My September Favorites! +Life Update

Hi all! I feel like I haven’t been updating in a while (probably as a result of school starting back up again)—and I’ve missed you guys! I’m back today, though, with a quick life update, plus a round-up of my favorite products (and more) from the month of September!

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The College Girl’s Ultimate Guide to Studying

Whether your major is English, math, or even music, there’s a college blogger out there with tips to help you rise to the top of your class. If you’re looking for only the best advice on how to succeed in any of your classes, check out the posts below from college students just like you!

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20 Relaxing, Acoustic Songs for Autumn

20 Relaxing Songs for Autumn | Michelle Adams Blog autumn fall playlist music season halloween september october november spotifyThe leaves are changing colors and the clothes are getting a lot cuter—it must be Autumn! If you’re looking to get in the mood for the season, you just want a relaxing study playlist to jam to, or you’re in the mood for acoustic songs, check out my playlist of songs for Fall!

Many of these are covers, but I love the unique sound of them!

1. Free Fallin’ (Live at the Nokia Theater) by John Mayer

2. Cool Kids / Rip Tide by Less Is More, The Queen & King

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The Elements of a Truly Great Story

Although we as artists may hate to admit it, all art (including storytelling) requires at least some structure. It’s as simple as the old, “you have to know the rules to break them,” theory. In the words of Jim Krueger, the former creative director for Marvel, “I don’t believe you can be creative without limitations”—there has to be a box if you want to think outside of it.

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Try This Fast-Paced, Group Creative Writing Exercise for Aspiring Authors

Story building is a real struggle for me. As a journalist, most of the stories I write are already made up for me—I just have to find the information. But when it comes to writing novels and other creative pieces, the tale has to come from within me, and, unfortunately, I haven’t been stretching my creative side lately as much as I probably should.

As I continue my NaNoWriMo prep (including working on my creativity), I’ve particularly enjoyed this exercise that a writing teacher of mine had us do in class, recently. If you want practice on creating storiesworking quickly, and thinking ahead, this can be a really valuable exercise for you, as well!

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