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Invade in Fashion Industry in style!

Say fashion and all that comes to mind are hot models walking on ramp or super amazing designs on paper. Well that’s not all. With the new era set in, the jobs have diversified, so much so, that you can do a lot more and all related to fashion!

Enlisting a few leisure pursuits that you can take up at the entry level in this glittery Fashion industry:

1. Mystery Shopper

A Mystery Shopper is sent to an outlet to purchase particular items or observe specific aspects about a company’s product or service offerings. In the process of a Mystery Shopping assignment, you are required to make note of very specific elements of your entire experience, be it about products or services.

It’s basically pretending to be a genuine customer thus gathering a sincere feedback on the products and services quality of a particular organization.
After you have completed your assignment, you are required to fill out a detailed questionnaire providing answers to all the things you noticed when you went shopping. Did the waiter serve you within 5 minutes of being there? Did a shop assistant inform you about the special discount offer that month? For filling out answers to questions like these, and for going undetected in the store, you will be paid a fee for your Mystery Shopping services.

And how cool is that?

 

2. Fashion Consultant

A Fashion Consultant functions as your personal stylist. They help people to choose and assemble clothing in order to put together a look as per the occasion for eg. Work, festival, casual etc. The client may need timeless, basic apparel to be mixed and matched or trendy accessories to update his or her style, and organizing this is usually the fashion expert’s job. They also act as “Personal Shoppers”.
Sometimes people hire consultants to update their entire style, or they may be looking for advice about one specific thing, like how to dress for an interview or a new job. These sorts of consultants are often independent, which means that they work for themselves; they can also be part of fashion consulting firms. Some department stores and clothing retailers also hire these sorts of people to help shoppers.

 

3. Fashion Blogger

If you have those fashionable nerves in you coupled with a Writer’s spirit, this is your Go to option! In a Fashion blog, you can write about anything and everything under the umbrella of ‘fashion’ – may it be recent trends or specific items of clothing and accessories, celebrity fashion choices or street fashion trends, you can write unedited and uncensored and voice out whatever you feel about this another major F word!!
One of the best things about blogging is—that anyone with a computer, a point-and-shoot, and an internet connection can do it
Many fashion blogs could also be categorized as shopping blogs, since “most of the conversation is shopping advice, liberally laced with consumer recommendations”. Some blogs focus more on fashion advice, featuring “how to…”-type articles. This way, their readers can learn how clothes should fit, how they should team colors and other similar information. They also focus on giving fashion insights and debate fashion-related controversies.
Just make a blog and start pouring your fashionista heart out but make sure – you are REALLY passionate about it!

 

4. Fashion Police

Fashion Police or Fashion Critics are the ones who evaluate people’s styles and comment on new trends and fashions. It’s basically making fun of somebody for a living. Jokes apart, Fashion police is a very responsible job in itself as it requires a deep understanding of the Fashion world and a thorough understanding of the consequences of an invalid criticism. Having said that, a critic’s job is to voice their true opinion, no strings attached

Blogs, fashion news channels, fashion magazines, film magazines, Page 3 do this job. You can very well start on your own with a blog that mainly deals with Criticism subject.

 

5. Digital Model

With the latest Online shopping fever, models have walked the ramps off to digital screes of devices. Any shopping business requires models in their products to be photographed and showcased so there is no dearth of modelling jobs. Also you can try your luck in modelling for catalogues of local designer boutiques.

So, don’t wait , invade in Fashion in full style!!

 

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Apps Redefining Art

While we all have been admiring deep down in our hearts those amazingly painted frames up on the walls or the beautifully captured and well-timed story telling photographs, the poetries or fictions whose vocabularies astound us or the melodic music that just fills our heart more than the ears –admit it or not but we at the same time are also wondering and aspiring to create some of those artworks ourselves!

Technology today when is replacing even the need of human communication with its super intelligent apps like Siri for i-phones, it’s also in process of making artists!

Check out here how all the tech –savvy artists are using some great apps to enhance and groom their Artistic talents!

Photography
Clicking a picture is one thing (off course the most important one) but editing it beautifully is yet another important part! Most of the pictures that drool us online are ‘edited’ (though we are not talking about the extent of editing here)

  • To set the trend – INSTAGRAM is what we would call a revolution! Bringing editing in 2 simple steps and on mobile phones, it’s the hot cake in Click-and-post photography trend!
  • Photoshop has always been considered the cookie-of-the-professionals and therefore, not many dared to even download it. But now with its app “REVEL” it’s picking up pretty fast!
  • Another very handy app is the BeFunky Photo Editor – offering you instant touch ups and cropping and collage making options!

