paper writing is good for my blog

Enjoy every little thing that life throws your way. The sunsets, the takeaways, the dogs, the laughter, the moon, the drinks and the soft toilet paper. Your happiness is too pure. You must wake up and understand that you are living someones dream. You are lucky enough to have so many good things, even if they are hidden within the bad. Enjoy everything, you never know how long you will have them for.
— 

even the toilet paper by Amy Kennedy

12/05/17

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Be a Better Writer Spell Bag.

What you’ll need:

  • Small bag/sachet. 
  • Small piece of paper, and pen.
  • Your favorite incense (mine is Dragon’s Blood).
  • A gemstone (I used Dragon’s Tooth Coral). 
  • Green candle wax: To represent success and abundance.
  • Peppermint oil: Promotes concentration and regeneration.
  • Cilantro: Brings peace to your home (or wherever you write), also helps attune yourself to your soul.
  • Dandelion: Increases psychic ability and opens the mind. 
  • Rose leaves or petals: Increases passion and motivation. 

What to do:

  1. Light your favorite incense to cleanse your space.
  2. Rub gemstone with peppermint oil. Remember, a little goes a long way.
  3. Hold gemstone over the incense smoke for a little while, then set it near by to charge.
  4. Gather the Cilantro, Dandelions, and Rose. Place them into your bag. Shake it up a bit.
  5. Take your small piece of paper and write “Writer” on it, along with any symbols/sigils you’d like to use if applicable. I wrote the word in both Theban and English. 
  6. Fold the paper, then seal it with green candle wax.
  7. Place your charged gem into the bag along with the paper. Shake it up again.
  8. Now get to work! Start that novel, or that blog you’ve been contemplating. Good luck!

Thanks for reading! And as always, you can personalize this in anyway you’d like. And if being a good writer isn’t something you are trying to achieve, with a little research you can work this spell to fit your needs. For any questions, or even suggestions, please feel free to visit my ask box. 

- carbonlyingnexttome 

Black & White ★/ chapter one.

teen, 2789 words
also on ao3
summary: Jack Kelly’s an artist. And Davey Jacobs? Well. He’s art.
warnings: some internalized transphobia 
a/n: shoutout to @bisexualninej for so much help. i just. love these two and i couldn’t resist writing these trans boyfriends


Jack doesn’t like the idea of crushes. Mostly because he doesn’t understand them. Like, just because someone is beautiful and nice and kind, that means Jack has to suddenly be able to think of nothing else? What’s the point of that?

Jack can count on one hand the amount of crushes he’s had. He’s dated a lot of people, kissed even more, fucked less people than others would assume he has. But crushes? Honest to god liking someone? Not his thing. Jack Kelly isn’t about that life. And yes, he did just phrase it like that.

Which is why Jack is hesitant to call what he feels for David a crush. That? Would not make sense. They’ve literally talked twice and both times have been brief - small talk in every sense of the phrase. But… well? Jack definitely does feel something, something he doesn’t feel around others.

Not that any of that matters. Because even if it is a crush - which it’s not, okay? - it’s not like Jack is going to do anything about it. If Jack met David at a party, he probably would have pursued him, made out with him, and then that would be it. The end.

Instead, Jack has to see him every Thursday. Jack feels like this is some kind of cliche - having a crush (wait, no, not a crush!) on the model for his figure drawing class. Thankfully there hasn’t been any nudity. Jack has a feeling that’s coming and he has a feeling he’ll be sick that day.

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ainilu  asked:

Hello!! I'm the UMAT anon from before! Thanks for the advice :) omg I find the understanding people the hardest one as well, like I always have two options that I can't seem to decide, and there's always words that I don't know! How did you improve those, and in general basically English cause I'm not that good at English either haha did u stick to like a study timetable for UMAT?

cute! is that IU in your icon? Omgsh, your blog is just so niceeeee! Followed you back so I can reblog you for my main haha

Hmm, well at the time, my friend photocopied a few practice paper exams for me, so I just would write down all the word options (usually 4 words for each question) and study the dictionary meanings. If you can manage to get a few papers I think that would help. And I didn’t have a study timetable, I barely prepared for it LOL I just did it so that I wouldn’t have any regrets (which is good because otherwise I wouldn’t be an optom lol)


