Inspiration Schminspiration

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You know those times when you can write smoothly without the need for any inspiration? Yeah, me neither.

The truth is I can’t write without getting inspired. Not even a single word. Color me lame, but I still need the nod of approval of the muse of inspiration to get me cracking.

I still need to hear her say, “Go for it, girl. You can do it!

Yep. I also talk to my muse. We’re besties that way.

But aside from my favorite muse, I also get inspiration from other authors. Learn a thing or two from their writing style and take notes on how they approach character development. Nothing like learning from the experts to get motivated.

Lucky for me though, inspiration comes easy. Regardless of where I was at the time.

In my bed…
At the coffee shop…
In the shower…
In the grocery store…

Just random places. And most of the time, there’s no pen and paper in sight. I’ll say, sometimes, inspiration is a bitch.

Just want to let you know, Chapter 4 is live!

Lacey’s Murder Case (A Lacey Thompson Humor Mystery) Chapter 4:

We quietly looked on as George’s body was being wheeled outside the glass doors, the last of the Crime Scene Unit leaving the Amari offices.
My boss was really dead. No use denying it.

I stood there as everybody started chattering about the incident. When a loud wailing sound rose above the noise, we all scrambled to check the source…Read more here!

Other parts:

For the Prologue, click here!
For Chapter 1, click here!
For Chapter 2, click here!
For Chapter 3, click here!



That Writer’s Separation Anxiety

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You know that bittersweet feeling you get when you finished a project that you’ve been working on for weeks? Months even?

Bitter, because it’s over. Sweet, because you can finally move on the next one.

But what the hell, right? It’s just a project. You map it out. You do it. You check for errors. Then finish it. Voila! You’re done.

But what if you became emotionally invested in the said project? What if you fell in love with the characters involved in it? The characters you wrote yourself. The characters you can only hope that you crafted well, flawed as they may be. The characters that you have to say goodbye to. And don’t get started with the plot.

Weird, right? Like you need to give people another reason to think that writers are cray-cray. Like you didn’t have enough quirks and eccentricities to deal with.

But you feel it just the same. You feel sentimental. Possessive even.

But you have to finish it and let go. Because you know every story has an end. And it’s time you give yours.

But maybe, just maybe, you can hold on a little longer. Until it’s time to set it free…

Now, for another shameless plugging, Chapter 3 is out!

Lacey’s Murder Case (A Lacey Thompson Humor Mystery) Chapter 3:

The following morning, I pulled up in front of my office building with ten minutes to spare. A little earlier than my usual schedule. Partly to make up for my being late yesterday and partly because I had a good night’s sleep, despite the interruption of an unwanted visitor. So good I hadn’t got the time to think about my dad’s proposal. Well, it wasn’t like time was running out or anything, right? Besides, it’s probably best to give myself a few more days to think it over. Especially when my job was involved…..Read more here!

Other parts:

For the Prologue, click here!
For Chapter 1, click here!
For Chapter 2, click here!

Book Recommendations: Light Chick Lit Reads

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I love reading! Well, no shit. I’m a writer. I think.

But seriously, is there any writer out there who doesn’t love to read? At all? I’d sure love to meet one.

Because everyone knows that with writing comes reading. It is through reading that, we, writers draw inspiration to write. It’s how we improve our craft. Right?

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Hey, I’m Back!!!

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Hello there! It’s been a couple months since my last post. Crazy, right?

Well, what can I say? I won’t be a lazy writer for nothing. Kidding. I’ve been really busy these past few months. It’s not easy being a virtual assistant and freelance writer at the same time. Okay, throw procrastination into the mix. And you’ll get blogging hiatus.

Hopefully, I’ll be back to regular blogging from here on out. But I’m not promising anything (see the lazy writer reference). I’ll do my best.

Anyway, so much has happened while I was M.I.A.

On a wider scale, Philippines isn’t so lucky this year. There’s the biggest corruption scandal, devastating earthquake, and the recent super typhoon Haiyan that wrecked havoc on some parts of our country. Truly heartbreaking, that one.

On a not so wider scale, I finally managed to publish the first Chapter of the novel I’ve been writing for months (Yay me!). Just the first chapter because I’m taking my sweet time to edit the rest and due to the fact that I’m publishing it through Wattpad. Hopefully, it’s one step closer to publishing on Kindle.

Here’s the synopsis….

The Murder Case (A Lacey Thompson Humor Mystery)

Who knew dismissing a phone call as a prank was the biggest mistake a person could make? Lacey Thompson was about to learn this lesson the hard way. Driven by guilt that it’s her fault why her boss was killed, Lacey took it upon herself to solve the mystery murder.

Now Lacey must step out of her comfort zone and venture into the trail of a mysterious killer, all the while crossing a few things off her to-do list:

• Deal with a capricious and uber sensitive father

• Dodge a crazy ex-boyfriend

• Ditch a dumb sidekick wannabe

• And convince the hot homicide detective that it was a murder case, not suicide.

Sounds like a good plan….

But could she find out who the killer was before the killer learns what she’s up to?

You can read it here:

If you want separate parts:

For the Prologue, click here!
For Chapter 1, click here!
For Chapter 2, click here!
For Chapter 3, click here!

Let me know what you think. But just so you know, it’s my first published work. So go easy on me, k?

Adverbs Schmadverbs

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Adverb is not your friend, they said. Use it only when needed, they said.

Oh but I love Adverbs. Passionately. Irrevocably. Undeniably.

Because they make the dialogue more vivid and the description more, well, descriptive.

She glanced at the pair of brightly colored birds on the sidewalk, happily pecking away at the scattered bread crumbs.


But as the Teenage Writer puts it:

Because, while they are useful, they often clutter prose. The two things that drive your prose are your verbs and your nouns. Those must be as good as they can be. Too often we rely on adverbs and adjectives to help “move” our prose along, making the verbs and nouns weak. 

Crap. Guilty as charged on the last part.

Fine then. From now on, I’ll use Adverbs sparingly……

Oh wait.

Kissing Scenes And Love Scenes

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Could a kissing scene leading to the love scene be this simple?

She kissed him. He kissed her back. They had sex.

See? Really simple.

But no. You have to make it romantic, passionate, believable. In short, you need to squeeze every ounce of creativity inside you to churn out the right words for that scene.

You have to write each movement like it mattered.

And the feelings. Yes, the feelings.

But hey, maybe that last smooch session you had could count as an inspiration. First hand experience rocks, right? *Wink, wink*

Ah, love scene. That bloody, tricky scene.

The first time I wrote a love scene, I felt like some sort of voyeur, watching a couple go at it inside my head. I had to make the words and phrases believable.

Which means the made-up scene I mentally played had to be vivid, clear, life-like. Like they’re practically in front of me.

I’m pretty sure that the love scene I put into paper went past romantic and ended up as a creepy, borderline porn scene.

Love scene =  my least favorite part to write

Maybe I need to get some pointers from E L James?


Let me get back to you on that.