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Blog Post #39: Disappointment, Optimism, and Perseverance

Hey readers!

Apologies for this post being late, but a lack of inspiration, motivation and time meant nothing went up yesterday, and I thought better late than never, right? Besides, I had nothing to talk about yesterday, and a couple of things have inspired me now to write this post. Those things? A bad test and an English text about optimism.

I went into my lesson this morning not looking forward to getting the results back of the test we’d done last lesson, but I wasn’t dreading it either. I knew I hadn’t done too well as not much of the stuff that I’d studied was on there, but I didn’t think I’d done too badly. And too be fair to me, I didn’t actually do that badly, but unluckily for me I got the exact mark needed to have to retake the test. Yay.

Now, I am generally a good student. Being told I had to retake the test made me think, and I don’t believe I’ve ever had to retake a test before. The problem is that recently I’ve been slacking a bit in this particular subject, evidenced by the fact that I’ve not done too well in the past couple of tests. My teacher is the kind of teacher that sets a lot of tests, we tend to have a small test every week. And what I’ve been doing is just not thinking about them then only picking up my book to check I know what I need to know the night before, usually quite late at night as well. It’s not the best method, I know that, but it’s just what I’d gotten into the habit of doing.

So I have to admit, I was feeling a bit down when I walked into the lesson after, which just so happened to be English. We did a quick starter activity, then were given a text and had to answer a question on it. The text was an article, from a newspaper I think, about optimism, and optimism lessons. Naturally, my initial response was “What a load for rubbish”. I personally think that optimism lessons sound like a bit of a waste of time, but that’s not what hit me. No, what I really took note of what some facts and figures that the article included about optimists vs pessimists. According to scientific research, optimists are less likely to have to take days off sick, less likely to quit a job, and more likely to live a healthier lifestyle.

So what I learnt when reading this articles was that it’s all about attitude.

Yes, I am aware that this is the kind of thing where adults say all the time, and kids pretend they’re paying attention but are really just thinking about how untrue it is and that adults don’t understand, and it turns out that the adults are right and the kids are just stubborn. So yes, I have been told this a billion times before. But reading this article after being disappointed about my test, that’s when the truth of it really hit me. I guess sometimes we just need to learn something ourselves rather than just be told it to truly understand.

Anyway, that’s the backstory for this revelation I’ve had, and now I’m sat at home having finished studying for my retest and feeling really optimistic about the next test I have later in the week, and thinking about the fact that I’m actually going to work for it. I’ve got it planned into my week so I’m going to look at the work two or three times before the test, rather than just glancing at it the night before. It’s strange, but I’m actually weirdly excited to start studying. How about that then?

I’m struggling to put the message of this post into words, but I guess what I’m trying to say is something along the lines of this: keep going. Work hard at things, even if maybe you’re not enjoying them, because you’ll get rewards for the work you do, and who knows, maybe you’ll even start enjoying it soon. And try and be optimistic about things. Instead of thinking, “Oh, I have a test on Thursday, how annoying”, flip it on its head and think “Oh, if I work hard I can do well in my test on Thursday and feel really good about myself!” That probably doesn’t make much sense, but if you can understand what I’m trying to say then try it out, see how it goes! What’s the worst that can happen?

Normally when I get this sudden optimist drive of academic excitement it wears off after a day or so and I go back to studying things late the night before the test, but this time I’m determined. I’ve had a realisation, and I am not going to waste it. And perhaps this drive is not actually me being optimistic, it’s just me wanting to make up for my bad test, but either way, does it matter? No, all that matters is that I’m determined to be optimistic and persevere.

If you’ve read this far, congrats! I probably wouldn’t have aha. Don’t forget you can contact us through the comments on this site or our Instagram (@writeaweek) if you have any questions, suggestions for posts, or just want to talk. We’re always happy to hear from you. And until next time,


~ April

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MFT: We Bought A Zoo

(warning: this post starts of half decent then just descends into madness and me fangirling, read at your own risk)

We Bought A Zoo is my favourite film. Ever.

I’d never actually heard of this film until a relative bought me the DVD as a birthday gift a good many years ago, and I have loved it ever since. I watch it every year around my birthday, my family are starting to refuse to watch it because we’ve seen it so much, and I can pretty much chant the lines along with it. That context might help you understand how much I love it.

