What Does Not Kill You

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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.”

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Incoming Milestone!

Hello everyone.

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As I’m writing this, I have 96 followers. It’s not much compared to most of you big-shots with thousands of followers, but for me, who have only started focusing on growing this blog sometime late last year, my first one hundred followers would be a big milestone.

Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who have decided to follow and subscribe to my humble blog. I hope I can continue to educate, entertain and not disappoint you guys too much. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

I originally did not know what to do, write or post on this site. I literally had no direction. No direction, means no growth, and that’s exactly what happened. This blog had almost no growth in the past few years.

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.

I could not have been so wrong!

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Dealing with writer’s block… — Pointless Overthinking

Terry Pratchett said that there is no such thing as writer’s block. If so, how should we define the moments when it seems that our bucket of ideas is empty? How do we put words where it seems to be nothing but darkness? And moreover, how we decide which words to use when no words […]

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You Got To Work It

Hello everyone. How are you all doing?

In the past few days I have been seriously looking into potentially publishing a collection of my short stories as an ebook over in Amazon.

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However, I have realized that I do not have that many short stories available!

Hmmm… This is a problem.

Here is what I have so far:

  1. Since it is a collection of short stories, I need to have a theme for the entire book. A hodgepodge of randomly packed stories would be a terrible idea. Perhaps something along the lines of fantasy, mystery and science fiction – things that I like, and have dabbled into actually writing?
  2. Do I publish it myself? Or find a publisher? This is probably one of the big things I have to make a decision on. If I will have to publish it myself, there are a lot of work I have to do. Formatting, cover design, the blurb – that’s just for the book itself. Then, there’s the marketing aspect – finding a way to get my book in my reader’s face so they would at least think about buying it. Should I opt to find a publisher, well, that’s another batch of questions and researching that I must do, and both involves different pros and cons.
  3. I need more stories. Yeah, I mentioned it already. Frankly, I was disappointed in myself. And I dare call myself a writer? I barely have any completed story under my belt. Hahaha…
  4. Do I have what it takes? This is probably that nagging question in my head that is either trying to pull me down or push me onward. It is making me question both my skill as a writer, and my general worth as a person. I mean, I don’t know… I’m a nobody who’s typing away on a computer somewhere. Why would people want t

Obviously, I have a lot of work to do. However, having a goal in mind somehow made all the work that I will be doing, and all the writing that I have to do seem to be worth the effort.

I have found that having an end goal in mind, an achievement to reach, these things help with the grind and work that one must do.

Aside from the writing that I must be doing, I have also been enlisted by my wife to be her producer for her vlog. She seemed more determined to succeed, therefore I have more work! Hahaha… So far I am the cameraman, the scriptwriter, the director, the sound director, the editor, and have also found myself to be helping with the marketing. My wife is inexperienced with using various platforms of social media to help promote her work. On the bright side, there has been an improvement. We gained two new subscribers in the span of two weeks! That seems significant for us, so.. yay!

Anway, back to being a professional writer…

What are your experiences (if any), with regards to getting your work published? Was it a good, or a terrible experience?

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That is all for now, have a nice day!

Dealing With Creative Differences

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As a creator, it can get frustrating when I have to deal with people’s differing opinion regarding my work.  I usually just deal with it, and take it as a difference in taste and preference.

It is a different matter when you are actually working for or with another creator.

I mentioned it in a post a while ago that I have been helping my wife with her vlogs. Now, usually most vloggers are a one-man show. They are the talent, cameraman, scriptwriter, editor, producer, everything.

My wife isn’t as tech-savvy as I am, so to support her interest, I volunteered to do the behind the scenes work.

However, this is still her vlog, therefore, what she wants, goes. While my opinion and taste, say in music or scene selections may be good for me, it is worth jack to her if she does not like it.

I had to re-work an entire video edit. Fortunately for me, it was only around 30 minutes worth of raw video, which I was able to edit into around 12-15 minutes worth of edited work. However, she was not satisfied with it, so I had to throw it all out the window and had to redo everything.  “Everything” because she did not like my music choice. In her defense, she did point it out to me that she did not like the music, but I pushed in anyway, and hoped that the overall effect would make her change her mind…

Nope.

So out the window it flew.

On the bright side, it did force me to think more creatively. I was able to work with what I had, and somehow ended up with much shorter, but somehow better work.

This made me learn an important lesson – the client will always be right. It does not matter whether you think their vision or idea is not that good. If your client does not think that your idea is not  up to par to their ideals, it is worth nothing.

