… there are many things that are better written than being said verbally. It’s true. I write because I want to get over my silence. Growing up staying fluent in two languages and being proficient in another language is a continuing struggle for me. Because of those spoken languages, sometimes I get mixed up with the two languages and fusing them as one. Like for example, I would forget the proper vocabulary word and its more suitable term for that meaning. Writing out the words I wanted to say and speak verbally had become the answer for me being heard by everyone. Sadly, we can’t exactly just bring our laptop or a notebook on public places wherever we go, simply because of our need to write. I already have a diary/journal-writing mobile app installed on my phone and I still forget the fact that I even have that app in the first place. I’m still happy with just a small notebook and a pen/pencil.
I write because I’m inspired with a story. There are a lot of ideas that fill up my head, and yet if I keep them longer in my head without even jotting them down somewhere, I’m going to forget them. That’s why we have those diaries and to-do lists in the first place to serve our thoughts as unforgettable memories that we need to look forward to do or to shoot for as a personal goal. It’s different though when you’re an author, where you would literally have to bring something convenient for you to jot down everything before they disappear from your mind by the end of the day. Sometimes, just thinking about your characters and situations in your head throughout the day while you’re on work1 or doing everyday chores can help me remember.
The hardest part of all though is knowing where exactly to start. You know your characters by heart and mind and you end up spending time working on those characters first. And then the challenge comes when all of a sudden, you are at a loss by the time you are ready to write the first chapter of your story.
I’ve tried getting back to journaling. I even bought eBooks on journaling as well as writing prompts2 but I never have the time to do them. I consider myself an “author” of anything, not just with words. I am also an author of web things too, and what I mean by “author,” I mean that I write words in code. Something that goes with “If what he said is true, then reward him with something special. If not, he can get a consolation prize for lying.”3
I enrolled at Blogging University in hopes of getting my (creative) writing mojo back while I continue on studying and building projects to become that other type of author. NaNoWriMo is coming up and I haven’t participated in the yearly event for the last two years because of time and even other interests. I blame web development learning/training and video games for this!4 Hopefully by the time we finish this course, I’d be up and ready to go for NaNoWriMo.
I wish everyone who are on the same journey as me the best of luck and more successes in the near future.
On the sidenote...
- as long as you don’t end up daydreaming while at work [↩]
- actually, most of them are free, so I didn’t really “buy” them… [↩]
- although I can’t help but love them both! [↩]