I know this is a bit more serious than your normal awesome anons so I'm sorry, but I really look up to you as an artist and wanted to know if/how you deal with negative feelings about your art? I just spent the past hour trying to draw anything remotely good and I'm crying and so frustrated and hopeless. It doesn't help that I keep giving up for months on end but it's so hard to deal with. Do you have any advice? I'm sorry you don't have to answer I know it's not a cute or funny ask I'm sorry
Please don’t feel the need to apologize, I appreciate your ask, it’s okay! I understand what you’re going through, especially since I constantly feel like I’m disappointing myself or that I can do so much better. For me, I think the best
thing to do is to not deprecate yourself. You’re doing your best, and it’s amazing that you decided to pick up a pencil today, you’re doing great already!
Try to find the things that you’ve done well in your
drawings! Maybe that one brush stroke was really smooth and your lines are
amazing or that color looks really good and that one circle actually looks like
a circle. Even if it’s a really small detail or something you liked during your
drawing process, then you’re succeeding !!
Take your time, and be lenient with yourself. If it feels
like you’ve been drawing for hours and nothing turns out the way you want it
to, take a break. you can come back to it later, you did your best for the day,
it’s okay Allow yourself to doodle whatever else is on your mind without thinking about how good it should turn out, kind of like as stress-reliever or just to blep down silly ideas
Be proud of what you can do because you’re giving it your all, you’re
constantly improving with every line you make, and you’re the only one who can draw the way you do! even if it wasn’t a complete piece, whatever you’ve drawn is already making you a better artist, so please keep going <:
Hello there!! I think the best way would be to fix yourself a reachable goal. Like for example “I want to get better at faces” or “I want to be better at colors” or “I wanna paint clothes like Sargent”. Once you get a goal in mind, it’s easy to just go for it. Analyze and try to understand how to achieve it. Look at tutorials, look at your fave artists, look around you, take notes, and practice. A drawing a day is really good. Be it a silly doodle, it’s okay, just draw everyday.
And the most important thing I can tell you is, Be Kind to your art. Be patient with your art. When you don’t like a drawing, don’t throw it away, take a moment to stop and think about why you don’t like it, how next time you can make it better, how you can improve it and what you actually like in this drawing. Strive to improve with a good mindset, don’t be too hard on yourself. We all make mistakes and we all learn from them.
Good luck to you! Also, show your work to others, constructive criticism is the best to train our eyes. And take breaks! Gotta stay healthy~~
If they aren’t looking for you specifically tell them to keep it moving, people lose themselves completely in the name of compromise just so they can try and impress somebody they aren’t even genuinely into.
Hello there! I recently bought a bullet journal and I was wondering if you had any tips for a newbie like me. Btw I love your photos you post here and I adore the way you write your titles (how did you get so good at calligraphy???)
heyyy!! first of all, i’m so excited that you’re going to start bullet journaling so thank you so much for sending this ask! and wow i’m honoured to give advice (i just hope i do a good job ;;) sorry this took so long I wanted to put some thought into it to give my best advice
Some Quick Tips and Tricks when it comes to Bujo! :
it doesn’t have to be perfect- if you saw my first bujo spread you might cry haha- just start and it will improve over time!!
everything you need you can probably find at home!- you rly don’t need to print off photos or buy expensive stationery to have a nice bujo! all of it comes from creativity and your own imagination!
look for inspiration!- there is plenty of nice bujo spreads on #studyblr so find something you like and try an inspired spread! over time you’ll develop your own system and style of spreads so dw!
keep it practical- there’s a fine line between artsy and practical- customize your bujo but not to the point where it isn’t but productive anymore- in the end it is supposed to be helping you so find a happy medium of creativity and productivity!
Tips on getting into Hand Lettering & Calligraphy (also I’m nowhere near a pro I’ve only been doing it for a bit over a month!):
*again you don’t need fancy calligraphy pens* - expensive stuff is nice but actually you can hand letter perfectly with crayons markers! and if you don’t have those the down and up strokes that are usually done with pressure can just be done using extra lines!
there are plenty of great tutorials you can learn off of so watch videos and try it out! use inspirations and try different styles of hand lettering!
lots of experimenting! hand lettering is a lot of trial and error!!you may not like your work at first but try out quotes, or words that are nice to write (my favourite word to hand letter is “beautiful”!), figure out what letters are fun to write and which ones are trickier! and practice! (I usually hand letter a quote 2-5 times before I do a final copy if I’m not just messing around)
That’s all I can think of atm!! I hope I did it justice Im always afraid I give bad advice ;; hope this was helpful!!! If you have any more specific questions, feel free to dm me or ask me! If you want to see more pages in my bujo or more handlettering (or certain quotes or letters and how I write them) feel free to ask me too!
