Annihilate Your Research with These 10 Awesome Tips

Why am I posting about research in December? Everyone is either celebrating their win of NaNoWriMo, finishing their novels, editing them, or can’t-even-bear-to-look-at-them. Nobody’s researching anything.

My timing is the best, I know.

^ I finished my scene outline on the 18th, and now the weeks ahead of me promise days of perusing through my list of research books to read for my novel Warfare Book I. And as I mentioned to my mentor K.M. Weiland, it’s quickly become my least favorite part of the writing process.

I find myself in the researching stage of my novel, which has quickly proven to be the most unenjoyable. I have a deadline and can’t really afford to procrastinate, but it’s so painfully frustrating that I keep failing to meet my daily goals and am falling behind schedule. Do I need to find a way to get excited about the research or actually take a break?

Ughhh, research. Definitely a tough one to conquer. Such a grind sometimes. But it can be defeated nonetheless.

What keeps me on the right track are these ten tips that I hope might help you should you find yourself in need of researching anything!

Because I definitely know what I’m talking about and have totally researched thousands of projects and completely have these tips down to a science.

*shakes head*

1. SET A SEMI-FLEXIBLE DEADLINE

A goal is a dream with a deadline. I keep track of all my writing-related progress on this epic, free site called MyWriteClub. You can create writing goals for yourself, update your progress, and of course, your fellow MWC friends can follow you to see your updates and comment on your goals with motivation.

And if sprinting is your thing, you can participate in global or private word sprints, which are 1,000x better than NaNo’s word wars. Just try it out and you’ll see what I mean. I don’t word sprint as much anymore—I’m moving more toward quality over quantity—but they’re amazing for boosting your word count speed. I went from writing 100-200 words every half hour to two thousand every half hour. Also while I was on it, the global sprint was actually a great missions base and I got to talk to some people about salvation.

(That’s another way of saying hey everybody! Follow me on MWC!)

But back to the deadline. Your deadline should challenge you, but not be so soon that it would be the end of the world if you didn’t make it by that date. Try to keep your deadline flexible and not perfectly exact; right now my schedule is running ahead, and I find myself accomplishing my goals ahead of time.

And then some things are taking a little longer, like… research. -__- I had to extend it a week because I was having such a hard time with the first book, so it was a good thing I had left some leeway this month to work out the due dates.

Just be sure not to put your goal so far out there that you give yourself room for procrastination. “Eh, my goal’s not due ’til next week, I can work on it tomorrow.” No procrastination! That aids in the opposite of success (failure).

(Also consider what time your library needs any resources back, or beg them for a longer check-out time, which I’m currently doing. 😇)

2. SET DAILY OR WEEKLY GOALS

Divide a book or article of research’s page count number by how many days you want to have it read by. Then you’ll have a daily goal of pages you need to read and make notes on.

Remember to keep these flexible, too. For example, if you know you’re busy Friday but won’t be on Saturday, consider a weekly goal instead of a daily goal so you can get by with less on the busy days and more on the less-busy ones.

3. MAKE TIME TO WORK

Those pages aren’t going to be noted themselves. Carving time out of your schedule is the only efficient way to do it. I’ve missed a lot of time I could be researching because all I knew was: Wake up late again because you have an insane sleep schedule. Get school done. Work on blog. Research sometime in the evening.

See how research was in the evening? Sometimes school would run late or I’d have to spend the evenings working on a job. It didn’t help that I was really hating it and procrastinating.

But then one day I sat down and decided to spend the next however-long-it-would-take-me and finish however-many pages. I finished that research book that was driving me crazy less than two days later—and two days earlier than my goal. Win-win! Now, with my future research books, I’m setting specified times for when all I do is research.

That’s called laser-like focus, which we’ll talk about in point number 4.

