Tagged: words of advice

Once Upon a Time: Recording Rediscovered

I’ve always been enamored with the idea of being able to record and produce music.

I remember that in middle school, I discovered that there was an entire community of rising musicians making their base on YouTube. I’d watch as different artists evolved from recording rough snippets of songs with PhotoBooth on their computers to creating full-length, professional-quality music videos with incredible backing track.  Continue reading

Words Of Advice From My Eleventh Grade English Teacher (Part Two)

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“So there you are, thirty seconds, ten questions, no penalty for wrong answers, so what do you do? Pick your favorite letter, form the shape of a Christmas tree, even pray to ancient gods if you’re really feelin’ it… Horace, you have a falcon head…”

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Words Of Advice From My Eleventh Grade English Teacher.

This Post Will Soon Be Terrible

So, I totally changed my blog design, and I must say… I am very pleased with it.

The only thing that’s really bothering me currently is the way that some of my older posts have “header” images (they’re no longer really official headers) that don’t really work out with this particular theme.

Because of this, I was going through my archives today and trying to see how much damage my previous posts may have suffered after the big shift. Along the way, I was reading some of the material, because I legitimately do not remember writing about half of what’s there. (oops)

And while reading, a little part of me is proud that I was actually able to put together that much content back then, but a larger part of me is just going “WHYYYYY???!?!?!?!?!!!”

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The Seemingly-Impossible Is Not As It Seems

It’s July 31st, and I think we know what that means.

In a very, very short time, Camp NaNoWriMo will officially be over for the second time this year. Participating writers everywhere will be scrambling to finish up those last words on their novels in order to meet their wordcount (I know I did last night!).

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.31.28 AMI set my goal pretty low this month, actually- only at 20,000. And I passed it by 1,000 words! Seeing the little bar on the statistics graph go above the goal line is seriously one of the best feelings I’ve had all week.

I’ve been talking a lot about crossing goal-lines and completing things recently because it’s really been one of the only things on my mind. My thoughts have constantly been centered around questions like “what do I have to do next?” and “what do I have to do to do that thing next?” and “holy mother of all things fluffy, how in the world will I finish this all in time?”.

Sometimes it might feel like things are impossible to do. You might have your list of three things you want to get to first, you might have all the things you need to complete them- but there still could be that point in time where you feel like all is lost, like there’s no way you could ever finish what you’ve started.

BUT YOU CAN.

I am absolutely positive you can.

I proved to myself that I can when I made those two big jumps in my wordcount to catch up. And just like I sat down with an extra-chocolatey hot chocolate and wrote until my fingers bled (metaphorically, of course), you can catch up, too. Forget that feeling of hopelessness and keep working at it. You’ll get there.

Don’t give up, nerdlings,

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Arya’s Tips to Surviving (and thriving) while writing a novel

Very soon, it will be the start of Camp NaNoWriMo round number two this year.

Naturally, I’ll be taking part in this. I’ll be working on my novel, My Life as a Mayonnaise Jar, which I have already written multiple drafts for but have never quite felt it was really completed. However, I recently figured out a way to give the story that extra push I’ve always felt it needed, and I am extremely excited to write it all out.

So in honor of camp starting soon, I’ve decided to compile a list of my advice to not only surviving but thriving as you write your wonderfully brilliant novel (whether it be during Camp NaNo, regular NaNo, or just on your own)! Let’s get started, shall we?

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The Magic of Teamwork

In my drama class, we’ve been doing projects that require a lot of working together.

At the beginning of the year, our assignments were far more simple, being things like performing monologues or small scenes written by others for students. But as the year progressed, we were given much tougher tasks.

The first one was titled Karaoke Musical. We were split into four groups. Our assignment was to come up with a story from scratch and then find songs to match the plot and integrate them into the play. We had a week to write a 35 page script consisting of three primary scenes, and then another week to block it and memorize.

It was difficult. Very, very difficult. But we pulled it off in the end, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I got to play a crazy old lady with an absurd accent and wear three hats at the same time, one on top of another. All was right with the world.

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