Being a Writer – Expectations vs. Reality (Part 1)

Being a writer is weird. Absolutely weird. And then there are some things that you expect will happen (or go a certain way), but they just don’t. Warning – It will probably seem a bit over-dramatized.

WRITING HABITS

Expectation –

*types furiously*

*pauses*

*takes a sip of coffee*

*resumes typing furiously*

<< 2000 words later >>

“I really should write another 1000 words, and then I can take a little break!”

Reality –

*writes 20 words*

“Oh my, I’ve written so much! I think it’s time for a well deserved break!”

*goes on Pinterest for 4 hours*

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Butterbeer, mug decoration & more

Okay, so I know that I’m quite  extremely late in updating about my Autumn Bucket List’14, but I’ll try & cover up everything in the following week, so……yeah. Let’s get on with this.

And a quick little announcement – If you read my previous posts related to my A.B.L.’14, you’ll probably remember that I said that camp got cancelled. Anyways, they cancelled the plan of cancelling the camp & I was able to go. Yay! It was amazing. And I’ll further talk about this later, in one of my next posts.

#2. Make some butterbeer.

I found a recipe for butterbeer on Pinterest, & I attempted to make it. To be honest, the end result was quite good, though I would like to try the actual butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter someday.

This is the recipe I found on Pinterest.

This is the recipe I found on Pinterest.

Brewing...*add cauldron-y bubbling noises here*

Brewing…*add cauldron-y bubbling noises here*

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After brewing.

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And then I decided to add my initial with cinnamon powder.

As I mentioned above, it was good, but I really should have put in a little less sugar, because it was too sweet for my taste. And see the mug? *minion voice* Heeheeeheeeheeeheee. Banana!

#13. Decorate a ceramic mug for use during NaNo.

 I found a picture on Pinterest (the first pic) & I tried to recreate it. And sorry for the bad picture quality. I forgot to focus in & didn’t realize that XD

I tried to recreate this.

        I tried to recreate this.

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The mug – BEFORE

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….AFTER.

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I added this detail after I saw a similar thing somewhere on the net. Cute, isn’t it? 😉

#14. Participate in NaNoWriMo.

I did participate & I did manage to win. My word-count goal was 20K words. And I finished NaNo in 29 days, because on the morning of 30th November I had to go to camp.

My participant badge.

My participant badge.

And my winner's badge.

And my winner’s badge.

#36. Make a leaf crown.

I have ABSOLUTELY no idea why I put this on my list, but so it goes. I didn’t even wear it. Making it was kinda fun, but also a bit irritating, because the leaves JUST. WOULDN’T. STICK. Here’s some advice – don’t ever try to glue leaves together using a hot glue gun. And once again, an out of-focus-picture. You’re welcome.

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Zee leaf crown. Woohoo.

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I’m tired of typing. I’ll publish another blog post within a few days 🙂

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Until next time,

Briar

Poopaye! (It’s goodbye in banana/minion language.)

Brewing with Briar (Ep.1) – NaNoWriMo Cuppa

INTRO TO BREWING WITH BRIAR

Okay, so I’m starting a series called Brewing with Briar.

So we’re almost halfway through NaNoWriMo, & even though I had all these amazing ideas about stuff to post during NaNoWriMo, I didn’t, because I’m lagging behind (and yep, writing this blog post is a form of procrastination). Anyways, here is the recipe for my NaNoWriMo cuppa, & even though I’d planned to post this about a week ago, I’ll post it now, because better late than never, right? Right. Let’s roll.

Stuff you’ll need

  • Milk (or water, whatever you like)
  • Coffee (this is kind of obvious, but still)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla essence
  • Sugar (optional)

Procedure

(Fair warning: get ready for a weird mix of normal, Shakespearean & accented English, along with a dash of French, as my subconscious has gone crazy because of trying to juggle NaNo, old English poems & conjugations in French, & it won’t let me post in plain normal English)

  • Heat up zee milk (or water).
  • Add zee coffee according to thou taste.
  • Repeat step 2 avec le cocoa powder, vanilla essence & sugar.
  • Mix it all up, & um, yeah, your NaNo cuppa’s ready 🙂

Dracula’s Evil Ways of Hitting the Word Count in NaNoWriMo

Here’s how to increase your word count goal in NaNoWriMo.

Dracula’s Evil Ways of Hitting the Word Count

(Although the evilness of this is certainly questionable.)

  • Block the backspace. Put some red tape on it, place a spider on it (Ron Weasley, you hearing me?), grow some poison ivy on it, I don’t know.
  • Write out the full form of everything. Be it POV or RAM (Though I’m pretty sure you won’t be using Random Access Memory in your novel).
  • Whatever you do, DON’T EDIT during NaNo. It will take up precious time, in which you could be writing. You procrastinate enough during NaNo as it is.

Don’t lie, I know you do.

  • On a related note, you can shut up that Inner Editor with chocolate. See, it’s a win-win situation; you get to eat lots of chocolate, & you save time by not editing.
  • Tell A HELLA LOT OF PEOPLE that you’re doing NaNo. That way, you’ll get more motivated to write, because, if you don’t win, then they get the right to tease you about it till the next NaNo. Trust me, this totally works.
  • Also, remember to tell those people who will motivate you (& scold you when you start procrastinating).
  • Utilize Friday nights. *checks calendar* See, you’re getting 4 Fridays this NaNo season. You can get a lot of writing done on Friday nights, because 1) you can stay up late because no school/work the next day, 2)hence, you also don’t have to do homework, 3)Fridays have this comforting feel which makes writing so much easier.

(Okay now the tips start getting obvious)

  • If you feel too sleepy to stay up late writing, instead of taping up your eyelids, it’s better to go to sleep & wake up early the next day to write.
  • DON’T PUT OFF YOUR HOMEWORK OR PROJECTS. Do them as soon as you get home, so you can write later without the burden of uncompleted work in your mind.
  • If you reach your word count goal of the day & still have the time & energy, continue writing. Some days, you might not get the time to write AT ALL, so at least you won’t be lagging behind too much.

That’s about it. If you have any NaNoWriMo related posts on your blog, tell me!

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Getting excited for NaNoWriMo,

Briar