Staying Motivated

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Having a problem with nodding off at your computer at work? How about having to reread a line multiple times during a study session? We’ve all been there. Staying awake, focused, and motivated while working is one of the hardest things to do in life and a struggle everyone battles against daily. This article has 4 great tips to successfully make the most of your work and school day.

1. Surround yourself with inspiration. Take control of your workspace. Paint it fun and inspiring colors. Try hanging an especially motivational photo, quote, or word that reminds you of your ultimate goal or vision.

2. Challenge yourself. Try new things and take on different tasks. It keeps you awake, focused, and makes the time fly by. Learning new things also shows initiative to employers as well as interest and investment in your professional development.

3. Celebrate all your accomplishments. This article recommends keeping a work journal to track your accomplishments and professional growth. This could be a great portfolio piece as well as a fun way to reminisce and get motivated. It is also super handy for reflecting, which is another way to get inspired and grow professionally.

4. Keep learning and reaching out. Even though you already have the job, keep up on the latest news in your industry like you are preparing for an interview. Also, never stop connecting and networking with people. Both of these things could help you in the long run by getting you invested in other people and their projects. In doing this, you are opening yourself up to endless possibilities and opportunities.

Check out the full article at http://www.levo.com/articles/career-advice/stay-hungry-stay-foolish-how-to-stay-inspired-in-your-workday.

Writing For College

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Whether it is because the professor didn’t give you enough description of what they are looking for, assigned a dull topic or prompt, you can’t find any research, or you just have another two papers due within a couple days of each other, no one enjoys writing papers. This is especially true in college. Now, writing papers is not something I can help you make disappear. However, here are some great tips I found that make writing them so much easier.

Get a planner. Whether you have four days, two weeks or a month to write a paper, make a timeline keep track of every step. This organization is one less thing clouding your brain as you write.

Find lots of resources. It’s better to have more information than you have room for in your paper rather than to have to continuously go searching for more information.

Make an outline. Many people think that outlines are for children just learning to write, but that isn’t true at all. Outlines are for everyone. They help writers on every level.

Keep track of what you do. Not only is this good for making sure you have everything, but it also helps to give you a motivating visual of your progress.

Have someone else read your paper. Really, it makes a world of difference. One of two things will happen. Your friend reads your paper and gives it the thumbs up and you gain confidence as a writer or your friend asks you clarifying questions, you fix your essay, and you get a better grade. It’s win-win.

Don’t procrastinate. Despite what you may think, you really don’t write your best under pressure.

For more information and tips, check out http://blarouche.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/tips-for-writing-a-college-paper/.

Big Bang Producer Talks Comedy Writing

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Are you familiar with the word Nakamura? Could you use it in a sentence? Don’t feel bad if you can’t, you’re not alone; this is a common word in the world of comedy writing, which has its own dictionary of terms to help the process along and I hadn’t heard of it until today. And apparently, it’s something one wants to avoiding when writing comedy.

In in this NPR interview with The Big Bang Theory executive producer Bill Prady,  Melissa Block gets the lowdown on different words that dictate comedy writing and what they mean. It’s very interesting to hear how different realms of writing work!

 

 

Banned Books: Anne Frank, Harry Potter, Catch-22, & More

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Did you know that Anne Frank is a banned book in some places? How about To Kill a MockingbirdCatch-22, and the Harry Potter series? The list goes on, and these banned books have been recognized by the American Library Association for the 30th year counting through the celebration of Banned and Challenged Books, a week last September that they say is “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.”

These books have been banned at some point (a lot still are) by an authoritative power, reasons ranging from “inappropriate” subject matter to questionable word choice. And even if some of the subject matter is no longer contextually relevant, it still remains banned.  Pretty interesting, huh?

So, what is the significance of these banned books? In this article from NPR, the author states that the banning of these great reads is a testament to the power of the written word. Whether you’re a fan of these works or not, you have to acknowledge that the pages of these books hold power; and as writers, we need to realize the power the words we pen can have.