Hello everyone. How are you all doing? It’s good to see you (though I really can’t because this is just a blog post, hahaha…)
Do you know how to handle yourself in unknown situations?
It can be hard being tossed in the middle of something that you haven’t been prepared for.
Once, after a long eight-hour drive on the way home, I realized that my car’s tire was punctured and I was almost running flat. Fortunately, I was near my parent’s neighborhood, so I shot my father a message.
“Flat tire. Need help. I am in the highway outside.”
All the lies and the pain, the dark all over again,
I just want to get out of this damn, stupid rain.
I can’t move, I’m stuck, I can’t even move forward.
All the weight that I got has pinned me, untoward,
It is tiring, exhausting; I’m weary of all the grinding.
I need some peace and quiet from all of this fighting.
Leave me alone, let me be; I need to figure out
What to do, where to go, beyond any doubt,
Fix my life to the better, get myself together.
Fill the void and rebuild, get through the hard weather.
I can hear in my head, the never-ending nagging,
“It’s my fault, and I’m not doing a damn thing,”
I can’t help it, I am stuck, it is paralyzing.
I did not plan to get broke from all the spending.
I worked my ass, climbed that mountain get up higher,
Did the grind, did the work, make my life better.
But I slipped, and I fell, I’m down, much lower.
Must get up, have to fight, get in the battle tower.
I’m in the dark, feeling stuck, it is disheartening,
All these words, my attempt to be encouraging,
Must get up, have to go and fix this damn thing
Called my life, here we go. It’s all or nothing!
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Did you know I wrote this with a rhythmic beat in mind? 😀
Show, not tell. That’s a very old writing tip that a lot of new fiction writers, myself included, fail to implement when starting out with their journey to writing stories and novels.
I learned, however, that it’s not because we don’t know how to write. Rather, it’s because we were trained to write this way in school, most notably with nonfiction. Well, in nonfiction, telling is the way to go.
In fiction, it’s another story.
If you want to raise your story quality by a bar or two, it is very important that you be able to grasp the concept of how to show action, instead of telling.
The whole point they are making is that by giving your readers a chance to insert themselves into a location or scene, they’ll make it their own, bringing it to life in their heads. It’s no longer just a description, but a place that exists in their mind, and which they helped create themselves.
As to how you can accomplish that, here are the tips:
1. Level of Detail
Don’t get bogged down in details. Quite often in writing, less is more. This is definitely the case with locations. Readers aren’t stupid. Unless something is completely outlandish, most people will be able to fill in any blanks in the…
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Then I realized I want to be a full-fledged writer. To be a writer, I must, therefore, write. Where do I write? I thought about that for a while. I thought that blogging must have fallen out of the mainstream’s radar probably due to micro-blogging and social media. It was a dying thing, I thought.