hii. i'm new to following your blog but so far it's been very useful! i have a few questions. 1. any advice for how to show, not tell? 2. any advice for how to write when you have no time? 3. my novel is very dialogue heavy, any advice on how to balance it better? 4. any advice on being more confident with your writing when sending it to beta readers? 5. do you know any general rules on pacing? i feel like my story is moving too fast. thank you and sorry if these have already been asked :)
Thanks for your question, love! I’ll list out some links (most of them mine but a couple from other blogs) that I think best answer your questions!
Famous Authors and Their Criticisms – This post always picks me up when I feel sensitive to critiques. All the rejections of these amazing authors = I could be pretty great and still get bad feedback. We all have flaws in there somewhere!
And don’t be sorry! I still haven’t worked out a masterpost for all my posts, so if you can’t find something, don’t feel bad. I do have a tag page that you can check out for more information. I tried to be as thorough as I could, so hopefully you can check out some more of my stuff if you want :)
I am a group studyer; I find I study better, with more focus, and more enjoyably in a group setting (especially in subjects that are tricky for me, like math and science). There are those who would say group studies are useless because it can definitely be super hard to stay on task and not get distracted. However, when you get a group of people together who want to learn and figure out how to be focused (at least most of the time) it can be one of the best study tools I know.
With years of study party practice under my belt, i would like to offer the top 9 things you should know/do to have a successful study party:
1. Call it a study party. Not a study group or anything like that. Set up the expectation that it’s going to be a good time. In my experience, study parties really are fun. In the spirit of the “party” aspect, I always ask people to bring a food or snack or drink to share. We take a snack break midway through or after we’re all too mentally exhausted to go on and eat snacks and talk. It’s a good break and makes it more social and enjoyable.
2. How to organize what you study: I have two main ways we normally go about it
- Chronological order! Start from the first section/chapter/topic of your subject and move on til you’ve covered the last one. Pros: You cover all the material in a way that builds on itself. This is especially helpful for math. It also ensures you know everything because you cover everything (ideally). I find that this method works well for chapter tests. Cons: It takes a long time. If you start like this every time you study the subject, you become really good at the early stuff and not so good at the most recent topics. I found this to be especially true when studying for AP tests. - Trouble spots! Start the group by having everyone write a list of the topics that confuse them. When we study math, I look through my old assignments to find practice problems I put a star next to (I mark the hardest problems with stars). Pros: ideally everyone feels more confident on the areas that they were unsure of. This is a good method when time is a factor. Cons: There will be sections you didn’t study but should have or times you have to backtrack to old sections anyway in order to understand the topic.
3. Teach sections you understand! This is absolutely the best part for me. Explaining a topic to someone else increases your understanding of the topic and helps them at the same time! When you teach, in order to help others understand, you may make connections you hadn’t thought of before. When we go over material chronologically, we split it into sections and assign each person a section to teach. I find it’s beneficial to hear material explained and be able to ask questions, as well as to teach it yourself.
4. Take notes! This is especially important for material that’s confusing to you. It will help you retain everything you go over at the study party. And, when studying or reviewing alone later, it’s important to have notes that you can refer back to.
5. Have a surface to write on/present with! This is more of a recommendation than a requirement, but because I’m a visual learner it’s hugely helpful. Whiteboards are my favorite; you can do practice problems so that everyone can see and without a lot of erasing. Whiteboards were a life saver for us during physics. However, you can do this with a window, mirror, or paper on a clipboard. Personally, I’ve taken over our family’s dining room for study purposes; there’s a whiteboard on the wall (cleverly hidden under a tapestry when not in use) and a big glass table. During study parties, the whiteboard is used for section presentations and important notes. We all write on my glass table when we do practice problems, although some people still prefer paper (to save as notes, to see better, to have more room).
6. If you have a big group, split up! For AP study parties right before the tests, I usually have a larger group and a much larger amount of material to cover. What we usually do is split into groups based on topics. If you need help with Cellular Respiration, go with Joe. Photosynthesis? Go with Fred to the living room. Reconvene at break and (if you can) at the end for maximum togetherness and a good overall review.
7. Use demonstrations, props, mnemonics, stories, etc! Be creative! Make connections! When studying for physics, my friends and I used a slinky to simulate standing waves and went outside and made ripples in the pool to better understand those topics. Figure out ways that help you visualize and memorize important things. With all your minds working together, you’re sure to come up with some stellar ideas.
