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WIPs: Izzy and the Safari Switch/In Reverse
CR: Voyager (#outlanderseries)
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#junelitwrit Day 24 - Writing Advice You Would Give Your Younger Self

To my college self:
Your first draft of a story is never going to be your best draft, and that's okay. Take a deep breath, set it aside for awhile, then come back and make it better.

To my immediately post-🌎-travelling self:
Don't wait too long to start writing for yourself again. Yeah, you are going to need some time to process everything you saw, but writing helps with that - more than you know.

What advice would you give your younger self?

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One of my favorite parts of writing, actually...
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Random pic of my cat and my sister's cat from a few weeks ago - sorry I've been MIA the last couple of days, but I fell WAAAAAY behind on Overload final edits (not good, since it releases in, like, two weeks), so I've been really focused on finally getting that ✔. #junelitwrit for the last three days looks like:

Day 21 - Signed Book Collection
Sadly, the only books I own that are signed were signed by the friends who gave them to me and not the authors, and I felt a little silly going through my bookshelves to find them and take pictures. 😕

Day 22 - A Random Fact About Your WIP Character
Going back to #switchseries, one of my MCs really hates bullet journals.

Day 23 - Favorite First Line
Hmm... I'm going to have to go out of book territory and into song. - "All her wants to fill a need." (Whatever She Wants/Jars of Clay). It does all the best things in setting up the story for the song - it tells you what the story is about and gives you a vivid picture of who the antagonist is and what she's about as well as hinting at the protagonist and how they feel about her. It's all in the first line. One of these days, I'll write a first line with as good of a hook as this, but in the meantime, keep writing, right?

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#safariswitch #catsofinstagram #adventuresoftiger #adventuresinwriting
Catching up only to slow down again - that feels like the story of my life atm, friends. One of these days, things will be more balanced. I hope.

#junelitwrit Day 19 - How do you balance reading with writing?

I try to read at least a little bit every day, but that doesn't always happen because work/life. *shrug* Writing happens pretty much every day (I'll talk about the how for Day 20), so I spend extra time on the days I don't write reading. I think it's really important for writers to read the stories others are telling. 
Day 20 - Do you have a career outside of writing?

If this means a career outside of working on my WIPs, then my answer is yes. I'm a freelance content writer. Otherwise, the answer would be a nope. Big. Fat. Nope. 
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Okay, Colonel, I'm on it. Soon as I get my #junelitwrit post done. ⏳

Day 17 - Parents Day: Family in Your WIP
Focusing on my parallel universe WIP for this. As of right now, Izzy is an only child and her parents are still together. While there are emails from Izzy's mom, her parents won't be physically present until the second book in the series. In both universes in #safariswitch, Izzy and her parents have a loving and supportive relationship. Always helpful, amiright? 
I might have chosen this meme in particular because Izzy's parents met and married while her dad was in the military and stationed in Spain. Izzy's mom is a native of Spain, and Izzy was born while her dad was stationed there.

Day 18 - Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation
I have to agree with a lot of people that The Hunger Games is one of the best adaptations I've seen in awhile. Vampire Academy is high up there for me, too, even though I know there are plenty of people who disagree. I was happy with most of what they did with it, and felt like it kept to the spirit of the book. The characters were in a similar enough place at the end of the movie to where they were in the book for me to want to see it continue. 
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Saw a friend share this on FB last night and it resonated. It's easy to sit silent and defeated in the corner, but I found so much healing when I decided to speak up about what I'm feeling. It's hard, the people around you don't always react the way you want them to, and it's really only a first step onto the path, but it's so worth it.

#pain #healing #mentalhealth #speakup
#junelitwrit (still playing catch up) 🕛 Day 15 - Aesthetic: Favorite Period to Read/Write

Reading: I've been gravitating towards stories with historical elements lately (hence some of the books on my June tbr list, eh?). Writing: Present Day (hence the picture of my slightly disorganized desk). 🕛 Day 16 - What Makes Your WIP Stand Out?

Answer: For the parallel universe story,  the thing that stands out the most is the mental health arc in the story. Not that its setting in East Africa hurts, but depression is a real thing for both my MCs. I think the question of how they've dealt it in the past and how it affects the way they react to things in their present situations is going to be really interesting to watch.

For the current story in the novella series, it may be the part where my MC struggles with using the technology that makes it possible to see her mother's memories of her father. We see stories in scifi all the time where everyone picks up on technology quickly, but I can't think of many at the moment where the main character just can't quite get their head around how to make it work but has to be the one to do so. If you can think of any stories like that, let me know because I want to read it.

Almost caught up! Should be on track with tomorrow's post. 🙌🙌🙌🙌 #amreading #amwriting #scifiwriter #scifistories #workinprogress #writingcommunity #writersofig #writersofinstagram #author #authorsofinstagram #girlswhowrite
...and other things. #happyfathersday Dads, soon-to-be Dads, Dads who don't have to be, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Thank you for doing all you do and being who you are from all those who love you and are grateful for your existence.
Just because you're a wordsmith does not mean you will get the good tiles in a game of Scrabble.
#thegamesweplay #vocabularybuilders
#junelitwrit Day 14: Moment in WIP that Made You Cry.

This is more like moments from the first part of the novella series where I legit ugly cried writing these scenes in the first draft. Yes, I handwrote each section before typing it up. You can only imagine the tear spots and ink smears on those pages. As I get closer to editing them for the second draft, I'm realizing I will probably be ugly crying all over again. Victoria may not be happy about her mom not talking about her dad, but she has no idea how complicated and heartbreaking their story is.

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#junelitwrit Day 13 - MC: Rule Follower or Breaker?

I'm rolling with my novella series for this one. Victoria, at the moment, is a rule breaker. Her father died when she was a toddler and her mother doesn't talk much about him. She's willing to do whatever she has to in order to get to know him through her mother's eyes - including making copies of her mother's memory files without permission.

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