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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The Traveller

Jeremy cursed as he tripped and almost fell on the pavement.

He looked back, and gave the offending tile a sharp glare. He then gritted his teeth and hurried away.

There’s no use having a staring contest against rocks and things.

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The day was bright and sunny, yet the sun was not as blaring hot.

Jeremy fished his phone from his pockets and checked the time. It was half past eight. He’s terribly late.

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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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What Do you Do When All Hope is Lost? — Cristian Mihai

“Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, ‘What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me […]

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On Studying Writing

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“If you want to be a writer – read things.”

I’ve had this advice thrown on me countless times, either by people or from articles and blogs that I have read. However, it should have been more specific – or rather, I should have interpreted the advice more specifically.

If you want to be a short story writer – read short stories, if you want to be a screenplay writer, read scripts, if you want to be a novel writer – read novels.

We are what we eat.

What we consume, will become part of us, and we would be able to use it for our own. There are certain methods and techniques that each writing branch uses. Some seem too normal and ordinary, that I sometimes take them for granted.

I have been reading manga for a long time now, and have only seldom picked a novel. It’s not a bad excuse to say that I am doing it as a form of study. However, the least that I have taken out of it is that I seem to have been able to write conversations better. Plot development – sure, I could probably have learned a thing or two from this media, however, I now find myself lacking in descriptive writing.

What I mean to say is that I find myself unable to paint scenes with words, and for a writer, a novelist or a short story writer, to be more exact, that is their bread and butter.

Therefore, I have learned this – there are things that are best learned from emulation and imitation. As time goes on, you will certainly be able to mix in  your own voice in your writing, and develop a style that is uniquely yours. However, when starting out, it is not bad to emulate the great writers of the time – emulate how they write, how they present scenes, and also how they present their characters.

Perhaps, I should pick up a new novel to read – something that is around the genre that I am interested in writing…

In any case, I hope my realization would be helpful to anyone out there who seem to be in the same predicament as me.

Have a nice day.

 

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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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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.

 

Why I am Returning To Blogging (and you should, too!)

5 Reasons for Blogging.

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I haven’t written any decent blog post in years.  Micro-blogging platforms like Twitter and Tumblr, among others has made us lazy when it comes to crafting well-thought out posts. Likewise, it also made us lazy in reading. The TL:DR (too long, didn’t read) culture of the web, our too limited time and our short attention span made us fearful of large walls of text.

Yet, write me must.

Writing as a form of human expression is vital. While I do applaud people who could sum up their thoughts and wits in a few hundred characters and at the sam time make us think or laugh in a short span of time, there are instances when more characters, and more words are needed to expound on an idea.

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