my new blog, Purely Olivia.
Hello there! I don't post on this blog anymore. But if you'd like to see my posts, please visit
my new blog, Purely Olivia.
See you there!
Hey everybody! Today I'll be sharing with you the most random and craziest thing ever! But also the most exciting!
I've started a new blog!
That's right. My new blog, Purely Olivia, is open for business.
This sounds completely random, but it's something I've been thinking about ever since the whole Pageturner saga didn't work out for me.
So today, I decided I would do it. I began a new blog, and now I'm not looking back. :) From now on, all my posts will be on there! I will, actually, keep this blog up although I won't be posting. I'm not going to delete it for a few reasons.
Oh! I want to thank everyone out there for reading Writer's Digest! Lately the visitors and pageviews
have been skyrocketing, so thank you very much for that! <3
Here's the direct link to my new blog..
And the direct link to my introduction post..
I hope to see you all there!
Hey guys! First of all, if you didn't see my post last Friday about reverting back to Writer's Digest, you can click here to read it and get updated on everything going on! Anyway, I am very excited for today's post, which is a writing tag that I can't wait to dive into!
The first question I had when writing this tag, was "What in the world does wisteria mean?" I had a vague idea that it was a flower, but I didn't understand how it related to writing in any way. In fact, I looked it up and it's just a flower. So I still don't get it, but wisterias are definitely beautiful flowers, at least.
I was nominated for this tag by Emily @ For the Bookish. Thank you very much, Emily! You can read her tag by clicking here.
The rules are, to answer the ten questions the person who tagged you gave. Then, you give your own ten questions, and tag ten new people! But we'll get to that at the end. :)
Here are the questions Emily wrote, and I absolutely love them! Let's get started!
1.) When did you start writing?
Honestly, I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I have stories that are completely confusing and illegible from preschool up to stories typed on a computer from yesterday. If I had to guess, I'd say I've been making up stories since I was about four years old.
2.) What do you use to document inspiration and ideas?
Mostly my brain. I have tons of journals scattered everywhere and most of them include story ideas, but there's not a designated place for it- it's just wherever it most convenient at the time. My hand. A notebook. The notes app on my phone.
3.) What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I like editing. It's satisfying to already have the material done and now your only job is to improve it. Of course, I love drafting- but it's just so daunting to see an entire blank page of paper or Microsoft Word sheet and have absolutely no idea what to do next. At least with editing, you don't have to come off with words off the top of your head!
4.) What genres do you like writing best?
Ahhh! I need to do multiple ones. Sorry.
5.) How do you begin the outlining of your novels? (Characters, plot, etc.?)
I usually start with a seed of an idea- just one thing. It could be anything. Jewish girl in World War 2. (I know, so original.) Paintings that are alive. Diary entries of girls in boarding school. There's not one specific thing every time- it's always just a little speck that turns into a story.
6.) Can you share a snippet of one of your current pieces of writing?
Right now I'm at a crossroads in writing...there's nothing I feel ready to share. It's all too unfinished. But to read some of my writing I've shared before, click here and here.
7.) What authors or books inspire you?
Everything. I mean, I can get inspiration from just anything that grabs my attention. There's not a certain book or author that does it.
8.) Who do you trust to critique/edit your writing?
Actually, no one reads my writing at all except for my best friend, Anna. So I guess she's the only person who I trust with my writing, although that doesn't necessarily mean I don't trust others with it. I'm just a very private person who doesn't like people to see my work.
9.) Where do you hope to be as a writer in ten years?
In ten years I'll be in college, but I don't plan to major in any kind of writing, so I might not be anywhere. My hope would be to have a book published, but I can't see into the future, soo....Wow. This question is giving me trouble! Okay. Here's the dream for ten years from now: book published, in college, writing another. Yeah!
10.) What advice do you have for other writers?
READ. Readreadreadread. If you love to read, read more. If you hate to read, read anyway. You will be helped so much by reading! It helps you with spelling, since you see the way words are supposed to be spelled over and over again. It helps with character development, because you read all about characters and see how they are supposed to be. It helps with EVERYTHING, because you have seen and seen how books are supposed to be like, so you have experience. Best of luck with all your writing!
Yay! I loved answering those questions! Now for my ten, the ones the people I tag will be answering...
Now's the part where I'm supposed to tag 10 people. The only issue is, I don't know ten bloggers! So, what I'm going to do, is tag everyone reading this post. (Hopefully it's more than 10 people.) If you're not a blogger, answer in the comments. If you do blog and haven't done this tag yet, do it on your blog and leave the link in the comments! Ready, set, GO!
