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Shatter Your Rose Tinted Glasses - A Hex?!?

I have an older brother, and as much as I love him, frankly, he’s an idiot. He has a fiancee, and I love the fact that my brother is so happy. However, I hate his fiancee. She’s two-faced, a narcissist, and uses him for his money. Like I’ve seen his bills. He takes her shopping and out to restaurants, and spends some serious money on her, money he can’t afford. Yet they don’t see each other even once a week because she’s “super busy with school” and I understand, I’m a college student myself, but whenever he asks her for help, she’s “too busy” to help him. Everytime she comes over, she acts like a guest rather than a fiancee. She doesn’t help clean any mess she’s made, she doesn’t help anyone with anything, she just comes in and acts like she’s fucking royalty, giving her opinions where it isn’t asked, telling people what to do, and frankly trying to act like my mother or ruler than an older sister. 

Now, again, I love my brother. If he’s happy, I’m happy. But I can’t just sit by and watch as he throws his life away and marries some girl who doesn’t love him for who he is. I don’t want to break them up via magick (casting a break-up spell), I couldn’t live with the guilt. But instead, I want him to see her for who she truly is, without the rose tinted glasses.

So @frankiezaltar and I came up with a sigil (because I’m obsessed with sigils) to help with the situation. 

Step 1: Draw some glasses, could be any glasses: everyday glasses, sunglasses, any kind, but make sure the lenses are big enough to write in.

Step 2: Color the glasses pink or rose, making them “rose- tinted”

Step 3: Write the names on one lens, and the other on the second lens. For example, my brother’s name would go on the first lens, either right or left, and his fiancee’s would go on the second. 

Step 4: Tear the sigil into pieces. This is to represent the “shattering” of the glasses.

Step 5: Burn the torn up pieces, because glass is made from fire, this is to undo the love that’s been formed in his mind for her. I do this step only because I know that he’ll try to use his love to blind him from reason, and try to use it as an excuse to stay with her even after seeing who she really is deep on the inside. 


I understand if this seems more like a curse than a hex, and I definitely understand how it could make others feel uncomfortable to cast it. However, this is the best solution I could come up with. My opinions are my own, spare me of your opinions if you somehow regard this as wrong or whatever. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to message me or @frankiezaltar if she feels up to it. Have a nice day!

how to write a violin concerto: a guide by almost every romantic composer

step 1: come up with a melody
step 2: run out of original ideas
step 3: write some broken chords. make sure to include excessive string crossings for the sole purpose of inconveniencing the soloist
step 4: throw in some scales. bonus points if all of the notes are slurred 32nd notes
step 5: repeat the melody from the beginning
step 6: more unnecessary scales. at this point, the sheet music should resemble a lazily written etude
step 7: keep repeating steps 3 and 4, but make sure to include an ungodly amount of accidentals
step 8: throw in some more notes, and when the concerto is published, request that it is printed on as few pages as possible for the purpose of intimidating anyone who sees the sheet music.

**and remember: violin concertos don’t have to sound good or have any real musical value–they just have to be difficult

The Ultimate Guide to Circular Gallifreyan in All of Time and Space

                                         

                                           Introduction

Gallifreyan, is the language used by the Time Lords of Gallifrey. It is (allegedly) a fictional language used in the BBC TV show Doctor Who. 

There are three known forms of written Gallifreyan; Old High Gallifreyan, Modern Gallifreyan and Circular Gallifreyan. 

Old High Gallifreyan, the original ancient language of the Time Lords, was declared by the 11th Doctor to possess the power to “raise empires and destroy gods”. But by the Doctor’s era, it fell in disuse and was known only to very few. Modern Gallifreyan, an evolved form of Old High Gallifreyan was common at the time of the Doctor.  

By the end of the last great Time War, Gallifreyan could be written using a complex system of interlocking circles, hexagons and connecting lines. This form of Gallifreyan is known as Circular Gallifreyan. 

Circular Gallifreyan is a language closely linked to the TARDIS. The TARDIS contains a translation matrix, giving it the ability to adapt to every other language, at least for those of us who aren’t Time Lords. In Muggle terms, Circular Gallifreyan is more of a cipher or code than an actual language. It can be used to write any language that can be translated to the same script as English. Since 2005 this version of Gallifreyan is used very commonly on the Dr Who TV show. 

 

                         Guide to Circular Gallifreyan

 

Step 1) Learn the Basic Alphabet 

Getting familiar with the basic alphabet is incredibly helpful

I recommend memorizing the individual alphabets because it makes the reading and writing process much faster, but if you don’t want to do that, then you can use the chart below for reference to the consonants.

In circular Gallifreyan, there is no version of ‘C’. When there is a ‘C’ in a word, you replace it with either ‘K’ or ‘CH’ depending on whichever sounds closer to it. 

Some people write a version of ‘C’ that looks like ’D’ but with 4 dots. But that version is rather confusing because that can have different interpretations, so I prefer to stick to the ‘K’ method. 

