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Welcome to Lordofthetrekkies!

Ever wanted to write a Guest Post?

Alex is looking for guest writers!

Leave a comment below and I will try to get back to you soon!

Wanted Content-

Fandom-ish

Funny

Clean

Easy to read

(I will choose only those that fit the bill. so don’t be offended if it isn’t you!)

 

 

Blue Binding’s Favorite Book Quotes

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Hello, hello! I am JoBeth, the creator of a lovely little book blog called Blue Binding. (There’s a link at the bottom if you’re interested). I have been graciously invited to do a guest post here on Lord of the Trekkies, and I am super excited! I am a pretty new blogger and this will be my first guest post. Thank you Alex for this opportunity!

I LOVE quotes, and I have a little book filled with them. So, I thought it would be fun to combine two of my favorite things (books and quotes) into a blog post. Without further ado, here is a compilation of some of my very favorite quotes from books. I hope you enjoy!

“Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time.”

-Marissa Meyer, Cinder

First of all, The Lunar Chronicles is probably my favorite series. And, what a better way to start off a wonderful series than with something like that? It hints at something well-known, but there is a unique twist that suits the story perfectly.

“But… books are so much more. Some of them are webs; you can feel your way along their threads, but just barely, into strange and dark corners. Some of them are balloons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch. And some of them– the best ones– are doors.”

-Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

Books!! I absolutely adore Lauren Oliver’s writing style. It is so descriptive and powerful and captivating. She perfectly describes what it’s like being a reader, as well as the rest of the scenes in her books.

“He who leaps for the sky may fall, it’s true. But he may also fly.”

-Lauren Oliver, Delirium

I really like this quote because it is about taking risks and not being afraid of what may come. It’s about doing things because of the possibility of an amazing outcome and not worrying about getting hurt. Again, Lauren Oliver because she truly is great! If you have not read any of her books, I highly recommend them!

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”

-Marie Lu, Legend

The message here is really valuable. This is Day’s explanation as to why he chose his name, and it’s a pretty good reason if you ask me. To “take it all one day at a time” is some pretty good advice, especially when things are a little rough, you always know there is tomorrow. And again, Marie Lu’s books are pretty fantastic, so definitely check ’em out! (Maybe literally, if you’re a library person… haha see what I did there?)

“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.”

-Amie Kaufman, Illuminae

First of all, this book is crazy! There are pictures/graphics that make each page seem like a document, an email, or an IM, and there’s lots of cute relationships going on. Kady and Ezra find that they would do anything for each other, and this can be seen by the quote above. I just love their relationship and how it evolves throughout the book.

“Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”

-Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

I fell in love with both of Nicola Yoon’s books: Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star. They communicated the importance of living your life the way you choose, and not the way others may think it should be. They also had really cute romances, which I tend to enjoy.

“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

“I hope you find someone you can’t live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”

-Kiera Cass, The Selection

I have only recently been reading The Selection, but I have really enjoyed it. America and Maxon have such a cute relationship, and I think they are showing how wonderful it is to have someone that you care about.

“I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

-Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

The writing in this series is phenomenal. It is SO powerful. There are some pretty crazy themes going on, too. Like, humanity? That’s pretty deep man. I could pull a million quotes from this book simply because they really make you think. And a lot of them are kind of crazy. I remember reading this and having to stop and go “wow”.

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

-Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor and Park

Oh, another cute romance. I actually chose to read this book for a school project, but I ended up loving it. Rowell’s writing style can be pretty powerful as well. And art! I love art, and she explains it perfectly!

“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science– that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.”

-Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

Look at that, art again! (This was not purposeful, it just happened that way!) When we combine it with science we’ve got everything. I also enjoyed Claudia Gray’s writing style, as it was very fun to read. This trilogy has a lot about romance too, but I found this quote particularly interesting.

“Be a little kinder than you have to.”

“Do not accept an evil you can change.”

“Always do what you’re afraid to do.”

-E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

Again, the writing here is exceptional. It is raw and full of emotion. It is a bit choppy at times, but I can see that is purely for emphasis. This was a crazy book, and I really like many of the quotes from it.

Thank you for taking time to read my guest post! If you enjoyed it (or just like books) check out my blog: Blue Binding.

