Academic Writing .vs. Creative Writing

academic vs creative writing

Wow! I am two weeks into college and it has been quite an experience so far.

In case I haven’t mentioned it on here yet, I went back to school! I’m taking Early Childhood Education and so far I’m really enjoying it.

Getting back into the swing of being in a school setting has been both interesting and fun. I definitely feel like I’m in a much better place at this time in my life than I was when I tried the whole university thing a few years ago.

All my classes have been great (expect for the fact that three of them start at 8am. Seriously, who thought that was a good idea?) I’m also taking an ASL course which is great and I signed up for a spin class which is really fun, but wow exercise hurts.

I think the biggest transition so far has probably been getting back into the mode of formal writing.

Seriously, I’m used to writing fanfics and blog posts and working on my book. All of which have structure, but it’s a loose structure.

It’s been a challenge returning to using ‘it is’ instead of ‘it’s’ or ‘cannot’ instead of ‘can’t’.

Like honestly, I’ve gotten so into this informal, type like you talk thing cause I don’t want these posts to sound like an essay. I want it to sound like I’m sitting in front of you talking.

However, I also don’t want my school essay to sound like my blog posts. Apparently, it’s not acceptable for formal school essays to be separated into single sentence paragraphs and statements.

So, after that long winded intro (which would not be acceptable in a school essay) and a brief life update, here are the primary differences between academic writing and blog writing.




Formality is required in every aspect Can be as formal or informal as you want, it all depends on what your purpose is
Structured layout and clear Should also be clear, but layout is your choice
Typically five paragraphs As long or short as you want it to be
Topic is usually chosen for you Topic choice is yours and usually based on something that interests you
Must use words like ‘it is’, ‘cannot’, or ‘would not’ Can use ‘it’s’, ‘wouldn’t’, ‘can’t’, and whatever other contractions you want
Feedback is formal and (hopefully) constructive Feedback (if any) hopefully gets a conversation going
Deadlines are set for you and typically set in stone You set your own deadlines and then feel guilty when you miss them


I could probably go on and one with this list, but I don’t want to bore you guys. I’m sure most of you can figure out how different the semantics are between writing on here and writing a paper for school.

In conclusion, we can clearly see – I’m kidding. Sort of. That is all I have to say about the differences between college papers and blog posts. For now anyway, I’m sure as time goes on I’ll come back to the topic of school and the different writing methods and techniques that go with it.

Now it’s your turn!

Were there any major differences you found between creating and school writing? Let me know down below!

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*Once again, picture at start is not mine. Found on Google through searching “writing”*


Names of the Week


Alternate Spelling: Alexandra (Alessandra is the Italian and Spanish Version)
Nickname: Alex, Ales (Pronounced Alice), Ally/Allie
Pronunciation: Ah-Leh-Sahn-Dra
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Defender of Mankind
Well-Known Alessandras: Alessandra Cullen (The Devil’s Advocate), Alessandra Ambrosio (Model), Alessandra Torresani (Actress), Alessandra De Rossi (Actress)



Alternate Spelling: Alena, Eleena, Eleana
Nickname: El; Lena
Pronunciation: Ee-Lay-Na
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Shining Light
Well-Known Elenas: Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries, L.J. Smith); Elena Lincoln (Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James); Elena “Helene” Vasilyevna Kuragina (War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy); Elena Galathynius Havilliard (Throne of Glass Series, Sarah J. Maas); Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding (Singer)



Alternate Spelling: Horacio
Nickname: Ray
Pronunciation: Huh-Ray-Shee-Oh
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Man of Time
Well-Known Horatios: Horatio (Hamlet, Shakespeare); Horatio Hornblower (Hornblower, C.S. Forester), Horatio Caine (CSI: Miami); Horatio Alger (Novelist)



Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: None that I am aware of
Pronunciation: See-En-Ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Reddish Brown
Well-Known Siennas: Sienna Martin (The Lifeboat Clique, Kathy Parks); Sienna Blake (Hollyoaks); Sienna Rosa Diana Miller (Actress and Model); Sienna Tiggy Guillory (Actress)



Alternate Spelling: Enzio
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: N-zoh
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Short Form of Lorenzo
Well-Known Enzos: Enzo Valenciano (The Young Elites, Marie Lu); Enzo (The Vampire Diaries); Enzo Knol (Dutch Youtuber); Enzo Anselmo Ferrari (Founder of Ferrari)


Alternate Spelling: Franncesca; Fransesca
Nickname: Frankie, Frannie
Pronunciation: Fran-Ches-kah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Free
Well-Known Francescas: Francesca (Torment, Lauren Kate); Francesca Altifiorla (Kept in the Dark, Anthony Trollope); Francesca “Franky” Fitzgerald (Skins UK); Francesca Isabella Simon (Author); Francesca Gregorini (Writer/Director)


