Talking about my WIP (for real?!) with the 777 challenge

No, you’re not dreaming. I’m going to talk about my WIP. Then probably have a tiny breakdown because I barely ever talk about writing. #nervous

ANYWAY, Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope your week started off great. Work has been…well, hard, and I miss holidays already, if you ask me. SO let’s focus on the FUN of blogging and today’s excitment! I’m going to be talking about…well…writing.

You asked for it, so…I’m doing it, little by little. #nervous

In case you didn’t know, I am in the process of writing a book. Will it ever be published? I do not know. Will anyone besides me ever read it? I do not know. But I know that I am writing and that it’s something already. I have been working on the same story for over three years now. I am re-writing the story I started thinking of back in 2015 and drafted for the first time in NaNoWriMo 2015.

Writing is such a long process for me. Between working full-time, blogging, reading, actually trying to adult, that leaves very little time to actually write. That being said, a very wise and fantastic author once said that it’s okay to be a slow writer. (It was V.E. Schwab. Because I know you’re wondering.) So I’m okay with it. Most of the time. Other times I’m just like this:

This tag is all about sharing some lines from my WIP so…let’s try and do this. Many thanks to the lovely Michelle for tagging me for this! Shall I add a little context to the story or overall just let it be? Oh, well….

The seven lines of the WIP shared

My 7th page of my WIP isn’t the biggest nor craziest one when it comes to writing, I guess. For the little context if you’re curious (I know you are? I’m hoping you are?!) : I am writing a young adult contemporary / mystery book. Main themes include childhood friends, school pressure, weird houses in the forest, cabins and gang of friends, mystery and hopefully EMOTIONS. Also, it is mixing up things between past and present with flashbacks and weird things happening and people changing. I know I’m all emotional about my characters but maybe it’s because they are my characters. #writerslogic

I’d love to know: is writing a long process for you too? How do you set aside some time to write?

If you’re writing: what are you working on? TELL ME ALL THE THINGS ABOUT YOUR STORY.

If you’re not a writer, and if you are: would you be interested in me talking more about my WIP? What would you like to know? TELL ME EVERYTHING?!

If you want to do this tag, PLEASE DO, I’d love to know more about your writing!

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93 thoughts on “Talking about my WIP (for real?!) with the 777 challenge

  1. I’m always in awe of bloggers who are also aspiring authors! I would be so nervous to reveal a WIP to the world, so brava to you! I’m not a writer, but a little part of me always wanted to be, I guess I just never had that one spark of a great idea for a book. I’d love to hear more about your WIP!

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much, Angela! I’m still very nervous about this post, and I didn’t share much ahah. I guess talking about my writing makes me feel nervous a bit.
      Who knows, maybe someday you will get that little spark, turn it into a fabulous book! 😀
      Thank you so, so much ❤

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Martina! It is hard to write, I’m also having a hard time juggling with everything, blogging, reading, working full time as well and writing. I always try and dedicate at least one evening of my week to writing a little bit – this really helps 🙂 Usually I only get to do this one evening ahah, but it is still something good 🙂

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  2. Your WIP sounds amazing, Marie! I love flashback/present stories. And I love your 7 lines. They make me want to read your book!
    I will definitely do this tag. I’ve been wanting to talk about my WIP but wasn’t sure where to start!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. AAAAH, I’m so glad you did this, Marie! I’m proud of you for sharing. Even though you haven’t told us much, I’m already interested in your story and I hope you’ll share more in the future 🙂 ❤

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    1. Oh thank you, Lauren! ❤ I'm always a bit nervous talking about my writing, but I think I'll try and do it a bit more now. I'm so happy you enjoyed this, thank you for the support, it means so much ❤

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  4. I’ve seen this tag around so much and it looks so fun! I AM SO GLAD this post was about your WIP, I can’t wait to hear more about it! I don’t even know WHY you were nervous, this was fabulous and just AMAZING! OMIGOSH FLASHBACKS?! SIGN ME UP. I absolutely love flashbacks! weird houses in the forest, cabins & childhood friendships; exactly the kind of book I like.

