I have way too many aspirations for one life. I want to be an author and a poet and a nurse and a flight attendant and I want to own a cute little coffee shop where people come to write or read or just exist and I want to sell everything I own and just travel around the world and I want to live in a super small town where everyone knows each others names and I want to raise my children there and I want to be a tattoo artist and make my body into the master piece that it deserves to be and I want to travel to Africa and build houses and I want to become a doctor and cure cancer and I want to be be a dog trainer and an astronaut and I want to be a photographer and I want to be a journalist for a major magazine in New York and walk everywhere in heels and go to fashion shows on my days off and I want to be a consoler for teenagers who struggle with mental illness and help them the way no one helped me and I want to be a kindergarten teacher and a stay at home mom and all of this is too much for one lifetime and that’s the problem.
Hey, i read that you've a degree in creative writing and I wanted to ask if you recommend it. Because I'm thinking about studying it but my sister always mocks me
I highly recommend it!
When I first began my English degree, they brought us all into a room and said, “I know not a single one of you has a parent that’s happy you are here.” We laughed, but it was true; no one takes an English degree seriously. The man in charge of this “seminar” for lack of a better word, went on to say that most majors have a job associated with them: psychology majors become psychologists, biology majors become biologists, etc. But there’s no English-ologist.
Being an English major is not a training course for a job: it’s a way of thinking. And that scares a lot of people. What are you going to do with that job, they ask.
The answer? A heck of a lot.
English, and especially creative writing, is part a psychology degree, part a sociology degree, part a hospitality degree, and part an arts degree. It teaches you to understand people, to communicate effectively, to problem solve, to think ahead, to juggle large groups, to think outside of the box, etc. All of these traits necessary to form a plot and create characters out of thin air are also vital in any company, and that’s what’s making English degrees one of the most sought after in business. HR departments need you, law firms need you, even science departments need you!
I think what I appreciate most about English majors is that they are taught to think critically, and that is exactly what I want in my business.
And he’s not the only one! Humanity degrees are not the point-fun-at “mistake” our parents all told us they were, not anymore! Whether or not you continue the arts path (I just got admitted into an MFA grad program at the University of Hawaii where I will be continuing my education in creative writing and taking on a teaching apprenticeship to teach creative writing as well–a way to stay on the “creative” path with this major), there are other jobs you will be qualified for after a four year degree.
I’ve included the original packet I received on my very first day in college here. This helped me four years ago, and it’s still helping me now.
is always the same. The difference stems from the fact that usually much more
money is involved in American productions. They have bigger budgets, and hence,
longer schedules where everything is done in a slower pace. In Australia,
you’re working with low budgets, and everything moves quickly, and I enjoy
“I find that when there’s more money involved,
people solve problems with money rather than using their brain. That’s the
major difference. When there’s a problem in a low-budget movie, people have to
think their way out of it, but in American movies, someone just writes a cheque.”
– Joel Edgerton on the difference between working on American films and Australian films; photographed with Blue-Tongue Films colleagues David Michod and Spencer Susser
“Oh, you’re a Literature major? That’s cute. I’m working on my MFA in Creative Writing now. It’s about a sad writer who has problems with his dad and sleeps with a lot of women whose names are never mentioned. I don’t use any quotation marks.”
When at work or school or busy or trying to sleep:
Brain full of so many major restructuring ideas, intricate subplots, beautiful new characters, colourful metaphor and fascinating lore, heart-wrenching death scenes and seat-gripping combat, ingeniously crafted plots of lies and disloyalties…
As you all can probably tell, I’m back! Orientation was long, but really fun! I love the campus and it made me really excited in the fall. The few teachers I met were really nice and they seem really understanding. My advisor seems really great too! There was a small little problem but it was fixed quickly (long story short I was an undecided major when I first applied so we had to update it to English major). I also found out there are three different types of English majors and from there I picked Creative Writing, so that makes me even more excited. I also might minor in Film Studies (I wanna talk to my advisor a little bit more before I make that official), so that would be fun!
