Game of Thrones Names of the Week #4


Alternate Spelling: Amelia (Though this is debated as some people believe these names are too different)
Nickname: Mia; Emmy
Pronunciation: Ee-mee-lee-ah
Origin: Latin-America
Meaning: Admiring; Variation of Emily
Well-Known Emilias: Emilia (Othello, Shakespeare), Emilia Mendoza (The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer), Emilia (A Holiday Romance, Charles Dickens), Emilia Greenleaf (The Other Woman), Emilia Clarke (Actress)


Pronunciation: Kah-lee-see
Origin: American
Meaning: Created Name (Dothraki title for the wife of a Khal in Game of Thrones)
Note: Though there are currently no other people or characters with this name/title, it has seen a rise in popularity due to Game of Thrones
Well-Known Khaleesis: Title given to Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones


Alternate Spelling: Margery; Marjorie (seems to be most common form)
Nickname: Marge
Pronunciation: Mar-jur-ee
Origin: English
Meaning: Pearl
Well-Known Margaerys: Margaery Tyrell (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Majorie Ferrar (The Silver Spoon, John Galsworthy), Marjorie ‘Marge’ Dursley (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling), Marjorie Westriding Yrarier (Grass, Sheri S. Tepper), Marjorie Torrey (Children’s Author)


Alternate Spelling: Nedd
Pronunciation: Ned
Origin: English
Meaning: Prosperous Protector
Well-Known Neds: Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Ned Nickerson (Nancy Drew, Carolyn Keene), Ned Bigby (Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide), Ned (Pushing Daisies), Ned Banks (Ghost Whisperer)


Alternate Spelling: Shay; Shaye
Pronunciation: Shay
Origin: Ireland
Meaning: Hawk
Well-Known Shaes: Shae (Game of Thrones), Shay (The Uglies Series, Scott Westerfeld), Shay Mitchell (Actress), Carly Shay (iCarly), Leslie Shay (Chicago Fire)

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Game of Thrones Names of the Week #3


Alternate Spelling: Jac; Jak
Pronunciation: Jak
Origin: England
Meaning: God is Gracious
Well-Known Jacks: Jack Merridew (Lord of the Flies, William Golding), Jack Morgan (Dragonback, Timothy Zahn), Jack Harkness (Torchwood), Jack Shephard (Lost), Jack Dawson (Titanic), Jack Gleeson (Actor)


Alternate Spelling: Jaime
Pronunciation: Jay-mee
Origin: England
Meaning: Derived From James
Well-Known Jaimes: Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Jamie Fraser (Outlander, Diane Gabaldon), Jamie Scott (One Tree Hill), Jamie Bennett (Love Actually), Jaime Oliver (Chef)


Pronunciation: Lee-nuh
Origin: Israel
Meaning: Moonlight
Well-Known Lenas: Lena Kaligaris (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Anne Brashares), Lena Grove (Light in August, William Faulkner), Magdelena ‘Lena’ Haloway/Tiddle (Delerium Trilogy, Lauren Oliver), Lena Adams (The Fosters), Lena Headey (Actress)


Alternate Spelling: Nikolaj (Swedish Spelling); Nicholae
Nickname: Nik
Pronunciation: Nee-ko-lie
Origin: Russia
Meaning: People of Victory
Well-Known Nikolais: Nikolai Dephiki (Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card), Nicholae Carpathia (Left Beind, Tim LeHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins), Nikolai Gogol (Author), Nokolai Romanov (Last Czar of Russia), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Actor)


Alternate Spelling: Petyr
Nickname: Peter
Pronunciation: Pee-ter
Origin: England
Meaning: Rock
Well-Known Peters: Petyr Baelish (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Peter Hayes (Divergent, Veronica Roth), Peter Pettigrew (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling), Peter Barlow (Coronation Street), Peter Dinklage (Actor)

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Game of Thrones Names of the Week 2


Alternate Spelling: Isak
Pronunciation: Eye-zik
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: He Will Laugh; Laughter
Well-Known Isaacs: Isaac (The Fault in Our Stars, John Green), Isaac Mendez (Heroes), Isaac Lahey (Teen Wolf), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Actor), Isaac Hanson (Musician)


