A Productive November

November is going to be an incredibly productive month for me. Not just because I will be going back to work, but also because I will be participating in Nanowrimo!

Goals for the month of November:

Write the two reviews I’m behind on: I still need to review Wilder Girls and The Stranger. Two books I have polar opposite feelings on, but I should get that done first thing this month so that should go well.

Draft 50,000 words for Nanowrimo!: I’m doing a Christmas fantasy project just for the fun of it. It’s an expansion on a short story I wrote for Christmas a previous year and I wanted to make an adorable Christmas book full of joy.

Continuing Chole Ting’s 2018 Summer Shred: I am on day 11 of this challenge and it’s the best I’ve done during one of her workout series so far and I’m hoping to keep the momentum going!

Get to level 220 on Fortnite! So I just got fortnite back and I’m on level 75. I’m hoping that by the end of the season I can get to the level 220 mark for the sake of holo marvel skins. Which means I have to gain about 5 levels a day from here on out. Which will prove to be challenging. Especially considering all else I want to do, but if I do complete this I will honestly feel like a damn goddess.

Make some dessert or food for thanksgiving. I want to make something nice as a part of Thanksgiving this year. I don’t know what that will be just yet, but I have some time to think about it.

Read some books! At the moment my tbr is looking like: Burn Our Bodies Down, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and Crazy House. We’ll see at the end of the month if I pick up anything else!

That’s all for my goals for this month! What are some of yours?

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Why I’m Not Doing Nanowrimo This November

Every year I try to pursue Nanowrimo and every year I fail. I fail because of life. I fail because I have so many things I want to do. I fail because I can’t seem to sit myself down and write 1,500 words in one sitting. One year, I swear I will pursue and complete this challenge, but now is not the time.

I have a lot of things going on in my personal life. I have a lot of obligations I have to fill. I also, have this urge to watch some movies. Plus, I’ve had the feeling of wanting to binge all of Shane Dawson’s You-tuber documentaries. I’m also working a lot trying to make some extra money for Christmas. I simply don’t have the time.

This does not mean I won’t be writing at all. I’m currently writing a new book idea that has required no outlining what-so-ever and basically just lives in my brain waiting to be written. This book would have been perfect for Nanowrimo, but still, I have a couple of other obligations I’m working on on the side.

Sometimes, you have to look at your life and say to yourself that your not going to pile up a billion things. I have a tendency to do that to myself. To say I’m going to do this thing and that thing and adding too many things till I burn out. So for now I’m just going to stick with what I have.

This month no doubt is going to be a productive one. However, writing a whole book is not going to be in the cards. That’s fine by me for now. I’m going to try and balance some enjoyment and productivity this month. I think that is a good goal.

Nanowrimo is an amazing thing. So many amazing writers go on and tackle their stories and make them real. I’m going to continue on that same path, but I’m taking a slow and steady approach to it. I have so much I want to do. I think it’s not so bad to try and balance everything out a bit.

Thanks for reading! Are you doing Nanowrimo? I’d love to hear your thoughts down in the comments below!

-Till next time!

A Love Letter to All the Books I Haven’t Written Yet

Dear future novels,

You swim in my head haunting my dreams. You take up more note space in my phone then I ever thought you would. You entice me and make me feel gloriously happy when I think of what you would look like as a full story.

Each and every one of you is unique occupying a different part of my heart. I love each and every one of you (even the ones I haven’t thought of yet). Some of you are contemporary, some of you are horror. Those of you who are fantasy or sci-fi you know how much I dream of writing you well. To all the other genres thriller, magical realism, historical, and romance too..you know I have so many dreams of your existences too!

There are times when I toss in turn just thinking about little scenes that would go perfectly in one story and begging to be seen. Sometimes I feel this soaring deep within my bones just imagining the worlds that I had never seen before.