8. Let it be an open invite!I invite my close friends or my good classmate pals to my study parties, but there have been multiple occasions in which someone heard about the study party and asked if they could come. I’m very glad I said yes because those people were perhaps the most motivated of the group. The courage it takes to ask to be included and seek out learning opportunities is a good indication of work ethic and a desire to learn and do well.
9. Enjoy it!I can be a little bit of a control freak occasionally but study parties would be super lame if I spent the whole time trying to control everyone else. It’s okay to relax and enjoy the company of the people you’re with. I can honestly say that some of my fondest school memories are the times we’ve all gotten together to study. But do your best to stay focused! It’s rewarding and effective when you can all come together with the same goal and help each other learn.
I wish you all the very best of luck! If you have any more questions or stories/tips to share, don’t hesitate to share! :) xo
hi! Ive been doing backgrounds recently, and im having trouble picking out the right brushes and colors. So i was wondering what you do when it comes to those. (I just found your art and i love it!)
Hey there! Yayy for drawing backgrounds!!
I actually use 2 default photoshop brushes: The hard round brush on pen pressure (you can change its shape to suits your way of drawing. This one is, for most artists, our way to go brush. It’s basic and can achieve anything without asking too much of our laptops ~~) and The Round Bristle on pen pressure. I just play around on different opacity (100%, 70%, 30%) Don’t trouble yourself with brushes really, just go for it with the hard round brush, this one is awesome.
As for colors ah! I’m still trying to get better at colors, but I can tell you a good warm up exercise to do, to improve your understanding of colors: Take a scenery (be it a life drawing thing or a picture) and without color picking, try to make a thumbnail of the scene with a hard round brush at 100% opacity. Try to find the right color just with your own eyes. It’ll help you get more confident about colors and your brushstrokes and will help you understand colors better. Take notes and observe life around you. Here is an example~~ Be messy, be quick, who cares, just try to nail those colors.) Have fun !!
I've looked all over and found nothing about gems types and their body shapes, can you explain it a little more? Like how all quartz gems are suppoused to be big and wide shouldred? And how all pearls are thin and such?
I’m not exactly sure if this is what you meant, but the reason why Quartz gems are supposed to be big (in canon at least) is because of what Peridot says in the episode “Too Far”:
(To Amethyst): “Well, you’re a quartz. They’re huge, loyal soldiers. You should be twice your size. Broad shouldered, intimidating, but you simply stayed in the ground too long.
As we’ve seen before with Rubies, certain gems seem to have a kind of “mold” they’re made from, so these particular gems have similar features (like Jasper and Rose Quartz- they’re both quartz gems and they’re both huge and broad shouldered). Even Amethyst, who formed late, still has aspects of the Quartz norm.
Although we haven’t had exact confirmation per say, Pearls seem to also have a specific design which they’re all based on. In “Back to the Barn”, Peridot says:
(To Steven about Pearl): “She’s a pearl. She’s a made-to-order servant just like the hundreds of other pearls being flaunted around back on Homeworld.”
This, coupled with the designs of the other Pearls we’ve seen so far, gives the impression that in canon, Pearls are usually slender.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean your gemsona has to fit the norm we see in the show! This is just an explanation for why many people with pearlsonas / quartzsonas make them a certain way. Hope this helps!
Was reading this thing on writing and race and someone said in the comments “In my writing right now, I only specify the color of characters whose color matters to the story.” Now, in many ways, I totally agree with this. Dear writers, stop over describing your characters! I don’t care if her skin is as dark as the night or as pale as the moon, unless those things are relevant to the plot or characterization.
The issue with this is that everybody will assume your characters are white. White people will assume they are white and your story will reinforce the idea that only white people are in these careers. Non-white people will assume your character is white and won’t feel represented. So if you do this, you can’t really claim that your book is diverse because the diversity is invisible and assumed non-existent.
For those writers who love describing their characters a lot (your style is of course valid even if it’s not something I like), the issue of describing race is merely one of doing so in a non-offensive way. “Merely” isn’t probably the best term since avoiding offense is hard, but you know what I mean. For writers who are skimpy on character description (me), finding an opportunity to describe race in the first place is hard, let alone getting on to the offensive part. The key to solving this problem is to make race relevant so you have a good reason to mention it. Here are some way to do that.
