The Way I Love To Write

I prefer to write longhand – either in notebooks or on loose leaf paper or on a writing pad. I don’t know why – maybe I don’t like sitting down in front of a computer screen for hours on end to write unless I’m typing up a draft? Maybe it’s because when I first started writing, my family only had one computer and I had to save up to buy myself a laptop for my own personal use?

Perhaps it’s because one of my favourite authors used to always write longhand until they needed to do their final drafts of books. Perhaps it’s because I like flicking through the pages of writing (it feels so much better flicking through pages of hand written writing than pages of typed writing. Maybe because most writing paper is thinner than printing paper? Maybe it feels all that more personal to feel the indents where the words were written?).

Or perhaps it’s because it’s easier to take my writings with me if they’re written in a notebook rather than lumping around with a laptop and having to find somewhere to charge it. And I get to choose what colour pen I would like to write in as it doesn’t matter at this stage what colour the writing is in.

Maybe it has something to do with it being more easily destroyed, more tangible than a computer file that leaves it’s traces on a hard drive? You can burn something handwritten, have it completely destroyed.

Maybe handwriting things is good for the soul?

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Work In Progress

I’m back into working on one of my work in progress stories. For some reason, I’ve had a bout of motivation to try and finish this draft that I’m working on.

I usually try to write the story in chronological order just so I can get the story out. But this leads to writer’s block when I want to go from A to B when I know there’s scenes I want to write but need fill in scenes to get there. So instead of doing that this time around, I’m writing out the scenes I want to write and then figuring out how to fit them into the story and to figure out what other scenes I will need to keep the story flowing.

I’m not sure how this approach is going to work. The scenes I’m writing seem to be skeletal and I feel like the writing is bad, but I guess that the writing can be improved later on.

It’s nice being able to write these scenes down that have been bugging me a little. Getting them out of my head and onto paper, seeing what the scenes actually look like, what the characters look like and act like. Getting their words down, their feelings and reactions. Seeing them come alive on the page before me.

The Art of Having an Art Journal

 I keep a journal just for my writing. I write down writing ideas, plot ideas, different plot and chapter outlines, story ideas, character ideas, what I think about different stories I’m writing and whatever else I feel like putting in there in regards to the stories I’m writing. 

I have drawn pictures and pasted pages in there. I have written lyrics to different songs in there that could relate to what I am writing. I have lists of albums that help me write. I have pictures and quotes and books that I liked that might be similar to what I am trying to write. I have whatever I consider to be inspirational for writing in there. 

The reason why I have a journal just for writing is so I have somewhere to write ideas, quotes, thoughts and inspirations down for stories and keep them all together. It helps me see what I had thought about what the story might be and where it was headed before going down a different path. I can see what works and what didn’t work in regards to story, plot, ideas and characters. 

 The best part is that a journal can be kept however the writer wants it to be. And there are different ways to keep a journal. There are bullet journals, art journals and basic writing journals. They can be whatever you want them to be – a space for planning and outlining a story; a place for inspiration; somewhere to reflect on what you’re writing; or even a combination of the above. And best of all there are no rules on how to keep one. 

A journal can even help if you feel stuck with writing your story and you want to write something – anything! – to help you get the story going. 

I find it refreshing to see what I have written previously about the stories I’m writing and what I thought the story was going to be and seeing what I thought might work which turned out not to work out at all. I can see what I thought characters and their arcs were going to be like before discovering the story was going into a completely different direction I thought it was going to be going in. 

I had come up with the idea of having a writing journal after having to keep an art journal for my art classes that I had for school. I figured if it worked to keep ideas and experiments for artwork, then it could work for writing as well (my art journals are more full and colourful than what my writing journal is but that could change when I need to start a new writing journal). 

I hadn’t realised there were different ways to do writing journals and that other people kept them for similar reasons to me. I did a Google search and was amazed about the different types of journals and how other people kept their journals. 

I highly recommend creating and using a writing journal, especially if you are a visual person. 

N.B. I would have included more pictures but ran out of room. All pictures included are from google images. 

Introduction to My Personal Writing Journey

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My personal writing journey began around the time I started reading the Harry Potter series. By that stage, I was already keeping a private journal and had an active imagination.

Throughout high school, I did attempt to write a few novels, but to little success. None of them were any good – the writing was sloppy, the characters were shallow, the endings sucked and for some, I was trying to introduce too much into the story and therefore, had a confusing plot because the story was going in all directions.

But it was all a good learning curve. I do not really see myself as a writer because I don’t think my writing this good enough yet to be taken all that seriously (but I am working on changing that). Practise makes perfect, as the saying goes.

I am working on and currently thinking about a few book ideas (which hopefully I will be able to write about here with how I am going with them). I also do hope to write a few pieces just for this blog that have nothing to do with what I am working on.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy creating it.

Blank Pages

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The blank pages were staring at me, plotting their revenge if I didn’t start writing or doing something on them. I could feel their angry little eyes on me, waiting for me to do something.

Silly thing is, I felt like writing, but there was nothing coming out. I had no inspiration, no motivation to want to write.

So much for wanting to be a writer.

All the writers I adored wrote every day. They always sat down and wrote for two or three hours, sometimes more, each and every day. I don’t even know how that is possible when I’ve been sitting here for at least half an hour, staring at the blank pages before me and wondering what I was going to write on the pages still sitting in a neat pile on the desk. How do these writers force themselves to write for at least two hours a day besides from enjoyment and a need to write? How do they manage to do that, even when they probably don’t feel like doing any writing at all? I would love to know how they are able to do that.

I picked up my pen and twirled it between my fingers. There was a way for me to progress the story from point a to point b but how was I supposed to do that when nothing was coming to mind? Even my writing inspiration music playlist wasn’t helping – I wasn’t gaining any inspiration from the music playing in the background. So much for that helping.

Maybe I should start writing something else while I was here? If I was getting nowhere with this one, why waste the time just sitting here? I might as well practice my writing and honing my skill, so they say.

That is actually a good idea, writing something else ……

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