All you characters are inspiring some sassy some serious… some filled with sadness and others might just be delirious. I love those of you who are angry and just want to fix what’s wrong, but those of you who just want to deal with yourselves that just as valid too. Some of you have magic others are subjected to it. Some of you have none at all and that’s just the fun of it. I can’t wait to write your stories and breath into you all some life. Some victims, heroes, protagonists, all just trying to do what’s right (for you).

I know a lot of you are impatient waiting for me to write your story, but all I need is time to make all of your stories the best that they can be.

I love all the places you take me and I love all of your dreams. I love you future novels. I can’t wait to see where else you bring me.

Love,

Tiana

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this little letter. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!

First Drafts and A New Perspective

So I know I’ve been talking a lot about writing on this blog recently, but honestly I have no regrets. To have the thing that I had been so fearful of be something I now find myself being dedicated to is incredible.

The most important thing that got me back into writing was the idea of writing a first draft in three months, not looking at it for at least a month, and being able to revise and rewrite later.

The first idea came from Stephen King “The first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months, the length of a season,” I thought about all the authors I knew that had books that took years for them to write and then others that also wrote fast first drafts. It forced me to choose what kind of writer I wanted to be. So I choose the three month draft.

I figured that there is no reason for me to spend months and months at a time just thinking and dreaming about the ideas for stories I wanted to write. In fact that did a whole lot of nothing for me. (Except that I know have a huge list of ideas that has over twenty ideas in great detail. While more come all the time).

I wanted to be the kind of writer that writes everyday without fail. The kind that puts out book after book and they are all unique yet give meaning of their own. So making that deadline and telling myself with no BS that I’m going to write a first draft in 3 months was huge. I wasn’t sure I believed I could commit to it until last night. Last night I reached 19,000 words. More then I had ever written for any novel before (and with so much story left to tell). I wasn’t sure if I would ever get past 10,000 words for any novel. Plus it was at 19,000 words that I finally felt like I had the true beginnings of a novel shaped thing and a real and mostly solid story to tell.

The point of not looking at a draft for at least a month came from another author I had been watching on YouTube Kim Chance. She would talk about just getting words out and leaving them alone for a while till you could come back to them with a fresh set of eyes.

In truth, I took these pieces of advice and transformed them into the best ways I felt I could use them, by giving myself a chance to stagger the books I wanted to write and making it so that I’m never not drafting or editing (which so far is going great for me!). Combining these things there is no reason for me not to have a first draft available every three months. Plus my first draft gets written while only writing 30 min. To an hour everyday and it makes it so I can manage other projects simultaneously. Both pieces of advice have become one to create my new way of writing.

The last piece of advice came from many authors all over the place. The idea that the first draft is just the bones of the story. It doesn’t have to be perfect because your figuring things out. This was a huge change in perspective because I was always editing and reworking as I went and I wanted everything perfect immediately, but honestly I never got anywhere that way. Learning that it’s ok to write badly so that you can make it stronger later gave me a sense of happiness and writing my first draft of my first novel now has become a much easier and better process for it.

Because of all this my fantasy novel that once read like a contemporary has found its world. I finally figured out what tense I wanted to write in after switching between first person past and present like someone flicking lights rapidly and not stopping. I added a second p.o.v. that I absolutely adore! I figured out for sure how magic works in my story. Plus a much better sense of what direction I want the story to go. Of course it needs work and even by the end I will have something even more different from what I have now, but I am happy because I have a process. Plus enough story to tell to truly make a novel.

Thanks for reading! What is your writing process like? I’m curious to see what all the other writers out there have to say about their own writing Journey’s.

Till next time!

Camp Nanowrimo: I’m Participating Again!

So it’s this time of the year again where writers all over set out to write however much they want to over a months period in Camp Nanowrimo! One thing I sadly have never completely successfully… (the fact that this post initially crashed my WordPress app just as I was beginning to write this so I had to start over better not be an omen).

I have probably set out and tried to do a nano project about 10 different times… seriously over 10. The largest number of words I ever completed was 5,000 words… only 5,000… however I keep trying (why you ask? Maybe I’m just a gluten for punishment who knows?).

