Hello… Again.

The writer of this blog wishes to state that they have a multitude of reasons as to why there has been yet another elongated absence between this post and the previous one. However, the only one that will suffice is that life met with the writer for tea once more, shook their right hand, and then took them on a quest. A journey which included, but was not limited to, massive life changes and a heaping, healthy portion of self-discovery.

With that being said, this is still an active blog. One which shall be updated in the future, on a schedule that accommodates all aspects of the writer’s life. When that is, well, that remains to be seen. However, the typist of this post can confirm that it will be before the next Haley’s Comet. At least, that is the hope.

To be continued….

 

 

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May The Words Be With You…

It’s no coincidence that I’m making this post today, as it is after all May 4th, better known as Star Wars Day to some, or if you’re misinformed about one particular culture, the day before Cinco De Mayo, to others. As I am not the latter, I choose to identify with the former, and celebrate my spouse’s favorite fandom instead.

So, yesterday I talked about consistency, and making an effort to include writing into our everyday lives. Sometimes that can be hard to do, depending on what’s going on in your day to day activities. Still, to reach your goals, it is a must. Even if it’s only a meager couple hundred, as I’ve heard before, writing begets writing.

It’s as if the act of placing one word after the other and creating something tangible for others to see, becomes like oxygen to a flame. It breathes new life into a person’s mind, and inspires more to develop than before, when thoughts were allowed to remain more stagnant than not. I’ve noticed this in my own life, as well as others. If you’re having trouble scrounging up the barest of word counts, then here are some tips that may help igniting the catalyst of your own  imagination:

1. Keep a journal.

Everyone needs a place to spill their thoughts. While some prefer divulging their most intimate secrets onto social media, I prefer to have a place that I can explore the inner workings of my mind, without everyone and their canary chiming in. Like with Facebook, I can go look back at what I’ve written. Unlike Facebook, I don’t need to worry about my next employer or a hacker getting a hold of my private convictions.

2. Consider different points of view.

Personally, I can’t stand reading or writing in first person. It feels so constraining to me, and does not allow the reader an accurate scope of the whole story. There are a few books I have read that are exceptions, but they are rare. Most of the time, the novel merely ends up being a contrived version of what it could have been, had another point of view been utilized. This brings me to my next point.

If you’re stuck at a certain spot in your project, attempt to write from a point of view.  Even if you never include this bit into the actual completed work, at least allow yourself to see from a different perspective. Maybe, this could help you see where the plot needs to go next, or perhaps, it will help illuminate where a character needs more development. Either way, sometimes, all a person needs to move forward is a new vantage point.

3. Think of your characters as real people, rather than merely vehicles for their actions.

One thing that bothers me infinitely about certain books, is that the characters feel so contrived. Reading them is never any fun, because it seems as if their sole purpose is to keep the narrative moving. This, of course, should not be the case.

Real human beings have thoughts, ideas, fears, passions, and the list goes on. So too then, should the characters. Even though characters are not in fact real, they are meant to mimic those that are. Meaning, a writer needs to be aware of all of the qualities that their character possesses, even if one is rarely mentioned, these attributes will affect their actions at some point, in some way.

Therefore, when I’m going through my usual routines, I think about how my character would react to this or to that. I wonder, would they enjoy doing this, or would it irk them endlessly? These are the types of questions that should be answered while creating a role in a project, because it is vital to understand the character that you are trying to fabricate.

Well, that about wraps it up, for now. I hope at least one of my points will help you at some point down theย road.ย Good luck in your writing, today and everyday. May the force be with you.

Small Victories

In life, there are many times in which we can celebrate ourselves, or the accomplishments of others. There are some who believe that it’s only when we’ve “made it” that it should be a time for marking the achievements that follow. However, it takes time and effort to reach that point. It also takes a mountain of small victories to be able to launch an avalanche. So, why not start early?

No, this isn’t a post in favor of participation trophies, because I can already hear the grousing from those trouble makers in the back. You know who you are, so just please kindly slink away back to the dredges of society where you came from. Your negativity is not wanted here. Now, that we’ve got that covered, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Making it a point to commend yourself or others for a job well done, at certain stages, is important. It creates a habit, and habits once they are started, are very hard to break. So, rather than reminding yourself of all of your shortcomings, how about celebrating for the things that really matter?

For me, personally, some days it’s simply getting out of bed. With anxiety and depression permanently poisoning my brain on an almost constant basis, it takes effort some days to merely do that. To those who do not suffer from either of those, you cannot even imagine the pain it takes to fight against the voices in your head telling you that you aren’t good enough, and that you probably never will be. From my experience, celebrating my accomplishments, even just by myself, has helped combat my mental illness immensely.