4. ANNIHILATE THE DISTRACTIONS

(Ninja book in the background, ninja drawing as my phone’s background. Yeahhh. 👊)

I really like multitasking when I work on non-enjoyable projects. And even enjoyable ones. Texting, roleplaying, or online chatting, preferably; I don’t like being lonely online. I also like bombarding people with snippets of whatever I’m doing (which is probably why most chat rooms clear out when I get on >:D).

But when it comes down to getting a project done—an especially unenjoyable one you’ve been procrastinating but don’t really have time to put off anymore—sometimes the distractions gotta go. It can be hard, but not only does it feel freeing, it also frees your mind to focus in on what needs to get done instead of focusing on what’s less important at the time.

That’s laser-like focus. Saying “I’m going to do nothing else but _____ for ______ amount of time.” You’d be amazed at how much you can get done when you’re 100% focused on that one thing alone!

5. HELP YOURSELF FOCUS

That being said, help yourself lock in to that laser-like focus. Think about what helps you focus; what helps you think about nothing but the project in front of you.

For me, that’s having my headphones in, listening to a song on repeat that’s become repetitive (lyrics usually aren’t good for focusing, but my brain actually deals pretty well with them if I know the song well enough). Usually, I’ll need to work inside, sitting at a desk or somewhere, in the same place I have been for a while without a change of place, where I’m not tempted to look up and daydream out the window (although I did sit outside for the majority of my outlining and structuring, because being outside for daydreaming and brainstorming helped).

Once you’ve locked in to laser-like focus, you can go, go, go until that alarm goes off or you have nothing left (usually, for me, it’s the latter, because I hate alarms).

6. BREAK IT UP

Sometimes, when you loathe something so much the thought of pouring a straight hour of work into it makes you want to barf, try something completely different: breaking it up.

My friend Josie taught me this method, so I’m sure she could give you way more tips than I can. But basically, reward yourself in small chunks with other small chunks of a project you do enjoy.

For example, I had about 70 comments in moderation waiting for me to reply to one day, and 75 more pages to go for my research. I decided to break the two projects up in chunks; for every paragraph (they were long, guys) of research I read and made notes on, I would reply to one comment. And then find some other project to break the research up with when I ran out of comments.

Except that didn’t really work for me, because once I got rolling on that one paragraph, I was in that laser-like focus. I tried to do it again the next day, but bam! I looked up and had knocked out 75 pages in two nights, completely finished the rest of the daunting research book.

7. KEEP YOUR NOTES SHORT & IN YOUR OWN WORDS

I love details. And I’m convinced I need details to make things work. When trying to make a book as historically accurate as possible, details should be important.

But if you know me, I take things far. Sometimes too far. I’d be sitting there, frustrated because I was literally copying the entire page into my note document. Which is kind of plagiarism. (What can I say, every sentence was packed with important details.)

Plus, I wasn’t just researching for the first book; while I had the resources, I had to write everything that would be important for future books in the series.

But you can defeat the need for every single detail, too. Instead of writing down the paragraph or page word for word, read the entire paragraph first. Then type up the important things that you remember or can paraphrase in the shortest way possible, and refer to it only if you need the exact spelling on a word, or are writing down an exact list (like a list of foods Japanese farmers ate in the in the Edo period).

Have fun with your notes, too. For example:

and then PIEULBRFGIESBG YES SUSHI lots of sushi along the streets yo. I LOVE SUSHI.

the raw fish was cut into very fine slices and eaten dipped into soy sauce (THAT ACTUALLY SOUNDS EXTREMELY DELICIOUS CAN I TRY SOME AND COUNT IT AS RESEARCH PLZ), or mixed with green and other vegetables, with vinegar poured over all (ew vinegar).

NO MILK WHAT.

EWWWW ANOTHER CHARACTERISTIC FEATURE WAS THE SUPER WEIRD ARRANGEMENT OF THE HAIR WAHT IN THE WORLD.

(So in 1680s, prison was still not very humanitarian. HAHA HORA AND KIRA. TIME TO LEARN YOUR LESSONS. THE HARD WAY. NO, LITERALLY.)

DUDE SAMURAI WERE SO PRIDEFUL.

