Explore Us: Episode 12 feat. Kate @ The Goodness Revolt - Writing


GUYS. This is the VERY LAST installment (episode twelve *squeak!*) of the Explore U.S./Explore Us series!! And for our grand finale I have a super special guest taking over the blog today! She’s super special because *whispers* SHE’S MY AWESOME SISTER, KATIE. That’s right – the chica from The Goodness RevoltEVERYONE GIVE HER WAFFLES AND A HUGE WELCOME. She is my role model in practically every sense not to mention a brilliant, beautiful gal who deserves ALL YOU PEOPLE TO GO AND FOLLOW HER. Seriously, she’s my sister. I’ll take this personally if you don’t go follow her. ;)


01. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY EXPLORING?

Writing and storytelling.


02. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WRITING?

Writing is soul communication. That's what I love about it. When I write, I'm basically chasing euphoria; I want to feel something, and I want to share that experience with the person on the other side of the page.

When I'm listening to someone tell a story, or when I'm reading a book, or watching a movie or series, what I'm looking for isn't really anything in particular; I just want to feel something.

Writing, for me, is a lot like music. I'll listen to a song or an instrumental over and over again, but I may not be able to pinpoint the exact reasons WHY I like it. I like it because something in my chest hums when I lay on the floor and spin this vinyl. That is all.

So writing, for me, is basically an emotional train wreck and I am the conductor. The reader is the spectator – and the passenger if they choose to be. That's something I love about this art form.


03. WHO OR WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START EXPLORING THIS?

For me it was something I believe God guided me to/nudged into my life. It came out of the blue and just stuck. I don't even know when it happened. Somewhere back when I made a lot more typos, and used sharpies to write short stories on unlined printer paper.


04. HOW DO YOU REACT TO PEOPLE WHO "DON'T APPROVE" OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING?

I get the "yes, writing – that's nice...but what are you going to college for?" thing a lot. I personally embrace it, because you know what? If you're a full-time artist, making an all-out go of their art form? You are a minority. You don't fit society’s grid; you are weird.

I used to tip-toe very cautiously around questions like that because I didn't want to be "weird". But then I realized that by trying to mask who I really was as an artist – just so that other people would approve of me – was stifling something inside of me. I was denying myself.

I stopped doing that. I embraced the "weirdness". And by doing this, you are (often without knowing it) inspiring other people to embrace their weirdness too.


05. WHAT IS THE 'EXPECTATION VS REALITY' OF WRITING?

To be honest, I have no idea what most people expect a writing life to be like. I didn't expect anything.

I can say that having a career in writing doesn't usually involve getting up early. So that's nice.



06. NAME THREE PEOPLE/THINGS THAT INSPIRE YOU TO KEEP EXPLORING THIS:

The girl who runs this blog. Like, in all seriousness, everyone thinks Abbiee and I are twins because we are that close. Except she's taller than me now, which I resent with fiery short-girl passion. Her sheer existence inspires me, never mind all the other hundreds of thousands of things that she does that just makes my head go ofhwiubgw

Riding in cars. There's something about slouching in the backseat of a car with earbuds stuffed into my noggin like an ungrateful teenager that just pumps my head full of story juice. Like, my head actually swells. Like the queen with strangely-shaped hair in Alice Through the Looking Glass. It is inteeense stuff that riding in cars thing.

Jon Foreman. (C'mon. Don't look at me like that NEEDS elaboration. It doesn't.)


07. WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN EXPLORING WRITING?

The advice I would give to anyone striking out on their own in the big, bad jungles of the creative world is: stop listening to all the advice. Some of it will be good, sure. But don't let people influence your thing. Your thing is your thing, and if you try to make your thing something that everyone likes or agrees with, it's not going to be your thing anymore.

There will be haters. There will be critics and people who give you one-star reviews, and people who tweet you just TO TELL YOU HOW DUMB YOU ARE. There will be all of that.

Keep doin' what ya doin. Because there's always going to be people with the one-stars. Most of us are going to be like "give us more". We like you without the ski mask. We like your thing. Only you can make your thing. So keep going.



