personal, Uncategorized

Your money or your life

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Fail to plan, plan to fail. But what if your plans involve a future that most people will only call a dream?

Once my grandmother refered to my Arts degree as useless, (though not in those exact words). That’s probably because she comes from an era of where practically no one got a tertiary education, or even completed a secondary one. I’m always still surprised when an elderly person mentions that they have a degree – yes that’s right. I’m the first in my family/direct line to go to university. Both my parents never completed high school.

You’ve heard that statement that most people think that they’ve got at least one book in them, but most people won’t bother with even trying to start it, let alone complete it, or even get it out there. Then there are a very small minority that do manage to do all those things. I’m one of those people and if you think you’re one of those people then don’t give up on your plans to achieve your dreams.

When I was doing my undergraduate I was like after uni I’ll just get a job that allows me to write in my spare time. Thus fulfilling that basic need for money to cover my expenses and not take up too much of my personal time. Hospitality work seems to be a perfect fit. But constantly working nights can be stressful. Sometimes I yearn for the times I was back in Australia unemployed because then I had nothing but time. It appears that my life is a double-edged sword.

Lots of time and limited money or decent money but reduced time. But people don’t want what they have, they want what they don’t have.

The life of a writer.

But I woundn’t have it any other way.

 

 

editing, writing

It has a beginning, but not much else.

I’m writing a new story. Vomited about 8,000 words so far. It feels very good 🙂 At the moment it’s something along the lines of a sci-fi dystopian new adult story about a young woman who is suffering the consequences of being product of a terrorist plot.  I’m at the seventh chapter now 🙂

advice, editing, emotions, personal, writing

Writing for yourself

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I have a degree in creative writing and a post-graduate degree in editing and communication, but I’m not using it be a freelance editor. In fact, I’m only using it for myself. I didn’t spend all that time investing in myself to waste my time on others. Selfish? Yes. But I already have a job that gives me a decent supply of money. And from what I’ve heard, freelancing is risky. I’d rather spend my free time on working on my own things. My books are not going to write themselves.

advice, emotions, writing

Tips for creating strong characters

The best tip when coming to write strong characters, regardless of gender/orientation etc, is to write them as human beings. They have strengths and weaknesses, wants and desires, positive and negatives elements in their lives and personhoods. They are people existing in a world that owes them nothing and they must navigate it.

Also when searching for videos of writing ‘strong’ characters, I was pretty much getting results that focus on females. I mean is it really so hard to write a well-defined character that a perons is so affected by gender? One of the comments under this video mentioned was just write a good character but have them female. Are some people so incompetent when it comes to this? I mean ultimately you must be bad at characterisation period.