5 Tips On How To Start Over

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a nice Wednesday ❤

Today was a very busy day for both me and my mom, she moved to a new room so we had to clean and organize and declutter her stuff and by the end of the day, I felt exhausted. Yesterday was a nice day at home. I cleaned, wrote about 3.2K (yay me), edited, and read a book I am reviewing next month.

Today I wanted to talk about (or more so to share) about my writing progress. In EllE (working title) I am still editing. My editing is going at a slower pace than I wished it to be, but anything is better than nothing and slow is definitely a progress, so that’s good 😉

I have another project that I am working on. I almost finished writing it a while back (like 2.5 years ago). While I was starting to edit it, I’ve realized that there were too many huge blocks of writing that needed to be changed and rewritten, so I printed it and started working on it.

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Sometimes in editing, you just need to start over and that’s okay.

Now that I am started over, I felt scared but also very excited, lol. It’s like visiting an old dream that you have forgotten, but suddenly remember bits of it. I was so scared to start over from scratch, but now that I am 35K words in, I realize that I’ve made a good choice. The plot runs smoother, the characters feel real and complicated, and the story itself keeps growing.

I wanted to share with you my 5 best tips on how to start over (if you have to start over), without banging your head on the wall or your table, lol. These 5 tips will make you work faster and better.

Btw, these tips work great with every new project as well, the only thing you’ll need to change is brainstorm ideas and then outline.

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Print. Read. Highlight. Outline.

I printed my old novel (75K) and read it very slowly. I highlighted the parts that I thought were important and saved those parts in a new document, in a new order I thought they need to go.

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Outline or Re-Outline the novel, only this time add every little detail you can think of and put all those highlighted parts in the outline. My new outline is now about 45 pages, lol (while the old one was 5). It’s like a big summery of your novel 😀

Start writing. Work in bursts.

What helped me the most is to make the outline in a new document and start my writing on that, lol. This way, I am not working with a blank page (so no fear of writing or writer’s block) and I will always have a good idea where my characters and plot needs to go, so writing came easier.

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Writing in small bursts helped me a lot so far. I worked in 20-30 minutes of writing sessions (a few times a day) and it didn’t make me feel overwhelmed or overworked.

After each writing session, take a break with some yummy coffee or tea and some fruit. Enjoy the feeling that you were writing 🙂 After the break, get back to your writing session.

Edit as you go

Don’t wait after you finish writing it all, to edit. Try editing while your mind is still fresh and full of details about the world, characters, and the plot. If you finished writing for that day, take the next day to edit what you wrote so far. Remember this is a simple edit. You will not go into the nitty-gritty of things. Look at the plot and characters, and see if they make sense to you.

Try working in bursts in your editing sessions, it will keep things light and you won’t feel overwhelmed by the entire process.

Write the ending

This is very important, even if it sounds weird. Take a few moments before starting your first writing session and just after you finished with your new and shiny outline. Start thinking about how your story will end and write the end scene of your novel or your last few pages.

This will not only help you see your entire novel in a big picture kinda way, but it will also help you see all the details of the plot and characters. Writing the end truly helped me see my novel and what details I needed to add in the middle (as that is the hardest part for me, lol).

After writing the end, I knew what will come before that and so on… It’s writing your novel from end to start 😉 But it works!

Breath

Last but not least, breath! Take your time and rest in between your writing sessions. Try to find something that inspires you, like a great book or even just enjoying a hot cup of tea (or coffee in my case).

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I really hope these tips will help you with your new or old project, as much as they helped me and if you have your own special tip that you wish to share, feel free to writing down in the comments so will all can learn 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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7 Tip To Survive and Win NaNoWriMo

So… We are a week away from the start of NaNoWriMo and I thought this will be the best time to share with you some of the tips and tricks that really keep me motivated and win (Well… Most of the time anyway, lol, sometimes life must be first and last).

Btw, If you want you a writing buddy, you can add me here and feel free to add me on Twitter as well, and we can do some word sprints 😉 Remember that this is not how you normally go about writing a book, but NaNoWriMo is about the community, quality and fun, and this change of pace helps a lot sometimes… Just remember to have fun ❤

Okay, let’s start with some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years of doing NaNoWriMo 🙂

Plan your time

A planner is your friend here, on those busy days plan some 5 – 15 min of writing. Now on those days that you have a bit more time on your hands, try to plan more writing time an hour or two and you will see that even though you are a bit behind one day, the next day you can be in the lead 😀

You have 50K words to write a month and even though the estimate word count per day is 1667 word, this is not the law – You can write 500 a day and the next day you can write 4K. What matters is the finish line.