Step 2) Vowels in Relation to Consonants 

Vowels are generally attached to the consonants directly before them. In which case they will be placed “in relation to the consonants” as seen in the chart below.

Vowels can also be put separately if there is no consonant before them, or if that is more convenient. In such a case, they are placed as seen in the alphabet chart.  (see step 1)


Step 3) Reading and Writing Simple Individual Words

Circular Gallifreyan is written and read anti-clockwise starting from the central bottom part of the circle.

Things to Keep in Mind :-

1) When you are writing the words, make small markings for the lines and dots you need for the alphabets and join them later. This way you can visualize the whole word. The lines can be drawn in any direction, what is important about them is their number. 

2) When writing words with double letters, like Gallifrey that has 2 L’s, make a smaller circle within the bigger one. Similarly, 2 T’s and all the other alphabets can be doubled by making a smaller version of themselves within the original letter

Examples :-



Step 4) Grouped Words

In Gallifreyan, words in a sentence are grouped together, making the individual word circles form a larger circle. This is done by putting the individual circles in an anti-clockwise pattern. 

When reading Gallifreyan sentences, start at the lowest part of the circle at the bottom of the main circle and read it anticlockwise. Then do the same for all the other circles in the main circle, going in an anticlockwise direction. 

Examples :-

Eventually, with practice, you should be able to read and write extensive  passages in circular Gallifreyan

Examples :-


(Examples above are - ‘Love the running’ and ‘bad wolf’)



Step 5) Punctuation 

In order to read and write large sentences in their proper grammatical context, the following system of punctuation is used in Circular Gallifreyan.

The punctuation of a sentence can be done by placing the necessary punctuation next to the pertaining word circle or by placing it in the outer circle of the word.




Step 6) Number System

 There are many systems for writing numbers in Gallifreyan. There is even an entire system of doing advanced mathematics! But, since the last time I saw my mathematics book I stabbed it with a knife, killing it like the horcrux it is, I’ll stick to the two most basic methods. 


I personally prefer the second method, because it’s much easier to use for really large numbers, like if you’re writing the date (or star date). But, method 1 is the one that is seen used in Doctor Who. The second version is more like using roman numerals, to an extent. 

Step 7) (optional) Decoration

Circular Gallifreyan has a beautiful script, so it will look good whether you write it free hand or elaborately with a compass. If you do want to make it more decorative, then there are various things you can do:-

• Draw an extra outer circle 

• Indent the inner circle

• Join the lines of the different circles together

• Change the thickness of certain circles in bigger phrases

Step 8) Test Yourself


If you need any help or translations, feel free to ask me!



- Medini Sriram

doctorwho

anonymous asked:

how do i become more confident in my writing? i tend to feel very insecure about it and i hate it

Hey, ‘nonnie! So this is a great question because I know a lot of people struggle with this, myself included. Even with about six years of roleplay under my belt, I am still self-conscious about what I write and the words I use. However, I do have a few tips that can hopefully ease your discomfort!

For starters, I know that there are many reasons as to why someone would feel insecure about their writing, however, there are also several different confident boosters or small things that I do to even improve my writing!

  • If having proper grammar is something you tend to struggle with, there are a lot of helpful sites you can utilize for free. For starters, one of the methods that I prefer to use is Grammarly. This is a very cool Google Chrome add-on and it will process what you write. It’s a spell-check type of tool that is very helpful when it comes to punctuation, spelling, or word usage. Other useful sites for that type of stuff can be found in the following: jspell, online-spellcheck, and spellchecker
  • Vocabulary can be a tricky thing to get a handle on, especially if English is not your first language. All of that is understandable and I’m sure you’re roleplay partners understand that if they know it’s not your native language. In my case, English is my first language but I missed about three years of school so academically, this is where I fall short. It shows in my writing because my word usage can often be considered mediocre. When this happens, I tend to gravitate towards a thesaurus to find words more suitable. There is also a plethora of resources that are on tumblr that you can use in order to achieve better phrasing and a more eloquent sentence in general. Here, here, and here is a great post that gives you alternate word choices.
  • If you’re anything like me, you tend to write things that you know about to avoid this insecurity. But at the same time, you want to write about things you have yet to experience in order to learn — and that’s the key word. If you’re writing about a topic of a subject you may be unclear about, it’s best to do your research. Not only does it aid you from preventing potentially embarrassing mistakes, but it allows you to get the most out of what you’re writing. 
  • This happens to me a lot —you’re sitting at your computer, trying to think of something to write but you’re rendered useless to that process. A lot of times, people sit there, wracking their brain for a solution, staring at a blank page, and forcing a reply that you aren’t content with. When you do this, not only does it feed into your insecurity, but you stop yourself before you even get the chance to possibly come up with anything. In these situations, it’s okay to take a break from the computer and rest your brain. Sometimes all you need are those five minutes of watching a TV show for you to come up with some sort of inspiration. If taking a break does not seem like something you can do, then try to play some music or soothing rain noises to add ambiance. In times of trouble, this website has saved my butt from giving up too quickly. Along with these things, looking at muse blogs can serve a great purpose for you. Bonus: listening to slam poetry can sometimes get your brain working really well!
  • Stop comparing yourself. You do it, I do it, everyone does it and some point. However, comparing yourself to someone else can be very harmful in many ways. Not only does it feed you negative feelings such as “why can’t I write like that?” or “why is my writing so bad?”, but it also stumps you. Doing this can prevent your growth as a writer and hold you back. It’s okay to compliment another writer or admire the words they use, but comparing yourself to them is a dangerous game. My old Literature teacher always told me that everyone’s perspective is different, therefore, no one’s writing will be a carbon copy of another person’s. You naturally will have your own way of writing that is different than everyone else’s.
  • Don’t apologize. A lot of times, people tend to say things like “sorry this reply sucks” in a very casual way it can be damaging. When you say this, you are the only person getting in the way of success. Don’t even tag your reply with something like that because it most likely isn’t true because it’s a subjective statement. Don’t allow yourself to feed into your own insecurities because this is how they can potentially control you. 
  • If you’ve been denied an acceptance from a group, just remember, I have to. I’ve had my application denied multiple times before and it sucks. However, this is something that can come in handy. Asking the admin why you weren’t accepted can be a huge step towards becoming a better and more confident writer. getting constructive feedback is important and it is your job as the writer to accept this and take it all into account. It doesn’t mean you have to hold onto every word for dear life, you just have to listen. 
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Nike victory spell

