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The Writer Within You

Today, I want to discuss something important. I want to talk about the writer inside you.

If you read one of my recent blog posts, then you know next year I want to focus purely on writing.

For too long, I stayed in the circle of my comfort zone, and I need to break away from its fence.

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And if you also want to write, I challenge you to the same. Once I asked everyone want type of writer they want to be. Do you want to be the writer known for one major series like J.K. Rowling, or do you want to be a prolific writer like Stephen King?

Before, I said I want to be a prolific writer because I have too many story ideas. In fact, I read an article titled “What Does it Mean to Be a ‘Prolific’ Writer?” on HuffPost.

The article said, “what I believe is the deeper definition of “prolific,” that is, the author’s existential need to continuously create parallel worlds out of the raw material of his imagination.”

When I read that, I decided that’s what I want to do. Of course, being a full-time fiction writer is the dream, but it doesn’t pay bills, sadly. Well, it can, but it’s not easy. Until then, I’m going to work on being a Technical Writer and freelance when I can. I’ve already talked to the man in my life about this, and he agrees I need to make more time to write.

Sometimes, I wish I was a faster writer, like a writer who can turn out a book every 2-3 months, but then my stories may suffer.

For now, I’m going to keep moving towards this goal. I’ve outlined my writing plan, and so far I have seven books to write, including some short stories.

I was never that writer with over 1M reads online, I never got asked to turn my books into a comic, but I’m determined to keep traveling towards my end goal.

The protagonists of our stories need to step out their comfort zones, so maybe we should as well. Great people in history fought on, despite the odds around them, and you can, too.

As the great Lisa Nichols says,

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For those who don’t know who Lisa Nichols is, she is a motivational speaker who started off poor, on welfare as a single mom at twenty-seven. Now, she is a millionaire who travels all over the world and encourages people to follow their dreams.

The funny this is, in high school, her English teacher said her writing was so bad, she wouldn’t be able to get a job. Well, she proved that teacher wrong. She is a New York Times bestselling author of the book “No Matter What!: 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love.” 

Surprisingly, a teacher in high school said the same thing to me, and now look, I’m a writer trying to get an agent next year!

So, please remember, don’t let other people shape your life. For too long, I’ve let other people shape my decisions, and I can’t do it anymore.

If you write, and I mean love to write, you know there is a writer in you. Let that writer out so your creativity can shine =)

Freedom!!

To end this post, can you tell me what your writing goals for 2018 are? Are you going to step out of your comfort zone?

Also, I made this yesterday! I hope you like it =)  This is the best image I’ve made so far!

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(note: images used in this post are not mine. I don’t own any of the stocks)

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My Return

I'm Back

Hey, everyone!

I didn’t mean to be MIA for so long, but my Vegas trip really tired my body out. I had a great time! I even got inspired to write a new short story that I may turn into something else later.

How is everyone doing? Sorry for the lack of updates. I do plan to update something soon, so I hope you’re ready to read some new content.

Also, I plan to get some artwork of my characters done again! Is there any particular character you want to see?

I’ll catch up with everyone soon.

Right now, I’m working on the following:

Planning my trip to Tokyo
– Learning Web Development, refreshing my Japanese, and working on Technical Writing
– Finalizing Clash of Tides and working on the second draft
– Reaching out to editors
– Plotting out 9/Nine Realms

Basically, I’ll be like

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What are you all working on?

PS. I still need to respond to comments, and I’ll do that soon.

 

Near the End (For Writers)

Last weekend, I started writing the Epilogue for Clash of Tides! Yes, the Epilogue! My first novel is almost complete, and this is how I feel right now (and I’m sure other writers have felt this way, too):

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I won’t lie; it feels good to almost be done with Clash of Tides, but at the same time, I’m sad. I’ve been with Elena on her journey, and I had my own journey, too. Clash of Tides has visited different writing websites, has had different readers, and ultimately, will be edited for submission to an agent.

It’s so strange to think how far I’ve come with this story and in my own writing journey. After years of frustration (including a year of dealing with some stuck-up writers), I’ve finally found writing websites that work for me (after talking with a fellow writer last night, I realize I’m tired of so many young adult stories. I guess that explains why Wattpad and me broke up; my stories are definitely not young adult). And, I’m also taking my first in-person writing class right now with other writers! It’s been, ugh, I can’t think of the words. A roller-coaster. Now since things are dropping into place, and I’ll be working on my next series soon, I feel like this:

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Even though the story is almost finished, I know there is still work to be done. Once I get the re-write and edits done, I plan to hire an editor! Ahh!! It’s so wild to think I’ll be getting my own editor. Many of you have done this before, but I’m super happy to finally be following my writing dreams. Also, in June, I plan to start my own freelance writing business, so there are big things ahead.