So, I am in favor of building others up, mental illness or not, because at some point there will be someone who wishes to knock you down. How far you fall may not wholly be determined by you, but how you deal in the after math can be changed by a kind word, or a sincere compliment even. I know this all too well, because it is an almost daily cycle of picking myself up again after I’ve mentally fallen. Some days, it’s harder than others, admittedly. But, the fact that I am sitting here writing this post is proof enough that I’ve been doing something right, even after all that I’ve been through. Take that for what it’s worth.

XOXO

 

Of Returning and the Road Ahead

 

Current Time- 7:39 P.M.

Current Mood- Slightly frustrated, but determined.

Caffeine Level- Extremely low. I’m not quite sure that I can function much longer without my socially acceptable addiction.

Words Written in the Past 48 Hours- Less than 2,000. It’s pitiful, really.

So, it’s been an awful long time since I’ve logged into this blog. I feel like the last year or so has been more draining and hectic than a few others, but thankfully I survived the storm. In the time that I’ve been gone, a lot of stuff has gone on in my personal life. I’ve been working hard, as well as hardly working.

I managed to snag a job last year, in my dire time of need. I had a good run there, but some good things must come to an end. I’ve written more fanfiction, as well as sections of novels I hope to one day publish. Babies have been born, nuptials have occurred, and my little family of three has grown older. Life has continued on, with me tagging along for the ride.

Now, I’m back. I have no plans of going anywhere this time, as I crack down on myself, in an effort to progress further in my nearly non existent professional writing career. I should have done this ages ago, but the important point to remember is that I am now.

Next month is Camp NaNoWriMo, and it is my hope that I will be able to write at least 40,000 solid words on my first novel. It’s a fantasy, and something that I have been planning for ten years. The series it belongs to, I have, anyways. The actual book was tacked onto the whole series two months ago, but it is actually essential to the rest of the novels which will follow. Ah, the life of a writer.

In my quest to become a published author, I will sing and bitch about it all here accordingly, depending on where I’m at in the process of which work. Maybe one day, someone will realize how brilliant I am, and simply offer me a book contract on the spot. HAH! Now that’s just wishful thinking. However, I’ll still hold out hope.

Until next time, may your coffee be flowing, and your sleep adequate.

The Socially Awkward Writer Seeks Employment

Current Time- 12:02 a.m.

Current Mood- Relatively calm, while mildly anxious

Caffeine Level- Moderately low, after a wonderful high.

Words Written in the Past 48 Hours- Around 3,000 at the very least.

Life, it seems, really is filled with bends and twists. My better half is no longer employed, therefore I am venturing out into the world to find a means of acquiring funds. The difficulty with this journey is that I am wholeheartedly a socially awkward nerd. Does social anxiety count as a marketable skill? One could wish so, I suppose.

Just as with writing and blogging, I somehow must convince these managers that I am worth their time and fit to become their employee. While I’m altogether a fairly likable person as a whole, add in social anxiety and a whole host of other mental problems stemming from life events and uncontrollable DNA, and here I am wondering myself if I am legitimately the person for the job. Nevertheless, as a Slytherin, I hope I am able to carefully conceal all of this to reenter the grueling world that is retail. Wish me luck!

Writer Meets Life

Time: 9:19 a.m.

Mood: Hungry

Caffeine Level: Dangerously Low

Words Written Today: Nada

I’ve come to the conclusion that to make it anywhere in life, sometimes the best course to take is beginning anew. It may not always be easy, but if anyone works hard to reach their goals, it will be damn sure worth it. As J.K. Rowling once said, “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life,”ย Due to may different factors, here I am, at this point.

As a fledgling writer, with big dreams and even bigger bills to pay, I work a day job. One day I hope to make enough money where I can simply be at home with my family writing, not having to worry about whether or not the next customer will be the person to finally drive me over the edge. If you can’t tell by the previous statement that I work retail, maybe the varieties of alcohol in my fridge will convince you. Of course, the point at which I no longer have to work underpaid remains a long ways off, if ever.

Meandering through life, I have found that blogging about it makes it infinitely better. So, if you like me enjoy writing or listening to the ramblings of a twenty something born again blogger, stop on by. I promise a healthy balance between sanity, and my attempted disaster at cooking the Thanksgiving turkey for the second year of my marriage. We are given one life, and I intend to live it, pen at the ready.