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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Short Story Challenge

Happy 2015, everybody! 😀 I found out from Anna Lee about a 24 hour short story writing challenge on Liam Wood’s blog, so here’s my attempt!

Warning: Unedited, can have grammatical errors, & is definitely chock full of clichés. Character names not thought out. And last thing- the plot wasn’t thought out. At all. So I basically started writing without a plan & went where the story seemed to take me.

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I couldn’t sleep. Even after a long, tiring day of classes and all the drama that had gone down during lunch, I couldn’t sleep. This managed to amuse me, but nothing could prepare me for all the amusement that was heading my way that night (or, should I say, morning, considering that it was almost 1 am).

I climbed out of bed & instantly groaned as my feet hit the floor, sending a stabbing pain through my right calf & knee. I mentally cursed myself for what felt like the billionth time for not having walked away from the scene in the cafeteria without managing to hit my right leg on a nearby chair (although I don’t think that making a graceful exit would’ve helped my case much, since I’d already supposedly messed up enough, but at least my leg wouldn’t have been hurting). Continue reading

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,

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