Here is my blurby type description of it:

“In a heart-warming tale of a family pulling through against the odds, a struggling single dad decides that he and his two kids need a fresh start so decides to move house – to a zoo. Faced with a whole heap of problems, he, head zookeeper Kelly and her team have to band together to try and pull it together to pass the inspection and have their grand opening.”

I tried my best, but that description doesn’t do it justice. It honestly is onewe bought a zoo of the best films ever though!! Aaaa I just love it so much.

A few details not about the plot: it’s almost exactly 2 hours long (118 minutes). It stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson (full cast here). It’s rated at a PG (mild language). It’s based of a true story.

This post is a bit of a mess, apologies, but I just don’t know how to convey to you how much I love this film. It has a great plot, great characters (I especially love Rosie, she’s so cute) and a great ending.

Just aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

So yes, that’s my attempt at convincing you to watch We Bought A Zoo. So yes, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease go watch it.

Why not?

Thanks for reading this terrible post, I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you enjoy the film, bye

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What I do to help with stress and sadness (quick fixes)

Hi guys, Alice here.

So, I haven’t blogged in a while. I’m not going to apologise, but I do feel bad. April knows I’m glad she is good at uploading regularly, but here’s another thank you to her – thank you.

I had a plan for this post; I’ve written a short story and was going to type it up and publish it (I wrote it on paper), but I started this morning and just couldn’t make myself do it. Don’t get me wrong, I love this little niche of the internet April and I have created, but it just wasn’t happening, so you’re getting this ‘something’ instead *insert awkward laughing emoji*.

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the future. It’s a scary thing, but needs to be done every so often. I want to do something unconventional with my life, something that I enjoy and something which has some kind of positive impact. The problem with that is it’s difficult to explain that to people, or find a suitable work experience placement :/ – if you know of anything, please let me know!

I know that the next five months are going to be incredibly stressful, so looking to the future should be an exciting thing, so the fact that it is scary and unknown to me at the moment is making the stressful stuff even more stressful and significant. Yay. My point is, sometimes it isn’t easy or pleasant to look at the bigger picture, or even to focus on the smaller things of the present, so you need to find something which makes you happy in the moment and stops the stresses and problems you may be facing, even if it is temporarily. It’s not a long term fix, but for me at least, it is better than wallowing in a near permenant state of sad existentialism.

Here are a few of the things that keep me ticking (or at least the ones I can think of right now):

• the internet –

– Dan and Phil (look them up on YouTube if you don’t know who they are – you won’t regret it, seriously) April and I actually did a whole post about them if you want to read more about how they have influenced the two of us

– this blog I guess, because even if I only rarely use it, it’s a good way to reflect and order my thoughts

– The Try Guys – started watching their videos recently and have been enjoying them (they work for buzzfeed and you can find their videos on YouTube)

– aimless scrolling on various social media – sometimes seems like a waste of time but is good for taking your mind off things (don’t scroll through sad posts!) – cheeky plug:  our Instagram

– general spirals of YouTube, including TED talks and animal videos

– fun apps: I currently play ‘Twisty Road’, ‘Magic Piano’, ‘’ and ‘Block! Hexa’

– netflix – 3 recommendations: ‘Sherlock’, ‘the end of the f**king world’ and ‘Happy Valley’ (also if you want something kind of eye opening / educational definitely watch ‘What the Health’)

• books – I like to read and write – haven’t done very much of either recently because I’ve been so busy with school, but missing it a lot

• creativity – I enjoy doodling, sketching, painting, crafts (don’t cry, craft! (I actually cringed writing that hElp)), photography, film making, baking, cooking and pretty much all creative stuff – at the moment I’ve kind of gone off art but that’s because of the huge amounts of coursework I’m procrastinating doing…

• friends – having a set of people who you trust, or just enjoy spending time with is so, so important. I’ve discovered that in the past year or so, after getting out of a really horrid, negative ‘friendship’. April is amazing, and I feel so lucky to have a friend like her (thanks, April).

• family – I’m lucky enough to have a (for the most part) very supportive family, and obviously it isn’t always perfect, but sometimes spending quality time with them is exactly what I need.

