10 Tips For Writers

10 Tips For Writers

Tips for writers new and experienced.
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For new and experienced writers alike, writing may sometimes be a challenge. Whether you're starting off new and can't think of anything to write, or if you're an experienced writer that has a bad case of writer's block, there are things that can help you continue your work. It's true that writing can be frustrating for a number of reasons; if you don't know what to start writing, if you've begun writing but have experienced writer's block, or even if you think you have no time to write even though you want to. There are many strategies out there to help you get your creative ideas flowing again. Here's a list of some of those strategies.

1. You don't always have to be wholly creative.

Many times people who write may think that whatever has to be the most original thing ever, that you have to write something that no one has ever thought of or like ever. This isn't true. While plagiarizing is obviously not good and can get you in a lot of trouble, it isn't wrong to use someone else's base idea as inspiration. You can see ideas in other books, movies, shows, music, or anything, and put your own creative twist on it. Take the concept of zombies for example. There isn't much of a difference in the way a zombie virus spreads in books or movies. However, you can come up with your own creative idea of how it spreads even though other people have said it is a disease. Maybe in your book it's some kind of mind control. Zombies are the base concept, don't think you have to think of something completely knew every time you write something. Take certain concepts and see what your brain can come up with to take it in a new direction. Continuing with the zombie theme, maybe you tell it from different perspectives, maybe your perspective is that of someone who is slowly turning zombie, there are dozens of ways to take something and make it your own.

2. Keep Writing.

Even if it isn't something you want to continue, keep writing. Any idea that pops into your head write down, who knows maybe you can use it for a future work. This will also keep track of what you've thought of already. This way, your mind won't keep backtracking to what it has already thought of. And if you don't use what you've written down, that's not a problem either - at least you're still writing. Maybe what you write isn't even coherent, it's better to be doing something than nothing. You can write about a squirrel you saw outside, or something you thought was a little odd that you saw today. Anything you can write about can help you sift through ideas and maybe come up with new ones. You may even write something absentmindedly that gives you an amazing idea.

3. Help yourself focus.

When writing something new or if you're continuing to write a work in progress, you need to focus. Don't listen to the people who say you need to go to a quiet place to write. Everyone's mind works differently. If you focus better with background noise, then go to a bookstore or a park. If you focus better in silence go to a library or stay in your room. If you like music in the background then grab your headphones and play your favorite song. Do anything* that helps YOU focus, no matter what it is if it puts you in the mindset where you can focus on what you're doing, do that.

*Disclaimer: Anything does not include bringing harm to others.

4. You have the time.

If you think you don't have time to write, you're wrong. It doesn't matter if you have class, sports, or work - you make time to write. I know what it's like to feel like you don't have time; I'm a full time student with a part time job, but I still find time to write. Go to class five minutes early, while you're sitting there, write stuff down before it starts. If you're working, you can write on public transportation or on your lunch break. Even when you get home for the night, spend ten minutes before bed writing. It doesn't have to be a lot of time, small chunks add up.

5. Be prepared.

Always carry a notebook, it doesn't matter how big, and a pen with you. You never know when you'll come up with a great idea. Don't think you'll always remember your ideas.

6. Expand your point of view.

You should love writing but if you can't come up with an idea for something you want to write, try something different. Maybe your point of view is on a romance novel. However, you simply can't continue it, try changing your point of view to something else, maybe poetry or a short story. It can help to change the perspective you're coming from.

7. READ!

I can't stress this enough. If you write you should read. Reading can give you inspiration. It is also important to develop your own writing style. Reading can show you different writing styles, any of which you may choose to make your own. Every style is different, and any one can work for you.

8. Music helps.

You may not know this but listening to music can help you be more creative. Having music on in the background can help your mind work faster and be more creative. This can help with starting a work, or writer's block.

9. Take a break.

Sometimes the writer's block is too strong. I know I said before that no matter what to keep writing, but there is one exception. It isn't good to make yourself crazy trying to write something that isn't coming to you. It isn't your fault, it doesn't mean you're a bad writer, it certainly doesn't mean it will never come to you. It isn't healthy to obsess over something like this. Sometimes you just need to take a break, let your mind rest from wracking itself. Go do something, Get some fresh air. Come back later when your mind is clear, this can help a lot.

10. Persevere.

The best tip I can probably give you is to never give up. Writing, while ridiculously fun and rewarding, can be pretty horrible sometimes. You can't give up. It doesn't matter if you've been trying for days with no success, that idea or breakthrough will come to you.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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If I Could Dream A Perfect Day, This Is What I'd Do

An inside look at what my dream day would be like.

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Have you ever just had such a crappy day that you find yourself lying in bed daydreaming about what your perfect day would be like? No limitations, no pain, no frustrations. Just whatever you want.

Well, I have. Here is a look at what my perfect day would contain.

1. Teleportation

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I know, I know. The first thing on my list is something that could absolutely never happen, at least in my lifetime. But hear me out.

I want to travel, but any form of transportation makes me sick. Cars, boats, planes, trains, you name it I end getting sick. So if I could teleport than I wouldn't have to deal with it. Plus I wouldn't have to pay for gas or airfare. It's a win-win.

2. My Mom

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It wouldn't be a perfect day if my mom wasn't along for the ride. Who else would I have fun with and then rub it in my brothers face later?

Just kidding, he would come too.

3. Food

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It would not be a prefect day if it didn't involve food. And if it was free it would be even better.

4. London

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I have been dying to go back to London, and if it was my perfect day I would definitely take a trip over the pond!

5. Meet the Stars

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If it was going to be my perfect day, I would meet some celebrities. Let me scream, and jump, and totally fangirl in front of Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Robert Downey Jr. just to name a few.

6. Meet Fictional Characters

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Earlier I said no limitations, so that means I get to meet fictional characters such as the Mikaelson family, the Golden Trio, Sirius Black, the Avengers, the Joker (he wouldn't kill me), and Hannibal Lecter (he also wouldn't kill me) to name a few.

7. Disney World

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Bring on the magic! I want to go to Disney World and not have to wait in any lines. That would be a perfect day.

8. Learn a New Language

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If I could learn how to speak French or German in a day that would be amazing.

9. Queen Concert

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If I could close out the day by traveling back in time to see a Queen concert with Freddie Mercury back on stage that would be the perfect end to the perfect day.

10. Happiness

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If everyone that I love was completely happy, with no stresses holding them down, for just one day that would definitely be a part of my perfect day.

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