i have to study and i can't stop to make edits someone help me

anonymous asked:

Emma, i want to make a studyblr, simply because of you (you're amazing) and i wanna make better of my self... But studyblrs stuff's really expensive, i can't afford them, except for standard stationery... Like the very cheap one... What should i do??

Hey! Oh wow, that is beyond wonderful! I am so flattered I could inspire you :-) This is a common issue for new bloggers or those wanting to start out, and it makes me really sad to see how studyblr has put out this image that you must have certain stationery, laptops, extra bits and bobs to run one. I think what tends to happen is the photos which feature them do well and it creates a perpetual cycle of it seeming to be a requirement of ‘success’ in the studyblr community. I’ve mentioned this before but I think the quality of the image is much more important than what is in it. If your photos are focused, bright and unique then you should see your posts do well! Lighting and editing can make a whole load of difference. Have a play around with getting the best natural light, different angles, editing, etc and you might find a process that you like. I definitely don’t think “very cheap” stationery should stop you from joining the community. Studyblr isn’t about judging someone’s belongings! It is about studying with whatever you can. Making the most of it! I’ve had messages in the past of people asking if they need specific stationery for a studyblr and the straight answer is no. Having a specific notebook or a laptop doesn’t make you more qualified as a studyblr or make you better than someone else. Also, in reality, the idea that a pack of zebra mildliners can make your bullet journal more useful is a load of crap. They might be nice but they aren’t a magical tool! In the end, a pen is a pen and just because you might use one that costs $1 doesn’t mean you have any less potential to run a studyblr than someone who spends $20. I hope this helps! xx

anonymous asked:

Hey I wanted to get your advice as a writer. I always have trouble with silly grammar mistakes. I always try so hard to edit, but people always find several mistakes I looked over. I reread it and and do all that but I still miss all mistakes. I am afraid it will be my downfall. Also when I read posts, long posts, I notice very little error. I can't imagine people spending extreme long time proof reading it. Maybe a glance or two. How do you guys do it?

Well, grammar mistakes, like anything else in writing–diction and syntax for example–is a learned habit and skill. A lot of people think they have to be totally correct with grammar and punctuation because it’s viewed as this backbone to writing. And sometimes it does help to know! Like making sure to start a new paragraph every time someone speaks–it makes it more coherent for the reader. But, I mean, overall it’s just something that you learn and grow with practice until it becomes a habit. When someone would give me grammar or structure tips, or talk about my mistakes, I filed that info into the back of my mind like… like a sticky tab. And so whenever I would encounter myself coming up on that particular grammar piece, I would think back on that sticky tab until it became a habit. It’s like learning anything–practice and awareness. That doesn’t mean you need to stop writing and study everything you can like you’re preparing for an exam. That doesn’t actually teach you anything–that’s just memorization. 

What you need to do is keep writing and improve yourself where you can. Don’t bog yourself down on every mistake you make, but be conscious of trying to improve (if that’s what you want to do, which it sounds like you do). But above all, it takes practice. And an attitude that allows you to work and move on. 

A lot of artists, I think, get caught up in their mistakes and so they read things over and over, or become too afraid to post because they feel they’re not good enough. But if you stay too focused on these things, on making something perfect from the beginning without allowing yourself to grow, you stunt your growth. Make mistakes–I make them all the time–and if someone points something out and you agree that, yes, they’re probably right, file it away and move on. Honestly? I don’t get caught up in editing. I read my stuff through one time after it’s finished and post it. That’s what I’ve always done, even when my writing was absolute shit. Why? Because it’s impossible for me to catch the mistakes I don’t know I’m making. My brain reads my writing the way I want it to be read, not how my fingers write it, which means I don’t see most of the mistakes a make unless I let it sit for a month so my brain can forget what I intended. 

If I’m writing a novel, then yes, I’m a bit more careful. Or something like SF I go through and edit periodically because I have to re-read it to remind myself of everything that’s happened anyway. But most of my other fics? I just post them and they generally stay as is. Let someone else tell me if I missed a word or forgot a period. And if it’s a mistake I’m making over and over, all the more reason for someone else to bring it to my attention than me waste my time studying every word I write and every grammar piece I use when I could be absorbing it and continuing to push forward with new material that will, no doubt, present me with new challenges and new things to learn. 

Don’t be afraid of mistakes–learn from them and move on. That’s all there really is to it. Because if you focus on one thing too long, or get caught up in perfecting yourself, you’ll never get better. Rather, that’s the perfect formula to remain static. Sometimes it will feel like all you do is make mistakes, but I guarantee–from experience–that simply pushing on and trying to be better where you can will get you there. 

I’ll be honest, I have no natural gift when it comes to the written word. I was the kid, when I was learning how to read, that had to go to a special class that then sent me to private tutoring because I simply couldn’t do it. I was a slow reader and, really, still am. I read an ass ton, but it’s never been easy. I literally started from the bottom and, until the end of high school, was ALWAYS behind my peers. I hate grammar, I’m a terrible speller, and I am eternally grateful to spellcheck. Even today, grammar trips me up. I was learning grammar pieces in college that some of my classmates had known since they were sophomores in high school.

Writing, honest to god, has NEVER been easy for me. I repeat, I have NO NATURAL OR INHERENT TALENT FOR THE WRITTEN WORD. 

It wasn’t like art for me where I just picked up a pencil and did it and everyone was impressed. I was ALWAYS behind until the end of high school/college. And the only reason I surpassed my peers by leaps and bounds was because I WORKED MY ASS OFF! I enjoy writing–I do it every day–but it wasn’t something that came easy. All writing is for me is a lot of habits and skills I’ve developed and worked harder at than, well, nearly everyone else in my university class, which is what makes it “easier” now. I have NEVER, in person, met another as passionate about writing as I am, aside from a few professors. 

IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW, BUT WHAT YOU’RE WILLING TO LEARN AND HOW HARD YOU’RE WILLING TO WORK! 

Some of use are born with natural skill in certain areas, but no one is born “good.” I had a natural talent for drawing, but for reasons that are irrelevant, that talent went to waste because I’ve stopped nurturing it. I had no natural talent for writing, but I developed that skill to the point where, more often than not, people assume I must have had some natural inclination for it. 

In the end, though, it’s just about practice, passion, and want

If you truly want something, then you just have to keep working and let go of whatever failures you feel you have. Because they will do nothing but weigh you down if you focus on them. LEARN from your mistakes. Don’t ignore them, but don’t let them dictate your life either. 

As far as long posts, I read them, like, once and post them, lol. But, again, I have a lot of practice forming habits that gradually have helped me make less mistakes. My drafts today are far better than the ones I wrote two years ago. 

Like anything, it’s a skill. And the only way to get better is to practice, listen, and be open to learning :D

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