Fine Arts

Scribbling on the back of class notebooks is what every great artist must have done and also those who are not-that-great artists , but anyway those notebooks are now sophisticatedly replaced by large LED screen mobile devices or tabs or i-pads – giving a digital screen , a few tools to draw, brush and paint and instantly share them with their networks!

  • SketchBook Pro
    Provides a range of professional sketching and painting tools including 60 preset brushes, layer blending and customizable brush settings. Compatible in Android 3.0 and above.
  • Fresco Paint Pro
    Described as a ‘mobile art studio for Android’, digital painting app Fresco gives you a variety of brushes, filters and effects to help you create some pretty impressive art images. The app autosaves your work every few minutes and image files can also be exported to Photoshop PSD format for you to continue working on at the office. There’s also a free version, Fresco Paint Lite.

Writing
Well, writing surely comes from within, but so what? Can’t it be edited on the outside, just a few letters here and there and woaah- you get a much better piece in hand than you ever wrote!

There are apps that provide you instant dictionary — and that must needed vocab touch up!

  • Poetreat is simple stylish interface that allows users to easily structure a rhyme scheme. Stuck on a word? It will instantly provide a plethora of options — even slant rhymes (you can find a rhyme for orange). Whether writing in iambic pentameter or traditional haiku, Poetreat provides the structure needed to create a literary masterpiece.
  • Merriam-Webster A dictionary app offers a range of options. The free version, contains the complete Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary but only a limited thesaurus. A comprehensive offering of synonyms and antonyms is available in the $3.99 version. This version also includes illustrations, and foreign words and phrases that are commonly used in English lit

Since we are all not that truly-inspired-from-within community so we surely like a little help on that front! Here are few reading apps that inspire you enough!

  • Scribd – Quick, convenient and largely free access to a huge archive of books and articles, in what is described as a ‘world digital library’.
  • Wattpad- This resource allows mobile access to one of the world’s largest free online publishers of fiction and poetry. With more of an emphasis on previously unpublished work, new writers can compare and contrast their own efforts to the wealth of produce currently available. Once they have seen what their fellow writers are up to, they can share their own work with the easy to use ‘create’ tool

Music
So we may all not be music composers necessarily but isn’t being an Art-Lover almost equivalent to Art-Creator (Otherwise who will appreciate the art being created)

But still we have a few apps here which give you the virtual feel of Music creation and editing!

  • Musyc
    In this one, from Fingerlab , you basically drag and drop little shapes onto the screen, and as they fall, they bang around and generate musical tones. You can draw lines and mazes. The shapes bounce and tumble around the lines and spaces, knock into each other.
  • Garage Band
    This app, from Apple, offers the best of both worlds. It’s loaded with “Smart Instruments” that play notes, chords and patterns with the push of a button. But it also has a set of virtual instruments you can play like the real thing, if you know how. There’s piano, drums, guitar and strings. You can record multiple tracks of your music, add fades and effects. You can also record your own voice, if singing’s your thing, or plug in an actual guitar or bass. The band Ultramods recorded its entire album, Underwear Party, using the mobile version of Garage Band.

Hope this article soothed your artistic + tech savvy nerves and will soon fill your phone with many new downloaded apps!

Ghazals and their Goddesses

The mesmerizing poetry was made even more spellbinding by their not so conventional voices!

The Ishq was made Sufiyana and the Love found more expressions than just romance!

Qawwalis were the new adult rock and lyrics found more meaning than music for a while!

– To all the gemstones who lend their voices and lives to ‘Ghazal Gayaki’

Here enlisting the female gems who have earned their places in millions of hearts by their ada and kala!!

1. Farida Khanum

Roots in Amritsar, born in Kolkata and now in Lahore, Pakistan; Farida is a Classical singer being entitled “Mallika-e-ghazal” by Times of India.

She started learning Ghazal from her sister Mukhtar Begum at age seven and later learnt Khayal, Thumri and Dadra from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. Her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her, a seven-year-old Farida, to Khan’s place for riyaaz.

She became a star in Pakistan when President Ayub Khan first invited her to a public recital in the ’60s. Khanum was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian honour.

