What Does it Mean to Be a Good Writer? #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

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Have you ever doubted yourself whether you are a good enough writer? Have you ever thought to yourself that your work is bad?

What does it mean to be a good writer anyway?

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Those Boring Days

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Remember when time stood still,
Nothing going on, you feel
That the days brought you no thrill,
All you got is time to kill.

Without a care of the world around you,
Enjoy the warmth of a fresh cup you brew,
Those simple, ordinary days, who knew,
Would change because of a worldwide flu.

An enemy hidden from the naked eye,
One wrong move, all may go awry,
Yet all’s not lost, the end we defy,
Though the solution in short supply.

Heroes rise in time of turmoil,
Sacrifice to win, they toil.
Fallen to this deadly coil,
Rest beneath the cold, hard soil.

All of us must do our part,
Stop the foe with all our heart.
The little things can be a start,
Stay at home, the spread we thwart.

When the rains stopped; the clouds clear.
We’ll look back upon this year,
On times of peace we hold so dear,
Before the world has changed here.

-Jomz Ojeda

The Paradox of the Free Time

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With the self-quarantine in place and a lot of us having to stay at home, you’d think that you’d have a lot of free time to be more productive, right?

Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for me.

Sure, I had more time on my hands, but I ended up using those time to sleep in, watch movies or TVseries… basically not a lot of the “productive output” I was expecting.

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My Life is a Mess Right Now

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Have you ever looked at the direction your life is in, and see what a big pile of stinking feces it is going? If not, I must applaud your life. Mine seems to be in a bit of a rut.

However, if yours seem to be in a terrible place at the moment, as well… Remember that what you are experiencing now, is just that – it is for now.

The mess that  you are in will only be up to a certain point. The troubles and hardships will pass.

How can you live life if everything seems to be so difficult? By doing the same thing that athletes, musicians, artists, or anyone with a high enough skill level manage to do anything that seems to difficult – by doing it everyday. Sooner or later, it will become easier, but only if you do it everyday.

Living is hard, yes? Then do it everyday. It will get easier.

I hope you have a nice day.

Thank you for reading.

The World Owes Me Nothing

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My dreams are dead or dying,
But this I must remember,
I am here on this earth living,
And the world owes me nothing.

In light of everything going on, I have to remind myself that the world owes me nothing. I am not entitled to anything despite everything I believe I am owed due to what I have achieved or done.

Handling problems is hard, most specially when there are people around you dragging their feet. It can be very frustrating, and, frankly, there are times when I am very tempted to give up and keel over with the punches thrown at me.

We are in a financial crisis, yes, but at least my wife seems to be more aware on how to handle our finances better. She insisted on holding the traditional role of budgeting our family’s finances, and well, I hope she has learned her lesson. If you can’t learn your lessons from books and teachers, experience will teach you a harsh lesson you would have difficulty forgetting.

I became more focused on my writing. It would seem that being in a tough situation helps me being more creative. I have managed to turn writing into an outlet, and have somehow polished and honed my skills. There is still a lot of room to improve, I just have to keep moving forward.

If there is something I have learned, is that being bitter about the situation helps with absolutely nothing. I must keep looking at the bright side, and focus on getting to the next day, and the next day for now. I can only chip at the problems that lay before me one at a time. It may seem like it is a large chunk that is unbeatable… but if I take it one slice at a time, it will fall, and I shall be victorious.

I know, yet I keep forgetting, and thus, I must remind myself constantly.

I hope you are doing well, and I hope  you have a nice day. Thanks for reading.

Life is a Grind

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It is an endless grind to achieve a goal. It can be tiring, tedious, repetitive… However, it is what it is.

Accept that to reach a goal, we’d have to work to get there.

Lately, I have been feeling burnt out.

I am feeling the inevitability of the grind without the end goal in sight. I am not feeling that I am advancing, rather, I feel that I am falling even farther from my goal, and that is what is making me feel burnt out.

I want to take a break, but I can’t. I have to keep going. I have to keep fighting.

Fight, and you live. Give up, and you die.

Fight on, and keep on moving forward.

It may take a lot of time. It may seem that there is no progress. It may seem that we may be in an endless cycle that is going nowhere… But if we are taking small steps, even if it is by a few centimeters… what matters is that we are somehow closer to the goal.

Life is a grind. Embrace it.

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What is Wrong With Me?

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It can be hard being optimistic, when things are not going your way.

