i feel like this is a playlist that a lot of people on tumblr may need

Hello! I didn’t actually expect that many people to request this and I was going to make this anyways soooo… Let’s get to it!

 Before we get started to actually making the spread, you first need to answer the following:

  • Do I want to follow a theme?
  • If so, what theme do I want? 
  • What are the things that motivate me?
  • Are there certain people that motivate me?
  • Do I want to plan my weekends? 

 My weekly spread isn’t the same every week and I change some things very often because I feel like it’s necessary to do so but I’m not one to change my over all color scheme very often although there are some studygrams who change theirs every week. It’s hard to keep on changing your theme if you are a studyblr so I suggest to stick to one for a long time. It’s not necessary to have one but it makes it more neat and pleasing in the eyes and makes it look more organized. I don’t know what they’re originally called, but I call them ‘space-fillers’ mainly because they fill up space (duh). To sum it up, these are basically little things you can add to your bujo to make it more handy and useful. (* - my favorites) Some examples are: 

  • Weekly Playlist*
  • Sleep Tracker
  • Water Count
  • Thought of The Day (TOTD)*
  • Quote of The Day (QOTD)
  • Daily Mood
  • Weekly Expenses 
  • What I Eat in a Day* 

 I want to make this clear, because I live in the Philippines, I don’t really have access to expensive stationeries that you could always see on tumblr and instagram such as Tombows, Muji pens, Artline Stix, and Mildliners. I know that there are some MUJI branches in Manila but it would mean climbing Mt. Everest, crossing the Han River, and spending your life savings. Not worth it (in my opinion because I’m like 14 who basically depends on her parents). So, learn to use what you have and supplies are just supplies. Expensive stationery don’t equal to immediately having beautiful lettering. I just use the Faber Castel ones but depending on where you live, these might not be available for you. I use it because it’s cheaper and does the job. Although the tips do fray overtime, you’re still getting more than what you paid for. So definitely a must-try.

 Before we start. Checklist (* - optional) 

  • Bujo
  • Markers 
  • Glue 
  • Ballpen 
  • Ruler 
  • Highlighter* 
  • Washi Tape*
  • Colored Paper*
  • Photos* 
  • Music 

(I didn’t list any specific brands because you can always substitute supplies)

 Okay and now we can finally start! 

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Distress Tolerance: Big List of Ideas and Examples for Practicing the Self-Soothe Skill

When using the Distress Tolerance Skill of Self-Soothe, the goal is to create small, physically pleasurable or calming or stimulating experiences for your senses.  Here is a substantial list of some examples of pleasurable or engaging experiences for each sense:

Vision:

  • If a lot of your breakdowns happen at night, go outside and look at the stars. Sometimes it’s nice to be accompanied by a stargazing app on your phone that helps you identify constellations and other astral features.  This is a personal favourite of mine because you also get the benefit of fresh air.
  • Look at pictures you like in a book of illustrations, a book of artwork by favourite artists, look at the complex designs of adult colouring books (and colour them!)
  • Create and compile a tag on your tumblr or a board on pinterest of calming or visually stimulating images/gifs (or a photo album of good memories or images that remind you of good moments)
  • Go to a craft store and buy one (or many!) beautiful silk flower(s), or, go to a florist/flower shop/grocery store and buy an interesting live flower or plant. Terrariums make particularly calming things to look at.
  • Light a candle and watch the flame.
  • Shake up a glitter jar or snowglobe and watch the glitter or snow swirl and settle (there are many different “recipes” for making a glitter jar so if you’re interested in learning how, just google it and try different methods until you get a result you’re happy with. You can also probably buy one on Etsy if you don’t want to do the DIY thing).
  • Go people-watching.
  • Walk in a pretty part of town or a nice park. Look closely at any interesting architecture or beautiful nature.
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset.
  • Watch the clouds, notice shapes they form that may look like animals or objects.
  • Watch a fireworks display.
  • During holiday seasons like Halloween or Christmas, drive or walk around your area to look at the decoration displays. Look up images or videos of impressive and ambitious and extravagant Christmas light displays.
  • Go to a nature park, bird or butterfly sanctuary and watch the creatures.
  • Watch dance performances on YouTube (there are SO MANY good ones in all different styles, solo or with a partner or in a group, dance battles, street performances or TV performances like So You Think You Can Dance… you can find incredibly amazing things)
  • Watch YouTube videos of martial arts demonstrations (Tai Chi is soothing to watch, Capoeira is really visually interesting, HEMA/WMA rapier or longsword or sidesword drills can also be rhythmic and the repetition can be enjoyable to watch) or some practice or tournament sparring (NO MMA bloodsport, that’s not soothing!)
  • Watch YouTube videos and clips of gymnastics competitions, or figure-skating performances/competitions.
  • Watch sports highlight reels on YouTube or on a sports TV channel like SportsNet, TSN, ESPN, etc.
  • Watch YouTube tutorials: make-up tutorials or hair tutorials, cosplay tutorials, drawing or painting tutorials (or speedpaints or timelapses), etc.
  • Watch cute animal videos or gifs (another personal favourite of mine).
  • Read comics, graphic novels, or manga.
  • Watch a visually intricate, interesting, calming, or stimulating TV show or movie.  Animated movies or shows are particularly nice, like Miyazaki films or some Dreamworks films or the Legend of Korra series are some examples that come to mind.  Movies with a lot of well-done visual effects are also nice, or movies and TV shows that have excellent costume or set design, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy or period movies/shows.  If you download movies and TV shows, perhaps keep a special folder of go-to calming or visually engaging shows that appeal to your sense of vision.
  • Watch nature or science documentaries like shows on the National Geographic Channel (or website), the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the BBC, etc.  My top recommendations are anything narrated by David Attenborough, and Cosmos narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. 
  • Watch educational YouTube channels (personal favourite is TheBrainScoop, a natural history channel out of the Field Museum in Chicago).  I know some people really dislike the vlogbrothers, but SciShow and the various field-specific incarnations of SciShow are also interesting to watch and are visually engaging because of high production quality.
  • Put up Christmas lights in your room but keep them there all year around and turn them on/plug them in when you want something pretty to look at.
  • Decorate an area of your room, or make one area of your room pleasant to look at.
  • Re-read letters or kind messages people have sent you over the years.  If they’re online or on your phone, take screenshots of them and keep them in a folder so that you can look through them when you’re feeling down about yourself.  For especially special ones, print a few out and either pin/tape them up on your wall where you can see them regularly, or fold them up and put them in your wallet or your bag (purse, backpack, briefcase, etc) so you can read them anywhere you go if you need to.  (You can also put these in your Self-Soothe Kit)

Hearing/Sound:

  • Listen to soothing, invigorating, or empowering music.  Create specific playlists for this purpose.  Don’t include music that makes you feel negative emotions or brings up negative memories.
  • Listen to ambient noise makers, especially ones that are customizable. If you’re having too much of a breakdown to play with customizable ambient noise makers, you can always find 3-10 hour loops of ambient noise videos on YouTube.
  • Pay attention to the sounds of nature (waves, birds, rainfall, leaves rustling, etc).
  • Pay attention to the sounds of the city (traffic, human chatter, street performers, the sound of the wind whistling down streets or around buildings, etc)
  • Sing to your favourite songs and blast your music super loud.  If you have a good sound system, lie on the floor and feel the bass.
  • Listen to the discography of your favourite band or musician or artist
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Listen to lectures or podcasts (iTunesU is a great place to find free lectures of full university courses or lecture series on a particular subject.  TedTalks is also a good place for this stuff.)
  • Listen to (and watch) educational YouTube channels (my favourite, as previously stated, is TheBrainScoop, a natural history channel out of the Field Museum in Chicago, and previously a zoological museum in Montana)
  • Watch/Listen to documentaries narrated by David Attenborough (his voice is incredibly soothing, seriously, if you watch the Life documentary series, watch the version he narrated, not Oprah’s version because Attenborough’s is much more soothing). The documentaries are also usually a very high quality so they’re visually soothing as well.
  • Listen to musical soundtracks, or watch the shows on YouTube, or watch YouTube-specific musicals like the musicals created by StarKid (Starship is particularly good).
  • Hum or whistle.
  • Call/Skype a friend or loved one to listen to their voice.
  • Play an instrument or learn to play an instrument (you can watch tutorials for this on YouTube too)
  • Make playlists for different emotions or ones that achieve different effects.  One that’s relaxing, one that’s upbeat and happy and makes you want to dance, one that makes you want to rock out or pumps you up, one that’s instrumental (movie and video game soundtracks are good for this), etc. 
  • Make playlists with certain themes, like traveling, or city life, or the sea, or songs that remind you of someone you love.  Include songs that inspire you or comfort you (three of my go-to songs for that are I Stand Alone by Van Canto, Good to be Alive by Skillet, and Battle Cry by Angel Haze, for example) and songs that remind you of your goals, things you want to accomplish, things you still want to do and experience because that can really help you look past the pain of the now and look towards the possibilities of the future.
  • Note: when making playlists, try to only include songs you really like and would want to listen to all the way through.  You don’t want to be skipping a lot of songs, or skipping any at all.  The ideal is to be able to put on a playlist that is at least a couple hours long and be able to just continuously listen.

Smell/Scent:

  • Use your favourite soap, shampoo, aftershave, cologne, lotions, body wash, shaving cream, body spray or perfume.
  • Light an aromatherapy candle or just a scented candle.
  • Burn incense.
  • Make a cup of a particularly aromatic tea.
  • Open a container of loose tea and inhale the scent, or open up a new bag of coffee and inhale the fresh coffee.
  • Put lemon oil on your furniture (I’ve never done this, I dunno what it smells like, but this is listed in the Manual so obviously some people find it beneficial).
  • Bake something, because baking always smells good.  Baking bread is really nice and could be fairly easy if you have a bread-maker.
  • Cook a particularly delicious smelling meal (personally I’m partial to the smell of cooking turkey bacon, but also the smell of onions being cooked always smells good to me).
  • Put potpourri or an aromatherapy oil in your room.  You can get those air freshener/room scents that plug into the wall and put one of those in your room.
  • Rub an aromatherapy oil on the insides of your wrists (I do this and have a few different scents and I keep some in my self-soothe kit)
  • Wear a scent locket necklace (a necklace with a locket that has a piece of fabric inside that you dip in a scented oil so the locket continuously gives off this scent).
  • Boil cinnamon or heat up vanilla.
  • Go to a flower shop and literally smell the roses! (or your favourite flower or herb or choice)
  • Keep dried herbs in your house, ones you particularly like
  • Buy a small spice kit or a travel spice kit and carefully smell them (don’t inhale too deeply because otherwise you might get powder up your nose!)
  • Open a window, walk outside, get some fresh air.
  • Go to a wooded area or a park or a garden and mindfully breathe in the fresh smells of nature.
  • Buy a special soap or face wash or body lotion or body spray just to be used for the times when you need to self-soothe, as a treat for yourself.

Taste:

  • Eat some of your favourite foods.
  • Drink your favourite soothing drink, such as a special tea, a particularly rich or flavoured hot chocolate, a fancy latte, or a smoothie (JugoJuice is particularly good on the soothing smoothie front).
  • Order a very special and extravagant drink at Starbucks or your coffeeshop of choice.  Make sure it’s an order that you only get on rare occasions so that it remains special.  As for extra whipped cream, be completely indulgent. This is one of my favourite things to do.  Make a list of special drinks and flavour combinations that you enjoy that are not on the standard menu, keep the list in your wallet or your bag so that you’ll be able to remember a more complicated order at times when your memory might be failing you due to too much distress.
  • Go to a fancy bakery (or the bakery section in your local grocery store) and get a slice of cake, or treat yourself to a similarly special dessert.
  • Go out for dinner to a place you enjoy, either a place that’s a special treat for you, or a place that is comforting and familiar.
  • Eat a food or candy that is strongly associated with your childhood (like fruit rollups or dunk-a-roos or gummy bears, or cereal like Froot Loops or Lucky Charms or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, for me).
  • Go to your local convenience store and indulge yourself with a chocolate bar.
  • Sample flavours of ice cream at an ice cream parlour. 
  • Buy a special ice cream cone with more than one scoop or flavour, with toppings like sprinkles or crushed nuts or chocolate drizzle. Give yourself permission to have something special and out-of-the-ordinary.  Alternatively, go to the grocery store’s ice cream or frozen yogurt section and buy yourself a tub or box of ice cream in your favourite flavour.  Try to get small containers so you don’t end up eating too much and feeling sick afterwards. That would be counterproductive.
  • Suck on a piece of hard candy.
  • Eat a very chewy candy that takes a long time to eat.
  • Chew your favourite flavour of gum.  Go out and get a special flavour of bubblegum and blow bubbles.  The repetitive motion of chewing gum is also soothing and can prevent you from clenching your teeth and jaw.
  • Brush your teeth and use mouthwash.
  • Drink a carbonated, fizzy drink or put fizzy tablets in your drink and notice the sensation of the bubbles in your mouth.
  • Eat slowly, to savour and enjoy what you’re eating.  Try to eat Mindfully, using the skills Observe, Describe, Participate, and One-Mindful.  Make sure you’re being Non-Judgmental of yourself for eating a treat or something special.  If eating can be triggering for you or affect your self-esteem or will make you feel guilty, then it would be best to not choose this sense to stimulate. 