8. HAVE FRIENDS KEEP YOU ACCOUNTABLE

(Yes. Popcorn is one of my friends. I’m kind of a mean friend, because I eat the popcorn.)

This is for extreme cases. I usually have a lot of drive to finish projects, so outside motivation isn’t necessary, even though I adore it. Bug all your friends with:

Me: Yell at me if I haven’t done fifteen pages of research before I go to bed.
Josie: How long should it take you?
Me: 30 minutes to an hour?
Josie: I’ll check on you after dinner.

Bam. There’s no escaping it now. YOU ARE BEING FORCED TO RESEARCH.

9. JUST GET STARTED

(See what I mean? I ate my popcorn friend.)

What I’ve found out is sometimes you just have to get started. Even though you’re procrastinating it, even though it’s HARD UGH SERIOUSLY I HATED TAKING NOTES ON THIS RESEARCH BOOK. Get the ball rolling. And it will keep rolling, and keep rolling, and keep rolling. Like when I tried to do a comment per paragraph; I got the ball rolling and couldn’t stop.

Learn a lesson from Nike and “just do it”.

10. KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED

You should always be excited about your writing, but that doesn’t mean you have to be excited about every part. K.M. Weiland said in reply to my comment about research above…

You don’t have to be excited about every *part* of writing. Rather, you have to be excited enough about the particular story that you’re motivated to keep going even through the boring, frustrating stuff.

My series Warfare is more than enough motivation. I’m in love with it. I’m in love with the characters, the plot, the heart of it all. I’m daydreaming about my characters all the time, writing little short-stories on the side when I’m only outlining, even pretending to be my characters when no one is around (shhh). It’s more than enough to keep me going through frustrating research.

… Especially when you put this much time into something you love, something that you have a passion for. That’s just… that’s motivation.

Motivated by NF

Great song for being motivated through frustrating research, by the way. Those lyrics start the song off and I’m like YEAHHH I’M READY TO DO THIS. My brain now knows it well enough to work well with the lyrics, even though they’re rap. XD

Friends are also a great source of motivation. Like I said, I usually don’t need outside motivation to keep my drive for finishing projects up—I’m in love with my story—but research is a tough one for me. So HUGE thank-yous to Christina and Light4theLord, fellow friends on MWC, who have commented many times with encouragement on my Warfare Research | Physical Books goal. You guys are awesome!

A lot of these tips work great for projects that aren’t about research; laser-like focus and keeping yourself motivated are good for lots of other stuff, too.

WHAT WOULD YOU ADD? HAVE YOU EVER DONE RESEARCH FOR A BOOK BEFORE?

Research isn’t just for historical fiction, I’ve discovered. GASP. Even for fantasy, authors should know the difference between a one- and three-degree burn (from a fire-breathing dragon, of course). 😱 NO ONE IS FREE FROM THE CLUTCHES OF RESEARCH.

BUT THAT’S OKAY, BECAUSE WE CAN ALL DEFEAT IT.

By | 2017-12-06T18:17:57+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Warfare, Writing|78 Comments

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Hey! I'm Madi, a blogger, writer, doll collector, & minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can learn more about me by clicking here and more about this blog by clicking here.

78 Comments

  1. agdolldreams December 6, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    TOTALLY EPIC MADI!!! Btw, if ur ever bored/want to be bombarded with snippets/want to bombard people with snippets, I’M ALWAYS HERE! 😂

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!! And oh. My. Goodness. THAT IS THE BEST OFFER ANYONE WAS EVER SAID TO ME. 😂😂 Same to you! I love reading snippets. >:D But especially bombarding people with them. >:D

      • agdolldreams December 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

        😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

      • agdolldreams December 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

        If you want to, you can email me and we can bombard each other ASAP! 😂

        • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

          I can’t right now, but hopefully sometime soon! 😂

  2. olivehiddenhollow December 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    About two years ago I was introduced to nano, and I started a Star Wars fanfic novella. (I haven’t finished it, but I wrote the beginning and the end, which is what I wanted to write in the first place) the fun part was that the reaserch was basically reading articles on the wookiepedia about various Star Wars objects and events. I loved it. 😜
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    P.s ahhhhhhhh this post is so ninja!