Much of the time culture can imply race. Culture is a big part of who some one is, so it is important to talk about the culture of your main characters, making this totally relevant. Do research into your character’s ethnic background and find ways to show their ethnicity. However, culture does not equal race. Black-ish is a show about a black man who grew up in black culture now dealing with the fact that his black kids are growing up in a white suburban neighborhood and therefore growing up culturally white (hence the -ish, in Black-ish.) This advice also doesn’t help people writing speculative fiction with made up cultures, unless those cultures are heavily based on real life ones (the people from the Chinese-like country are racially East Asian, for example).
Race, even without a culture that suggests that race, still affects who people are. For realism, your realistic fiction should contain some mention of race. Now, if your book isn’t about race or racism it doesn’t have to have a huge amount of it, but honestly, race gets talked about among friends! Microagressions that imply race happen!
I knew a South Asian girl who said, when people kept apologizing for mispronouncing her name: “It’s fine, brown people have weird names!” This is characterization, and you can find ways of adding these types of things to your story. If you have race/racism in your speculative fiction book you can take advantage of this too.
While realistic fiction authors might also find the following advice useful, it will be especially helpful for the speculatively inclined. Many writing speculative fiction make the concept of race non-existent, or culturally insignificant, if it does exist. We also have the issue of “Well you can’t call someone East Asian if there is no East Asia in this world!” And if your cultures are in no way based off of real life ones, you’re also in trouble. This advice should help you in these situations.
Details of physical appearance can be important plot-wise. My character finds his long lost family, but he needs some convincing that these people are really his relatives. He closely examines pictures of himself and his supposed father and finds that, among others things, they have the same rectangular, monolid eyes. (monolid is a term I often see East Asian make up artists use to describe their own eyes.) By making a detailed description of my character necessary, I was able to add a term that reveals his race. It isn’t always easy to do this, but it’s worth thinking about it. How can you make a race revealing description important to the plot? Does your character’s light skin mean they need to wear a lot of dark clothes to blend into the night, and does your other characters dark skin mean they don’t need to cover every inch of their skin in black?
Details of physical appearance can be important character-wise. Even without racism and race-implying cultures, details that express race can still be important. If your character has skin is as dark as the night or as pale as the moon, it might actually imply something about them, if the similes actually means something aren’t just their cus they sound cool. You can also use the “looks can be deceiving” trick and make the person with night skin an open book instead of mysterious and the moon skin person someone with a sunny personality.
Lastly, remember that many races are hard to fully describe. White and black are the easiest races for Americans to pick out, followed by East Asians. How do you describe a Native American? Angular face (a description common for all races, particularly white men), thick hair (South Asians, Latin Americans, and black people are known for this too), and brown skin with coppery undertones (any race can have this, including Mediterranean Europeans, South Asians, and light skinned black people) are the descriptions I see most, and the only reason I know these people are Native is because they are in realistic fiction books where they can say “Native American” along with the physical description. White, black, and East Asian have race indicators that are easy to pick out, but for everybody else the most you can say is “This person is not white.” It’s still good to clarify that the character is not white to prevent the white-by-default thing that’ll happen, but it’s sucky that the group you wanted represented doesn’t really get it. You can use cover art (if you have a say in this,) official art posted elsewhere (your blog, merchandise), or you can simply tell your readers somewhere (your blog, or maybe an “author’s notes” section in the book) if you want readers to specifically know which race your characters are.
It’s long, but it’s done! I hope you all can find good ways to include race without feeling like you’re over describing!
Maybe it’s better to say studyblr-ish. This blog is meant for school/study advice and to document my experiences in upcoming classes – but there won’t be aesthetic notes on here~
A little about my schooling:
- I’m a high school senior
- I’ve finished AP Chemistry and AP Language
- Will be taking AP calc, gov, lit, and bio next year
- I’ve done soccer, volleyball, tennis, mock trial, robotics, and student government at my school
-I’ll be reblogging advice for academics, answering any questions I get (and being as helpful as I can), and writing some tips myself :)
I finally convinced a friend of mine to play mystic messenger and let her play a while without providing help thinking that it’s an easy game. She got Yoosung first. Well why not. But she end up getting both the bad story ending and bad relationship ending ;^;. At first she didn’t go in enough chat and then she get the bad end. I was waiting to receive a message complaining about how she find it tiresome that yoosung keep mentioning Rika. But instead I got “ugh but I used the I’m Rika card”.
I was like aaa don’t expect someone to see their dead cousin in you girl.
