Finishing Strong – NaNo 2016

November is scarily close to ending, and NaNoWriMo is nearly done. I’m dangerously low on words, so I’m going to give you some motivation to try and up my own word count. I’ll also list some tips and tricks for making it through the end of the month with success.

The first thing you should know is that I’ll laugh at you if you don’t finish. I’ll show up outside of your window, point, and laugh. Watch out for me. If you don’t want a stranger standing outside of your window late at night, you should get writing.

Speaking of writing, you should be doing that right now. What are you doing reading this? Get to work, you useless potato!

Looking up cute studyblr posts does wonders for motivation. You would not believe what some highlighters and nice calligraphy does to you.

If you get stuck, then move on. Write something in all caps that says you’re missing words, and move on. You can come back to those scenes later.

When you need to take a writing break take that time to grab tea, pee, and outline a little further. If you have everything outlined already, then make a super detailed outline of the next chapter, including motions, descriptions, etc. That way you don’t need to think of a single thing when you get going again, you can just go.

Since it’s nearly the end, it’s getting a little hard to keep going. I get it. I’m over 10k words behind and writing is a pain in the ass. What I do when I want to quit is envision where my writing could take me. No matter how much you may repress these thoughts, I know you have the image of you being a professional writer hidden in your head. Dig that image out and spend five minutes imagining your life with that career. That should remind you why you’re trying, so get writing!

A good way to get stuff written is to write what you’ve been wanting to write forever. Whenever I need to get going I write a post about my life or my emotions. I love writing about those things because that’s almost the only way I express those feelings. So find what gets you writing, and write about it.

Find ways to make the same amount of writing make more words. Unless you’re writing something pretty casual like me, stop using contractions. Write every sentence in the longest way possible. In December you can edit them to make them shorter if you must, but for this month make them long.

The last weekend of the month is only days away. Cancel all plans. Stock up on writing food, microwave meals, and teabags. Barricade yourself in your bedroom with your laptop and don’t stop for anyone. Try to get yourself to 50k this weekend. I have a three day weekend, so I’m going to write like hell. Set yourself hourly goals with a punishment if you don’t make your goal. That’s how I write as much as I can when I have a long time to write. I tend to procrastinate when I have no time limit, so giving myself short term goals helps me. If you have to pee, say you can go when you write x amount of words. If you’re bored of your current playlist, or you’ve ran out of snacks do the same. Be ruthless.

Fitting in with the last paragraph, getting a load of chocolate and setting word amounts per piece does wonders. I don’t know if you are as chocolate crazy as me, but almost nothing can get me to write faster. Especially if it’s the really good chocolate. Just the thought of those Lindor chocolates makes my mouth water, so I’m going to stock up on those this weekend and that’s all I’ll need.

I haven’t tried the NaNo word sprints, but I think those would work really well to just get the words out. I know that’s what NaNo is about anyway, but I tend to edit my work as I write anyway. The word sprints could curb my habit if done frequently enough, I think.

If you have any other last-minute pieces of advice, I’d love to hear them. Best of luck with all of your projects!

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My Dream Future

Today I’m going to tell you a bit about what I hope for my future. I find that I’m a bit of a scatterbrained person, and posts like these help me sort my thoughts out and give me a bit of direction.

So once I finish high school I would like to go to university without a gap year. I would like to stay in Canada, but not in my province. I would really like to go to Ottawa, but I need to spend some time researching the schools there first. I think I would like to take a journalism program, but I’ve been changing my mind on that yearly for a while now. I think at this point I’ve decided that it will probably be something involving English.

I would like to do my first year living on campus, and spend my second and third year doing online classes and house sitting around the world. I would like to go back to campus for my last year, so I can have a proper graduation.

After that I hope I live in a cozy, but not too small, apartment. I think I would still like to be in Ottawa, but if not I would like to be in Edmonton or Calgary. That way I’m still in a pretty big city like I want to be, but I’m a bit closer to home. I want to have white walls and lots of plants, as well as big windows and good wifi. By that time I hope that I have a blog that is big enough, and brings in enough money, to be a full time job.