Touch:

  • Take a long hot bath or shower, or sit in a hot tub.
  • Pet your dog or cat.  Cuddle with them close, feel their heartbeat, feel their chest expand as they breathe.  Pay attention to the texture of their fur or coat and how it feels on your hands.
  • Have someone give you a massage or a back rub. 
  • Massage your own hands and feet, shoulders and calves, neck and forehead/temples.
  • Rub a lotion over your entire body, feel how soft your skin is.
  • Put a cold compress or damp cloth on your forehead or the back of your neck.
  • Wash your face, either just with water or with a special facial scrub.
  • Follow all the steps of a skincare routine.
  • Brush your teeth, paying attention to your gums, the insides of your cheeks, and your tongue. It can be surprisingly soothing if you do it methodically and take your time and do it Mindfully.
  • Sink into a comfortable chair in your home.
  • Lay down, comfortably in bed, surrounded by pillows (maybe make a pillow fort?), and pull the covers up to your chin or over your head, and tuck yourself in or have someone else tuck you in.
  • Put fresh, clean sheets on your bed.  Alternatively, buy special, high-thread count sheets for you to put on your bed on special occasions like when you need to self-soothe and feel comforted.
  • If you’re going to be out in public and may need to self-soothe, wear an article of clothing that is particularly soft or silky or pleasant to touch (like a scarf, for example), or wear a really soft or crisp shirt, a snuggly hoodie, a very smooth blazer of fine wool, a satiny or silky blouse or jacket, or a garment that has an interesting texture that you can run your hands over (I’m a huge fan of textured fabrics so most of my clothes are made of fabrics with interesting textures precisely for this purpose). 
  • NOTE: Make sure every part of your outfit is comfortable and not itchy or constricting, make sure the tags on the garments don’t irritate you and that the seams are also not irritating or abrasive.
  • If you’re at home, put on your comfiest, softest pajamas or fuzzy socks or fuzzy/cushioned slippers.
  • Take a drive with the car windows rolled down (or, if in a convertible, with the top down), and feel the wind blow through your hair and the feel of the wind on your skin.  This is another personal favourite of mine.
  • Run your hand along smooth wood or leather, or feel the details of a wood or leather object that has been carved or embossed.
  • Run your hand over a worry stone.
  • Grip a stress ball/toy.
  • Play with a fidget toy (like a spinner ring) or a stim toy.
  • If you’re a crystal person, hold a crystal in your hands and feel the energy within it, along with its smoothness and sharpness.
  • Hug someone.  Feel that physical closeness, notice and feel their heartbeat and the rise and fall of their chest while you’re hugging them.
  • Cuddle with someone.
  • Cuddle a stuffed animal, especially a particularly comforting one from your childhood.
  • Hold someone’s hand.  Notice the feel of their skin, the texture, the temperature, how you’re holding hands (are your fingers interlaced? If they are, how so? Etc)
  • This one is kinda weird, but put liquid glue on your hand, let it dry, and then peel it off.  It’s an interesting sensation.
  • I don’t know if this counts as touch, but paint your nails.  Do your makeup.  Style your hair.  Experiment with your makeup and your hair, do something different or wacky or straight up wild, for the tactile experience of working with your hair and the make up.
  • Pluck your eyebrows.  Some people may not find this pleasant or soothing, but I do.  Maybe I’m just weird.
  • Go for a run and concentrate on the feeling of your feet connecting to the pavement or the trail or the treadmill, feel the sweat accumulate on your body, if running outside feel the wind in your hair and on your face.
  • Go for a swim, feel the water on your skin as you move through it.

Other Senses:

  • There are other senses like your sense of pressure. Using pressure like a weighted blanket or a heavy quilt of comforter laid over your body can be a very pleasant and calming sensation and is commonly used by people who experience sensory overload, such as autistic people.  
  • Yet another sense is our perception of temperature. Here you could basically use the T in the TIP skill, or a milder form of the T skill which could be putting a cool, damp cloth on your forehead or the back of your neck.  You could also take a warm bath or sit in a hot-tub.
  • While there are many more, the last sense I’ll mention is our sense of motion. It is soothed by repetitive motions, like tapping fingers or feet, bouncing your knee, or sitting in a rocking chair.  I personally find rocking chairs to be especially soothing.

This list is far from exhaustive, so you might come up with something that isn’t on this list that really works for you.

Further Reading: The Self-Soothe Skill, Intro to Distress Tolerance, The TIP Skill, Intro to Mindfulness, The Mindfulness “What” Skills (Coming Soon), The Mindfulness “How” Skills (Coming Soon)

-Pandora

Overanalyzing Jimin’s playlist

I just wanted to say I noticed some people are kinda over-analyzing? Like, I’m the first person to go and be like “wow Jiminie, you go, you smexi beast” over that playlist. And also, I honestly believe there are meanings behind certain songs about Jimin’s life and JiKook (actually I have this small “wondering-about-it” post unfinished, I will publish it tomorrow).

Because I simply love how songs can sometimes tell the story or feelings when we’re not able to do so. Whether the words, or the title, or the tune – sometimes one piano track can scream your feelings louder than hundreds of words.

Yes, the fact is that Jimin’s playlist is stuffed with “making out” material, deep electronic sounds, r’n’b, with sexual undertone and lyrics about sex. But I never, even for a second, thought that every song of this particular playlist is trying to tell us something (hell, I refuse to admit it sometimes, but maybe none of the songs are ‘trying’ to tell us something, but I’m too deep so that won’t be the case for me, ever :D).

It tells us Jimin likes this kind of music, sensual, it’s his favourite making-out music, but I don’t think there’s really need to go and break every single word of those songs in tiny pieces. I feel like those slower, calmer ones are those that may be telling us something. But I honestly think Jimin loves this kind of music – he can perfectly dance to it, just like we saw so many times, hip thrusting, body rolls, biting lips, his hand in his hair—

Okay.

I almost got carried away. But the point is, I’m not saying that some of those “more heated” songs are not carrying something more in them, but to focus on it?

In past 24 hours I saw countless asks all over my dash and in JiKook tag.

Is Jimin having sex so he can forget Jungkook? He is probably straight, after all. Jimin is hurting so much, IT’S SO OBVIOUS. Jimin [insert problem] with Jungkook.

I know we all tend to overthink, like :D, I’m the queen of overthinking. But at the same time I try to be a realist and I always scold myself when my mind is trying to analyze silly things. Also, I do a lot of research if I want to claim this or that.

I’m not trying to be rude towards anyone – we all have our opinions, it’s okay! But it just makes me kinda sad to see so many people overanalyzing some sexy-songs, like everything had to have a meaning and that meaning is connected to JiKook and mostly, it’s about Jimin’s unhappiness. Like, I have tons of songs on my phone that I listen to on a daily basis, I love the lyrics – but just like 30% connects to my current, daily situation. Some songs remind me of past, some of them help me to picture the future. Some of them have beautiful beat and just make me happy.

So please, stop torturing your hearts with, I think not-too-necessary, analyses. Not everything has to have a meaning – and that’s coming from me, queen of overthinking and overanalyzing.

Instead, focus on what we saw in last days in those V-lives. I don’t think that after looking at domestic JiKook on Eat Jin or that stare someone’s capable of wondering if Jimin is having casual sex to forget about Jungkook.

That would be all.

Sorry for this monologue!

PS: I’m not trying to insult anybody; I just noticed those asks, for example at  mimibtsghost  tumblr, after she posted her playlist-related analysis (which I like very much, ramen :D!) and I had to kind of vent :/

Character Development: Alternatives to Worksheets

Anonymous asked: Hi, so I’m having a character development issue, but with only my main character. I keep feeling like he is either flat or too complex. I’ve done countless worksheet and things, but I just can’t seem to grasp who he is. Can you help me in any way? <3 love your advice by the way.

Aww, thanks!

I always recommend character development sheets as a character development exercise, but try not to take them too seriously/rely on them too heavily.

