Camp NaNoWriMo Participants

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To my surprise and delight I discovered that I didn’t have to wait until November to enter a prestigious writing competition. I was driving myself mad with the waiting because I’d essentially finished plotting and making character profiles and I had nothing to stimulate me until then.
Fortunately I discovered Camp NaNoWriMo. I was relieved because I don’t much to do in August other than attending one class in one day for four days of the week and piano lessons. The writing bug has bitten me again and I’ve been writing at any chance that I can, including during seminars and classes. Now I have something to test my writing abilities.
Of course I am aiming to win but I’m not going to make a big deal out of it. There is always November and next year. I have plenty of story ideas (though they don’t have the potential to be turned into novels) to keep me busy. I’ve only told a few people of my plans for August so that I won’t be pressured by other people asking how I’m doing with my novel.
Below is the book and pen that I plan to use. The book is of A4 size, has 200 pages and has silky paper. The paper is lined with thin grey lines spaced at 8 mm. There are thirty lines per page and the book is stitch-bound. My mum bought it for me at the mall just when I was getting into pretty notebooks. The pen is Standard B-Gel with a 0.7 tip. I chose black ink because I’m using blue ink for my journal at the moment.
To August’s participants, good luck! Don’t worry about much. Just strive to get the words out. Happy camping!

Journalling Habits

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I’m amazed at how powerful journalling is constantly. It’s the friend that will never turn its back on you. It’s the confidante that you can rely on to tell anything. It’s the thing that keeps you grounded and level-headed.
My journal, Catie, which I started in 16 April 2011, has proved to be invaluable in my life. Since I started journalling honestly in her I feel that my life is more-balanced and controlled. She helps me to see things as they really are. I cannot imagine what life would be like without her now. Occasionally I wonder how I will have enough material to keep writing but then an outpour of ideas comes flooding in, renewing my faith in journalling.
I’m now on my fifth journal, which is a binder that holds 200 sheets of B5-sized lined paper (the rings are prying apart). I’m on page 64 and estimate that I will finish it in a couple of months. I number each page and label every corner with the date (this has helped me enormously – thanks, Kristin of Journaling Saves!). I also mark each book with the dates that I kept them. I set myself the challenge of using only one pen for the entire journal, which is a blue gel pen with bold ink (review will be up soon).
Do you journal? What weird habits do you do in your notebooks?

Plotting against Free-writing – No; I Am Not Evil

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Plotting is the heart of writing a story. But there are two methods: Free-writing, where one writes with only a basic plot, with probably one sentence to summarise the whole story; and writing a detailed plot so that the story doesn’t go too far astray.

People who free-write their stories will say that it’s not fun to write when everything is already planned out. The plotters want to be able to remember everything that they want to write in case they forget a small but significant part of the story, like the names of secondary characters or how a particular scene plays out.

I consider myself to be a plotter because I usually have a very-detailed plot of my stories before I start writing. Even with such a plot I almost-always forget to include one point. It’s like I offer myself options on what to write, and this in itself is a freedom.

How do you write stories? Do you plot or just jump right in? You may leave a response below.

Black and Blue – A Bruised Post

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My two favourite ink colours are black and blue. Not only are they acceptable in almost-all of situations (especially black), they are also my favourite colours. Coloured pens give me a kind of anxiety and nervousness that I don’t need while I’m writing.

Initially I had an amount of distrust for pens in primary school as they’re permanent and more-expensive than pencils. If I were to make mistakes while writing then I would have the cross them out, making the paper look unsightly. But soon after that I accepted them because I’d be using them for school for years.

I usually use black pens because they’re more-universal. But I recently bought a box of blue gel pens of my favourite brand, Snowman, to get a change of scenery. I love blue because it reminds me of water and the ocean.

What are your favourite colours to write with? Do you like standard or unusual colours, and why? Leave your answer in the comments below.

Cursive and Print

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I write in print. It allows me to determine the shapes of a single letter. It’s easier to read. And I believe that it’s more-individualistic because you can see more-clearly the characteristics of a person than with cursive writing.

I’m able to write in cursive, but I find it extremely-annoying. Every letter seems to look different, which is something that annoys me because I require order in writing. When I lose my train of thought I start drawing waves instead of shaping letters. I’ll post a picture of what my upright cursive writing looks like in the near-future.

Of course, cursive is faster because you take less time picking your pen up and then putting it down again. And it’s regarded as the ultimate form of handwriting, when people considered it as an art.

Children were taught how to write in print after the printing industry was established. It was thought that since books were made with print font it was easier for students to write with the same style.

I think that print writing should be taught before cursive because it enables children to gain understanding of how a letter is formed. And it allows them the freedom of shaping letters however they want to without being restricted by what the previous letter is shaped like.

To write faster when writing in print, try to draw the letters with as few strokes as possible. This eliminates the time moving the pen through the air.

Do you write with cursive, print or a combination of both? What should be taught first: print or cursive? Leave your response below.

Writer’s Room – One of My Goals

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I’m only a university student who hasn’t moved out of her parents’ house. But I am fortunate enough to have a desk in my bedroom, even if it’s too-small for my liking. Even so, there’s nothing wrong with dreaming, right?

Virginia Woolf said that a writer should have a room of his/her own. I have to agree with her here, even though some people don’t. I think that a writer’s room of your own would set your mind only on your writing and exclude everything else that could potentially be distracting. Being easily-distracted is one top trait of someone who suffers from ADD. And if you set the room up to be how you want it to be, you can have your creative juices oozing out of your ears (that sounds disgusting, I know).

What I’d like to have in my dream writer’s room are:

  • The room being only big enough to hold the writer’s materials that I need. The smaller the room, the more-focused that my brain can be for the task.
  • My own taste of decor. I’d like the room to be painted in pastel rainbow colours, in a rounded-chevron pattern.
  • A large desk. I don’t have enough elbow room with my current one. There’s also barely-enough space to display my books (I do this to remind myself of the joy of writing, because all of my books have colourful covers). (I’m trying to save up for that desk right now.)
  • A comfortable chair. It is said that a writer’s chair needs to be comfortable but not too-much for the writer to be able to focus on the work. I’d like a chair to be simple yet attractive, with soft seating and back (but not too soft).
  • A functional yet stylish desk lamp with white lighting. I love when items that I own fulfil in both form and function. To have a standard desk lamp would be a creativity killer for me. And I see best with white light.

Do you believe that a writer needs a room of her own, and what would you like in your writer’s room?

One Step Closer to Becoming an Author

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I came up with this idea while planning out my NaNoWriMo 2012 novel. Once I finish editing and polishing it, I’ll convert it into PDF form and upload it to this blog for the whole world to read.

This may not be a good idea, as my friend suggests, because other people can come to steal it and then pose it as their own. But what matters to me more is that my own original work, and not fan fiction, is out and published (without the hassles of publishing ;p). What I truly want from readers is feedback on how I can better my story-telling and writing skills.

If someone steals my novel from me, I’ll do my best to disprove their ownership. I can provide hard evidence that is the notebooks that I’ve used to write that novel, with my handwriting, and my NaNoWriMo certificate (if I manage to win this year). But I’d read the comments that the thief’s readers have given and use them.

The notebook that I'm planning to use for NaNoWriMo 2012

 This blog may not have many readers yet as other stationery blogs but I’ll do my best to provide new, interesting, content of the world from my point of view. And to those who are following this blog already, thank you. You have my token of appreciation and gratitude.

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