STUDYING FOR HSC ENGLISH ADVANCED

Area of Study and Module Essays

  • As for English in general, I really hated it, but I mainly improved because I would write a lot of practice essays and then send it to my tutors for feedback. 
  • Unless you’re a natural at English, I would advise that you disregard what the teacher says and memorise your essays. I can’t write something under exam pressure that still makes sense, so memorising helped me to deal with exam anxiety as well. However, there’s a way to do this so that you can answer 90% of questions thrown at you. 
    • The school gave us like a bunch of practice essay questions at the time based on past exams, and the questions can be grouped together into the different issues they ask you to talk about.
    • Have all the quotes and techniques written up in an extra-long exemplar essay.
    • The format of each sentence inside the paragraphs should be like 
      • “The [author/playwright/speaker] 
      • [illustrates/demonstrates/other action verb] 
      • [some facet about the theme of the paragraph] through 
      • [alliteration/metaphor/symbolism] which 
      • [insert consequence e.g. emphasises the blah blah blah]”. 
    • I dug up my old English essays to find you an example :) (I did As You Like It for my main text)
      • “Duke Frederick paradoxically announces “her very silence, and her patience/Speak to the people”, and banishes her, touting “thou art thy father’s daughter, there’s enough”. The high modality and use of verse illustrates the dramatic tension of the scene, and has illustrated Rosalind’s filial ties restrict her expression of outrage at her displacement”.  Yet, Celia’s antithetical statement that “Now go in we content/To liberty and not to banishment” allows her to embrace the wider world of the forest.”
    • You can of course, rearrange the elements of the format above so it doesn’t make your essay sound repetitive and makes the sentences flow nicely. 
      • You can see I save on word count by using the technique (antithesis) as an adjective, as opposed to saying “Shakespeare uses antithesis in Celia’s statement…”
    • Then change the introduction + the topic sentence + the concluding sentence in each paragraph to suit the exam question. You get better at changing these the more you practice, don’t worry!
    • It’s even easier for the questions where you get to choose what issues to talk about. 

Some Real Tips for Creative Writing

As for creative writing, that was also mainly just writing stories again and again and getting feedback from the teacher. 

Just so you know, for my exam, I wrote something based around culture. Basic story was pretty unoriginal: girl gets invited out by friends, but like has to take care of grandmother, was going to ditch grandmother to go, but then has internal monologue, *insert angst about how different her culture and friend’s culture was*, *some memories about grandmother*, *sprinkle some weather parallels her internal strife*, /struggle/, and then runs home, *insert comforting imagery of cultural foods and items* for bittersweet ending in 1200 words. Somehow this was the one story I got full marks from LOL

  • For some reason, the English teachers always badgered you to write something original, but then they were like write what you know. Which kinda threw me for a loop for ages, because I was awful at making up plot lines. Stick with writing what you know, the story turns out much better. 
  • Just write like one super good story with all the elements of the area of study in it, so that you can add elements of the prompt. 
    • English teachers always badger you to use the prompt properly, but no one can think of stuff on the spot, so again I just ignored their demands. 
  • But like there should only be one “complication” or else you won’t be able to resolve it in 1000 words
  • Likewise, no story should be spanning more than one day. You can span one week if you do something like “After a week had passed”. 
  • Always write in 3rd person just in case they complain that your writing has too much monologue. English scarred me and now I can barely read first person stories without feeling irked :’(
  • Find a balance between monologue, outside action/dialogue, and descriptive imagery. This is something that you should specifically request from someone who is reading your story to comment on (most of the time when people critique your story, they’ll pick at small things, but can forget to give you advice on the big picture). 
  • Likewise, find a balance between short sentences and long sentences to alter the pace of your story. The monologue should have both types, descriptive imagery will always be long so it slows the pace of the story, and dialogue can be varied to alter the story pace. 

Hope this helps you write awesomely for English!!

Originally posted by kths

11 Questions

Tagged by @sonador-reveur @paratmin and @oneamateurgirl1612 Thanks for tagging and sorry if I missed anyone, mention notifications seem to be AWOL 😀

1) How many works in progress to do you currently have?
Loads, I have several notes pages of vague ideas and half rhymes. Some of them are destined to remain unfinished though 😂

2) Do you/would you write fan fiction?
I lack the planning, stamina and concentration needed for things longer than 24 lines, so probably not gonna happen.

