The 11 Stages Of Odyssey-Specific Writer's Block

The 11 Stages Of Odyssey-Specific Writer's Block

Having to come up with something to write about is so much harder than writing a piece you already have an idea for.
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I seem to have this "friend" called writer's block that seems to show up when I need to get things done. So far, I haven't found a way to get it to go away, but this time it was able to help me come up with this article, which means it must not be too terrible, right? I won't be thinking this next week when I'm writing, but for now, it works.

1. What do I write about?


This is the question I ask myself every time I sit down to write an article. Do I focus on something funny, happy, sad, informational, exciting, or a mix of these? Sometimes you can't pick just one.

2. Why didn't they just give me a topic?

Days like these I wish I had just been assigned a topic rather than have to come up with my own. There are endless possibilities and choosing between all of them is very difficult when you want to either write about everything or nothing at all.

3. I've been staring at this screen for hours.

After a couple hours of surfing the web trying to come up with something your eyes start to get fuzzy and you have to shake your head to get rid of the cobwebs that nothing wants to get stuck in.

4. Maybe if I go get a coffee it'll spark something.

Being tired is common these days so a little caffeine might do the trick. It will at least give me enough energy to stare at the computer for a while longer.

5. That didn't do it.

NOTHING IS WORKING. I think of something and then decide it won't work and come up with something else to continue this viscous cycle of coming up with possibilities and deciding that they aren't good enough today.

6. Alright. I'll just ask someone what they think I should write about. And then not write about any of that because even if it is a good idea because it's not something that I can develop.

It was really nice for you to help me with this article and you have a good point, my problem is that your idea gives you inspiration while it gives me a sentence answer which, sadly, is not long enough to be an article.

7. Maybe I'll watch a movie and see if that helps.

Breaks from doing what I really need to be doing are my favorite. I get to be distracted and raise the stakes, challenging myself to finish in three hours instead of the five I'm working with now.

8. Maybe I'll go read a book.

Yet another lovely distraction which is interesting and makes me wish I had the abilities of the author behind the words on the page.

9. Crap, the deadline is in an hour and I can't focus on anything.

This is crunch time. The frantic search for a topic commences.

10. Maybe I'll write about...nah.

I have an idea finally and...it's terrible. I can't write about it.

11. Oh, I know...

That magical moment where something clicks and you begin pouring your thoughts on the page, getting everything finished in time to submit the piece a whole 39 seconds earlier than you did last time you told yourself this wouldn't happen again.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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10 Study Habits You Should Never Break

Tips and tricks to surviving finals and midterms.

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It's starting to become that time of year again - wrapping up the semester and preparing for the dreaded week of finals and mid-terms. I couldn't be more excited to be done with high school. But finals stink. I luckily don't have many classes that are going to require taking a test, mine are mostly projects.

All throughout high school, I had really struggled with testing and study habits. I didn't know how to study and therefore continued to do poorly because of my study habits or lack of. It was not until my junior year in high school, I had found my way of studying and it has worked for me for every test since. I color coat everything and write things down a million times. It is time-consuming but it is worth it in the end. You just have to find what works with you and stick with it. Here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help you with your study habits. I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was struggling at the start of high school.

1. Time management

Don't be silly and study the night before the test and expect to do well. Some people can actually do this but I am a person who has to work their tail off for what kind of grades I receive so studying the night before a test would result in me not doing well. But it is different for everyone. What I typically do is if I know the test date ahead of time, I write it down in my planner and then as we learn something I add it to a notecard so as we go on with a unit I remember what we have learned in the start of the unit. I typically study a week prior to the test.

2. Find a study space

I like when my environment is completely quiet, I find it hard for me to focus when I am surrounded by noise. I usually study in my room or somewhere where no one is at

3. Choose a style of studying you like

I am a freak when it comes to studying. I am a very visual person. I will read the chapters in the book, highlight the important stuff, take notes and color coat them, highlight them. Draw diagrams or pictures if needed. And sometimes write small important things a couple of times. Yes, it's time-consuming but it has gotten me to not fail my test. With more unvisual classes like math, I write a notecard of all the formulas and buttons I will need for that unit. I do all of this as we go through each unit. I also use Quizlet to help me remember vocabulary words.

4. Actually do the study guides or Quizlets, they help

I complete the study guides a couple of times. Sounds crazy but it helps me memorize stuff so much better. There are tons of resources out on the internet, use them. Quizlet, Books online etc can all be valuable resources, just got to know what is available. Sometimes my friends will make a Quizlet and we will have the same class and I will use her Quizlet. Why make what's already made for you?

5. Write things out

I love technology and all but I think some of us have gotten away from writing things actually down on a notebook. Believe it or not, it has been proven that physically writing things out helps you memorize things better. I use a notebook for class and color coat my own notes. I also use flashcards for vocab words and color coat them as well. As you can tell I love color coating.

6. Have a study buddy

Personally I study better alone but when I do study with groups we bounce ideas off each other to get a better understanding of the material. It again depends on how you like to study.

7. Eliminate distractions

I used to have a problem with getting distracted from being on my phone and then I'd realize I just wasted 30 minutes scrolling through Instagram when I could have been studying. So turn your phone off or put it where you can't see it because it really does shorten your time of studying without being on it.

8. Use memory games (pneumonic devices) 

This helps me so much! When I am working on a test I always remember pneumonic devices before anything else.

9. Take your time

Don't rush through the material, you'll get it eventually. If you don't know it, highlight it and come back. Also if you have already mastered and memorized a topic, don't keep studying that study the things you don't know and haven't mastered.

10.  Find what works best for you!

You have to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Your study habits are completely unique to you. If something works for you, continue to do that.

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