Pronunciation: Kit
Origin: Greece
Meaning: Hopeful; Little Cat
Well-Known Kits: Kit Rodriguez (Young Wizards, Diane Duane), Kit Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket), Kit Bailey (Heartland), Kit Walker (American Horror Story: Asylum), Kit Harrington (Actor)


Alternate Spelling: Mazee; Maizy
Pronunciation: May-zee
Origin: Ireland
Meaning: Pearl
Well-Known Maisies: Maisie Beale (What Maisie Knew, Henry James), Maisie Douglas (Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell), Maisie Cattermole (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling), Maisie Wylde (Emmerdale), Maisie Williams (Actress)


Nickname: Rich; Dick
Pronunciation: Rih-churd
Origin: England
Meaning: Strong Ruler; Powerful
Well-Known Richards: Richard Campbell Gansey III (The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater), Richard Greyson (Batman Comics), Richard Gilmore (Gilmore Girls), Richard Webber (Grey’s Anatomy), Richard Madden (Actor)


Alternate Spelling: Sofie
Nickname: Soph
Pronunciation: So-fee
Origin: Greece
Meaning: Wisdom
Well-Known Sophies: Sophie Zawistowska (Sophie’s Choice, William Styron), Sophia Neveu (The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown), Sophie Collins Ashdown (Infernal Devices Trilogy, Cassandra Clare), Sophia Webster (Coronation Street), Sophie Turner (Actress)

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Game of Thrones Names of the Week #1


Alternate Spelling: Aria
Pronunciation: Are-Ya
Origin: India; Persian
Meaning: Noble; Friend; Faithful
Well-Known Aryas: Arya Stark (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Arya Drottningu (Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini), Aria Montgomery (Pretty Little Liars), Aria T’Loak (Mass Effect Video Games)


Nickname: Bran
Pronunciation: Bran-done
Origin: Ireland
Meaning: Little Raven
Well-Known Brandons: Brandon ‘Bran’ Stark (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Colonel Brandon (Sense and
, Jane Austen), Brandon Walsh (Beverly Hills 90210), Brandon ‘Bam’ Margera (Skateboarder), Brandon Stanton (Photographer)


Alternate Spelling: John
Short Form Of: Jonathan
Pronunciation: Jon
Origin: Israel
Meaning: Gift of God
Well-Known Jons: Jon Snow (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Jon Arbuckle (Garfield, Jim Davis), Jon Cozart (Youtuber), Jon Stewart (TV Host), Jon Stevens (Singer)


Alternate Spelling: Rob
Short Form Of: Robert
Pronunciation: Rob
Origin: England
Meaning: Famed; Bright; Shining
Well-Known Robbs: Robb Stark (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Robert Baratheon (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Robert Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond), Robert Crawley (Downton Abbey), Rob Morrow (Actor), Robert Irwin (Son of Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin)


Pronunciation: San-Za
Origin: Sanskrit
Meaning: Praise; Charm
Note: Sansa itself is not an overly common name and many actually believe it to be a created name by George R.R. Martin. However, there are many variations of the name Sansa both as a first name and a last name
Well-Known Sansas: As a First Name: Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin), Sansar Chand (Ruler of
As a Last Name: Maya Sansa (Actress), Netan Sansara (Footballer), Netan Nico Sansara (Footballer)

Game of Thrones returns on the 12th! In celebration the names posted all month will come from the characters and actors in the show!

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25 Books to Read Before You’re 25

25 BooksI am not 25 (yet) nor am I probably qualified to tell you all you should read these books before you reach 25. But hey, it’s the internet and even if you’re already past 25, you should read these books anyway.

1) Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

Does this one really need an explanation? It’s Harry Potter, even if you haven’t read the books or seen the films yet, you know what it is. I don’t think it’s possible to go through life anymore without knowing what Harry Potter is. This seven-novel series influenced entire generations and it continues and will continue to do so for decades (probably centuries) to come.

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2) Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up, Grace Helbig

Grace's Guide

What better way to enter adulthood than with a guide to adulthood? Grace Helbig is exactly the same in writing as she is on Youtube and her guide to pretending to be an adult is exactly what you would expect. It’s witty and funny and totally relatable.

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3) Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is like the ultimate fantasy series. It combines magic with epic battle sequences and family drama and is unlike anything else I have ever read. I highly recommend starting it as soon as possible, but don’t worry about finishing the series before you’re 25. By the time the final two novels are published, you’ll probably have passed that age already.