3) Do you prefer real books or ebooks?
Both, I’ll read anything I can get my hands on 📕📗📘📙📔📓📖📱

4) When did you start writing?
I started this blog in 2013, but I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember 📝

5) Do you have someone you trust that you share your work with?
All of you lovely Tumblr people 😁 My family have probably read 100-200 of my rhymes at most, not because I don’t trust them. They know about my blog, they’re just not that into poetry. Plus the thought of reading 1000 poems is a bit daunting 😂🤣😱

6) Where is your favourite place to write?
On the couch with coffee ☕️

7) Favourite childhood book?
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl and anything by Paul Jennings

8) Writing for fun or writing for publication?
For fun and entertainment, if I was writing for publication I’d be a very disappointed poet 😂

9) Pen and paper or computer?
iPad or iPhone mostly. I do write out finished poems in notebooks though

10) Have you ever taken any writing classes?
Nope, it’s something I’d like to do one day though

11) What inspires you to write?
Everything. I write down ideas when I have them so that when I’m struggling, I can go through my notes and something generally pops out. Failing that, I read loads of poetry which is inspiring. Poetry Prompt blogs are always good for inspiration too.

ID #73090

Name: Marta
Age: 16,turning 17 in a month :)
Country: Croatia

Hi,my name is Marta.
I’m looking for a pen pal mostly out of boredom,and also because I like meeting new people on the internet and hearing stories.
I go to an art highschool,and my favourite subjects are Art History, History and English. One day I’d like to study English in college, but I’m not too sure about that because my interests change every five minutes. What I’m pretty sure of is that I see myself as a teacher.

I’m fluent in Croatian and have been learning English since I was 4 years old. I love art,painting,writing etc. Journaling is my biggest passion, it’s really exciting for me to see time pass on paper and to know everything passes,good and bad. I’m somewhat introverted and have my ‘awkward moments’ when I like to withdraw, but other than that I love people and the world around me.

Preferences: 17-25. I’d like to communicate via email :)

anonymous asked:

Hello! So first I have to confess that I'm in love with your blog! Is just too beautiful for this world. Now, I want to ask you if you happen to have a good source of scientific papers that are free? I'm writing my thesis and as poor as I am, I cannot buy all the papers related to my research. And sorry if I couldn't express myself well, English is my second language and I'm still improving :)

Hi! Aw thank you so much! There are a few sites you can use to find open-source scientific/biological articles. Depending on your subject you can use PLOS-ONE for example, but species descriptions might be found in ZOOKEYS or ZOOTAXA. You can also use Google scholar in order to find more information/sites and googling “open source articles” might work as well. 

I’m a bit worried you can’t use your local institution in order to find articles, since every university or museum has some sort of license. Try asking around; how do your colleagues do it?

Hopefully this helps!

-Werner

anonymous asked:

Hey! Are you okay? It's been so long since Punk, and I don't want you to feel pressured! I don't mean to offend, but how is that going? I absolutely love your writing and reading about someone so similar is just beautiful and I'd love to read more! I hope Punk is coming along! But in the meantime, do you recommend any blogs or stories that contain any Avengers(bucky,steve,sam etc) x chubby reader? Xx

Hi nonnie. Yeah, when the depression kicks in I lose all will to write and all of my confidence. But I’m almost done with chapter 11. It should be up tomorrow. I feel horrible for keeping you waiting on it. I just want it to be a good chapter and I feel like it’s better in my head than on paper. As for fic refs @promarvelfangirl has two amazing series called girl like her and relapse which is the follow up to the first series. These were the first chubby reader fics I read and they’ve stuck with me. I’m sure there are more (I know I’ve read them) but I can’t think of the names. Try searching the tag Bucky x insecure reader or plus size reader. That’s how I search them :).

I really am sorry for the wait. I’m just nervous about this part bc in my head it’s the BEST part of the series, the part that really inspired this whole fic with one moment, and I’m afraid it’s not coming off so well when I write it out. ☹️

Non-paper-goods stuff is the current priority as Evil Supply Co. has pushed past the boundaries of my original “Huh, will this work?” business model.

