Winning Nanowrimo

Officially A Winner!

Done and Verified.

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Hey everyone! I'm coming to you as an official NaNoWriMo winner!! I reached 50,000 words early afternoon on November 30th, sighed in relief, then promptly saved, verified, and closed the document. For a while, I wasn't sure if I was going to make it or not. I pushed through to the last day and ended up making it. My novel writing process is far from over, but reaching 50,000 words has given me an amazing boost. I've never gotten this far in a book I wrote by myself.

If you're reading this and you made it: Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment! Your novel is 50,000 words closer to the end. Your story has been at least ¾ of the way written. Good job! I can relate to how hard it was. I had my hands full the entire month and stressed just a little towards the end. Take a break guys, then jump right back into writing!

.If you didn't make it to 50k, congrats on writing anything! Tbh, nobody really cares either way, except for other NaNo writers, and possibly readers patiently awaiting more to read from you. There's always next time, and your next step is the same as everyone else's: Keep writing. We may have finished one project (or come close to the end), but that doesn't mean that we're done writing. The cycle continues. You've got to write!

In the past few days, I have realized just how much I missed writing. Before 2018 NaNoWriMo, I hadn't written anything recreational in months…July, I believe. Writing every evening, pouring the words out of my brain onto paper—made me realize that I loved it a lot. Sure it was stressful, and there were times when it was hard to force the words out, but even then writing was still fun. It was a highlight of my day when I could actually be me, and let my 'real thoughts' out! Besides this, I just found that I was really happy when I was writing.

I would encourage you guys to continue writing as well. You may have gotten a jump on your work in progress, but there's still so much to write! Your thoughts and opinions, and worlds, and characters, and stories are stuck in your head. Your readers can't read what hasn't been written. I implore you to keep writing. Writing more helps you understand more. Making a better story, more thought-out plot development, characters that keep getting better and more personable. The more you write the more areas of your writing get better. Keep writing!!

To all my writers out there, regardless of what their wordcount looked at the end of the month, good job! If no one else has told you it yet, you're amazing. You're a world builder, a dragonslayer, a hero, and a million other cheesy congratulations that come from a place of true sincerity. Honestly, good job. Keep writing, and sharing your stories with the world. I can't wait to hear about them. If you want to share stories with me, shoot me an email at WritingQandA@gmail.com. I'll read as many as I can, and maybe you'll get a shoutout in another article! Go! Write! Conquer!

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40 Small Things That Make College Students Happy

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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10 Ellie Schnitt One-Liners Every Girl In Her 20s Needs To Hear

From Sorority Girl Twitter to voice of reason real quick.

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As some of you right now probably is, there once was a day I too had no idea who Ellie Schnitt was. Now she one of my all-time favorite people; and we've never even met.

In 2018, she seemingly appeared overnight on everyone's Twitter timeline. Now she's living up every current Odyssey writer's fantasy by creating content for Barstool Sports straight out of school. While some dismiss Ellie as "everything wrong with Twitter" simply for tweeting her daily thoughts, I think she's vital to the platform.

In this day and age, it's hard to be a female, especially one in their 20s. There are expectations, disappointments, laughs and tears. Now more than anything we ladies need to a have a voice in the void looking out for us and letting us know it's OK to feel how we feel because we're not alone.

Here are some one-liners every twenty-something needs to hear by another twenty-something who just gets it.

1. When you're having trouble accepting that your feelings are valid.

Let's face it, the world would be a much better place if we were just honest with everyone about what we REALLY want out of life.

2. When the world is trying to convince you that being "selfish" is a negative trait. 

Ladies, it's time we stop considering being selfish as something to be ashamed of. Sure, there are certain circumstances, but learning how to put your own needs first is part of being successful.

3. When you need a quick reality check.

Part of learning how to be selfish also involves learning when and where to be selfish. There are times when you come first, but there are also times when you need to be a pillar of support for someone else, it's only fair.

4. When men try to knock you down a peg but it's 2019.

Highlighter in 2019 is the equivalent of belly button rings and low rise jeans in the mid-2000s, if you've got it, then rock it.

5. When you feel like you never even left undergrad and life feels strangely familiar.

Despite what your Facebook and Instagram feeds seem to be telling you, it's OK not to have your life completely together directly after undergrad. Sometimes it takes a year )or a few) to know exactly what you want to do with your life, that's exactly what your 20s are for.

6. When you start to question how much you should put up with.

Why deal with someone more than you have to? Sometimes the bare necessities is all you need.

7. When you need more some self-love than usual. 

Snap a selfie when you're having a really good makeup day, heck, post it while you're at it even though you just posted a pic yesterday. Take some nudes solely for the reason to admire yourself in them, it's OK to feel yourself in 2019.

8. When you're trying to explain that you HAVE closure but also kinda don't.

You know when you're scrolling through Instagram and you see the man who was never really your man suddenly eloped with his girlfriend of five minutes and you're still having wine nights with your dog? Yeah, this describes exactly how that feels.

9. Sometimes, we all still need even more reassurance than we thought we did. 

But in the end, that "break-up" with your man that was never your man helped you grow into the person you are today. Heartbreak and all, you've grown stronger through it all.

10. And most importantly, when you need to remind yourself what the real issues in life are.

Like I said, you're in your 20s You're allowed to have fun and enjoy yourself, and most importantly scam men for free alcohol.

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