I hope I have a close circle of friends that I truly love and trust. I don’t want to spend a lot of time out, but having enough close friends to go out for coffee with someone every few days sounds ideal. My friends will be a lot like me, and understand that I need a lot of time by myself. It would be nice if they were bloggers as well.

I would like to be taking steps towards becoming an art director, and maybe getting smaller jobs to build my portfolio. I would like to eventually work my way to being an art director for bands that I like, or some fashion magazines.

I would like to think that I’ll have a good workout routine, and good eating habits. I would go to a yoga class a few times a week, and eat balanced meals with lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

The most important part of this dream future is my mental health. I hope that I’m happy with myself, feeling secure in my relationships, and just happy in general.

Hope you all liked this post. I sure had fun writing it! Tell me a bit about your dream self/future down below. I really want to see what you all want in life, talking about other’s future really interests me!

Until next time.

15 Things To Do In My 15th Year

15 Things To Do In My 15th Year

On November 11th, I started a new year of my life. I’m going to do what I can to make it a year of happiness and improvement. These are 15 things I want to do to make it my best year yet.

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  1. Eat better. Less sugar, more greens.
  2. Work out daily. Get in shape, just in case the zombie apocalypse happens.
  3. Write more. This is my third attempt at a blog. I want to make it work this time.
  4. Be kinder to those around me. Start showing everyone that I appreciate them.
  5. Refine my wardrobe. Create a capsule that works year-round.
  6. Sell some of my books. I have more than I need, and the extra money would be nice.
  7. Learn the flute. I’ve had one for years, but I stopped playing after music class wasn’t offered. Time to get learning again.
  8. Embrace minimalism. Less objects, more happiness.
  9. Redo my room. It’s been the same for years, and it still looks like it could belong to a ten year old. I want a place that I enjoy being in.
  10. Start doing things that will help me with job and university applications. Blogging is step one. I still need to find other things to do.
  11. Save up enough for a ticket to another Twenty One Pilots show. I’ve seen them live once, and I can’t wait to see them again.
  12. Build my blog. Soon I’m going to get my own domain and hosting. I want my blog to be big enough that it can be a side job in university.
  13. Become more artistic. Get better at things like drawing and graphic design.
  14. Find a passion. Lots of people have written about that moment. The moment they find something that sets their soul on fire. I want that moment
  15. Become a better person. Be healthy, happy, kind, and satisfied with myself.

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Crossing my fingers that I’ll actually follow this list. Is there anything else I should do? Tell me in the comments!

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What I Learned From Two Failed Blogs

Before I started The Rose-Tinted Chapter, I had had two blogs which I deleted after a few months of running them. I didn’t put work into those blogs in vain though because I learned some things about myself and about the blogging world through them. I’m going to share some of the things I learned from those blogs.

#1: I’m a bit of an attention whore.

One of the main reasons those blogs flopped was because I had almost no traffic on either one. I felt as though I was writing for no reason since nobody was reading my work. At that point I was writing very impersonal things, so my writing didn’t even benefit myself. This blog already has more traffic than either of those blogs ever had, so I know my words are reaching someone. (Thanks for reading my work. Knowing that someone is reading this makes it all worth it.)

#2: I need competition in order to work well.

This time I started my blog really close to the beginning to NaNoWriMo. When November rolled around I was horrified with myself and thought I would have to give up NaNoWriMo in order to keep blogging. Turns out there’s a thread in the forums for people who do NaNo with blog posts, so I decided to do that. The competition and the threat of losing makes me write a lot more than I would if I hadn’t signed up for NaNo. In fact, I’m currently sitting in a hotel room while my family is at Chuck E Cheese just so I can catch up on my word count. I decided to skip out on skeeball on my birthday for this stupid competition guys. I’m either really dedicated or really scared of failing.

#3: I should have researched before starting those blogs.

I hadn’t even heard the word SEO before starting my first blog. I didn’t understand how categories on WordPress worked, and my writing was really low quality. Now I know how to make my titles SEO optimized, even if I don’t always do it, and I know how categories work. My writing isn’t top notch, but I’m putting in a lot more effort. In the beginning, I just didn’t know how blogs worked, and now I’m at least making an effort to learn.

#4: I need to write about things that interest me while sticking to a common theme.

