My WIP’s aesthetics

To be honest, I am a little surprised to write this post right now. I never talked about my WIP too much on this blog and now, I am actually talking about it twice in two weeks? WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? I have always been a bit shy about sharing my writing and what I have been working on for two years already now, but all of your sweet comments and encouragements on my latest blog post just warmed my heart, encouraged me more and more.

Also, I might have written a bit more than 2K last weekend and I am hoping to write just as much this weekend.

Also, my WIP might be finished very, very soon. Like, I can ACTUALLY SEE THE LIGHT, guys. So, yeah. I might be a little ecstatic here.

So far, I haven’t shared too much about my story. I might have shared some hints here and there, but no full synopsis or anything. Why, you ask? Well, there are two main reasons: first one is that I am super nervous, as you might have guess. Second one is that, since I still need to edit the whole thing once I’m done with it, well…I don’t know how to talk about my WIP yet. Who knows, I might have to delete every 116 Word pages I got, or print and burn it all because it’s SO BAD (Let’s hope not).

Today, I’m taking another step in my whole writing adventure here on the blog. I did a thing. It took me about a gazillion hours, in between Pinterest, Tumblr and other places you go to find pictures, but I did it. I very much suck at suspense here because YES THIS IS MY BOOK’S AESTHETICS.

BEFORE taking a look at it all, here are some little hints at what you may, or may not find in my WIP. Look at me sharing more about it all… I feel weird.

  • Childhood friends
  • Sandy England beaches (yes. that’s actually a thing)
  • Massive hyped schools in the middle of the forest
  • Men in suits
  • A kind of badass friend
  • A kind of super geeky, round-glasses friend
  • BOOKS
  • Victorian houses in the woods
  • LIES (not everyone can be good)
  • TEARS (maybe. like every writer, I’m hoping to make you all cry)
  • SECRETS

A whole lot of other things happen, but…you’ll have to wait and see. While I’m talking about seeing, here’s something to feast your eyes on, hoping you’ll enjoy it. MY AESTHETICS.

All of the pictures here were found through Pinterest/Tumblr.

If you are a writer: how would you describe your current WIP…using just a couple words? Would you do your WIP’s aesthetics as well? PLEASE DO, I so want to see it.

To everyone, I would LOVE to know: what’s your favorite thing about a book? When it makes you CRY, SMILE, SCARED or all of the above?! (Totally not fishing out for tips here) (seriously, I’m just curious) (OKAY.)

Also…what do you think about my aesthetics? I would love to know!

If you want to do your WIP / book’s aesthetics: PLEASE DO. I would love to see it all!

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110 thoughts on “My WIP’s aesthetics

    1. Awww thank you so much! Well, here’s to hoping I can write and edit this thing super fast so that people can read it. If I get the courage to try and put it out there as well, haha πŸ™‚
      Please DO your WIP’s aesthetics as well, I would LOVE to see this!! ❀ ❀

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  1. Me as soon as I saw this post in my reader: MARIE IS SHARING MORE ABOUT HER WIP. MARIE IS SHARING AESTHETICS!!

    Oh my goodness it’s so exciting that you might be done soon!! Your book sounds so interesting, I can’t wait to learn more about it (and hopefully eventually read it!) and I absolutely love your aesthetics. They’re pretty and they make me even more curious.

    I totally feel you on not knowing how to talk about my WIP. Every time someone asks me what it’s about I just go: uhhh there are friends. And it’s gay. Also banter, food and karaoke. I really hope that once it’s all finished, edited etc and ready to be send to publishers I’ll be able to explain it a bit better πŸ˜‚

    My favourite thing about a book… I guess when it makes me feel ALL THE THINGS? Though I don’t necessarily need to cry to love a book, it just needs to warm my heart, make me excited to read it, being unable to stop… Ahhh it’s so hard to say what my favourite thing is, considering it’s different for each book haha. Good luck on your writing Marie, don’t give up ❀️

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    1. Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Michelle, this means SO much to me ❀
      I feel like I might be done soon, but on the other hand I'm seeing all that needs to be done, re-written, and well…I haven't even finished it yet, it makes me feel a bit desperate πŸ˜‚
      SAME oh, I'm so glad you can relate to that πŸ˜‚ I just don't know how to properly explain my WIP to others. I just want to throw off some key words here and there and hope that I'll be able to write a good synopsis of it someday πŸ˜‚

      THANK YOU SO MUCH ❀ ❀

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    1. Ohh thank you so much! I’m so happy you like it ❀
      You're soon done, if you're going through the final edit, that's SO great! What is it about, if I may ask? πŸ™‚
      Also, please, YES, do this if you want to – and let me know when you do, I would LOVE to see it πŸ™‚
      Thank you, best of luck to you too!

