Writing

The Life Of A Writer


The writing life is a unique one to say the least.

Being a writer teaches you how to be patient. Especially when all your characters take one look at your outline, laugh, and do the exact opposite. I don’t outline for this reason. I’ve been burned many times.

Eventually, you lower your expectations until you no longer have any. Can’t be disappointed if you don’t set yourself up to be, am I right? Besides, the best moments are the ones you never see coming.

What do you mean you’re publishing my story? That’s impossible! You must be mistaken.

You learn to reject rejection.

You rejected me? No way! That’s your loss, not mine.

This post is already trending in the direction of a certain bad writer being in full denial.

Over time, you hone your stalking, er, observing skills. Stalking isn’t ok. But observing people is a fine skill to have in your arsenal. It’s better than watching paint dry.

Obviously, you constantly deal with things not going your way because life never goes the way you expect it to. What’s more, other human beings do a great job messing up your well-laid plans. Yes, fictional characters are people too.

There’s a beauty in being a teacher and student at the same time. After all, you become an expert at whatever you’re writing about. Hello, Google.

Sooner rather than later, you’ll get ink stains on everything. I literally mean everything. Your fingers and hands. Your legs and toes. Your wallet and bag. Your desk and bed. But you embrace them because what kind of writer doesn’t have ink on some body part at any given time?

This universe bestows upon many greats the secrets to handling hand cramps. In fact, you might even strengthen your hands so much you never feel pain ever again. When’s the last time you had a hand cramp? Surely cramps are a sign of someone who doesn’t write often.

Can you tell I was in some kind of mood while penning this post? I’m half joking. Please don’t flay me alive.

Personal Reflection

What I Love-Observing People: March 2016

What I Love-Observing People-March 2016

Since I’ve come to realize that I’m capable of loving some things, I may or may not expand these “What I Love” posts to include a variety of apps, objects, etc. 

But then again everything is entirely dependent on my mood.

Here are a few of the things I’ve been loving this month:

The Grammarly Affiliate Program  

If you want to try out their grammar/spell/plagiarism checker, you could use my link.

If you’re interested in joining their affiliate program, you can do so here.

Only if you really want to, of course. Yes, I’ll make a bit of money. No, it won’t cost you anything extra.

Setting alerts on my calendar for important events

AlertEver since I showed up to a tutorial when there wasn’t one, I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake again.

Alerts

Watching gaming videos on YouTube

I don’t game much anymore, but I watch other people play. It’s pretty much the same thing…

People submitting writer problems to my Tumblr blog: aspiringwriter22

Submitted to aspiringwriter22

I love seeing my inbox grow. It warms my tiny, dark heart. If you want to submit a writer problem, send them to me. I’ll give your blog a shoutout to my awesome followers.

Observing people on the subway

Since I don’t want to get sued, you’ll just have to imagine people on the subway and my observing them. It’s a writer thing.

I respect people’s privacy. I don’t respect many people, but I respect privacy.

Writing

What Writers Do Best

There are many things writers can do that others can’t do. It’s probably more correct to say writers outdo non-writers in…

Refusing to speak to people for days on end.

Sorry mom, dad. And my dearest apologies to anyone who once worried whether I dropped off the face of this earth. Now you know.

Imagining scenarios that will never, ever happen in real life.

Every day, night, hour, minute, second. Everything my mind conjures up is literally impossible.

Observing human beings from the way they talk to the way they breathe. 

I’ve been wrongfully called a “stalker” and a “creep”. Non-writers are so silly sometimes.

Writing

Things To Never Ask A Writer

So it’s the last day of my March break and I figured I would save my favourite and longest post for last. I haven’t heard any of the below (the bolded questions) in quite some time plus I would like to keep it that way. Thus, I wrote this post for everyone I will encounter on my return back to high school. Here’s some extra homework from one writer to a non-writer. Never utter any of these phrases to a serious writer. At least, not to my face. Okay? Study, learn, and memorize accordingly. Thank you in advance.

Can you stop using big words?

In case you didn’t get the memo, writers love words. Otherwise, why else would we expose ourselves to words every day? If writers won the lottery every time this “using big words” debate came up, writers would be richer and wealthier than any other profession known to mankind. The entire universe should bow down to writers now. After all, writers are planning to take over the world with their intellect. Of course, our arsenal of words will come in handy. Who are you to stop us?

Why are you staring/glaring at him/her/it?