There are lots of things you can do to improve the way you feel, including excersise, the list above, and I’m sure you have / can find your own things too. I made a post a little while ago called ‘Tips for being more positive’ , so have a read of that if you need some help with positivity (and let me know if it works).

Sorry this was a bit rambly and random, but I promise there’ll be some good content soon and I’ll finish typing that short story up at some point if you want to read that.


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Blog Post #38: Rereading

Hey readers!

This week I’d like to talk about rereading. I’ve just reread one of my favourite books of all time, Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie. I can’t remember exactly how many times I’ve read it now, but I can telly you it’s a fair few. I don’t know what it is about this book in particular, but I just love it so much and would definitely recommend reading it if you’re into young adult/teenage fiction and adventure and thriller stories.

I don’t often reread books. Aside from Blood Ties, the only books I can think of that I’ve read more than once (not including baby books, my family not-so-fondly recall how many times I insisted on reading the Little Yellow Digger book as a small child)  are a younger kids book called the Witch Trade by Michael Molloy, and the Harry Potter series. I’m sure there might be a couple more, but not many. I tend to prefer to read new things, it has more excitement about it I feel.

I’m sure many of you may have seen those posts on Instagram and other social medias where you get to pick between different scenarios, eg visit the past or visit the future, or pick where you’d rather visit: Hogwarts, Narnia, the Tardis or Middle Earth. (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here to see an example) Alice once sent me one and the answer I chose was to be able to reread a series again without knowing anything, as though you were reading it again for the first time. Her reply was ‘why?’ I suppose there’s something just exciting about reading a book for the first time, anticipating what’s to come and not knowing what’s going to happen, and sometimes I really wish I could have that again, so I could reread some of my favourite books experience the magic again.

However, I’ve recently found myself wanting to reread more books. I’d quite like to reread The Maze Runner series by James Dashner and the Matched Series by Ally Condie among others. Perhaps over the coming summer I’ll try to reread some of the books I’ve enjoyed the most over my life, it could be a fun learning experience and brain refresher of the plots if nothing else. 

Anyway, that’s all for this post. If you have any comment/opinions on it, or just want to contact us in general, you can let us know through the comments on our site or via Instagram (@writeaweek). If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading, and


~ April

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Blog Post #37: 15 minutes

Hey readers!

So today I’m afraid this is just going to be a little blog post about nothing really. I have a few more interesting blog posts planned but I’m in a little rush to write this so I don’t have time for any of them, so here we are.

So because I’m in a bit of a rush (busy day today, haven’t already written a post for this week, promised myself at start of year I would become better at posting weekly but have already missed one post and it’s only week 4) I’ve decided to make this post into a little challenge of sorts. Starting from when I wrote the title I’m giving myself 15 minutes to write this post. I’m also giving myself 5 minutes to check for spelling errors after that 15 minutes is up too, but that’s just because whenever I type anything it’s always full of all sorts of selling mistakes and probably really difficult to read if you don’t know what I’m trying to say.

Uh, so, what to say. I’ve actually had quite a bad week in terms of reading: I’ve not read anything (other than school textbooks and other work related stuff) all week. Oops. I think it’s because I’m currently halfway through an audiobook so don’t want to start another book while doing that, but I’m kind of struggling to get through said audiobook? It’s because when I sit down in a chair or on my bed at the end of the day wanting to read a book, I’d prefer to actually read something rather than listen to it if that makes sense? I never really know what to do with myself while listening to it because I don’t have anything to look at so I find myself getting distracted by things in the room then missing whole chunks of the book because I zoned out. So I might save the rest of the book for a long car journey I’ve got coming up soon (as I can’t read in moving vehicles).

Speaking of, can any of you read in moving vehicles? when I was younger I used to be able to, but since I’ve got older I can’t do it any more. I can read for a little bit but as soon as a begin to feel a bit queasy I then feel like that for the rest of the journey, so I tend to just not read. it’s the same with looking at a screen or a map – I think it’s just the looking down and trying to read or focus on something bit that makes me feel not so great.