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don’t leave this blog until you show katie some love in the comments, people!

xoxo,
abbiee

54 comments

  1. I definitely agree that a lot of the writing advice can bog you down! You get so caught up in the technicalities of writing you can't enjoy it anymore.
    Also, Abbiee, I was wondering - what program do you use to make your Explore Us/Explore U.S. images, the ones that go at the very top of each post? Thank you! :)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. VERY TRUE. Katie knows whut up. ;) For all the header images I use PicMonkey.com which is a free photo editing website that I definitely recommend. They also let you use your own fonts on images, which is what I usually do for my blog. BECAUSE BRUSH FONTS = <3

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    2. I completely agree with you

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  2. The answer to question two is amazing! Writing can be like music, never have looked at it like that before... This was a wonderful post and it's great to get to know more bloggers this way. I've enjoyed this series so much!

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    1. EEEEP thank you Vanessa! THAT WAS MY FAVORITE ANSWER TOO. <3

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    2. Thank you so much! <3 I can't wait to go check out your blog, Vanessa. Your sweet words mean so much

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  3. KATEEEEEEEEE!!!

    Literally got so excited when this popped up I'm just over here fangirling don't mind me.

    Honestly, I loved this post, Kate. As someone who wants to be a writer, this was super inspiring to me. You're the coolest.:) <3

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    1. GAH SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT GRACE ANNE. <3 Katie is an inspiration so us all I think. :')

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    2. The coolest is YOU, Grace Anne <3 :''')

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  4. fklsdaj;flkjsd this was everything and more that I needed to hear. THIS POST WAS SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN THAT IT MAKES MY WRITER HEART SING. Thank you so so much, Katie! You are a rock star. ♥

    ~Megan <333
    (megans-journals.blogspot.com)

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    1. EEEEP WASN'T IT LOVELY? <3 thank you for reading, Megan!

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    2. :') YOU'RE A ROCKSTAR. thank you so much, Megan

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  5. It's so hard to accept that there'll be some people who dislike your writing no matter what, but once you get over that it's so liberating. Not everyone's tastes are the same, and that's what makes writing rewarding--that one story can mean different things to different people. This was a really neat post. I loved it! :)

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    1. That is SO true, Alex! And eeeep I'm so happy you liked this post! <3

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    2. oh man, yeah, I couldn't agree with you more. Right on. :)

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  6. Yessssssss KATIEEEEE

    all I can say is the sister love is just the best ever. Seriously. You guys are so adorable in the way that you are always plugging for each other. IT MAKES ME MISS MY SIS SO BAD. <3

    But anyways, yesss. This was soooo good.

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    1. I honestly don't know how I would survive without my sis <3 and aw, thank you so much Hannah Joy! I CAN'T IMAGINE YOU MUST MISS HER SO MUCH. :'( *big hugs and waffles*

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    2. sister love blows my head and heart and is a blessing from our Lord <3 :')

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  7. I LOVE your answer "Jon Foreman" That is simply the best! #fellowswitchfootfanforthewin Beautiful post Katie <3

    http://everythingisbetterwithpolkadots.blogspot.com/

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    1. YESSSS!!! #SWITCHFOOTFOREVER <3 WOOOO thank you!!

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  8. THIS POST WAS SO AMAZING.

    and yes, I feel like I used to constantly ask other writers for advice--but the thing is, you need to find your OWN thing.

    Totally awesome post. oh, and #sistersrock

    sarah » the introverted extrovert

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  9. Love this post so much <3
    Especially the line where you said writing is soul communication. THAT IS THE PERFECT WAY TO DESCRIBE WRITING. And just everything in this post was perfect. Gahhh ♥

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    1. oh my goodness, thank you SO much, Autumn! <3

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    2. yaaas IT WAS PERFECT WASN'T IT :''')

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  10. This was so beautifully written. She has such a fresh, honest voice. Very inspiring post!

    And this made me smile:
    "I'm basically chasing euphoria; I want to feel something, and I want to share that experience with the person on the other side of the page."

    I write to feel, too. Thank you for writing this post cuz it was rad. :)

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    1. :') Your comment is so touching! Thank you! I so appreciate it. Keep writing, writing, writing always.

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    2. <3 she's awesome isn't she

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  11. THIS

    IS

    AMAZING

    literally you two are so inspiring I can't.