Following that, the next priority is going to be “getting the blog up and various other writing/art things up”

And then probably a cycle through it all again (evil paper goods, villainous tomfoolery, content freely available).

The Time’s Up

Me at @kaxpha :*Shoves small drabble into your face* I LOVE YOU AND YOUR ART AND YOUR OC AND YOU ARE AMAZING AND YOU KEEP INSPIRING ME WTF DUDE.

On the side note: Hi! I wrote this for my amazing, amazing (I’m literally crying right now, she’sjust so good, I die) mutual Kax and, dude, I really hope you like it, I know my writing has been wonky but…yah! 

L ON G POS T.

Content / Warning: Based on the newest Animatic on Kax’s blog of her OC Forrest. Suicide mention. Emotional hurt and Uh…Demons bullying the pure son. 

Disclaimer: I don’t own Forrest. 


Forrest read the words.

None of it makes sense.

He tries again, eyes narrowed in concentration as they move smoothly through the lines.

His vision turns blurry by the fifth sentence.

He groans irritated and drops the paper back to the table, letting it become just another thin useless paper of the pile.

His eyes itch and he looks up at the ceiling in hopes to keep the traitor tears inside.

“I’m fine. It’s fine.” Forrest mumbles, glaring and scowling at the ceiling fan, “I got it, I got it.”

His hand shakes as he tries to pickup another paper from the messy table and shouts angrily when he realizes that it’s not even translated yet, the original dead language it was written in still present and Forrest doesn’t have the time to translate.

He doesn’t have the time.

The clock keeps ticking, his ears keep ringing and the memory of a eerie dark voice keeps echoing inside his head.

There’s not enough time.

“Fuck!” Forrest shouts in frustration, slamming the paper against the hard surface of the table before he turns around and shut his eyes, “Fuck, fuck, fuck!”

He whines softly as he feel the tears fall but he’s too tired to wipe them away. He lets out a shuddering breath, clutching his shirt in a tight grip.

“I can’t do this.” He whispers quietly, stuffing in a sob that threatened to escape, “Fuck this shit, fuck. I can’t.”

“Aw, would you look at that? The small human is in distress.”

Forrest eyes snap open, easily recognizing the dark smooth voice that coos behind him.

“No.” He whispers, his mind too tired to even pretend to be unfazed by its presence, “Please, no.”

“So, Little Forrest doesn’t know how to do his job, huh?” They say, a sharp wicked grin spreading through their dark shadowy face, “Looks like the only thing he’s good for is to whine, whine, whine.”

Forrest turns, eyes wide open in shock as he stares at the tall shadow floating in the middle of the room.

He notices the way they come closer to him and he unconsciously take a step back.

It’s almost like a game, because the shadow’s grin just grows, getting closer to Forrest by the second and they hum satisfied once Forrest’s back hit the wall, effectively trapping him.

“That’s all you seem to do.” They whispers, grin falling and a bored expression taking over their features, “Whine, whine, whine.”

They slap their hand abruptly on the wall, an inch away from Forrest’s face and smirk pleased when he notices the quick flinch the small human does.

“You don’t deserve to live.” They whisper, head raise up high and looking down at Forrest with disgust.

Forrest shivers when their cold phantom hand grabs him by the chin.

Darkness is filling up the room. His eyes follow as it slowly covers every inch of his motel room and then everything turns quiet and cold.

“You are no use to us.” They say nonchalantly, shrugging their shoulders before smiling happily. “Why not kill yourself, then?”

They laugh gleefully as they easily catch Forrest’s fist with a single hand.

“I’m going to give you something to whine for.” They say, smile turning predatory as they drop Forrest to the floor and slams their foot down.

Forrest’s breath hitches as a small red portal opens below him and he doesn’t have enough time to react before he’s falling.

His screams are stuck in his throat, he can feel the way the wind smacks him in the face and then he’s choking with sobs when a cold hand grabs him by the wrist.

His mouth opens but nothing comes out, his entire form shaking as he stares at the billions of faceless mouths below him, grinning and cooing at him with desire.

His breathing turns erratic as different voices fill his ears and he can’t do nothing to stop them.

You’re pathetic.

Tears fall and it only seem to fuel the demons’ satisfaction.