You can be in deep shit and yet, know in yourself that there is an end to this, that there is some good in this, that you will get through it…

And yet, you question yourself, and sometimes – your pessimistic self crawls out to speak.

“How can you be so sure?”

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When You Can’t Seem to Write

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Hello everyone. How are  you all doing this fine day?

I hope you are doing well.

In the past few days I haven’t really been up to writing anything. I tried reviewing the outline and draft that I am crafting for my new novel, but I could not seem to get any ideas flowing. It’s one thing when  you are stuck with writing your first draft, but it is another thing when you can’t even get a decent outline out.

Outline. Yes, you read that right. I am actually working on an outline for my novel.

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How Deadlines Can Help You

Most people dread deadlines. I don’t. I crave them.

Deadlines are not the end of the world. It should be a goal – a target.

I like the rush of breezing through one objective after another when the deadlines are near, and I even like the better rush I feel when those deadlines are met. It’s a big bonus when the project is done before the deadline.

It’s a matter of time management, really.

Deadlines allow you to prioritize things, and help you organize tasks so that they fall into place when they are needed, therefore making your work seem like a well-organized machine that keeps on moving until the project or task is completed.

I view deadlines as goals to be achieved, therefore, I don’t really dread them. It also helps that work is actually being done.

How can you make deadlines work for you? Here are some tips that may help you stop fearing the impending deadline:

  1. Set the deadline.
    person pinpointing pen on calendarMark your calendar, write a note of the date, and paste it on your monitor, set a reminder… or even place it as your phone’s wallpaper. Whatever you do, you need to remind yourself of your deadlines. If you plan to have a weekly blog post every Saturday, always remind yourself of it so you never forget, so your actions are aimed at that goal.
  2. Plan your work schedule.
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    What tasks need to be done first? What tasks need to be done last? If you are going to be blogging weekly, what do you need? Do you need to do some research? When must that be done? When must you start writing? When will you brew your coffee? When it comes to work schedules, it also helps to make them a bit more flexible. A tight work schedule can be just as stressful as deadlines not being met.

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  3. Work, work, work! Plans are useless if you don’t act on them.

Most people fear deadlines because they view it as and end of the world. It would not be as such if you have been slowly putting in the work needed for the deadline.

Deadlines should be viewed as a positive goal, and not a negative block in the future.

Have a nice day.

Why I Like Blogging

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I’m a blogger. It’s what I do – I write stuff.

It stemmed from my journal writing days when I would actually write things on paper which I never really figured out why in the world am I addressing my supposed journal to an non-existing person named ‘Diary.’

Who in the world is Diary, and why am I writing these things to this person, and not even bother sending them to this person?

Then I thought that starting off these diary entries with a “Dear Diary” is too dreary, so I dropped that whole business and started using Journal entry and date.

I probably picked that off from those sci-fi shows like Star Trek where the Captain of the ship logs an entry with a star date. Or I could have picked it up from somewhere else… I don’t really remember.

Then I got tired of the whole journal writing because it seemed too tedious and not interesting. I mean it ended up being a monotonous repetition of my entire day. Not interesting, and to repetitive. So I stopped.

Then blogging. Hey, who would have thought that writing on the internet about random stuff in your head aimed at no particular audience (though you might have an actual target audience for your blog), would be fun and interesting?

Probably the fun thing about blogging is that people could actually read  your write-ups, as opposed to those diary or journals where we hide in the dark corners of our closets. hehehe…  It can be nice to have positive feedback on what you were thinking, and it can be interesting when you get into a constructive argument with someone over some point or another. (So keep posting those comments, writers love them!)

Plus, blogging is an exercise into writing. With blogging, you can keep  your writing skills honed. The more you write, the easier pulling words off from thin air would be. That is how practice builds skill.

The main difference between a skilled and unskilled person is the ease by which a skilled person can perform a certain task, without sacrificing quality. Which would probably explain why the more experienced and more skilled writers may seem to be able to accomplish their tasks much easier as compared to some up and coming writer, such as myself.

While I cannot still say that my skills in in a Professional Blogger level, it does not matter. We have to start somewhere, right? In due time, our skills will improve. We’ll get there, someday.

Well, that is why, despite my current lack of blogging skill, I am still a blogger, and will continue to probably do so until the unforeseeable future. I like writing, and I like having people read my works.

I hope you have a nice day.