I suggest switching gears and trying some different character development exercises. There are several that I find to be really helpful when I’m struggling to get to know a character:


1) Reality TV Crew:

This is so much fun I even do it for characters I understand well. :) Start by choosing a point just prior to when your story starts, then pretend a camera crew is following your character through a normal day. Write down everything that happens from the moment your character wakes up until the moment they go to bed. Be sure to explore their interactions with other characters, how they react to good and bad things (good: getting a package in the mail, bad: finding out they have a cavity), what they do to entertain themselves, and how they meet their basic needs. You can even do little reaction interviews, ala The Office or Modern Family where the character divulges their feelings about things that have happened. If it works for you and you want to dive deeper, try to find an important even in their back story and follow them through that day, too.

2) First-Person Free Write

This is kind of like the last one except without a “camera crew.” This one is done in first-person present tense, as if you’re inside your character’s head as they are experiencing an important even in their life. It can be any event that you want, but it’s extra helpful if it is an experience that adds to their back story or has an impact on who they are.

3) Character Interview

For this, you’re going to answer interview questions as if you were your character. There are a number of ways you can go about this. You can look for interviews with real people to help you come up with questions, or you can just wing it and make up a bunch of questions on your own. Either way, make sure you have a good mix of mundane questions like “what is your favorite food” to really profound questions like “if you could go back in time and erase one event from history, what would it be?” Write down all of your questions ahead of time, and then either hand write the answers (remembering that you are the character as you answer), or even better–answer them out loud, either by yourself or with a friend to ask the questions.

4) Alternate Universe Crisis Mode

This is a free write exercise where you drop your character into a crisis that has nothing to do with your plot or back story. This is simply an exercise in possibility–to see how they would react in an extremely stressful situation. It could be a car accident, a ski weekend interrupted by a crazy ax murderer, or devastating earthquake. It doesn’t even have to be a situation in the same time, place, or universe in which your story takes place. If you want to see how your character would have fared in place of one of Henry VIII’s mostly ill-fated wives, go for it! You can even drop your character into your favorite TV show or movie as if they were an additional cast member. This exercise is all about learning who they are as a person. Are they brave or fearful? Do they lead or follow? Are they helping the injured or too squeamish? Are they optimistic or pessimistic? This exercise will tell you a lot about your character.

5) Milestone Map

In this exercise, you’re going to write 1-3 paragraphs, first-person, about all of your character’s major milestones from the first day of school to whatever milestone they hit prior to your story beginning. These don’t even have to be major milestones like getting a driver’s license or going to prom–they can be smaller ones, too, like first babysitting job, first A on a test, first kiss, etc.

6) Character Playlist

One of the first things I do when I create a character is listen to a lot of music. I’ll usually start by listening to “B sides” (the non-hit songs) of my favorite bands and singers. Then I’ll use an app like Pandora (which plays random songs based on your interests) to find new music, or sometimes I’ll sit on YouTube and watch random music videos to find new stuff. Little by little, a playlist will begin to emerge as I hear songs that fit my character. When I have a good list of songs going, I’ll sit down and really listen to the music. More often than not I learn new things about my character this way.

7) Character Board

This one is especially fun if you’re crafty or good with photoshop, but it’s still fun even if you’re not. The object is to create an inspiration board for your character filled with photos of everything from clothing to physical features, and from quotes to items the might own. Anything that reminds you of your character. If you have access to magazines you can tear up, you might do it on a piece of poster board or bulletin board and have fun decorating it old school Or, you might prefer to do a collage in photoshop or an online collage app. You can even do a gallery on Pinterest or Tumblr if you prefer.

8) Visualization Tricks

Sometimes a character’s personality won’t fall into place until you’re able to visualize them. There are a number of ways you can go about getting a good picture of them into your head. If you’re good at drawing, you can try to draw a portrait of them. If you’re not good at drawing, you might enlist a friend or family member who is. Or, if that’s not possible, try looking through the commissions tag on tumblr and see if you can pay someone to do it. Some artists might even be willing to negotiate if you can’t afford to pay them, if there’s something else you can offer them like writing them a piece of fan-fiction, making them a fan-video, or a graphic. Sometimes it’s fun to do a “casting call” and choose an actor or model who looks like your character to “play” them in your mind. It’s very important that you already know what your character looks like before doing this, because the goal isn’t to use an actor as your character. It’s just a way to help you visualize them easier.


If none of these help you  get a better handle on your character, there may be something else not working. You might consider putting them into a folder for a future project and try creating a new character for the current story. Sometimes that ends up being the magic trick that gets things flowing again. :)

Story Seeds

Odds are you already have a pretty good idea of what your novel is about, but on the off chance you’re still floundering, today we’re going to look at idea generation and development.

Most people don’t sit down at their keyboard with a fully formed novel in mind. They start with a loose idea. A scene. A setting. A rough plot. Maybe just a character. Wherever you’re starting from, it’s important to have an rough idea of what your story’s about before we get started.

Finding a Seed

In order for a story to grow we must first plant a seed, but where does that seed come from? The answer is surprisingly simple: Everywhere.

JK Rowlings conceived Harry Potter while stuck on a train. Khaled Hosseini was struck with inspiration for The Kite Runner while watching television. A dinner debate with friends moved Margaret Atwood to write The Handmaid’s Tale. Ideas are everywhere, and as writers our job is to be constantly on the lookout for them. That probably doesn’t help you much if you’re stuck, so here are some things you can do to help court inspiration.

1. Read, read, and read.

It’s amazing how many ideas flow from other works. James Joyce’s Ulysses was inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick clearly found inspiration in both The Bible and Shakespeare’s MacBeth and King Lear. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World borrows themes and dialogue from The Tempest. Even if you’re not looking to borrow themes/ideas, the simple act of reading can inspire you to write.

2. Mind mapping and other brainstorming techniques.

This is easier than it sounds. Mind mapping involves writing down an idea that interests you and the finding subtopics that branch from the original. Other brainstorming techniques work much the same. The point is to get all your ideas onto paper and then figure out which ones work.

3. Delight your senses.

This can mean whatever you want it to mean. Visit an art gallery. See a film. Spend an afternoon meandering through a garden. Attend the symphony. Dine at a favourite restaurant. Sometimes engaging our other senses can help inspire creativity.

4. Have a genre in mind and then fill in a gap.

Maybe you’ve decided you’re writing Romance. Or Science Fiction. Maybe you read exclusively in the genre and know no one’s written a sweeping epic where the heroine falls in love with an intelligent, silicon based life form found living beneath the ice on Europa. This works particularly well if you really want to read a sweeping epic where the heroine falls in love with an intelligent, silicon based life form found living beneath the ice on Europa.

5. Use a story idea generator.

You may scoff at this, but you’d be surprised at how easily you can take a generated idea and make it your own.

Whatever you decided to use, be sure to own it. If you’re not passionate about your idea you’re not going to see it to fruition. Write for yourself first and foremost. Remember, this is a first draft and first drafts are about pleasing ourselves. We’ll worry about our audiences later.


Growing the Seed

Now that you have an idea, how do you turn that into a fully fledged novel?