Alternate Spelling: Izabella; Isabela
Nickname: Bella; Issy; Isa
Pronunciation: Iz-ah-bell-ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Devoted to God
Well-Known Isabellas: Isabella “Bella” Swan, a fictional character in Stephenie Meyer’s, Twilight, series; Isabella Knightly (Emma, Jane Austen); Isabella Thorpe (Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen); Isabella Linton (Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte); Isabella (Measure for Measure, Shakespeare)


Alternate Spelling: Marra
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: Mar-ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Of the Sea; Bitter
Well-Known Maras: Mara Jade Skywalker (Star Wars Extended Universe); Mara (Clockwork Forest, Doug Macleod); Mara Amrita Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy, Michelle Hodkins); Mara Carlyle (Spontaneous, Aaron Starmer); Mara Wilson (Actress and Author); Mara Liasson (Journalist)


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Back at it Again With the Blog Posts

Guess who’s back? Back again? Are you singing, cause I was as I typed that.

Have you ever briefly lost your motivation to work? And then as you get your motivation back, you become overwhelmed by how much you need to do. Then you lose your motivation again as a result of that overwhelming stress? Yup, that has been my life for about a year now.

I’ll keep my reasoning brief here. There was a lot going on in 2016 that made me lose all my motivation for writing.

I was working at a job I hated, then that place closed down, a new store opened up and I was helping to get the place ready so majority of my time was spent at work.

I’d come home and I was tired and the less writing I was doing, the more overwhelmed I was getting by how much there was to do.

I was putting out half attempts at blog posts and even worse fanfic chapters. I started getting some really negative reviews, especially on one of my stories. Not like, “hey, didn’t enjoy this chapter that much”. More along the lines of telling me I should quit writing and that I was terrible at it.

I try not to let it get to me. It’s part of the business right? Not everyone is going to like your work and that’s totally fine. But I was already feeling overwhelmed and stressed and all these things combined was really making me lose my love of writing.

So I decided to take a step back. I focused on work and myself and really figuring things out.

The place I work now is fantastic, best job I’ve ever had. I’m going back to school in a few weeks and I’m beyond excited. I didn’t think I’d ever go back to school, but I decided it was the best choice for my life and my future and I can’t wait.

And I started writing again. I’ve been rewriting the old chapters of my fanfics to a level I am much happier with. I also continued working on my novel and have been writing blog posts that I actually enjoy.

I found it was becoming too much about the numbers and what other people thought and less about what I liked and what I thought.

This time away has definitely been beneficial. I feel refreshed and excited to be back and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Thanks for sticking with me!

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Names of the Week

I spend a lot of time choosing names for my characters.

I can spend hours browsing different websites looking at the top names for different countries, searching up the meanings of less common names, and seeing what names people have invented.

As a result, I’m going to be posting four names along with some info about them every Friday! I tried this a couple years ago and really enjoyed it so I decided to continue and this year, each month has a theme surrounding the names.

For January, all the names chosen are of Italian Origin (or at least one of the origins of the name is Italian).

Now, without further ado, here are the first Names of the Week of 2018!


Alternate Spelling: Clarisa; Clairissa
Nickname: Clara
Pronunciation: Clare-iss-ah
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Brilliant; Bright
Well-Known Clarissas: Clarissa Dalloway (Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf), Clarissa Harlowe (Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady, Samuel Richardson), Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray (The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare), Clarissa ‘Clara’ Harlowe Barton (Found of Red Cross), Clarissa Eshuis (New Zealand Field Hockey Player)
*Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (English Novelist)*


Pronunciation: em-ee-lee-o
Origin: Italy
Meaning: To Strive or Excel or Rival
Well-Known Emilios: Emilio Rivera (Actor), Emilio Estevez (Actor), Emilio Pucci (Designer)


Nickname: Enzo
Pronunciation: lore-en-zo
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Laurel
Well-Known Lorenzos: Lorenzo Belli (“Haunting Ground”), Lorenzo Brino (Actor), Lorenzo Botero (Colombian Photographer), Lorenzo Ferrero (Italian Composer), Lorenzo Costa (Italian Painter), Lorenzo James Henrie (Actor)


Alternate Spelling: Salvator
Nickname: Sal
Pronunciation: sal-vah-tor
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Saviour
Well-Known Salvatores: Salvatore ‘Sal’ Paradise (On the Road, Jack Kerouac), Salvatore (The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco), Salvatore Cantori (The Orphan on Ellis Island, Elvira Woodruff), Salvatore ‘Sal’ Romano (Mad Men), Salvatore Quasimodo (Italian Poet)

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January 2018 Book Releases


One thing I like doing is browsing the ‘upcoming releases’ for books and films. It gets me really excited to see the names of authors I love publishing books and see names I’ve never heard of coming out with something really interesting.