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4) The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien


The Hobbit is one of those books that everyone needs to read. Whether you’re five, fifteen, or twenty-five, The Hobbit is a timeless classic. It is also surprisingly relatable despite the fact that majority of the main characters are dwarves, hobbits, and elves.

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5) Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings

If you read The Hobbit you should probably read Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s trilogy is an adventure pack series that, if anything like The Hobbit, you’ll be sure to enjoy.

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6) F*ck! I’m in My Twenties, Emma Koenig

Fck Im in my Twenties

Similar to Grace’s Guide, Emma Koenig created a relatable guide to getting through adulthood. The perfect book for anyone entering their twenties, F*ck! I’m in My Twenties perfectly encompasses all the emotions and happenings of being a new adult.

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7) Chicken Soup for the Soul, Various Authors

Chicken Soup for the Sul

They have Chicken Soup books for everything: kids, teens, parents, certain careers, and even pets (which is great cause my dog loves to read). The stories in these books all come from real people which makes them easy to relate to and probably some of the best books to read as you start your journey as a real life adult.

8) Anything by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

I could probably fill four or five spots on this list with books by Jodi Picoult. She is an amazing author and her books are great reads even for people who may not read much outside a certain genre. They deal with real people with real issues and you won’t be able to put the book down until you’ve reached the very last page.

9) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This coming-of-age novel should be a mandatory read for all high school students. It is probably one of the most realistic portrayals of what it’s like to be a teenager. The main character, Charlie, deals with friends, bullies, family, suicide, depression, drugs, and so much more. Through a series of letters he describes his first year of high school in a way that you sit back and go, “Hey, yeah, I get that. That happened.”

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10) The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great Gatsby

Most have you probably read/will probably read this book at some point as I’m pretty certain it’s a mandatory read in most schools. As it rightfully should be, though you probably won’t enjoy it very much because it’s assigned reading. Gatsby has a lot of messages and meanings behind it, including how a person can be lonely and miserable even if they have almost everything they could ever want.

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11) Matilda, Roald Dahl


It’s a book about a little girl who loves to read and finds solace in books. Need I say more? Read it as a child, a teen, an adult, and then read it to your own kids. Whatever you do, read Matilda.

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12) Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s novel is a like The Hobbit, a timeless classic. It is a novel that can be read by anyone of any age and enjoyed just the same (though some of the stuff will probably go over the heads of kids). Carroll wrote a book that is comprised of colourful characters and fun songs that will have you reading cover to cover.

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13) Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

This is another one you’ll probably read in school and again, because it’s required reading you probably won’t enjoy it. So, once you’re done school read it again. Before you enter your twenties and start thinking logically about the whole situation, read it while you can still romanticize it and enjoy it without the boundaries of reality. Plus, it’s Shakespeare, you need to read Shakespeare at some point in your life.

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14) Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Grimm Brothers

Grimms Faitytales

Everyone loves a good fairytale, right? I don’t think I know a single person who hasn’t read/seen at least one. But what about the older, more gruesome versions of the stories? Well if you want those, look no further than the Grimm Brothers book. You read the ones with happy endings as a child, now as teen/young adult, read the versions with not-so-happy endings. You’ll probably enjoy those just as much, if not more, than the cheerful ones.

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15) The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

There are two strong reasons as to why you should read this book. First, reading it as a teen or young adult instead of waiting until later in life will allow you to understand Holden Caulfield and all the things he talks about and deals with. Second, it’s a banned book and what better book to read than one people really don’t want you to?

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16) Keeping You a Secret, Julie Anne Peters

Keeping You a Secret

It’s 2015, do you know what that means? Not every couple comprises of one man and one woman. Keeping You a Secret is a very real portrayal of two girls, one who is out and confident and the other who has no idea who she is, trying to find a place in the world together despite everything that’s against them. This novel is a great coming-of-age read for anyone trying to find exactly that.

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17) A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket

Series of Unfortante Envets

Snicket deals with some pretty horrific situations in his 13-novel series, but he manages to do so in a way that keeps it humorous while still making you think about things. His writing style is so unique and you will be laughing out loud as you read and learn alongside the Baudelaires.

