About

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Hi. I’m Vivian. I’m a teenage writer and poet. 

Up there? You see that photo? That photo was taken on the happiest day of my life. That thing I’m holding? That is the rough draft of my book, which I had just finished. And everything was perfect. I sang Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” at the top of my lungs. I felt wise. I knew what true love was. Fireworks exploded in the air.

A couple days later, I read through my draft. And lets just say I’m too smart to put the picture I took that day on the internet. My draft was riddled with mistakes. Why didn’t my words sing on paper like they usually did? My mascara dripped. I listened to Adele while eating store-bought cookies. “WE COULD OF HAD IT ALLLLLLLLLLL,” I wailed along. And then I remembered a brilliant, tasteful, exquisitely worded quote from one of my favorite writing books, Bird by Bird.

“Sh*tty first drafts.” – Anne Lamott

Of course! My first draft didn’t have to be good. That was a relief. Now, I’m editing my book, working towards my second draft, and starting a blog to share my journey. I’m getting through all the work with the help of, surprisingly, fashion, and living a literary life. 

Here’s some other things you might want to know about me:

  • I’m a teenager, but I write literary fiction that has adult main characters.
  • This is partially because I hate teenagers. (Sorry y’all.)
  • Despite this position of hating teenagers when in fact I am a teenager, I do not hate myself. Actually, I’m a huge believer in self-confidence. For anything you want to do in life, you’re going to need it!
  • I also like writing short stories, blog posts, poetry, and performing spoken word. 
  • The thing I love most in the world: Language
  • The thing I hate most in the world: Pants that have pockets but then you put your hands in them and you realize that they are FAKE pockets.
  • I am a feminist.
  • I love fashion. (I may have watched over 20 seasons of Project Runway. Yes, I know there are only 15 seasons right now. But that’s just the U.S. version. You didn’t count the Canadian and Australian seasons, did you? Didn’t think so.)
  • My personal style is something I like to call “literary vintage eccentric.” Which basically means put me in a consignment shop and I’m happy.
  • I’m a big believer in living a literary life. I write every morning. I take poetry walks. I attend writing classes. I wear clothing that makes me feel like a writer. I use home decor to remind myself exactly what I love to do. I make bookish DIYs. I read as much as I can. And I want to help you live a little bit more literarily. I want to remind you to read (while telling you the books to skip.) I want to give prompts that will inspire you to write. I want to create printables, like schedules and planners, that will help you create time to write everyday. Because you can do it. We can do it. Writing, despite being a solitary activity, has a community that is vibrant and supportive. To quote another amazing piece of art:

“We’re all in this together.” – High school Musical

Are you ready to be living a life filled with the things you love the most? Follow my blog, Instagram, and Pinterest to get tips and inspiration, or contact me at my email: authorvpd@gmail.com

58 thoughts on “About

  1. tuvatovslid says:

    I think that even more than love for language and books, your hate for fake pockets might be what makes me relate the most. And of course your first draft despair. Hang in there, you can’t jump high without something to kick off from.

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  2. Anna Waldherr says:

    You blog just brims w/ life, Vivian! How amazing that you should already have written a book — even the first draft of a book — at so young an age. I wish you happiness and success — both in the literary world and outside it. Oh, and thank you for your follow. I hope I can live up to your expectations. ❤

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  3. mandyevebarnett says:

    All first drafts give the writer the ecstatic feeling of completion and the utter misery of ‘edits pending’ – you will get through it. My writing group supports writers any age, any stage of their writing career. Pop over & take a look http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com – we have local & virtual members around the world.
    Good luck with the revision – it is a journey and you learn as you walk (or write) that path.

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  4. charliezero1.wordpress.com says:

    Truly an amazing blog. You had me at fake pockets. hahahahaha!!!
    Excellent blog. Everything is clear and shows who you are as a person and a poet with such ambitions. Two-thumbs up! on eccentrics. I, too am eccentric. My poetry works actually show that quirky imagination. 🙂

    I’d like to thank you for stopping by and reading my Bio. Did you actually read my Bio? Also, thank you for following my page. I shall read your work of poetry soon.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Vivian, HUGE congratulations on finishing your first book. Now the real work begins! Thank you so much for following my blog – there is a shout out to you later this week on mine. I’ll have a post soon on branding. My blog is really eclectic!

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  6. lucia says:

    I love fashion too, my fashion style is a weird mix. I guess it can be described as Edgy innocence, if that makes sense. Sometimes I look really edgy, sometimes really sweet and innocent, and sometimes both. Congrats on writing your first draft! Whenever I try to write a book I can never stick with an idea. I really love all the pictures on your blog, they look really professional. I’m so glad that my blog led me to your blog!

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  7. Elm says:

    Hii! I just found your blog and I love it so so much 🙂 It’s great that you’re a believer in self-confidence, and also that you write books with adult characters; I think it’s quite refreshing. I thought I’d just drop you a comment to let you know I adore your writing.

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  8. Stephanie L. Robertson says:

    What a fun blog! I’m one of those adults, but I love teens. I, in fact, have one of my own and think teens are hilarious, wonderful, moody, complex, and all of that. Actually, I love all ages, 0-100! People are so interesting to me.

    Anyhow, I wish you the very best, and I love, love, love your pink typewriter! In my day, we’d say, “It’s da bomb!”

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  9. Valerie @ Valerie's Musings says:

    What a great “About Me” page. 🙂 I hopped over here from Marie’s SFATW blog-hopping post. 🙂 I’ll be checking out the rest of your blog too. A first draft is called a first draft for a reason. 🙂 I don’t know of any writer whose first drafts are phenomenal. Good for you for reminding yourself that first drafts can be shitty. 🙂 And good luck with the revisions!

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