9 Stages Every Writer Goes Through As They Begin Their Great American Novel, According To 'Jane The Virgin'

9 Stages Every Writer Goes Through As They Begin Their Great American Novel, According To 'Jane The Virgin'

Writers will relate to these experiences on a spiritual level.

The first time I sat down to watch "Jane the Virgin" I was expecting a show that sort of poked fun at being a virgin and more of a comedy show full of mockery. I was pleasantly surprised! "Jane the Virgin" has become one of my all-time favorite television shows. The premise of the show is that Jane Villanueva, a virgin, gets accidentally artificially inseminated. Thus, the passionate telenovela begins.

Over the course of the last four seasons, audiences have watched Jane (brilliantly portrayed by Gina Rodriguez) grow as a person and being a fierce friend and family member. There is never a dull moment as Jane interacts with the people in the rollercoaster ride that is her life. One of Jane's aspirations that she pursues is to be a published writer. Jane is the perfect character to explain the different stages of writing. I know that writers know the struggle of writing something meaningful and believing in it. Please know that you're not alone!

1. You have a busy schedule and have to make time to write

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Sometimes life gets away from you, and you have no time to write! Hopefully, the people around you encourage you to take that time to get your thoughts down.

2. You search for inspiration


It's incredibly difficult and challenging to write without inspiration.

3. Inspiration strikes, and feel like you must write right away!

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If you don't write those thoughts down, who knows where they'll go?

4. You start writing and doubt your abilities

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5. Writer's block hits

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Writer's block is the actual worst. At the moment you experience writer's block, you feel so helpless.

6. You protect your work from other people's eyes and don't let anyone read it

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Writers can have a tendency to keep writing to themselves until they feel like it's perfect. Showing writing to other people may help you and get you some incredible feedback.

7. You let off of steam and take a break from writing

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8. Inspiration strikes, people encourage you into writing, and you finally get the story down that you were hoping for

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Any moment you feel especially accomplished is absolutely exceptional.

9. The cycle starts all over again

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If you ever watch "Jane the Virgin", you will see Jane experience all of these stages as she tries to write her romance novels. To all the writers out there- stay encouraged! Your thoughts matter!

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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Musical Theater Was Never Just Another Extracurricular Activity, It Is My Life Passion

A little about my passion: musical theater!


Bright lights, rustling programs, the orchestra playing, all eyes on me. I take a deep breath as I prepare to sing, but I am not afraid. I feel perfectly at peace center stage. Just me and the audience. I know the hours of practice have proved to be worth the time. Despite my nerves and the stress to do well, I know that being on the stage is worth it.

From the time I could talk, I had a knack for performing. I'd love to put on recitals for my family. I would make them all come into the living room and sit them down front and center. I would be excited to show off, whether it be dancing, singing, playing piano, or acting — almost every recital consisting of all four. The applause my family would give me filled me with a glow of pride and strong happiness. My voice continued to get better and better.

In fifth grade, I tried out for the school musical. I got a lead role as Beethoven and had the most fun I had ever had. After this experience, I tried out for anything I could. My most exciting role was as Glinda the Good Witch in our grade school performance of "The Wizard of Oz." I even tried out for the Muni show Oliver, but I did not make it. Upon not making the show I was devastated and unsure of the extent of my talent. I was reminded by adults and peers around me that I am talented, but even all the talent in the world will not make up for lack of practice. This advice has helped me to recognize that hard work will pay off in the end.

Once I got into high school I had even more opportunities to pursue my passion. I have taken voice lessons for three years and been in "Bye Bye Birdie," "The Addams Family," and "Footloose." I am also in the choir. All these activities push me to reach my full potential in singing and acting. No matter if I'm singing, acting, or dancing, being on stage gives me a feeling like no other.

For most people, being on stage is nauseating and almost unthinkable. But, not for me. I love being on stage because I get to be someone else. I can let my different emotions and personality traits out in my characters. Playing a role is an outlet for how I am feeling. Also, being on stage and trying out for shows requires a lot of courage and I always apply my courage to all aspects of my life. I love to get out and meet new people and have amazing experiences which are what my theater experience has taught me: not to be afraid, let loose and be real and confident in self.

My talent for performing has helped me grow as a person. I learn so much about the world and human emotion through my show performances I have a deeper respect for different types of people this way. Also, I must be brave to perform in front of people and so I am not afraid to speak in front of my peers or teachers. I can bring all these skills and more to college, and maybe even perform in your productions on campus!


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