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  • It’s late but here’s my @pullandbear mini haul ✨
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Which one is your fave???📸
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I have never ordered from there before but I think it’s became my new fave 😍 Tonight’s post is short and sweet! It’s been a long day... I hope you’ve all day a good time in the sun ☀️ -
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  • 🍃 Another day another flatlay 🍃 You have probably already noticed that I have started bullet journalling improve my productivity (minus the last couple of days) so I thought I’d share a little bit about that because I love it 🥰 -
I bought this @dingbatsnotebooks bullet journal last week and I currently use to to bullet point what I need to do each day. I’m waiting for the next month to start before I do monthly and weekly spread ✍🏼 -
I also track my mood buy using colours to symbolise how I’m feeling, this is just something I want to do for myself to see how certain things affect me etc... 🌈 -
I LOVE my instax printer it’s the best thing I’ve spent a stupid amount of money on 📸 -
Anyway, what do you do to keep track of your to do lists and other things? I also hope you’ve had a good Wednesday ✨✌🏻 -
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  • 💚So the decorating is OVER💚*swipe to see all!*
This is the first photo I have ever taken on the actual day of posting so I thought I’d document what I actually look like right now after a whole day of decluttering my WHOLE room. I filled four bin bags of stuff I didn’t even know I had stored 😅
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Honestly though, doing this to my room has made me feel so much better! Clearing out your room really clears out your head 💭 -
I am absolutely exhausted but very proud of myself (and my boyfriend) for completing this project in the space of three days ✌🏻
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I will tag 🏷 the things I used, but I can answer any questions!
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I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and bank holiday since I haven’t been here to be active 😌🙋🏻‍♀️
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  • ✨Feeling weird because I’ve been spending time sorting out my room and doing other bits before I get my routine back and I feel guilty for not being as active Online and all that jazz HOW ridiculous is that...✨
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Who else is like this? Although my screen time report was six hours a day which is also shocking! 📱 -
So, today’s caption is a little shorter but I would like to talk about staying engaged online but having less screen time! Who has some hacks or tips or anything like that 🙋🏻‍♀️ I watched someone on YouTube say they only spend five mins a day on Instagram and they still get good engagement and everything HOW 💭 anyway, comment below ☕️
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  • 💕Happy Not So Chilled Sunday 💕
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I do not look like this right now, I have white and green paint in my hair and under my nails and it will stay that way until I have finished ✌🏻💀
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I have spend the whole day starting the process of my room transformation. An impulsive thought but one that is now halfway through... Who else really acts on impulse when it’s something exciting 🙋🏻‍♀️😂
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The sickly pink wall is now white, and the wall behind my bed is now ‘emerald green’ I’m not sure what decor items to buy yet but going for a golden theme ✨ If that interests you... -
ANYWAY, I also have started making Tik Toks about the room transform because I LOVE watching them myself so, if you follow me on there you will be able to see the process ✌🏻(charlotteanndawson) 📸 -
I haven’t done anything on here today or on the blog but it’s okay... Tomorrows blog post is scheduled and life is good, and my bedroom smells like fresh paint 🎨 -
What have you been up to today? And do you like seeing room decor and transformations too? ☕️
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  • 👓 Who else here has to wear glasses or some other form of visual aid 24/7 in order to see and live ✌🏻 I either wear these or contacts otherwise I would quite literally walk into the walls... -
These are the round gold frames from the Flowers collection I think it is? The Drew Barrymore one 💐 I’ve always gone for plastic thick glasses so I decided to tone it down for now, and I love them! The first pair of glasses I don’t mind wearing all the time 😅 Although I rarely post pictures of me wearing them because who can be bothered to fix the light reflecting off them all the time?? 💀
