Saturday 23 May 2015

Feeling Inspired // Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up

I have been a big admirer of Grace Helbig for a good few years now, and I was so excited when I found out she was writing a book. Now that I've read it (a good few times *cough*) I really wanted to write down my thoughts on it.
This isn't necessarily a book review but to sum up, Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up is a tongue-in-cheek self-help book for Millennials, while actually providing real, relatable advice. She covers the topics that aren't typically spoken about in self help guides, such as how to cope with a hangover, how to have fun while alone, how to throw parties, or how to deal with anxiety - all while without making the reader feel like they are being spoken down to. It's also sprinkled with lots of personal stories from Grace's life which are so hilarious and humble at the same time.

But, what I really want to talk about is the way in which Grace's Guide is written: totally and completely in Grace Helbig's 'voice'. While reading I could hear her speaking in my head, it was so spot on to her natural (or at least her 'YouTube') voice. As a blogger and aspiring writer I found this incredibly inspiring!

Blogging is one of those mediums in which creators are pitted against each other in terms of content. Naturally, writing style is something that I think everyone struggles with, and it's something that I am constantly trying to improve both on here and in my academic-English-student life. Grace's Guide was written in what seems like such a natural way, and so it has totally inspired me to let my words flow more, and to stop picking and choosing certain words just because everyone else uses them to sound intelligent, or whatever.

If anything, this book has inspired me to write something that I am completely proud of, something that is unique to my own voice. Whether that be blog posts or maybe a book some time in the future, who knows? What I do know is that Grace Helbig is a wonderfully talented woman, her book is absolutely superb, and she has therefore become one of my biggest inspirations.

Sorry for sounding so soppy if you ever see this, Grace. Good on you.
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