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  2. I actually think it’s really brave of you to even mention that you have a WIP, especially since WIPs are obviously not perfect and so personal to the author who made it, AND you’re not even sure if the entire story will even be published eventually for people to see… Just all writing in general, sharing or even mentioning it can be a little daunting. 😊 (And btw, let’s not just talk about creative writing here — academic essays? Mine are an absolute mess of quotes and analysis before I go through to edit them πŸ˜…)

    I really love the combination of pictures you chose though — I feel like they all embody the same mood! I’m not sure if I’m interpreting this right, but I’m getting this mysterious misty vibe with pops of fun moments and hope and friendship? πŸ˜‹ I love that picture of the wooden hut in the middle of the woods — seems like a place I would want to take a writer’s vacation in πŸ˜†

    Anyways, I find it really inspirational to see so many book bloggers share a hint of their WIPs with their readers! Is it true that you’ve been working on your WIP for three years?? 😱 Good luck with your WIP, and thanks for that really nice picture aesthetic board πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‹

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    1. Oh, thank you so, SO much for your sweet words, YOU ARE THE BEST, I’m so glad to have your support. ❀ And, erm…yes, I have been working on this for three years now. I am a slow writer (I'm working full time + blogging + well, other life stuff, so I try and fit time in when I can). I guess I really want to write that story, ahah
      You are RIGHT YES, that's it, definitely mysterious vibes and fun moments and friendships ❀ ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment and your support, once again! ❀ ❀

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  3. All of the above πŸ™‚ I think it’s good for a book to make you feel emotions as you’re more emotionally invested in the story? The times were I’ve been full on sobbing at a book or movie is when I’m attached to the characters πŸ™‚ e.g. Logan tore my heart to shreds, and Malec moments make me grin like an idiot ❀ (I've not finished the series so no spoilers)

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ I found the pictures on pinterest and tumblr and put them together using a picture editor software. If ou don’t have one such as Photoshop or something on your computer, you can use canva, it’s online and all free πŸ™‚

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  4. I love that you’re talking about your WIP more now Marie. ❀ I really love hearing about it because other bloggers talking about their writing makes me more inspired to write myself. πŸ™‚ I also really really love your aesthetic. It's incredible and even though it took you a long time it must have been fun and very worth it when you saw the end product right? πŸ˜€
    I've recently discovered the joy of aesthetics and the idea that I can create them for my own WIPs. I'm planning to do one for my NaNoWriMo idea which I'll be writing in November, I may talk about it a little on my blog as well because seeing other people talk about their WIP has kind of inspired me to find the courage to do the same.
    My favourite things about reading is the escape, and while I prefer books that make me smile I've found the ones that make me sad are the ones that have stayed with me the longest. Maybe that means I should say I prefer books that make me sad. πŸ™‚
    Again amazing aesthetic, and I can't wait to see what you post next about your WIP! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh, thank you so, so much, Beth! ❀ It took me a while but I was happy to see it finished, it inspires me for sure to get to writing… when I can ahah, hoping I'm actually inspired once I am in front of the page ahah. ❀
      OHHHH you are doing NaNo, this is SO EXCITING! I might be doing it too this year….I hope! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much!! ❀ ❀

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      1. That’s all right! πŸ™‚ ❀️ I’m sure it will inspire you when you’re in front of the page. There’s got to be something nice about seeing your WIP in pictures form in front of you. πŸ™‚
        Yep, I’m working on a schedule so I can manage NaNo and blogging. This year will be a trial run I guess. πŸ˜€
        That’s all right! πŸ™‚ ❀️

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      2. Oh…well let me know if you find a good schedule πŸ˜‚ If I can make it, I have no idea how I’ll manage blogging and everything haha. I hope to hear about your writing soon, Beth! ❀ ❀

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  5. That’s a pretty awesome aesthetic Marie, I always get excited for new writers who have put so much time & effort into a project…see it all come to life. I really wish you much success in accomplishing your WIP, it looks hella intriguing. As for the feels I enjoy most? I like a book that can take me on a mini roller-coaster of emotions. If I can laugh in btwn the tears then I consider that my new fave book πŸ˜‰

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  6. I really love it when a book destroys me but in the end, it somehow consoles… that kind of thing DESTROYS ME AGAIN BUT LIKE IN A GOOD WAY NOW. I love sad books because theyre also sooo easy to find aesthetically pleasing photos to link with! Gaaah. Books are so pretty!