My very first blog was really all over the place. My second blog was a little more together, but I wasn’t writing about what I wanted to write. Now my blog is still a bit scattered, but I’m writing about what I want to write about. My first blog had no direction, and therefore nobody wanted to read it because it was everywhere. I didn’t even want to look at my second blog because I was forcing myself into a box that I didn’t really want to be in. I’m much more happy with this blog than the other two.

#4: I need to set solid goals.

When I started my first blog I called it a hobby blog in my head, but in the back of my mind, I had dreams of living the “blogger lifestyle” and blogging full-time. For my second blog, I started it knowing that I wanted it to become my job in the future, but I wasn’t happy with it, and I wasn’t putting much effort into it. This blog I started with a goal of turning it into a job by the time I’m in university, and I’m putting a lot more effort into it. I know that blogging full time is a really hard goal to reach, especially for someone who’s never had much luck with social media, but I need to set my goals high in order to keep trying to reach them. I’m not treating this blog like just but a hobby and then expecting results, I’m expecting the results I work for.

#5: Telling friends and family about your blog isn’t always a good idea.

When I started my first blog I had to ask my mom if I could, and she said I could as long as she monitored it. This sounds really reasonable, but that made it very hard for me to write about what I wanted to write about. I think three of my friends followed my second blog, and that was way worse than just my mom. I knew that I was being monitored, and I haven’t had a close relationship with a friend since seventh grade, so I couldn’t write properly. I was writing what I knew they expected me to write instead of what I wanted to write. Nobody I know in person follows this blog, so I’m free to discuss things like my thoughts and emotions without feeling like I’m being judged constantly. I know that you guys won’t judge me (at least outwardly) because you all want to be here. I have the freedom to write my darkest secrets and I don’t shy away from posting them. Of course, I hesitate since it’s a bit intimidating to share some things with anyone, but I feel safe sharing my heart with you.

I could go on and on about this, but I think five is a good number to leave it on. Thank you guys for reading this far, you’re the reason I keep writing. Have any of you learned any lessons from blogging that you want to share? Do you want to spill your deepest darkest secrets? Did you eat a really good taco that you must tell someone about? Comment it up.

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Surviving NaNoWriMo – Week 2

We are now in week two of NaNoWriMo! For those who don’t know what NaNo is, it’s a challenge to write 50,000 words throughout the month of November. Traditionally you write a novel, since it is National Novel Writing Month, but other projects are accepted. This year I’m trying to write my 50k in blog posts.

Now is the week of self doubt, denial, and in my short NaNo history dropping out can be included. So today I’m going to share my tips for staying on track as the month goes on.

The #1 thing all Wrimos need during November is caffeine. Be is coffee, tea, or that fancy caffeine chocolate – stock up. You’re going to need it. I drink tea, so I have a big box of orange pekoe tea bags in the pantry that I’m really using. During the week you may be able to take it easy on these, but make sure you have a supply come the weekend.

The weekend is when you should be raising your word count, so you have some wiggle room throughout the week. I’ve been doing it backwards, since I’m going to have a super busy weekend, but generally speaking you should be writing your butt off on weekends. (Maybe listening to me on this isn’t a good idea… I’m over 5,000 words behind right now.)

Another tip I have, taken from No Plot? No Problem! is to boast about what you’re writing. If people know that you’re trying to write 50,000 words, then you have to face their laughter when you fail. If you really need motivation then bet something. It doesn’t even have to be money. Have a roommate/family? Get them to hide all the cookies in the house, and only give them to you if you meet your word count. Have a Starbucks addiction? Get a friend agree to buy you one drink a week if you meet your word count every week. Have a ruthless friend? Give them some of your money and tell them to only give it to you if you meet your word count. If you picked the right friend they actually won’t give it back if you fail.

Last thing: Make some writing buddies. If you have people to compete with, then you’ll want to win even more. A real life friend maximizes competitiveness, but if you can only find people online that works too. If you can beat a friend and win NaNo at the same time, then that’s even better for you, and your word count.

That’s about all I have for today. Any of you have some tips to stay on track? I sure could use them about now! So please give me your secrets. I’m seriously desperate.

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