Make Writing TOP PRIORITY in Your Life.

Gosh guys, it feels like I’ve been gone for a super long time! Everything has been super busy I, along with some other members here, had to sort through a lot of LIFE stuff. But we’re all back and happy to jump back into it!
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As a fair warning, just letting you guys know that this post is going to be kind of short. ūüėČ but it’s still an important post and I hope you guys take a lot out of it like I did as I wrote it. ‚ô•‚ô•
Well, what are we waiting for??

Let’s get to it!


So today I wanted to share with you guys something that I found in one of my emails (it was from one of the many emails I sighed up for bettering my writing)

It was a¬†message that was really powerful to me and the best part about is that what I’m about to share, you guys ¬†can use in their life. (Whether it be centered toward your writing or your own personal lives). Whatever floats your boat ūüėČ I originally got this AWESOME-CAKES idea from the lovely ladies over at¬†Go Teen Writers, (if you’ve not yet subscribed to them and you call yourself a writer,¬†YO, OMG WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??) Any who, what they talk about is basically about a mason jar, some sand, and some super huge rocks.¬†

Am I making any sense? Calm down, calm down. I know. But shh, listen. All of this is about to make sense.

They talk about setting your priorities to make sure you’re not stressing and that you never lose sight of what’s important in your life. (family, job, friends, etc.) So, remember how I talked about that sand, mason jar, and rocks? Well, the example they gave, talked about going through life and being able to decipher/remember the difference between the filter things, or “the sand.” This is how it works: You get a jar, fill it with rocks, then add the sand and watch as the sand particles ease their way¬†between the rocks, navigating their way¬†to the bottom, A.K.A. the “big” things in our life, or the more important things.¬†

Isn’t that just the bestest thing EVA??

Also, I have absolutely no idea if I made any sense just then because I, Kei Lei, am a total fail whale at explaining things. I kid you not. Don’t even try to get me to explain directions to you. I’d half you somewhere in Hong Kong by the time we’re through.¬†

So, anyway,¬†Go Teen Writers’¬†post is super freaking awesome and if I have you the slightest bit curious about what they’re all about and you’re a writer then PLEASE,¬†PLEASE¬†go check them out guys!


I don’t know about you guys but this message really helped me out a lot! It really changed my perspective on a lot of things in my life. So, let go of all of the stress of life (whether it be with writing, school, work, etc.) and just remember to let the sand slip¬†between the rocks today. Decide what is is the most important at that moment. Soooo, have fun, plan it all out. You’ll be happier for it.

Let the sand fall between the rocks. ‚ô•‚ô•


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Any other quotes that you guys have come across that have really changed how you look at things? Or helped you to see things differently ehen you were going through tough times? I’d love to hear them, yo!

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IT DOESN‚ÄôT MATTER IF YOU’RE A SLOW WRITER. WRITE ALL THOSE WORDS.

I’ve been writing for a year and some months¬†and for¬†some crazy and inexplicable reason, I’M STILL DOING IT.¬†Which is why I thought this was a PERFECT topic to talk about today.¬†Why? Because when it all boils down to it,¬†IT DOENST FREAKIN’ MATTER¬†how fast of a writer you are! As long as your goal is to write as much as you can everyday, YOU’LL BE FINE. (And I’ll give you cake.)¬†

#YASS.

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Writing isn’t an easy task. ¬†Not only do we have to deal with insecurities and stuff, we also have to deal with¬†what¬†the heck¬†were going to write as well as deal with things like hiw FAST we write and whether or not were meeting our goals.

                                                                                                                                                                           

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† And that’s just the thing. When I first started writing, I didn’t focus do much on goals. Pfft, I thought I was a big to shot since I was writing a book and all.. but back then, yeah, I was still writing a book a month¬†BUT¬†I didn’t have any goals set. I knew I wanted to finish a book by the end of a month but that was it. I didn’t know then that it was important for me to dig deeper, SET INSANELY SPECIFIC GOALS.

                                                                                                                                                                     

               I wrote it down and then it became a habit to include it in my everyday life. I can already see the results of it because I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel instead of just lurking along in the mud.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†So, if you’re not already making goals for yourself, I recommend that you start doing that and¬†see how the results come out and how much more ready and dedicated you are.

Besides, Rome wasn’t built in one day, right?

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.¬†

                                                                                                                     -Martin Luther King Jr. 

                                                                       Over to you:

Do you guys set deadlines for yourself? If not, what do you guys do instead of doing that?

♥Keionda 

HOW TO WRITE 10K IN ONE DAY

10K IN ONE DAY YOU SAY??? PFFT. YOU’RE CRAZY.

No, no I’m not crazy.¬†Pfft. (Well, maybe sometimes, but shh, that’s not the point I’m trying to make here.)