 

Her claim to fame was the unforgettable ghazal “Aaj Jane ki Zid Na Karo”.

2. Abida Parveen

 

A Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music, she is held as one of the greatest world’s singers.

She received her musical training initially from her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, whom she refers as Baba Sain and Gawwaya. He had his own musical school where Parveen got her devotional inspiration from. She and her father would often perform at shrines of Sufi Saints. Parveen’s talent compelled her father to choose her as his musical heir over his two sons. She sang her first complete kalam when she was 3 years old.

Parveen also has a distinct clothing style which she has created out of ease and comfort. She wears long simple frocks buttoned up to the top covered with a coat. She is always accompanied by an ajrak, a sindhi duppatta,which she claims come from the dargah of Shah Bhitthai and her wardrobe are full of it. Parveen always lets her curly hair untied.

Her claim to fame were the cherished Yaar ko Humne from the album Raqs-e-Bismil and Tere Ishq Nachaya which is a rendition of Bulleh Shah’s poetry.

3. Begum Akhtar

Akhtari Bai Faizabadi, fondly known as Begum Akhtar was a well-known Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri genres of Hindustani classical music.

 

Received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music, and was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan (posthumously) by Govt. of India. She was conferred upon the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal

She trained under Ustad Imdad Khan and classical stalwarts like Mohammad Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan of Lahore, and finally she became the disciple of Ustad Jhande Khan.

Her first public performance was at the age of fifteen. The famous poetess, Sarojini Naidu, appreciated her singing which encouraged her to continue singing ghazals with more enthusiasm.

She was amongst the early female singers to give public concert, and break away from singing in mehfils or private gatherings. She also acted in Indian Cinema and sang all her songs herself.

She has nearly four hundred songs to her credit.

4. Noor Jahan

Noor Jahan was the adopted stage name for Allah Wasai, a singer and actress in British India and Pakistan. With a career spanned seven decades, she was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum

 

She has recorded about 10,000 songs in various languages of India and Pakistan including Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Sindhi languages.

Along with Ahmed Rushdi, she holds the highest record of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema. She is also considered to be the first female Pakistani film director.

In 1957, Jahan was awarded the President’s Award for her acting and singing capabilities.

5. Penaz Masani

Penaz Masani is an Indian Ghazal singer who started singing in 1981 and has made over 20 albums in following years

 

In her career, she has won a number of awards, including the title of ‘Shehzadi Tarunnam’ and the 11th ‘Kalakar Award’ for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’. Masani has worked as a playback singer for Bollywood, in more than 50 Hindi movies and sung in over ten languages. Under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, she has performed in countries as far reaching as Germany South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Vietnam.

She was honored with the Padma Shree award in 2009 too!

15 Stories Which Show that Dreams Have No Age Limit

  1. How many times do we think that we have ‘crossed the age’ to do something? “Oh, I am too old to learn music now.” “Well, not now. I can’t act at this age.” “I so much wanted to learn piano, but I guess I have just missed it now…should have started when I was young.” – We say it to ourselves or hear it quite often.

    But passion knows no age. If your dreams are really big, age is just a number. Here are fascinating stories of some of the great artists who never cared for age and saw great success only in later stages of life….Read on and get inspired

    1. Remember Spider Man? Well, Stan Lee, the creator of Spider Man, was 43 when he began drawing the superheroes. Jack Kirby, his partner, was 44 when he created The Fantastic Four.
    2. The world famous cook, Julia Child didn’t know cooking till the age of 40. She launched her popular show only when she was 50.
    3. Robert Frost spent nearly a decade working on a farm left to him by his grandfather. He published a collection of his works when he was 39 years old.
    4. Rickman was 42 when he was casted as one of the leads in the stage version of the book Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The play went on to become a hit and was adapted by Hollywood as Dangerous Liaisons.
    5. Vincent van Gogh, of the most well-known artists of all time, started painting in his late 20s, but many of his famous pieces were created in his last two years. During his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only one painting.
    6. French impressionist, Claude Monet became famous at the age of 33 with his iconic work “Impressions, Sunrise”. But it was only in his early 40s, after his wife’s death, that he started creating his most known work.
    7. When Rocky was released, Sylvester Stallone was 30 years.
    8. After giving up embroidery because of arthritis, Grandma Moses began painting at 76. She continued painting until 101.
    9. Wallace Stevens was an insurance salesman before he went on to become poet in his 50s.
    10. Laura Ingalls Wilder, the famous author of “Little House in the Big Woods” did not publish her first book until she was 64! She continued writing about herself and her family, ending with “These Happy Golden Years” in 1943, at the age of 76.
    11. The famous Japanese dancer and choreographer Kazuo Ohno performed his first recital at the age of 43. After around 10 years, he and colleague achieved worldwide acclaim as the nucleus of the Butoh dance movement
    12. Singing sensation Susan Boyle achieved recognition at the age of 48.
    13. Mark Twain published Tom Sawyer at the age of 41 and published Huckleberry Finn at the age of 49.
    14. J.K Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before first Harry Potter book was published when she was 32
    15. Raymond Chandler used to work in oil industry. It was only at the age of 44 that he decided to become a writer.

