So You Finished Your Rough Draft – Now What?

A Writer's Path

by Morgan S. Hazelwood

The Next Steps

Well, the next step depends on you. What do you want to do next? There are two main options and either could be right for you.

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Day 23: Three Songs that Put Me in a Good Mood {Maggie’s April Blogging Challenge}

Heyy everybody!

Welcome back to my blog. Today I’ll be doing yet another of Maggie’s April Blogging Challenge. The topic for today is (as you can obviously tell) 3 songs that put you in a good mood.

Perhaps you’ll find something in common with me here 😉

Uptown Funk Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

This so is so catchy and perfect for dancing! I always feel so upbeat during this song and after it.

CoolJonas Brothers

Another sort of upbeat song which I really like. Nick Jonas’ voice is pretty unique which makes his songs nice to listen to!!

Don’t ChangeWhy Don’t We

As of now, this is WDW’s latest song for a movie called Ugly Dolls. They are currently my favorite singers because their songs are so goooooood! This song really conveys a good message about loving yourself for who you are. I will totally be watching…

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The Minecraft Village and Pillage Update Lands

The Ancient Gaming Noob

The Minecraft 1.14 update, the “Village & Pillage” release, landed for both the Java (old school) and Bedrock (Win10 and consoles) editions this week.  It has been described by the team as the biggest update to villages ever.

Villagers and Pillagers

And, given the list of new items and changes, I won’t argue with that description, even extending it to the biggest update overall I have seen for the game.

The list of just “new” things added to the game is already pretty impressive:

  • Bamboo jungles with bamboo trees and pandas
  • Barrels
  • Berries
  • Blast furnaces
  • Town bells
  • Campfires
  • Cartography tables
  • Composters
  • Crossbows
  • Fletching tables
  • Foxes
  • Leather horse armor (dyeable)
  • Lanterns
  • Lecterns
  • Looms
  • Pillagers
  • Raids
  • Ravagers
  • Wandering Traders
  • Scaffolding
  • Smithing tables
  • Smokers
  • Stonecutters
  • New flowers
  • New dyes
  • New decorative blocks

Back over the summer, when they first started talking about this update I thought pandas were going to be the big…

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How To Outline By the Seat of Your Pants

A Writer's Path

by Stephanie O’Brien

When you start to create a novel, one of the first questions you have to ask yourself is, “Should I start by creating an outline, or just fly by the seat of my pants?”

Both of these options have their merits.As I noted in a previous blog post, creating an outline first helps to keep the plot more coherent, avoid plot holes, and stop writer’s block before it starts.

But many writers probably share the same fear I had before I started to embrace outlining: what if the outline stifles my creativity? What if I lose the spontaneity that I need to write the characters naturally, and to let the characters be themselves?

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