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  7. Oh! It’s good to hear you are finishing your WIP! And the hints made me veeery curious about your story! I’m still a looooooooooo….ong way to the end of mine. I would say it is a lost and stubborn mess that wants to do what it wants but doesn’t tell me about anything. (these little rascals)

    Cry: People losing something important to them
    Smile: People taking care of each other
    Scared: EVERYTHING MAKES ME SCARED

    And your aesthetics are on point!! I believe it gives the right mood!
    (I usually just create a board on pinterest for my aesthetics, if you wish to see it: https://www.pinterest.com/moowsi/story-inspiration/)

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much for your sweet comment and your support! ❀ Somedays, I feel like I'm close to the end and some other days, I'm just, well…it's a mess πŸ˜‚ Writing is so hard sometimes but, we love it, so it's worth it πŸ™‚ I hope you'll have tons of fun writing your story, you can do this! πŸ˜€
      Ohh thank you so much, glad you liked it! I need to create boards on pinterest as well ahah. I LOVE your board so much! ❀

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      1. Right? I sometimes look at the words and I have NO IDEA how to even make a story out of it, but I guess it means something that despite the hardships we still love writing (are we masochists?)
        Thank you very much and I hope you can have fun writing yours too! πŸ˜€
        (I really like making boards on pinterest and couldn’t recommend more, but sometimes it can turn into an obsessive procrastination thing hahahaha)

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      2. I think we might be? Aren’t all writers a little masochist? Haha, at least I know I am haha.
        I sooo want to make all the boards on Pinterest but… I refrain myself, mostly because I’m scared I’ll end up spending three hours on there and not writing hahaha.

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  8. YAY Marie!! These are beautiful aesthetics and I like how you kept them within all the same type of color palliate. VERY EXCITING that you are almost finished or at least have the end in sight… I totally get sandy English beaches (it IS an island after all!)

    I personally LOVE books that ride a wave of emotions. There should be poignant moments, joyful, brutal, mysterious or puzzling – the WHOLE gamut! i don’t mind crying but I like beautiful crying rather than sobbing in heartache… I don’t do too depressing, lol.

    ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Dani! ❀ I'm hoping to have the end in sight πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Oh yes, I agree with you – I love books with tons of emotions, the ones taking me on a rollercoaster all the time. I'm looking for that in all the books for sure! ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  9. I really like the pictures you’ve chosen to represent your WIP. A little bit dark, a bit mysterious – I like the vibe!

    I like when books make me cry, actually! I’m a big crier anyway, like I cry at TV commercials all the time, but somehow it seems different with a book, that just the words themselves can bring out such strong emotions. And especially when it’s unexpected.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Angela, so happy you enjoyed this! ❀ ❀
      OHHH are we twins or something?! I am such a big crier as well ahah, movies, TV shows, even dumb things ahah. When a book really makes me emotional, I love it so much. ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much ❀

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  10. WOOW, that aesthetic is absolutely gorgeous! Nice job. You’re just giving us a few hints and keywords here and there but I LOVE IT. Seriously, I wish I could read it already πŸ˜‰
    Oh, and I understand taking a gazillion hours to make that aesthetic. I’ve made three of them for my main characters and it was a struggle but so much fun. And I got to know my characters a little better so I’m calling it research πŸ˜€

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    1. Ohhh Lauren, thank you so much, I’m so happy you loved it ❀ ❀
      I so want to see your characters aesthetics now… I hope you'll show them someday? Also, I should do some for my own characters as well πŸ˜‚ has to be so inspiring…Even if it takes tons of time πŸ˜‚

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      1. I MIGHT be planning on sharing them very soon πŸ™ˆπŸ™‚
        Yes, you should definitely do it. It’s a lot of fun and it really did inspire me to write! It’s great for when you’re in a bit of a writing slump because it gets you really excited. If not, they’re still something pretty to look at 😍

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  11. I am so excited to see just a bit of this!!! It sounds so intriguing!! Sandy beaches and childhood friends and Victorian houses and secrets and lies and BOOKS?????? What more could you want?! And I love to cry during books maybe that’s a bit masochistic of me but if a book can make me cry it’s golden (even though I cry at almost every book so obviously my rating system is flawed).

