Q&A | Two Year Blogaversary Special

Hello, blogosphere! Today is my two-year blogaversary, which is very exciting! I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for two years now, it’s crazy how fast time flies by. I’ve definitely grown a lot as both a writer and a blogger in my journey, from first learning about digital citizenship in elementary school, to creating my first blog, and then posting on Katie, That Bookish Girl. Blogging has changed my life in so many ways, and it’s an amazing way both to express myself creatively and vent through books, bujo, & writing.

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I asked my Instagram followers (the username is @katiethatbookishgirl if you want to give it a follow) questions about books, writing, bullet journaling, blogging, and lifestyle, and got several responses. In today’s special blog post, I will be sharing my answers to your questions! I hope you enjoy!

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1. How do you manage blogging and school? | I prioritize schoolwork over hobbies, and focus on the task at hand. To stay motivated to do my homework, I think how much better I’ll feel when everything is complete!

2. Any romantic book recommendations? | I don’t often read romantic novel, but below is a bulleted list of my current favorites.

  • Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I know it’s pretty short, but I think I will make a separate blog post about romantic novel recommendations!

3. What are your biggest writing inspirations? | My biggest writing inspirations are random things that I will see or hear, usually out in public or in nature that spark my imagination. Sometimes it’s a street sign with a particular font, a patch of wildflowers just blooming, or the raspy pitch of a stranger’s voice. I call them “thought butterflies” because if I don’t “catch” (write them down in time) they’ll fly away. 

4. This is not a question, but I love your account. 💕 | Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of the support!

5. Favorite author? | That’s a really hard question, and my response definitely changes often, but John Green is one of my favorite authors at the moment. Some of my favorite novels by him are The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down.

6. If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? | This is a really difficult question! I would probably have lunch with a female historical figure who had a tremendous positive impact on the world. I can’t narrow it down to one, but I would be honored to have lunch with Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, or Malala Yousafzai. (A plus is that all these amazing women have published books, poetry, or diaries).

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging? | My favorite thing about blogging is the tight knit bookish community. I love reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts. Whenever I don’t know what to read next, I can always turn to the blogging community and find my next read, and then get it a bookstore or my local library. (Although, sadly all the libraries are currently closed).

8. Do you want to pursue writing for a job? | Writing will always be a passion for me. Although it would be a dream to make a living solely off writing in my future, I don’t know if that’s a possibility. I definitely aspire to be a published or self-published author someday, and it is one of my life goals. However, I also love science, especially the biology and anatomy of the brain, so becoming a neuropsychologist would be an ideal path as well.

9. How are you so aesthetic, haha? | Thank you! I don’t consider myself to be super aesthetic, but my blog is driven by passion.

10. Where so you live? | I live on the coast in Southern California. 🙂

11. Why did you start bullet journaling? | The first thing that drew me into bullet journaling was the aesthetic Instagram pages filled with beautiful doodles and productivity tips. I decided to try it out for myself, and the system works a lot for me!

12. How did you get so many followers? | I don’t consider myself to have a whole lot of followers, but I always remain genuine online and post what interests me, hoping others are drawn to it as well.

13. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about blogging? | The biggest lesson I’ve learned about blogging is that anyone has the power to create and express themselves. Oftentimes, we are indirectly discouraged at being different and thinking outside of the box. The blogging community is nothing of the sort, being diverse and accepting. We all have the power of the pen (or, the keyboard, I should say).

14. What are your top three books? | My top three current favorites that I’ve read recently are The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick.

15. Why did you start your blog? | I started blogging because I wanted a platform to express myself through writing and sharing my favorite books!

16. What are your favorite posts to write? | My favorite posts to make are writing themed posts! Although I also love book reviews and sharing my bullet journal spreads, writing themed posts are simply my favorite.

17. How do you push forward and keep writing a story? I always stop after 10-20 pages… | Honestly, I’ve struggled a lot with this in the past and still do. My first suggestion would be to map out your plot. It doesn’t need to be in excruciating detail, just enough so that you know where you’ve going with the story. I also recommend giving yourself “inspiration breaks” or periods of time to remember why you’re writing, and rediscover motivation. I also have a lot more writing tips included in my last blog post.

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Thank you for reading this post. Please follow my blog to receive email updates whenever I post. I really appreciate all of the support! 🌼💗

Are you a blogger or writer? What are your favorite things about blogging? What are your favorite things about writing? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

 

NaNoWriMo: How I Wrote 18K Words in One Month // Tips for Reaching your Writing Goals

Hello, blogosphere! I haven’t been active on my blog lately because I’ve been busy with writing. But since the month of April is over, my writing challenge is complete. I will be refocusing on blogging this month.

Update: My two year blogaversary is tommorow, which is very exciting! I asked those who follow @katiethatbookishgirl on Instagram questions for tomorrow’s Q&A blog post, and have already gotten a couple of responses. If you are interested in me asking any questions about books, writing, bullet journaling, life, or blogging, be sure to submit some before I post my two year blogaversary special. 

In this blog post, I will be sharing with you my personal experience with NaNoWriMo last month and advice to help you reach your writing goals.

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My goal last month was to write 18,000 words. I am happy to say that I completed my desired word count! 18,000 words is the most I’ve written on a single project in my entire life, and I couldn’t have done it without NaNoWriMo. Although I am not close to being finished with my WIP (work in progress) novel, I’ve made a lot of progress this April. I started off the month attempting NaNoWriMo for a second time, and surprisingly, it was a success.

