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How to Write a Book: a Parody

Hello, hello. Welcome. Today we are going to be discussing the process of writing a book.

Let’s start, shall we?


Phase 1: Okay. Okay. I got this. *cracks neck, fingers, etc*

This is so EASY. Why doesn’t everyone write a book? I’m already at 10,000 words suckers. I’ll have this baby done in a WEEK.

Phase 2: *Every time sits down at computer, shivers and leaves or stares blankly at screen*

Everything I’ve written so far is utter crap. Why did no one stop me from wasting all of those hours? Why didn’t anyone tell me that I can’t write??

Phase 3: *gritting teeth and typing while in intense pain* this is terrible. Literally every word I’m typing sounds terrible, but I’m just going to keep pushing through

Phase 4: *does everything but write* (oh, maybe I’ll get inspiration from reading, working out, tv…weeks pass…I’ve made no progress)

Phase 5: *cry in corner*

Phase 6: *epiphany* *writes furiously, can’t keep up with ideas fast enough* (mwahahahah this is brilliant I am so brilliant I am writer I knew I could write I knew this idea was fabulous I’m going to write ALL THE BOOKS)

Phase 7: This is bad


*realizes it’s a rough draft and must revise hella a lot*

“The Office stare” into the camera

It’s only just begun

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May 2016 Writing Playlist

It recently came to my attention that it’s been over a year since I’ve posted one of these, which is absolutely ridiculous considering the amount of new music I’ve stumbled upon. So let’s not waste any more time and just get straight to the songs, yeah?

  2. Whisper Something by Aaron Sprinkle
  3. Hold On by Twin Atlantic
  4. All My Friends by The Summer Set
  5. All Downhill From Here by The Summer Set
  6. Crash Land by Twin Atlantic
  7. Free by Twin Atlantic
  8. Paris by The 1975
  9. Show Me the Way by Korbee
  10. New Orleans by Parachute
  11. Delicate by Damien Rice
  12. Fast Car by Kina Grannis
  13. Leavin’ by Artist Vs. Poet
  14. Naked as We Come by Iron & Wine


These are all available on Spotify, which is where I listen to them. If you want to see more of my music, you can find my Spotify account under bentlyw2, and my playlists are posted there!

What are you listening to at the moment? Leave me a comment with your suggestions! I’m always looking for new music!

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Write on, friends 😉


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August 2015 Writing Playlist

I’ve had some really successful writing months lately, which I partly attribute to some really great tunes 🙂 So here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:

  1. Sparks by Coldplay
  2. Say Geronimo by A Single Pill
  3. Best Fake Smile by James Bay
  4. Hi, Hey There, Hello by The Mowgli’s
  5. Leather Jacket by Arkells
  6. Could Have Been Me by The Struts
  7. All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers
  8. Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch
  9. Brothers and Sisters by Twin Atlantic
  10. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer

Whether I make specific playlists to set the tone when I’m writing, or I let whatever music I’m enjoying at the moment spontaneously influence my work, I find that listening to something while I write can greatly improve both the experience itself and the outcome. (If you’re someone who gets easily distracted by lyrics, I highly suggest listening to movie scores.) So I’m curious, do you listen to music while you write? If so, what songs are you loving lately?

Write on, friends 😉

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April 2014 Writing Playlist, Book Addictions, and Some Updates

I have a problem. What happened to “writing more frequently in the new year?” you might ask as I cringe at my own words. Well, for one thing, this happened:


And this:


But most importantly, this:


Luckily, I’ve managed to squeeze some reading and writing in there. Blogging, however, as you may have noticed, didn’t quite make the cut. However, I’ve read many good books lately in need of review, started some new projects, which inspire much to discuss, and have some new tunes to keep you writing.

Speaking of, here are some of my favorite tracks at the moment.