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18) The Fault in Our Stars, John Green


John Green is kind of like Jodi Picoult in the sense that I could fill several spots on this list with his novels. While he is known as being an author of Young Adult novels, his books aren’t just for young adults. If you haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars yet go get it and read it now. Stop reading this blog post and go get the book. Go.

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19) Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

A classic. The story about Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and Elizabeth’s crazy family is one that, whether you’ve read the book or seen the film, you most likely know what it is. Before you reach the age where your whole life becomes consumed with real life issues, take the time to sit down and read about one of the greatest romances written.

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20) Inkheart Trilogy, Cornelia Funke


Inkheart is essentially three books written about books and it is wonderful. There is a book the characters read called “Inkheart” inside the book you’re reading called Inkheart. Not going to lie, that messed with my head a bit the first time I read it. The book also has quotes from other books and authors at the start of the chapters and it was definitely one of my favourite parts.

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21) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne


This is one of the most powerful books I think probably exists out there. Talking about the holocaust from a child’s point of view was a risky move, one that had people talking which is exactly why people need to read this. The best sort of books are the ones that leave people talking after they’ve put it down, and that exactly what The Boy in the Striped Pajamas does.

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22) We All Fall Down, Eric Walters

We All Fall Down

A book that detail the events of 9/11, We All Fall Down is an important read for any and all middle and high schoolers. It is the sort of book that, like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, deals with a serious and difficult issue in a way that makes younger generations understand the gravity of the situation without scaring the living daylights out of them.

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23) Save the Humans, Rob Stewart

Save the Humans

Technically this falls under the category ‘biography’, but this is such a good and important read that I felt it deserved it’s own spot on the list. Rob Stewart is a long-time environmental activist, speaking out especially against shark finning. He has directed two films on environmental issues and his book goes into even greater detail about why all of this is so important. Basically, if the oceans die, people die. Everyone should read this book, but I’m including it on this list because it’s especially important for young people to read things like this as they’re the ones that are going to fix things.

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24) Anything by Lurlene McDaniel

Lurlene McDaniel

Lurlene McDaniel is kind of like Jodi Picoult except her books are more aimed at kids and teens rather than adults. Dealing with the same sort of issues as Picoult does, McDaniel’s books are fantastic reads. It explains so-called “adult situation” in a way younger people can understand with dumbing it down so much that they feel stupid.

25) Twilight, Stephenie Meyer


I debated a lot about including this on the list and was actually slightly worried I’d be smited for putting it on here. But you know what? You take a moment to forget the teen obsession, forget the faces of the actors playing the characters, forget the fanfiction that followed. Twilight was actually a pretty good series. It gets a lot of flak, but I read it before it was the best thing since sliced bread and before there were shirts with “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” written on them and you know what? I’m really glad I read this and I think you should read it too.

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But why you should read these before you’re 25? Why not 30? Or 35?

Well first of all I couldn’t think of 30 books along with reasons to go with them. And second these books have already had such an impact on my life whether it was because they’re relatable or it was just because the story was enjoyable. Either way, I highly recommend the books on this list. There are so many others too that I almost included, but maybe I’ll save those for future posts.

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a book you would recommend reading before 25? Or any age for that matter?

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Gift Ideas For Readers and Writers

giftI’ve seen lots of posts like this. Ones talking about great gifts for certain people. I’m sure some of you have seen them too, maybe even written one. Well here’s one more! Here’s ten gift ideas for readers and writers!

1) John Green Box Set

JG Box Set

A great gift for fans of John Green or fans of young adult novels in general. Each book has a unique cast of characters and readers are bound to get sucked in to the story, no matter which novel is being read.

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2) Game of Thrones Box Set

GRRM Box Set
For readers who may not be looking for young adult novels, but want an epic fantasy to read, Game of Thrones is perfect for them. George R.R. Martin’s series keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first turn of the page and readers won’t be disappointed.

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3) Library Card Tote Bag

Tote Bag

Because what better way to carry all your library books home than in this library card tote bag?

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4) Finger Bookmark

Finger Bookmarks
I’ve seen this one of a few lists, but I felt I should include it because it is pretty awesome. This is perfect for those readers who like to know exactly what word they were on when they last closed the book!

