17 Reasons Why Participating In ‘National Novel Writing Month’ Will Change Your Life

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Summer Reading: A Recap

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, summer is officially over. Unless you live on the gulf coast, that is. We get a good two more months of 90 degree+ weather. And, of course, massive A/C bills.

So if you’re looking for some more awesome reads to snuggle up with next to the A/C vent, I read some amazing books this summer that are worth sharing. Here’s my summer reading recap:

1. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

A beautiful story told by two amazing main characters like you’ve never read before. Amy has cerebral palsy and speaks with the help of a computer, Matthew has OCD and is constantly performing rituals to cope with his fears. Their relationship builds and bends and twists in the most wonderful and unexpected ways. This book totally gave me the feels.

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2. Pointe by Brandy Colbert

 

 

This book is about so much more than a ballet dancer. A missing best friend. A past relationship with an older guy. An eating disorder. Cleo has a lot to deal with, but the author balances them all so well in this compelling and thoughtful story of healing.

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3. Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

I can’t tell you too much about this book without MAJOR SPOILERS, but if you’re into unreliable narrators, this one’s for you. And the writing is just….

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Grab these for some great reads this fall (whatever that is) and happy reading, friends!

 

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The ENFP Writing Personality: Imaginative Voice

I’m a Myers-Briggs junkie, and an ENFP to the core. There are tons of NF writers out there, the idealists. I meet them all the time. It’s a personality that lends itself well to story-telling. With a strong sense of empathy, jumping into someone else’s shoes to tell a story comes naturally to idealists. But so many of these idealist writers I meet are introverts. Sometimes it can feel like I’m the lone extrovert.
I love to talk out my material with other writers. When I’m stuck, it’s the only thing that helps. Which can be tough in a community full of so many introverts, but we’re out there…taking over the conversation at your cocktail parties, friending you on facebook hours after we meet (I’m not a stalker, I swear! I’m just friendly!), and calling you up to meet for drinks or coffee or lunch or anything just please come hang out with meeeee!
Knowing how my personality plays into my writing process has been a great help. I know sometimes I have to reign in my enthusiasm so I won’t get burnt out, and sometimes I have to kick myself in the butt so I won’t lose steam. It’s a tricky balance.

Write with Personality

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
—Charles Dickens

Are you curious about how your personality might affect your writing style?

ENFP writers are creative souls with an ear for language. They find abundant inspiration in the world around them. But they can lose steam quickly if the topic is dull, which can lead to procrastination and missed deadlines. If you’re an ENFP, you’ll likely find that talking about the topic with others can help you maintain your interest and discover new approaches. Too much isolation can make writing a chore.

The ENFP personality type is one of 16 identified by Isabel Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs. Myers and Briggs are the original authors of what is now known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a popular psychometric instrument used to determine how people prefer to gather information and make decisions. The initials

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