Welcome to Writing My Legacy, co-hosted by Writing My Legacy and InkReads and specifically geared towards both writers and readers. This blog is divided into four sections: our story, reading, writing, and monthly giveaways.
Writing My Legacy: I’m back and better than ever because I’ve brought along a big surprise! But first, for anyone still following, you deserve an explanation for my sudden and long absence.
I started this blog during a lengthy summer off, when all I had to worry about was a part-time job and preparing to transfer to a university. I’m the type of person to get overly excited about one thing and to throw myself into that thing, whole body and soul. And this blog was no exception. I spent months researching other book and writing blogs, learning basic coding, and prepping the blog website and social media pages.
By the time this blog was finally ready to go online, my junior year of college had already started. While I will always recommend that students consider community college first because of the opportunities it presents, I encountered some unexpected struggles at the university. Not only was I managing with living alone for the first time in my life but I was also dealing with a school system which refused to take all my transfer credits, even though they had an agreement with my previous school. I ended up taking a full load of classes every semester, including winter and summer interim semesters, in order to graduate within my timeline. This, along with working at the university’s writing center, really spread me thin.
The only way I could keep up the blog was by quitting a lot of the reading and writing memes that got me so excited about the blog in the first place, and I just didn’t have the heart to delete something I had worked so hard on. Unfortunately, this meant putting it aside for awhile. It was always my intention to eventually come back, once I had a little more time on my hands.
Fast forward four years and I have just recently graduated with a Master of Arts in English literature, along with being awarded TESOL certification (teaching English to speakers of other languages). Now that it’s over, I feel like I’ve been holding my breath all this time. I finally have a chance to see this blog through, and as I said earlier, I have a big surprise! I didn’t just gain so many wonderful experiences as a teaching assistant at Mississippi State University; I also gained a lifelong friend. She was one of my fellow teaching assistants and, when I discovered that she had a book blog of her own (i.e., InkReads), we knew the only logical thing to do was merge our two sites.
I’ve definitely done enough talking at this point, so I’m going to let this amazing person tell you a little about herself and what you can expect from the new and improved Writing My Legacy.
Inkreads: Hey everyone! Similar to Writing My Legacy, I started a bookstagram in 2014 and while I have been active since then, it was hard to manage it because of graduate school. After I joined Mississippi State University, it was not easy to blog because both of us were teaching assistants at that time while being graduate students too. Two years in and I realized Writing My Legacy had a blog too, but she had paused for awhile. I related with her because when you are a graduate student, it is really hard to find time to sleep, study, eat, and/or work. Being the lovely person she is, she asked me if I would like to join her on this amazing journey! Of course, I said YES!
I think merging these two blogs will be amazing. Since we are two people managing the website, you can expect more book reviews, memes, awesome pictures, and monthly giveaways! As much as this platform is for us, we want to create a space for both readers and writers.
Welcome to our blog and cheers to new beginnings!!!
A writer MUST read. Period. Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” A writer can’t expect to become anything close to proficient if they don’t first study the objects they hope to create and examine the greats who’ve preceded them. They are to treat every book like a textbook, with the scrutiny and reverence it deserves.
Because Writing My Legacy is hosted by writers, we consequently are also avid readers. When you don’t catch us writing with the t-t-t-t-t mechanical taps of Macs in our laps, then we’re probably splayed out on a fleece throw on the backyard grass (#agirlcandream) reading, while Writing My Legacy gets frustrated at the unfairness of InkReads‘ simultaneous ability to emerge with a soft-caramel glow rather than baking ruddy skin (#reality). And in the hope of keeping track of everything we read and will read, we’ve decided to begin writing book reviews.
We will receive and consider review requests; however, please keep in mind our preferred reading genres before emailing your requests.
Writing My Legacy: “Most of what I read is fiction (specifically young adult, fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction, magical realism, mystery, realistic fiction, coming-of-age stories, and graphic novels). I absolutely LOVE poetry and fairytale, religious, or mythological adaptations. As of now, my favorite fiction authors are Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstrong, and Suzanne Collins. Recently, I have also come to enjoy historical non-fiction and memoirs, especially after reading journalist Denise Kiernan’s downright awe-inspiring work, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.”
InkReads: “I mostly like to read fiction too (young adult, contemporary, dystopian, classics, realistic fiction, historical fiction, and graphic novels). I also love anything related to poetry and art because both have a special place in my heart. It’s really hard to narrow down my favorite authors but here are some: J.K Rowling, Colleen Hoover, Jojo Moyes, Gary Schmidt, Cath Crowley, Jennifer Niven, Ghassan Kanafani, and Khaled Hosseini.”
Unfortunately, reading isn’t the only step towards becoming a capable writer. Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, claims that it takes approximately 10,000 hours to master something. This doesn’t sound too daunting until you break it down. If we were to write an hour every single day, it would take us about 27.4 years to reach 10,000 hours, and as much as we adore writing, we know that we are WAY off from reaching this goal. Even if “10,000 hours to perfection” isn’t 100% accurate, you can’t expect to excel at anything without frequent, habitual practice.
The purpose of this section is to give you a reason to “just sit down and write something” by posting small bouts of inspiration through prompts, words of the day, quotes of the day, challenges, and more.