The book I read the week before this one was Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs, which I got as a present. It’s technically the prequel to the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, which I haven’t read, but you didn’t need to know the story of them to understand it and I still really enjoyed it. I quite enjoyed the fact that it was a collection of multiple short stories rather than one big one too, as I don’t get to read many books like that.

Anyway, I’m getting really close tot he end of the 15 minutes so I’m going to have to finish here. I hope you enjoyed reading it, sorry it’s a bit boring and uninspiring, but hopefully next week I’ll have something better. Don’t forget you can always contact us through the comments on this site or our Instagram, @writeaweek, and we’re always willing to answer an questions or accept any suggestions you may have. Thanks for reading,


~ April

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MFT: Bullet Journalling

Hey readers!

So, brief note before I officially begin this post: I’ve decided to do this new ‘series’ thing called My Favourite Things (or MFT for short) where I talk about things that I really really love. It’s an idea I’ve had for a little while, I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago that I had “some ideas” but didn’t mention exactly what they were, so this is one of them! Er, I hope that you enjoy this I guess? So, on with the post!

One of my favourite things is something I’ve been doing for 5 months now: Bullet Journalling. It’s an organisational system designed by someone called Ryder Carroll which is really great because not only does it help to organise your life, but it’s also really flexible and can easily be adapted to your personal wants and needs.

At it’s core, Bullet Journalling is a really simple system that’s really easy to start. All you need is a notebook and a pen. Lots of Bullet Journallers go for a dotted notebook because that’s the type of notebook that Ryder Carroll used, but any notebook can be used.

I’m not going to try and explain how Bullet Journalling works because, like I said, it’s a really flexible system so the system I use isn’t exactly the same as the original one so I’ll probably say something wrong, but instead I’ll direct you to the official Bullet Journal YouTube channel, where there is a video made by Ryder clearly explaining everything, and the official Bullet Journal website, where there is a written out version of the video and much, much more. If you want a simple description of it there’s also a really good video by a channel called How to ADHD – this video is mainly dedicated towards how this system is helpful for organising your life if you have ADHD, but also she explains the system very well and in a simple way.

Now as I said a couple of paragraphs ago, the Bullet Journal system is great because at it’s core it’s so simple and easy. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be developed on, and it certainly has been. On the website linked above there are lots of articles about different methods and add-ons to the system that people have made, but also if you type “Bullet Journals” into any social media or even just google you can find hundreds of different ideas of different things you can add on to this system. The most popular ones I can think of are the habit tracker and a year in pixels (of which there are currently many photos of all over social media, it being close to the start of the year and all). It’s really adaptable and so easy to change to suit your personal needs.

Now if you have happened to search Bullet Journal on social medias or google, then you’ve probably seen some gobsmacking images of beautiful spreads and fantastically decorated journals that can, to be honest, be quite intimidating. However, this is really not necessary! If you do watch Ryders original video (which I highly highly recommend doing if you’re considering starting a Bullet Journal of your own) you can see that he has none of those fancy decorations or watercolours or drawings or whatever. Lots of people make absolutely beautiful spreads and stuff because that’s the system that works for them and inspires them to fill it out every day, but if that’s not necessary for you or you don’t have the time then don’t worry about it. I certainly don’t do that – simply because I’m not good at art to be honest though.

That being said, I do love watching what are called “Plan With Me”‘s on YouTube (my guilty pleasure hehe), and I’d like to recommend to you some of my favourite people to watch. So, here we go.

AmandaRachLee – makes really beautiful spreads ohmigosh they’re so pretty. She keeps her system quite simple in the actual function of it but she does quite a lot of pretty decoration.

Caitlin’s Corner – also makes really pretty spreads, but also really practical and useful stuff. She also does good student bullet journaling spreads if that’s what you’re looking for.

BohoBerry – I’ve only recently got back into watching this channel, but I used to watch her quite a lot back in July/August time. She does lots of stuff all about Bullet Journals, not just plan with me’s, although I’ve not watched them. If you’re interested in starting a Bullet Journal yourself she also has a series called “Bullet Journal 101” which explains a lot of stuff that you might be unsure about.

Sunshine & Stationery – makes lots of stuff to do with all sort of journaling and planning, I’ve only ever watched her bullet journal videos but I’ve had lots of different videos recommended to me, such as junk journaling and about learning different languages. However, I will say her videos are quite long. I tend to watch them at the start of each month while setting up my own Bullet Journal and just have it on in the background.

