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They Both Die at the End: New Book Purchase!

Hello All!

The Both Die at the End (Picture of the Cover of the Book)

Can we please just take a moment to admire this beautiful book!? I have been eyeing They Both Die at the End on Goodreads, and I am elated to finally have the time to sit down and read it. This will be the first book that I have read by Adam Silvera, so I am pleased to find a new author to add to my list.  Ahhh, I am so excited!

Since it has been a while since I have been able to read the way that I have wanted to, one of the first books that I wanted to read after my “reading-hiatus”, had to be one of my favorites: a heartbreaking, thought-provoking YA or New Adult book.

After browsing through good reads, I decided that this was definitely one of the first books that I wanted read. I have high hopes for this book, and I cannot wait to start reading it tonight!

The concept of this book is emotionally intriguing to me. The idea of two people dying on the same day, both being aware of their impending deaths, and both deciding to spend their last day together, creates a swirl of thoughts and feelings that I cannot wait to discuss with others, and that I cannot wait to write a review on.

On Goodreads, I saw that someone commented, “Do they really die at the end?” I personally decided not to look at the answer to that. To, what I am sure is my detriment, there is still a little piece of me that hopes that they will both survive. Why oh why do I do this to myself?

Have you read They Both Die at the End? How many tears can I expect to shed? I would love to hear your thoughts ☺️.

Until the next chapter,

Amber

My Writing Fears

                                                                                                                                             

Hello All! Guess what? It has been less than a week, and I have already developed a huge case of the “writing fears.” What is the “writing fears” you ask? Well, the symptoms vary per person, but for me, the symptoms are as follows:

  • An Inability to Write – Basically, despite the fact that I am dying to write, I avoid writing all day because, well, I am scared (I will explain, don’t worry). Then, when I finally muster up the courage to write, I write a couple of sentences (and I do mean a couple), my anxiety starts acting up, and I end up putting my book away for the rest of the day.

 

  • Fear of the Unknown – You may be wondering why I said I was scared in the previous symptom. Well, it is because I fear the unknown. I fear that my book will be boring. I fear that I think that I am better than I actually am. I fear that my writing skills may be poor. I fear that I will not be able to transition through my story well. I fear that there is no point in even writing a book because it will never go anywhere.

 

  • Compare and Not Contrast – I am happy to say that this symptom is quickly fading away. However, it still likes to linger around every now and then. I tend to put certain authors on a pedestal and trick myself into thinking that I have to watch them as opposed to joining them or even surpassing them.

I am not discussing these things to send out a discouraging message. The reason why I am discussing this, is because (a) It is ridiculous for me to even have these “symptoms” in the first place, and (b) because I am not the only one who goes through this.

We have to constantly remember that the first reason the majority of us began writing, is because we enjoy writing. Write your book for you. This does not mean that you will not listen to your audience or make changes to your book(s) in the future. It means that you are writing because you want to, because you need to, because it drives you. Not because you are trying to prove yourself to others or because you feel as if you have to fit into this particular author mold.

This is just as much of a pep talk for my readers as it is for me. We will get there. All of us. Just make sure you keep writing. Most importantly, just make sure you keep writing because you enjoy it.

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber

Writing My First Book! Day 1

Welcome All!

The title of this article may be a tad misleading.

First of all, this is definitely not the first book that I have attempted to write. Unfortunately, it is probably the millionth book that I have attempted to write!

I have definitely been guilty of saying that I am going to write a book, have started writing a book, and, well – that is about it. I have never really gotten past that stage.

This “writing-yet-not-completing” phenomenon was a vicious cycle that I continued over, and over, and over again, for years. Albert Einstein really hit the nail on the head when he said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I am a true product of that statement.

Recently, I woke up and decided that I did not want to continue that cycle. I have stories that I want to tell, and I want to tell them. I have worlds and characters that I want to bring to life, and I am going to create them.

I have allowed a false idea of perfection to hinder me from completing far too many passions of mine. That ends today. No matter what happens with my first book, I will be proud. I can look back on this post, and know that I allowed an idea to manifest into something real. Furthermore, I will only make myself a better writer by allowing myself to learn and grow from this journey.

Technically, I began writing this book on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. However, today – December 3rd, 2017 – is the first day that I am truly documenting my journey and holding myself accountable.

Since this is my first book, I cannot tell you a set list of entries that I plan on posting about my journey on this site. However, I am pretty sure you can expect to read about a lot of venting sessions, lessons learned, tools I am utilizing and creating, and all of the constant progression that will lead to the day that I can finally say, “I wrote my first book!”

Until the next chapter,

Amber