You’re useless.

They are getting closer, they seem to start climbing and there’s no where he can run.

You’re a disgrace.

“No, no, no, no, please.” He whispers horrified, squirming and trying to climb up, his hand tugging and scratching the only thing that supports him from falling, “Get away, get away.”

Then the cold hand lifts him up and he’s staring face to face with the demon.

“Tsk, Forrest, Forrest, Forrest.” They coo, shaking their head in mock disappointment, “Do I have to remind you what will happen if you don’t fulfill your part of the deal?”

“I’m trying!” Forrest snaps angrily, “Just - Just leave me alone! I’m fucking trying!”

The demon scowls at him before rolling his eyes boredly.

“No, you’re whining.” They deadpan before letting them go.

Forrest doesn’t have time to scream before he’s crashing on the ground.

He grunts in pain, body shaking with sobs as he tries to stand up slowly, tired and frustrated tears covering his face.

“Stop, please.” He whimpers, his lower lip wobbling with emotion before his head snaps and looks behind him.

The faceless shadows surround him.

“Whine, whine, whine.” They chant, “Why don’t you kill yourself?”

The eerie voice from the demon still echoes inside him, it keeps pushing and stabbing. Their words turn malicious and mocking.

They don’t stop.

“Go on.” They cheer, “Go and keep moaning and bitching. It’s the only thing you are good at, right?” They mock, their laughter impregnating in Forrest’s mind, “Whine, whine, whine.”

“Stop.” Forrest, whispers, “Stop, please, I’m -I -I can’t but I’m -Please.”

“You don’t deserve to live.” They snap angrily, and Forrest flinch, gasping as they almost collide with a faceless shadow, “Die, die, die.”

“No, no, no.” Forrest sobs out, his hands covering his ears but it’s not enough to block out the voices around him, “No, no.”

His eyes scan everywhere around him, looking for the exit as his Father had always mention during his teachings.

“Look for the narrowed light crack of the realm.” His Father’s voice says in his mind, “It’s nearer than you believe.”

And it is.

Forrest doesn’t hesitate to move as his eyes fall on the small lighted crack a few feet from him.

He runs.

He pushes and dodges, making his way in desperation towards the light.

He doesn’t dare to look back, he can feel the demon’s presence near him, their hands hovering dangerously above him, ready to catch him and pull him back.

The light fades from his vision and suddenly his raised hand is pressed against a firm chest, the strong and steady heartbeat echoing inside of it making it’s way to his ears and Forrest follows its lead to control his own erratic one.

“Hey, are you okay?”

Forrest doesn’t have the energy to answer. He’s only able to sob at the concern tone in the stranger’s voice before he falls to the ground and a pair of lean arms wraps him into a warm hug.

The demon’s warning keeps echoing inside his mind.

“The time’s up.”

anonymous asked:

Do you have any blog recommendations? Preferably HP and Marauders Thank You!

ooh my dear! buckle up because there’s going to be a big list!

@nachodiablo is great for fic recs // is also an amazing fic writer like holy moly // marauder posts, a very sweet person who is super friendly and posts good content and lots of HP diversity ((superb for flonks shipping))

@lupisconstellation marauders!!! ken is a cool bean too! love love love their blog.. def check it out!

@ghostducky a small child who should be protected but also posts the good wolfstar/flonks and has recently started RPing!

@wiledwolfstar a knitting genius who posts about marauders and wolfstar and is also super friendly and i love ((a sweet northern kale smoothie)) started the instamarauders which is cool

@the-broken-paper-girl PS!! my incredibly talented pal who RPs and posts HP things as well as other stuff and is super cool and a badass motherfucker

@bookishsirius a pure hufflepuff who is adorably cute and friendly!! good!! stuff!! lots of hp content (yay)

@memeraudersmap pixie writes rlly good content (check out their texting fic they wrote with @lesbianremus) also brings the best discourse and they have the coolest hair and lives for the marxist movement

@lesbianremus (has the best url) jamie is super friendly and chill and is also partners in crime with pixie and it’s pure and has a good blog.