Uh…it’s simple and completely explainable. Just give us a fraction of a second for us to tell you why. Writers need to research. And observing constitutes as research. Observing well translates into realistic description. And if writers weren’t realistic, books would not be read. Books would not exist if no one read them. Therefore, do us all a favour and the next time you catch a writer looking at someone or something, get out of their way. Pretend for 5 minutes that you are a writer. I know that’s difficult. Being a writer is no easy task. But if you think like a writer, you are less likely to annoy them. You might end up appearing in the next best-seller or if you’re lucky (and helpful) enough, your name could appear in the acknowledgement section of a novel. Hey, you might know a soon-to-be famous writer. Do your best to be understanding, would ya? It won’t kill you and the writers of this world will appreciate ya.

Want to go watch a movie? 

If we like you enough, we might agree and smile politely when you ask. If, in our heads, we can create a list of one hundred and one things we rather be doing than watching a movie with you, we’ll decline and smile awkwardly. Or we’ll throw in the “maybe, next time?” to save you from any hurt feelings. Perhaps, we value the friendship enough to make it up to you somehow. Still, we may just want some space. If you’ve just met your writer friend, use your common sense. If you’ve known a writer long enough, you should know books beat movies any day. However, if you truly know the writer species, you know what to say and when to say it. Keep the movie invites to a limit, especially when said writer is trying to meet countless deadlines. Otherwise, you’re impeding on the writer’s goal of publishing something—anything. Movie invite after the novel is released? Sign me up. Movie offer during the novel creation and formation? Uh…unless I’m desperate for a break from my baby, no, thank you.

That concludes this post. If you have read this far, I am truly grateful. If you haven’t, spare me the truth and don’t tell me. Please.

One other thing, don’t ever ask me to use smaller words, to glance in the other direction, and/or to see a film over seeing the finish of my story.

Keep this in mind:

A happier writer makes for a happier world.

I didn’t intend for this to be such a long ramble. Sorry. I’m almost done.

If you haven’t already, go read my post on 10 Things You Should Never Say To A Writer. Heh, a writer-blogger has to do some self-promotion from time to time. Besides, clicking that link costs you nothing financially and nets me an additional view. What a win-win situation for everyone. It will also let me know what types of posts my readers like or don’t like. Although, most writers (myself included) write for themselves, I still want to create posts that my followers will enjoy reading.

Have a great day or night, depending on where you are in the world and when you happen to be reading this post.

Writing

10 Things Writers Can Learn From Arrogant People

For some reason, I always seem to cross paths with downright arrogant people. Instead of taking this as a negative experience, I’ve turned it into a positive. Rather than focusing on any or many negative aspects of someone I meet, I focus on what I can learn (good or bad) from these individuals. In particular, cocky and conceited individuals. What can I say? My life is my research. A writer’s job is to keep on learning, observing, and evolving.

Disclaimer: No harm is intended. This is merely for entertainment. The post below is based on an arrogant, condescending individual who is a self-proclaimed narcissist himself. The views expressed on aspiringwriter22 by Herminia Chow are solely those of the author. Thank you for understanding.

Back to business. Oh, the many things writers can learn from arrogant people.

  1. Be able and willing to pull off a perfect trademark smirk anytime, anywhere. So when anyone scoffs at your profession, you can offer them a smirk in return while in your head, you plan on how to exact cruel revenge without ramifications.
  2. Be thick-skinned. Insults must roll right off you or else you’ll be in tears every single time a rejection letter arrives in the mail.
  3. Be a jerk. It takes a certain type of person with a certain amount of ego to be able to succeed in the writing business.
  4. Be confident in themselves. Believe in your dreams, in your work, and ultimately in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. Cliche? Yes. True? Yes.
  5. Have big dreams and crazy but realistic goals. Nothing is impossible. Nothing can’t be achieved. Set goals, follow your dreams, and go after what you want.   
  6. Make things happen however small they may be. Little publications add up. Little achievements build your credibility. Eventually, you’ll have enough experience and enough knowledge to run the world. Well, in any case the writing world.
  7. Don’t give a damn about what others say or think. Focus all that attention to your work instead. You’ll be a much happier writer if you stopped worrying about everyone else and started worrying about yourself.
  8. Brush rejection off. Think of it as their loss they rejected you. Just move on.
  9. Build an empire and a loyal following. Or at least try to.
  10. Use social media to broadcast and promote themselves. You need to get your name out there. Just don’t come off sounding condescending while you do it.

To quote an egotistical, vain young man I’ve had the pleasure of meeting:

“I hate it when people call me condescending. Like honestly, is it my fault you’re inferior to me?”

Maybe, because you are condescending? Perhaps I am wrong by default.