Oh, and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays my first class isn’t until 11am and I only have three classes (tho on Wednesday I have four), and then on Tuesdays and Thursdays my first class isn’t until 2pm, and I only have two classes. So that’s pretty great lol
Also I ate at a place called Fat Patty’s and it was really good (and cheap!!) 10/10 would recommend for people who like sport bars
Overall I’m just really excited and really tired lmao. I can’t wait for the fall <3
I'm a junior in high school, and I'm really starting to evaluate my college options. I guess I'm fortunate to have this problem, but I have too many major interests (foreign language/cultural studies, studio art/fashion design, journalism/creative writing, and psychology). I know that's a mouthful. But I really don't know the best way to evaluate, combine, or figure out how I want to treat these subjects in college. Any tips or ideas?
There’s a lot of possibilities. My best advice is to just experiment.
The Simplest Way to Plan a Novel in Less than 20 minutes
I am a big believer in planning out your novel, without really planning it out. Things get a little confusing with no plan at all… My method is more for the writer that likes to go off on long complicated tangents and then get back to the point. Regardless of what kind of writer you are, you can benefit from using “The 3 Act Structure.” This idea comes from the traditional structure of a play, but adapted to novels it makes more sense to me.
How it works:
Name an important scene in the beginning, middle, and end. The big scene in the beginning forces the characters into the actions of the plot. The middle scene is typically a challenge or a change to the beginning conflict that builds to the stress. The last scene is the resolution or explosion of the major conflict.
Once you have these in mind, you have the fundamental blueprints of what is going to happen. This will keep your story moving forward and still give you the freedom to let the story run as it will and move in surprising directions.
Junk food. It literally surrounds us! No matter where you go, you will no doubt find some form of naughty junk food that, at some point or another, you WILL want to demolish. What is junk food? It is food that has little to zero nutritional value, which is usually high in calories, highly processed and normally high in sugar, fat, and/or salt. It is also known for “empty calories” meaning it is giving no nourishment to the body in terms of vitamins, minerals, fibre, healthy fats, water and so on. Whilst I believe it is okay to treat yourself once in a while, whether that be eating a piece of cake for a special occasion or a special dinner with your friends, we should not be consuming junk food on a daily basis. Especially if you are wanting to lose weight or start a new program, such as my Bikini Body Guide.
I know it can be really hard to “quit” your addiction to junk food if you are always used to eating it, or if you constantly have cravings that you end up giving in to. Here are some of my favourite tips on reducing cravings and beating junk food addiction:
Mind Over Matter
A huuuge part of resisting the urge to chow down on junk is mental. So many people use excuses as to why they eat junk food, and the more they believe them, the harder it will be to stop. Some common ones are:
- “If I deprive myself now, I’ll just eat more later” - “I’ve had such a hard day, I deserve a treat” - “I’ll work it off later”
It’s so funny as to how creative we can get with our excuses when we are trying to justify a craving. A better way to look at it is trying to use our powers of persuasion for good, not bad. So if you find yourself justifying things to yourself, turn it around and try to talk yourself out of the temptation. For example “I’ll work it off later” can turn into “I’ll work out now, and treat myself later”. The majority of the time we won’t feel like that treat after working out. If you are one of those people that “treats” themselves for “being really good lately”, using food as your motivation and prize can also lead you down a path that can wreck your healthy habits. Rather than rewarding yourself with naughty food, try to think about how healthy eating has changed your life so far! Do you feel more energetic? Do your clothes fit better? You can get hooked on the feeling of pride and progress, so try to focus your energy on that rather than the food you think you are “missing” out on. If you continue to make yourself feel upset because you can’t eat junk food it will be very hard to resist binging. Instead, turn it around and think about the positive effects cutting junk food has.