Chat with me! Do you love quotes? What kinds of writing styles do you enjoy?

The Visitor- My Newest Story (Finished!)

I recently wrote a short story called The Visitor. It’s a horror story and it has 676 words. Although I am going to publish it in a collection of short stories I decided to make a cover design for it-

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The editing is done and the final draft is ready. All it needs is some companions. I’m working on two newer projects and I am editing and changing Kristine (remember that one? Yeah, I’m rewriting it). So I will hopefully finish them before the end of the year.

I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I’m actually accomplishing something in life! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, now that that’s out- What do you think of the cover design?

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The Evil Writer Award!!!!!!!!

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Hello peoples! Sorry for the lack of posts over here. Life’s been really crazy for us. We’ve been almost constantly sick for the past two months with the flu, colds, and some mild stomach aches. BUT! I have not abandoned my peoples entirely! Coming this Saturday is a guest post by Blue Binding! OH! I’m so excited!

Ahem, now back to the here and now-

I was nominated for this award by my good friend Kenzie and since I don’t have anything else going on thats worth posting we will go ahead and get started.

~ The Rules ~

  • Give all of the credit to Kate, for she is an evil genius (I couldn’t find the original post, so just go to smudged thoughts and click the link to her site.)
  • Tag at least two other people
  • Invent more questions if you can think of any.

Questions-

Question One– How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you… feel any remorse about this? I’m concerned about you.

So far I haven’t killed any characters, but I’m planning on a very gruesome and heart- wrenching death for the Max books. And in The Visitor, well, you’ll just have to wait! Mwahahaha! (P.S. The Visitor is a short story that I actually finished, editing and all, its just waiting for some companions. Imma publish ’em as a book of short stories!)

And as for the second bit, I’d rather not tell. What you don’t know you can’t squeal.

Question Two– Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family and friends and pets?

Ugh. Definitely personal. I’m not Scorpia, for heaven’s sake! Although, there is quite a bit of war and famine in the early Max books…..

Question Three– Are you more like Loki, who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or… give me a minute… Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his… fake head, whilst destroying the world? 

LOKI! (And he isn’t evil, he’s just in his emo-rebellious stage!)

Question Four– What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer? 

This is something I still do-

I burn old stories. Like a criminal burns evidence. Cause I don’t think they’re any good. Of course, its harder to burn stories when they are on your computer. I’m stuck with the less dramatic way- holding down “backspace”.

Question Five– What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semisweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable

I actually hate most chocolate. The only kinds I can stand are dark and, yes, unsweetened cacao! Its really good. I also like unsweetened black coffee. I’m really weird…………..

Question Six– What is your villainous title? You may not have “Evil Overlord” because that one’s mine.

The Goddess of Shadow!!!!!!!

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Question Seven– Which of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?

Any of them. Except maybe Alex and Friday. those girls are so out of shape. Alex has been locked in a room for six months, and Friday, well, she’s a fangirl. An even bigger one then I am. So I could probably take them out, or it might be a tie. That is the most likely outcome.

Question Eight– Which character, in all the many books you have undoubtedly written, is most likely to be your Archnemesis?

Sawyer. No doubt about that. He’s what we call “chaotic evil”. Do not, under any circumstance, get on his bad side. He is powerful and merciless. Unless your a very pretty girl.

Question Nine– Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight… like Moriarty? Give me details!

I hide in plain sight! No one would ever suspect that this marshmallow was capable of brutally murdering her characters!

Do you believe in killing off main characters, or are they your smol precious babies whom you cannot even fathom laying a hand (or steel-tipped ax) upon? (#wimpyevilwriter)

As I said above, I am planning the death of a MAJOR character.

Have you ever chickened out of your evilness and tried to resurrect a fallen character whom you have already brutally murdered? Or do you–as they say–let the sleeping skeleton lie?

No. Well, not yet. Who knows what the future holds!

When murdering a man character, do you often describe it in cringe-worthy detail, or do you prefer to say “SPLAT! He’s dead”, and be done with it? (Bonus Question: have you ever actually said “SPLAT! He’s dead” in one of your writing projects?)

Actually, I like to leave it to the reader’s imagination. Like, I love to just leave them hanging, guessing at what really happened. Did they really die?