Here are some new book releases, from both favourite authors and new, that are coming out this month:

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Rachel Lynn Solomon

Twins who couldn’t be more different, Adina and Tovah are eighteen years old and on their own paths in life. One is going into music, the other into medicine; one turns to religion in tough times, the other delibertably goes against it.

The only theing they have in common is a test: to see if either of them have Huntingtons, a degenerative genetic disorder that has turned that mother into a shell. The twins are torn even farther apart when one tests positive and the other negative. Will they be able to salvage a relationship and have a future?

Release Date: January 2nd

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As You Wish, Chelsea Sedoti

In the small town of Madison, wishes come true. Every person gets a wish, but these wishes don’t always have the best results. Eldon has seen the results of these wishes and knows that everything doesn’t always work out. Despite the wishes coming true, Eldon realizes they might not be the solution or the way to find happiness.

Release Date: January 2nd

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Meet Cute, Various Authors

A series of short stories by today’s favourite young adult authors, each story tells of a first meeting. From meeting through the internet to meeting on the subway, each story has a different emotion to it, but is no less real.

Release Date: January 2nd

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Love, Hate, & Other Filters, Samira Ahmed

Maya Aziz is living in three worlds: the first is her parent’s world; the second is her own; the third is the real world. In one she is the perfect Indian daughter; in the second she is living her dreams and doing what she loves. In the third the world is a scary place where a crime that takes place far, far away from where she is still results in people she’s known all her life being taken over by fear and hatred.

Release Date: January 16th

Buy it on Amazon

Let’s Talk About Love, Claire Kann

Alice’s summer is looking to be perfect. She’s got friends, food, TV, and is going to be working just enough to pay her rent. But she’s also newly single and, despite having no plans of dating, things take an unexpected turn when she meets Takumi. Will she take the chance or not risk it?

Release Date: January 23rd

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Still Me, Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark finds herself in some very different cercumstances in, Still Me. Socializing with New York’s high society, working a new job for a rich family, and torn between two completely different worlds – her own and the one she’s in now.

Release Date: January 30th

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The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert

After the death of her grandmother, the author of a book of dark fairy tales, Alice’s bad luck goes from bad to worse. Her mother is kidnapped and the only way to save her is to team up with one of her classmates who just so happens to be a superfan of Alice’s grandmother. Together they will travel to her grandmother’s estate – The Hazel Wood – and to a supernatural world that is a lot more real than Alice knew.

Release Date: January 30th

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Keeper, Kim Chance

Lainey is a sixteen-year-old girl intent on focusing on her studies. All that changes however when she learns she is a witch, more specifically – A Keeper. Like her mother before her, Lainey can use the power of a powerful spell book, The Grimoire. But before she can use this power, she must first get the book back as it has been stolen by a warlock intent on getting it’s power. Lainey’s simple life is turned upside as she embarks on an adventure to get back the book.

Release Date: January 30th

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These are just a few of the books coming out in January. For more information on each book, click on the title to be taken to the Goodreads page where you can read a longer summary.

Are any of these on your reading list? Which ones are you going to check out?

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RIP Rob Stewart


Today I attended the funeral for Rob Stewart.

Rob was an environmentalist and filmmaker with a passion for sharks and a unique ability to make other people care about the same things he did.

The first time I heard of Rob Stewart was back in ninth grade when my science teacher showed the class Sharkwater. It completely changed my world.

I was lucky enough to get to meet Rob once at a screening for his second film, Revolution. I was about fifteen at the time and beyond terrified to speak to him. How often do we get to meet someone we idolized and looked up to?

Despite my nerves, Rob was incredibly nice. He spoke to me for a few minutes, signed my copy of his book, and took a photo with me. It’s a moment in my life I’ve never forgotten and will cherish even more now.

When I heard the news Rob had gone missing I thought it had to be a joke. One of those horrible hoaxes you hear about on Facebook or Twitter. But then I realized it was his own page that had posted and it wasn’t a joke.

For those three days I constantly checked Facebook, the news, anywhere I could to see any updates about what was going on. I hoped beyond hope that he would be found safe.

When the news came on Friday that he had been found I was heartbroken. It didn’t feel real. I just couldn’t believe that this man who had had so much affect on the world and who still had so much left to do, was suddenly gone.

My heart goes out to his parents, sister, the rest of his family, and his friends.

It also goes out to everyone who admired Rob and all the work he did to affect change.

I would also like to thank his family for opening his funeral to the public. Being given the chance to hear everyone speak of him and say goodbye was something I didn’t think I would have the chance to do and it meant more than they will ever know.

Rest in Peace Rob Stewart