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{WRITING IS A GIFT} i am a pencil

A few days ago, I realized one of the coolest things—I’ve been saying I want to write a book for ten years now. Ten years. I don’t know what was going on in my six-year-old mind, but I vividly remember announcing “I want to write a book one day,” and ended up dictating a ten page story to my mom and stapling it together. (dubbed “The Hotel That Burned Down”—it was rather tragic, actually xD)   I haven’t been saying…

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{DREAMS AND CALLINGS PART 2} surrender

  Surrender has always perplexed me. I mean, how do you just…stop fighting. Stop trying. Give up—willingly. It’s like one of those trust test things, where you’re blind folded and have to fall back into someone.   I like to pull lessons out of things that happen in my life. And for the past month, I’ve been thinking: what have I learned from changing WIPs? What…what was God trying to teach me there? (a necessary thing to figure out if…

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{DREAMS AND CALLINGS} the best is yet to come

  This time last year, I was still a ballet dancer. I haven’t talked about it much in a long while, but I’m suddenly remembering where I was July 2016: dancing literally 24/7 and aiming for a career as a professional dancer.   I wrote a more in-depth post on this in December, but, long story short, I got injured and had to stop dancing. And — trust me — when you stop doing something that you’d been doing nonstop…

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{WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GETTING WORSE} let’s talk perfectionism

picture from pinterest To be completely honest, I’ve been cringing over this very phrase for the past month: what if I’m getting worse?  In April, I wrote the second novel in my trilogy, Outcast. I can honestly believe that I was having a really good streak when writing that book. I can go back and read it and, for the first time, feel happy with my writing, knowing that it is good. It’s not all good, obviously, but it’s not…

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{STORIES ARE POWERFUL}

just ignore the fact that none of my pictures ever have anything to do with the actual post 😛   Stories change us.   As readers of them, we’re effected by what happens to the characters, the struggles and trials they go through. Most of us don’t sit down to read a novel expecting to learn something; we’re looking for enjoyment.   Or, as C.S. Lewis quotes:   We read to know we are not alone   I could ramble…

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