Outline? What outline?

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For the past five years or so, I’ve been jumping headfirst into NaNoWriMo without warning. I don’t know what I’m going to write until the last minute and when I finally decide on what story I’m going to write, I simply dive in. I know that it’s dangerous to work without an outline, but that’s the thrill of it! 

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Although by the time I start putting words on paper, the story starts dictating itself so I’m rarely ever surprised when I complete a story. I like taking clichés and ideas and turning them into something completely new and exciting, and I am hoping to achieve the same result with Dangerous Obsession.

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Writing by process of discovery is my forte because novel outlining does not work for me. The characters always seem to take over and then I am forced to abandon the outline, therefore, I don’t ever feel guilty about not outlining. When I used to outline my work, I felt as if I was the translator sitting down to tell the story I already know and it was not fun. I found out that I love discovering my characters as I go along rather than thoroughly sketching them. Case in point: when I started writing, it started with the character I call Ray da Díxon and because I did not thoroughly sketch him, I went back to revisit this character and created an identical twin for him. And because I did not thoroughly sketch them, I still discover new things about them every time I write stories around them.

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I write wherever I am in the story, whether it’s the beginning, the middle, or even the end. Sometimes I know what comes next, sometimes I don’t, but that’s the beauty of not outlining, at least for me, because the less I know, the more I discover as I write. 

Remember, whether we outline or not, writing is a process. 

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DISCLAIMER: I am not here to preach about how to write to other writers. What works for me may not work for others. Writers should find their own process of creating a story and if it’s ridiculous? Eh, who cares? The most important thing is that it works for you.

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Shipping

Good evening/night/afternoon/morning.

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I hope that all is well and that you’re having a TERRIFIC day! Today, we’re going to talk about shipping. 

Someone once said that when readers/fans start shipping your characters, that’s when a writer know that he/she has touched the lives of their readers. As endearing as that might sound, I am still on the fence about this. However, my friends ship two of my characters’ relationship. They call it the greatest fictional relationship that they’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. If I wasn’t the writer, I probably would’ve shipped them too!

However, not everyone knows what shipping is and thus! This post was born.

LET’S TALK ABOUT SHIPPING 

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Shipping is derived from the word ‘relationship’. It involves imagining relationships between two (sometimes more) fictional characters from a book, TV show or movie. So, basically, shippers take two characters (sometimes more), put them in a relationship (even if they’re not in one), bequeath them a shipping name, squeal uncontrollably because they can’t control their emotions, and write fan fictions about them.

Sometimes, we unknowingly ship couples. For instance, you’re watching a TV show and you’re like ‘Aww, they’re so cute, I wish they were together.’ And just like that, shipping is born!

Fandoms ship ANYTHING and EVERYTHING and you don’t want to mess with some of these crazy fandoms.

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So the question is: Are you a shipper?

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I ship things, but I am not that bad. If you want to find out who/what I ship, tune in next week for ‘I’m Going Down With This Ship’. 🙂

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I write because I can

I’m often asked why I write if I don’t intend to publish a few books at least. Here’s the thing: I like writing. Like, really like writing, but for fun and not profit. Mom doesn’t understand this. She thinks I should be making a career out of writing. My sisters are pestering me to complete a proper novel. My friends and colleagues are no better. They think I should look into publishing.

However, I prefer to sit in front my laptop for hours on end and create stories without being pressured. It doesn’t mean I like writing no less. I’ve had an article published in a local magazine a few years ago and I’ve had research material published for the college’s library where I work. I have tons of incomplete material that I’m currently pouring over. Most basically ends up in the trash for I just can’t see them being made into complete novels and I’ve chopped some down to poems.

I may not have a story on hand that can be a potential bestseller, and I may not have publishing on my mind, but I enjoy writing and sharing my stories. They maybe faulty, inconsistent, and grammatically incorrect, but they’re my stories and I am proud of them. Even if it’s just one person reading my story, I feel blessed for I do not write to please people. I write for me.

With my stories, I tend to open the door to a temporary new world where I can get lost and be the boss of whatever I create. Lately, I’ve been watching the content I write though. I’ve toned down the passionate sensual nature I’ve been known for in the past. There maybe a little bit of sexy going on in some of the stories, but no ‘R’ rated material. 

I write because I can and because I love to. Why do you write?

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Calling all writers: James Patterson teaches writing

Best-selling author James Patterson prepares to teach a lesson in his writing MasterClass

James Patterson is hosting a writing class via masterclass.com. The current world’s best-selling author will teach you how to create characters, write dialogue and keep readers turning the page. Patterson will guide you through EVERY part of the book writing process. Yes, that includes publishing. There are 22 video lessons in total, assignments, and one can submit their rough drafts and assignments for feedback from other students taking the class and if you’re lucky, from James himself.

The best thing about this class is that it never expires and you can take it at your own pace.

Sounds exciting right? Plus, it’s the world’s best-selling author who just happens to be my all-time favorite author. I am hoping to sign up for this class soon.

Interested? Visit masterclass.com for further information and find out how to apply.

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Do you write every day?

Au pays des Bisounours.

I have many writing projects in various stages (even handwritten ones!), but I just can’t seem to complete any of them at the moment. At the beginning of the year, I had promised to share raw unedited excerpts from my NaNoWriMo winner, A Slim Chance at Love, but I have a confession to make: I haven’t picked it up ever since. It’s something I tend to do. For example, I started working on my first novel back in 2010 and when I completed the first draft, I left it sitting there for six years before finally giving it all of my attention.

As a writer, we’re expected to write every day because it makes good practice, but lately, I’ve been struggling to write even if it’s just one sentence.

Sometimes I get up and go ‘I have a good feeling about this’, but due to fatigue I go back to bed and call it a day. I think this is the reason why my writing is suffering. The upside is that I have good friends and they’ve been encouraging and motivating me by giving me little prompts here and there and giving me honest feedback be it good or bad.

I used to be angry whenever I skip a day or two of no writing, but now, I’ve accepted that it’s okay if I don’t write every day once I make up for it on the weekend.

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Write

All I have is
Imagination, wonder
Comes rain
Comes thunder
Never stop,
Never surrender!!

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Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

Write till
your hand bleeds
Moving fingers
Mind feeds
Do you care
If no one reads

Crazy words
without chains
Thoughts to
make you Insane
Whether you lose
Or you gain

All I have is
Imagination, wonder
Comes rain
Comes thunder
Never stop,
Never surrender!!

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