Blogging

Blogging Is Not Easy

So I haven’t been blogging as much lately.

Sometimes, I can’t seem to push the publish button. I’m too hard on myself. In some ways, I expect perfection even though nothing will ever be perfect, especially these short, informal, personal blog posts.

My creativity has left me these days. I realize I’m not operating on an optimal level because I don’t get enough sleep.

I hope this phase ends sooner rather than later. I don’t know how other bloggers do it. I have no idea how I’ve managed for the past five years.

I’m not giving up, but going forward, I’ll be blogging less.

As much as I want to make all my hobbies a priority, this blog isn’t the biggest one right now.

I’m coming to terms with the fact I can’t do everything, but I can do a few things well.

Blogging is not easy. It’s hard. And life happens. That said, I’ll try to enjoy the process and embrace the challenges.

Writing

Some Reasons Why I Write

I write because I cannot not write. I have voices in my head that won’t leave me alone. They want their voice heard, their story told.

I write because I hope others will relate to my characters. I want my words to resonate with them, so they feel less alone.

I write because I fell in love with writing. And every day I fall more in love. I’m reminded time and time again why I started.

I write for myself. For my own sake and sanity.

I write to find who I am. I’d be lost without writing.

I write to make sense of what I’m thinking or how I’m feeling. I don’t always know what I think until I get my thoughts down.

I write because it’s challenging. I like the challenge of creating. I want to push my creativity and expand my imagination.

I write to document and to record the moments I want to remember.

I write so I don’t forget. So I have a reminder of where I’ve been.

I write even when I don’t know what to say. Eventually, I figure out what I do.

I write because I believe the power of words. The right ones can change the world.

I write because I can. I’m lucky enough to be able to.

I write what I want. I get to make my own rules and break them if I so choose.

I write because I can’t imagine myself doing anything else in the world and enjoying it half as much.

Blogging

Why I Love Blogging

I love blogging. Here’s why:

The community

To be honest, when I first embarked on this journey, I never expected to meet such lovely people from around the world. As always, thank you for the continued support. You’ve inspired me more to keep going.

The challenge

I’ve come to realize that I enjoy being challenged. It’s nice to express myself and exercise my imagination. Obviously, some days are tougher than others, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The control

I like calling the shots and doing things my way. So I get to take the credit when I succeed. But I also take the fall when I fail. I don’t want to blame anyone else for my failures.

The creativity

I get to experiment all the time. Going forward, I aspire to be even more creative, especially with my fiction and poetry. I’m still learning to trust the process.

What do you love about blogging?

School · Writing

How To Write And Win Essay Based Scholarships

I'm not an expert by any means, but I've written my share of essays for school and scholarships.

These are my tips to increase your chances of standing out and possibly winning a scholarship.

Apply for them.

You can't win if you don't apply. Was it Einstein who said, "common sense isn't always common practice" or was it another intelligent human being? Either way, the point stands.

Brainstorm ideas.

You need to write about something. So having a couple topics to explore can't hurt. Obviously, you'll want to pick the best one and run with it.

Cut the unoriginal.

Be different, interesting. After all, sometimes you're judged on creativity or originality.

Don't repeat the essay prompt.

I'm not keen on telling people what not to do, but imagine reading 999 entries that started off by restating the prompt.

Easy reading means hard editing.

Give yourself enough time to edit your essay. At the very least, put it aside for a few days, so when you come back to your work, you see the words with fresher eyes. Even several hours between writing and editing can do wonders.

Follow the rules.

Do what's asked. Provide any necessary documentation. You might be disqualified otherwise.

Grind through it.

At times, you may feel tempted to give up. Keep going. You'll better than you think.

Help yourself.

You want to avoid sabotaging your own entry in any way. Never overlook a small detail or do something that's the opposite of smart. Answer what's asked. Fill out your contact information accurately. Review your submission for grammar and spelling mistakes.

I'm realizing this post isn't all that helpful. Go figure.

Maybe one day Herminia Chow will create useful content that isn't just spewing common sense. Today is not that day.

Writing

Six Essays In Six Weeks

I’ve been procrastinating on the six essays I need to write. Funny how it works out to one being due every week. Not to mention a quiz, an article analysis, a grammar test, a take home test, a final term test, and other assessments I’m probably forgetting thrown in for good measure. My brain only has the capacity to store so much information. Similarly, I only have so much creativity. Let’s not start with my sanity, okay?

It’s overwhelming. I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what to work on first. I don’t know how I have that many writing assignments.

For me, starting is always the hardest part. The beginning is bad for my productivity. But once I start brainstorming and writing, I tend to procrastinate less. It’s getting over that initial phase where I realize I should start and actually starting which is tough.

Also, a few days ago, I thought I only had four essays. Then earlier today I counted five. But in writing this post I finally figured out I was wrong all along. I have six essays left and they’re all due within a six week span of time.

That’s knowledge I didn’t want to acquire.

Good luck to me.

Blogging

Blogging For Yourself

Blog for yourself. Why wouldn’t you?

Blog for your own sake and your own sanity. Because both matter.

Blog for yourself and no one else. Not your dad, not your dog, not your uncle Dave. 

Blog for your creativity as well as your individuality. You’re capable of creating and inventing. You don’t need to be anyone or pretend to be someone you aren’t.

Blog for your blogging buddy, Herminia Chow, so she can read blog posts rather than write them.

Writing

Why I Am Not Pursuing Journalism

If I wrote a sentence every time someone thought I wanted to become a journalist, I would have ten novels written. Excluding those I have already written or abandoned. Clearly, fifteen year old me hated commitment.

Now I have nothing against journalists or journalism in general, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it isn’t right for me.

And who knows me better than me?

Let me get this out there so the next time someone points a finger at me and mouths the dreaded words, I’ll redirect them here.

Growing up, I fell in love with writing because I enjoyed the freedom that comes with creativity. There’s responsibility involved in creating art. Regardless, I admire creative people and I respect original thinking. Even though I write non-fiction all the time, creative writing breathes life into me. It’s like having wings and soaring through life. Writing without restrictions or limitations is the equivalent of flying to wherever I want, whenever I want, however I want.

I love writing. I will continue to love it. That doesn’t mean I want to be a journalist. Contrary to popular belief, I’m not in love with journalism. And I refuse to pursue something I’m not passionate about.

Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 3)

I was nominated by Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy.

If you missed part one, check it out here.

If you want to see part two, here you go.

Rules:

  • Post one quote a day for three days (from others or your own).
  • Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

I’m taking some old writing tips from myself so it isn’t really stealing. It’s recycling. The environment can thank me later.

You can find daily (if I don’t forget) writing tips on my Facebook and my Twitter.

I say this all the time:

You cannot rush creativity.

Nominations: 

  • Y
  • O
  • U

I know, I know. I said the following in my first post of this series:

“I’ll try to follow these rules. No guarantees though.”

The rebel in me is nominating anyone and everyone who wants to partake in sharing quotes. Inclusiveness should be my middle name.

That’s all, folks. I’ll be back to my usual silliness tomorrow.