Now, enough about me, how are you all doing?

When you reach the end of your long stories, how do you feel? Do you start thinking about writing and editing, or do you start with the next idea in your head? I wanted to blog more about reaching the end of our novels, but I felt it would be more fun to discuss instead.

So, share with me your thoughts, everyone! If you are a published writer, how did it feel to finish your story and prepare it for publishing? I would love to read your thoughts!

Now, I am going to go plan out the next books in the Clash of Tides series. I still have two more books to write until I can finally type,

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Era of the Unicorn (For Writers)

Hey, everyone! I hope you liked the title for this post. I felt like discussing the mystical unicorn today.

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For those who don’t know what it is, it’s that unique, amazing, just brand new out of this world idea that’s going to get you rich and famous. You know, that premise you discovered, and everyone is asking, “How did you come up with that?! Tell me your secret!”

Yep, that’s the unicorn. These days, it seems everyone is chasing it: artist, musicians, tech start-ups (programmers), and of course, writers. It’s funny, actually. I never heard the term “unicorn” until I moved to Silicon Valley. In just my first two months of meeting people here, I heard of the unicorn. In the group I was with, two programmers were going on a quest to find the unicorn. Their stead wasn’t a horse, but a smartphone app they designed. Now, this post isn’t about becoming a successful start-up, but it’s about how as writers, we are hunting that unicorn.

For writers, our unicorn is a unique story idea that hasn’t been done before, or it’s a story that captures readers like they wouldn’t believe. In today’s society, we’ve already seen the writers who caught the unicorn.

Writers like:

Stephen King
E. L James (I know, but she still found it)
J. K Rowling
Brandon Sanderson
Alice Walker

And the list goes on. With the unicorn, you end up here:

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However, don’t forget that for every successful writer, there are probably hundreds of unlucky ones. This post isn’t to discourage you, but to keep things in perspective. We shouldn’t spend all our time searching for that unicorn. More than likely, we won’t find her. Instead, we should write our stories the way we want and see if the unicorn finds us.

Also, remember, “Writers shouldn’t follow trends, they should set them.” My creative writing teacher said that.

In a tech article titled “Finding the Next Billion-Dollar Company,” Bill Barnett said, “Want to find the next unicorn? Listen to where the buzz is coming from and run the other way. I can’t tell you who will be the next unicorn, but I can tell you it will come from where we least expect it.

(article link: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/finding-next-billion-dollar-company)

So, to my fellow writers, stay true to yourself and the story you want to write. When I see other writers online copying cliches or writing what is already popular, they are following the buzz, not looking the other way.

For Clash of Tides, I honestly felt I found my unicorn, but alas, I didn’t. However, that won’t stop me from working on new stories.

Maybe, one day, the unicorn will find me.

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Question: For your stories, did you ever feel you found the unicorn? When you realized you didn’t, what did you do?

(Please note: I will respond to my comments soon. I’m behind with my writing for contest and submissions. Also, the full chapter 21 will be posted this week!)

Please tell me your thoughts!

I’ve Returned!

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Hey, everyone! How has your week been? Well, I’m finally back from my trip. For those who are interested, I went to Sedona, AZ with my family. From there, we did the tourist thing and saw the Grand Canyon.

Honestly, the trip was awesome! It was peaceful looking at the red mountains and listening to the water flowing. If I ever decide to make a writer’s retreat, it will be in Sedona.

During my trip, I reflected on who I am and where I want to take my life. Sometimes, we need to break that daily grind to think about our own selves and desires. My biggest goal for the rest of the year is to have no more self-doubt. A fellow writer on Writing.com told me “If people tell you your writing is good, believe them.”

Now, I think the worst thing a writer can do is receive praise for their work and not believe their readers (fans). That’s exactly what I did, and I won’t be doing it anymore.

Also! I came up with so many story ideas while on my trip. I can’t wait to write some new stories and blog posts. Here are some pictures I took:

Also, I wrote a poem about my experience:

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As I stood on the rusty colored dirt road,
my eyes were fixated on the scene before me.

Giant rocks, as they formed through the ages,
captured my sight and entranced me.

Their shapes were mountainous, scary,
but they held an alluring beauty.

Under the desert sun, my worries emptied,
and I reflected on my reason for being.

For I am a writer, and the written word is my course,
and bringing worlds to life is my path.