I wanted to make a spell for a lesser known goddess. Nike is not just a shoe brand Nike is the greek goddess of victory. Here is what you need.

Materials:

1. White candle
2. Paper
3. Pencil

Steps.

1. Write faliure on a piece of paper. I would make it a small one.

2. Light the candle and chant.

May you bless me with victory
May faliure be burnt away
And leave only glory

3. Burn the paper. Use proper fire saftey when doing this.

@dovewithscales

🌹🍁 Tarot journal guide 🍁🌹

Step 1: Find a beautiful notebook.

It might have blank pages or faint lines. It might be plain and simple, or decorated and elaborate. It might be hand-made or store-bought. It might be spiral bound or perfect bound. It might even be an online blog or a hardcover notebook. You choose.

Step 2: Divide your journal into sections.

Here are a few ideas for what sections you may want to create in your Tarot journal:

  • Tarot card meanings - one page for each Tarot card where you can jot down your personal insights and stories associated with the card. You can also create picture collages, write poems, build word clouds, or write fictional stories to help you build a personal connection with the Tarot card meanings.
  • Personal Tarot readings - space to record the date of your reading, your question, the cards drawn and the key messages. Come back to the reading in a few weeks or months and reflect on what has come to pass.
  • Tarot reading techniques - collect your notes on how to shuffle, ask the right questions, select the cards, and so on.
  • Tarot spreads - collate your favorite Tarot spreads or even create your own.
  • Personal reflection - you may be working with a particular energy (e.g. letting go), so pick a Tarot card that embodies that energy (e.g. the Hanged Man) and journal about what that card means to you and how you can tap into its deeper lessons.
  • Tarot decks - if you have multiple Tarot decks, like I do, you can write when you can use which deck. 

Step 3: Start writing!

Write about all the experiences the tarot deck gives you, write everything that comes to your mind. 


Blessings and lots of love, 

Myhiddenworldblog 

We’re Back!

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Submit a prompt. (We’ll be open for submissions from Feb. 13 to Feb. 26)

Fics can be canon compliant, canon divergent, or any kind of AU. They can be a crossover between THG and any other universe. They can take place underwater or on the moon. Let your imagination run wild! As long as they feature Everlark we’re cool.

Step 2: Choose a prompt from the list and tell us about it. (Chosen prompts will be removed from the list so that there will only be one fic/artwork per prompt.)

Step 3: Write your fic or create your artwork. Fics can be as short as 500 words or as long as you like. They can be one-shots, new chapters from your current WIPs, or out-takes from any one of your fics. As long as your work covers the details provided in the prompt, you can create whatever moves you.

Step 4: Submit your finished fic or artwork. We’ll be receiving finished works and posting them from March 20 to April 2.

Step 5: Sit back and relax. Read an Everlark fic Exchange submission while you’re at it ;).

NOTE: You can send a prompt and not write a fic, and you can write a fic without submitting a prompt. The important thing is to share your ideas and to, hopefully, provide some inspiration for our lovely authors and artists.

Got questions, comments or suggestions? Click here. We’d love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to follow @everlarkficexchange to stay on top of any and all updates!

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get writing!