    Writing is definitely a long process for me too. I’ve only properly started to ‘write’ this year. Before I used to just keep a random writing journal full of all weird thoughts and snippets of stories. I still do that but now I have a WIP which you’ve already read a whole post about so I won’t ramble XD I make sure that I add working on my WIP to my to-do list so that helps.

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    1. Oh this tag is so much fun, even if it took me a while to choose between all of the bad lines hahaha. I hope you’ll want to do it, I would LOVE to read some of your WIP’s lines 😀
      I love flashbacks SO MUCH, they are my favorite to write, EVER, I wiill write a whole flashback book someday ahah.

      I’m SO happy that you started writing this year, and I’m hoping to read more about your WIP soon, loved your first post about it already! Also, are you going to do NaNoWriMo this year? 😀

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  5. I’ve been telling myself that I’m going to write a book one day ever since I can remember 😂 I still haven’t finished one yet (started plenty) but it’s about time I actually do it 💪🏻 and yes I’d love to read more about writing in general and your WIP 💖👌🏻

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  6. Hi Marie!! I am so happy to read this post about your WIP! Love the seven lines that you shared, and definitely looking forward to reading more!

    When it comes to writing, I absolutely believe that quality is more important than quantity! Better to write 100 great words that you will keep than 1000 mediocre ones that will have to be rewritten. I tend to be a fast writer (with binge-writing tendencies on weekends) but I’ve had to do a lot of rewriting 🙂

    And yes it’s so hard to find time to write with so much going on! I wish there are more hours in the day!

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    1. Hi Sophie! Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, so happy you liked this ❤
      Oh it's great you can write so much and so fast 🙂 I always wish to be a faster writer, there is just so little time to write, I want to do more haha 😛
      Thank you! xx

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      1. What I mean to say is that writing slowly can be a good thing because you are putting more thought into the words you write 🙂 I tend to speed through my drafts but not all of my writing is good, so these days I’ve been trying to write slower and focus on quality!

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      2. OH I understand! I really wish we could write perfectly the first time – but even if I’m trying to write slowly and think about everything ahead, I know it will still need tons of editing…which scares me A LOT 😭.

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      3. Haha yes editing scares me too! Even though I am on my fourth draft, as I am writing, I still think, “oh geez, need to fix this part later”. It definitely makes me appreciate published writers! A lot of work goes into writing and polishing a book!

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      4. Same here – it makes me see the whole writing process SO differently. I used to think it had to be easy….. I don’t know HOW I could ever think that ahah, it is so hard, there is just so much time and work going into one single story! 🙂

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  7. I love hearing about your WIP Marie, and I’m definitely interested in learning more from the lines you posted as well. From what you’ve said about it it sounds like an amazing book, with everything I love about contemporary stories in it. 😀
    I’ve recently started writing again, since I started blogging and hearing you and May talking about writing has really inspired me. I normally just write whenever I have the time which I agree is slow going between blogging and full time work and everything life throws at me, but if V.E. Schwab says it’s all right to be a slow writer then I’m more than happy with that (she’s my favourite author as is well known by now!) 😀
    I hope you decide to share more about your WIP, I’d really love to hear more about it. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Beth! I’m so happy you liked this post ❤ ❤
      I'm SO glad to hear you've been writing again, Beth! I hope you'll share more about it whenever you're ready, obviously, but I'd love to know more about "writing Beth", now that I know about reading and blogging Beth ahah 🙂 ❤
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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      1. That’s all right, I loved hearing more about you WIP. I’ve been looking forwards to this post since you announced you were going to be talking about it more. ❤
        Yeah it's slow going, blogging and reading and work have to come first, but I've remember what I love about it and that's a good thing in my mind. One day I'll share something, but I don't know if it'll be in the near future. Maybe the more distant future. 🙂
        That's all right! 😀 ❤

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      2. I get it – so many things have to come first and it’s a bit frustrating at times, but there’s nothing we can do about it. That’s great – I will be waiting to hear more about it someday then! 😀 ❤

