literally under 200 pages. I loved reading all the shout-outs to other Austen books though!


DECEMBER TBR:

Okay, this is more like my TBR for the rest of the semester (so until December 14th). I plan to do a separate post about my Winter Break TBR (for the Top Ten Tuesday on December 18th). Also, I’m already technically reading Six of Crows (I’m just over 1/3 of the way through), but I still wanted to include it in my TBR. Marbles is a graphic memoir that I have to read for Cultural Heritage class (and then get write a 6-8 page final paper on, yay me!!😭)


RANDOM LIFE UPDATES:

  • My roommate and I watched the first season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix and fricking adored it!
  • I got to see my pets while home during Thanksgiving break! Came home to find that my third cat, not featured below, has taken over my room and lies in my bed on a daily basis, the darn rascal. 😝
    • Aahhhh, I can’t wait to see them when I return home!
  • My fiction writing class had lunch with Emily St. John Mandel, the author of Station Eleven, who gave us such helpful writing advice!
  • My friend and I completed our goal of finding leather jackets! We noticed when we attended the YA Fandom Frenzy last year that the majority of authors seemed to wear black leather jackets, so we decided that in order to accomplish our dreams of someday becoming authors, we needed to acquire leather jackets. 😁

two girls in leather jackets back to back

  • I HAVE TWO WEEKS LEFT IN MY FALL SEMESTER! Praise the freaking lord.

What books did you read in November? Do anything fun? If you’re in school currently, how are you doing now that the semester is coming to a close?

SEMI-HIATUS ANNOUNCEMENT/ WWW Wednesday: November 21st, 2018

WWW Wednesday

As you guys may have noticed, I have not posted for the last 2 weeks. The only reason I’m managing to post now is because I’m on Thanksgiving break (lol and it’s still 15 minutes until Thursday here, whoops). As this semester has been coming to a close, I’ve found myself stressed and swamped over all that I have to do for my classes and I have not been able to find the time, energy, nor motivation to post. Thus, I am announcing a semi-hiatus until my semester ends in the middle of December. I will be around to respond to the comments of this post and I also plan post a November Wrap-Up at the end of this month, but besides that, I will be absent and focusing on college. Thank you guys so much for understanding; I can’t wait to be fully reunited with guys come winter break! 🙂 ❤


Now for a brief update on my reading:

(For those of you who don’t know: WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where you answer 3 ‘what’ questions about your reading.)


What are you currently reading?
(again, a lot)

  • Olive Kitteridge– Reading this for my fiction writing class!
  • Station Eleven– Was suppose to read this for November 13th when the author visited my college. As you can see, I did not succeed. Only got 1/3 of the way through…
  • Rule– Still at 34%…(since September 7th, yikes!)
  • Celtic Tales– Haven’t picked this one up in awhile either.
  • Ruin and Rising– Ditto here. 😅

What have you recently finished?

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As always, I loved Austen’s writing, but as for the rest of the book? Not a big a fan. Emma is annoying, not a lot happens plot-wise (I swear like a third of the book takes place inside Emma’s thoughts & imaginations), the romance is kinda creepy, and the ending was too easy/passive (Emma did nothing to bring about these resolutions).

This marks the 4th Jane Austen book I’ve read (I’ve previously read P&P, S&S, and Northanger Abbey). I am still looking forward to reading Mansfield Park and Persuasion someday though!


What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Austenland– Going to read this for my Jane Austen class! I love Shannon Hale, so I really hope this book doesn’t disappoint me.
  • Six of Crows– I’m finally hoping on this bandwagon!! I mean, I kinda have to since my book club is reading it and we’re meeting on Monday to discuss the first half, so yeah…but still! I meant to finish my reread of the Grishaverse trilogy, but as you can see by my “currently reading” list, that didn’t happen. Oh well 😆

What books are you currently reading? Any books you’re looking forward to reading? What’s your favorite Jane Austen novel?

If you’re in school, are you hanging in there? (If you’re managing to blog while also balancing school, can you give me tips?)

If you made a WWW Wednesday post this week, feel free to link it up in the comments below, I would love to read them!