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Hello all, before I start I’d like to apologize for the poor pictures. My alter was slightly in shambles in the first one. (I have a very small space so I don’t really have a permanent alter, plus I’m still a “closeted” witch) 

Anyway I wanted to talk to you all about a spell that I preformed for a friend. Her dear pet recently passed away and she asked me to cast a spell to “bring her peace and have her cared for in the beyond.” 

I naturally immediately agreed (the loss of a animal friend is incredibly hard) 

after thinking about it this is the spell I did 

Peace For a Pets Pass

Ingredience

  • I used three white candles. one was simply to light the other two, It was already blessed and charged with energy. 
  • a pen or writing utensil of your choice (I used a quill)
  •  I set up an alter, but that is completely up to you 
  • a piece of paper, parchment, or anything you can write on that feels right
  • I charged this with crystals, the type is mostly irrelevant. I simply asked out loud which ones would be the most appropriate for her journey and I ended up with my large amethyst and a small orange cloudy gem which may or may not be a jasper? 
  • a fire proof bowl or cauldron (please always have water nearby when doing anything with fire
  • and lastly, salt
  • Also I had a bell but that’s not necessary so 

Step 1: 

Set up your alter and cleanse your area, before I started I cleaned the heck out of my room and lit a scented candle to clear my head.  

Step 2:

light your candles and place salt around everything. 

Step 3:

Write a note to said pet explaining that they are loved and that they shouldn’t be scared (of course personalize this as needed)

Step 4:

 choose a candle, there should be at least two. The one that you have chosen will be the guide that makes sure that your pet makes it safely to their destination. place a few grains of salt into this candle

Step 5: 

burn the letter with said candle so that they can get it and understand. this is the last active step really

step six:

ONLY blow out one candle, this shows that the ritual is over and ends your communications with the spirit, allowing it to leave. The other candle is to be  lit until it either runs out of wax or goes out on it’s own. This shows that they made it safely. I placed salt around the candle and the crystal right next to the candle for energy and protection


. aand that’s what I did! I apologize that everything wasn’t super duper specific or to the books. I mostly did what felt right and what I was told to do. This spell left the atmosphere in the room strangely positive at the end. 

(if you guys got any questions feel free to message me)  

Step 1: Write two pages of dirty AF Liam x MC to bide your time under the chapter of TRR comes out tonight.

Step 2: Do internet research on pros/cons of certain restraint types in the bedroom.

Step 3: Write two more pages.

Step 4: Remember there are a number of underage people who follow you.

Step 5: Sigh and write “I will not write Liam smut” 500 times.

Writing a Birth Plan

Step 1: Imagine the Perfect Birth

  • Does not have to be realistic at all; it can involve multiple locations, deceased relatives, a TARDIS, or anything else you can think of.

Questions to get you started:

1. If you could labor and deliver your baby anywhere in the world and in any setting, without worrying about safety where would it be? Would you like to be in one place the entire time or multiple places?

2. Answer these questions for each stage of labor in your dream birth; early labor, active labor, pushing, and the first hour of your baby’s life

  • Where are you?
  • Who is with you?
  • What do you hear?
  • What do you see?
  • What do you smell?
  • What do you feel?
  • What or who helps you in this place to feel calm?

3. When you are in pain, what types of personal comforts do you like to use?

4. Where do you hold tension in your body, and what helps you let it go?

5. What is your biggest fear about labor and delivery? What helps relieve this fear?

Step 2: Plan the whole birth, not just the medical parts.

  • Share this with your partner, maybe have your partner write one too!
  • What elements from your imaginary birth are important to include in the actual birth? Consider:

1. Whom to invite

  • who makes you feel safe, comforted, and supported? Make sure they don’t make you feel inhibited, criticized, or upset.
  • Choose based on your need, not their happiness.

2. Other life changing, important, or family related events

  • Was there anything that made you feel resentful or other negative emotions?
  • What commonality could cause problems during labor?
  • What do you remember most vividly?
  • What moment do you treasure most?
  • What moment do you regret?
  • Whose presence made it extra special?
  • When you give others advice about how to plan such an event, what do you tell them?
  • How did you handle decision making when something did not go as planned?
  • If you could do it again what would you change, what would you keep the same?

3. Think back to times in your life where you handled a mental endurance test, a physical endurance test, and handled an emotional endurance test. 

  • What activity have you done that took the most out of you?
  • What activity did you do that you were most proud of?
  • What activity did you do that required the most endurance?
  • What are five ways you have found extra oomph?
  • Where do your thoughts go when doing something physically painful? What do you think about? What do you say to yourself?
  • Does the thought of physical trial and accomplishment scare you? Thrill you? Both?
  • What helps you relax most? Describe the most relaxing experience of your life.
  • Name 3 activities that make the passing of time seem instant

4. Now write up your plan! Here are some prompts to get you started

  • What elements in your environment help you freely express yourself without inhibitions?
  • What helps you achieve feelings of peace?
  • What allows you to look inward for depths you have never reached before?
  • Who should be at your baby’s birth?
  • Who has important relationships with you and your new baby? How will you honor these relationships and needs during labor?
  • How can you set up the birth room to provide the sights, sounds, and smells that you want to experience?

