What Happened?

That is one question I’ve been asking myself whenever I think about my little blog. Well, I did not really fulfill my personal goal ┬áin posting as often or at all. I completely neglected the month of January, but not to worry, it was not as eventful as I hoped. I’ve been getting back to writing a lot, but now I have to focus more on school work.

I haven’t received any reply from the place I sent my query, which stated that they reply to all queries and if they haven’t replied then they’re still considering it. That would be a nice thought to have if I did not have that paranoid feeling that I messed up the process somehow and my query became invalid (or spam because I sent an e-mail).

There are other prospects I’m planning to query, but I’m giving this first one about two months before I send new ones out. By the way, it’s already been more than a month since I sent it in.

Well, because I’ve been so neglectful, here’s a writing tip!

Prefer the simple over the technical.

It just means to use shorter words, sentences, and paragraphs when you’re at points of complexity. It helps avoid getting everything jumbled up in a mash of letters and words. This also reminds us that readers don’t want mile-long sentences that make them fall asleep halfway through. Having short, crisp sentences help with the speed as well. It’s hard to read (or even write) fast-paced scenes when you get too technical. The thrill is lost and it feels like a chore to read.

Hope that could help some new writers, who tend to overwrite things. Don’t worry, I suffered the same flaw when I started writing seriously a couple years ago.

Speaking of years, this little blog of mine is turning a year old soon, which by far, is the LONGEST I have ever maintained a blog. That and the fact that I managed to remember my password, so that I could keep on posting. I guess being a writer, or aspiring to be one, has helped me push out whatever I’m feeling and actually get motivated to blogging about it.

Be inspired everyone! I’ll do my best and post more!

 

#anotheraspiringwriter

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Being Original.

After reading a small bit of a handy writing book, I found that we really need to make our own original images, but how can we when we are in a day and time where almost everything has been tackled or thought of? We see things as original for us, but then again, with a little digging, it does not sound so unique. Sometimes, we are caught in a flurry of fads and cliches.

What can we do to make our original images without making them too bizarre or unrealistic that it ruins the story we have in our hands?

Well, I think you can’t really do it and make something completely original. There will always be an outside influence making these minute changes, letting some of our meticulous nitpicking readers make the grand connection, instantly blurring the originality of your thoughts.

Let those be.

Once we write our own stories and make our own characters, we are making an original image. Only we, as writers, can understand the minds of our characters and the world they move in. We can avoid the cliches or the overused fads, but we can only be reminded that we will be influenced at one point or with one aspect (maybe even more) of our works of art.

Believe what you are making is original and prove it to the world with pure talent and skill.

Be inspired and inspire!

 

#anotheraspiringwriter

My Oh My!

I am 6,000 words behind on my NaNoWriMo entry. I blame my week-long writer’s block that took so much from me. It was frustrating and I’m really not confident that I’m going to finish the 50,000 words. I will keep on writing and see where it takes me. It’s my goal to be a NaNoWriMo winner, but if I don’t make it, then there will always be next year. I’m starting to see the plot clearly, but I’m not sure if it’s substantial enough to get to the glorious goal.

I have gotten over my writer’s block and I’m back to writing. It was my body and mind’s way of getting me to have some “me time” and a little less writing time. I’d just like my mind to know that a week was way too long.

Good luck! We still have less than two weeks to go.

Be inspired and inspire others!

 

#anotheraspiringwriter

Little Updates.

I finally have 50 followers on this baby blog of mine. This is the longest I’ve been able to go in maintaining a blog since high school, which was only two or three months. I’m very thankful for my followers. I get to voice out things to a little bit of the world’s population and someone will always come round to reading it.

My apologies for not posting anything substantial lately. I will get around to my book review of The Casual Vacancy, I promise. I’m looking for the right words to say after encountering a story like that one. It was my first time reading and finishing something adult-based or with mostly adult themes. Even though I’m 21, I’m still a complete sucker for fantasy or anything with a good adventure-based plot. I always believe you’re never too old for fiction.

As I am writing this post, I am at 17,194 words on my NaNoWriMo entry. Like I said before, this is my first time and I’m a little shaky on things. From my last post, I told everyone I was behind on things. I was able to catch up a lot, but then now, I feel a little behind today. According to the very informative Stats page, I need to achieve a word count of 18,333 words before midnight. I feel pressured to do so and I feel bad that I’m only at 17,194 words (but I keep telling myself I shouldn’t feel that way). I end up giving myself a failed pep talk or actually writing a whole lot. This time, I hope it’s the latter, even with less than 5 hours until midnight.

I will come up with writing advice soon. I’ve been reading books that improve writing skills and there are some handy tips to make your stories smoother. I will share them soon (or when I remember to do that).

Good luck writers!

Be inspired!

Love what you do.

 

#anotheraspiringwriter

Worries!

Well, I’m bummed that I’m behind on my NaNoWriMo entry, but I’m worried I won’t finish in time. I am currently making up for about 6,000 words with only 1,500 words from 2-3 hours of writing. I’m glad I don’t have any scheduled classes for the next four days so I’m sure to catch up.

Good luck writers! Keep on writing!

Be inspired!

 

#anotheraspiringwriter

NaNoWriMo Update!

How is everyone and your bubbling novels-to-be?

My novel writing for the month has been going well after two days. I’m doing my best to stay above the average number of words we need per day. It helps to stay on track, especially when there will be days I won’t be able to write enough. I didn’t really plan this novel I’m working on, but I’m surprised how easily the story is coming out.

Did you guys take a lot of time to plan it or are you just winging it like I am?

I’m just wishing everyone the best of luck and inspiration for this month of vigorous writing. It will be worth the challenge. Just believe you can make it.

 

#anotheraspiringwriter

The Morning After.

Well, Halloween is officially over from where I am in the world.

My Halloween To-Do List:

  1. Eat chocolates… Check!
  2. Eat roasted marshmallows… Not Check!
  3. Eat popcorn… Not Check!
  4. Watch a scary movie… Not Check!

I only got 1 out of 4 right? It’s kind of sad really, but in reality, not so much. I did get started on my NaNoWriMo entry. I felt a flurry of creativity as soon as I saw the clock hit zero. It was a total rush. I hope many, if not all, of the NaNoWriMo writers out there will reach the 50,000 mark. All may be a big feat, but if everyone who joined is dedicated it’s possible. I will do my very best to reach that 50,000 mark. I need a second manuscript done and maybe this will be the big push I need to accomplish that.

How is everyone doing? Hope all the writers (NaNoWriMo & Non-NaNoWriMo) out there are doing what they love to do. Writing can never be a chore, but an expression of your true self.

Be inspired and inspire others!

 

#anotheraspiringwriter