Author: Morgan Billings

Bucket List!

I was listening to a podcast when I first came across the poem The Buried Life… it describes a feeling that I’ve been struggling with for years and was never fully able to articulate. I didn’t think this was something that other people felt, and I truly think that since I’ve been more open to connecting with others recently, I was able to find this conversation that resonated so strongly with me. This poem inspired not only me, but it also inspired a whole movement and organization called The Buried Life. It’s led by a young guy named Ben Nemtin who, after struggling with depression, surrounded himself with people that inspire him. He soon realized that he and his friends were all feeling this same disconnect that he felt from their true selves, and they equally felt disconnected from their true heart and soul’s desires. With The Buried Life poem articulating this feeling to them, they decided to do something about it and created a Bucket List that allowed them to connect to each other …

Current Reads | February 2018

Hi guys 🙂 It’s February and I managed to finish all my January books in January (shush- I know I only had two in my January reads…). But, I finished them! And I actually finished all my December books, too. I didn’t realize The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman was going to take so long… I think I may do a Book Chat video on that. What do you think? A Book Chat video would probably be most fun because I’m dying to know what you guys thought about the book… lol I need to get some discussion going here.   Anywhoooo I got a little more courageous and picked more than two books to finish this month 🙂 First off, I went to the library and picked up Grace of Kings by Ken Liu and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. I’ve started both and they’re very good, and they couldn’t be more different from eachother. Grace of Kings reminds me of Tales of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin for …

WIPs- Novel, Editing Checklist, Interactive Game?!

Hey guys! I just wanted to pop in and give you guys an update on my current works-in-progress (WIPs). Not only do I feel like sharing mine, but I’d love it if you commented and mentioned what you’re working on right now and how you think it’s going. It’ll give me a much-needed break from looking at my own words lol if you even have a link to your work, I’d love to check it out! So, for my “little” fantasy novel, I’m trucking along. I use the quotations because it’s expanded a lot more than I had expected, but I anticipate cutting down a few of the chapters that I’ve written… I also anticipate throwing in some exposition that I just don’t know where/how to put it in yet. Soooo we’ll see. I’m about 50,000 words in (yikes) and I’m maybe 1/3 of the way through (honestly, who am I kidding, it’s about ¼ of the way in and I’ve just bloated my beginning Act… uuuuuugh)… my main character, Ylva Thorne, is pretty incredible …

5 Tips on How to Make Your Writing Stronger

Hi friends, I have quite a special post here for you today because it tackles one of the most interesting technical sides of writing and how to conquer it: how to become a stronger writer. I’m HUGE on technique, style, voice, and the mechanics of writing, because a strong writer can make any story shine through his or her ability to tell stories, but a weak writer can have the most amazing idea in the world and it still won’t translate onto the page in the way he/she imagined it would. I am still a fledgling writer, too, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve made a list of things that I look for when I myself am writing so I can make sure I don’t get stuck making the same mistakes over and over. This way, I can grow into a strong storyteller and it’ll hopefully one day come more naturally to me… and you! So here are just a few tips I’ve compiled from personal experience, and I hope they help you become a …