What is going to make this time any different from my previous attempts? For one thing I created a new Camp Nano account so that I could start everything over fresh without looking at previous failed attempts. Hopefully with nothing of the past to look at I can create a future of successes into the rest of my Nano career.

This time, I am aiming for 25,000 words so that I can ease into writing instead of bulldozering into it, like I usually would by going for 50,000. I could always write as if I’m going for the 50k, but this way if I don’t actually reach it I know I will have a very substantial amount of writing to be proud of regarding my WIP.

The current novel I am going for is a Dragon Soulmate novel featuring a healthy relationship that doesn’t have the possessiveness I usually find when I read soul mate novels (something I have grown to be very frustrated with). There isn’t really anything special about this novel other then the fact that I want to have something to read in the universe that shows a slower paced healthy relationship and since I haven’t be able to find it out in the real world I might as well be the one to write it.

Anywho, there is obviously more to my WIP then that, but for now I’m leaving it to be a mystery. I hope to stay positive and give this a serious go. Who knows maybe something amazing will come from it!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Are you joining Nanowrimo.

-Till next time!

Nanowrimo Marathon: A Two Day Event!

This November I am participating in Nanowrimo, but so far I have been a bit lacking and have only written 1,094 words. Which means I need to do something major to catch up and maybe, even get ahead.

So this weekend I am doing a two day marathon where I do at least 5 hours of writing on both days. The hope behind this is not only to catch up, but to see what life would be like for me if I did end up becoming a career novelist one day and this would be the norm!

My plan for Saturday and Sunday:

Spend 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. writing

1 hour break

Spend 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. writing

Then if I still feel like writing to continue on.

My goal amount of words for this challenge is 10,000 total. Which would put me at 11,000 words which would put me at two days ahead of the game and allow me to have plenty of reading time afterwards and reduce my daily word count goal thereafter.

I will let you all know how this went for me after, but for now I’m just excited to get started!

Thanks for reading! Are you participating in Nanowrimo this year? Let me know down in the comments!

-Till next time!

Announcing My Camp Nanowrimo Project! 

The time is almost upon us! Legions of writers coming together for a single month to write as many words as their fingers and time will allow. Camp Nanowrimo! 

I have not successfully completed any Nanowrimo of any kind since I tried for the first time a in 2015. However, I am trying once more and this time I feel confident that I can conquer this beast that has been plaguing me since my mom ignited the writing bug inside me not so long ago. 

I am 18 years old, a short unedited novel under my belt and a poetic heart to share with the world. I refuse to let myself give in to the temptation that is procrastination, because if I do not write, I am silencing an aching part of my soul. 

So I am proud to announce my participation in this April’s Camp Nanowrimo!

May the Lord guide me and keep me on the right path. 

I have chosen to write a poetry book this time around. Poetry is what sparked my love for writing and it’s only write that my first successful Camp Nanowrimo is a book of poetic thought. 

My word count goal for this month is 25,000 words. I already have 1,368 words written towards this book and whatever number that I end up with before Camp starts will be added with the 25,000 so I stay true to the process. 

Here is a single poem to give the tinest taste of what kind of tone I want this book to take:

You spoke sugar words into my mouth 

Brought me to life with you’re black poison

I was tethered to you by affirmations 

You said I was pretty, smart, courageous 

My heart grew for your own 

Yet you used my love for your advantage 

You knew I would follow you to the depths 

And to the depths you took me 

Destroying me with your sought after addictions
In my head it will be a mix of societal call outs. Our hearts obsessions and being the subject of oppression. It will be dark. It will hurt and it will not be pretty. I’m so excited to write this book! 

Thanks for reading! Please let me know your thoughts on this poetry book and any suggestions for themes or any specific issues you would like for me to cover around Obsession and oppression. Also let me know if you would be interested in a bit of darker poetry at all and if you like the vibe the poem I included here gives off. Thanks for being here and for the continued support! Let me know if your joining or thinking of joining Camp Nanowrimo! My cabin still needs members so I’d love it if you could join me!