Step 3: Write up just the medical parts of your birth plan.

  • This will be shared with your birthing team, doctors, midwives, nurses, and attendants 
  • Plan should be succinct and easy to read in a few minutes
  • plan should sound polite, respectful, and positive
  • use positive statements rather than negative (I want instead of I don’t want)
  • add anything unique to your situation
  • What is the essential message you’d like to communicate to your team? Can you compress the whole thing into just a couple of sentences that explains your birthing philosophy?

1. Areas you may want to cover

  • Beginning labor: want to do it naturally? What if you’re past your due date? What about if your water breaks before contractions begin?
  • Labor: Do you want pain medication? Do you want to delay pain medication? How do you want to take care of the pain?
  • Second state of labor: are you okay with an episiotomy?
  • If you need a cesarean section: Do you want to be conscious? Do you want your partner there?
  • After birth: Do you want to hold your baby immediately? do you want to delay cord clamping? Do you want to feed? Do you want to roomshare?
  • Finalize your plan between months 5-8 to share with your doctor.

anonymous asked:

How are you so good at writing? Teach me your ways, senpai~ :o

Step 1: Read. A lot. Every book you can get your hands on, every fanfic that has tickled your fancy, every comic you find amusing. Occasionally step into genres you don’t particularly like, just for a a change of perspective or to decide once and for all that you really don’t want to write that sort of thing.

Step 2: Watch a lot of shows/movies that have strong character development, intricate (and believable) plots and entertaining dialogue. Weakness in any of these areas stops people from losing themselves in your story.

Step 3: Write. It doesn’t matter what you write, just do a LOT of it. Everyday. Scripts, fanfics, novels. Tiny little chat-jokes or RPG biographies. It doesn’t matter. Share them with people you trust to give you constructive criticism - this means it won’t always be good comments, but it won’t always be bad ones either. It’s commentary that helps you fix things you have difficulty with in your writing.

Step 4: Write what you know. Write what you don’t know. In any case, get used to spending hours researching to make sure you’re writing realistically. 

Step 5: Join a writer’s group, whether it’s on facebook or somewhere else. You’d be surprised how helpful having other people weigh in on your writing can be.

Step 6: Repeat steps 1 - 5 ad infinitum. 

anonymous asked:

Step 1: Make a fake kin blog as a character you made up. Be fic-kin with said character. Claim having memories and all that. Step 2: Kinnies start to become confused. Who is your character? Where are they from? Tell them they're from (story you made up). They look but cannot find story. Step 3: Write and publish story by that name about that character based on the 'memories'. Step 4: Become king kin.

extrovrt  asked:

Hey there! So I'm writing this story with a villain protagonist, and I'm planning to make her as dislikable as possible. Do you have any tips on how to make the readers able to empathize with this character as well? Sorry this question is kind of confusing, but thanks anyway! :)

Ooh, that’s good plan. There have been many villains that are straight up terrifying, but you can still relate to them on a human level. 

In that case, the most important part of your villain that you should focus on is her back story. She may be vicious, cold, and unrelenting now, but what made her this way? Did something bad happen to her? Did she make an innocent mistake at some point that led her here? Did she choose this path intentionally or was it thrust upon her? Does she actually have a good back story and simply believes everything she’s doing is right?

You should also decide on the viewpoint of your villainess and try writing from her perspective. No one is the villain of their own story. Perhaps she feels a pang of guilt now and then and attempts to make up for it by doing occasional acts of kindness- insincere or not. Perhaps she loves someone or something despite her black heart. 

Here are two kinds of villains that intimidated me while also (temporarily) making me feel sorry for them.

Wilson Fisk, Kilgrave, Loki - Three villains that are basically scared little boys who never grew up. They still get teary-eyed and throw tantrums over things that happened to them when they were little. These petty, childish grudges will be the driving force behind everthing they do. You hate them, but you see where they came from and feel a little sorry for them.

Stormtroopers, Cybermen, GLaDOS - These three were given little choice in becoming villainous. Stormtroopers were born, raised, and brainwashed as soldiers for the evil Empire. Cybermen were ordinary people forced to become emotionless androids who crave galactic domination. GLaDOS was promised immortality by uploading her mind into a computer, overwhelming her to the point that she now requires complete, and lethal, control over everything in her domain. All three antagonists were forced to give up the people they once were.

Sometimes, the best way to write a character is to base them off a real person. Try studying one of the famous queens of history like Catherine the Great or Elizabeth I. Yes, they are celebrated monarchs, but people in power make many hard decisions and not always with the best of intentions. You can sympathize with damaged people until they’re ruling over you and your loved ones.

In The Crown, Elizabeth Windsor becomes queen when the king, her loving father, dies. She subsequently has to give up her lifestyle, her loyalties, and even her emotions when the country requires it. Her old self is replaced by the ruler of an immense empire. She is not evil, she is not villainous, but she has in essence given up her humanity.

