Hello, beautiful Hearters! Happy Friday!

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I hope you're having a fantastic day. It's Kaylee here with a hopefully entertaining article.

Before I get into it, I have a few announcements.

1. I'm starting my own devotion kit! So this has been in the works for a while (more like thinking about it and finally starting it). I can't wait to share this with you guys. It's free (bonus!) and all you have to do is subscribe to my blog (http://huntkaym.wixsite.com/allthelittlethings) to get it. It launches on November 5th!

2. Speaking of November 5th, my second article for the Writers team goes up! So keep your eyes out or that. :)

3. #TheSmileProject is turning 1 on November 10th! Okay, so that honestly caught me off guard. I realized that, and I was like, crap. What do I do to celebrate this??? Maybe a live stream on the #TheSmileProject Instagram (@the.smile.project.1)?

4. Hi. That's about it.

Okay, enough rambling. Let's get into this article, shall we?????????

Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Writer.

1. Writing is hard.

Okay, so, I kind of knew this, but at the same time, I didn't. Let me give you a bit of a backstory here.

I have been writing for literally fifteen out of my twenty (almost twenty-one😱😨😰) years on earth. And I have the proof (though I can't show you, so you'll have to trust me). My parents found short stories my friends and I wrote when we were in kindergarten. And, yes, they were absolutely terrible.

I have been writing from a young age and can actually find sentences in my first-grade journal saying that I want to be an author when I grow up. And I guess that's what I'm doing, isn't it? That honestly boggles my mind.

I've written so many (terrible) books that I could be a best-seller, well, you know, if they were any good (they're not). I didn't know how hard it was going to be, but I tackled it anyway,

2. I cannot write without music.

Even as I'm sitting here writing this article I'm listening to music. It's not necessarily bad, but I wish someone told me how much time I would spend making playlists for books and characters instead of writing. Then I could have mentally prepared myself.

Music honestly helps me so much with my writing, it's really insane. I really don't know if this is bad or not, but it's just how it is now. But I get to listen to cool music now.

3. Watching TV is considered "work".

I mean, honestly, how else am I supposed to come up with completely original ideas? Read a book? (Writer joke. No? * cough cough * okay, well, I'm just gonna go...)

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Really, this quote says it all.

4. You're turning into the murderous authors everyone hates.

I used to always get upset at authors for killing off one of my favorite characters. Then I realized I was just like them when I did the same. And I felt ashamed. But alive and evil and so cool at the same time because people are going to hate me and love me at the same time, but honestly that's probably not going to happen and I realize this is a run-on sentence but I don't really care because I'm explaining my feelings, okay?

5. Reading incorrect grammar might kill you.

That's the case for me. Not only am I a writer, but I'm an English major in college too, so when I see a grammtical error in pretty much anything, I point it out and a little bit of my heart and soul dies with it. Just like the characters I kill off. (Kidding. My heart and soul doesn't die.)

6. You will become very observant.

You will start to notice everything, from the way the clouds move in the sky down to the guy sitting fifteen rows ahead of you who is shaking their foot. It's a blessing and a curse.

7. You will grow attached to your characters.

I feel like my characters are my best friends. I created them and there's a little bit of me in each of them. When I write one of them off, it actually does hurt. Then I think, "maybe I shouldn't." But I know it's for the good of the book.

When my characters cry, I cry.

8. Everything will think you're insane.

It's a well-known fact that writers are a little crazy. (I promise, I'm not insane, says every insane person.) I mean, I get it. We create characters. We can be professional killers if we want to be. We create new worlds. And we watch people. But it's all part of the job. (They should put that on a nametag though: "I'm not crazy, I'm just a writer. Please continue what you're doing. I'm not here.")

9. Writer's block happens more than you think.

I knew that writer's block existed, but I didn't know to what extent. I get writer's block all the time and it really sucks.

There's a quote I saw that I absolutely love: "Writer's block. When your imaginary friends stop talking to you."

I mean, let's be real. That's really what's happening.

10. Your brain will never shut up.

In many ways, my brain will never shut up. But the worst is when I'm starting or in the middle of a project and my brain thinks "Oh, we should write this!" and it's a completely different plot with different characters. You leave that project for another and then another, then another, and the vicious cycle goes on for practically forever.

Well, friends, that's all I have for you today. If you can relate, let me know. I love talking to fellow writers.

Like always, I hope you have an amazing rest of your day and week. Remember to keep smiling. You never know who will need it.