-Till next time!

The Bad Book Project #11| Writing Style (by Tiana)


Hello everyone! I wrote a guest post over on Lia’s blog @ Lost in A Story! Lia had this awesome project idea to write posts in preparation for Camp Nanowrimo and I was so happy and I’m excited to be a part of it! 

Here is a taste of my post: 

This is the one-but-last post for this project, and I am over my head in preparations for Camp NaNoWriMo. My floor is currently covered in note cards of every colour and I am working on the plot and the characters. In less than two weeks I’m going to start writing and I’m super excited! I’m also very excited to welcome Tiana from The Book Raven, who will talk about writing styles!
One of the most important parts of writing is your voice. That whisper deep inside you that aches to be poured out onto the page. It comes out in every little thing that you write, an email, a blog post, even a text, but the truest place where it reigns free is when writing a story. 
Creating an entire world with a small family of characters that interact with one another exactly the way you shape them to is the expression of what you see and believe in deep inside of you. Your hopes, your worries, your deepest thoughts and memories, appear on the page without you ever knowing it and that is what creates your voice, your writing style. 
If you enjoy observing and creating vivid detail that will show in everything you write. 
The red ballpoint pen danced across the page leaving Ink behind like a trail of blood. The women’s hand was fluid as she wrote, almost happy, but as the Ink spread she didn’t realise what problems her swirling message would cause. Even in the most simple of sentences who you are, bleeds into your work. 

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I hope you all will enjoy my first ever guest post! 

-Till next time! 

Nanowrimo: Day 1

For the first day of Nanowrimo I was determined to begin with a bang. My entire day was spent writing wherever and whenever I could. I wrote while waiting to go into class. I wrote while sitting in the car. I wrote as I ate. I just let go of any and all excuses and wrote. 


At the end of the day when I saw the fruit of my passion, a whopping 5,689 words, I couldn’t contain my pride. 

I had written more in one day then I ever had before. It made me feel like I was truly capable of finishing my first draft faster then I ever thought possible. I learned so much about my characters and I felt as though I lived with them as I wrote. 

I have the beginnings of a story! That is one of the most exciting notions of all. 

This month will be full of ups and downs, but at least I know I have a good starting point and a story that I am happy and excited for. 

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Are you joining Nanowrimo? If you have started your novel how was your day one? Let me know in the comments below!

-Till next time!

Nanowrimo 2016: Plan of Action 

Nanowrimo is almost a week a way and I couldn’t be more excited. About a week ago I took the pledge to join in, but now, it is time to reveal my project. 

The name of the novel I have decided to write is……

Drum roll please……

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Dark Amnesia! 


For this novel I have the idea, but I don’t have a real plan. The only thing I know is some of the characters and some ideas for what the story will be, but nothing is concrete. 

However, there is a reason for my madness. This is my first real attempt and I wanted it to be as open ended as possible. I wanted to turn this project into a sort of experiment to see if I can go through and write a novel almost from scratch. 

This may work out great, or it may crash and burn, but I am determined to see where this story takes me. 

The major issues will be figuring out how to juggle my novel project and my college classes. I am in college for professional writing and it requires a lot of time and work for me to keep up with. Not to meantion, my decision to create this blog. 

The important thing that I will keep in mind during this time, is that the reason I decided to create this blog, join Nanowrimo, and go to college for professional writing is that I have always wanted to make writing one of my priorities. I wanted to prove to myself that I could live my life doing something that I love to do: write! So, even if it will be a difficult road ahead, I will do my best to make time for all the various writing adventures I choose to take. As well as give time to my family, myself and my friends along the way. 

That said, I hope you join in on this journey with me. I want to see where our stories go. What can we create in a month? I hope to share the experience with everyone along the way.