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 ☆

 

My Top 2 Favorite Books with Black Protagonists​ | Happy Martin Luther King Junior Day!

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There are so many great books out there!

Today I am going to be sharing with you some of my favorite featuring black protaganists. There are way more than two good books with black protgaonists, but these are simply my two favorites! One of them is a more recent read and another is a long time favorite.

Although MLK Day was yesterday, I nonetheless decided to post this because I think this is a super important topic to discuss. And, there are two of my favorite books on this list, one that I haven’t mentioned on this blog yet! Today I will be sharing with you my top three favorite books with a black protagonist in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior Day. I hope you enjoy!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King Junior

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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There are not many books out there as daring, bold, and unapologetic as The Hate U Give. Following the life of a black teenager named Starr Carter whose childhood best friend died this book has a humorous but brutally honest writing style. Although the book gets criticized by some for being too hypothetical to be realistic, I think it is shedding light upon an issue that needs to be discussed nonetheless.

Starr Carter herself is someone to look up to because even though she was hesitant at first to expose herself as the victim of a hotly debated crime, she eventually found the courage to stand up for what she knew was right. Furthermore, she stands up for racial equality in general even in her home life. When her father ridicules her for having a white boyfriend (Chris) and says “Why don’t you just bring a black boy home?” she stays grounded in her beliefs and continues to date him.

I think it deserves all the hype. I could continue to rant about how much I love this book, but I want to keep this post short. I think I got my message across. 😉

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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The Hate U Give conquers racism through a more audacious manner, but Brown Girl Dreaming is more about being inspiring and discussing racial topics and issues rather than fighting it.

This work of poetry is told in a dactylic fashion with smooth, flowing language. It is a story about the author Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood, split between two polar opposite places. Growing up in both Brooklyn and South Carolina, Jacqueline always felt half at home in each place. In the South, children teased her and her siblings about their Northern way of talking, and in Brooklyn, being a Jehovah’s witness meant that they had to follow rules they didn’t understand.

The revolution is when Shirley Chisholm ran for president

and the rest of the world tried to imagine

a Black Woman in the White House.

-Jacqueline Woodson, page 308.

As you can see, in Brown Girl Dreaming, racism is overthrown using a different approach. Quietly, with a hint of a brave whisper, Brown Girl Dreaming conquers racism. Not just for being a lovely work of poetry, but through empowerment.

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Thank you for reading this post. Please follow my blog to receive email updates whenever I post.

What are your favorite books featuring black protagonists? Have you read The Hate U Give or Brown Girl Dreaming? How was your Martin Luther King Junior Day? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

⭐︎ Katie K ⭐︎