I Nominate-

  1. Chloe
  2. Ms Deborah
  3. and Alexa

The Questions (cause I, for one, am way too lazy to go through the post over and over again!)

How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you… feel any remorse about this? I’m concerned about you.
 
Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family and friends and pets?
 
Are you more like Loki, who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or… give me a minute… Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his… fake head, whilst destroying the world? 
 
What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer? 
 
What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semisweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable!
 
What is your villainous title? You may not have “Evil Overlord” because that one’s mine.
 
Which of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?
 
Which character, in all the many books you have undoubtedly written, is most likely to be your Archnemesis?
 
Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight… like Moriarty? Give me details!
 
Do you believe in killing off main characters, or are they your smol precious babies whom you cannot even fathom laying a hand (or steel-tipped ax) upon? (#wimpyevilwriter)
 
Have you ever chickened out of your evilness and tried to resurrect a fallen character whom you have already brutally murdered? Or do you–as they say–let the sleeping skeleton lie?
 
When murdering a man character, do you often describe it in cringe-worthy detail, or do you prefer to say “SPLAT! He’s dead”, and be done with it? (Bonus Question: have you ever actually said “SPLAT! He’s dead” in one of your writing projects?)

My new additions-

Do you ever feel happy when you kill off characters, or do you curl up into a little ball and cry yourself to sleep?

What is your prefered way of killing? Poison, hand-to-hand combat, torture? Or something else? the possibilities are endless! .)

Well, its been fun. But now I must bid you adieu!

alex-c

 

 

How and Why I came to Love Reading: An Origin Story

Found a lovely new blog today, I think its worth a minute of your time!

Source: How and Why I came to Love Reading: An Origin Story

Lets Do This!!!

So, I got a lot of people saying that the idea I had yesterday was a good one. The only problem now is that we need to name this thing-

If you have another name then say so in the comments. I’M SO EXCITED!!

A New Idea?

I’m very hesitant to ask, cause it might not be a good idea. But, do any of you like the thought of me making a page here on Lordofthetrekkies that is kinda like a forum? Where y’all can talk in the comments and ask questions, discuss books and movies, and maybe just hang out? I need your opinions cause this would be for you, my followers. Please tell me what you think about this idea! .)

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

The other day I was going through some old papers trying to find something, I can’t remember what, when I came across my old birthday wish-list. I found four pages of it (there was originally like six). Now I will share my discovery. And I will be keeping the original spelling ,) .

My B-day wish list!!!!!!!!!!

  1. My own ponie (and acsesorys)
  2. 20 New Bratz
  3. All the La-La-Loopsies
  4. A PHONE!!!
  5. A pit bull
  6. A monkey (What the crap?! Why would I ask for a MONKEY?!)
  7. A Laptop (small)
  8. A new video camera
  9. 10,000 new books (I haven’t changed here….)
  10. Toy toyota truck
  11. mini fridge (Face palms)
  12. granny’s store back (I still want this, but I know it’ll probably never happen)
  13. to see [insert old friend’s name here]
  14. my own skate park (Oh yes, very realistic and down to earth!)
  15. Squinkies
  16. Pet shops
  17. A golf cart (Oh yeah. We are gonna cruse in style!)
  18. swimming Pool
  19. 10 pounds of candy (Your hips are going to hate you, kid.)
  20. t-Rex skeliton (toy) (Cause I had to make sure they knew I didn’t want a real one.)
  21. huge toy Plane (Hahahahaha! Yeah right! Even if I got one I couldn’t fly it! I suck at trying to get things like this to work.)
  22. go to Disney world (Bye bye dreams! With seven younger siblings? Ain’t happening!) 
  23. Raidio Alarm Clock (You wanted an ALARM CLOCK?! You sleep till 9 every flippin morning!)
  24. A tree house
  25. 50 cokes (I wasn’t allowed to drink coke when I was younger, this was a rebellious moment)
  26. Bild a Bear
  27. 3 DS games
  28. 6 wii games
  29. A horse thats all Black with a white mane an tail
  30. 70 huge lemons (I was weird, ok!)
  31. New bike tires
  32. Roler Skates
  33. A tent
  34. tea-cup poodle
  35. teaset
  36. Sleap number bed (Now we’re talking, lil’ me!)
  37. mobile home (and again with the weirdness)
  38. Play Ground
  39. huge water slide (To go in my pool, obviously.)
  40. hot tub
  41. I Pod
  42. Legos
  43. my f.f (I was really confused here, but then Xander cleared it up. It means Furreal Friend.)
  44. Pillow Pet
  45. Blue Beding (I prefer black)

