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note to self: go outside

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

Introducing A Novel Idea

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

This week, tell us about your writing style/what you like to write. Whether it’s POVs, genres, tenses, topics, or settings, tell us everything. This can be as deep or as simple as you want it to be--just have fun with it!

What novel are you working on this week?


  1. This is a wonderful idea, and I love your new layout.

    1. Ahhh, thank you so much, Tracey!! I really appreciate that.

  2. yesS!!! This is back. I've been waiting for this to return, but I also need SOMETHING to help push along my writing and get me to post weekly on my blog. This is exactly what I need. :)

  3. This is such a fun idea! I might have to participate. ;)

  4. I love this! It sounds like a really fun linkup. :)

  5. Ohhhh this looks like a ton of fun!! :D I definitely want to join in on this at some point. ^-^

  6. I'm in love with this idea! I will definitely try to link up as often as I can manage! =)


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