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Sydney!! ❀ That' sso sweet of you to say ❀
      It is not masochistic at all…I realized recently that I love books that mess up with my feels and make me cry as well πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Awww, thank you so much! ❀ ❀
      It's not my first draft, it's actually my second draft of my NaNoWriMo story back from 2015πŸ˜‚ It's been a long time, πŸ˜‚ It still will need tons of work, though.

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  12. This is soooooo pretty Marie πŸ’–
    I’m so happy you’re feeling more comfortable about taking about your work in progress and so happy you’re almost done! I love the sandy beaches, the forest feel and obviously the books xx

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  13. Your WIP sounds incredible! And that aesthetic is just sooooo pretty! 😍 And it’s so amazing of you to talk about it because I wrote a novel during Camp NaNoWriMo in July but I barely ever talk about my WiP because it makes me so nervous! I’m currently trying to edit/rewrite and it’s actually quite difficult for me. Good luck finishing your WIP! πŸ’–

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Ayla! 😍
      I understand…talking about my WIP makes me so nervous as well. This WIP I am finally talking about now, I started it in 2015 so…took me a while to get there ahah, but I did. Eventually you will, too! ❀
      I get the feeling – it's so hard to rewrite everything, but you can do this! Give yourself breaks and remember why you love your storyπŸ’– thank you for your sweet words and best of luck to you too! I'd love to hear more about it, whenever you are readyπŸ’–

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  14. Well, Marie, I’m already hooked on your story! Sandy English beaches, schools in the middle of forests… Sounds like just the atmosphere for me, plus those aesthetics are absolutely GORGEOUS! I’d love to read your WIP when it’s ready!
    For me I’d have to say my favorite thing about a book would be how much it makes me lose track of all time and forget my surroundings. And that’s usually a combination of the atmosphere the book brings and how invested you get in the characters, their thoughts and their dynamics with the other characters. πŸ™‚

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    1. Awwww thank you SO much, I’m so glad you liked this ❀ ❀ I'd be honored if you want to read my WIP once it's done ❀
      Oh you're so right – a great book makes you forget the whole world around you for sure! ❀

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  15. I love, love, love the idea of a list of things you might find in a WiP, it’s really intriguing! I also love the Aesthetics board you have going on… I used to make one on Pintrest when I was feeling uninspired, they can be a big help.

    Well done on sharing more about your WiP, it can be really daunting! Best of luck πŸ™‚

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  16. I am actually working on a novel! The aesthetics would be the woods, the smell of spices, odd lights roaming at night, unreadable sigils, herbs, animals with strange eyes, and fog.

    You had me at Victorian houses…I’d love to read your novel! Sounds like a read for a cozy night in 🌹🌹

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    1. AHHH WHAT, really?! I want to see these aesthetics, I want to READ the actual book right now?! I know you haven’t said much, but it sounds so, very cool already. How is the writing going so far? πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words! ❀ ❀

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  17. Absolutely love this post Marie! And I am SO excited to read more about your WIP! That’s awesome that you wrote another 2K this weekend!! Love the aesthetics and that is super cool that books have a place in your story! I love badass and nerdy characters πŸ™‚

    I haven’t thought about the words that I would use to describe my WIP. Hmm, maybe these: Starry Starry Night, break-ups and make-ups, super cool Asian rockstar who can’t do math, The Sound of Music, trust vs. independence, and a greyhound who eats grass.