The other list I found was a tad more realistic-

  1. Tolkien’s World coloring book (Check)
  2. The Complete Sherlock Holmes book/stories in Hardback (Check again!)
  3. New Kindle fire HD with camera (Its pink)
  4. A black Arabian/QH(Quarter Horse)/mustang colt
  5. The Hobbit Hole lego set
  6. Star Trek Into Darkness poster
  7. Harry Potter books 5+ (Have ’em)
  8. Wolves of the Beyond 2+
  9. All Goosebumps I don’t have
  10. Go Set a Watchman
  11. DS Pokemon- Soul, Gold, Silver, Black+White
  12. New DS (not DSi/3DS) black
  13. DS cheat device (I’m so proud!)
  14. Star Trek/LOTR/The Hobbit/Narnia socks
  15. Dish washer (I’m the one who has to do the dishes here. It’s pretty horrendous sometimes. Plus the sink is so short that I have to bend over to wash stuff.)

And there it is. My crazy younger self asking for the impossible. Maybe I’ll do a post on my current wish-list?

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Antisocial?! Me?!

33 likes?! What the heck happened here?!

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It’s true. I avoid social interaction whenever possible. Give me a quiet room, a good book, and a bag of goldfish and I’m good. But stick me in a room full of kids my own age and I hide in my little shell. Lately I’ve tried being open and talkative. I HATE it. I never know what to say to most topics, like school/sports/Hollywood, so I’m left out, trying to fit in when I have no clue. (And I’m happy by myself.) But my family and selective friends seem to think somethings wrong and try to get me to talk to people, people I don’t like to talk to. And when they succeed it feels forced and I soon retreat, only to get pulled back into the thick of it. My blog is different. Here, it’s ME. If I don’t understand something , I can just find something I do…

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“I’m fine, thank you.”

Some of you may have noticed that I don’t respond to most comments here. And if I do, its mostly along the line of “Thank you!” I might add a .) or a 🙂 , but that’s it! The reason behind this is that I never know how to respond. Seriously. You’re probably thinking “But why not pretend you’re talking to someone face to face?” In public the #1 thing I say is “I’m fine, thank you.” No lie.

Examples-

Random person (probably my youth pastor)- “Hey Alex, how are you doing?”

Me- “I’m fine, thank you.”

Another random person (probably my crushes cousin)- “Hey Alex, wanna come sit with us?”

Me- “I’m fine, thank you.”

Yet another random person (maybe my crush or his best friend)- “Alex! Come play with us!”

Me- “I’m fine, thank you.”

It varies, of course-

Random mother (Ugh, there are two that try to talk to me every. Single. Wednesday. I would like to enjoy my solitude alone please!)- “Hello darling, how’s your mom doing?”

Me- “Shes fine, thank you.”

Youth pastor or another random mother- “How are all the kids doing?”

Me- “They’re fine, thank you.” (I’m probably thinking something like “Why must they all ask like their mine?!”)

I have actually used this phrase when asked other things-

“Hey, did you see that new [insert whatever new movie is out]?”

Me- “I’m fine, thank you.”

So, it seems that I have become Spongebob (I couldn’t find a “Hi, how are ya?” gif!).

The moral of this story? Don’t be offended if I don’t respond to your comment, I’m just really bad at communication.

alex-c

 

 

 

Show Your Support!

Hey guys! This is for a friend of mine who needs some help. She is one of my favorite bloggers and I also kinda owe her a favor. Anyway, her blog is awesome and I, for one, would love to read more from her!

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Kenzie’s 6-Step Method for Dealing With Peer Pressure in The Writerly World

Gooooooood afternoon, Cyberspace! Today I have sneakily snuck into been cordially invited to Alex’s wonderful blog to share with you all a tiny portion of my insanity.

(and cookies, obviously)

And it feels really, really weird.