I could come up with more on this subject, but it’s taken me long enough to write this and I don’t want to keep you waiting. I wish you the best with this villain, she sounds like she’ll be fantastic.

Further reading:

3 Devious Steps to Write an Antagonist You Hate

How to Create a Powerful Antagonist 

How to Write a Worthy Villain

How to Create a Truly Frightening Villain

How to Write Captivating Villains

6 Ways to Write Better Bad Guys

What To Do When You Can't Settle On A Story Idea

There’s writer’s block, and then there’s writer’s overload. Sometimes being flooded with ideas can be just as bad as having none, and it definitely stops many writers from working and fulfilling their creative impulses. If you can’t settle on an idea, you’re only four steps and a half an hour away from writing your story.

1. Pick three concepts for your story.

Narrow your thoughts down to three story ideas. If you’re a varied writer, your three stories can each be of a different genre. When I’m planning submissions or comic scripts, sometimes I’ll figure out the basic ideas for a scifi story, a fantasy, and a realist story before I figure out what I want and get to work. If you already have a specific genre you’re inspired for, you can think up three story directions for the same overreaching concept.

2. Spend five minutes thinking about each one.

Imagine the characters and concept for each, and take fifteen minutes and develop their stories a little. Imagine the characters and concept for each, and familiarize yourself with the tone. Confining this step to five minutes will keep you from spiraling into another few hours of story concept hell, but should still give you enough time to consider your stories before you move onto the next step: writing.

3. Start writing all three.

Pick a story at random and write an establishing scene, describing the setting. Spend five minutes or so (set a timer!) writing for each concept. Describe the setting or the central theme, or anything that can pull you in. The already fleshed the idea out in the previous step, now you’re going to find out if you care or not. To really test your devotion to an idea, start writing on one of the smallest details of it that would still be necessary to the story telling.

4. Abandon the stories.

If the last exercise gave you a clear winner, start working on it. If you’re still unsure, take out a die or pull up an automatic die online. Assign each story a number 1-3, and promise yourself you’ll write the story that you roll and you’ll abandon the other two until that project is on its feet.

This process is more to test your mind than it is to punish you - leaving a choice like this up to chance will force your subconcious to tell you which you’re most invested in. If you’re disappointed over “losing” one of the stories more than the rest, then that’s the story you’re going to write.

Do you ever get stuck on a dozen story ideas? How do you get yourself out of that funk?

Five Easy Steps on How to be Me
  • Step 1: Do multiple things for several years only to find out they don't make you happy.
  • Step 2: Leave your current, toxic relationship to try and reforge one that made you happy, but instead of things working out everything falls apart.
  • Step 3: Write stories and poems, only to quit due to frustration and doubts.
  • Step 4: Be utterly talentless and useless.
  • Step 5: Disappoint your friends, family, and people you hardly know because of Steps 1, 3, and 4.

lovemusicn1d  asked:

Hiiiiii 3, 11, and 12?

Hi, love! Thank you!

3.  Least favorite part of writing.

Editing. Easy. LOL

11.  Describe your writing process from scratch to finish.

I’m just going to point to this ask to talk about outlining. Step 1) Idea. Step 2) Outline Step 3) Write chapter Step 4) Edit

12.  How do you deal with self-doubts?

Just keep going. You will always have self-doubt. Self-doubt is the thing pushing you to do better, to improve. Use this to your advantage. That said - also listen to the feedback people tell you. Don’t beat yourself up over needless things. Take a break, if you ever feel yourself getting bogged down.

How I write fan fiction

Step 1: Come up with a story idea

Step 2: Spend hours carefully crafting a timeline, researching canon, and developing backstories for original characters

Step 3: Begin writing it

Step 4: Publish it

Step 5: Halfway through writing it, come up with an idea for a new story and repeat steps 1-3

Step 6: Promise myself I’ll wait to post this new story until I’ve at least written a couple of chapters and remind myself I need to get back to work on that first story that’s still only halfway done

Step 7: Break promise made in Step 6 and post it anyway

Step 8: Repeat Steps 5-7 until I have 10 open stories and lots of comments and messages asking when I’m going to post updates across my harem of fiction

Step 9: Whine about my writing process on tumblr

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you could do a notetaking tutorial. I'm a read/write learner as well and I take copious amounts of notes. I'd love to see how you've structured your notes. I really like how clean and minimalistic and free of any distractors they are. I usually try to do Cornell notes or formal outlines or some note taking strategy that always seems more geared towards Visual learners and I never keep up with it because it's so complicated and deters from actual note taking.

Sure! Those days I’m studying Scandinavian Linguistics for my exam next week, I’ll show you my notes on that and how I learn them.

*** Please keep in mind that this is my own method and what works for me, could not work for you. Also, I’ve always studied Humanities towards oral examinations, so this method fits subjects that are more conversational and that require a speech preparation. ***

Step 1: Gather the material.

