Goodness! I didn’t realize it’s already November and Novel Writing Month! I wish i had the time for it this year. I’ll do my best to juggle my thesis for my master’s degree, my novel entry, and studying for my medical admission’s test this month.
Good luck to all the writers this month! Be inspired!
Read books! Right? Well, not really… for me anyway.
In the span of about a week, I read 5 books, The Infernal Devices Trilogy, I Am Number Four: The Secret Histories, and The Fall of Five. I admit I’m a very fast reader, but that’s not the focus of my post. I haven’t been able to write anything for my projects in more than a month, which is also why I’ve been neglecting my blog (shame on me). Well, after a month of sulking and staring at my unfinished projects, I decided to purge myself with a shopping spree of books. My mom was halfway to livid, but she decided to let me be (yay me!).
It did not really get rid of my writer’s block. It might just end up in an adapted form of the books I just read, which is very bad form in my opinion. It did, however, get my drive back on track. Reading these 5 books put me back in the frame of mind that I do want to get my ideas out into the published world.
The book reviews will follow, I promise!
Just a quick note:
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, so do your part to prevent suicide from happening. Be a friend and you might just be able to save a life. Who knows, maybe that life will be the reason the world becomes a better place.
“No one’s judging your flaws, except you.”
~Will Collins from Emily Owens, MD (Season 1, Episode 7)
“It’s hard trying not to judge yourself, because we are aware of every mistake. We know our inner doubts, our hidden motivations, our failings. So my wish for next year is to be easier on myself, focus less on the bad and more on the good, really, just give myself a break.”
~Emily Owens from Emily Owens, MD (Season 1, Episode 7)
Well, we face a time (or a couple of times) in our lives where we tend to always doubt our capabilities and sit in fear because we see ourselves as too flawed to make something great. A few days ago, I wrote a post about fear and doubt. Lo and behold, I come across an episode of one of my new favorite shows that talks about that. I wonder if I’ll experience that kind of fear and doubt when I get the chance to start my education in medicine. But with that aside, I wonder about how often writers (professional and novice) end up doubting their work.
Some of you are thinking that the answer to that is painfully obvious. All writers doubt their work at certain points and it’s their level of confidence that may affect how often they feel that doubt. Like it said in the show, we have to go easy on ourselves.
This post was pretty… blah. Haha.
Well, inspire, be inspired, and take it easy!
Well, Halloween is officially over from where I am in the world.
My Halloween To-Do List:
- Eat chocolates… Check!
- Eat roasted marshmallows… Not Check!
- Eat popcorn… Not Check!
- 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!
My 3-week vacation started out with me joining a training to aide my nursing career and studies. It was tiring and it left me with so little energy to update this like I planned. I am currently on week number 2, which is almost over, and I only have one week left.
This past week, I spent most of my time editing my first manuscript. I managed to shave off some unnecessary parts and words. I have been able to see more errors and things that should be cleaned up. I am on my way to making my first manuscript a better one.
Reading around writing articles, thanks to Writer’s Digest online, I learned that sometime you just need to let your works in progress to sit alone for a while. It helps us gain a better perspective on what we wish to send out to future readers, when we are given the great chance to be published. It’s such a tedious task for people who don’t feel the dedication to being a writer. It doesn’t feel so tedious to me. I enjoy editing my work. I get laughs from the simple mistakes I’ve made from long ago. I also see how much I’ve overwritten simple scenes.
How do you feel about editing and writing and editing again? Do you love it or dread it?
Be inspired as always!
I guess I am starting to manage things well with schoolwork, writing, and blogging. Although my persistently high stress level is always with me, I’m finding little ways to get things done.
Unfortunately, or must I say fortunately, my phone was on the verge of breaking down and was constantly giving me a hard time. My parents decided to get me a new one, an android one. I now have apps on my phone that help me get some writing and reading done while I’m on the go. I never have to worry now whenever I get a sudden idea I need to write down. This is a blessing for me, since my stress levels were not pretty.
I’ve been able to get tiny bits of stress off me with these mini writing breaks (a break where I write some fiction for a while, not a break from writing fiction) and it feels good. I’ve got better creative flow and when it comes to juggling all the schoolwork, my body decided not to take a dive in the ill pool.
Life will definitely put you in a rut and it will keep doing that whenever you get out of it. We just have to be persistent. It is okay to feel weak or uninspired sometimes, because we were wired to feel these things too.
Be inspired and be positive!
This is the third book in the I Am Number Four Series. I am not sure if I found out late about this book coming out. I just saw it available here in the Philippines last week. After reading The Power of Six (Book 2 of the series), I was trapped in thought, wondering what could ever happen next. As of two days ago, I got my answer. Not to worry, I am not gonna spoil anything here.
Well, what can I say about the book?
It is awesome. I really admire how they are able to change point of views so easily and cleanly. It doesn’t take long to figure out who is telling the story and I guess the matching fonts help. Going through the books in the series, you never feel lost, but you feel more into the story.
If I can finish the book in less than three days, then I consider it a great read. I finished this one in an afternoon and The Power of Six in two afternoons. Let’s just say I am a big fan of the series.
Now I’m stuck with this thought until the next one comes out: “What’s gonna happen next?”
It’s nice to have a book push me back into writing again. It got my writing juices flowing.
Inspire others in any way you can.