I’m Back! (Introducing the New StoryPort)

I’m Back! (Introducing the New StoryPort)

My two-month hiatus is over! StoryPort is back, and better than ever. ;D I’m so excited to share my renovated blog with you. Not only does it look different around here, (just explore the site and you’ll see), but I also have a whole new direction for my posts. Are you ready to hear what it is? Here we go…

StoryPort’s new direction: Epic adventure.

In the past, my posts have been about storytelling in general, but I’ve decided to narrow down my topic to writing tips for fantasy, science fiction, and adventure. This is the realm where I’m most passionate about, and it’s where I probably have the most to say! Also, probably every novel I ever write will be in this mega-genre, so it’s only fitting. *wink* (You can read more about this new direction here!)

via GIPHY


What else has changed?

1. Weekly posts

My blogging has been very sporadic in the past, but I’m finally starting up a weekly schedule. You can expect a new blog post every Thursday morning. (Keep an eye out for next week’s post on the right way to kill your characters!)

2. Interviews

To introduce more variety to my blog posts, I’ll occasionally interview writers and authors with knowledge or wisdom I can’t provide. We’ll get to learn from them together… which I expect will be loads of fun!

3. Monthly writing updates

Most of my blog posts will be writing tips, but once a month (in the first week of the month) I’ll share a peek into my personal life. I’ll tell you how my writing projects are going, what mistakes I’m making, and what I’m learning along the way. This is also where I’ll participate in blog tags, whenever I’ve been tagged.

Which leads us straight into the next subsection…


A (quick) writing update

I’ve been away for a while… so it’s worth letting you know what I’ve been up to!

1. Emergence is changing!

I received my editorial review feedback from Nadine Brandes. OH MY GOODNESS. First of all: I highly recommend her as an editor, because she is amazing. Secondly: The amount of changes I’m planning for this next draft… yikes… it’s enough to make me dizzy. But I’m so excited for all of it, because it will make my novel a much, much better story.

Also, a major side note: I’m planning to change Emergence’s title. I haven’t officially announced it yet… but expect to hear more about this soon!

2. The Rebel of Mosoria is killing me.

I’m still plugging away at the second draft of my dark little novella. It’s such a lovely story filled with blood, heartache, and pain. In all seriousness, I’m actually really struggling with this book. It’s easily the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to write, emotionally speaking. I even had to take a break from it last week for mental health reasons.

Something I learned from this process: It’s okay to step away from a project, if you need to. I even worked on a little comedy project for stress relief (which I’ll probably be sharing with you soon, mwahaha). I might have to take this novella slowly; I might not finish it by the time I originally hoped.

But you know what? That’s okay.

We should never sacrifice our personal health on the altar of creativity. In fact, our projects will turn out better if we place our mental, emotional, and physical well-being first. We all know this, but sometimes we need reminding. 🙂


For discussion…

What do you think about StoryPort’s new look? Are you excited about the “epic adventure” theme? And more personally, have you ever had to step away from a project because it was just too hard or draining? Share in the comments below!

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26 Responses

  1. Luke Hartman
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    This is brilliant! I love the look and theme so much. I look forward to many more great blog posts from you. 🙂

    • Brianna da Silva
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      Thank you so much, Luke! I’ve had so much fun improving the design, and I can’t wait to share all the blog posts already in my queue. ^_^

  2. Emily Joy Drown
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    I AM RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED. The blog looks beautiful! 😀

    Oooh, you’re changing Emergence’s name? I can’t wait to find out what it is!

    Good luck on all your editing and writing. *chocolate and hugs* I can’t wait to see StoryPort’s future posts! 😀

    • Brianna da Silva
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      Thank you so much, Emily!!! :DD

      Yes, I am. Mwahaha. I’m waiting for just the right time to announce it. xD

      Thank you again! This comment made me happy! ^_^

  3. Gabriela
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    I must ask, how did you make that map for your world? It is gorgeous! I love maps, and I’ve been really wanted to create on for one of my worlds.

    I love the look and can’t wait to see more posts!

    • Brianna da Silva
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      Ack, thank you, Gabriela!! AS A MATTER OF FACT, I’m planning to have some materials on this blog soon about mapmaking. 😉 Keep your eyes peeled!

