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How to Conduct a Stellar Interview

Imagine this: You’re a young writer, just starting out in the world of freelancing and magazine pitches. You just got hired to write a profile about a lady who does charity, owns her own business, and mothers two children. You know this lady is someone special and worth reading about, but now it’s up to you to convey that in words.

How?

First, you’ll need a great interview. If you don’t get enough juicy details and quotes about her life and experiences, it doesn’t matter how great of a writer you are.  Continue reading “How to Conduct a Stellar Interview”

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Poetry Inspiration—The Rainy Day

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the moldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the moldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

~HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

When you go to the bookstore, excited to buy a copy of the next greatest book, do you pick up a paperback, its pages opening easily to a random page? or a hardcover, giving you protection against bends and creases?

Do you take notes in your books? Do you fold pages when you find something interesting? Do you bend the spine so it stays open while you read? Or do you try to preserve your books in their original pristine condition? Do you take care to avoid doing the aforementioned things?

Word of the Day—August 25, 2016

adulatory (adj): excessively praising or admiring

The professor’s comments were full of adulatory remarks and really weren’t helpful at all.

Why You Should Definitely Go Whitewater Rafting

“Forward one!” Muppet shouted as we approached a bulge of water coursing over a submerged rock. I had no time to look back at our river guide, but as our raft slipped expertly between two rocks to land right in the swirling water below, I realized just how technical his job was. As a part of this raft’s crew for a day, it was my job to paddle exactly when and where he told me to. Muppet, as he introduced himself, had a range of commands he taught us including forward strokes, back strokes, and “Lean in,” which meant if you don’t want to fall out, crouch towards the middle of the raft. Continue reading “Why You Should Definitely Go Whitewater Rafting”

Day 7-Tattoos

What tattoos do you have, and do they have meaning to you?

I currently have one tattoo. It is almost a year old at this point. I dreamed the idea up for a full year before getting it. Many parts of my personality match up with the qualities of a deer, so I knew I wanted to incorporate this majestic animal. Continue reading “Day 7-Tattoos”

Day 6-Someone Who Fascinates You

When I grow up, I want to be Jennifer Garner. She is beautiful in a subtle way and has this air about her that makes me think she is smart. Just look at her.

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Continue reading “Day 6-Someone Who Fascinates You”

Say Goodbye to Excuses

Hey there!

Let’s stop to take a deep breath. The school year is over! As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted in about… 2 months 😦

My life got crazier than it ever has before during the last stretch of the semester, but it ended well. I survived. And now it’s summer! Continue reading “Say Goodbye to Excuses”

Today I have been feeling productive. So naturally, I wasted about 3 hours surfing the Internet looking for writing tips. I found a really cool website through another wonderful blog by a fellow student of mine, Nicole Crucial. It’s called Canva, and I used it to make this cool header. I hate stealing images from Google, but I’m not a regular photographer. Problem solved. Read my blog please. It’s amazing.

It has both free and paid features, so both starving college students and thriving bloggers can customize their usage. I like the bunny a lot. And it’s really easy to use. I made that in about 30 seconds.

I also stumbled upon the webpage for NaNoWriMo summer camp in April, and while a huge part of me wants to do it because I’ve never finished a NaNo month before, I know that April will be one of the craziest months I’ve ever had. I don’t like starting a project without finishing it. But I want to write more.

And I also found an awesome website called How To Write A Book Now. It’s full of pages on character development, plot and story arc, and what makes good writers successful. And it simplifies all the ideas into their basic format and emphasizes the effectiveness of sometimes breaking the rules. Now to read all of it…

So to anyone who reads this blog, I want to thank you, but I also want to thank the Internet. Without you, O infinite Internet, none of us would be sane.

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