12 Words Of Wisdom On How To Write Like A Writer

12 Words Of Wisdom On How To Write Like A Writer

Welcome to your write of passage.

I find it impersonal to tell someone to "just write" or "write well." People will tell you to "write this way," but seldom say it with a welcoming "right this way." Instead of creating an easier-said-than-done situation, I'm just going to tell you some of the ways you can pick up writing without great expectations.

1. Write what you know.

Anyone that's survived their childhood has plenty of material to share. Experience is priceless and only you know how to show and tell us. Write what we don't know and even if we do know, you know the same thing but differently too. Your thoughts on the matter are what matters and writing will help you know more.

2. Write what you love.

Chances are what you enjoy reading will become what you enjoy writing. The subject matter and genres speak to you and your voice has more to add to those conversations. Love what you do and do what you love.

3. Write what you hate.

The human vessel holds precious cargo filled with emotions. Let it out of you and make sure it lands on the page, all of it. We can assess the damage after a full report. Asserting those fervent feelings can only heal you, not harm you.

4. Write for you.

No one knows you better than yourself and you can't please everybody. The people of Earth are insatiable purveyors and surveyors of entertainment and adventure and fantasy and everything in between. Write what you like because you are your truest fan.

5. Write what you care about.

Those that love you and support you are going to make it into your dedication page. Even if it's one person in the crowd, it's still worth doing. Write for who you care about and those who care.

6. The pen is mightier than the sword.

Remember the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?" Words can affect us. We remember what someone said, where we were, where we are now, and where we are going because of it.

7. Speak your voice.

There's many unique styles of the written voice. William Faulkner is notorious for having the most difficult to dissect for lack of pause with punctuation. J.R.R. Tolkien takes time with his descriptions, sometimes worth an entire chapter in itself. Make sure that your story is told by you, not your mentors.

8. Your stories are unique.

The ideas you have are yours. Don't let anyone take that away from you. Only you can tell it best. The rest is for readers to interpret and for writers to aspire to.

9. Be wary of adverbs.

Really, very, happily are fine words, but can come off as lazy. Don't get me wrong, there's a time and place to use them but they should only be used when necessary or appropriate. Expand your vocabulary instead.

10. Do not clutter.

This is a side note for vocabulary words. Avoid using them consistently. You can provide context and clarification for these words but it's more fun to have your readers wonder what it could mean and discover its importance. That's the fun of writing and reading!

11. Tell the truth.

Everything you learned, were taught, and know now and will eventually know has to lead you to this moment. Your experience has to come from you. You can bend the facts but only once the facts are established. Wouldn't want a lawsuit on your hands from that nosy neighbor or girl that dumped you because she convinced you that "it's not you, it's me." Now, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth good sirs and madams.

12. Start now.

Procrastinating is not a substitute for thinking nor is there a substitute for hard work. Preoccupy your time with hobbies or tasks that don't have you thinking all the time. The mind is a muscle, so don't strain it, train it. Mixing things up can be enlightening to your process as a writer. As long as what you're doing can make you think and feel a little differently from what you had intentions for that wouldn't make it to the surface quite yet. Yet! There's a word. It will happen, but it doesn't happen if you don't start now.

Writers don't magically summon inspiration after eating a bowl of alphabet soup. It takes time to express who you are on the page. Keep writing and you'll never go wrong.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!


I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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