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How to Cure Writer’s Inspiration

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of inspiration. Too much, sadly. Or maybe I don’t have enough time to satisfy writer’s hunger. So… what should a writer, an aspiring writer, or even someone who has just been struck by the lightning of inspiration do, when they don’t have enough time to actually WRITE?

Well… WRITE! I know it sounds stupid, but it’s better to write for 20 minutes each day to at least quench the thirst slightly, and well, it might even disappear in due course. REMEMBER! Many writers would die for a chance of good inspiration, so value it, because it doesn’t come that often… unless it does, which you MIGHT consider becoming a full-time writer! (For me, it usually comes once every one or two months, and I just write for fun!) So… here’s a few ideas on what to do…

Start a Blog or Website

This is generally a good idea because you can write in short poems, stories, images, etc., which all your friends can view, and it’s always exciting when you see the hits going up (eg. I was thrilled that one day I got around 353 hits!!) For more info, click here.

Write a Short Story

If you write a page a day, you’ll probably have a good short story by the time your inspiration had disappeared. It might even be so good you win a competition! The only competition I won was Maytthews Young Writer’s Competition, with a short story I wrote for an English Exam in 2005/6. Obviously I improved it, but the main idea was that in 45mins, I managed to create a GOOD, prize-winning story because I had inspiration

Start a Diary

Not very rewarding, but you can pour your feelings into it, and you might even like to continue after inspiration has fled. Writing in a diary is good because it makes you think more clearly, and generally gets your innermost feelings out… it’s also fun re-reading the diaries a few days/moths/years later!

Write a Story Plan

This is more if you are a writer or an aspiring writer, or you wish to write a novel or longer story, but lack the time. Once you’ve done the plan, you can stuff it somewhere SAFE you can go back to later, and re-read, re-write, and even create a good, effective story when you DO have time (nothing more hideous than a rushed book)

Well, times up. I’ve written this in 20mins, and I feel I’ve achieved quite a something. It’s even helped me!

12 May 2008 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

How to Start Your Own Blog/Website

I’m not much of an example, but, as usual, I give good advise without actually following it. Plus, I did some research, and I found out some things…

Blog or Website?

If you’re good with HTML, websites are great, because you can get a very personalized look. However, you have to put A LOT of your time into making the website look good. I tried it, and well, I only know basic HTML (how to add an image, how to start a new paragraph, a new line and to add a link), so I don’t know the real experience. Most website places are more or less a rip-off, but that’s just my opinion. If you REALLY want it to be a website, I recommend Freewebs. Then, there’s the blog; just a few entries or articles… which is what I have… it might be a bit less organized, but I find it MUCH easier to choose, and all I have to do is add text… sometimes I even type it in word, because it has word check. For blogs, I (obviously) recommend WordPress because it’s easy to use, and you can have more than one blog (eg. Blog for personal stuff and another one for business/articles, etc.) Other blog sites include: Livejournal, Blogger, TheDiary, Mindsay, Blog, TypePad, MySpace. Remember! Take your time to choose your blog/website!

 

What look?

It obviously has to be a look YOU like and tells about how YOU feel/want to communicate. Then, it has to be a style that suit’s the way you write. For example, I write big blocks of text, so I want one, large column which will also fit my pictures.

Tips

Make your blog neat and attractive- you don’t want it to look messy or tacky

If you update your blog frequently, more people will return on a regular basis to read it. Establishing a reader base will motivate you to write more and in turn more people will read your posts.

Get into a routine of blogging. Make it part of your day. Soon, you will notice things during your day and think, “Hey, I’ll blog this.”

Personalize your blog. A pretty blog always catches the eye. Visit blogger.com for ideas; they have a list of their 10 most recently updated blogs.

Keep the posts interesting. Try to avoid focusing on things that most readers won’t find worthwhile (such as “I went to the mall today and saw Kelly.”) Write about things you noticed, thoughts you had, and feelings or ideas.

Spell check your writing before posting.

Don’t feel bogged down if no one visits your site for the first few months. As with communities this large, it will take some time for your blog to get noticed.

If you want a broad (international) readership, do not use too many abbreviations or slang terms that might not be easily understood by people who are not from your country/area.

Pictures are a great idea

For more info, click here.

