Oh That Writer’s Phase!

 

I don’t know about you but I’ve been in a funk lately. And it’s not just the usual I-can’t-think-of-anything-to-write phase. It’s more like the you-suck-and-everything-you-write-sucks-hahaha-you-loser kind of funk.

To be honest, the only thing that’s keeping me from embracing that funk is the fact that if I don’t write I won’t earn any money. If that happens, well, let’s just say that my piling bills and life in general will be unkind.

I’ll probably end up as a beggar just after a week-long sabbatical.

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A Day In The Life Of A Writer

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Day: Tuesday
Date: January 7, 2014

10:35 AM Dollar sat on my face, rudely interrupting my date with a guy who could give Ian Somerhalder a run for his money.

10:36 AM Quick cuddle with my dog. Smiled into space, recalling the hot date vividly. Realized it was just a dream. Smile deflated.

10:40 AM Checked e-mails. Client A hadn’t paid for the work done yet. It’s been 24hours. Felt a sense of panic (read: Paranoia). Did something bad happen to Client A? Hoped not. There are still bills to pay.

11:00 AM Dragged my feet out of bed. Continue reading

That Bloody POV

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It’s that part of the writing process again. You’ve already set the plot in motion. You already have your characters in place. One thing’s left to decide on: the story’s POV.

Every writer who write short stories, novels, or any type of prose knows this. The narrative point of view is essential to convey the plot to the readers.

Because really, how are we supposed to move the story forward without using a character POV?

I don’t know about you. But I prefer to use the first person narration than the third person view. Don’t get me wrong. Third person narration is pretty cool too. In fact, I use it in my ghostwriting projects.

But there’s something about the first person view that allows me to connect to the character on a more personal level. Like the character and I are one and the same. Like I’m actually living their life.

Which is depressing. Because my life is nowhere near their life’s level of coolness.

But depressing or not, that’s one of the best aspects of being a writer. You can create your own world, weave magical stories, and give birth to interesting and multi-faceted (read: bipolar) characters.

Ah, pure joy…

Or it’s just really depressing.

Though whatever POV I use, I tend to put a little of myself into the characters I write. Especially the female ones. So if you ever come across a couple books with crazy, paranoid, OC, and anthropophobic characters, I’ve probably ghostwritten them.

So what about you? Which POV do you prefer?

Oh That Writer’s Block!

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Image from Ladies Who Critique

 

“I put the folder on top of the desk, intending to leave it there when I noticed my boss’s hand dangling from the chair……”

And then what? I stared at my computer screen and watched as the cursor blinked, one hand hovering above the keyboard, the other picking my nose. Poised to type the next phrase.

But nothing.

Not a short phrase.

Not even a single effin’ word.

(Insert a series of expletives here.)

Writer’s block. How do I even begin to explain this disease that had been plaguing writers since the day they learned how to write? But seeing how I couldn’t even finish a single sentence in my comedy-slash-suspense-slash-chick lit novel, it was probably best to just leave it at that.

And from the looks of it, I need to do the same thing to my novel too. For now, at least. Though it baffles me that I still managed to write this post despite the onslaught of the dreaded condition. Well, fuck it. It gave me an excuse to blog, didn’t it?

So tell me, how do you even get out from this black hole without falling prey to procrastination and laziness?

I mean, writer’s block is just the worst. Well, next to revision. I don’t know about you but whenever the revision process rears its ugly head, I always develop the urge to write the whole thing all over again. Never mind that I’ve already written a good 10,000 words. It seems like I just can’t get it right. Like there’s a huge “CRAP” written all over it.

But guess what? While I was in the middle of procrastinating and writing this blog post (What can I say? Old habits die hard), I stumbled upon this Wikipedia’s description of writer’s block. And I quote:

“It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite.”

Well I’ll be damned.

Okay that may or may not lifted my spirit up a bit. But it sure did give me an epiphany (See? Procrastination can be a blessing to others too). Apparently whenever I see my work as a piece of shit, it’s actually just the writer’s block doing it’s magic.

Let me try that again.

Hmmm….

Mmmmm…

….Nah, it’s really a piece of shit

Of Laziness And Writing

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“Ohmigod, Madz! You’re so lazy!”

“Ohmigod, will you shut up?”

Basically, that’s me and my conscience arguing. But before you freak out and start screaming “Crazy bitch!” at me, let me just clarify that I don’t normally talk to myself out loud. So I guess it’s safe to say that I still haven’t crossed that one line which separates sanity from full-on frenzy. Yet.

But that’s already bordering to Too Much Information kind of charter so let’s not discuss it again.

The point is, no matter how annoying my conscience could get, it’s still telling the truth. The truth that keeps smacking me in the face: I’m 110% lazy. Something I’ve come to terms with ever since I started my writing career.

You’d say procrastination. I’d say laziness. But fuck it. This is my blog.

So in honor of my laziness, I decided to start blogging again. Kidding. I created this blog so I have an excuse to return to blogosphere. Which I have been putting off for a long time in favor of being lazy.

Minus the guilt trip, laziness can be a lot of fun. Especially when it allows me to creep up on that random Facebook friend who has the habit of taking her relationship woes to social media. Or how it gives me the privilege to stay up-to-date to two strangers’ ongoing Twitter War. Did I mention I’m such a gossip too? No wonder I barely get things (read: writing) done every week. That’s how hopeless my case is.

But as they say, “Some good things never last.” That said, I decided to bid my laziness ado. Though it’s still debatable whether I could stick to it or not.

Until I’m done writing my chick lit novel perhaps?

Anyway, how does “Productivity A Day Challenge” sound?

Hahah. I’ll keep you posted.

Xx

The Lazy Writer