And so we come to the final POTW of 2017. *epic music plays* . And we begin. Networking 101 by C. Lee McKenzie . I love this advic...

Posts of the Week! Epic End-of-the-Year 2017 Edition

And so we come to the final POTW of 2017. *epic music plays*.

And we begin.

Networking 101 by C. Lee McKenzie. I love this advice! Considering how quiet and awkward I can be, haha, looking at it from these perspectives really helps.

The Three Rules for Creating Art that Matters by Mrs. Stephanie Morrill. This post is just… so honest and inspiring. A brilliant reminder of the most important things we all should do in writing, in art, and in life.

The Shadowy Road Not Taken by Mrs. Erika Beebe. Not a blog I frequent, but I stumbled across while replying to comments on Verbosity, and I really love the way she closes out her year. The quotes, the poems, the lessons, I think there’s something we can all pull from it.

Eight Reasons Why I Celebrate Christmas by Priscilla Krahn. This one was shared on a friend’s Facebook account, and I found it really fascinating. It’s a great reminder, not only of the Reason for the Season, but of what Christians' lives should start to look like when we begin to actually apply who He is.

If You Are Considering Suicide, There Is Hope by Eliza Downer. A harder hitting one, but an important reminder of the hope we have available to us.

18 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful by Rebekah B. So, Christmas is over. But many of these are things we could do all-year round anyway, and for the ones that aren’t, well, I’m keeping them as a reminder for next year. 😊

Robots 101 by Victoria @ Wanderer’s Pen. Super fun post about writing robots! There are awesome tips to remember if you’ve got any automatons in your story, plus the fandoms I recognized. *heart-eyes* I only realized with this post how much I love my robots, lol, but I really love them.

World-Building: Setting for all Genres by Diana Peach. Stumbled across this one via a favorite author’s blog. It’s really informative, and I plan to go back and read it when I’m editing my novel again. Setting’s something I’ve never been able to do well, but I think approaching it this way will really help!

‘Tis the Season of Rereading: How to choose what to reread (ft. a handy flowchart) by Shar. I don’t normally reread, but this is a really helpful post. She goes into some of the actual reasons why one would reread, and the flowchart really is handy. If you’re trying to figure out which of your books to read again, definitely check out this post!

Minutes at a Time by Julian Daventry. This is such a great reminder and something I have definitely had to learn at certain stages of my life: just because you don’t have an hour to do that task doesn't mean you shouldn’t do anything at all. Do whatever little bit you can and watch those little things add up. 😊

Character 101 by Skye. These tips are so on point. Some of the best advice for characters all compiled into a single post: the most important thing really is treating them like humans.

Always Be Honest Even If {When} It Hurts by Keturah. An examination on the contradictions that arise with lying and love, this post is profound and thought-provoking. I love how she explains her conclusion; it definitely makes you have to consider it.

How I Started Writing Again by Grace. In which she shares 8 tips for how she pulled herself out of her writing slump. If you’re in one of your own, definitely check this post out! It might be just what you need to climb out. 😊

50 oddly specific OH MY GOODNESS NO bookworm moments by Noor. These are too relatable! I literally spent this entire post nodding and giggling. The gifs, the pics, all of it is perfect.

Slow Down this Christmas by Moriah Simonwich. Again, so, Christmas is over. But it’s never too late to take a breath, enjoy the silence, and thank Jesus for His arrival.

More Than Modest: Respect by Keturah. Don’t worry, lol, this is not your classic list of rules and standards. This is an honest and poetic outpouring of truth that leads us all to make our own decisions in the end. And I think that form of expression is one of the most important things in this world.

10 Reasons Why Bookworms Panic at the End of the Year by Cait. Everything… is so… on point. Especially the one about forgetting what books are about. Literally, this is why I write reviews. Because I can never remember unless it’s like Percy Jackson or Star Wars or Lunar Chronicles or something super epic that I’ll love forever. I kid you not, I’m really bad at remembering these things. :p

Dead Things Are Beautiful, Too by Victoria Jackson. This is absolutely beautiful. I love how she took this snapshot of life and put the reader directly into every second.

Learning from Wonder Woman by Sam @ Onions, Lemons, and Apples. In which she pulls 4 awesome writing tips from this awesome movie. My personal favorite is number 1 about the secondary characters, but all the tips are great.

Introducing… Our New YouTube Coordinator by Rebellious Writing. Within this post, Keturah does an incredible guest post on the reasons why she reads and writes. It’s short but brilliant, and I 100% agree

Back to the Future by Talya. A really interesting post about time… and how awesome it is that we have a God who’s outside of it.

Writing Exercise #21: Winning in 2017 by Mrs. Shannon Dittemore. If you’re feeling like this week, this month, this year, you didn’t get done all the things you wanted to get done and now you’re panicking because only hours remain in 2017, just read this post and take her advice. It’s perfect and soothing and reminds you that you are not a failure. There’s so much you have already completed, and THAT IS AMAZING, and there is a ton more you can still do in 2018. 😊

My Dream Reading Space by Victoria @ Wanderer’s Pen. Best. Reading. Space. Ever. The end.

And that is it for 2017! It’s been an amazing year in the blogosphere, and I thank you all so much for making it that way. For making this a lovely, wonderful, kind, encouraging space where we can all get together to talk and think and read and write and learn. I love you guys. I love being here. I love reading and sharing your posts, and having you read and share mine. Thank you so much for reading, and I will see you next year!

P.S. For my blogoversary next week, I’m going to do a Q&A, so if you have any questions for me, put them in the comment section or send them using my Contact Me! page. I’ll be sure to answer them next week. :)

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  1. I so enjoyed going to and reading a few of these posts! Thanks for sharing mine! Here's a question for you: what inspired you to do posts like this one?

    1. So glad you did! :D And you're welcome! :D

      Thanks for the question!

  2. Thank you so much for linking to my post, Alexa! I'm so glad that it was a reminder to you, and may it help you get things - slowly but surely - accomplished!

  3. Thanks for sharing my post! I will have to check out some of the other ones.

  4. Firstly, I have to thank you so much for adding my blog to this post.

    I'm glad that you found a lot of posts you enjoy before the end of the year.

    It took me quite a while to think of a question: My question is: what do you prefer doing, writing a brand new story or editing/rewriting a beloved story?

    Also, how do you stay organised?

    1. Aw, you're welcome! Thanks for the questions! :D I enjoyed answering them! :)

  5. Thanks so much for giving me a mention Alexa! I'm glad you liked my post :)

    Also, thanks for the recommendations! I can't wait to get stuck into some reading. I've been looking for new blogs to read (most of my current reading list has stopped blogging regularly :( ) so this'll be great.

    1. You're welcome! And aw, I know that feeling. :/ Hope you enjoy some of these blogs and can add them to your regular readership! :D


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