So, before tackling any work for a client, it would be best to at least talk it out with them. Get an initial rough draft of the project and let them view the progress of your work. The degree of client involvement in the development or creative process of your work will ultimately depend upon your workload, or your previous client agreement… It would save you a lot of headaches and lost time in the long run (hopefully).

And lastly, when dealing with someone who has a difference in creative opinion from you, it would be best to have a lot of patience, and keep an open mind by viewing it as a learning experience.

Have a nice day, and I’ll see you soon.

 

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Doubts

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I found that one of a writer’s worst enemies is himself.

It can be very paralyzing when working to make a manuscript, or typing out a story, or even attempting to craft a post when your mind is plagued with doubts.

“Is it good enough? Will it be appreciated? Will it be received well?”

I, myself, do not have the answers to most of these questions.

It can even be easier to just not try at all and do something else, like playing games or sleeping all day, and just push writing off to the side.

Yet, fears and doubts are there for us to overcome.

We have to keep trying. We have to keep pushing.

So what if it’s not good enough? Try again. Make it better.

So what if it is not appreciated? Perhaps you have not met the right audience for your work. Keep pushing.

So what if it was not received well. At least it was read. At least it was done.

You overcame your fear and doubt. You are somehow stronger.

I have found that being a writer is an endless struggle, not only against the world, but also against oneself. Keep fighting.

 

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How to Write Action Scenes in First Person

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Writing in first person can be a unique an interesting experience for a writer. It allows you to get inside the head of your main character, and experience the fictitious world you have set them in through their eyes.

However, there are certain considerations you have to make when writing in first person, particularly when writing action scenes.

1. Know your character.

First, you’ll have to consider their experience in fighting.  A veteran fighter would have sharper reflexes and a keen eye to catching their opponent’s moves as compared to a person who has never trained in fighting before.

Let’s say your main character is an average guy who works in a desk all day. He gets assaulted by a random stranger on the streets. There’s a big chance that he would never see what hit him. He’d get socked in the face and would hit the pavement fast. He would not know whether it was the left or right hand that struck him.

As for an experienced fighter, there is a higher chance that he would be able to spot the striking fist, and be able to react appropriately. Your fighter could possibly see the hit and anticipate its move, and be able to either dodge or counter the attack. Even if he was hit, there is a chance that he was able to see which hand dealt the blow.

Basically, what I’m trying to point out here is that you should be able to have a good idea of your character’s reaction time to be able to write action scenes more effectively.

2. Write short sentences

Short sentences give the impression of urgency.

Write with less description, more action.

Writing with a lot of description would slow down the reader’s pace, and therefore, also slow down the action of your scene.

Besides, we are writing in first person perspective. When in a fight, your character will be intensely focused on his opponent, and his moves. Everything around them would be a blur.

If you must set the scene, do it before everything goes down.

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3. Are there any complex choreography?

One thing I really enjoy in watching action scenes are the complex choreography that the fighters make when they fight. It looks so beautiful on the screen – like a dance, but much more deadly.

The issue I have with this is that when writing, it can be difficult to convey such action to your readers. Using complex descriptions of the move may even be distracting, or downright confusing.

So how do we do this?

I frankly don’t know as I have not read nor written an action sequence that involves such things. It might even be that these things are limited to the visual media, as opposed to the written media. It may be possible to try writing complex choreographed moves in say third person or even limited third person perspective, but as of now, I am having difficulty wrapping my head around this concept.

So, I guess if it seems to complex or difficult to write, it would probably best to avoid it.

4. Use the right words.

This one sort of falls in the “Know your Character” category, but when writing first person, we have to remember that it is not the writer that is speaking, but the main character.

We should avoid using fancy (or even non-fancy) words that your character would not be caught using. A character who does not have a wide ivy-league level vocabulary should avoid terms and words or phrases that may in effect break his character. We are in his head, we are in his mind, and we are hearing his thoughts. If we are dealing with a potty-mouthed fighter who talks street jargon – we should try to use that.

Would that be confusing? How about let the character explain a term that you think your general reader may not know.

If you know anatomy to a certain degree, but figure that your character probably does not know that much, limit your use of such things when describing out a fight.

 

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I have to admit that I am no expert in writing in the first person, but have found the above-mentioned tips to be useful when I attempted to write some works in the first person.

Writing in third person, or even the limited third person is much, much easier, and in a bind to create something, I would probably write something in those perspective.  However, if you do wish to stir things up a bit, and would want to have a different writing experience, get in your main character’s head and try writing in first person perspective.

Happy writing, and have a nice day.

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