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My NaNoWriMo~

Hello there!

NaNoWriMo is approaching and I wanted to share my username so y’all can add me and we can be buddies on the NaNoWriMo website! If you need any pep talks, motivation, someone to talk to, just know that I am here and all it take is shooting me a message on there or even hitting up the comments section on one of my posts!:)

My user name for the NaNoWriMo website is: Rawrmonster94

You can also go follow me on Instagram: @adventurous_writer

I wish you luck on your literary journey and I hope to make so many new writing buddies!!

~Caitlin

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Balancing Writing and School

Hello There!

Today I will be sharing how I have been balancing my college course work with my writing life. 

   I am currently in my senior year of college and I am also working on my fantasy novel so having a way to balance the course load while writing is key to keep me from getting too stressed out. I personally keep a schedule so I can remember my assignments for the classes and their due dates. The urge to write can hit you suddenly but I can not stress enough how important it is to go to class. Do not skip class for a writing urge, all it takes is one missed day to fall behind in your college courses. I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to focus but at least show up and jot down your writing in a notebook while listening to the lecture so you don’t fall behind while also writing important things for your novel.

Here is a peak into my  schedule for the days that I spend at home:

  • Wake up and  take my ADD medication while eating breakfast~
  • Do homework ~
  • Write for blog~
  • Work on Novel~

I find  this simple schedule helps me work on assignments and my writing! School can be overwhelming sometimes but it is important to know that you can do the homework and work on your novel! This balance is key to keep your from stressing and becoming discouraged. It has taken me quite some time to master this balance but I think that I have finally reached the point where I can handle school and writing. The balance can be quite tricky to master because it is different for everyone but once you find it you will be able to accomplish so much. Whether it is making a schedule, creating to do lists, or dedicating certain days for either school or writing you can find your own way to balance. This could also be applied to balancing work and writing as well!

I hope you found this post helpful and I wish you luck on your literary journey,

~Caitlin

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Last Minute Prep

Hello There!

NaNoWriMo starts in three days! I am doing the last bit of prepping today along with some homework that I have been putting off. One of the things that I have done is create a cover photo to upload to my NaNoWriMo profile. This surprisingly took me an extremely long time because I wanted to create something that I would proudly display on here and my social media accounts while I conquer this NaNoWriMo.

Here is the one I made:


I know it is simple but at the same time it is striking and it reminds me of the novel. Another thing that I am working on today is adding more concept art to the world bible which will allow me to play around with water colors. Today is just an overall creative day for me! I think having creative days like these really help when it comes to preparing for your novel and keeping it fresh on your mind. It also is an excellent way to relax and be productive at the same time.

I wish you luck on your creative journey,

~Caitlin

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Research~

Hello there!

Research is crucial when it comes to writing a novel, especially a fantasy novel. Doing research can really help you create a more complex story. For my novel I have a dedicated Pinterest Board filled with all the article and information for language, magical creatures, and potential settings. One of my main characters is Irtish so doing research is helping me create an authentic person that can also contribute to the storyline. 

When researching, I love using Pinterest! I could easily spend hours browsing through article on there and pinning useful boards. I also love to go to the library or bookstore and get some useful books that can be useful to my novel. Research can sound scary but it is honestly not that bad. Doing research can easily help you along your literary journey so I suggest you take the plunge into the knowledge that you can find when you do your research!

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My NaNoWriMo Reward~

Hello there!

I am excited to announce the reward I am going to give myself once I write the 50,000 words and become a NaNoWriMo winner. It took me a while to decide on what I wanted but then it hit me, I have always wanted a tattoo. This tattoo would be symbolic to me because it would symbolize me being able to sit there and type out 50,000 words. I can’t wait to achieve this goal and get a kickass tattoo! Writing is a commitment and I usually have an issue staying on task but I am determined to conquer this beast and completely dedicate myself to writing this novel that I have been working on for awhile now~

I wish you luck on your literary journey,

~Caitlin

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Setting Goals

Hello There!

Today I am going to share how setting goals can help you along your literary journey! 

One of the pages in my writing journal contains all of my writing goals. Having goals helps me stay on track and strive to accomplish all of the goals I set for myself. They should be  written on a sticky note, in your planner, or even in your writing journal. It helps that there are somewhere that you have to look at every day so that you can have a daily reminder of what your goals are. When I am stuck or feeling frustrated all I have to do is open my writing journal and remind myself of my goals.

