7 Things I Learned About Music In 2017 (PLUS: An Exciting Announcement About My EP!)

WELL WELL. It's two weeks till 2018 and I AM FREAKING OUT. There's a lot to be excited about, but there's also a lot to stress about. I'm going to try and do more of the former and less of the latter (but you know me...the Pack Mule Waffle Queen Overcommitter Perfectionist™ *nervous laughter*) 

In case you missed last week's post, I'm doing miniseries on the blog called: 7 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT ____ IN 2017. Today it's about music and last week it was about writingI always like to look back at my year and see all the goals I met...plus some of the goals I didn't meet. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS SOME MORE IN THE COMMENTS. I want to discuss what you learned in 2017 as well! 

2017 was a good year for music. I didn't record nearly as much as I wanted to, but I feel like I have accomplished other (less tangible) things. I've definitely witnessed major improvement in my voice, WHICH IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING. Even though I couldn't stick to my plan of releasing one cover song each month, I was still happy with the music I did put out there. LET'S LIST. 


– Released my single, Back To Normal  
– Released my first cover song and music video, I Found by Amber Run 
– Released my first MASHUP cover of Hello by Adele and Alive by Sia 
– Released another mashup cover, this time Riptide by Vance Joy and We Don't Believe What's On TV by Twenty One Pilots 
– Announced that I was officially #done making covers lololol 
– But not really because I'm still going to make more...I GOT PLANS, BRO 
– Announced that I'm going to start making ukulele covers / an acoustic music video series for my YouTube channel 
– But I haven't actually made a cover yet 
– How did this list of accomplishments turn into a list of things I haven't accomplished yet 🙃🙃🙃 
– but IF YOU READ THIS WHOLE POST (or if you scroll to the very bottom) I have a super exciting announcement about my first EP!!! 

So I'm pretty happy with how much music I put out there in 2017. Four songs isn't bad?? AND NEXT YEAR IT'S GOING TO BE EVEN MORE so stick around, my friend. I have all kinds of new exciting ideas for music videos too so THAT'S GOING TO BE BUCKETS OF FUN. Now let's get on to the lessons I learned about music this year. 

7 Things I Learned About WRITING In 2017 (PLUS: Writing Goals I Actually Reached - YAY!)

WOW, GUYS. THE YEAR IS ALMOST OVER. I feel like I say this every year (and with more bitter enthusiasm each time) but I can't believe how fast time flies!! It's really remarkable, in a disheartening and horrifying and stressful way. Let's all stand in awe of it, shall we? AS WE CRY INTO PILLOWS BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT 2017 TO BE OVER??? 

But in all seriousness*, I'm excited for the New Year. I'm excited for new plans and secret projects yet to be revealed and THE OTHER THINGS I HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT YET. The approaching of a new year is always an electrifying thing, because it just somehow feels like ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. And I love that feeling more than anything in the world.

So, in honor of 2017, I'm kicking off a miniseries on the blog: 7 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT ____ IN 2017. Today it's about writing and next week...it will be about something else. Haha. WAIT AND SEE. But I thought this would be a fun way to open up some new discussions! As the year draws to a close, I love to look back and see how much I've learned, changed, and improved throughout the course of twelve crazy months. AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU LEARNED IN 2017 TOO. It can be about writing or ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN. But let's chat about it in the comments! Because my favorite thing about blogging is um... YOU, MY FRIEND. (No surprises there.) So let's make this a conversation!! AND NOW, ONTO THE POST.  

*not that the previous paragraph WASN'T serious...i totally am crying into a pillow over here IS NOBODY WITH ME?? UH 

The Giant NaNoWriMo CELEBRATION! (Snippets From My Novel + Pinterest Board Reveal + Playlist + Character Aesthetics + Confetti)

GUYS. NANOWRIMO IS OVER. Can you even believe it??? I'm sure y'all are feeling lots of mixed emotions right now. It's always a bittersweet thing when NaNoWriMo ends, but THE STRESS RELIEF IS REAL. :') I want to hear alllll about your awesome novels (and how NaNo went for you this year!) BUT FIRST: I want to tell you little bit about my novel. 

At the beginning of the month, I told you I wasn't going to say ANYTHING about my novel until NaNoWriMo was all over... then I would BOMBARD YOU WITH AESTHETICS AND PLAYLISTS AND SNIPPETS AND CONFETTI. And, I am pleased to announce, today is that day!! It's time to CELEBRATE, YO. Let's get on with it. First, the Pinterest board and working title REVEAL!! 

7 Reasons To KEEP WRITING When You Feel Like Giving Up

Every writer faces it at one time or another: doubt, discouragement, fear, hesitation...basically the feeling of wanting to give up on your novel. Why? Well, I think it has a lot to do with writing itself; writers are introspective by nature. We have supercharged imaginations, and sometimes that can come back to bite us. Because when we start to think that maybe our books are worth giving up on, something in us actually accepts that idea as truth. 

BUT I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT IT IS NOT TRUTH. It's just doubt or discouragement or fear or hesitation. Whether you're in the middle of NaNoWriMo, or chipping away at a work-in-progress, I have a feeling you might be at this place: trying to resist the urge to give up on your book 

This is not going to be a self-improvement kind of post. This is going to be an elixir of encouragement and inspiration to get you back on your feet and thinking good thoughts about your novel. If you ever doubt your art AT ALL, I hope this post will help you. And if all else fails, EAT SOME WAFFLES. I know that's always an uplifting experience for me. Let's go! 

How I Became A FASTER WRITER (10 Tried And True Habits That Will Help You STEP UP Your Writing Game!)

I've always been a slow writer. I've always looked up to other writers who can crank out 20,000 words in a day and been amazed (and a little jealous) of their ability to write so fast. Many times, I've tried to write a crazy amount of words in one day – and many times, I have failed. And then I feel discouraged and inadequateIs it simply impossible to be a faster writer? 

The answer is: NO. It's totally possible to become a faster writer, and it's amazing what a few tiny changes can do for your creative output. There is nothing wrong with being a slow writer. But in the face of trials and tribulations*, it can be helpful to know that you have what it takes to write LOTS OF WORDS in a short amount of time.  

I still wouldn't consider myself a fast writer, but I'm definitely faster than I once was, even a few months ago. I've seen huge positive changes in my writing abilities since I started actively applying these changes to my process... and today I'm going to spill the secrets that will hopefully help you start writing faster, better, and more efficiently. Let's go!