Okay, that’s a bit of a trick question, because we’re going to spend the month of August doing exactly that, but in the meantime here are some ways you can flesh out your idea while you wait.

1. Keep an idea notebook.

One of the reasons I carry a notebook around with me everywhere is so that I can write down ideas as they come. Say I’ve figured out I’m going to write that sweeping epic, and the next day I’m waiting for change at the grocery store and I’m struck with the sudden inspiration that my heroine is a translator who specializes in decoding alien languages. Into the notebook it goes. I’ve now not only further developed my character, but have also come up with a plausible reason for her to have fallen in love with our Europa alien.

2. Start a pinterest board.

I admit, I don’t use pinterest (I lack the attention span for it), but I know a lot of writers who do. Maybe instead you just want an image folder (software like Scrivener give you a cork board for pinning images). Maybe you’ve set up a side tumblr. Maybe you like to print out images and hang them around your workspace. Whatever you choose, collecting images/quotes/art that inspires you can be a great way to flesh out your idea.

3. Make a playlist.

If you’re the type who likes to write to music, start thinking about a playlist now. Does your idea feel dark and brooding? Upbeat and funny? Ominous and scary? Whatever tone you’re going for, I guarantee you can find music to fit.

4. Read, read, and read.

I know we’ve mentioned this above, but it begs repeating. Seeing how other authors have structured and grown their ideas is a great way to flesh out your own, but you don’t have to stop at fiction. Say your story takes place in Ancient Egypt. This would be great time to start reading up on the era. You can even pick up a few books on writing (we’ll do a recommendation post tomorrow). Books like 45 Master Characters not only help with character development, but also include story arcs suited to your character type.

Remember, you don’t need a fully plotted novel to start this workshop. But you do need an idea, as well as a rough idea of where you want your story to go.

As you all may or may not know, in just 13 days I will have to take my entrance exam for college. One would think that I am in my full study mode, that I am completely tuning in my studyblr vibes and that I am in my best condition. But, sadly, I got sick. It is nothing serious though, it is just a cold. Even though it is just a common cold, it is still affecting my studying. That’s why I came up with bunch of tips for myself and any of you guys who need to study with a runny nose and a sore throat. Read on!

PART I- Getting some help.

  • Inform people around you.
    If you are living with your parents, or roommates, you should tell them that you are sick. They could help you with making the best possible environment for your study sessions, they could make you tea or soup while you are working etc. etc. At the very least, they can just support you.
  • Drink loads of water.
    But then again, you should do that even if you’re not sick.
  • Get some medications if it’s needed.
    If you have a fever, get some pills that lower your fever. Or if you have a sore throath, get those candy thingies that melt in your mouth and make you feel better.

PART II- Get comfy.

  • Get a blanket.
    If you’re like me, you will feel cold all the time when you are sick. My solution is to have a small blanket over me at all times. Either that or my biggest comfiest sweater. But whatever you choose, stay warm and cuddled in.
  • Light some candles.
    Sometimes,candles help me with a stuffy nose. Don’t know if that’s just me, or it helps other people too. But see if this works for you and if it does, do it. And besides, who doesn’t like scented candles.Oh yeah- incensce sticks work as well, although their smell is a lot stronger. If you get headaches from strong scents, don’t do this.
  • Open a window.
    You will need all the fresh air you can get, and fresh air will make you feel more ready and more awake.
  • Don’t wear make-up.
    I am saying this because if you’re like me, on healthy days, you wear make-up on your study session. I know it gets you “in the zone” but while you’re sick you’re just cloging up your pores, and you might smudge all of it and you will just feel fresher if you don’t have it on.
  • Take a shower.
    You will feel better, trust me.
  • Play some music.
    There are awesome “get in the zone“ playlist online, so if you can study with music on, I suggest that you do as it might distract you from the fact that you are sick.

PART III- Actual studying.

  • Surround yourself with everything you might need.
    Water bottle, some oranges and other citruses, tea, tissues, your medications. Just, whatever you think you might need, have it within an arms reach. Because, if you have to get up a million times just to blow out your nose, you won’t get much studying done.
  • Just start.
    Sit and tell yourself: “I will do only 10 minutes of work”. After those ten minutes, tell yourself that you will work for ten more and so on. You won’t even blink and you will learn 20 pages of material. (PS. I do this even when I am not sick, so apply this when healthy too :) )
  • Know when you should take a break.
    It’s nice if you got in the zone and you have your indie study playlist blasting on and you really feel good, but it’s important (even when you are healthy, but especially when you’re sick!) to take breaks. Just short breaks, like stand 5 minutes on your balcony or go and splash your face or get up and stretch. You could use the pomodoro techinque if you’d like. Although I have slightly modified it: instead of 25 minute blocks I use 30, my breaks are 10 minutes long, and every third break is 20 minutes long. Figure out what works for you and do that.

Additional tips:

  • If you’re a smoker, try to cut down when you’re sick.
    I am a smoker and I know it might be hard for you to try to lower you intake, but trust me, when you’re sick you will feel better if you don’t smoke a lot.
  • Avoid alcohol when you are sick.
    Actually, you shouldn’t really drink that much at all as it’s not healthy, but I completely avoid it when I am sick.
  • It’s okay to whine.
    Seriously. Have a headache? Go whine a little bit about it. Sore throat, can’t speak without sounding like an adolescent boy? Whine. What’s important is that all you do is whine. Do some work, you will feel good about yourself.
  • Give yourself some credits.
    Managed to study for an hour? Great! Praise yourself.  Also, lower your expectations a bit. That way, if you do more than what you expected you will do, you will feel better than if you planned to study for 7 hours straight and managed to do less than half of it.

Hope this helped you guys, this is what I always do when I am sick and I have to study. If you have any other tips and tricks, be free to add them to this post or to send them directly to me in my inbox!

Lots of love
~Omega

anonymous asked:

Dear miss snowy I'm painfully aware you've probably already answered this but I was wondering how you handle not getting distracted? I get very easily distracted when trying to write resulting in nothing getting done and I feel like I've tried a bit of everything but nothing works, and was wondering if you had any tips? (Thank you very much for all the lovely stories! Whenever I'm having a bad day I like to come on your blog and read them!)

I don’t mind questions like these at all! I’m happy to do anything I can to help someone get into writing or write more. And I don’t think I’ve really ever been asked this, as far as I can recall, so no worries anon!

I think there are two main types of getting distracted.

#1 Distraction stemming from a sort of internal paralysis regarding writing. A bit of lack of self-esteem coupled with constant questioning of oneself and one’s quality resulting in stagnation and the inability to move forward, therefore engaging in anything else in order to remove yourself from the situation.

#2 Legitimately unable to concentrate due to a lack of focus.

It’s important to figure out which one you fall under, because then you can more easily tackle the problem of feeling unable to write!

For People Who Fall Under #1…

1. Anxiety
Feeling anxious about the quality of your work will only accomplish one thing: not writing anything. Or, alternatively, you managed something but it’s at a snail’s pace. (Even slow is good though!) Sometimes that can make you feel even worse. It’s a vicious cycle.

I’ll let you in on a little secret… I lack confidence in my writing.

