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  • How to Survive NaNoWriMo!

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    Alright its coming back… National Novel Writing Month. Is anyone else as pumped as I am. Maybe its because I have been wanting to attempt another book for around a month now but knew I would not be able to stick to writing during school months without having a deadline.

    For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, basically its a challenge where you join the website and have a set goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month (November). Its such a great placeΒ where other writers are there to support you, give you tips, and encourage you to keep writing.

    Yes yes I know that does sound kind of daunting just thinking about having to write that much in a time limit like that but really I find it rather fun! I participated last year and had an absolute blast.

    Today I thought I would give MY 5 tips on how to survive NaNoWriMo… duh duh duuuuhh!!!

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    Okay I know there are many people who log into the NaNoWriMo website on the first day of November to set everything up and go from there but I’m telling you today getting prepared is the key to being able to get these words written and finish your novel. No No No I don’t mean start your novel early, thats not what I mean at all, wheres the challenge and fun in that? What I mean is I encourage you all to log in a few days ahead of time to enter your novel for the month. There are so many things your should be setting up and it could take a little while to do. Theres no use in waisting precious writing time on these settings if you can do it a few days before!

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    Now hopefully if you are entering NaNoWriMo you have some idea of what type of novel you want to write and what its about. This is pretty essential to start thinking of ahead of time. Like I said above, YOU ONLY HAVE 30 DAYS, Make good use of them!

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    Many people write in very different work environments, some need absolutely no sound, some need to have music or the tv playing in the background. I find that discovering a designated work area makes me focus better and get down to work. Preferably one with no people to distract you from the task at hand.

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    Okay every writer knows you can’t focus on an empty stomach, and unless you want to get up and look for food …and get distracted in the kitchen.. I would recommend getting your stash ready and beside you. Thus no need to leave your seat!

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    I am the type of person who usually hits a writers block pretty fast, the thing is if this happens of course take a break but still focus on the direction of the novel. This is where Inspiration boards come in handy. If your a Pinterest addict like me, set up a board just for visual inspiration for the style of your novel. It gets the hard part of your novel you are stuck on out of your mind and honestly its pretty fun! If you’re interested in checking out my Pinterest click HERE!

    Of course there are many other things you can do to prepare and get ready for this big month but I promise you will do fine, and hey If you are even thinking about trying Writing month out the tiniest bit GO FOR IT! Just an attempt can get your creative juices flowing ( Low-key hate that expression but it works here hah)

    Hope this helped you out a little and I will see you on Monday! πŸ™‚

    xoxo

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  • Who is Lauryn? + Announcement!

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    Hello magical internet place.

    My name is Lauryn Mills, and yes I feel the need to reintroduce myself because over the past couple months, I have been completely off my social media game. Honestly I am kinda confused myself on whats going on.
    So in an effort to move forward lets get back to the basics.

    Stay till the end for my announcement! πŸ˜‰

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    • An on and off bibliophile ( greys anatomy is taking up way too much of my reading time…)
    • A writer ( both for my blog and for my second novel that will hopefully eventually get done… don’t ask about the first haha)
    • A music addict ( I can literally listen to any type of music, pop, country, indie… just no screamo thanks..)
    • A pickle lover (Seriously give me a jar of pickles and I will be yours forever!)
    • An almost vegetarian ( how can someone give up pogos?)
    • An avid skyper (Who needs to get out of bed and go down the road to see friends when u can talk to them through a computer haha)
    • A list maker (making lists is my thing, If you look through my notes on my computer, you will find about 50 to do lists I just forgot to delete..)
    • A guitar player (Been playing on and off since I was around 8 years old.. doesn’t mean I’m good, just means I play hah)
    • An extremely amateur and horrible youtuber ( okay heres the thing I LOVE making short films and visual poems, in fact I’m working on two at the moment but I am so lazy and forget to edit the clips. Also posting only occurs once in a blue moon yeesh..)
    • A sticky note horder ( Everything is written on sticky notes for me, even my layout for my new book is written on sticky notes and covering the walls of my closet.)
    • SALAD LOVER (Salad is my number one favourite food… yes that is very strange and yes I have gotten enough weird looks to last a lifetime, but GOSH is it amazing YUMM.)
    • A hopeless romantic (any movie or book with even the slightest connection to love grabs my eye. Im sappy I know.)