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Anyway, today’s caption is short because I am exhausted after waking up at 5:30 this morning 🛌  Its been a good day though! Waking up earlier means more time to do things even if it’s just doing nothing ✨
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Hope you’ve had a good Saturday although it’s been extremely windy and wet! Here’s to the bank holiday weekend 🍷 (I’m not drinking wine)
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  • 💀This is obviously a photo from the other week because not a drop of effort has gone into my appearance at all for the past five days COOL STUFF 💀
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I mean, I totally don’t actually care😊 The only reason I make an effort is to take photos and I haven’t done that this week either 😂 I guess I’ve had a real week off ish (still be blog writing etc...)
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How has your week gone? If you ever need a chat my DMs are open! I hope you have all had a good week too, doing whatever it is that makes you calm and happy ☕️ 💭 I think I had a wobbly start but I have managed to solve my problems/figure out how to solve them 💕
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Today is the first day using the bullet journal and I have actually ticked of SIX THINGS on my to do list so I’m feeling great. Even whilst sitting in sweaty post gym attire ✌🏻✨
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  • ✍🏼 Today marks the start of me actually using a bullet journal and also learning how to be more creative with it 🎨 I hate not being productive; but I see being creative as the same thing SO what a good excuse to buy new notebooks and stationary to boost your productiveness and creativity in one go...
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I ordered this notebook after seeing someone else use it on here and within ten minutes I’d ordered it so I guess Instagram really is a place to influence people no matter how many followers you have 😅
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Anyway; I would love all the helpful tips I can get for spreads and ideas, so comment below your fave bullet journaling hack or whatever ✍🏼✨
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I will be creating a highlights and keeping you updated 🌍 -
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  • ☀️ Not going to lie, I have sat in the sun all day, probably given myself heat stroke and some burns on my back (because I couldn’t reach to put suncream there) and read my book ☀️
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However, today has been good even though it’s a wobbly Wednesday... My new Dr Marten sandals have arrived and I’m planning on doing a little shoot with them 🖤 and it’s also just been a fine chilled day that I think I needed...
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How often do you give yourself a day just to do absolutely NOTHING?❣️
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Comment how many times a week you dedicate a day to just pure chill time ☕️ -
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  • ☁️ Totally thought I had already posted today but I hadn’t! Here’s a picture of something pretty and somewhere I’d rather be (able to actually go somewhere different) BUT it’s all fine. The suns been out today, I’ve caught a tan and more freckles and tomorrow’s and Fridays blog posts are ready ☀️ It’s Mental Health awareness (should be all the time) so my DMs are open for anyone who needs a chat (I probably need one sometimes too so if you need to vent, I’m all ears 💭)
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I hope you’ve had a good Tuesday! Sorry this photo is late but ah well 📸
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Comment below one thing from today that has made you happy your that you’re grateful for 💕
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  • 🌈Monday that feels like a Sunday, so much so I forgot to tell you I have a new post on the blog! All about how to have a glow up at home... Not just physically, but mentally too 💭
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Have you done anything during lockdown to give yourself a glow up? I’ve died my hair and my eyebrows and started blogging! That’s about it from me though 😂 Oh and I make the effort to take photos for the gram now and then ✌🏻✨
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I think it’s important to not think you need to have a physical glow up. You don’t need to put make up on to be a better person, you also don’t need to have achieved anything huge either! If you have done a few things during this time that has made you feel better and happier, that’s all that matters ☀️ -
So, let me know in the comments what you have done for yourself during lockdown 🔐 💕
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How To Find Your Next Story Idea