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  8. OMGGGG I SCREAMED WHEN I SAW THIS POST IN MY READER JFAL;DSFJALSDKFA. Go you, Marie, for getting the courage to do this!! CABINS AND A GANG OF FRIENDS??? Yes PLEEEEEASE. And omg you’re doing flashbacks??? And mystery?? YOU QUEEN. I could never do mystery because I’m not clever enough to make all these little clues. XD And oh my god I LOVE THE NAME KEELY. I love it I love it. There’s something just so great about it??? Adjfl;asjdflasjd I’m so so excited to learn more about your novel, Marie! Loved these seven lines — you’re an amazing writer, I can tell. ❤ ❤

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    1. AWWW May thank you, you are way too sweet! ❤❤ I’m so, so happy you enjoyed this post. I’m always so nervous but…I’m also glad to talk about it a bit, it’s been a part of me for so long hahaha two years now. I’m hoping to finish writing it soon and talk more about it all, maybe more characters, synopsis and such? I have to figure out how ahah. YOU always write fabulous writing posts, May, you are my inspiration ahah ❤
      Thank you so much, you’re the best ❤

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  9. Sample scene! We want a sample!

    I have so many WIP’s it is not funny anymore. The first one I started writing is about, like, dream therapy that is meant to create “ideal” humans, another is about humans being basically turned into androids to make them live longer by implanting a human brain in a synthetic body, another one is where humans live underground because the is *something* that drove them there and the people basically use USB’s to download basic information to their heads. Hummm, I’ve got one with magic and kingdoms which is kinds cliche sorry not sorry. And another one with werewolves and vampires and all that. And another about two towers housing all of humanity on earth because of high winds – one tower for the living and one for the dead. And another one about a guy who is desperately looking in the stars for a message from his mom, an astronomer who disappeared without a trace.

    I think that is most of them? Ha ha cringe. I need to finish one of them!

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    1. Awww, you, thank you! ❤ Maybe I’ll share a sample scene someday….? ahah.
      YOUR IDEAS ARE ALL FABULOUS???! I especially love that dream therapy idea, and the one with the guy looking for a message in the stars from his mom?? This is SO COOL. So YES you need to finish one of these for sure ahah, I’d love to hear more about these stories! ❤
      Best of luck for your writing, and thanks again for your sweet words!

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  10. This is a great meme, and you wrote some lovely words 😀 I’m a slow writer myself, but setting large and small goals helps. My big goal is to have a completed, revised historical mystery completed by #pitchwars 2018 to submit. My word goals for rough drafts, when I’m hot, is 5000 words per week, 2500 when not (or busy). It’s not easy. Sometimes joining a writing critique group helps with targets and goals.
    Good luck!

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    1. Ohh thank you so much ❤ Oh this is such a great goal to have – it’s so good you can set yourself word goals and everything. It has to be so motivating!
      Thank you, best of luck! ❤

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  11. I want to know more about these weird houses in the forest… I hope I get to read your book one day 🙂

    Writing can be a very painful process for me, like most people. I avoid doing it most of the time and tell myself it’s okay because I write my blog and now for my job, but there is more that I want to be doing. Until the past couple years I always wanted to write fiction, but since getting older I have fallen in love with essays and memoir in a big way. I actually feel like I might have something to contribute in that area, but I’m really afraid to try. Getting really personal about things is frightening!

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    1. Oh you’re the sweetest, thank you so much! I really hope you will read my book someday, I know I would love to hear your thoughts about it all ❤
      I can so relate to what you said here. For a long time, I thought it was “okay” not to write since I was writing on my blog or elsewhere, but…it didn’t feel good enough. Since I’ve been writing more regularly fiction, I love it and feel happier this way. Maybe your path is in essays and memoirs – you should give it a try! I would love to read what you have to say ❤❤

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  12. Marie 😭😭😭 I want to read your book! I love contemporaries and mysteries and this sounds so good! I’m so happy you decided to share these small little snippets, I can’t wait to hear more about your story 💕

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  13. I need this book in my life. I’m trying to write my own book as well, it’s not going very well. As you mentioned it is so hard to find time to write when it feels like such a long process, between my job, blogging etc it’s just ‘Where are the hours in the day?’
    I’m personally trying to write a Young Adult Dystopian/Fantasy kind of book. I’ve had the idea for a year now and another thing I struggle with is the constant flow of ideas I have, I write something then my brain goes OO WHAT ABOUT THIS. OR THIS. OR THIS. and I end up with a whole new approach everytime.
    The ultimate dream would to be published thats for sure.

