Writing

Advice On Starting A First Draft

Outline

Sketch a timeline of events that will happen. Brainstorm scenes using sticky notes and move them accordingly. Create character sketches beforehand, so you have a better understanding of key players in your novel.

Research

Reading articles, essays, or books might inspire you to write your own. Besides, Google is your best friend.

Write

At some point, that first draft needs to be written. Unfortunately, it won’t write itself. So pick up a pen or open your word processor of choice. Grab an idea and run with it.

Relax

Take a deep breath. You don’t have to get it right the first time. Try to silence your inner editor for now. You can always make a draft better, but you can’t if it doesn’t exist yet.

Writing

Have You Ever | Writer’s Edition

  • Have you ever killed off a character only to regret it and bring them back to life?
  • Have you ever cleared your search history after a research session?
  • Have you ever used a napkin like a notepad?
  • Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to write an idea down?
  • Have you ever been caught staring at a stranger in public?
  • Have you ever lost sleep worrying over your own characters?
  • Have you ever stolen a pen from someone?
  • Have you ever started a novel and actually finished writing it?
Writing

Why People Hate Writing

  • Writing is hard. Anyone who tells you otherwise isn’t human.
  • Words don’t write themselves. Unfortunately.
  • They’re bad at it. Or they’re too good.
  • There’s more to writing than just writing. Writers don’t just write. They read. They research. They revise. You have to do more than just write if you want to write well.
  • Writing isn’t black and white. The creative process differs for everyone. What works for me might not work for you. Which is why you should never take someone else’s writing advice as gospel, even and especially my own.
  • It’s not for everyone. We aren’t all born to be writers. Imagine living in a world where everyone loved writing. That’s a terrifying but thrilling idea.
Writing

Write First, Research Later

I like to write before I research. At the minimum, I brainstorm ideas I have first and look for sources later. This is how I’ve written most of my essays in university.

Even though finding research that supports my argument takes time, knowing my stance in advance stops me from researching for too long.

I’m someone who doesn’t know what I think until I write my thoughts down on paper. Only after do I have more clarity.

I’ve found the better I know what I want to say, the less time I need to conduct research. When I’m lost, I’ll spend way too much time reading articles and not enough time writing essays.

I find the sources I want to use, find the quotes I want to include, and find I’m halfway there. Besides, half the battle lies in researching.

Writing isn’t so bad once I’m in the flow state. That lovely, blissful place where words flow from your fingers onto the computer. I quite enjoy drafting a paper during the early stages.

For me at least, editing is the other half of the battle. First drafts are messy. They require a lot of time and attention to make them better.

So when the first draft reaches the final stage, I feel a sense of satisfaction. Creating something great from nothing is an achievement in and of itself.

I guess my advice to other students is to write first, research later. Come up with ideas and figure out what you’re interested in writing about. Then find evidence to support your argument.

Of course, this isn’t the only way to approach essay writing. I’m not suggesting that write first, research later is a hard and fast rule you should follow all the time.

Still, if you feel stuck at any point, have a brainstorm session without referring to any external resources.

To quote one of my old teachers, “use the gray matter between your ears.”

Writing

Writing A Research Essay  

I love writing. And I enjoy researching. But writing a research essay isn’t much fun. In fact, the entire experience is more stressful than enjoyable.

I worry about researching too much. Or not researching enough.

I fret over citations, quotations, and punctuation. 

I stress myself out because I don’t know if I’ll enough time to not only write but to edit the essay.

I’m not even at the editing stage yet, and I feel like I’ve aged ten years.

Blogging

The Best Of The Best

I don’t know about you, but I love reading reviews.

If it’s a big purchase or a product I’m unfamiliar with, I’ll read multiple reviews, so I know I’m getting the biggest bang for my buck.

Just how many times have you wanted to read a thorough, unbiased review of something before you purchase it?

Probably too many.

Oh, and please don’t get me started on how much time I’ve spent reading reviews only to wonder how many of them are actually helpful or legitimate.

But Reviews.com might just be my saving grace. It could be yours too. It’s a website that conducts research on all kinds of products and services, reviewing the best of the best before sharing all that research with you. Even better, it’s free.

Also, I’m going to assume you’re a blogger, who may or may not be interested in finding the best web host for your site. After all, the best bloggers deserve the best web hosts for their blogs. But blogging is one thing, finding a host is another.

I don’t need to know the number of web hosts that exist in this world. I doubt you want to shift through all of them either.

Luckily for you, their research team recently decided to analyze over 200 of the most popular hosts and narrow it down to the top few. Read more about it here. They’re a blog too. They want the best for other bloggers. We look out for each other, remember?

From the best alarm clock to the best yoga mat and everything in between, they’ve got you covered. So you never make the mistake of buying something you hate ever again.

Writing

​​​​Do’s And Don’ts of Writing An Essay

In honour of finishing my last essay for this school year, I’m publishing a post on writing essays. Don’t you love my logic?

Thanks my own decisions and the education system, I have (very minimal) experience writing essays. And despite that lovely experience, I still suck. My lack of skill isn’t about to change anytime soon. So you better question everything you read from me. I don’t hold myself accountable for any bad essays and/or bad marks as a result of your following my advice.

Do brainstorm, outline, etc.

Despite my inclination to write novels without outlining beforehand, I don’t think it’s easy to write an entire essay from start to finish without at least a general idea of what you’re writing about. Sure you could write a draft as a way of exploring what you want to say and how you want to say it. However, writing an entire paper without an outline is like exploring a city without a map. But worse. And harder. Probably not as fun either.

Don’t assume or guess.

Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t be that guy or girl who thinks they know something when they don’t. Don’t be someone who assumes they’re right but is far from it. Just don’t. Educate yourself. Fact check. Be smart. If you can’t be smart, at least play the part. In other words, don’t be me.

Do the necessary reading(s)/research.

You might find gaps in your research as you’re writing. You may have to reread an article you’ve already read as you work away. That’s okay. What isn’t okay is being wildly unprepared. Would you travel somewhere without doing a bit of reading or researching of the country?

Don’t cry; don’t lie.

Again, don’t be me. Besides, crying wastes your precious time. Thinking of writing an essay like going on a journey.

This blog post is my way of subliminally and not so subtly shouting at you from my desk. Clearly I want to get out of this city. Anyone want to fund me?

Writing

Why Writers Are Right‏

Writers are right more often than they are not. If you want a statistic, they are right 99.9 percent of the time. Says who? Says me. The writer. And this isn’t one of those 00.1 percent instances where I’m wrong. 

But if you still don’t believe me, here’s a list of reasons. 

  1. Writers are readers. Meaning they read. Meaning they learn. Meaning they acquire knowledge mere non-writers will never acquire. Muhaha. 
  2. Writers are writers. They write words and rearrange these written words. So their grasp of the language they write in is very advanced. You should never question what they say in regards to grammar or spelling. Because they have experience and wisdom.  
  3. Writers are editors. Editors know what they’re doing. They wouldn’t be editors if they didn’t. 
  4. Writers are researchers. And you can be sure they fact check everything. 

Am I right or am I right?