    I love stories that make me laugh and cry. I actively stay away from scary stories haha, though I appreciate people who can write them πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, thank you, Sophie! I kind of ruined it by writing that, since my writing hasn’t been too good lately, but well…I’m hoping to get out of this bad time this weekend and get my writing juices flowing again, hopefully πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, this makes me SO HAPPY ❀
      I LOVE your description here, Sophie – I soooo want to read your WIP. I hope your writing is still going great! πŸ˜€

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      1. Oh no, sorry to hear that writing isn’t going too well, but inspiration will come again (it always does πŸ™‚ )Hope you are able to get back into it this weekend πŸ™‚

        This week, I hit a bit of a hiccup and will have to go back and rewrite a segment. it’s hard in general to get a lot of writing done during the work week! I’m hoping to catch up on writing this weekend too πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh, Kat, THANK YOU so much, you’re the sweetest ❀ ❀ ❀ I'm both super excited and nervous about it all, ahah. I know anyway it will need TONS of editing and that scares me, but… I'm excited to be able to read the whole thing soon as well? Hoping it won't be too bad hahaha. THANK YOU ❀

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      1. I remember laughing out loud at some of the stuff I wrote, because it was terrible, but you just have to not take it too seriously. That’s what editing is for. You already did a big chunk with the rewrite, you can do it!

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      2. Haha yes, I guess. The other day, I just re-read the last half of a chapter to get back into the story and… I honestly don’t know what I had written, it didn’t make ANY sense. Editing’s going to be… fun, hahaha.

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  18. *high-pitched squealing* I LOVE YOUR AESTHETICS AND I’M SO EXCITED THAT YOU’VE NEARLY COMPLETED YOUR WIP!!! You’ve got this, girl! *Shoves chocolate at you and waves pom-poms*

    My WIP is about a girl who loves reading, who has an anxiety disorder and who lives in a pink house in a village where an eternal autumn wages. I’m definitely thinking of sharing my aesthetics for it after my friend convinced me to create a Pinterest board for it! XD

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    1. Awww THANK YOU so much for your support, Kyra, this means SO MUCH to me ❀ ❀
      Your WIP sounds SO GREAT?!! Where do I read it?! I would love to see your aesthetics! πŸ˜€

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  19. This is so cool! I’d love to do this with my WIP but I feel like my ideas are so all over the place at the moment that I need to hone them in a bit first… It’s be a good thing to do in preparation for NaNoWriMo!

    Great post!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Lara! ❀ Doing this – and trying to find the right aesthetics for everything, really helps in figuring out your story πŸ™‚ I hope you'll have fun doing NaNo! πŸ˜€

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  20. OH MY GOD so I either didn’t know you’re a writer OR I forgot (which is even worse) but I am so excited to see you sharing some of this! I would seriously love to read anything you come up with. Just based on your taste in reading books, I can imagine your writing is equally on a level with my interests!

    I’m terrible at doing aesthetics, although it’s definitely something I want to work on. I’m kind of a sporadic writer, I think. I’m either hardcore procrastinating getting any writing done, or I’m buried in the world I’m building. But I think aesthetics are a great way to kind of do both, and they definitely help when it comes to descriptions.

    I also really love what you said in your previous WIP post (which I didn’t even see until now because I’ve been awful at blog hopping lately) – the part about being a slow writer. Honestly, reading that made me feel so much better because I’ve been really beating myself up lately for not getting more writing done. I’ve been trying to revise the story I finished over a year ago but it’s been slow going between my new/old job I just started this week and trying to keep up with blogging and reading and just generally existing. So knowing that I’m not the only one who isn’t busting out a novel every couple of months makes me feel so much better. I’m really really glad I know you, Marie ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much for your sweet words, Christine ❀ I'm really glad to hear you'd love to read my writing someday. I'm always so nervous to talk about it and I'm just like you – I am such a slow writer, sometimes I just don't even feel like one. I haven't been writing for a couple weeks now – since I finished my current WIP – and I feel … weird. It's so slow and hard to keep up with everything while reading, blogging, doing…well, life things. I think that, as long as we're not giving up, we're doing okay ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. I feel like there’s this dominant narrative on What Writers Look Like when the truth is that there are hundreds of different ways of doing writing, and none of them are wrong. At least, this is what I try to remind myself. It really helps me to know that I’m not the only one who feels like my pace is super slow ❀

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      2. I agree. I always try and think this way as well. Sometimes it’s hard – since I’m always so slow, I feel like I’m not…doing enough, in a way. But I guess we’re all different, as long as we’re writing we’re good ❀

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    1. Ohh yes – I love it when I can see all of the action unfolding before my eyes. Just like a movie. These are the best kind of books, the ones you can immerse yourself into ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀

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