I’m very critical but I have trouble discerning good from bad, especially while or just after I’ve written something. A common tactic I’ve used in order to properly edit something is to sleep on it first. Even still, some things I was proud of received far less attention than some things I was very, very uncertain of. We, as a species, feel fear. To open yourself up to posting writing online (or submitting things for publishing), you may worry you’re not good enough. That feeling never goes away. It may lessen, but that is mostly due to desensitization,

You’re not alone.

Very few people can proudly march into a so-called spotlight and not feel the sweat, but here’s another secret. You’re better than you think you are.

You may lack practice. You may be rough around the edges. You may not have a lot of followers or reviews or kudos or notes, but you’re still better than you think you are. I guarantee it.

2. Ego

Keep your head up above the worry, but never stop thinking you can’t improve. This is tricky, because the messages seem to conflict, but the sooner that you accept that you make mistakes and that that’s alright, the sooner you can stop worrying so much about everything being perfect. You’ll learn, develop, and grow. You’ll look back on things and maybe cringe. That’s okay! That’s great!

Talent doesn’t exist save for the top 10% of any given ability. We often conflate hard work with talent. Someone who started drawing at the age of five may be more advanced at the age of fifteen. That doesn’t mean that you, however old you are, can’t achieve the same thing if given the time. This applies to everything: writing, drawing, singing, math, weight lifting, running, language learning, etc. Talent only really comes into play once you’re extremely advanced, which the majority of people will never reach unless they go into that thing as a profession. So you will always be improving so long as you work on the thing that you want to improve on!

Discard your ego. It can only hold you back.

3. Confidence

I’m sure there are plenty of people who are naturally confident, but if you’re like me then you’re not one of them! So, for the rest of us, you have to build it brick by brick. And sometimes the walls will crumble. It’s alright; you’re okay. Just because you have a bad day or week or even month, that doesn’t diminish you or your ability.

Confidence is knowing that you did your best on something while being able bounce back from criticism. Ego is fragile while Confidence is strong. But you have to work hard to foster the latter by never talking down to yourself and being resilient towards things that might make you think less of your skills. It’s difficult, I know. But realize the difference and practice positive thought and maybe soon you can start moving forward on projects that you’ve itched to do for years!

4. Tools

Getting Started on Confidence - Here are a few articles that can open you up to Confidence building strategies! One, Two, Three!

Motivation - I really like motivational speech videos for when I feel really low. Here’s one (Mindshift) that’s particularly good for this subject! This one (Believe in Yourself) is great too! (This is kind of ‘slap sense into yourself’ motivation so the imagery at times can be intense, as a warning.)

Journal - Keep a journal, but disallow yourself from writing negative things or gossip in it. Instead, only write what you enjoyed about your day, what made you happy, and what you accomplished. Keep the entries short and concise so that they’re easy to look over at the end of the week!

For People Who Fall Under #2…

You’re probably the type of person that can work hard on the things you get really into, but if you’re having trouble with writing, don’t fret! You probably just haven’t found a way to make it fun or compelling yet. You need the proper tools. Below is a list that might hopefully help you stay on target!

1. Environment
This may seem straight forward, but it’s a very difficult issue for most people to tackle. Your environment can often be your number one offender for distraction. If you have trouble focusing on things at your desk, clean it, clear it off, and try to adjust to the new space. Additionally, if your home is too loud or noisy, or there are constant interruptions, then either find a time to write when everyone is asleep or try your hand at taking your laptop / notebook to the library. If your desktop wallpaper is too bright or active, change it to something calm and cool colored. Tweak your surroundings until you have your ideal setting.

2. Health
This, too, might seem straight forward, but if you’re hungry, dehydrated, or didn’t sleep eight hours or more the night before, you may not be able to muster the mental energy to write. So if you’re struggling, puzzle out if any of those factors might have had a hand. Drink tea or water and if you really need food to keep you focused, snack on something small and harmless like baby carrots or chew gum.

3. Canvas
Where you type your words on the computer might just have as much of an effect as where you type your words in real life. Whenever I try a new program, I find it very difficult to concentrate. The layout is new and interesting and I’m just not into it yet. The more you write in a certain setting, the more used to it you become, and soon enough you can become very attuned to it. You’ll see the program as a means to write and it’ll compel you in your head to put words down. Break in your program! 

So for this I would suggest finding a list of prompts, like this one, and attempting to write a very, very short fill of one each day. You don’t need to post it anywhere. You don’t need to re-read it. Just write maybe 1000 words. That’s it. No more, no less. Or, alternatively, set a timer for an hour and try to just complete it in the hour. It doesn’t matter what the quality of it is, just break in your program bit by bit, day by day.

4. Habit
It’s harder to do something we’re not used to doing. Like the section Canvas covered, doing a little of something every day is very good for you. Alternatively, in order to allow yourself a bit of time for your brain muscles to recover, try every other day. Pick times that are suitable for you, find a calender, cross out the days, etc. This website goes more into depth on that, but that’s what I do. I have a whiteboard calender up on my wall so I can just erase each month. I put a letter for if I did such and such thing that day and I definitely use it for writing! So give it a shot! Once you find a bit of a groove it feels more effortless to just write.

5. Tools

Timers - Searching ‘timer’ in Google brings up a Google timer! (I use this a lot for various things.)

Write or Die - Scroll around a bit until you see the Web App, put in your preferred settings, and hit Write! The screen will gently become ever so angry [and red] when you stop writing. It doesn’t matter what your quality is, this is just to very forcibly yank you away from any and all distractions! (Make sure to be very, very, very careful about saving your work somewhere else when you finish.)

StayFocusd - Can’t be trusted? Block all the things! (You might want to make sure to whitelist your writing tools first before you actually block all the things.) Or, alternatively, just block the things you really, really find distracting. Do you really need to reload your tumblr dashboard two times in a single minute?

Background Noise - Need something to listen to? Try Coffitivity to give you the feeling of being in a cafe! Or SoundDrown to mix and match various background noises! Or try Tabletop Audio for some very specific environments and settings!

Random Music - Need a specific mood? Instead of investing time in building a playlist, try something like Songza or search for one pre-built or use other options that generate playlists like Pandora!

Writing Spaces - Many are available! Find one that works for you: Google Docs, draftin, Open Office, Evernote, WriteMonkey, the list goes on and on. Search for more if none of those are to your liking! (I personally prefer things that save automatically and online.)

Many people may fall into both categories and that’s okay! Please use these resources as you see fit and hopefully something buried in all of this has maybe helped you!

ilikechampagne  asked:

You just replied to something about the DCBB and this is the first year I'm doing it as a writer and I feel like so behind and I'm not writing enough and how the hell do I get it done. Even outside of DCBB how in the world do you get your stuff done? I guess I'm asking for writing tips.

​​I can do that! First, a quick foreword: I haven’t started writing my DCBB yet at all, and the final length is estimated at 150k+. I’m a ridiculous outlier - on a good day I can write 10k and I barely think about what I’m doing, I’m almost on autopilot sometimes. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have days when I can’t work out how to spell “orange”, and spend an entire hour perfecting a three-sentence paragraph only to scrap it later. I’m also prone to sitting and staring at a blank document, wondering where all the words have run off to.

