The Post College Rough Drafts

Once I had a professor rip up a paper I had written right in front of my face. The class was called “Writing for Magazines.” I handed him my paper & before he even read it, he tore it in two, letting both halves lifelessly float to the ground. I’m pretty sure I let out a small, audible gasp. Unfazed, he simply looked at me and said, “First drafts are always sh*t. Let them be sh*t.” 

He went on to explain that, as writers, our best work is never found in our first drafts. First drafts are meant to get all the sh*tty content out–they’re supposed to be messy & extremely hard to write. The blinking cursor on a blank screen is supposed to intimidate you into writing things you wouldn’t normally say. You’re supposed to word vomit all of your paragraphs until you don’t know what your initial point was. Sure, there are a few sentences here and there that aren’t complete garbage, but overall first drafts aren’t your best…and that’s okay. Because the real fun begins in the re-writing, editing, second (and third and fourth) drafts. That’s where writers actually write their best work.

The first year out of college is kind of like your first draft. Aka, it’s kinda sh*t (for the most part).

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Adulting Struggles  (& How to Solve Them)

Well it’s been exactly 349 days since I graduated from college, or as I like to think of it, my 349th day in my crash course in adulting. While I am nowhere near having figured it all out (will I ever??), I have learned a few things along the way. Maybe it’ll help some of you “adults” out there or soon-to-be college grads. Here are some Adulting Struggles and how I’ve attempted to solve them.  Continue reading

Likes & Favorites: Cats win it all!

It’s 9:34 p.m., Monday night–exactly one week after Villanova won the NCAA National Championship. One week ago, I was probably hyperventilating at this point in the game, even though it was only 4 minutes into the first half.

What have I been liked & favorited all week? Villanova EVERYTHING. I’ve been riding this championship high all week long. Hell, I’ll probably ride it for the rest of the year. For one week, I watched replays, read articles and incessantly liked social media posts about everything and anything remotely related to the Cats. Everyone did. That’s what made it so much more fun.

Well, Nova aside, there were some other things I’ve enjoyed things I enjoyed this week (believe it or not). Here’s what else I’ve been liking & favoriting. Continue reading