12 Majestic Quotes About Poetry

James Tate has said “Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.” All the poets at heart will surely agree with this.

Here we present some awesome quotes related to poetry which are sure to give you an emotional high. Which one do you like the most?

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. ~ Plutarch

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. ~ Leonard Cohen

Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience

without actually going through it. ~ Rumi

If you can’t be a poet, be the poem. ~ David Carradine

The poet doesn’t invent. He listens. ~ Jean Cocteau

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. ~ W.H. Auden

If you want to annoy a poet, explain his poetry. ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A poem begins with a lump in the throat. ~ Robert Frost

Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything. ~ William Blisset

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. ~ Robert Frost

‘Therefore’ is a word the poet must not know. ~ Andre Gide

Tips for Rocking those Instaclicks – Instantly

1. Always take pictures with your regular camera app first. This will enable you to take advantage of the built in camera featureslike iOS or HDR

 

2. Getting that crop right is utterly important. Always centered placed subject gets too main course. Try something different with varying positions of the main subject – adding the glory of the serene background!

3. Add the angle! Awkward angles can reincarnate that pic you just took!

4. A little play with the straightening tool will bring your picture to life and will add the much required fun and vibrance factor into it

5. Do the basic edits first before jumping to the readymade effects straight away. Correct that shot with brightness & contrasts and then apply the effect you like. Scratching away the furniture before polishing always adds the sheen.

6. Use a combination of effects. Say Valencia-topped-pic once more topped with Low fi? Make your own effect!

7. Don’t overdo it – the Editing part! Don’t you want people to believe that this is an actual picture captured by you? Too much of editing will only end up making your real-life picture artificial and unbelievable. Keep it rather simple!

8. Adding a funky caption will convey half the idea of the picture! So don’t just click instead try reckoning on some word-play too!

Were we able to add anything to your already awesome sense of insta-photography?

 

7 Interesting Facts about Poems and Poetry

“There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.” ~~ Edward Young

As someone who is passionate about poetry and truly believes in the saying that “Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing”, you would certainly be keen to know some interesting things about poetry and poems. Here we compile such 7 super interesting facts. Read on and enjoy….

#1: The haiku is one of the popular forms of shortest poetic writing. It originated in Japan. The interesting thing about haiku is that it has only seventeen syllables – with three lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively. The 1st and 3rd lines must have five syllables, and the second line must have seven syllables.

#2: Mahabharata, an Indian epic poem, is the world’s longest poem with around 1.8 million words.

 

#3: Charles Ghigna poem called ‘I’ is one of the shortest poems in the world.

#4: World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21st each year to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is an initiative of of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

#5: The earliest type of poem was The epic. An epic presents a long narrative (story) of amazing heroic deeds.

#6: Epic of Gilgamesh from Babylon is the oldest written poem. It is said to be around 4,000 years old and it tells the story of a king, Gilgamesh, who was half-man, half-god.

#7: A stanza, traditionally contains 12 lines. A two-line stanza is called a couplet, and a four-line couplet is a quatrain.

 

Pin Up Girls

Do you still find all those enormously sensual images of women (on your social networking feeds mostly) – attractive, arousing and funny? Then for your information, you are looking at a Pin Up Artist.


Eroticism and the sexual appeal of women have been bemusing art and culture since forever! During the times of print, before these computers with internet which have tons of information and pictures available at a click of search command, the Pin Up artists (read, pin up girls) created waves throughout the world with their sexual appeal though in a funny way.