MyLifeinaBullet – I feel as though I’m just saying the same thing about all of these channels, but again creates really nice-looking spreads and stuff.

Those are the ones I tend to watch, but there are hundreds others out there. I feel as though I need to give ‘honourable mentions’ to the channels  roar, Seventeen and BuzzFeed Nifty, who I watched quite a few videos of each while falling down the YouTube rabbit hole of plan with me’s researching this post. Oops.

So now, I know I have already expressed my opinion that I like this system multiple times all ready,  but I’d like to talk about why I like it. I have always been a fan of organising and lists and trying to obsessively plan everything/my life – lots of people who know me will tell you that – but I’ve never found a system that works for me until now (I’ve managed to keep this up for 5 months now, it’s a new record!). I think what keeps me going with this is that when I want to make a list, I can just make it and it doesn’t have to go in a certain page I can just turn to the next one. That’s always been what’s held me back in the past from systems – wanting to make lists but not knowing what category to put it in and not wanting to mess up. Also what keeps me going with it is the fact that I have to fill it in every day (or every couple of days if I’m being lazy) as I have a habit tracker that I have to fill in or I forget what I did and I didn’t do. I forgot to fill my Bullet Journal in for about two weeks at the end of September (the month that I started) and now there’s an ugly gap in my habit tracker that I dislike SO MUCH so I’m determined that that’s not going to happen again.

Anyway, that is all for this post! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, if you have please let me know because I’d love the feedback and want to know if you’d like this ‘series’ to continue! I have a few more ideas of things that I really love and would like to write about, so if you do want this ‘series’ (I keep saying series but putting it in apostrophes  because I don’t know if it really counts as one but don’t know what else to call it) to continue let me know and it will! You can easily contact me through the comments anywhere on this site or via our Instagram, @writeaweek. Anyway, if you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading,


~ April

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April’s Top 7 Books of 2017

Hey readers!

So at the end of 2016, both Alice and I did “top 10 books of 2016” lists. This year, I decided to do it again, but only pick 5 books. Then of course I couldn’t narrow it down to just 5 books, so here’s my Top 7 Books of 2017!

Please note: these books are not in order of which I liked best, they’re in the order that I read them in over the course of the year.

Also, I’ve tried not to include any spoilers, the only information I’ve included are my personal opinions and as little information as possible about the plot of the book while still providing enough to interest you and persuade you to read them.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a real-life book about a girl named Starr Carter who is the sole witness to the unjust shooting of her best friend Khalil which becomes national news and a highly debated topic. The only person who knows the truth about Khalil’s death is Starr, but what she says could change her community and her life forever. I absolutely loved this book – it was a change from what I normally really, as my preferred genre is fantasy or dystopia, but I still loved it. I read this book a good few months ago so I can’t remember a lot about how I felt while reading it, but I would definitely recommend reading it, even if it isn’t the type of book you normally enjoy.

Perfect – Cecelia Ahern

Now this is a book that – pardon the pun – was absolutely perfect. It’s actually the sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s first teenage book, Flawed, which I read back around November of 2016. After finishing the book, I immediately texted Alice (who had leant me it) asking if I could borrow the second one and she replied with the terrible news that it hadn’t been released yet. Perfect was finally released in march this year and I have to say, I don’t think it could have been written better. I loved the storyline and what happened, and I especially loved that it had a nice, rounded-off ending. Sometimes authors try to drag series on for too long, wanting it to be a trilogy or longer, but I’m glad Cecelia Ahern decided that two books was long enough and provided us readers with a satisfying ending. I’m trying not to say any details about the book as it’s a sequel so it could ruin the first one for anyone planning to read it, but I’ll provide a quick summary of the first one. It’s about a girl called Celestine who lives in a dystopian world where everyone is expected to be perfect and people are punished for their flaws. It’s a great read and I’d definitely suggest it to anyone who enjoys dystopia and fantasy books like me!

Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson

Now if you follow us on Instagram (sneaky plug – @writeaweek) the you’ll know that I really love this book. I picked it up cheap at a supermarket one day not realising it was quite a newly released book, then I read it and was hooked. I loved it! I also discovered that the colours of the cover mtched perfectly with some stationary I had, so it provided some nice bookstagram photos, which I posted and then the author commented – making my day to be honest. Anyway, enough about that, let me tell you about the book. It’s abot a boy called Matthew who spnds all his time locked in his bedroom due to his OCD, but one day has to step up and face his fears following the disappearance of one of his neighbours whre he’s the only one who can figure out what happened. While reading the book you really fall in love with Matthew, and when his neighbour disappears it really grabs you and draws you in, wanting to know what happened and find out the truth. Again, this is a real life book, but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes this genre as well as anyone who doesn’t normally read this style of book

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is yet another real-life book (despite saying that dystopia is my favourite genre, I’m noticing a rather large amount of non-dystopian books on this list) about a girl called Madeline who is allergic to the outside world. She’s perfectly content with spending her entire life inside her house until she gets some new neighbours, and she wants to be able to speak to them not just through messages via the internet and paper stuck to the window. This is another book that Alice leant to me having read it a while ago (in our first blog post, there’s actually a quote from it that she put in at the end, that I didn’t get at the time!) and I’m really glad she did. I picked it up one morning to read and didn’t move for the next hour and a half until I had finished it – quite literally, I read it all in one sitting. So if that doesn’t give you an indication as to how good it was, I don’t know what will! The film of it also came out back in May 2017, so if you’re not a big fan of reading books but this has intrigued you, then you could check that out!

Bombs on Aunt Dainty – Judith Kerr

Where to start with this book, where to start. Bombs on Aunt Dainty is the sequel to one of my favourite books of all time – When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. It’s a partly autobiographical book, as it’s based off the events in Judith Kerr’s own life, but follows the story of a little girl called Anna. She was born in Germany and lived there for quite a lot of her childhood, but her family had to flee from Hitler as her dad was very vocal about his opinion of him – and it wasn’t good. The first book, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, follows her childhood moving around Europe and dealing with the struggles life throws at her, but this book picks up in her teenage years and follows her through to the end of the war. Honestly, this was a great read and I’m so glad I found it, and would definitely recommend it to everyone as I think everyone should read it, no matter what you normally like to read.

Generation One – Pittacus Lore

Generation One – the book nobody asked for, but everyone needed. If you’d read the I Am Number Four series then I would definitely recommend reading this. It’s the first in a new series by Pittacus Lore, about what happened after the war, and normal people developing legacies. It took me a while to get into but once I eventually did I raced through it. And the ending, oh, the ending. I’m not going to say anything more other than  I can’t wait for the next one to come out, I might implode from excitement if it’s too long. Aaaaaaaaa.

Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

I was gifted John Green’s latest book this holiday, and after receiving it in the morning, I had finished it by the evening. The book follows the story of a girl called Aza who struggles with some mental health issues and a mysterious disappearance of a billionaire who just so happens to be the father of one of Aza’s childhood friends. I really enjoyed this book, I enjoyed the plot and the themes it explored, and I also really loved the origin of the title (you’ll have to read it to find out!). Again, a real life book (which five out of seven books on this list have been) I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys real life books, any of John Green’s other books, mystery stories and stories about friendship.

Anyway, that’s all for my Top 7 Books of 2017. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it, and that maybe you’re going to go and read some (if not all) of the books I’ve recommended. I really enjoyed reading all of them and would suggest you give them all a try as they’re all great books worthy of your time. Don’t forget you can contact us on our Instagram – @writeaweek – where we’re most active if you have any questions or suggestions or want to discuss anything. Again, thanks for reading,




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Blog Post #36 – New Years Resolutions

Hey readers!

April here, back again after quite a long time off… my last post was just under 3 months ago – oops, sorry about that. But here I am again, with yet another rambly blog post about, well, not much.

Now hopefully this should be the last rambly blog post like this for a while, perhaps even forever if I can be creative enough. That’s because one of my new years resolutions this year is to get better at blogging. That means get better at posting regularly, and get better at actually writing decent posts, rather than mumbo jumbo like this, and so many other blog posts I’ve written.