    For those of you who may be new here welcome! This is me. I am the author of this here blog πŸ˜‰

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    Alright.. heres the dealio boys and girls, I am going to be trying my absolute hardest to stick to a posting schedule. The whole idea is to push myself to continue to put out content and just create things both you and I might enjoy!

    SO that being said..
    MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS!!!!
    AHH lets see how long this will last…

    Get prepared for lots more book reviews, writing rants, hopefully helpful life tips, and some photography πŸ™‚
    Hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will see you on MONDAY!

    xoxo
    ending blog 2016

     

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  • Things that make me happy.. |22-41|

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    Alright yes it’s probably been 2 weeks since my last post but BOOM back at it again with the things that make me happy …. okay that trends gotten old.. MOVING ON. How you all been? I’m good, just finished my second week of school, so far so good. Haven’t tripped up the stairs yet.. heh. So today I have thought up another 20 things that make me happy! Hope you enjoy, and please go ahead and leave something that makes YOU happy in the comments!

    22.Fall leaves.
    23.New Pajamas.
    24.Cute computer desktops.
    25.Hearing my friends burst out in song.
    26.Discovering hidden gems in thrift shops.
    27.VINTAGE RINGS (I am not a big jewellery person but rings ooh girl)
    28.Discovering Spiny chairs (I mean who doesn’t love those things)
    29.New Journals (Writing on that first page is heaven).
    30.Freshii salad (If you have not tried a freshii salad you have not lived).
    31.Taking off makeup (especially when you do a photo shoot and literally its like 50 layers of war paint).
    32.Being home alone (Sometimes quiet is bliss).
    33.Seeing Old trucks (its like being in an old movie).
    34.Sappy love movies (I’m a hopeless romantic so every one of those movies pulls at my heart strings).
    35.Any emoji with a kissy face or a heart in it (Hopeless romantic strikes again).
    36.Realizing your favourite book is being turned into a movie (PEOPLE ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES!!!).
    37.Playing my guitar (Especially when you know all the chords to your favourite song)
    38.La Vie En Rose (Speaking of favourite songs… πŸ˜‰
    39.Realizing you have water right when you need it the most.
    40.Long hot showers.
    41.LONG NAPS.

    xoxo

    ending blog 2016

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  • Things that make me happy.. | 1-21|

    Screen Shot 2016-08-20 at 8.16.18 PMAlright, so as a way of trying to make not only my blog but my life more of a positive place, I am going to be making a “things that make me happy” series.
    I’ve seen a few people do this throughout my time blogging and I am absolutely in love with the idea, So I am going to try my absolute best to get a few things that make me happy out each week (or every other week hah…). Hopefully this will push me out of whatever writing block I might get in over the next few months, because everyone knows it happens.

    Today lets start off with 20 πŸ™‚

    1.Crip fall mornings.
    2.The smell of spring.
    3.Jumping into a pool.
    4.Making new friends.
    5.Getting good news, no matter how small.
    6.Discovering new and beautiful places in my area.
    7.Beaches/lakes at sunset.
    8.Sparklers (Even though I do have a minor panic attack thinking its gonna catch my clothes on fire).
    9.Clean bed sheets.
    10.Balloons.
    11.Calming piano music.
    12.Getting messages from the person I was waiting for.
    13.Sitting by the lit christmas tree.
    14.Sitting on the porch with orange juice and a book.
    15.Vegetables and fruit(… yes I know how lame that sounds but AH I’m a foodie).
    16.Birthday dinners.
    17.A quiet empty house.
    18.Finding that one clothing item I was looking for.
    19.Finding a brand new blog and reading through every post.
    20.Shopping for back to school.
    21. Thunderstorms <3

    (Yes I do realize that there is 21, but I had to include it..)

    xoxo
    ending blog 2016

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