Hey everybody! It's Olivia. I know things have been kind of weird around here, so this post
is going to answer any questions and clear up any confusion you might have had!
(Thank goodness. I'm starting to get confused myself and this is my blog!)
So, first of all, my attempts to change my site address failed. I know, I'm sad, too.
What happened was, I assumed the site address was up for grabs because when I looked it up, there was an "error" page. You know, the type you get when it doesn't exist.
I just went with that, didn't think twice about the domain possibly being private...and almost had a heart attack on July 31st, the day I was supposed to change my address. I was scared, confused, and worried that my perfect plan wasn't working out that I hastily wrote a blog post explaining how I would not be changing my site address.
The moral of the story is, always check for sure before you make big plans! The website ended up being private, which is why I got the error message.
Some good things did come out of it, though...
1.) I made some edits around my blog
Though I ended up reverting everything back to Writer's Digest, I did change some things and add a few things I'm excited about!
I edited my About page, How I Review page, and Want More? page. If you're on a computer, you can find them at the top of the page, if you're on a device, click those three lines in the top left corner! Of course the words are hyperlinks, so you can also just view them that way. :)
I worked on my sidebar!* That means I edited my "welcome" widget, added a "recommendations" little blurb, and added a "blog button." I put that in quotes because I'm not exactly sure how what that is. I just know that it's an image that says my blog name and if you click it it takes you to my blog! :)
**By the way, if you're on a device, you'll have to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the sidebar.
I also changed the site title font and color. Yay!
2.) I'm adding new content
I've decided to branch out from just bookish posts. Of course I'll doing them- I'll just be doing other types as well! I love doing tags, reviews, and other posts about reading and writing, but I like so much more than just that. So from now on you'll be seeing posts about food, lifestyle, beauty, etc., too. Just whatever my heart desires!
3.) I have a new posting schedule
That's right! You read right! I'm finally doing it!
I've tried posting schedules in the post...they haven't worked too well. But this one is perfect for me in every way, shape, and form.
From now on I'll be posting every Monday!
That doesn't seem like a lot, but it will make things so much easier for me! I can work on my posts on the weekend, since I won't have much time once school starts. Plus, now you'll know exactly when to check my blog for new posts. :)
I know it's Friday...I'll be starting my post-every-Monday this Monday, as in in two days!
I know August 1st has come and gone, but I still want to welcome the new month in and give a fast recap of July.
July was a fairly successful month for posts. (I'm not counting the two frantic posts written on July 31.) To read the post, click on the name of whichever you want to see. :)
Review of Making the Cut
Interview With You As The Star Results
By the Book Tag
10 Authors That I Love
Of course, we can't forget an extremely bookish happening- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which-is-not-technically-a-book-but-is-a-screenplay came out July 31! Woowoo! As a Potterhead, I had to bring that to everyone's attention. :)
I'm half looking forward to August and half wishing we could go back to June and start the summer over. School will be beginning for me soon enough, and that brings homework and stress and tests, which is not enjoyable- but I also get to see friends and meet my new teachers and buy school supplies, which is always fun for me! :)
What do you think about all the new changes? How was your July, and what are you looking forward to in August? See you in the comments!
Hey! If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, then you know that I was planning to change my site address tomorrow.
I'M NOT GOING TO ANYMORE!
I will eventually, though.
Here's what happened:
I looked up the site address I wanted just to make sure it didn't already exist. It doesn't. Yet for some reason the site-address-changer-thing on Weebly says it's taken! I really don't know what that means but until I figure it out, my site address will be staying the same.
I'll be holding off any further posts until I figure this out. I'm super sorry about that! I had some great things lined up and I hope I can still deliver them.
I'm so sorry for causing all this confusion. I hope that you found your way here and get the story before you just give on my blog!
If the new site address doesn't work out, I may change it to a new, different name. But I'll give you plenty of advice warning before doing that, I promise.
Thank you for reading this frantically written post! All my planning and hard work led up to this and now I've just realized I can't follow through, so I'm extremely upset! Once again, my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience and confusion this may have caused. If you have any questions, comments, concerns then please feel free to reach out to me in the comments!
Hey! I'm Olivia. I'm glad you stopped by Writer's Digest! I post every Monday and would love to see you in the comments.
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~The Matched Trilogy, by Ally Condie