I’m not normally the type of person to make new years resolutions, simply because I don’t normally have any resolutions to make. That’s not because I’m perfect, not by any means, but because normally if I want to improve something about myself I don’t wait until the new year, I just start trying to improve it right away. There’s no point waiting till new year for self improvement, that’s just procrastinating and putting it off.

But this year, wanting to get better at something has coincided almost exactly with the new year, so I decided I might as well make it a resolution. The day I’m writing this, and the day I’ve decided I want to get better at blogging, is the 30th December, so I’m only 2 days off the 1st January. So this basically counts as a new years resolution, doesn’t it?

So, (hopefully) expect some better, regular content coming to writeaweek soon from me. I’m hoping to start posting on here every Sunday again, like I had been doing for about 2 months back in September and October (before dropping off the face of the planet until now), but I’m not going to set a specific time of day that the post should be out. Just that it’s going to be out on a Sunday.

I’ve also got a few ideas of things I want to do, but I’m not going to say them yet (just in case they don’t happen). I have, however, already written next weeks post so I can tell you what that is. Last year, me and Alice both wrote “Top 10 Books of 2016” lists, and I decided to do something like that again this year. I was just going to pick 5 books this year, but I couldn’t narrow it down to 5, so next weeks post is going to be April’s Top 7 Books of 2017.

If you have any suggestions or requests of things I could write about, please do let me know (as my blog ideas list is currently only 4 items long, and one is going to have to wait a few months before it can be done). You can easily contact me through the comments on this blog post, or any post on our site, or through Instagram – our username is @writeaweek. Speaking of (shameless plug), you should definitely check our Instagram out! We’re more active over there than we are on here (although hopefully activity levels are going to increase soon) and also post some cool stuff sometimes, such as a cool drawing of a book Alice did a couple of days ago.

Anyway, that’s all for todays post. I was going to entitle this “Rambly Rambles” but rather usually it’s actually had a topic, so instead I think I’m going to name it something to do with New Years Resolutions. Maybe this is the start of becoming a better blogger? If you’ve managed to read until here, thanks for reading and


~ April

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Tips for being more positive

Hello, Alice here. I have simultaneously a lot to say and nothing at all, so here goes.

Neither of us have posted in about two months; sorry. I don’t have an excuse, other than mountains of work and stress, but I’m going to skip the apologies and carry on as normal.

It has been scientifically proven that a good routine has a positive mental effect, so I have decided that I am going to do a post at least once a week on here, and have a set time for me, everyday (I downloaded the app ‘headspace’ and believe it or not, after one use this morning of the most basic, free package, I felt more positive). As you’ll know if you have read some of my last few blogs, I haven’t been doing so great, and I want to change that, so hopefully this will help.. I’ll keep you updated.

I think (hope) that the cause of at least some of my stress and stuff has been from school pressure. This year is the first properly important stage, and there is a lot of work and exams to get through. We have the first lot coming up in the next few weeks, and stupidly, to try to avoid the panic and stress, I have hardly done any work (with ten days to go until my first exam, there are eight subjects for which I have done nothing at all, and two others, one of which I have completed notes, and the other, I have done about half of). Not good. Alice of the present moment is pretty annoyed with Alice of the past few weeks. Anyway, there’s not a lot I can do about hat now, other than work really hard for the remaining days.

On a slightly more serious note, there is actually some stuff that has been helping with my general mental stability that could maybe help someone, if they happen to read this and take my advice:

• Bach (original flower remedies) rescue pastilles – I don’t know, they taste nice and are satisfying to chew, plus the fact that they help me relax and stop stressing, even if it is just for a while.

• Water – as stupid as it sounds, Water Is Really Really Important. Not only is water good for your skin and your body, it makes you more focused, and puts you in a better mindset. I nearly never drink enough water, but can really tell the difference when I do.

• Time for you – take some time, everyday, even if it is just for a couple of minutes, to sit and reflect. Concentrate on the things you never pay attention to: your breathing, how the ground beneath you feels etc. It might sound pointless, but really, a few minutes for you to relax and concentrate on you and you alone will have a positive impact, especially if you do it regularly.