I’m happy to share my knowledge. I’ll give you the basics, with a few additional tricks that work for me personally. Most of this applies to writing in general, not just the DCBB.

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Positivity Week- Day 1

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people aged 15-24. This subject is closest to me and something that I’ll never hesitate to help someone out with. When you’re suicidal, your brain is trapped in this terrifying mind set and you forget how many people actually care and love for you. I remember last year riding in the car with my best friend who had just lost her sister the previous year. We were crossing over a bridge and her mom goes, “Remember this bridge? Anita always used to love going over this bridge.” And she started tearing up. I think it’s then when I realized how much death can have an effect on your loved ones. Something as simple as crossing a bridge will remind them of you. And then I thought, this is what would happen if I killed myself. Everything my loved ones would do would remind them of me and bring them pain, and that’s something that I would never want to happen. 

 Message

Things get better. I know you’ve heard this before and I know you might not believe it, but there is nothing that I have faith in more than the fact that everything is gonna pick up. If you don’t believe me, believe Joey. He was rejected by his dream school Emerson and was heart broken. Give a few years, he moved out to LA and now has over 3 million subscribers and over 237 million views, and those numbers grow every day. He even has his own web series that let him tour across the country and open so many new doors. I could literally go on for hours about how successful he is now.

Advice

Stay in touch with the things and people you love. Make a playlist of your favorite Joey videos. I have one and it may have 200+ videos in total but hey, he always brightens my day when I need it. If one of your favorite bands is coming near you, go out and see them, even if you’re all alone. You’ll meet new people and they might even become your best friends. A lot of my best friends are people I’ve met at concerts and online because they’ve gone through what I’ve gone through and they just get it. And it’s always fun to freak out over a celebrity together, yaknow?

How Joey's helped

I mean, if you’ve been on tumblr for even a week, you’d easily see how much Joey’s helped people. My absolute favorite thing is seeing posts about how Joey’s encouraged someone to stop cutting or how he’s made their day a lot better. He’s made me smile on every single bad day I’ve had and I’m so grateful to have him in my life.

And like I said, things will get better. You may even meet your favorite band this year, or find your true love, or meet your favorite YouTuber… I heard that Joey Graceffa guy is really rad. Just hang in there and stay strong. I’m always here for you, and Joey is too. Remember that he loves you. That’s enough of a reason to smile, right? Joey loves you. Yeah, that’s a good feeling. :)

Sort of...maybe...drifting off in a year?

So, I’ve been thinking about this for a good long while now and I guess it’s time to put it into words – the next 12 months will probably be my last (??) on this site, maybe on the internet as a whole. I don’t know. We’ll see!

This is stupidly long so read at your own will haha:

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WestAllen Secret Santa

I said that it might be fun to do a WestAllen Secret Santa, a few people agreed, so here it is!

What is it?

An opportunity to have creative fun together. Participation means you’ll make someone a gift, and you’ll receive a gift. Just to be clear, this will all happen online (digital exchange): presents are things like fanart and fanfiction. 

How does it work?

When you sign up you’ll be assigned someone to make a gift for and someone will be assigned to you. You can specificy what you want to make and what you want to receive. When it comes to what you wish to receive you’ll be asked to give a top 3. I’ll do my best to match everyone to their first choice, but it really depends on what people are willing to make.

What can I do?

It’s OK if you don’t draw or write fanfiction, there are a lot of ways to participate. Think of edits, gifsets, playlists

Are there any rules?

A few. Check them out here.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up here. Please give the following information:

  • Name ( or screenname if you’re no comfortable with using your name)
  • Tumblr link
  • What  you would like to make: Fanfic, drawing, vid, edit,gifset, playlist, other*
  • What you would like to receive: Fanfic, drawing, vid, edit,gifset, playlist, other* or Any (please give your top 3 in order of preference. Unless you choose any, of course).
  • If there is something you would not like to see in your gifts (like triggers). 
  • If you would be willing to make an extra gift should someone drop out
  • Other things you feel needs to be known
  • Answer these question to give your secret santa a better idea of what you like (Please note: these are meant for inspiration. Your secret santa may choose to use the prompts, song ideas etc but they do not have to)

               -2 short prompts

               -5 prompt words (For example: Star Wars, wedding etc)

               -Top 3 WestAllen scenes

               -Songs that make you think of Barry and Iris


*If you choose ‘other’ as one of your options to make, please include what it is. If you choose ‘other’ as something you would like to receive it means you accept anything in the ‘other’ category.

The important dates and deadlines:

You can sign up until Nov. 26 27

Assignments will be sent out by Dec. 1

Assignments are due Dec. 22

The presents will be posted on Dec. 25


Let’s have some fun!

Thank You’s and Reminders

First, I’d like to thank all of my followers for putting up with me since I joined Tumblr in November. I have got to be the most unorganized, foul-mouthed, TMI blogger out there (this is my safe place - hey, I have kids!). But I have a big heart and a goofy mind and want to share all of it with you!

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SURVIVING SCHOOL 101
It’s a week or so into the term and our brains are already in a state of pandemonium. Let’s face it, we all thought we’d mentally prepared ourselves by setting unrealistic goals for how this school year is going to be. It’s the second week in and I think we are too lazy and zoned out to care anymore. All of the expectations of ourselves are out the window. School is viewed as a totally dreary place where you have to do pointless things and all the while you are surrounded by a bunch of total boneheads. Sometimes I struggle a lot with staying motivated and optimistic but it really doesn’t have to be this way when you have the right mindset. It will be much more enjoyable if you change your perspective because you’re in school and there’s no way out for a few years so you may as well enjoy it.
 

1. SURROUND YOURSELF BY GOOD PEOPLE
Surround yourself by lovely and interesting people. The worst kinds of people are those who have zero personality are full of negativity, especially if this negativity is targeted at you. Get to know different people. Even if you have a good group of friends, there are always so many people that may be really cool and you don’t even know it yet. Your group of friends will understand your need to explore and if they don’t, maybe it’s time for a change anyway. In class, sometimes your best friends are not the greatest people to be around. You may love spending time with them, but it is highly likely that they’ll get you into trouble and distract you. Sit next to someone really smart that you still like to be around or even sit by yourself if you don’t mind. Hey, you know what they say; solitude is bliss.


2. DO NOT BE THE PROCRASTINATION QUEEN
Work is work and unfortunately, it can’t be avoided. Even if you don’t have a teacher who checks your homework regularly, you’re only letting yourself down if you don’t do it! Start assignments as soon as you get them, unless you haven’t covered enough material for you to start. You’ll feel much better about yourself and you’ll allow yourself heaps of time if something goes wrong like a computer malfunction or half way through discovering your work is not the task at all and is complete and utter crap. 


3. WEAR YOUR HAIR PRETTY SOMETIMES
Wearing your hair pretty makes you feel great, but do it for you, not to impress anyone.


4. BALANCE IS THE KEY
I know a number of people who only study and nothing else. NOT GOOD! Although it’s great to stay focussed on your schooling, this really isn’t healthy. Being happy is productive. If you focus solely on your schoolwork, you will suffer mentally and socially. Hanging out with friends, going out on adventures and exercising are all brilliant ways to maintain this balance. Go ride a bike! Take some photos! Bake some cookies! Remember no good mark is worth your happiness!