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    1. OH Hannah you’re too sweet 😭
      That’s exactly it – it is SO hard to try and find time to write. It’s an endless process, but…well. Someday we’ll manage to do it, I’m sure of it!
      OHHH this is so great! I hope you’ll want to share more about your writing someday?
      I get it – I tend to get distracted sometimes as well. I try and keep notes of other ideas somewhere else on my computer ahah, trying not to lose track, but it’s hard sometimes.
      It would be a DREAM to be published, I’m not foolish enough to actually believe in it haha but well we never know I guess! 🙂
      Thank you so, so much, Hannah! ❤ ❤

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      1. One day we could have our books next/near each other on a shelf! That would be an amazing dream to have. I definitely would love to share some of my writing in the future, I’m trying to work out if there is anywhere to write it and then upload. Perhaps Wattpad in the future? xx

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      2. That would be the dream ❤
        Oh yes, Wattpad is a good way to upload your work and have great feedback on it. I have an account there but I felt weird publishing my writing so I didn't do it just yet ahah. I'd LOVE to read your writing, Hannah, whenever you're ready to share it ❤

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  14. Writing itself is really fast for me because I type with a speed of about 85 wpm, but actually starting and then continually doing it and not beginning to hate my original idea is a whole lot harder.

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    1. Oh wow, that’s so great you’re typing so fast! I get the feeling – somedays I just hate everything ahah. I think it’s important to keep on writing, some days will be better than others but what matters is that you’re trying to go forward! After all, there is always editing to make the whole thing a lot better 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Keira! 🙂

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  15. Found your blog via Shar at Virtually Read’s post!

    Ooh, your WIP sounds super interesting!! I love childhood friends themes! 😀

    I’m a writer too! I just finished edits on my YA contemporary, Low Expectations. It has a lot of themes, but I guess the basic ones center around foster care, bullying, family, and Christianity.

    Nice sentences! I really like number 6.

    Alexa
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    1. Hi Alexa! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by, so happy to meet you! 🙂 ❤
      Ahh congratulations on finishing edits, what an awesome accomplishment – and I LOVE your themes 🙂 I'm dreading editing so, so much, how did you do iiiiiiiit do you have tips? 🙂 Are you planning on trying to publish your novel someday?
      Thank you so much, Alexa! 🙂

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      1. Thank you!! 😀

        Haha, I don’t know??? I guess the biggest two things for editing were: I gave myself a deadline (I wanted to take the summer to finish before I had to go back to college) and I wrote with a friend. She was editing her story as well, so it was always an extra push of motivation to get on on time and know that someone else was on with you. 🙂
        Also, rewards are nice. Chocolate and ice cream were friends, lol, plus I went out and saw Spiderman when I finally finished.

        Yes, I do hope to publish! Not sure if it’ll be traditional or self, right now, but I definitely want to publish! 😀

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      2. Ohh thank you so much for the tips, Alexa, these are amazing! It must have been very motivating to work with a friend on editing your stories. And Chocolate, okay, you don’t have to say it twice ahah, chocolate is the motivation I need 😛
        Ohh well I’ll be looking forward to the day you will be published! 😀

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  16. This is amazing, thank you so much for sharing!! It can be so terrifying to share writing since it’s so personal (which is why I haven’t shared any of my WIPs BAHAHAHA

    Writing is definitely a process for me! I sometimes feel like things are flowing and I get a lot done at once, and other times it feels like pulling teeth. My outlines alone are usualy 10k or more, and then the actual writing comes a bit easier. It definitely takes time and dedication!