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I was on track during the beginning of April, but then fell behind towards the middle. I got a little bit discouraged but slowly picked it up and as able to write a lot on the last day.

If you are interested in reading a synopsis of my WIP read my “Venturing Into the World of NaNoWriMo” blog post.

Writing Tips to Kick Off Your WIP and Reach Your Goals

  1. Plan your WIP ahead. For me, this included sketching a quick plot chart and making a map of the world. However, this may not be enough. Another option would be to fill out a character chart and have it out with you as you write.
  2. Start off your story with a bang. Include a lot of action and foreshadowing in the first few chapters so you have something to work off of if you struggle with writer’s block.
  3. Don’t give up. If you find yourself at a period of time in your story where you hit a wall (also known as writer’s block), don’t give up your WIP. Instead, take a short break from writing and hunt for inspiration. Go on a walk/run, garden, read, or search apps like Pinterest for writing prompts. After that, come back later and try something different. Once you get through that writer’s block, you’ll find that writing is a lot easier, and the words begin to flow and come together again.
  4. Know that a first draft is a first draft. Don’t spend hours editing your first chapter when you could be writing your tenth. In my experience, it’s better to spend minimal time editing in the earlier stages and focus on spitting out your first draft.
  5. Manage your time. When writing, focus on writing. I find it helpful to use timers/alarms and set goals on how long you want to write that day.
  6. Have reasonable expectations. This is one of the most important things about working on a novel/story. It’s better to have gradual progress than no progress at all. Don’t get down on yourself if you don’t reach your word count goal within the given time frame. Instead, just keep on working and complete as much as you can. Having realistic expectations will help you remain focused towards your goal. There is no way to fail in writing other than neglecting the pen. when you’re making an effort, you’re making progress. You can do it!

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Thank you for reading this post. Please follow my blog to receive email updates whenever I post. I really appreciate all of the support! 💛🌷

Are you a writer? Have you ever attempted NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

 

22 Things To Do During Quarantine // How to Pass the Time and Have Fun

Hello, blogosphere! I hope everyone is safe and healthy. ❤︎ I love lists, so I complied 21 cool ideas to try to pass the time during quarantine. I also included a couple of tips and tricks to stay happy and productive during lockdown time at the end.

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22 Ideas

Staying inside all day can get pretty dull. These activities are guaranteed to brighten your day.

  1. Bake – Treats like cookies, brownies, or cake are a fun activity to fill up the day and a delicious desert at the end.
  2. Write poetry – Get creative and practice sonnets, haikus, or free verse!
  3. Bullet journal – Whip out those snazzy new markers and some washing tape and get to work!
  4. Read – Have a book that you’ve been wanting to read, but it keeps dusting away, simply lying on your shelf? Quarantine is the perfect time to snuggle up and dive into a great story.
  5. Draw – Practice makes perfect.
  6. Paint – Create a masterpiece.
  7. Do at-home workouts – There are a ton of at-home exercise tutorials on YouTube, or you can just to sets of push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, lunges, and squats.
  8. Go on a run – It’s a great way to get outside and stay fit!
  9. Go on a walk – Going on a walk with a family member and just taking, even just for a couple of minutes, can be very refreshing. Just remember to casually avoid others when walking, or go at a time where less people are out.
  10. Go on a bike ride – It’s an adventure, and traveling by bike is pretty quick.
  11. Yoga – Meditating is very relaxing.
  12. Complete a puzzle – Putting together a jigsaw puzzle is a fun intellectual challenge.
  13. Fly a kite – If you have a kite, go out on a windy day and let it swirl through the sky!
  14. Garden – Water and fertilize your plants, or start a home vegetable garden.
  15. Have a dance party – Compile a playlist and challenge your family members to a dance battle!
  16. Practice photography – Go outside during golden hour and take a picture of the beautiful peony in your backyard.
  17. Play a board game – Monopoly, Scrabbled, The Game of Life, Connect 4…
  18. Play cards – Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Kings in the Corner…
  19. Trivia Night – Compile trivia about family, or a particular topic or subject.
  20. Organize – Take time to clean out an absurdly messy desk drawer, or closet, or kitchen, or garage! You’ll feel a lot better when the task is complete.
  21. Watch Netflix – Odds are that you’ve already done this, but still kick back, relax and watch your favorite series. Some of my favorites are The Office and Stranger Things.
  22. Practice a musical instrument – Learn a new song and perform a concert for your family.

Tips

Being productive and happy during times like these can be difficult. Here are a couple of my tips and tricks!

  • Go to bed and wake up at a reasonable time. Although it may seem silly, if you stick to a schedule, even if it’s more lenient than your regular one, you’ll be more productive.
  • Don’t procrastinate on the important tasks. You’ll feel happier if you get it done and then relax.
  • Get your body moving every day. Exercise has been proved to positively influence mood and mental health!
  • Interact with other people every day! Talk to your family, FaceTime friends, and Zoom colleagues. It can be easy to shut out from the world, but instead use this as a time to reach out to loved ones.
  • And lastly, stay safe! Exercise caution and follow the recommendations of scientists and doctors. 

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Thank you for reading this post. Please follow my blog to receive email updates whenever I post. I really appreciate all of the support! 🙂

What have you been doing to keep yourself entertained? Did this list give you any ideas? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