@so-madsup a great guy!! check him out

@pessimisticbee is cool nd funny and posts good stuff

@call-me-za is really cool (is behind the idea for wolfstar introvert prompts which is great) so friendly aaaa

@cats-tea-and-poetry RP!! nice blog and v calming i recommend if u want a lil bit of sunshine on ur dash

@dammitsirius laith!!! amazing human and super kind!! (also has a cool url)

@quinlyandreveries beth, a super cute pal who posts a variety of things and RPs really cool stuff!! she is a nerd!! but rlly cool abt it and sweet!!

@of-padfoots-and-moonys like the holy grail for wolfstar? u want wolfstar content, georgia is there to provide (super kind and cool)

the rest of the bloggers @introvert-club who r super fun and lovely and you should check them all out (yay)


i’m gay for magic and these blogs will provide it.

anonymous asked:

what is the longest amount of time you've ever spent writing a paper in college? i've read a bit of the ones you posted on your blog and they're sooo good omg writing goals

10 weeks. one of my classes was an independent study in which my entire grade was based on one long (15-20 page) term paper, so i spent the entire quarter researching and writing it :)

and aww thank you so much! that’s so sweet of you i’m blushing ❤️

[for those curious, the anon is referring to my academic philosophy blog - www.brielleadabsurdum.wordpress.com]

23 Apr 2017 | 6/100 days of productivity 🌟

Wasted half of the day doing random things sigh.. but glad I still managed to finish revision notes for my communications module!

Back to the school library tomorrow and back to writing my research paper.

Time to sleeeeep, good night world! 🌼

anonymous asked:

Hii, was wondering if you have any disney diys, more specifically peter pan? 😀

Peter Pan DIY

DIY Peter Pan Hat

The classic feathered cap.

DIY Peter Pan Fascinator

A fancier edition.

DIY Peter Pan Happy Thoughts Jar

For collecting the tiny joys in life. Whenever something good happens, write it down on a piece of paper and pop it into the jar. At the end of the year, read through all the slips!

DIY Fairy Lantern

Captured fairies!!


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To those of you who find presenting or public speaking nerve wrecking, I got some good advice for you! Public speaking and presenting is one of my strongest skills I know I have and I shall pass on my knowledge to you in hopes that this helps you get better at this very important skill. I have made a similar post in last studyblr which was under the same URL but it was a side blog, in case you guys somehow bump into it. I decided to redo it on here since this is my full time studyblr. 

Preparations 

Outline What You Are Going to Say and Study It! Don’t prepare your speech and then not practice it cos you won’t know what the hell you just wrote down! Carefully outline your speech. 

  • The best thing you can do is actually write it down on good old fashion paper and pen. From my experience, I tend to memorize my speeches and presentations better when I write it down versus when I type it.
    • Prepare flashcards if it helps you. Write the main points of your speech on them to remind yourself the message that you want to get across.
  • Recite it. Take the time to speak out loud, whether it be to a friend or by yourself. This way, you can pin point any trip ups you have and anything that doesn’t sound right and tweak them right away. 
  • If you created a presentation, go over the slides and make sure you have relevant information. De-clutter slides that have a bunch of wording on it and add some visuals like pictures and small video clips. This will make it much more interesting and help others understand better, especially for people who are visual learners like myself. 

What Not To Do

I feel like its better telling you what not to do instead of what to do just cos. (I put some what to dos in there but its okay it’s kept to a minimal and it is very useful advice many people told me it helped them.)  

  • When you prepare flashcards, please don’t read word by word what you wrote on them. This can take away from your speech or presentation because you are looking down at your cards and not at the audience. Trust me, it can get real boring when someone isn’t giving their attention to the audience. It makes your speech less interesting 
    • If you have a presentation, DO NOT READ WHAT IS ON THE SLIDE! People can read for themselves. If you wanna prevent this from happening, use as less words as possible on your slides and more visuals. This will make your audience not only to pay attention to you, but also makes them create connections between what is on your slide and what you say. It’s a trick I have used so much cos most of the time, people are more likely to actively listen to you if your slides don’t have a bunch of wording on it. 
  • Don’t dance around. You’re main goal is to get people to pay attention to what you are saying, not what you are doing as you are presenting or speaking. The best thing to do in this situation, is if you really need to move, walk around slowly. Take you’re time and look at the audience. Take a pause to stand still and speak. Do it in a calmly manner, is what I am trying to say. I know that I get very jittery and overly energized so this helps a lot. 
  • Try to refrain from using um a lot. Use transitional words. It will help you deliver your speech much more smoother and sometimes it can make you sound fancy and interesting to the audience. 
  • Don’t give into your fears. Have confidence. Don’t succumb to your fears and anxiety. Just remember, you got this. Be assertive when you speak and be sure of yourself. Never question yourself. Even if someone asks a question you don’t know the answer to, tell them you’ll get back to them or that they asked a very good question and you will take it into consideration and find the answer to it. This is how you build trust in your audience. 