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

      I’ve written a ton of stories where all I wanted to write was one part, too. XD Ooh, I’m glad research was fun for you! Maybe I should try Star Wars research sometime. 😂

      P.S. HEHE NINJA. THANK YOU. >:D

  3. Christina December 6, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Awesome tips! I love to read, but sometimes I get sidetracked….
    Looking over my library account: Hmm, I have 120 books checked out. Okay, 2 of them are books for research. High five, Christina! It’s a new record. XD
    Also, thanks so much for mentioning me. 🙂
    -Christina

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Christina! And same here. It’s also easier to get sidetracked when you don’t like the book you’re reading! XD

      😂😂 LOL! That literally made me laugh out loud. XD

      Aww, you’re so welcome! Thank you for all your epic comments. <3

  4. Chloë December 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Ooooh, if I ever write a historical fiction novel, which I’m considering, I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind! Great post, as always! and by the way…. not to bug you…. but… I NEEDS WARFARE BOOK 1 *dies*
    (And I am so sorry if this sent a million times, my wifi went out when I was sending it. -_____-)

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      OOH, YES, you should totally write a historical fiction novel sometime! That’d be awesome. 😉 Thank you soo much, Chloe!

      AND HEHEHE YAY. I start writing it on January first! I’ll be sure to bombard you with snippets if you’d like… 😉

      (No problem! Seems like it only sent once. BAD WIFI. Give it a big ol’ spanking.)

      • Chloë December 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

        YES DO PLEASE SNIPPETS *cough cough*

        • Madi December 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm - Reply

          HEHE OKAY! >:D

          • Chloë December 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

            Hm.. would you mind if I tried to start writing on January 1st, as well? 🙂

            • Madi December 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

              I wouldn’t mind at all! I think Josie is going to try to start writing on January 1st, too. That would be so awesome if we could all start together!

              • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

                Oooh, awesome! Now to decide if I write Starless or Forgotten…. halp XD

                • Madi December 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

                  WAIT WHAT’S FORGOTTEN.

                  • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

                    A project I just came up with…. >:)

                    • Madi December 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

                      TELL ME ABOUT IT HEHE I’M SO EXCITED.

                    • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:22 pm

                      Wellll… it’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling, for one…

                    • Madi December 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm

                      SQUEEEEEEEEE THAT’S SO EXCITING DO YOU HAVE ANY CHARRIES FOR IT YET.

                    • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm

                      Yep!

                    • Madi December 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

                      HEHE WHO.

                    • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:25 pm

                      Wellll…. the princess, Briar, and there’s a boy from a nearby village, but I can’t find a name for him.

                    • Madi December 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm

                      WE SHOULD ROLEPLAY WITH HIM SO YOU CAN COME UP WITH A NAME FOR HIM AND DEVELOP HIS PERSONALITY HEHE.

                    • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm

                      YES YES

                    • Madi December 11, 2017 at 9:28 pm

                      HEHE CAN YOU RP NOW

                    • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:28 pm

                      Maybe for a little bit!

                    • Madi December 11, 2017 at 9:28 pm

                      Wanna jump on tlk.io?

                    • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm

                      I’m actually already on there, so sure!

                    • Madi December 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm

                      Getting on now!

                    • Chloë December 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm

                      YAY

                    • Chloë December 12, 2017 at 7:13 pm

                      Gah, I’m sorry that I had to leave so suddenly yesterday…

  5. silverfoxstudios December 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I’m currently in the research part of my book too, and I am totally going to use these tips. I usually like research, but sometimes I dread it. But then I’ll remember the good that will come out of the research and that motivates me. I can’t wait to read the book when it’s done, it sounds awesome!!! Warfare book 1 will take the world by storm and be on the best-selling list instantly.