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5) Mini Book Necklace


There are so many of these necklaces on Etsy and they are all amazing! You can get ones with quotes (like in the picture) or there are others with images. Some are even shaped like books! Whatever it is, these necklaces are a great gift for lovers of literature!

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6) Bookends

GoT Bookends

There are so many types to bookends out there and they make the perfect gift for any reader. You can get simple ones that don’t say anything or you can get decorative ones like the Game of Thrones ones in the picture.

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7) Literary Quote Pencils


Who wouldn’t love to write their story using pencils with quotes from their favourite stories?

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8) Literary Pillows

Pillow Case

There’s actually two ideas here. First is the pillow with a quote on it. Wouldn’t it be great to read past your bed time while leaning against a pillow that says you do so? The second thing is scrabble tile pillow cases! How amazing are these? If you gift these to someone they can spell whatever they want!

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9) Aqua Notes

Aqua Notes

A waterproof notepad. Perfect for when inspiration strikes in the shower, cause lets face it, some of us get our best ideas in the shower and aren’t able to write it down. Now you can!

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10) Literary Phone Cases

Phone Case
This one is of course dependent on the type of phone the person has, but these phone cases are fantastic. The one in the photo can be found on Etsy, but there are so many of these cases, some similar to the one in the picture and others that look like actual book covers. Either way, these can be a great gift for book and phone lovers.

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There we go, ten gift ideas for readers and writers. Oh, here’s one more: when in doubt, get them their favourite brand of pen and notebook, that’s a surefire way to get the right thing. Happy Holidays!

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Finding the Motivation to Write

a54be2e4a2d61fd885a12d5a97956297-e1406410675140Writing is hard. Anyone who has put pen to paper or stared at a blank Word document for hours knows this. I usually find myself putting off writing in favour of binge watching some television program (as I write this I’m currently n-hours into n-days of a Gilmore Girls marathon).

Once I get started writing I find I can go on for hours. Whether it’s my own original work or a piece of fanfiction I’m working on, once I get started and get a ‘flow’ going, I find I can get a lot done. However, finding the actual motivation to start writing can be hard, sometimes even impossible. Sometimes I have to force myself to write, whether I really want to or not. While I enjoy having the ability to set my own deadlines (one of the perks of being unemployed) I also find this can also make it even harder to motivate myself.

I often go through periods of time where I get a great burst of inspiration (as I did a couple weeks ago) and can write several chapters for a couple different fanfictions and edit my first manuscript. Then there are times (like this past week) where I have hardly done any writing no matter how hard I tried to force myself. I would sit with my notebook open on my lap and a pen in my hand and I just couldn’t get the words to flow. Usually when these bouts of zero inspiration happen I give myself a few days to binge on television and movies before doing things to motivate myself to get back to writing.

Something I like doing, which seems totally counterproductive, is watching a show or a film. This is usually when I am working on a fanfiction and am trying to get back the inspiration I had when I started the work. Sometimes my lack of motivation comes from feeling like I no longer know my characters. When it’s fanfiction I’m working on this is easier to deal with because I can watch or read whatever my work is based on and find the character’s voice again. When it is my own work I find this can be harder because I am the only one who knows my characters. There is no program or novel I can reference to help me discover my own character’s voices. So finding motivation for my own work can sometimes be a little harder.

Depending on what I’m working on this could mean a few things. There is usually music involved. Whether it is my regular writing playlist (consisting of several classical pieces and scores from films) or a playlist specific to whatever I am writing about. I find music can help to drown out the thoughts and sounds that usually distract me from writing.

However, when this doesn’t work, I revert to the thing that lead me to writing in the first place: reading. Sometimes I read fanfiction that helps to inspire my ideas for my own work again. Other times I’ll read whatever current novel is sitting on my table (right now it’s Game of Thrones) or I may reread a novel that relates to the topic I’m working on. Whatever it is, I usually find that reading someone else’s work helps to inspire my own ‘creative flow’ for lack of a better word.

Motivating yourself to write can be hard, maybe even one of the hardest parts of writing. Sometimes the music, the walking, and the reading can’t even help and I find myself just having to wait out the lack of inspiration. Again, this is a perk of being unemployed. Now I must return to my Gilmore Girls marathon and attempting to motivate myself. Does anyone have anything they do to motivate themself?

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