But then I remember that not everyone tend to treat character as real people at first :((
So I'm in a dilemma. I have this idea and I'm already plotting out the storyline and such but the problem for me is that I don't know where to start it. I want readers to obtain all the information needed but I don't wanna just info-puke all over them?? &I I don't wanna bore than so how do I catch people's attention? Yah feel me?? I was wondering if you had any advice if not than that's alright too!! Love you, Amy! 💓
Hi bella! I’m probably not the best person to ask, I’ve been struggling so much with motivation lately. But nonetheless here’s some advice:
It’s great that you have an idea that you’re inspired by, and that you have some direction as to how you want your storyline to progress. I would suggest writing out your thoughts and ideas for your fic. It’s a good way to get all your ideas out somewhere, so that you can see how the story flows and progresses. I always try and do vague plans for my fics that I have a clear direction of where my fic/chapter is headed. Not only that, but a plan is so useful to go back to in future if you’re lacking in inspiration for a series. (but keep in mind plans and outlines can change) (so many of my fics have changed from what i thought they would be)
In terms of how to actually start writing it- honestly, you just have to start! Give yourself a stern talking to and just do it haha! For me, what helps kickstart writing motivation: listening to Spotify playlists that I feel inspired by, settling in somewhere cozy and private to write, looking at pictures/videos for inspiration, talking to writer friends, setting small goals, etc.
If you’re concerned about your writing being boring/too much all at once, the answer is editing. Edit before you write (during the planning stages), edit as you write (take as long as you need, speed/efficiency isn’t always preferable when it comes to writing), and edit when you’ve finished writing (with fresh eyes so you can properly catch things like pacing issues, grammar problems, typos.)
Re: catching attention- this is a tricky one. Adding relevant and specific tags to your stories helps (e.g. for Remedy I put ‘Yoongi x reader’, ‘Yoongi angst’, ‘BTS angst’, ‘Yoongi fanfic’). Being an active part of the community also helps! But to completely honest- don’t make catching attention your priority. The less you worry about notes/popularity the happier you’ll be. I write because I love to write and it makes me happy. If you start writing for the wrong reasons you’ll be stressed and dissatisfied. Not only is that a shitty way to feel- it also will reflect in your writing!
Lastly (and what I think is the most important piece of advice) - write for you. Write stories that interest you, that you are excited by, that make you cackle when you finish a sentence. Don’t write what you think adheres to what people want/what is popular. Be authentic to yourself and not only will you be happier that way, but people will respond to it much more than if you’re writing something cliche and generic. if you want to write some filthy Jungkook smut you write that Jungkook smut! If you want to write a smut-free angst piece about Jin, do it! If you want to write a completely ridiculous multi-member crack fic then you know what, you sit down and u write that nonsense!!!! You do you!!!!
Hope this helps sweetpea! Good luck with your writing, I believe in you! :)
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Can I um get some advice? My cg-ish/gf and I are both going to college in the fall, but she's moving away for college. 5 or 6 hours away. I've been doing okay lately but as it gets closer to the date I'm starting to get scared and cry a lot. I'm gonna miss her and people keep asking me if we're gonna break up. Neither of us wanna break up but I'm scared cus I won't be able to see her or cuddle her and it hurts a lot.
Aw, I hope you feel better annony. I’m sorry that things are tough right now. My best advice is communication! Try to make a schedule and see days when you and her are both not busy! Then you can schedule days when you can skype/call her! Don’t be too discouraged when communication is a little wonky though! Things will get a little tough but the little things like good morning/ good night text matter a lot!
I came up with this idea some time ago and I want this to be a kind of continuing series of potential…YouTube channels of the Hobbit characters. If you have some ideas, feel free to send them to me. Obviously, Bilbo would upload tutprials on gardening, am I right?
Hey so I'm already thinking of my college apps (lol) and I'm only gonna b applying to UCs/CSUs/in state colleges and I was thinking of writing about my mom dying and/or being adopted but I'm worried it might come off as too sob story-ish?? Idk. Advice? Thanks so much
Well if that’s what you feel describes you best, then definitely go for it! It sounds like something very significant which could deeply affect you as a person, so that isn’t a sob story if it’s true! Make sure you tie it into the growth and development of yourself and how it affected you though, and it should be killer.
(warning, graphic-ish) Any advice for someone who's mom likes to pretend that the man she brought home wasn't a pedo, and didn't peep on her daughter, and didn't put pictures of men's junk on her computer, and didn't forced her to watch porn with him, and didn't ask how much money it would take for her to blow him? Like, she won't even acknowledge it happened, I'm not allowed to talk about it. She doesn't seem to understand that I haven't felt right in years since?
Honestly the best advice I can give is to see a therapist. You’ve been through a lot and being invalidated so often isn’t good for your mental health. You just need to talk to someone who can listen, validate, and help you work through the emotions from this. I hope things get better for you hun💙