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Woah, really? I’m not the only one! XD *high-five* Same here! Exactly.

      Aww, thank you SO much! You’re the sweetest! <3 That literally made my entire year ☺️

      • silverfoxstudios December 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        I currently working on research for my novel at this very minute, and I keep get distracted.

        • Madi December 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

          Distractions are everywhere! Oops, I hope I’m not distracting you by replying to this comment… XD

  6. Julia December 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    You’re crazy good at your research. Books from the library? I just look on wikipedia for mine. 😂 Did you know that yarrow is good for stopping a cut from bleeding? Or that katanas could be made by layers of metal being hammered together (I can’t remember the exact wording; it’s been a long time since I’ve reserached those 😛) and then over time they just keep becoming stronger and stronger?
    Oh yeah and when I was researching foxes, it certainly was interesting/weird/nowfoxesaremyfavoriteanimal. 😂

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Aw, thanks! Heh heh, I did plenty of research on Wikipedia, too. 😂 WOAH I DID NOT KNOW THAT. Nor do I know what yarrow is. 😂 Oh, wait, never mind, I looked it up in the dictionary. XD Hehe, I just found that out about the katanas! That is so epic.

      HAHA, that is great. 😂😂

  7. Josie December 6, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    RESEARCH. I have a whole list of the things to research, including but not limited to: when a junior is arrested, does he go to JD or the station for his holding cell? What are appropriate lessons on violin and music theory in a private school system? What are the effects of child abuse, broken bones, vocal nodes, and near-starvation?
    Et cetera.
    Hehe I’m in the pooost twiiiice. And yas that trick 😛 Also once I was writing this random Crossing Galaxy storyworld (fantasy version of LU haha cringe now because it was underdeveloped and my characters were cardboard but read it if you wanna see Mason with a happy family) short and I looked up how horses give birth and that was pretty lit. I’m really happy though because I found this PDF that gives me a quick guide to the effects of pain and I can save it in Scrivener and wow this is long okay bye!

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      If I didn’t know what your story was about, I’d begin to seriously worry about you. XD

      HEHE. I’m bad at that trick 😂 WHAT SERIOUSLY CAN I PLEASE READ CROSSING GALAXIES?? And the offer’s still up for me to do another reenactment in exchange for FG. 😇 How horses give birth 😂 I think I’d be too afraid to research that. XD Ahh Scrivener. NOW YOU’RE MAKING ME WANT IT. Le adios!

      • Josie December 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

        You should already worry about me. 😂
        I CAN SNIPPET BUT IT WAS SO CRINGE LIKE MASON AND ERIN WERE CRINGE. Maybe FG. 😂 I don’t know why I did. YOU SHOULD GET IT.

        • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

          That’s probably a good idea. 😂

          I STILL WANNA READ IT ANYWAY BC JOSIE STORY. Hehe. I SHOULD.

          • Josie December 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

            IT’S EMBARRASSING NO.

            • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

              TOO BAD. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE.

              • Josie December 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

                YES I DO.

                • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

                  THESE ARE YOUR CHOICES:

                  1. SEND STORY TO MADI
                  2. DIE

                  • Josie December 7, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

                    3. Don’t reply.

                    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

                      Oh, but you just did reply. 😏

  8. Zielle December 7, 2017 at 12:49 am - Reply

    OH MY GOODNESS HOW. I looked at your outline and WOW I WISH I WERE LIKE THAT XD

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      TRUTHFULLY I DON’T EVEN KNOW. XDD

  9. Allison December 7, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    These tips are great, Madi! And so were the pictures. AND THE AMUSING ANECDOTES. Like your poor popcorn friend… Madi… *sigh*. How could you be so cruel? Tsk, tsk.

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you SOO much, Allison! Heh heh, I couldn’t help it. IT WAS YUMMY.

      • Allison December 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

        You are most welcome! NO NO NO! YOU DON’T CALL FRIENDS YUMMY. IT’S NOT PROPER ETIQUETTE.

        • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

          BUT YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR FRIENDS THE TRUTH. AND MY FRIEND WAS YUMMY. HEHE.

          • Allison December 7, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

            WELL THERE’S A THING CALLED TACT.

            • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

              TACT? WHAT’S THAT? 😇

              • Allison December 7, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

                ASK YOUR EMOJI WITH THE HALO. HE SHOULD KNOW.

                • Madi December 7, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

                  … THAT’S A GOOD IDEA.

                  • Allison December 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

                    I THOUGHT SO.

                    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

                      XDD

  10. AGs in Alaska December 7, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Hey, Madi! I hope you’re having a great day. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, if you would like to participate. Just head on over to my blog to check it out!

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      I’m 99% sure I replied to this, but just in case not:

      Thank you SOO much for nominating me!!

      • AGs in Alaska December 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

        Yes, you did, at the same time that I commented on your post, so it’s totally OK!

  11. Kendall December 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you Madi!! These help so much! Admittedly, I hate research *glares at stack of books on Spanish Armada and wonders why I chose that topic for my school research paper*.
    Anyway, your posts always provide an oasis away from pressing school… and I’m thankful for that!

    • Madi December 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m so glad!! ARG RESEARCH. XDD Bad Spanish Armada.

      XDD Blog posts provide me a little oasis away from school, too! 😉 I’m glad you enjoy them!

      • Kendall December 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        Yeah, bad research. XD Actually, the SA story isn’t too bad, just really complicated, so it’s hard to condense into one paper (lol I’m sure you want to know all about my paper). 😛

        Yep!! 🙂

        • Madi December 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

          Then bad complications. XDD Hah, no, I think that’s really interesting! 😀

  12. Nicole December 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Research is my best friend—even though I ignore it half the time. XD Great post! I totally will keep these in mind as I research for my stories. I especially loved the snippets of your notes. Those are hilarious! XD

    • Madi December 9, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Heh heh. 😂 Thanks so much, Nicole! I hope they help you if you use ’em for research! HAHA, thank you so much. XD

  13. Rebcake December 8, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Ooh, AWESOME tips, Madi! Thanks so much! Research is probably my most dreaded part of writing (as I hate adhering to historical/cultural/scientific rules), so these will really help. 🙂

    (AND I NEED YOU TO MAKE A POST ON IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY. I AM SO FRUSTRATED RIGHT NOW. AUGH. AGH. UGH. EEGH.)

    • Madi December 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you SOOO much! And UGH, same. I hate having to keep things logical / historically accurate. XD I hope they help!! 😀

      (AHH THAT’S RIGHT I WAS GONNA DO ONE BUT I FORGOT. AND OH NO. DID YOUR CAMERA DIE.)

  14. Zella The Writer December 9, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I need to get MWC or whatever its called. I have such a hard time keeping myself motivated with my stories. If I can find time to set up an account, I will, and will follow you. Definitely.

    I haven’t listened to “Motivated” by NF yet, but I love some of his songs, altho a lot of them are kinda sad. I’ll try it and see what I think.

    Loved this post!

    • Madi December 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      You’ll love having an MWC account! They’re epic for keeping motivation up. Aww, thank you! I’ll definitely follow you back!

      I love some of his songs, too! Yeah, I stay away from his depressed ones, but there are a few other songs of his I really like. If you listen to Motivated, I hope you’ll like it!

      Thank you SO much! <3

  15. Zella The Writer December 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I love this post. I need to get that writer’s checklist thing or whatever. I have a hard time keeping myself accountable with writing projects.

    I love NF’s music btw. I haven’t listened to Motivated. Is it good? I’ll have to try it and see what I think.

    What Bible and History are you in at Veritas?

    • Madi December 9, 2017 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Heh heh, I totally drew a blank and had to go check my account to see what I’m doing. XD For Bible I’m now at Judges through Kings and for History I’m at Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation.

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