5. BE NICE TO YOUR TEACHERS
Being a cow to your teachers is not going to get you anywhere. Make friends with them! Remember they’re the ones who mark your assessment pieces. They can help you a lot if you’re struggling and they will tell you what you need to improve on to succeed. Listen to them because they know what they’re talking about.


6. BE NEAT
Having neat work will make you actually want to open your books more to study. You will feel heaps better. You can understand your notes if they’re not scrawl and you feel so good. KEEP YOUR LOCKER CLEAN. You will not be able to find anything in a messy locker and it will be just chaos. Get some special folder holder thingy majigys to help you stay neat.


7. SMILE
Smile at random people at school. It’ll make their experience at school so much better just as you want your school experience to be better. You’ll put the sparkle in their day and look gorgeous while doing it.


8. MAKE STUDY FUN
Develop good ways to study that work for you! You could decorate flashcards or make rocking study playlist. Whatever suits you is good. Make your desk or study area really cool so you want to be in it. Do up a corkboard and stick cool pictures and calendars and task sheets up. It’s better while you’re studying or even through busy periods of assessment to deactivate Facebook and Instagram and maybe find a blog sitter. Stop using them for as long as necessary, as it’s really not a productive use of your time. But reward yourself when everything that needs to be finished is finished. Take regular iced tea breaks to calm you down and refresh your brain. Studying in large chunks is bad.


9. STAY HYDRATED
Taking a water bottle to school is actually the best thing ever. You feel so good on the inside. On Sundays, you could even make a big massive jug of homemade iced tea and fill your water bottle with that every day. It tastes so good and you will feel great.


10. THERE’S NO ROOM LIKE A CLEAN ROOM
I actually get so grumpy and my mind gets so messy when my room is a disaster. It’s best to keep it clean at all times, although it sometimes proves to be very challenging. I feel so much happier with myself when my room is clean. It improves all aspects of my life especially my school work. Don’t ask me why, it just does.


11. GO TO SLEEP EARLY, WAKE UP EARLY
Going to sleep early makes you feel so refreshed. So stop doing the 10:30pm Facebook/Instagram/tumblr check that I know you all do and turn off your phone. Surely whatever’s going on is not that important. Wake up early and go for a run or a bike ride or a walk with your dog around the neighbourhood. Have a healthy breakfast and a shower when you get back. You’ll have a fabulous day with a start like that.


12. POSITIVE SELF TALK
I am frickin cool as and drop dead gorgeous and pretty much a genius and no one can push me round ye ye.


13. READ LOTS OF NON-SCHOOL BOOKS AND KEEP A DIARY
Doing these two things will improve your reading and writing skills and therefore your marks for many assignments. Make a cute little diary. Draw doodles, write poems, recounts, thoughts or anything you feel like. Read lots of books because reading is good. Pick books that you like!


14. GET ORGANISED THE NIGHT BEFORE
It’s sometimes painful but getting organised the night before will save you a bunch of stress in the morning.


15. DON’T LOSE YOUR TEXTBOOKS PLEASE
I’ve lost several textbooks. I know what it’s like to not have a clue what the teacher is talking about in class without that book in front of you. I know what it’s like to not be able to study for the exam that’s in a few days. I know what it’s like to be frantically photocopying pages out of your friends textbook and the photocopier is broken. Don’t do it. Walk into a room. Ask yourself - what am I carrying right now? Before you walk out of the room check to see if you have all of these things.


16. HAVE FUN
School seems really bad right now. But it doesn’t have to be. Make it fun and enjoy it because it’s not going to last forever and you’ll be sad when it’s over. Trust me, it’s not all that bad with a good attitude.
 
Love always,

Katey xxxx

anonymous asked:

I was into Big Bang then, and I was looking for their funny videos and Lo and behold! A clip of jimin parodying Taeyang reduced me to bangtan trash now.. Bangtan's friendship and how hard they work on their choreo and songs made me fall even harder for them. They are so relatable and feel so "close" to ARMYs... They really do care about their fans, I can feel it. I hope the boys will achieve everything they want - especially the DaeSang this year end. May bangtan go on forever! ❤️🔥

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withinadream27  asked:

"I always hear you singing/playing the piano through the ceiling and i’m pretty sure I liked and reblogged all your songs on tumblr but I’m too shy to talk to you AU" for Eponine/Cosette?

Sorry for any weird formatting on this one!


completely in love with @daughterofawolf’s latest song, I am going to have to listen to it on repeat for a while, this is clearly the only possible course of action

#daughterofawolf #music I love #let’s be honest half my music tag is wolf and it’s possibly a little embarrassing #voice crush

Cosette isn’t exactly surprised when she gets an ask from worthytobecalled less than two minutes later reading #voice crush I’m pretty sure you mean everything crush? If she ever posts a selfie I’m going to be able to hear you scream from here.

Maybe she’s been a little obvious about that lately, but she’s in a new apartment and it’s empty and quiet and somehow daughterofawolf’s music seems to be exactly what she needs. It’s always a little melancholy, just her and a guitar, and whatever she’s writing about that week, about people-watching or being on her own or, once, a musical movie review that Cosette listened to for a week solid just because she sounded like she was smiling while she sang it.

Internet crushes aren’t creepy. Cosette and Marius had a lovely relationship and they met on the internet, after all.

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Hello! I have something important to share...

Hi everyone!

So this is something that I have been thinking about for about three or four weeks now, so please don’t think this is a spur of the moment decision or that I haven’t thought it through.

I started a YouTube channel in May 2014, which I thought that I would LOVE doing - which I did. Lately though I have been fading further away from YouTube as I create my own channel. I don’t enjoy watching other peoples content as much, I don’t feel like uploading videos and it seems more like a stress creating platform for me more than a fun, enjoyable place.

I am attending Playlist Live 2015, which means that I am going to hopefully be meeting some of my favorite creators. But lately… It feels like I don’t want to meet them anymore. I feel like I’m fading. YouTube was what I used to make myself happy, and now it feels like I have a certain type of pressure to even watch Tyler Oakley or Zoella’s videos.

I feel like by uploading my own content, it is taking away from the specialness and the other aspects that YouTube used to be about to me. And I feel like I can’t fangirl anymore, or freak out over Troyler or Zalfie because I have the priority of being my own creator, not a fangirl. And that’s not what I want to be like.

So unfortunately I am writing this to tell you that I will no longer be creating my own content on YouTube, effective this week. I am going to be deleting all of my videos, or deleting my channel. (Questionable because I have a few Tyler and Troye fan videos)

I know that not many of you care, or not many of you watch my videos, but this is something that I don’t want to happen to me because I love YouTube and to be honest I miss it a lot. I have been very sad and down lately, and I need to find a way to fix that and turn that around. If you struggle with things, you know that your mind wants nothing more than to be happy and enjoy everything in life.

So I hope that y'all understand and I am really sorry, but this is what is best for me to be happy and keep up with the fandoms in preparation for Playlist Live! :D

Honestly, I think this is going to benefit a lot of people, including myself!

I love y'all! Thank you for understanding!