The rest is up to you guys. I’ve given many people this advice and they have told me it was the most useful advice they were given. Trust me on this, I have been in the performing arts since I was in 2nd grade and I still remember what it feels like to have stage fright or what it felt like to be so nervous before going up to speak into a microphone. Although I don’t get like that anymore, I always remind myself of these little tips and I’ve pulled through. If I can do it, you can too. You got this! 

anonymous asked:

Tips on writing thesis statement?

I’m not required to write a thesis statement in college (lucky break, I know), but I can provide you with some helpful tips I use to write papers that can [probably] be applied to writing a thesis statement too:

  1. Start somewhere! I have a terrible habit of not starting things right away because it seems like a lot of work. In particular, I have a rough time starting papers because beginning a 10-15 page paper can be quite daunting. To combat this, I usually jot down (or draw) a rough outline of my ideas for my paper. Some people literally jump write into the paper and do that thing where they write for 5 minutes non-stop, putting down all the thoughts they have in their head (even the ones that have nothing to do with the paper). Another thing that’s important to keep in mind is that it’s okay not to start with the introduction. If you feel like writing a body paragraph before you’ve even come up with a solid thesis statement, write it! You may be able to turn these paragraph into something useful later on down the line!
  2. Speaking of outlines… Write down ideas, topic sentences, facts, etc. on index cards or post-its instead of in a list format on paper. This way, you can easily move things around and find new connections or ways to reformat your ideas so they’re coherent in a paper. (If you’re more of a computer person, check out Scrivener for similar outlining techniques.)
  3. Stick to a schedule. I suggest creating a timeline to help you stay on track. This timeline should not only include researching your topic and writing the paper, but also revising, editing, and possibly re-writing. Set aside adequate time each day to work on your paper, and don’t wait until the last minute to edit and revise!
  4. Rewriting papers. If you’re able to finish writing your paper well-before its due date, you’ll have enough time to rewrite the paper, if necessary. I’ve had a lot of instances where I read through my paper one last time before submitting it, and feeling like I could’ve done so much better. If you feel like you have to rewrite your entire paper, DO NOT get rid of the original paper. In the worst case scenario, if you run out of time, you can always submit your original paper.
  5. I ALMOST FORGOT SOMETHING IMPORTANT. To the best of your ability, choose a topic that interests you. Doing research on a topic you hate is literally painful and will prevent you from doing your best. Choose something that you genuinely want to find out more about; you’ll be more motivated to research it and write about it!

That’s about it for my paper-writing tips. I hope it helps! (If not, there are a ton of studyspo/studyblr blogs out there with bunches more.) Good luck!!

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I finally managed to come up with a research question for my paper on Pramoedya Ananta Toer I have to hand in on Friday and you should’ve heard my “YES”. It was so hard to come up with a good one and this one is kind of okayish, so I’m happy 👌🏼 Now only to write 2500-3000 words on it 🙈

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I’ve had this story rattling around in my head for the better part of a decade, and this month a whim collided with Hippo’s Creativity Challenge which collided with a shitty work situation resulting in some extra free time and all of that has resulted in me finally sitting down to put this thing to paper (metaphorically speaking). 

What I’ve written so far is Not Good, but it is written and having it out of my head, in some tangible form that I can later hack apart and mush back together again and again until it starts to resemble this dream I’ve had for a third of my life, that’s the part that matters, I think. It has felt really really good to finally do this and I just wanted to share my progress cause I am proud of my 36,881 words, even if they are bad ones.

So shoutout to @thievinghippo for providing both the impetus and the motivation to do this and shoutout to my friends for being busy with work and school and vacation this month so you aren’t around to distract me with how interesting and delightful you are.