Showing posts from May, 2017

The struggle for a title

How to find the ideal title for your story, or better, picking a title for a story? What to put into consideration when deciding on a title for your story?
Titles can be a hard nut to crack. They are, compared to the story itself, very short, but they have to grab a reader’s attention, be nicely phrased and accurately match the story.
Some titles are really intriguing. They have our attention at first glance, make us wonder what the story has to tell. They make us look forward to discovering the story, meeting the characters and finding out what the title itself really means. Those titles are the best ones. Those that let a fire of interest burn through our veins. The probably biggest disappointment a passionate reader will ever experience is finding out that the story doesn’t offer what they assumed it would. An amazing title will lead to the book being picked up and the online story being clicked on, but once a reader was disappointed by an author, they’ll probably never read anything …

Plan with me - June 2017

I’ve been into bullet journaling since the beginning of this year, and I must say - it’s really great. It definitely made me more productive and helped me get most of my work done in time. So I thought I’d share my spread for june with you guys. If you’d like to see me creating the spread, head over to my YouTube-channel!
If you'd like to see me creating more bullet journal videos, do let me know! I'd love to share some more spreads if you're interested in seeing them!

So let's look at my setup for june!

I like starting the month with a nice title page that makes me look forward to the days to come. The theme I chose for june’s title page is rather tropical and summery, but I thought it’d match quite nicely since it’s very hot outside right now. However, I didn’t go for a tropical palm tree theme throughout the entire spread - it switched to greenery and leafy vines paired with some succulents and cacti, but you'll see that later on.
Matching the summery theme, I decid…

How I catch up

I usually don’t get sick very often, but when I do, it hits me hard - so catching up to me usually means doing what the others did in about a week of school during one weekend. As stressful as that might sound, I always try to not be stressed out by all of the work I have to get done, so here’s how I approach catching up.
The number one priority is always to get healthy again if my absence from lessons was due to sickness and not projects. I can’t really focus when I’m ill anyways so I try to always feel at least okay before I start working on all the things I missed in classes. Since I’m mostly not completely fine when I start catching up, I like to prepare my work area so that I don’t have to get up a lot during my study time. I will have tea and a snack nearby as well as all of my textbooks, my laptop, notepads and all the stationery I like to use.
Before I can start tackling my assignments, I will message my classmates and ask for what we did during my absence. Since our class did ha…

Planning your story

Planning is a topic everyone addresses differently. Some might not plan their life at all and others fill dozens of notebooks to keep track of what they eat, how much they sleep and when they have to do something. Some people plan out their entire life, whereas others still don’t know what they will be doing next week.
The question is - can you write a story without planning anything out? Or better, will that story be a good one?
I personally like writing short stories. They mostly consist of about 2000 to 5000 words, the characters are all ones I’ve written about many years now. Those stories are stories I never plan out. I have an idea of what I want to happen, keep the main storyline in mind and start writing, finishing the story mostly the same day. That is, to me, the absolute minimum of planning that is needed to be done. A story often doesn’t sound coherent and consistent if it’s written without the author knowing where the whole thing is going. It’s often lost in detail and in u…

Finding a place to study

I don’t have a space to study.
For a long time, that statement described kind of my whole school life. I never understood why I should need a desk when I can just do my homework at the kitchen table, on the sofa or in bed. Desks need space and my room wasn’t quite the definition of big, so a desk - to me - was just a waste of space. I never really had any issues with that until my final years of school, probably because I never had to do much for school anyways. I’m one of those people everyone hates - those people who get good grades by being organised. But the final years are different. No matter how good you’re doing in school, you’ll always hit that one point where you have to sit down and get things done, prepare for exams, tests and your finals. That one point where you actually need a place to study.

In my case, that now actually is a desk, but I know not everyone has that one place where they can sit down and focus on the work they need to get done. However, a desk doesn’t have to…

100 questions nobody asks

Back in 2015, when still was a thing, I was tagged to answer 100 questions nobody asks. My original answers can be found here. However, time sure flew by and I decided to answer them again, this time using a slightly different list which actually contains 100 questions this time. Also, this post is probably the longest I ever made, so that’s a thing. So if you’d like to get to know me a little bit more, keep on reading!
1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Fun fact - I don’t have a closet in my dorm. I use a system of drawers to store my clothing since I don’t own anything which needs to be hung up - and if I did, I’d probably just stuff it into a drawer anyways. To come back to the question: My drawers are always closed.
2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
No, simply because I don’t use them. I prefer using my own products since I know those won’t cause allergic reactions.
3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
I feel like tu…