    And Jon Foreman needs no elaboration like, EVER. <3

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    1. <3 :')

      Jon = no elaboration. everrr. x) <3

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    2. HAHAHAHA YAAAAAAAS OMG THANK YOU GURL

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  12. Writing is such an amazing talent. Honestly it's an art of describing & creating the things only you can see.
    -Mic from Mic's Room (https://lovelypinkduckshome.blogspot.com/)

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    1. I could not agree more. <3

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    2. SO TRUE DAT :')

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  13. flakjldfksjdlfkjlsdkjflksdjflkasjdlkfmnsdlkfj katie can't even tell you how much you inspire me and jUST TAKE MY BREATH AWAY OKAY. I LOVE YOUR WORDS SO MUCH IT HURTS. GAHHHH <3333333333

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    1. oihasibfneg;e :') OH MY WORD. Olivia that literally means so much to me, I could cry. <3

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    2. SHE IS AWESOME RIGHT <3

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  14. GAH KATIE I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.
    (name twins. you're so fabulous. xD)

    But I understand this so much. Friends will talk about their future and going to college and plans, and I'm over here... not going to college... just wanting to write. And like you said, that's weird. Definitely not normal. I'm learning to embrace that and not be insecure about my plans. Because it's what I'm passionate about and love to do.

    This was fabulous. <3

    // katie grace
    a writer's faith

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    1. asdfghjk that is seriously beautiful, Katie. <3 I FEEL THAT SO HARD. Like, same. BOTH YOU KATIES JUST INSPIRE ME SO MUCH AAAAH <33333

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  15. DUDE THIS WAS GREAT ALL AROUND.

    From Jon Foreman to the TØP reference, it was all good. I think we all need to stop listening for another's dreams and listen to our own sometimes. :)

    always always always stay true,

    with love,
    jr xx

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    1. JACYRYAN YOU ARE SO WISE AND INSPIRING <3 *hugs*

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  16. I have a question for YOU, Abbiee!! Have you ever thought about singing covers? Your voice reminds me a lot of Adele! <3
    (I may or may not have been stalking your sister's blog, and your YouTube channel. ;) )

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    1. *squeals happily and dances around* EEEEEP WOW THAT MADE MY DAY THANK YOU HANNAH. <3 <3 <3 I happen to loooove singing covers but I've never recorded any! I'M SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING IT, THOUGH. This comment had amazing timing like wow i was just thinking about it last night and then I woke up and here is this comment so EEESDFGHJK VOTE OF CONFIDENCE THANK YOU SO MUCH. <3 I'll keep you posted on it and I'll also probably be mentioning this more in my post this Saturday! :D *copious hugs and waffles*

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  17. GIIIIIIRRRLLLL.
    THIS
    "I like it because something in my chest hums when I lay on the floor and spin this vinyl." (we all know it's true. like, when it doesn't make sense but you're just like "THAT. I LIKE THAT.)"
    AND THIS
    "We like you without the ski mask." (Actually that whole paragraph was WAT)
    basically- this series was awesome, but this episode was SPECTACULAR.
    just, like, being you, and not being worried about what everyone else thinks you should be or do. THIS MESSAGE IS SO IMPORTANT. <3 <3 <3
    i can no longer form coherent sentences so i'm just gonna go now
    both ya'll are on my top 10 favorite people list. just fyi. :)

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    1. INWARDLY BAWLING :') WAT EVEN SAMI YOU ARE literally one of the coolest most inspiring people and i love you so much

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  18. Writing is soul communication.
    Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes. I love this. Katie, you are brilliant (I'm sure I've said that before), Abbie, you are also brilliant, and that fabulous little piece of advice at the end of this post is brilliant. I love it.

    Serena
    poetree {blog} | editing services

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  19. This pretty much made me cry because I FEEL THIS. People ask me all the time what I'm actually going to school for, and I say "Well, writing." And then they start babbling about how I can never make a living off writing and how irresponsible that is of me, and honestly I just get so fed up. And this kind of inspires me to keep going no matter what they say, so thank you for that, Kate.

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  20. goodness, "There's something about slouching in the backseat of a car with earbuds stuffed into my noggin like an ungrateful teenager that just pumps my head full of story juice"- i totally feel ya girl! car rides and planes are the fuel for my rare bursts of literary genius.

    and yay for pushing through the "weirdness" and doing what He has for us anyway.

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  21. Fabulous post, Katie! You inspire me as a writer. I think I try to much to do what other people say works best, instead of figuring it out for myself, and a lot of times it can really set me back. So I'm going to take your advice and figure out what works for me my way. (-:
    Go you! I imagine that making writing your career must take a whole lot of courage and faith in a world where it is so under-appreciated. Best wishes!

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