My goals are:

  • Win NaNoWriMo~
  • Finish the first draft by the end of December~
  • Finish editing by April~
  • (Depending on the agents attending) Take it and pitch it while attending RT Booklovers Convention next May~

I will accomplish these goals and enjoy the writing process! Having a small list of goals can really give you motivation when you feel stumped. I hope you find this post inspirational!

Feel free to comment with a list of your goals if you want to share!:)

I wish you luck on your literary journey,

~Caitlin

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Countdown to NaNoWriMo~

Hello there!

NaNoWriMo starts six days from now! I am both excited and nervous. I am excited because I am passionate about my novel and I love writing it, but at the same time I am nervous because I have a hard time staying on track with things. This year will be different because I am determined to actually meet the 50,000 word count this year. This is so exciting!!! I can’t wait to share my progress with y’all! 

 I wish you luck on your literary journey and I will post another update tomorrow!

~Caitlin

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World Bibles!

Hello There!

This is my informational post on World Bibles! My world bible is my sidekick, it contains everything about the novel including the plot, characters, maps, and weapon design. The best part about a world bible is that you can use it for any genre! I personally love brainstorming in my world bible. 

If you want to create one for your story or series then read below for more:

NOTE: These are just tips and things that I personally use when crafting a world bible. You have free reign to do whatever you want to make it your own!:)

The first thing to consider when creating a world bible is the size of the book itself. Personally, I like using a large sketchbook because it gives me more room to work with. The larger size also makes it harder for me to lose! I usually find beautiful sketchbooks at the craft store!

Here is my current world bible:


The next thing to do when making your world bible is deciding what you want to put in it. You can put whatever you want in the world bible as long as it helps you keep your novel and ideas in one place. 

Things that are in mine:

  • Character Bios
  • Maps
  • Plotting
  • Outlines
  • Doodles
  • Thoughts
  • Weapons
  • Fashion
  • Creatures
  • And more!

The most important thing when it comes to making this world bible is to make sure that you are able to be creative and love what you are doing. You don’t have to have an organized world bible! Feel free to use markers, washi tape, fancy pens, and make cool collages. The purpose of the world bible is to help you understand your novel or series on a personal level. Be creative and have fun with it! 

I will post a pretty tour of my current world bible later on!  I am thinking about sharing the certain layouts I use as well so you can use it when you create your novel writing sidekick!

I wish you luck on your writing adventure,

Caitlin

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~NaNoWriMo

Hello There!
This is my official announcement of participating in NaNoWriMo this year! I am determined to be a winner and type 50,000 words for my novel. Since my novel is a fantasy novel and is over thirty chapters long I know that it will be longer than 50,000 words, but doing this will at least help me put a major dent in it!
Here is a little information on NaNoWriMo for those of you that have never heard of it:

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it is held every November. The main purpose is to help inspire aspiring writers to jump into their novels and type out 50,000 words during the month! It is a great way to just let your creativity loose and start working on your novel. Once you register, you are able to earn badges, meet fellow writers in your area, and even attend write-ins! If you want to learn more and sign up then you can visit their website here~
A cool thing to do if you decide to participate is to create a writing bullet journal! It is one of the reasons I created mine and filled it with cool trackers, goals, and references. If you are interested in starting a writing bullet journal, you should go check out Boho Berry’s post on it here

I hope you enjoyed this post and I wish you luck on your writing journey,
~Caitlin

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My Adventure in Plotting

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This is my first blog post and I wanted to write about my experience in plotting this novel.  Plotting is hard for me to do but after looking up tips and tricks on Pinterest I decided to defeat this dragon! The first thing I did was make a list of obstacles that my character will face in the novel. Now using this list, I made a broad outline. Once I completed that I decided to try Rowling’s plotting method of having a grid that includes different plots and arcs that you will weave together through out each chapter. That was honestly one of the hardest things I had too do but it also helped me understand my characters and world better. It took four long hours but I finished it and outlined a novel that is over thirty chapters long. I was extremely proud of myself for using this method to plot and it really did help me create a deep novel and complex characters  while having a nice flow.

One thing I need to remind myself when I actually start writing this adventure is that this outline is flexible, I can add or cut out certain things. Plotting is helpful because it gives a nice backbone to the novel so it is harder to get off track, but it can also be changed along the way. Honestly, I would use this process again for future novels!

I wish you luck on your writing,

~Caitlin