Pin-ups are basically intended for informal display, e.g. meant to be “pinned-up” on a wall. Pin-up girls may be glamour models, fashion models, or actresses. These pictures are also known as cheesecake photos. The term pin-up may also refer to drawings, paintings, posters and other illustrations done in imitation of these photos. Now days, we have several comics and posters and even those funny quotes we see making the rounds of internet, done in lieu of the same.

A brief history

The term was first attested to in English in 1941 however, the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s.

In the late 19th century, burlesque performers and actresses used photographic advertisement as business cards to promote themselves. Understanding the power of photographic advertisements to promote their shows, burlesque women self-constructed (in the form of pin-ups) their identity to make themselves visible. 19th-century era’s views on women’s potential were intricately tied to their sexuality. Being sexually fantasized, famous actresses in early 20th-century film were both drawn and photographed and put on posters to be sold for personal entertainment.

Later, posters of pin-up girls were mass-produced and became an instant hit. As social standards changed, male subjects also began to be featured in pin-ups.

Why the pin ups?

Since women realized that society objectifies them in a certain manner, exploiting their sexuality seemed to be the only option left to them. Being Pinned up they could avoid the call for overt sexualized images; instead they could tease and restrict. In magazines, on lockers, and even on the sides of planes, these images of titillating women smiling while showing off just the right amount of skin often accompanied lonely soldiers, especially during World War II

Jotting down a brief list of the most famous pin up artists (both muses and their artists) to tease you a little more

1. Betty Grable

One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable, whose poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of soldiers during World War II.

Grable was an American actress, dancer, and singer and popular contract star for 20th Century-Fox during the 1940s and 1950s.Throughout her career, Grable was celebrated for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood. Her iconic bathing suit poster made her the number one pin-up girl of World War II. It was later included in the Life magazine project “100 Photographs that Changed the World”.

2. Fernande Barrey

In Europe, prior to the First World War, were the likes of Fernande Barrey arguably the world’s first pinup as is known in the modern sense. Miss Barrey displayed ample cleavage and full frontal nudity. Her pictures were cherished by soldiers on both sides of the First World War conflict.

3. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was arguably the most famous pin-up girl of all time. She was also one of the first truly modern celebrities, the kind which besmirch our televisions and homepages ad museum today. She was famous for her acting, famous for her singing and famous for being an attractive blonde lady who occasionally got naked. Her troubled life was a classic, tragic tale of Hollywood excess, but one that will never be forgotten.

4.Gil Elvgren

One of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century, Elvgren was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the all-American ideal feminine but he wasn’t limited to the calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early “pretty girl” illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy. In 1937, Gil began painting calendar pin-ups for Louis F. Dow, one of America’s leading publishing companies, during which time he created about 60 works. Around 1944, Gil was approached by Brown and Bigelow, a firm that still dominates the field in producing calendars and advertising specialties.

5. Zoe Mozert

Zoë Mozert had the advantage of being both beautiful and talented enough to serve as a muse and artist. According to The Lingerie Addict, “when she used herself as a model, she would carefully light her studio, then use a photograph or a mirror to create the reference.” And while she preferred the more wholesome girl-next-door look over the typical bombshell, her usage of bold pastel hues made her a favorite among Hollywood.

6. Pearl Frush

Calendar artist Pearl Frush was widely celebrated during the 1950s for her true-to-life paintings that some contemporary critics have described as resembling “airbrushed photographs.” Unfortunately, her primary choice of medium, gouache and watercolors, limited her ability to create artworks on a large enough scale. Frush, an Iowa native initially enrolled in art classes in New Orleans, eventually mastered her craft in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. She relied on her love for the outdoors to draw shapely gals getting physical, all while baring just the right amount of skin to leave viewers begging for more. Her hanger calendars were hot items in their time and are still sought after as collectibles.

25 Awesome Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Every writer, as some point or the other, faces creative blockage or end of innovation. Nothing new worth penning down comes to mind and that can be quite frustrating. Instead of feeling bad or overwhelmed by that, think of ways to overcome it.

Here we suggest some practical and easily implementable tips.

# Turn of distractions – Unplug the internet, put the cell phone on silent, switch off the TV – this will help you focus.

# Keep a small notebook with you, always. You never know when a bright idea strikes you. Notebook will help you quickly make a note of it and build on it later on.

