Writing

Forgetting And Following

I forgot an idea I had. I want to say it was a good one. Too bad I’ll never know now.

I guess I have a habit of remembering bad ideas and forgetting good ones. Although, by that logic, maybe those good ideas aren’t so good after all.

I know, I know. I should have written down my brilliant idea. But by the time I got around to doing so, I forget all about it. And now I’m annoyed I can’t remember what I wanted to write about.

A part of me wishes someone could follow me around, recording all my ideas down.

On second thought, forget I ever said that. I do not want anyone following me around. I don’t care how much I love you. Ideally I’d spend about 22 hours in a day alone. 2 hours of interaction with other human beings is enough, don’t you think?

I really hate forgetting ideas. Why can’t my brain just remember them…

Blogging

My Blogging Process

  1. Tell myself I need to blog.
  2. Procrastinate.
  3. Tell myself I really need to blog right now.
  4. Procrastinate some more.
  5. Realize I procrastinated for much too long.
  6. Proceed to begin blogging.
  7. Scratch my head for ideas.
  8. Hate the first one that comes to mind.
  9. Think of something worth pursuing further.
  10. Start typing.
  11. Hope for the best.
  12. Type an entire blog post only to hate it.
  13. Debate deleting it.
  14. Draft up something else.
  15. Write until I don’t have anything else to say.
  16. Brace myself to edit a mess.
  17. Delete every other word.
  18. Read the post.
  19. Publish the post.
  20. Repeat every day for the rest of my life, hopefully.
Writing

Oh, Outlining

I don’t outline 300 page novels. So what makes you think I’m going to outline 3 page essays?

Teachers and their unbelievable expectations, eh?

I don’t outline unless I have to. So when I am outlining, it’s safe to say I’d rather be doing a million other things. Like writing.

Most of the time, I brainstorm or generate ideas without writing anything down. On the rare occasion I have to outline, I tend to dump everything in my brain onto the page. And try to make it presentable for my professor.

I guess I’m too impatient to make an outline before I start writing.

In my world, outlining isn’t writing. Similarly, editing isn’t writing.

I have nothing against outlining. I just don’t love it as much as I love writing.

Writing

My Essay Writing Process

  1. Freak out.
  2. Freak out some more.
  3. Start to brainstorm.
  4. Generate many ideas.
  5. Hate most ideas.
  6. Pick the best worst idea.
  7. Shrug once.
  8. Scrap said idea for a better one.
  9. Try to outline.
  10. Fail to outline.
  11. Attempt to write a first draft.
  12. Edit first draft before it’s written.
  13. Write enough words to meet the word count.
  14. Delete unnecessary words.
  15. Squint at word count.
  16. Write more words.
  17. Realize there are too many words.
  18. Kill my darlings.
  19. Submit the poorly written essay.
  20. Celebrate by crying.
Blogging

Blogging Thoughts And Feelings

Sometimes I have an idea but feel like I can’t do justice to it. So I’ll come up with something in my head, yet that thing never translates onto the page the way I initially envisioned it.

When it comes to creativity and originality, I realize I don’t say things that haven’t been said or thought of before.

Also, no matter how long I work on a project, I can’t shake the feeling that it can be better. Worse, I can’t help but occasionally wish my blog post were perfect. At least I’m beginning to see nothing I write will ever be the most creative, the most original, etc.

That won’t stop me for putting out less than perfect posts. In other words, you’re going to have to accept my awesomeness.

Writing

My NaNoWriMo 2016 Goal

I want to write every day this month. More specifically, I want to write prose. I might occasionally dabble in some poetry if I feel the need to spice up my writing life. Ideally, in November, I’ll write an entire story about the same characters in the same world. Because the writing gods know just how long it’s been since I’ve started writing a novel and went on to finish one.

Also, I wish someone could transcribe everything I thought in my head. It would make things so much easier. On second thought, maybe not.

Although I love handwriting, I haven’t been the biggest fan of typing. I blame my computer for being slow to start up. Same goes for Microsoft Word. Go figure.

So this NaNo I’m just focusing on one story. Or trying to, at least.

Ideas in my head are great. Having them written down on paper is even better.

That’s the goal. My goal. I’ll worry about everything else later, possibly in December.

Writing

Writers Need A Lifetime Supply Of…

Ideas

You can’t just write the same story all your life, can you? Guy falls in love with girl. Guy falls in love with girl. Guy falls in love with girl. Okay, maybe you can.

Pens

What did writers do before pens were invented? Don’t ask me. I wouldn’t know. I’m the user of many pens and the owner of even more. 

Friends

I have very few living, breathing human beings as friends. But you can never have too many fictional friends. 

Books

Small books, big books. All kinds of books.

Notebooks

Because as much fun as it is to read stories, it’s fun to create them as well.

Writing

Do You Ever Feel…

Like you don’t have anything to say?

Like your ideas aren’t good enough?

Like you’re doing okay but something just doesn’t feel right? 

You do have things to say. Your ideas are better than good. And if something doesn’t feel right, write your way out of it.