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Kira Butler
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I write speculative fiction for young adults: a YA horror and urban fantasy author, dark fiction book blogger, and designer.
I write speculative fiction for young adults: a YA horror and urban fantasy author, dark fiction book blogger, and designer.

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Real talk for the writers out there: In the aftermath of NaNoWriMo, I thought I'd start revisiting what my process looks like and how I'm applying the bullet journal system to being generative (i.e. forcing myself to develop my craft, write more words, and stay on top of things when I'm in a draft cycle.) I have a few daily practices in operation, and I'm using my bujo to guilt myself into doing more, daily (blank spaces in a tracker are anathema.) I track my "Five Things a Day" for writing fiction, which includes (1) writing (2) reading (3) craft study (4) research and (5) ideation. I'll break this down a bit: you want to be a writer? You have to write. Set a daily target and smash your keyboard until you get there. You want to be a writer? Read widely -- within your genre, outside of your genre, fiction, non-fiction, articles, criticisms, reviews. Read stuff that makes you uncomfortable, read things that inform you, and read things that scare you; read things you wouldn't consider ever reading to broaden your horizons and feed your muse. You want to be a writer professionally? Learn about your craft. Learn grammar and syntax and literary devices and story structure and excellent dialogue and character design. Learn the rules and learn how to break them. You want to be a writer? Devote time for research: watch YouTube videos or listen to Podcasts about things that interest you, and see what kind of ideas are born from being constantly, hopelessly inspired. You want to be a writer? Put the pen to paper and write down your ideas; ideas about characters and strange places or interesting turns of phrase that you snatch at from thin air when you're on the cusp of sleep. Record those sensorial impressions or vague images, and ask yourself, "What if..." Generate at least one idea a day pertaining to story -- new stories and old that are on the back burner, characters who are learning to think for themselves. I put them in a dedicated book that I return to when I'm ready to shape them into something meaningful. #amwriting #bulletjournal #bujo #bujolove #writersofig #writersofinstagram #bulletjournaling #bulletjournals #bujoinspo #bujonerd #writetip

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Books! I love them. I read them, I collect them, I hoard them. My biggest problem in life right now is that I'm a) running out of shelf space b) need more time to myself to read c) have a TBR pile that is teetering on my night stand, or d) I am not reading right now. There's also a fifth option to choose from in this multiple choice: e) all of the above. #bulletjournal #bujo #bujolove #bulletjournalbooks #bujobooks #bookstagram #stationery #stationeryaddict #journaling #journal #stationerylove #bookstagram1 #planneraddict #planner #books #bookstagram #amreading #bibliophile #booklovers #bookshelf #shelfie

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I’m still parsing through a very large backlog of dailies. This is another favourite dailies spread from June. I’d received a very large cache of origami star paper and, armed with an equally large apothecary jar, went to town. This layout has a built-in secret, though: Noodler’s Blue Ghost fountain pen ink. I was hell bent on not just hanging the stars, but getting them to glow under black light as well. #bulletjournal #bujo #bujodaily #bujodailies #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalweekly #twsbieco #twsbi #bulletjournals #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalspread #bujolayout

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Not sure why I feel like I'm on the cusp of things, but I reach these points in life or in my career when things get a little fraught and the wind starts blowing in a different direction, tugging at my clothes. We're not clouds getting pushed along. The most stubborn of individuals resist change like it was a bad gust of wind (Hi! Meet... me. Pleasure to make your acquaintance.) I dug up these #bujo dailies from a while back partially because I really liked the headers, and partially because I was squinting into the winds of change at the time and they were throwing all kinds of salt and grit at me; keeping me from seeing the path under my feet. Where the hell else do you go if you don't stumble off into the bracken once and a while? How many cuts and scrapes would you have missed if not for those adventures you had when you thought you'd gotten lost? #bulletjournal #bujo #bujodailies #bulletjournallove #bujolove #dailies #bulletjournaling #bulletjournals #bulletjournalspread #bulletjournalist #bulletjournalinspiration #bujoinspoweeklyspread #bujodaily #bujonerd

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New dedicated Instagram account! Say hello to Noisy Ghost.

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Last week's spread was really simple, but lacking a Sunday. Since I'm about to try something with heavy black inks on the next page, I figured I ought to document this before getting experimental. (Has anyone else ruined spreads by doing something awesome on the next page? Bleed-through is super frustrating.)

#bulletjournal #bulletjournals #bujolove #notebook #bulletjournaling #bulletjournalist #bulletjournalling #bujo #bujodaily #bujoinspo #bujojunkie #productivity #planner

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Oh, I’m in such a mood. I finished Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia a few weeks back, and it’s lodged into my brain as this penultimate, incredible piece of young adult fiction that literally nothing can hold a candle to. It was contemporary, on top of everything, which I rarely read because it often guts me.

This is the glory and difficulty of reading something really wonderful: the book hangover can sometimes last for weeks.

http://www.kirabutler.com/upcoming-ya-horror-novels-of-2017/

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Oh, I’m in such a mood. I finished Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia a few weeks back, and it’s lodged into my brain as this penultimate, incredible piece of young adult fiction that literally nothing can hold a candle to. It was contemporary, on top of everything, which I rarely read because it often guts me.

This is the glory and difficulty of reading something really wonderful: the book hangover can sometimes last for weeks.

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