I have the notes I took during lectures but also our lecturer was so kind to upload the whole course notes. I compared the two and my notes correspond quite well but I didn’t attend some lectures, so I’ve decided to use only the “official” notes, of which I’m sure they’re complete.

Step 2: Read and highlight.

I read through all the material and while reading, I highlight the important things. Here I do a first selection of what is worth studying and what’s only chit-chat to fill the pages. In this case the notes provided were a pdf, so I upload it on my iPad and read/highlight in the GoodNotes 4 app - which’s great!

Step 3: First writing.

I write down in my own words what I think it’s important, i.e. the concepts I have highlighted in my text. Often I copy part of the original sentences and, of course, when there’s some definition I write it as it is.
Whenever I find something listed, I make bullet points. For ex: I’m learning about the official languages of Sweden, the text says that there are 5 official languages, so I make a list of those. Each bullet point has the name of the language + some information (number of speakers, origin of the language, etc.)
Whenever there’s a cause-consequence situation, I put an arrow between the two. For ex.: the presence of a trill sound before a consonant cause the consonant to become retroflex in Swedish and Norwegian. I can easily write that as “swe, norw: trill + consonant → retroflex consonant”.
Nothing more, really. I avoid too many colors, titles or images - they’re just distracting.

Step 4: Read the first writing.

I read everything I wrote, highlighting the main concepts and integrating with some extra informations, connections and in-depth analysis. Usually I write those extras on the margins of my notes without really looking at any other source. I try to make connections on my own based on what I understood of the subject. Also, to write on the margin a small summary of the paragraph can be really helpful to fix what is being said at that point.

Step 5: Second writing.

Now I have my notes, highlighted and annotated but it’s not over! I try to understand what are those concepts I can’t not know for my exam. They’re usually just two or three and they’re what hold up the whole subject. I write them and once again, I highlight the key words. At this point, I have pretty clear in my mind what’s all about and I should be able to explain those two-three concepts without looking at my notes again.
On these “short” notes I wrote just the fundamental phonetics phenomenons I’ll be asked for sure during my exam. If I don’t know them perfectly, I’m sure I’ll never pass my exam. Everything else is also important but, being just facts about the Nordic countries and their languages (history and general talking), I don’t need to learn them by heart.

Step 6: Read, read, read.

On my desk I have now three packs of notes. The ones that my lecturer made available (circa 50 pages), my “long” notes (20 pages) and my “short” notes (3 pages). I study only on my last condensed notes, that include the most important things I have to know. As long as I know perfectly those two-three key concepts, I’ll be fine. Of course, I’ll be reading again my other notes too but in a different way, more superficially.

Soo, that’s it. Sorry if I made it too long. And sorry if my notes are super boring comparing to the colorful and doodled ones studyblrs love so much! :)

Studyspiration’s note taking routine

For my note taking “proces” as I would call it, I spent a lot of time. But then again it assures me that I truly get to understand the subject. It should however be noted that I don’t do all of these steps in a day. Because if you are in University you know that reading a chapter isn’t easy and usually a chapter can be really long and take up a lot of time. So you shouldn’t be stressed if you don’t have the time to write down all your notes during the same day that you pick up the topic. Don’t worry. Actually doing these different steps over the course of different days is an excellent way to retain the information and make sure you understand it, because lets be honest, when you read and write the same information over and over again within the course of an hour or two everything just becomes a routine and you do it someone half hearted. 

But lets get into it.

Step 1 - Reading the information

Here all you need is your text book and a highlighter (don’t do this if you have borrowed the book tho, just simply read it at first then) 

In this step all you do is read, and just try to figure out what is important and what is not. Because, although a lot of the information in your text book is important and probably good information, some of the information might just not be that relevant for your exam and for you at that time in your education system. Try to high light the important parts so that you know exactly what you should not down in step 2 and what you should avoid spending that much “precious notebook space” on. 

Step 2 - Taking notes 

In this step I read the chapter once again, but the focus is to write down the most important parts in my note book. This is not a fancy proces. It really isn’t I use my Tiger ball point pens. I do however try to make the notes be a bit presentable, but that isn’t my main focus. The main focus is to sum up the chapter and the main points. 

Step 3 - Re writing the notes onto the PC

Now this is when people start to tell me that I am “overdoing it” because we are used to note taking being either one or the other. But I do both. Because I learn from both. I think that the combination of both has made retaining information and learning much easier for me. 

I usually type my information from my notebook into a word document (Bonus tip; Using the font Times New Roman is actually shown to help you read the information faster). In this process I sometimes also fill in the “blanks” so lets say there was something that I didn’t feel like my text book presented to me clearly enough, I do a little further research and insert that into my notes as well. 

Step 4 - Making flashcards 

Now this is the fancy process. This is where I break out my expensive ass muji pens (those things are not cheap and not a must, but I bought them off sale so I am completely guilt free). 

