Writing

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Quit Writing Now Or Ever

  1. You’re a sadist.
  2. You like learning.
  3. You love writing.
  4. You hate everything else.
  5. You’re bad at things that don’t involve words.
  6. You enjoy creating characters.
  7. You enjoy building worlds.
  8. You don’t know what you’d do with your life without writing.
  9. You rise to the challenge of putting words down on the page.
  10. You think writing is your calling.
  11. You need to escape from the horrors of the real world and retreat to another one.
  12. You feel bad before you write.
  13. You feel like a boss while writing.
  14. You feel better after having written.
  15. You rather write than pay for therapy.
  16. You rather write a story than read one.
  17. You write on your own terms.
  18. You want to be published.
  19. You want to prove people wrong.
  20. You don’t care if no one reads your work.
  21. You don’t care if everyone reads your work.
  22. You don’t want to quit writing.
Writing

Reasons Why You Should Quit Writing Right Now

  1. You suck.
  2. You’re bad.
  3. You’re busy.
  4. You’re lazy.
  5. You hate writing.
  6. You love not writing.
  7. You think writing is hard.
  8. You think writing is easy. 
  9. You rather do anything else than write.
  10. You rather do nothing else than write. 
  11. You haven’t published anything.
  12. You haven’t been paid to publish something. 
  13. You don’t have a bestseller. 
  14. You don’t have a movie deal for that non-existent bestseller.
  15. Your mom doesn’t read your poems.
  16. Your dad doesn’t read your stories.
  17. Your entire family hasn’t read anything you’ve ever written in your whole life. 
  18. You have a blog that no one reads.
  19. You have several blogs that no one reads.
  20. You don’t have time to put words on a page. 
  21. You don’t have the energy to lift a pen and place it on a piece of paper.
  22. You read a blog post from an unpublished writer telling you to quit writing and took her words seriously.
Reading

Q&A: Reading Habits

Thanks Charles for nominating me. This is late, but I’ve been getting worse and worse at being early.

I’d like to give more credit except I have no idea who came up with these questions.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I let fate decide for me. Most of the time, it’s quite random. Once I tossed some dice. Thanks Rachel for the suggestion.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

Probably commit and hope that it gets better. Most books pick up afterwards anyway.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?

What’s the meaning of the word quit? I tend to have a winter break at the end of the year, which means more reading for me. Especially because it’s cold in December. The last thing I want to do is go outside and freeze to death before I read as much as Herminialy (humanly) possible.

The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

I just do. The content of the series matters more than how the covers look.

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Bloggers. No surprise there.

You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I’d run to the washroom.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?

I tend to remember the previous novel the more I continue reading the sequel. Or I’ll skim through the prior book if it’s on my shelf.

You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

One time, a friend asked to borrow my copy of The Maze Runner. I gave in. But I might try to lie and make up some excuse about not having the book they’re hoping to borrow. In the future, I’ll just buy them the book as a present because I’m nice like that.

You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?

Read something new by an author I like.

There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

As many as I can afford. Even though I accumulate more books over time.

After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

This depends. Sometimes I’ll start a book the day I purchased it. Other times I leave the book sitting there for several months. Neglecting novels is what I do best.

I nominate all of you because I want to know your reading habits. Air them like laundry on your blogs for the world to see.

Blogging · Writing

The End Of This Blog?

Fellow bloggers,

I was thinking about this blog. More specifically, I was thinking about ending this blog. I’m ready to give up on blogging. I’m ready to quit writing. Now’s the time to part from both. Besides, my life is hugely occupied by this blog. If I closed my WordPress account, I would have more time to do other things. After all, I am a student. Everyone says being a student is my first priority. Everything else is secondary. Without blogging in the way, I can focus more on my grades. I can concentrate on my future. Oh, who am I fooling? There is no way I could stop writing or quit blogging. I love this blog like it’s my baby. Happy April Fool’s Day! I hope I didn’t manage to fool you. I know I didn’t fool myself. Especially since giving up and quitting is so unlike me. Anyhow, I’m not trying to be a cruel person by taking advantage of April Fool’s Day. Because…it isn’t just April Fool’s Day! Yep, April 1st, 2013 was the day I created this blog. Although my first post was published on April 2nd, 2013, I still feel like I should celebrate today. It is, in a way, my one year blogging anniversary. So I plan to do something special.

I know I don’t say this enough but hear me out. I think you know I don’t take any of this for granted. Especially since I couldn’t have ran a blog all by myself. Thanks to every single one of you for making my blogging journey so incredibly amazing/enjoyable/every wonderful adjective known to mankind. I appreciate all your support and I am truly grateful for everything.

Lots of love,

Herminia (who shall really be referred to as aspiringwriter22)

 

Writing

Day 21—NaNoWriMo: Are you losing motivation?

21 days in, 9 more to go. You’re more than two-thirds of the way there. But you might find yourself losing the motivation to be in your chair day after day, pounding away at the keyboard.

So…

Are you losing motivation?

If you had high hopes for your NaNoWriMo novel and things don’t seem to be working out the way you expected, the option of quitting may be an attractive decision. Giving up now would mean more time to focus on work, school, friends, etc. But real writers would stick with it until completion, regardless of the quality produced.

When I’m not writing enough words under a specific span of time or if the quality does not match my expectations, my mind tells me to desert the project but my heart tells me to persevere. Why? Because I love writing. I love blogging. And the word count, the merit, the views, the likes, the secondary stuff is unimportant.

Persist. You’ll never know what the outcome may be unless you do.

Writing

More Negativity—Sorry!…5 Reasons To Quit Writing

Want to know the sad, twisted truth? Well I’m going to tell you anyway. Here are 5 reasons why you should give up and quit writing, forever. *Gasp* Did she just say forever? Yes, yes she did.

YOU AREN’T THAT GOOD.

So sorry, so sad. Someone had to tell you. What are the chances you are in the big leagues with other incredible writers? What is the likelihood your writing excellent? What are the odds you are close to being a SPECTACULAR writer? Almost none. Next to impossible. Very slim.

But even if you are a good, above average, better than mediocre writer…

YOU WON’T MAKE MUCH MONEY FROM IT. EVER.

Even if you think that making it to Amazon’s best seller is going to translate into you raking in cash until you’re practically rolling in dough, you, my friend, are wrong. A couple hundred here, a couple thousand there. If you’re lucky, you might be able to buy another book to add to your collection? Then again, don’t even think about that private jet. Don’t go there. Heck, I’ll bet everything I have ever earned from my writing career into this: a panhandler can make more money begging for money off the streets in a year than an average writer/author/blogger will. Not like I much to lose.

So might as well quit while you still have the chance.

YOU KIND OF HATE IT.

Uh, editing tarnishes your style? Or outlining is a waste of time? Wait but brainstorming can be done while you’re writing because it’s too boring to sit down and think? If you hate any aspect to writing, you’re better off finding some other activity you actually enjoy. I don’t know go swimming, rock-climbing, sewing, snorkeling, skiing, knitting, cooking, dancing, singing, drawing, painting, dancing, scrap-booking, gaming, cheer-leading, weightlifting, juggling, chain mail making! Anything else but writing.

YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS.

Don’t you? So why haven’t you given up yet? You know stringing word after word, sentence after sentence, chapter after chapter, and making sure it makes sense is no easy task. In fact, writing a novel is daunting. More like haunting. But I rest my case. Read on.

YOU WON’T BE FAMOUS, POPULAR, RICH, WEALTHY, POWERFUL, OR A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE CELEBRITY.

You’re in the wrong industry. The door is that way.