If you want to learn how to write 10K in ONE day or if you’re just looking to increase your overall word count, YOU MUST READ THIS POST.

1. Plan your scenes BEFORE you write them.

When I was a newbie writer, I would just sit at my computer and be all like: MY FINGERS SHALL CALL FORTH MAGIC AND I SHALL HAVE IDEAS. LOTS OF IT. Funny enough, I WOULD have the ideas and they would come, but you know what? I wouldn’t make it past three thousand words without feeling TIRED. BUTT TIRED.

So after months and months of this happening I finally figured out that I needed to plan my secenes before I sat in front of my computer and just expected them to write the words themselves.

So, I started sitting down¬†thirty minutes a day and mediated, listening to my “book playlist”–>This is legit the name of my playlist, you no judge. But anyway, I would do this and imagine my scenes, how they would play out, who would be in them, and so on and so forth. The next time when I wrote, I WAS AMPED and I felt BETTER because I was so prepared.

2. Set GOALS for yourself.
GUYS. This has to be the most mportat rule I can give you. If you don’t set goals for yosuelf, how will you be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel? How will you be able to call forth that amazing feeling of FINALLY finishing that¬†book if you don’t know when/where you’re going to start/finish? It’ll be really hard. Let me tell you. These days I¬†set the timer and¬†plan to write 4,000 words every hour. At two hours of writing time a day (I’m a busy person) I can¬†get 8,000 words easy.

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3. JUST GO FOR IT. 
Me? When I get in the zone, I’m at the point to where my hands are drummin’ over my keyboard and the ideas are just coming. The fact that I PLANNED everything before I write it helps out.¬†So, when I’m writing I try not to think about WHAT I’m writing nor how it sounds because usually none of that is going to matter in the great scheme of things because when you edit your book, you’re either going to edit all that stuff out our rewrite it complelty so why waste valuable time ediitng, or making sure you get it just right when it may/may not be in your book in the first place?

4. Cut social media/Other distractions. THEY BE NOT YER FRIEND.
I’m actually guilty of this because I actually have been feeling pretty daring and have had the need to procrastinate lately. Social media has been my downfall, plus aimlessly walking around my house talking to people is a huge distraction as well. This has led to my suffering word count for the past THREE FREAKING MONTHS, my lack of online social media prensce, and my overall bad/dark moods when I can’t write like I want to.

Let me tell you. Not a good time. Not a good time. At. All.

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So there you have it! Those are my four sure fire tips to get you prepared to kick out those words! And don’t be afraid if you don’t get the word count you want on the firset try. Believe me, I’ve been doing this for little over a year and have been driving myself crazy ever since, trying to figure out how in the heck to chane my writing for the better so each month, each day, each SECOND, I strive to make myself better! How about you?

                                                                        OVER TO YOU:

Do you guys set any goals for yourselves already? What’s your daily word count?¬†Oh! And did any of my awesome and inspiring advice change YOUR writing life? Which ones will you implement?

‚ô•Keionda

You Deserve Cake.

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Vanilla. Red Velvet. Wedding Cake. Pound cake.

Heck. Even a German Chocolate cake sounds delightful even though I detest the stubborn little coconut pieces that stick in my teeth afterwards.

I digress.

I would like to dedicate this post….TO YOU, the writer/reader of this epical post. The fact that you’re even taking the time to read this means LOADS. You’re dedicated and you’re one of the few in the ENTRIE GALAXY that has the willpower/dedication/BRAVERY to venture out, be different-to write and be¬†creative. That¬†means LOADS. It also makes you my new favorite person. (Hence, the reason as to why you deserve cake.)

But as good as all that sounds, writing has its positives….and its negatives…

How many times throughout the day do you just want to rip out your hair from the roots, because one of your characters are “misbehaving?” Or they just won’t let you sleep at night because, pfft, they think they’re all that and deserve ALL THE TIME?

Oh, about one GAZILLION, BAZILLION, TRILLION TIMES??

Yeah. Thought so.

 

Now, some of you may be wondering: Why write, if this is how it makes you feel? If you just want to crawl under your covers, stick your head in your pillow and ugly cry? WHY?

Simple Answer: Because you LOVE what you do. So why not do it?

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I could talk all day about how many times I’ve entertained the thought of calling it quits. I literally sat in my bed one time and was all like:

“WHAT IS THE MEANING TO THE MADNESS??” (Because believe me, there was a lot of madness going around at this point.)

But I didn’t give up. And neither should you. Ever.

                                                                                  OVER TO YOU:

What do you guys do when you feel the stress of writing? Does it get to the point to where you’re questioning the reason you started doing this in the first place? What do you do to cope during these hard moments?

Keionda