All writers who have isolated themselves to vigorously typing alone know the amazing feeling you have when you finish your first draft. For some of us, this rush of success might come when finishing writing the first half of your book. It feels great executing your idea and getting every thought onto that devastating but inspiring blank page. We jump, finally step away from our computers, maybe even call those friends we haven't talked to in six months, but then we realize what we really should be doing. Yes: Editing—probably the least pleasing task for a writer. If I'm being honest, I'm probably going to be reluctant to edit this. Whether you're trying to get your book traditionally published, or thinking of going the self publishing route, editing and revisions need to be done before putting your work out there. For those of us writers who can't afford editors, this process is tiresome. Most of the time we don't even know what we're looking to change. No matter how perfect you think your first draft is, it needs work and edits, and here are some to consider. These edits and tips are directed towards fiction novels, but I'm sure they an apply to other work.
Disaster; this is how 23 year old NYU art student Clara Reynolds feels tonight and her wryly long brown hair that is thrown in a messy bun is the first clue. Drowned in oversized clothing with period cramps stabbing her stomach, she could only manage to sprawl out on her couch in front of the TV. Her studio apartment smells of pure muliebrity instead of the ink smell that Clara’s art career usually generates, making her freckled covered nose flinch. No bra, no appetite, no self confidence, and no desire to join the happy people on the streets of New York living their best lives, Clara’s eyes are glued to the TV. Well not entirely glued, because even though it is only approaching 5 pm her eyelids slowly closed and for 3 minutes she peacefully dozed off. That of course ends when New York needs to remind the poor girl that the city doesn’t sleep, and she bounces at the sounds of the cabs or homeless people.
Extremely talented R&B/soul singer and songwriter Justine Skye, who has worked with many artist from Musiq Soulchild to Diddy, has graced us with new music following the release of her 2018 album Ultraviolet. Since the album dropped, Skye has gone public with abuse allegations against her ex-boyfriend Sheck Wes and dropped a music video and single, “Build,” which serves as a reflection of her past situation. On August 30, 2019, Justine released her EP BARE WITH ME, proving her career and soothing vocals are nowhere near evanescent.
Another day another Robbery
One of the most common healthy options on the menu is the salad. Oh the salad, the option we used to scrunch our faces at when we were kids. Yes those were the days when we actually looked at the food instead of the calorie amount. Salads are probably one of the most popular meals in January when everyone is making their New Year's resolutions. Sure salads are healthy, but most times when we get salads, we’re not getting the most nutritious value out of our Caesar’s and Kale. Instead, we’re given a plate that is 95% lettuce with little bits of chicken sprinkled on top, and this leaves us not satisfied and at risk of eating more. Salads may be the least desired meal to some, but those people don’t know that there are several places that offer fulfilling salads. These are healthy, and most importantly they won’t leave you staring at your friend’s burritos; some of them even look like the salads you see when you look up the word salad. These healthy salads are protein packed and aren't just filled with lettuce. Whether you're staring a new high protein diet or just simply in need of a healthier lifestyle, these meals are for you. This list can also serve as healthier options from your favorite restaurants. As someone who is always looking for the meal with the lowest calories when I go out, I hate having to take a long time to look at the menu, so I hope this is very helpful. When making this small list of salads, I decided to exclude the salads from places who make those as their specialty like Sweetgreen or Salad bar. Those salads are probably amazing, but these are more affordable and more for the average person. If you're rich, I do recommend you stop reading this and just go to Sweetgreen, which always has the best advertisements.