I take the notes that I have written, and after a while when you have typed the information and studied the information several times you will slowly get an idea off what is truly the most important points and what is the point in the chapter. So I just make flash cards where everything is pretty much summed up even more. 

And then my note taking routine is DONE! Yes only four steps, it isn’t that much is it? Well some tend to think that it is a lot when a chapter is 30+ pages long. 

Which is these steps do you do? And which do you think are too much? Tell me I want to know 

Also I am working on making a post about my revision “routine” because that is also excessive according to other students. 

Love, 

Dunia

How To Memorize Things Quicker Than Other People PRODUCTIVITY BY JON NEGRONI How To Memorize Things Quicker Than The Other People

People like to joke that the only thing you really “learn” in school is how to memorize. As it turns out, that’s not even the case for most of us. If you go around the room and ask a handful of people how to memorize things quickly, most of them will probably tell you repetition.

That is so far from the truth, it’s running for office. If you want to memorize something quickly and thoroughly, repetition won’t cut it; however, recalling something will. The problem is that recalling something requires learning, and we all learn in different ways. Below are some universal steps to mastering the art of recalling so that you can start memorizing a ton of data in a short amount of time.

Before we start, you need to establish something: are you an auditory, visual, or experiential learner? If you’re an auditory learner, then the most effective way for you to grasp information is by hearing it. As you can imagine, visual learners favor seeing something in order to learn it, and experiential learning types are more akin to learning from events and experiences (or, doing something with the material). Most of us are a combination of at least two of these categories, but I will denote which step is most favorable to your most agreeable learning style so that you can start to memorize things quickly and efficiently.

Step 1: Preparation

To optimize your memorization session, pay close attention to which environment you choose. For most people, this means choosing an area with few distractions, though some people do thrive off of learning in public areas. Figure out what is most conducive to your learning so that you can get started.

Next, start drinking some tea. I could link you to mounds of scientific studies that confirm green tea as a natural catalyst for improving memory. Mechanically speaking, our ability to recall information comes down to the strength between neurons in our mind, which are connected by synapses. The more you exercise the synapse (repetition), the stronger it is, resulting in the ability to memorize.

As we get older, toxic chemicals will damage our neurons and synapses, leading to memory loss and even Alzheimer’s. Green tea contains compounds, however, that block this toxicity and keep your brain cells working properly a lot longer.

Step 2: Record What You’re Memorizing

This is especially useful if you’re trying to memorize information from a lecture. Use a tape recorder to track all of the acquired facts being spoken and listen to it. If you’re trying to memorize a speech, record yourself reading the speech aloud and listen to yourself speaking. Obviously, this is most helpful for auditory learners, but it’s also handy because it ensures that you’re getting more context from a lecture that will help you learn the information faster.


Step 3: Write Everything Down

Before you start trying to recall everything from memory, write and re-write the information. This will help you become more familiar with what you’re trying to memorize. Doing this while listening to your tape recorder can also help you retain a lot of the data. This is most useful for experiential learners.

Step 4: Section your notes.

Now that you have everything written down in one set of notes, separate them into sections. This is ideal for visual learners, especially if you use color coding to differentiate between subjects. This will help you break everything down and start compartmentalizing the information being recorded in your brain.

Step 5: Apply repetition to cumulative memorization

For each line of text, repeat it a few times and try to recall it without looking. As you memorize each set of text, be cumulative by adding the new information to what you’ve just learned. This will keep everything within your short-term memory from fading. Keep doing this until you have memorized that section and you are able to recall the entire thing. Do not move on to another section until you have memorized that one completely. This is mostly visual learning, but if you are speaking aloud, then you are also applying auditory.

Step 6: Write it down from memory

Now that you can recall entire sections, write everything down from memory. This will reinforce everything you just have just learned by applying it experientially.

Step 7: Teach it to someone (or yourself)

The most effective method for me when I was in school was to teach the information to someone else. You can do this in a variety of ways. You can lecture the knowledge to someone sitting right in front of you (or the mirror, if you can’t convince anyone to sit through it) and explain everything extemporaneously. If what you’ve learned needs to be recited verbatim, then do this in front of someone as well in order to get a feel for what it will be like to recite the text to the intended audience.

My favorite method for this is creating tests for other people. Take the information and predict what questions will come out of them. Use multiple choice, matching and so on to present the data in test format, and see how someone else does. All of this is experiential learning, since you are actually practicing and manipulating the concepts you’ve learned.

Step 8: Listen to the recordings continuously

While doing unrelated tasks like laundry or driving, go over the information again by listening to your tape recordings. This is certainly auditory learning, but it will still supplement everything you’ve shoved into your short-term memory.

Step 9: Take a break

Finally, let your mind breathe. Go for a short time without thinking about what you just learned and come back to it later on. You’ll find out what you really know, of course, and this will help you focus on the sections you might be weakest at.