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Four Kinds of Journals I Keep

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday once again!

This past week has been kind of difficult for me. My depression has been hitting me kind of hard. I've been lacking a lot of motivation to do anything and have just felt kind of tired and unhappy about most things. Not to mention I'm having some serious self-doubt about my writing and everything related to that and have just been feeling overwhelmed, even though I don't have a lot to do. So, I thought I'd go easy on myself and share something fun with all of you!

I love journals and notebooks and always have at least three or four of them on my bed next to my desk at all times. They all serve a different purpose and almost all of them have been super helpful in keeping myself organized as a writer. So here are the five kinds of journals I am always using.

My idea/brainstorming/plotting journal. I've been using this kind for years and it's been super helpful in keeping me organized. I write everything in there. From plot …
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Friday in Review: If Wishes Were Curses by Janeen Ipollito

Happy Friday once again everyone! So, I know it's like what? The second week of camp nanowrimo, but since I'm waiting for feedback on St. Croix Falls, I've decided to work on a new project to give myself some space. It is also YA contemporary fantasy and so far has been really fun to write. You can find out more about it Here. Currently I am almost at 20,000 words. My goal was to write 5,000 words every day but yesterday I only got like 2,000 done which isn't that bad at all. My goal for today is to get to 20,000 words.

Anyways, onto my book review. This book took me a while to read. Not because I didn't enjoy it or like it but because I just happened to be reading it at a really busy time. There was a lot going on and I just kept prioritizing other stuff over reading.

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The Steel City Genie Series Book 1

So I accidentally killed a shifter. On purpose. With genie powers I shouldn’t be able to use, thanks to my curse-mark. In my defense, the damn grizzly was threate…

7 Tips for Indie Authors

Yet another Wednesday has arrived! Last Wednesday I feel like my post was kind of lacking and was kind of all about me... Which I guess can be OK every once in a while, I mean it's good to have an update but I feel like that's what monthly wrap ups are for. I want my blog to be more about you, the reader, than about (or for) me.

Hence this post. Over the past few months I've learned a lot about being an indie author. This is the route I want to pursue, therefore I want to know everything I possibly can about what I'm getting myself into and how to best make it work out for myself. Here are a few tips or just things in general that I've learned that not only apply to indie authors but also writers pursuing traditional publishing.

Newsletters are so, so important! I knew about newsletters. I knew I should probably have one. But I didn't think they were that important. Not until I started listening to Kiersten Oliphant's Create If Writing podcast. Kiersten is a…

Friday in Review: Twisted Fate & Twisted Desire by Jessi Elliot

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great Fourth of July yesterday! :D I haven't done a book review in far too long and since I've wanted to make my book reviews as simple and easy as possible I have a new format which I got from Rebellious Writing.

So one of the only books I read in June were Twisted Fate and Twisted Desire by Jessi Elliot. Actually, I realized while talking to a friend that I didn't read any YA books in June! They were all Adult.

But don't worry, I tend to remedy that with plenty of YA reads this month. Anyways, here is my content review of Twisted Fate and Twisted Desire by Jessi Elliot:

Book 1 Blurb:

Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae
really puts a dent in your senior year. 
Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly–until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook. Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous Fae Leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is al…

Mid-Year Update

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday and early Fourth of July. This week has felt so busy and its only halfway over haha I'm excited for the Fourth but I'm kind of ready for this week to be over... But anyways, I wasn't sure what to write this week so I figured hey let's do a mid year update cuz why not?? I hope this post is semi-interesting to you all. I feel bad that I'm not putting out something more helpful or instructional or interesting... It's just been a week. Actually, it's been a loong two weeks and my brain is kind of dead now.
Next week hopefully I will have my act together haha

Its midyear and I can't believe it... I feel like everything is going by waaay too quickly. I kind of feel bad cuz I feel like yet again my blog has taken a bit of a back seat. Like I need to start brainstorming and preparing posts or else I'm going to get stuck in a rut again and I don't want that to happen. I was doing pretty good at the beginning of this year …

Friday in Review: June Monthly Wrap Up

Hello all! We have just two more days (not including today haha) of June!! :O I cannot believe that we are halfway through the year... like this year just feels like it went by so quickly. I know I say that  every year but this one has been different. It just went by in a snap.

June Writing: June was a big month for me. I did so many writerly things. I started my own website which you can find at www.melodypersonette.com, have been working a ton on my newsletter and Dragon Hearted. I started a Facebook group for readers and writers (something I've wanted to do for a long time) which you can find Here.

During the month of June I also wrote a new book. I really thought The Lost One was "the one." The next one I was going to publish... and then I got through the read through and took a break from it and have felt no motivation to go back to it. My excitement and passion for the book and the series died out completely and I realized I needed to work on something else for my o…

Guest Post: Writing Process by Olivia H

Happy Wednesday everyone!! So before I get into the guest post by the awesome Olivia, I have some exciting news. I officially have an author site. I've been working on it for a few weeks now (for the most of June actually haha) and just the other day bought the domain and site and its now live! Like I've said before, I plan to keep this blog (I love it too much to give it up) but I wanted something a bit more professional and official to point people to so here it is! It would mean a lot if you'd check it out: Melody Personette Author Site

Now onto Olivia's post about her writing process!

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I have been invited by Melody Personette to break down my writing progress, and I am so honored to be here. I don’t want to take up your time with a lengthy introduction, though, so let’s get to it.

Getting Ideas

Before beginning to outline or write any story, a person needs an idea. Without one, there would be no reason to start writing that book or story. So the first milestone…