# Listen to music – music has a calming effect on your mind.

# Prepare a writing schedule and stick to it – Even if nothing comes to mind initially, eventually the mind will get tuned to the schedule and writing will not be difficult. Lot of successful writers have stick to the schedule of ‘500 words every morning’ and that has worked brilliantly for them

# Exercise – Go for walk, go jogging or hit the trade mill. Exercising is good for getting the blood flowing through the brain and gets the creative juices flowing.

# Rest and relax – Sometimes the brain gets tired of thinking and just needs rest to be able to recharge itself.

# Do something other than writing – It could be something creative which takes your mind away from writing like gardening, painting or sculpting.

# Create an outline and write main points – it’s easier to fill in the blanks rather than starting from scratch.

# Eat healthy – a balanced diet with proteins, antioxidants rich food, fresh fruits and vegetables gives the much required nourishment to you.

# Don’t focus on ‘perfect’ first draft – just pen down your ideas and thoughts. You always have time to revise and improvise it later on. Don’t edit your work till you finish it.

# Warm up yourself with freewriting – take a piece of paper and write down everything that comes to your mind about your topic. This will get your mind thinking

# Brainstorm or just talk to your friends and discuss your creative ideas and dilemmas.

# Use prompts and start writing. Many times random words and sentences can give ideas for great stories. Sometimes reading inspiring quotes can be a good start too.

# Read something old which you have written – published or unpublished. It can give you the needed creative boost and confidence convincing you that ‘you can write’.

# Set up deadlines and stick to them. Having a fixed schedule with deadlines always helps in avoiding procrastination.

# Many times, the writer’s block is because of some other deep rooted reasons. Try and identify the reasons and work towards resolving those issues. This will help you reconnect with your creativity.

# Take short breaks from time to time and do some other activities to rejuvenate yourself.

# Change your surroundings. Change in environment can spark new ideas and topics.

# Do you know that colors can trigger your mood? Try writing with a pen in different color!

# Get some fresh air and light – stare away from your notebook/ computer.

# You don’t have to complete your story in a sequence. Try writing as per your mood. Try matching your feelings and emotions like happiness, anxiety, love or despair with one of the characters in your story.

# Avoid noise distractions – go in a room where you can have silence, put the phone on silent mode, avoid loud music. If you like, use earplugs to help you concentrate better.

# Read good books and regularly revisit your favorite portions of the books.

# Don’t compare yourself with other writers – you are unique.

# Join a writing group or be in a company of other writers. With the Internet, it has become very easy to join other writers online. Take inspirations from each other, discuss ideas and grow your skills and confidence.

Things You Didn’t Know about Your Favorite Artists

Contrary to her typecast image of a dumb blonde, Marilyn Monroe was extremely intelligent with an IQ of 168 (According to the Stanford-Binet test, a normal IQ ranges from 85 to 115).

Jackie Chan’s dream role is to play Genghis Khan.

Jackie Chan is a trained opera singer.

Oprah Winfrey’s opinions and endorsements have such powerful impact to influence consumer purchasing choices that it has been dubbed as ‘The Oprah Effect’.

Amitabh Bachchan is the first Asian actor to have his wax statue installed at Madame Tussaud in London.

Van Gogh had painted 37 self-portraits.

Van Gogh painted most of his paintings with the broken back of his paint brush – sometimes he spread the paint on the canvas directly from the tube.

Van Gogh became famous 11 years after his death – His brother’s wife collected his paintings after his death and dedicated herself to get his work the recognition it deserved. During his lifetime, he sold only one painting: ‘The Red Vineyard’.

Apart from being an admired painter, sculptor and architect, Michelangelo was also a poet and wrote over 300 poems.

Michael Jackson invented (and has also patented) special boots that allowed the wearer to lean forward so much that it seems to defy gravity. He used these in the “Smooth Criminal” music video.

In a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest, he himself once won third prize (mind you, not the first!)

Leonardo Da Vinci was obsessed with Anatomy. He created almost 240 drawings on anatomy and worked on documenting human anatomy through his dissections on corpses.

Apart from being a great composer, Mozart was also a good billiards player.

Mozart started writing his own compositions when he was 6 – he wrote his first opera when he was 14 years old. The opera was titled ‘Mitridate Re di Ponto’

Although Lata Mangeshkar attended school only for a day, she has been awarded Honorary Doctorate by six universities including the NY University

Georges Braque was the first living person whose art was displayed in Louvre museum.

Virginia Woolf wrote all her books standing.

Elvis, known for his thick black hair was a natural blond – He began dying his hair black in high school.