If you couldn’t already tell, this is my very first time actually doing a guest post on another mortal’s blog, so I’m extremely out of my element here.

I mean, the editor looks exactly the same, and the typography looks like the normal boring old text, but deep, deep, deeeeep down in my butterscotch soul I know that this is not Smudged Thoughts.

Mostly because there are no cookies stashed secretly in all of the little nooks and crannies.

But also because there’s that strange, slightly terrifying button up in the corner that’s staring at me with it’s giant bold text, saying– SUBMIT FOR REVIEW.

In all caps.

And it’s sort of freaking me out.

But for right now, I’m just going to pretend like I’m still back in Smudged Thoughts lest this entire post is going to be me awkwardly rambling because #PRESSURE.

And also #FEAR

But before I jump straight into the post (do I call this a Smudge??? [IS THIS A SMUDGE???]), I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU!!!! to Alex for letting me hack into your blog for a day! This is gonna be so much fun!!!!

And now, without further ado, I would like to present to thee my Lord of The Trekkies guest post–

Kenzie’s 6-Step Method for Dealing With Peer Pressure in The Writerly World

(is that name a work of art, or is that name a work of art? [it’s a work of art, obviously])

It is a commonly known truth that all writers face varying degrees of pressure, stress, and undiluted terror and panic when writing.

Every. Single. Day.

You sit down at your laptop/notebook/random scrap of paper you found in the street that’s basically just a giant pot-hole and think, “Okay, this is easy. I’ll just write my heart’s silent whispers, and everything will go swimmingly! Right?

right?”

WRONG.

Because the minute you put that pen to the page, you will miraculously feel a million and one eyes on you*. Staring at you. Judging you. Peering over your shoulder and waiting eagerly for you to make that one mistake that will ruin your writing career before it has even begun.

The misplaced comma. The terrible pun.

The fact that you completely forgot to write a blog post for the week. (OOPS)

(*a million and one eyes = 500,000 people and 1 cyclops)

Basically, whether you’re writing a 100,000 word novel in the darkest corner of your severely trashed room; a 20,000 word short story for a writing competition that you’ll never fit within the 9,000 word limit restraint; a blog post for your measly, cookie-filled blog; or (horror of all horrors) a guest post, you are going to encounter SEVERE pressure.

From your peers.

And also that house centipede crawling along your floor.

So the question of the hour is, how do you deal with all of this writerly pressure? How do you overcome the crippling fear of panic you feel in your chest when you glance up at that giant SUBMIT FOR REVIEW button?

How do you keep writing after someone’s read your work and said it’s fantastic and now you have to keep writing fantastic things but what if this newer story isn’t as cool as the last one?

Well now, dear bean, never you fear, for my 6-step method is finally here to help you along your writerly career.

(#rhyme)

With this simple 6-step method, you’ll be back to writing in no time!

(for the low, low price of $9.99 a month!)

Beginning with–

Step One– Denial

Ah, yes. Good ol’ fashioned denial. Perhaps right now you’re denying the fact that you’re in denial. But let me ask you this: does these look familiar?

“I haven’t been able to write lately because I have a serious case of Writer’s Block. Yeah. It’s a problem.”

“My creative Muse just refuses to talk to me! UGH! He is soooo stubborn. Oh well, I guess I’ll just go read this book… You know. For inspiration.”

“Well, I would be writing right now, but I got hooked on this show on Netflix, and–oh look! It’s playing the next episode!”

“Books books books books books books books books–“

“Seriously, though. Writer’s Block.”

Step Two– Admit You Have A Problem

Alright, now, take a deep breath. After denial comes the hardest step–admitting you have a problem.

I mean, how can you have a problem? Someone as wonderful as yourself can’t possibly have a problem, right?

Right?

Of course not.

Yet the fact remains that you are still suffering under the delusion that you don’t care what other people think, while in the meantime…

…you’re not writing

But this obviously isn’t because you’re worried what other people might think of your stories, right? No, no no, your writing is perfect. Flawless.

Completely impeccable.

And I’m sure that the insane amount of cookies I’m gobbling up right now as I write this is completely natural for a budding author and has absolutely nothing to do with the nervous meltdown I’m having whatsoever.