Clear Out Your Cupboards
Let’s be honest, if you still have that half empty packet of Oreos lying at the back of your pantry, you are going to be tempted to reach for one at some point or another. If the temptation is there, it makes it so much harder to stay on track! Throw out all the junk in your pantry, freezer and fridge and fill it up with wholesome foods that are natural and unprocessed. You should have lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, wholegrain cereals (such as brown rice quinoa, wholemeal pasta) and lean proteins like fish and chicken, as well as yoghurt with no added sugar. Always write down a list of what meals you are going to be eating that week so you can be prepared, and make your healthy snacks the night before. Trust me, this makes a world of difference!
Eat Protein With Each Meal
The reason most junk foods are addictive is because they are filled with sugar. Foods that are filled with sugar cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. This rapid rise promotes the release of high levels of insulin. Blood sugar levels then rapidly fall, which can leave you feeling flat, lethargic and craving more sugar to get that boost again. The reason sugary foods in particular are so addictive is because your brain releases a “feel good” chemical called serotonin when your blood sugar levels are raised, as soon as they fall you are left craving more. As you can see that sweet tooth is a pesky thing that can set you off in a binge eating session very quickly if you are not careful. To curb sugar cravings, I recommend eating some protein with each meal. Protein helps to balance blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling fuller for longer, curbing those sugar cravings. Some ways to add protein into your meals and snacks are :
- Poached eggs on toast - Seeds and nuts with yogurt and muesli - Hummus with veggie sticks - Mixed nuts - Chicken sandwiches - Grilled salmon with salad
Avoid The Triggers
A lot of the time what we eat is an emotional thing. If you know there are certain situations or people that cause you to eat bad food, avoid them if you can. For example, if you and a friend always go get take away for dinner and then dessert, try switching it up and maybe make a healthier swap such as sushi or a salad bowl. Alternatively, I love inviting my friends over for dinner, it let’s me be creative and I can pick something healthy to cook that everyone ends up loving! Stress eating also plays a big role in curbing junk food addiction. Many people eat when they are stressed or if they are in situations they feel uncomfortable or upset in. If you are one of those people, the next time you want to reach for the bad food, try writing down why. If it is because you feel a certain way, you have identified the problem and majority of the time it is not just hunger. Knowing WHY you crave junk food can be a really good starting point for you to change those habits.
I hope these tips have helped you! Remember girls, it is primarily a mental thing! Prepare yourself for the best by buying wholesome ingredients and readily have healthy snacks available to curb cravings as soon as they begin. Don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while but don’t use it as an excuse for every time you crave something naughty!
You might of answered this but okay here I go: I have two characters ready, a vague idea who more I want but look here's the deal : I have MAJOR problems planning, like what do I write first, then,? I know a lot of people have guides about it but none is like step one, step two, they're more like options, please help!! Awesome blog btw, I've been reading it for awhile but I don't have an account and I don't really get how tumblr works but thanks anyway!
Well the reason they’re optional is because everyone’s creative process is different. What I feel like working on first and second is not what you feel you should work on first or second. Hell, most days my own planning list is different than the last time I sat down to plan something.
Here’s my process (usually)
Characters. I don’t flesh them out very well at first. I do a bad thing (reducing them to stereotypes) and letting them grow from there.
Plot. Get a vague idea of where things are going. Figure out the beginning, the middle, and the main conflict.
Write. Set your characters out on their story. Write until the action begins to pick up.
Revision. Flesh out your characters. You’ve let them run amok for the last part of the story, so now you have a better feel for how they act and such. You might also want to plan the story a little further ahead.
Write. Not too much - maybe to a high point in your story. Then stop.
Revision II. Figure out the ending. Add symbolism or motifs, if any. Cut out all the excess.
Worldbuild. If at all, anyway.
Revision III. For more accurate worldbuilding.
Write. Write to the end. I don’t care how crappy the ending currently is. Finish the damn story.
Revision IV. Revise the story as a whole.
There’s a list of step-by-steps in the planning tag as well.