My Month in Review & October Favorites

Hey everyone! Can you believe that Halloween is already over? I was wearing shorts yesterday…in Virginia! This year has gone by so quickly, but I’m super excited for the leaves to keep changing and for autumn to be in full swing (because we all know that fall outfits are the cutest).

Firstly, I wanted to give a little update on what’s been going on in my life this past month—and so much awesome stuff has happened that I don’t know where to start!

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How to Prepare to Attend a Conference

Hi all! I’m blogging from Atlanta right now at this year’s College Media Association conference (which I am so thankful to my university for paying for me to attend!), and it’s been wonderful seeing so many other college bloggers, journalists, writers, and photographers all in one place.

This is by no means the first conference I have attended during my undergraduate experience—I’ve been to the Virginia Music Educators’ Association (VMEA) conference in Norfolk, Va., and the International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at James Madison University—but this was the furthest from my hometown (and my first ever experience on a commercial plane!). It took a lot of preparation to get ready for this extensive trip, and I know it can be totally daunting to someone who has never been to a conference before. That’s why I’m here to help!

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9 Best FREE Prewriting Resources for Aspiring Authors

This year seems to have gone by so quickly. There are barely two weeks left in October—which means NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! Is anyone else totally pumped and nervous at the same time? (P.S. Add me as a writing buddy if you’re officially participating!)

Whether you’re here to prep for November or you’re just in the midst of working on your latest W.I.P., I have compiled the most useful prewriting tools on the web just for you (yes, you!). These are all resources that have really helped me in my preparation for my latest creative adventure, so I know they’ll be perfect for you, as well!

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Book Review: “From Receptionist To Boss” by Nicole Smartt

“The chapters in this book are a blueprint of how I went from receptionist to business owner in less than seven years and how you can too. Read it. Own it. Take action.”
Nicole Smartt, From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work

With cute, quirky headings and a blog-esque writing style, it’s no wonder this memoir-slash-career prep book became an Amazon bestseller. It’s a quick read (it only took me about an hour to get through the whole thing), but it’s full of information and an inspirational story. It’s kind of like reading all of the pins on your Career-Prep Pinterest board all at once—it’s full of real-life advice, and Nicole’s story is total motivation to get out there and start working on your career ASAP!

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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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How Can I Be the Next Great Storyteller?

Telling stories is one of the most important things we do in our lives. We tell stories to sell products and make money, we tell stories for entertainment, and we even tell stories to help us teach difficult concepts and express abstract thoughts. Even those of us who don’t choose to be writers have to be storytellers—but as artists who make stories our livelihoods, we ought to be the best at it.

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9 Productivity Tools You Must Have On Your Home Office or Study Desk

Whether you’re a work-at-home mom who’s looking for a little more organization in your life, or a college student looking to be a little more productive when not in the library, these are the most vital at-home desk essentials for productive study sessions and effective work habits.

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9 Signs You’re an English Major

Regardless of what college you attend, every major has a few distinguishing characteristics, from argumentative political science majors to creative visual art majors — and if you’re “majoring in essays,” you’re no exception. Here are a few things all English majors know to be true:

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