4 April 2008 at 10:34 am 1 comment

How to Have a Good Day


  1. Start the day early… I usually find if I go to bed early, and then wake up naturally, I’m relaxed and ready for whatever the day may hold

  2. Take a large and plentiful breakfast so your stomach doesn’t start complaining at the middle of the day… it’s terribly annoying
  3. Always smile- it’ll brighten your day and the day of those around you
  4. Try to do a nice action a day… it will give a meaning to your life, brighten up somebody else’s day, and make you feel good about yourself
  5. Try hard in whatever you do, whether it’s work or relationships… even though it doesn’t look like it, every area of your life needs a LOT of work for satisfaction
  6. Exercise! It will release happy hormones, just as chocolate, only you get fitter instead of fatter, so the after-effects are GREAT
Remember!
A good day is NOT guaranteed, but it can be tried… :–)

29 February 2008 at 10:29 pm 1 comment

How To Plan a Surprise Birthday Party

This idea came to me as I planned one of my best friend’s birthday, and I discovered one week was hardly enough… however, it all turned out all right, and we all had a generally good time- guests didn’t want to leave at the end!

The most important things to remember are:

Plan in advance!! If you don’t everything could just be very disorganised, and you might even, for example, run out of food

Make sure it stays a secret… otherwise it could turn out boring

It’s better if the person doesn’t have any plans of her own… to celebrate their birthday

It’s better if it’s a few days before/after the birthday- otherwise you might be spoiling a quiet dinner, or the birthday person might guess

Getting started

First, you need a place… I had mine at my house

Then, guests. Try to keep it quite a small number of people, unless you want a HUGE mess (not to mention food problem)

Make sure no one’s allergic to anything, or a vegetarian. This is really important… I didn’t know one of my friends was a vegetarian, and there wasn’t anything, apart from salad and sweets that wasn’t meat.

It’s helpful if everyone brings something, and that there are quite a few people organising the surprise party

Organising the house

Get people to help you with decorating… have balloons, tinsel, a banner, posters, party poppers… everything to make it look pretty

Have food for the people helping out APART from the one for the party (people can get very hungry)… I didn’t have any, so we ate half of the food for the party, which wasn’t a good idea

Get the food out around ½ an hour before the birthday person arrives, and the drinks around 15-10 minutes earlier… this is so you don’t have to rush out to get more things!

Getting the person to the party

There are many ways to do this. Here are a few examples:

Invite them over for tea (alone)

Have a friend “forget” something important at your house (while she’s out with the birthday person) and have to go and fetch it

Food

Have loads of sweets, crisps, but remember about the REAL food… but remember about vegans, vegetarians and allergies.

Make the food simple… either a buffet, pizza, or a barbecue (these are great in summer)

Make sure no one’s on a diet… or they’ll have to break it L

Drinks

Nobody wants drunkards in their house, so make sure you don’t have TOO much wine, beer, or such things

Have all types of fizzy drinks, juices, and remember water! (Although it sounds obvious, after so much sweet stuff, it’s hard to drink anything apart from water)

Music

A bit like a wedding, have music which everyone likes; music it’s easy to dance to, relaxing music for the end, and maybe a slow dance or two… classics (i.e. from childhood) are always a good idea to get people to remember and chat about the “good ol’ times”

If you don’t have enough music, either buy, or get people to bring their mp3s, Ipods and CDs (you might even have to borrow a CD to get music from at the end of the party because you liked the songs so much, like me)

No matter what, it’s important to remember that having fun is all that matters, and that your birthday friend is going to love the surprise idea… it worked with one of my most “i-don’t-care-about-anything” friends, and she actually had LOADS of fun

Adopt one today! Click on the dragon for a cool surprise!

http://www.wikihow.com/Plan-a-Surprise-Birthday-Party– just so you know, I did this in wiki!! Soz… just proud of me :–)

11 February 2008 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

How To…What?

“How to” is what everybody needs: a quick way to plan, create, or achieve something, explained simply and clearly. Stuck on what to do in a rainy day, or it’s someone special’s birthday and you’re not sure what to get them? Well, if there’s a post on “How to”, then you’re in luck; you’ll have everything figured out in no time.

If you want to see something on “How to”, just tell me, and I’ll see if I can get some ideas… or you could also tell me about any good ideas you might have!

11 February 2008 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment


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