(I’m totally not stress eating, what are you talking about)

Hahaha.

Ha.

Step Three– Sit. Down. (preferably in front of your laptop or notebook [things would just get awkward, otherwise…])

After admitting with the utmost humbleness that you do indeed have a problem, the only thing left to do is sit your butt down in a chair and prepare yourself to write.

This requires quite a bit of talking to yourself, rubbing your palms together as though this will help ready them for the speedy lightning-quickness of your fingers on the keyboard.

As far as chairs go, I prefer ones of the swivel variety. Or at least something with a nice back to it. There’s nothing worse than foreseeing your future hunchback because you have no back support whilst you hunch over your laptop.

So choose your chair wisely, young one. Choose your chair wisely.

Step Four– Procrastination

Instead of writing the story or post that you’re supposed to be writing, the absolute best thing you can possibly do is put the whole thing off until the very last minute by watching YouTube videos you’ve already seen a thousand times and looking at fun writerly things on Pinterest!

Then, in about two hours (when your Pinterest searches have changed from writing topics to cute pictures of snails and you now know how to teach a chimpanzee sign language), you will be ready to write!

And of course your brain won’t be fried on all the procrastination you’ve been doing.

That never happens!

 Step Five– Lie to Tell Yourself That It Doesn’t Matter If People Judge Your Writing.

Constructive criticism is always welcome, right? We all want to grow as writers here. Perhaps the fact that your peers could potentially rip into your work with severed claws and fangs and rusted pitchforks should be a comfort rather than an overflowing source of anxiety!

So go ahead. Lie to Tell yourself that everything’s going to be okay. After all, it is my current philosophy that if you pretend something is true long enough, it becomes reality.

this theory is not yet proven

Step Six– Force Yourself To Forget That Your Peers Actually Exist And Just WRITE

I know, I know. This always ends up as my last step, and it never works. Not to mention the fact that it ends up so disgustingly inspirational that it makes you want to eat your blank sheet of paper and vomit it up again.

Yet it is the only advice that I can give.

It seems like no matter where you go, you have people staring over your shoulder, reading off the line you just wrote in a voice that–while perfectly normal to them–makes you think that they think that it’s the worst line anyone’s ever written in the history of writers.

So then you promptly delete it and start sobbing because you don’t know how else to word “The man sat”, but you must try because they obviously hate it, so you end up with something more like–

“The man perched lightly on the edge of his seat, the spindly metal legs creaking beneath his hulking weight as he shifted forward, pressing his elbows into his knobbly kneecaps to study the suspect in front of him. A murderer, they said.

A murderer.”

And now you’ve got about a million words where three would have worked perfectly.

(just forget the fact that now you have more description, so technically the writing is better but seriously IGNORE THIS GLARING FLAW)

But in all honesty, there are only three forces at work when you’re writing: you, your beautiful mind, and the creepy little sheet of paper you’re trying to fill with words that just refuses to be anything but blank.

That is it. Those are the only factors that matter while writing, and not anywhere in that list were judgy people or a world filled with haters or even your great-grandmother.

So as hard as it seems, as impossible as it feels to write when you know you’re going to be judged, as terrifying as it might be to put your work out into the world where it can be ripped to shreds by a watermelon knife, I implore you to just try.

Just write. Enfold yourself within your story, your blog post, your ten-book-saga. Immerse yourself in a world that you created until the real world dies away, and all of its peers and judges with it.

No matter what, you will be judged. Your stories will be judged. Your writing style will be judged. You as a person will be judged. It’s awful and it’s crippling, but it is true.

So right now, when you’re putting your writing off because you’re afraid of what someone out in the great and terrible Cyberspace–or even in your own family–might say about the multitude of severed heads in your story, I encourage you to just forget about every possible criticism and just write.

Forget about the peers. Forget about the SUBMIT FOR REVIEW button. Forget about the world that rips apart everything true and beautiful, and choose instead a world of your own making.

It’s that simple. It’s that impossible.

But that’s all there is to it.

Write your heart, ink your soul, and let the rest of the world judge away.

Wishing you the best of luck (and all of the cookies) on your writerly journey,

~ Kenzie


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Thank you.

*flings cookies in the air and disappears*