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    1. Ohhh thank you, Esther! I hope you’ll want to take the leap as well. Posting this – and this is just like, a couple lines and not even a good, full synopsis – was TERRIFYING ahah, but I’m really glad I did it! I feel a bit more confident talking about my writing now and it’s good, it’s also super motivating to…well, write more.
      I reaaaaaaally hope you’ll talk about your writing as well, I would LOVE to hear everything about it! ❤
      Wow, 10K outline??? That's INSANE – but also so awesome, the actual writing has to be quite easy after that ahah 🙂

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    1. Okay…now that you said this, I want to read your lines ahahah 😛 I hope you might want to share some of your writing though, doesn’t have to be lines of this specific page, if it’s a bit creepy, ahah 🙂
      Thank you so much, Jacqueline! 🙂

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  17. Ahh awesome!! So glad you’re sharing this!! I’m really intrigued by the snippet you’ve shared and I want to know *more*!! And I think writing can be a slog for me a lot (most) of the time. It’s a hard-going process. I do find it depends on the WIP- some can be a lot smoother than others- I’ve had a couple that were smooth sailing and a couple that were… not- to say the least 😉 I think someone in the comments mentioned- and I do find that helpful- but only when I’m not super busy and make sure I can stick to them (and even then I can’t go with word count targets- it has to be by chapter). Sooo the moral of the story is writing is tough, but you shouldn’t give up lol 😉

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  18. How BRAVE, Marie! 💗💗💗 My heart was thumping away for you! Your seven lines were very tantalizing!! I love that it is a mystery… I’m wondering if it’s set in France? Or someplace else?

    I have to schedule time to write, normally first thing when I get up, so all my brain power goes to the WIP! Not always the way it happens but ideally. Work whenever you feel it! Good luck, can’t wait to hear more, read more, see it published!

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    1. Oh thank you 😭😭 I’m very nervous about it all ahah, I still am right now even if this encouraged me to try and post more about my writing. It is set in England, actually! 🙂
      It’s so great you can schedule time like this – you have to be SO productive in the mornings, that’s so cool! 🙂

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  19. MARIE I LOVE THIS. Your WIP sounds AMAZING and so much fun and I love the lines you shared. I do hope you’ll continue to share stuff about your writing in the future ❤❤❤
    Ugggh writing is such a slow process for me as well. When I do have the time I often don’t feel like it because I’m exhausted from school and/or work or I’m just not mentally feeling it :/ Still haven’t figured out how to write while I’m busy/not feeling it. I don’t want to force myself but sometimes I wonder if I should force myself to just try. Why is writing so hard 😫😂

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    1. Michelle, thank you 😭😭😭 I’m so happy you enjoyed this post, I will try and share more about my writing soon – this made me nervous, but encouraged me to do more as well ❤ ❤
      SAME struggle here…I'm not always feeeling it, but then I feel guilty because I am so slow and I'm not writing when I could be… I guess no good can come out of forcing ourselves, though? We have to feel it and to want to try and write a minimum, for something good to come out of it. Writing is the hardest thing ever ahah. 😭

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      1. Yay I’m happy to hear that ❤ ❤
        Yeah exactly! There are so many times I could write but I just don’t feel like it so I end up not doing it and then I feel guilty :/ Yeah I don’t know if forcing ourselves would be the best solution either. If only we always felt like writing 😭

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    1. Oh thank you, Amanda! I haven’t been talking a lot about my writing – I might do it a bit more now 🙂
      For now, it’s my only WIP – but I have other ideas floating around, I might start new projects by the end of the year if everything goes well! 🙂 I used to write tons of stories years ago, but kind of stopped with university coming….now I’m back to it ahah 🙂

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  20. This is great! I think you should just take all the time you need to write it:) If it was me I’d probably use like 10 years 😛 I wrote a lot back in 2014 ish and I actually started on my own novel, but then life happened and I took a way too long break. Maybe I’ll get back into it one day though:)
    The best of luck!

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    1. Thank you! Ahah, I feel like I’m going to use a lot more months to finish this WIP. Thing is, at the moment, I’m not really putting my hopes into publishing, I just really want to finish it and be able to read the whole thing and…be proud of myself in some way?
      I hope you’ll get back to writing someday. I get it, life happened to me too and put a bit of a slow on my writing, but if you want to get back to it someday, you will for sure 💕
      Thank you!

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      1. I totally understand that. Of course publishing one day would be great but I would be sooo proud of myself if I actually just wrote the thing. I hope so too:) I’m kinda trying to not to get too side-tracked with this blog, so that I’m at least still writing something but the goal is to get back to writing fiction for sure!

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