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Book blogs unite! Can I get new book blogs to follow? :3 Please reblog so that I get new people to follow ;)

Your first selfie is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!



So not next week, but the week after, I get to move into my apartment and I start my vacation. 9 days out of work and getting to spend time with books. I am super excited. Now, during that time frame, my blogging may be rather different. My original posts may suffer a bit because I’ll be doing my posting mostly from my phone. But, I’ll be trying to get internet going at my apartment within a few weeks so that will be awesome.

I have a laptop that is blue screening like crazy that I want to try and fix but if I can’t, I’m going to be looking into buying a new one. Course, that is going to require some saving but in the end, it will be worth it.



I just want to reblog this eVERYDAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE


how long is a rough draft in comparison to the finished result?


Hello there, writerly friend~ ✿

Well, before I begin, allow me to preface this by saying that the following is what has worked for me. Everyone does revision differently. Ultimately, you are going to have to find what works for you. Please, don’t take my words as gospel, instead look at them as tools in a toolbox. Play with them, take the ones you need and leave the rest c;

Now with that out of the way, let’s look at your question:

"How long is a rough draft in comparison to the finished draft?"


Rough drafts are always longer than the final result. Why? Because a lot of the rough draft is taken out during the revision process. In my personal experience, I tend to follow Stephen King’s advice (from the fantastic book ‘On Writing’) which goes a little bit like this:


Thus, if I write a Rough Draft that is 35K words, I strive to have a revised draft that is 32K words.

I know that this may sound a bit disheartening to a young or new writer, the idea of chopping out so many of those words you worked so hard to get on the page in the first place— but ultimately it is all for the greater good. Improving the flow of a story really boils down to chopping things out. And, if anything, coming to terms with this has given me a lot more freedom during the first draft, since I know that I gain nothing by stressing out over ‘getting the words right.’ Because ‘right’ or not, 10% of those words are going to get cut. Talk about peace of mind c;

Now that I think about it… I really hope you didn’t send me this question expecting to get hard numbers, like “A rough draft should be XX,XXX words” :0

Every writer has different ways to pace a story. I write novellas, around 30-40 thousand words a pop. But, then again, that’s what works for me. Apologies if the following sounds blunt— but page length and wordcount are kind of not important as long as you tell a compelling story. Just to put things in perspective, ‘Of Mice and Men' and 'The Grapes of Wrath' (two great books by John Steinbeck) are 120 and 500 pages respectively.

Again, as long as you tell a compelling story, length is not an issue c;

I hope this helps! If you, or any other writerly friend has any more questions, feel free to send them my way! (◕‿◕✿)


The bookworm’s secret to immortality;-)


The bookworm’s secret to immortality;-)

Shadow World series by Dianne Sylvan


No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

(Dead Poets Society, 1989)

Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat racist. Not as racist as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at mudbloods and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).
And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that racism isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.
Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should do stop ASAP”.
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.
Stephen King (via writetothestars)