1. Miss Jackson  by Panic! At the Disco

2. Jukebox (Life Goes On)  by the Summer Set

3. Adorable  by Artist Vs Poet

4. Best Day of My Life  by American Authors

5. New Perspective  by Panic! At the Disco

6. Ain’t It Fun  by Paramore

7. Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon

8. Identify  by the Maine

9. Fall Apart by Every Avenue

10. Sanctuary by Paradise Fears

11. Philadelphia by Parachute

12. I Am Not Here by Matt Hires

13. Didn’t See It Coming by Parachute

14. Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

15. Holding on and Letting Go by Ross Copperman


Let me know if you like any of these songs, how your reading/writing has been going, and if you’re a book addict like me…;) Until next time.


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March 2014 Writing Playlist

*Shyly waves hello while hanging head in shame* Geez it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. And I don’t really have a good excuse other than I haven’t been writing a ton lately and have been focusing on other aspects of my life. But fear not, I have a new batch of FANTASTIC songs for your writing inspiration juices to make up for it.

  • Carolina by Sunderland
  • I Need Everybody by Sunderland  (unfortunately this guy isn’t available on iTunes to download, but definitely look it up on soundcloud or youtube! This may be my favorite on the list.)
  • Swinging From the Castles by AWOLNATION
  • While Listening to Rock & Roll by The Maine
  • Background by Barcelona
  • Paper Lion by Barcelona
  • Right This Way by Sunderland
  • Blackout by Breathe Carolina
  • Echoes by Sunderland (are you seeing a pattern?)
  • Take a Walk by Passion Pit
  • Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood
  • Chit Chat by Hannah Georgas

Hopefully you’ll love these songs as much as I do, and who knows? Maybe they’re just the inspiration you need to write your next scene. Let me know how your writing has been going lately, and what you’ve been listening to if you’re a fellow music lover! And if you do check out any of these songs, please come back and let me know what you thought! Have a great Sunday night and write on, friends 😉

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October 2013 Writing Playlist

I have a checklist of Writing-Must-Haves for NaNoWriMo. And as the eagerly anticipated month of November draws closer, I’ve begun the most important step. Compiling a brand new bunch of songs to inspire and push me through writing those stubborn scenes. Here’s a quick list of what I’ve been listening to lately and plan on jamming out to well into November :). If you’re stuck and need inspiration, look no closer than your iPod (or iTunes to go pick up these awesome songs ;).

1. Kill Your Heroes by Awolnation

2. Happy by The Maine

3. Twice by Little Dragon

4. Still Into You by Paramore

5. Happening by Olivia Broadfield

6. Lullaby by Paradise Fears

7. All You Wanted by Alison Sudol & Sounds Under Radio

8. Someone Like You by The Summer Set

9. Lightning In a Bottle by The Summer Set

10. Simple Life by My Favorite Highway

11. Endlessly by Green River Ordinance

12. Broken Strings by James Morrison & Nelly Furtado

What have you been listening to lately? Let me know if you like any of these songs and if you plan on participating in NaNoWriMo.

Also, don’t forget about the Read-A-Thon which starts this weekend! More information on that here.

Have a great night, and write on!

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August 2013 Writing Playlist

I love listening to music while I write. The songs set the tone for the scene I’m writing, but they also make the entire experience more enjoyable for me since I’m an extreme lover of music. My playlists change every few weeks or so, but today I thought I’d share with you the songs that are currently filling up my inspiration juices.

1.  Come Back When You Can—Barcelona

2. Mad World—Gary Jules

3. Whole Lotta You—A Rocket to the Moon

4. Dreaming—Small Pools

5. Rumor Mill—We Are The In Crowd

6. Counting Stars—OneRepublic

7. No Way Out—This Century

8. It’s About Time—Barcelona

9. Thinking of You—The Maine

10. I’m Giving In—August Rising

11. Get Out—Casey Abrams

12. Chit Chat—Hannah Georgas

13. Endings—Familiar 48

14.  This Woman’s Work—Greg Laswell

15. Yeah, Whatever—Splender

16. I Need to Know—Kris Allen

17. Down—Jason Walker

18. I Write Sins Not Tragedies—Panic! At the Disco

Do you have any writing songs you’re hooked on?