23/08/2019
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“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”

― Octavia E. Butler

Thinking of your next story idea is probably the most important, and the best place to start when writing. Without an idea, where do you go from there?

This is post will tell you how to come up with your next idea to help you plan your story.

Remember, you don’t need a very intricate idea to start with, just the main premise.

This is my way of doing things, it might not be how everyone else plans or writes…

First, I like to create my main character, and the thing they will do; Overcome something, find something, achieve something etc…

For example, “Boy buys a pair of shoes that transport him to the previous owner’s life.” – Yes, I did just think of that on the spot…
Within that example, you have an understanding of what the MC (the main character) is going to do, to set off the story.
You can then plan how he comes about getting the shoes, and what happens after.
Easy right?

The biggest tip I have is – Just don’t overthink it, go with it.

If you have started an idea that you then begin to hate, see if you can tweak it around a little bit.
If not, start again! No one likes to write a story they already dislike.
Write about what you want to read.


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Lets Start Writing!

Let start with the characters, the most exciting part!

I love creating characters and having them be exactly how I want them.

Depending on their character and personality, I find it easier to then create the main premise around them.

Or, on the other hand, you might want to think of the main plot first, then choose a character to fit within it.


Finding Your Character

You might want to look around and find some inspiration first. This could be a character from a film you have watched or even someone you know.

I tend to look on sites like Pinterest or Tumblr for physical features I like, just search for character inspiration or models with attributes you’re thinking of.

Once you have a bit of physical inspiration, its easier to create an image if you don’t already have one.

Now let’s create your MC.

  • Think of what sexuality you want them to be, and their sexual preference (or it could be anonymous).
    This is a huge part of a character, once you have decided this, it’s easier to create their image and personality, and in the long run, decide who the other characters will be.
  • How old you do want them to be?
    Think about their age. This also leads to discovering their maturity levels, and the background bits; do they go to school or have a job etc…
  • Personality.
    Before you can create their image, think of what their personality will be like.
    Are they outgoing or shy?
    Do they invite people in or shut them out?
    You can find lists online to creating your characters in-depth, here is one I have used before! – Character Questionnaire
  • Their appearance!
    You don’t need to go into too much detail when thinking of the main story idea, but it’s nice to have the image in your head.
    Think about the main immediate things like; hair colour, skin colour, height, weight, clothing preference and their different features (freckles, tattoos, scars?).

Now you should have a better idea of your main character, mostly for you to be able to have them in your head and see them as if they are a real person! Don’t worry if you don’t fully understand your character yet, you can always go back to planning them again in more detail.


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The Main Story Idea

Now we can think of the basics of what is going to happen in the story. Remember again, you don’t need to go in-depth here yet either, you can go into that later.

Here we are just thinking of that main sentence or even a short synopsis of what’s going to happen in the story.

Character First

  • You either have figured out your main character by now, or you are doing that next. This step requires the main character in mind.
    What do you want them to achieve?
    Do you want them to overcome something and rise above a personal issue, or something physical?
    Your main character should develop throughout the story. Otherwise, what’s the point?
    Write down a few scenarios, for example; Tommy wants to win the race, Tommy wants to gain confidence and join the sports team, Tommy wants to save his mother from a house engulfed in flames.
    (Wow you can really see how my story writing mind works here!)

Setting First

  • Let’s have a look at finding the idea without the main character in mind too.
    I find it easier to think of the setting first, or you could think of the type of conflict you want to happen
  • Choose the setting – If you don’t have your character yet, or if you do, find the setting you want them to be in.
    For example, maybe you could have them in a school, on a holiday, at a camp, or just in their hometown.
  • Choose the conflict/s – Again, you can decide this with or without the main character in mind, but it does help to have an understanding of the personality of the character first before deciding the conflict.
    You might think of; Beating the bully, getting the girlfriend, or surviving a disaster. Try to think of multiple things and write them down.

Tie It Together

  • Now tie them all together to create a mini synopsis or paragraph of your story idea!
    Here’s the one I have from what’s written above;

Tommy isn’t very big, or very strong. He wants to join the rugby team since his dad is so disappointed, he is nothing like him. So, Tommy joins the summer camp scheme and comes home bigger and stronger. His dad, however, doesn’t care, until Tommy saves their lives after a disaster in their home. 

Now, of course, I don’t think that idea is exactly amazing, but it’s a story! A very simple short story that can be easily written. Of course, if you are writing a longer story, include more scenes and more detail.

If I was to write this story, I would start with Tommy’s relationship with his dad, then him joining the camp, then him saving their lives. OR you can go backwards. Start with the disaster in small detail, then go back to the start and give the story more depth.


To conclude, I really hope that helped you to come up with your short story idea.

When you are ready, make sure you read my post on How To Plan a Short Story In Four Easy Steps so you can continue your story writing process!

If you need any more help or want to talk about ideas, message me on social media!

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  • Reply
    Monique
    28/08/2019 at 2:57 PM

    Lovely post, really enjoyed it! I love the idea of not over-thinking in particular!

    • Reply
      Charlotte Dawson
      06/09/2019 at 2:13 PM

      Thank you so much for your comment!

      Yes, over thinking does not help, it just prolongs the time you could actually be writing your idea.

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