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Next week, I plan to post the following:
Book Review (a fellow blogger’s story)
Chapter 21 of COT
New blog post

Here is my to-do list for the rest of March:
– Write my entry for the Short Shots contest (Writing.com) 
– Finish my prep month (Profile showcase for Writing.com) 
– Upload the revised chapters for 9/Nine Realms (For review on Writing.com) 
– Write my next short story for publication (Submissions!) 
– Sign up for my Creative Writing class for April

Question: When readers tell you your work is good, do you believe them? (Of course, there is always room for improvement, but do YOU believe your stories are good when readers say it?)

Visualizing Your Stories (For Writers)

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Hey, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend =)

Unfortunately, I’ve been sick these past two days, but I’m slowly getting better. Thanks to everyone who commented on my last blog post! It was neat to see how everyone handles another writer’s success. Also, I want to thank those who encourage me to keep on writing :3 It’s kind of you to care about me and comment on my blog.

Today, I want to talk about a method I use for my writing.

If you read my stories, or if you used to read my stories (yes, I know they are no longer available), then you may notice I’m a slow writer. The truth is, yes, I am a slow writer. However, there is a reason I take forever to write a chapter. This method may seem strange to some, but it’s something I feel makes my stories better.

Ok, I’m sure you’re wondering what the method is? Well, I visualize everything as if it were a TV show, anime, or movie. I play out the chapter in my head like a visual medium. Honestly, as writers, we know if a movie or TV show is bad. If I visualize the chapter and see that some scenes or dialogue doesn’t make sense, I scrap it. Because of this process, it takes me a while to get everything down in words. When I visualize the chapter, I do everything – and I mean everything: dialogue, description, and setting.

In other words, if I can’t imagine it, then I don’t write it. To explain further, I’ll use an example. You know when you are watching a movie, and certain scenes don’t seem right? It’s like, why would the character say that? Or what’s the point of the characters doing that quest? It’s the same type of idea. If it doesn’t flow well like a movie (or in my case, more an anime), then the idea isn’t working. When I was writing the end of Clash of Tides, I actually had this problem. Elena’s story became so delicate, I needed to make sure I wrote it realistically. The same applies to my newest story, Battle of the Five Kings, which is a dark, high fantasy story.

However, sometimes (and it’s rare), I don’t need to imagine what I’m writing first. Recently, I wrote this 100-word prompt, and it’s gotten excellent reviews on Writing.com so far.

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She couldn’t resist him any longer. His touch was divine, his form was perfection, and his voice was like slink caressing her skin.

He leaned in closer, brushing his lips against her caramel flesh and ebony locks. With slow movements, he journeyed with kisses from her neck to her ear. He whispered, “Lana, may I have you?” His deep voice echoed in her skull, and her defenses were invaded.

His wings fluttered, flickering with delight and then quickly encased her, bringing her body to his.

He was her angel, but she was his sin.

“Yes, Uriel, I’m yours,” she moaned.

~ 100 Words

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When I wrote the above, I was free writing, so I didn’t imangine it first. The good thing, though, is we have various bad examples of visual storytelling. Mainly, bad movies.

Overall, I do enjoy sitting for a good thirty minutes and just daydreaming about my world. However, I have to make sure I don’t fall into the trap of Maladaptive Daydreaming. You can learn more here: Maladaptive Daydreaming – What is it?

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I hope you found this post helpful!

What methods do you use to plan out your chapters?

(Sorry for any grammar or spelling mistakes. I’m still high off cough medicine)

Happy New Years!!!

Hey, everyone!

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Sorry, I haven’t been posting as much, but I’ve been trying to get back into that writing mode. One of my major goals for next year is to enter a writing contest and publish something. I know I won’t be able to publish one of my stories, but I’m hoping to at least publish a short story.

Also, eight months ago I started this blog, and I’m almost at 1000 followers. That’s awesome! Thank you for supporting me in 2016, and I want to keep writing the posts that helped this blog to grow. And to do that, I want to write what you all enjoy.

Next year, I’m going to focus on blog posts with writing advice, writer problems, and encouragement. And if there are any topics you want me to cover, please let me know.

This blog has gone through so many changes, and it’s still changing. Thanks so much for reading about my crazy writing life. I hope next year, me, and all of us, accomplish more of our writing goals. Be positive, be happy, sit in front of that computer (or notebook), and write to your heart’s desire!!!

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or, if this is you

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it’s ok, you’ll get that writing muse back!

So from me (and all my characters):

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

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P.S. Clash of Tides will officially be done in 2017! Let the dreaded rewrite begin.