Chaos, Despair, and Research Papers

As some of you may know, I study English and Dutch literature and linguistics. This, of course, involves writing quite a number of academic papers. This semester I have to write a paper for English. In class, the theory of researching all sounded so logical – but right now, a few weeks in, it’s complete chaos. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has this problem. What the hell are we to do?

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Ode to Old Friendships

Friendship. It’s an old and complicated thing, and I can’t say I’ve got it completely figured out yet. What I have figured out, though, is that the amount of years you’ve been friends with someone controversially most definitely matters. You’ll never hear me say that the friendships I have only recently developed are less valuable than the ones I’ve had since forever, but I do believe that there is a unique dynamic to a friendship that has lasted for years as opposed to more recent ones.

A Writer’s Love-Hate Relationship with Feedback

Fact: receiving feedback feels awful, it puts you in a vulnerable position and it makes you feel like you suck at writing, and that’s why you hate it. But also, fact: receiving feedback will make you a better writer in the long run. “What the fluff?” you wonder, “how is something that makes me feel so awful supposed to turn me into a better author?” Well, let me quickly break it down for you.

Being an Egocentric Bastard to Make the World a Better Place

When I started high school eight years ago, people were often picked on. Seeing this had a major effect on the development of my personality: I became a very helpful person, because I did not want to see people in pain. I still am today. However, I think it is important to remind myself, and others, that sometimes you just need to be an egocentric bastard.