Writing

4 Writing Rules

I know there are no real rules to writing. But, more often than not, I follow the ones below.

  • Be concise. Time is too precious to waste any of it not getting to the point.
  • Be consistent. Because nothing’s worse than inconsistency.
  • Be precise. I hate ambiguity almost as much as I hate ads.
  • Be right. I lied. Nothing’s worse than being wrong.

When you know the rules, even and especially the ones you impose on yourself, you’re more than allowed to break them too.

Creative Writing

National Poetry Day

Happy National Poetry Day! Here’s a hastily composed poem I wrote on the bus.

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A foreign language sounds familiar again

An old friend summons a strange mystery

Passed time really can’t be retrieved

Even though new memories begin to squeeze in

***

Don’t let me down. Or yourself. Go compose, compose, compose.

I should have mentioned that the theme is light.

What? You know I’m horrible with following themes or rules in general.

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.

Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 2)

Thank you Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy for the nomination.

If you missed part one, check it out here.

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 loves me.

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

In keeping with the focus of my blog, my quote/tip/advice for today is:

In life, you avoid conflict. In fiction, you embrace it.

Nominations: 

Again, no rush and no obligation.

They are lovely bloggers and incredible people so show them some love.

Ready for part three or are you bored of me already?

Quotes · Writing

Three Days, Three Quotes: Challenge (Part 1)

I was nominated by Charles, GalitHannah, and Amy. Thank you all.

Go follow them if you aren’t already. They are awesome bloggers and fantastic individuals.

As you can see, I’ve been procrastinating greatly on these challenges.

Cheers to overdue blog posts. It’s starting to become my style.

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’ll try to follow these rules. No guarantees though.

I’m taking some old writing tips from myself so it isn’t really stealing. It’s recycling.

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

Keeping with the focus of my blog, my quote/tip/advice is:

When criticizing the work, never criticize the writer.

Nominations: 

Do check out their wonderful blogs.

Don’t feel rushed. Don’t feel obligated.

If you’ve been nominated and completed this challenge already, blame me for not looking into it or remembering.

Because it doesn’t explicitly say that I need to let my nominees know I’ve tagged them, I’m not going to let them know. One, I’m lazy. Two, I love stumbling across a blogger who tagged me in a post without telling me. Three, I am a bit pressed for time these days.

Those are my excuses. Don’t steal them.

Reading

“Which Author” Questions

Kid you not I couldn’t think of a decent title for the longest time. I’m still not entirely pleased with it. As the post goes on, you’ll be less confused as to what’s going on. I think.

Pretty much I’ll answer the questions with an author, living or dead.

Which author would you want to have lunch with?

Jodi Picoult. I want to take a page out of her book. Er, books.

Which author would you choose to write you as a character?

David Baldacci. Sign me up.

Which author would you want to read another book from?

Steig Larsson. A first draft will do just fine actually.

Which author would you like to be friends with?

Margaret Atwood. I feel like we’d get along quite well.

Which author would you like to collab with?

James Dashner. Let me pick his brain and I will rest in peace.

Which author would you say got you into reading or even writing?

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Margaret Peterson Haddix. Many more actually. I’m aware I named more than one author, but this is my post so I can break the non-existent rules.

Reading

All I Need To Know About Someone + Chance to Win $1,000

All I really need to know about someone is whether they read or not.

I’m thinking that’s what I’ll ask anyone I meet in university.

The conversation might go a little like this.

“Do you read?”

“No.”

Herminia walks away.

***

My article Leaving the Nest: Seven Ways to Help Deal with Homesickness + Chance to Win $1,000* is finally up. It’s a long title, but the chance to win one grand makes up for it. Am I right or am I right? The contest is open to residents in Canada who are 16 and older. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. If you know anyone going into university or pursuing some sort of post-secondary studies already, feel free to pass this onto them. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it and if they end up being the lucky winner, I’ll think they’ll love you forever. No promises though.

Writing

Being A Writer Means…

You don’t have to rely on others.

It is hard to trust people who can’t keep a promise. You can’t rely on someone if they can blatantly lie to your face.

You don’t have to follow rules.

For once. You are free. You don’t have parents lecturing you or teachers limiting you so make the best out of it.

You don’t have to do something you don’t want to do. 

If you don’t want to write a teen romance novel then don’t. No one is holding a gun to your head, forcing you to write something you don’t want to write.

You don’t have to conform to the norm.

Never write for a trend. Unless you want to travel down a one-way road to a town called Failure.

You don’t have to sell out. 

No self-respecting writer would ever betray who they are to get ahead.