  4. A.Z Anthony
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    Alright, here we go! I’m excited to follow your posts! Blog looks great (though I never saw the old one) – very spiffy. I’m aiming to have mine online by the week of 9/6. Here’s to the success of both!

    • Brianna da Silva
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      Thanks, A.Z.!! Haha, the last one wasn’t tooo different, but I updated the design to be more trendy for 2016… and just overall more aesthetically pleasing. 😉 Good luck with your blog! I just took a look around your website; it already looks nice. I heartily approve of your font choice!

      (I’m a professional graphic designer, by the way, if that isn’t obvious in the way I speak… xD)

  5. Colen Evans (@ColenEvans)
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    The blog looks lovely! The theme is very nice, and everything looks so neat and organized ^_^

    How did you go about making that map? It looks good!

    • Brianna da Silva
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      Thank you, Colen!! ^_^ Haha, you’re the second person to ask. I’ll be having some content on here soon enough about mapmaking. Probably… multiple contents. If that makes sense. ;D So, you’ll have an extended answer before long!

  6. S. M. Metzler
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    Yay!! Love your new blog relaunch and the focus. Everything looks so neat, clean, and professional in a writerly way. 😀 I’m really looking forward to more of your posts! Keep up the good work.

    • Brianna da Silva
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      Thank you so much, Susannah!! That’s exactly what I was going for, so I’m ecstatic to see that I’ve succeeded. ^_^

      (P.S. I hope it’s not weird that I’m using your real name… I just hopped on your blog and so happened to find it… but if you’d rather be called S.M., I can roll with that too. Lol! ;D)

  7. S. L. Peace
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    Well, isn’t this a handsome little blog-space! I love the theme & how everything is neat & organised (an excellent aesthetic!) There’s no way I’m not signing up after I finish typing this!

    I think the way you’ve planned out your posts is A+ and I’m excited to receive your knowledge & grow together as writers! The theme is absolutely perfect, too, as I intend to write fantasy & adventure! Hooray!! ♥

    All the best!

    • Brianna da Silva
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      *indistinct squealing* Thank you so very much! I’m so excited that you’ll be on this journey with me! 😉 Welcome to the StoryPort crew! And YAY FANTASY AND ADVENTURE. *fist-bump*

      By the way, I just checked out your Deviantart. I love your art! ^_^

      • Stephanie Peace
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        Well, I somehow managed to completely miss your reply! Oops. 😛

        So, almost a month later…

        I appreciate your enthusiasm, and your warm welcome! I look forward to learning more from you!
        And thank you! I really should draw more often. ^^;

        • Brianna da Silva
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          You might have missed it because I accidentally turned off blog comment notifications for a little while! x’D

          Hehe, yes. A writer can always write more and an artist can always draw more. 😉

  8. 1940sLady
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    I love the new look of your blog Brianna! ~Gabrielle

  9. Jeneca Z
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    Oh my goodness, Brianna it looks AMAZING. So much prettiness! And I’m now very excited about your future posts… especially next Thursday.
    Also I love the notebook you have in the IG picture. Your list is aesthetically pleasing.
    Can’t wait to see what else is around the corner! Congrats on the edit you received back. 🙂

    • Brianna da Silva
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      Thank you so much, Jeneca!! ^_^ This comment makes me happy, haha.

      The notebook is a Moleskin! 😀 I am officially hooked. I probably won’t ever use another notebook for my creative thoughts, honestly. They’re so nice!

      Thanks again! I’m so excited to share all the posts I have planned. 😀

  10. oakorca
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    I can’t wait for next Thursday! The new look is amazing!

  11. quirksandfreckles
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    Eep!!! I’m so excited about all of this!! Especially your next post. That’s something I really need to read for my WIP… 😛 can’t wait to read more!

    • Brianna da Silva
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      Thank you!!! ^_^

      Hehe, I can hear your evil laughter all the way from here. 😉 The post is up now, if you haven’t seen it already!! ^_^

  12. Shannon Noel Brady
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    You’re absolutely right that it’s OKAY. I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself. I’ve had to take breaks too, and while I definitely believe in diligence, I also believe that the brain requires rest, and our stories are better for it. I’m excited to keep reading your blog! You write great posts 🙂

    • Brianna da Silva
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      You’re right: Breaks are so important. They should never be used as excuses for procrastination or laziness, but we also shouldn’t push ourselves too hard if it causes us harm.

      Thank you, Shannon!! ^_^

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