• ‘Scentered’ aromatherapy balm – there are quite a few different scents that do different things. I have only used mine a couple of times, but putting a little onto your wrists and temples and then taking a few deep breaths is great to achieve the desired effect of whichever scent you have. Also, the size is really useful as it will easily fit in a pocket or bag. Examples of what they do are: be happy, de-stress, sleep well and focus, though there are more, also available in different forms to the balm.

• A tidy and well-organised environment – again, another seemingly obvious one, but if you’re looking for a sign to have a sort out, here it is. A tidy space really does equal a tidy mind, or at least offers a welcoming place where you can work or relax. De-cluttering your work environment allows you to focus better on the task in hand, and can lead to a better quality of writing, or more accurate answers.

• Animals – this one is only really for people with their own pets, or access to somewhere you can spend time with animals. Science has told us that the simple act of stroking a dog releases a number of hormones, including serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin, which are all ‘happy’ hormones. This is a great way to be more positive, as your brain is literally releasing the hormones which will help to make you feel good.

• Trusting relationships – perhaps this is another obvious one, though I feel it is somewhat underrated. Having somebody to talk to, whether it be a friend, a family member, a therapist, or even a tiny blog on the internet (though you should always be careful with what you share), is such an important thing. Somewhere or someone who you can confide in, talk things through with, and just have be there for you when you’re in a tough spot is maybe the most important thing to help you change things for the better.

• Be open to change – one of the most common human traits is opposition to change. Nothing would ever happen if nothing ever changed, so trying to embrace new things, rather than pushing them away is crucial. If things aren’t going well, the only way to make them better is to make changes. They don’t have to be huge differences; even drinking enough water has a positive impact, as I explained earlier. This one is difficult, and is something I know I need to work on, but I’m sure that if I stick at it, get into a positive routine and make sure I take care of myself, things will look up.

I set out for this to be a random, apologetic blog post where I perhaps talked about Christmas and holidays, but this post is something I feel strangely proud of, and I am going to try my hardest to improve my outlook, so hopefully my mishmash of tips will help somebody else to become more positive too. Let me know if it does, as it would mean the world.

Thanks for reading; I’d better do some studying

~ Alice


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Worldbuilding Prompts

Hey readers! So I’ve not posted in a while (don’t worry, Alice has published some great posts in the meantime which you should check out!) but I’ve spent some time coming up with some ideas for posts I want to write. So here’s the first! I personally have always found using prompts very helpful sometimes when you’re stuck on what to write or have no inspiration. I’ve never been the best at writing them, however, but recently I came up with these 3 worldbuilding prompts which aren’t the worst (I don’t think?) Please do let me know what you think of them!

  1. Ever since you were a young child, you Grandma has told you an old folks story about a child who fell through their mirror into the dark and twisted version of their world on the other side. You always thought it was make believe, until one day you trip and fall through the mirror yourself, the glass doing nothing to stop you. However, it’s not long until you realise that the dark and twisted world is actually the one you’ve been living in all along.
  2. A nasty blow to the head and the next thing you know you’re waking up in a hospital with a bad case of amnesia. You don’t know who you are, where you are, or who anyone else is. However, when a group of people turn up claiming to be your family, you’re less willing yo accept this than you have been to accept everything else. There’s something that just doesn’t feel quite right…
  3. One late night party, an early morning spaceflight lesson the next morning, and an instructor who’s almost as tired as you are have all led to a messy crashland on the surface of an unknown planet. Thankfully, the damage to the spaceship isn’t too bad, but there are some key pieces damaged that will need to be replaced. Your only option of both staying alive and finding the parts you need is to try and blend in with the nearby alien civilisation.

Anyway, not the best prompts, but they’re the best I can do and cover a fairly wide span of genres. They’re all meant to be worldbuilding prompts (a the title suggests), meaning they prompt you to write about  a new world/place in detail, as it’s all new to the characters (and in two of them, to the readers too) (yes I did just use three variations of the word “to” in one sentence). If you do decide to use any of them, please do let me know and/or send me what you’ve written! I’d love to see what might possibly come of them.

Anyway, that’s all for today’s post! Thanks for reading, I hope you liked it, and don’t forget you can easily contact us in a variety of different ways (the most likely to get a quick reply being Instagram – @writeaweek)


~ April