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How To Be A Writer: The Online Board Game

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How To Be A Writer: The Online Board Game

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    Aspiring writers often ask established authors, “How did you do it?” The truth is that there is no single path to literary success. We sent a nonscientific survey to writers participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Did they keep a diary as a child? Did they ever have a book rejected? Did they earn a living from writing? We tabulated more than 200 responses to make the board game below. Roll a die and see where the writing life takes you.

    – Game: How To Be A Writer | Los Angeles Times

    Becoming a successful writer seems like quite a daunting and even confusing life path to take. Fortunately, the LA Times has created an online, interactive game that depicts the pathway there!

    Illustrated by Paul Duginski and researched by Joy Press and Carolyn Kellogg, the milestones were formed based on answer writers at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books gave to a survey. Ultimately, it seems that becoming a writer is trial and error rather than an exact science or route, but give it a shot and play the game!

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        Game: How To Be A Writer | Los Angeles Times

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        Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

        There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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        Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

        Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

        Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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        Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

        1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
        2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
        3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
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