Word sprints

These really help to get your brain fluids run smoothly, hehe and twitter NaNo Sprints is a really good place to find many people doing sprints of 5 – 20 minutes of fast writing. It makes you write fast and not think of what are you writing and if it’s the right thing to write or not… You just write.

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Planner or Pantser

I am a strong believer in an outline, and I really think that a well-developed outline can keep the darkness of a writer’s block away. So take this week and write your idea – outline it as much as you can and write a sentence or two about your project.

Food and Drinks

Yummy food both healthy and not so healthy is always have been a great part of NaNoWrimos and a great part of my writing process, lol. Pick a few of your favorite food items, but try to put some healthy choices in there as well.

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Books, Movies, and Tv

I really recommend reading a book, see a Tv show or a movie that really inspires you to write and gives you a nudge to go back to your project ❤ I recently saw the great movie Stranger Than Fiction and it was so much fun to watch it, perfect movie to see before NaNo 😉

Kill the inner editor – Kill it!

Never edit as you go. This is not a regular writing session, where you can edit – Editing will only slow you down and even make you doubt yourself. So leave all the errors, red lines and other things that your brain will try to convince you they must be addressed – Don’t listen and keep writing.

Be kind to yourself

If by any chance you are getting behind and starting to feel frustrated, don’t beat yourself up for that. Take a deep breath, go for a walk or do your chores and when you come back, and keep writing. I know the goal is to win but it’s also to have fun with your writing and getting used to writing. So don’t be harsh on yourself – You can always write more words in those other days when you have more time.

That is all for today, I hope you found a tip or more to help you win Nanowrimo. Do you have any writing tips to share with us, that might help everyone be more prepared for Nano?

Embrace the madness that is NaNoWriMo and have fun ❤

Can’t wait for November to start 😀

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Author Interview: Serina Adham

Welcome to Coffee n’ Notes. Today, I’d like to welcome Serina Adham, author of Lulu’s Balallam-Bam-Bam Grooves, for an author Interview.

About the author

Serina Adham drew on her experience as a dancer and dance instructor to give you this fun new adventure with Lulu and all her animal friends. She hopes that Lulu will teach children to enthusiastically follow their dreams but also consider the effects they have on others.

Adham lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to teaching dance, Adham has also worked as a jewelry and clothing designer and an interior designer. She has one fearless, dancing and singing daughter of her own.

Contact Details:

Website: Adham Books 
Goodreads: Serina Adham Goodreads

Hello, Serina. Thank you for being here today at Coffee n’ Notes 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. (This can be a quick blurb of the kinds of books you write, etc.)

My name is Serina Adham and I am a newly published author of a children’s book called, Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves, which by the way is the first edition of much more to follow.
I also have a young adult novel I have been working on that is on hold at the moment while I finish writing and publishing the children’s books.

How long have you been writing for?

Around ten years.

What is your writing process like?

It’s about picking the character I would like to work with and building up from there.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?

I prefer writing in the mornings, with a nice cup of tea, at a sweet spot in a café.

What motivates you to write?

It’s like painting or creating a piece of jewelry. An idea hits me and I just have to create it.

What was the first thing you did when you found out your book was being published?

I actually had no patience for the whole process of submitting my book to a publishing house then wait for 6 months for a response or none at all, so I decided I would self-publish on Amazon.
I am very excited to see the outcome.

Are you currently working on anything new?

All the time. I always have a few different projects on the go.
But the next one in line is another children’s book about a giraffe.

If you weren’t a writer, what would your career be?

I Have not yet completely switched over to a full-time writer just yet, I hope I will soon, I am optimistic. My other career or careers I should say were as a designer/artist and dance instructor.

What is the easiest part of writing for you? What is the hardest part?

The easiest has always been coming up with an idea.
The hardest has always been the editing, although sometimes, I do enjoy doing that too because it might lead me in another direction.

What’s one thing you learned through writing that you wish you knew before you started?

I wish I had started earlier.

What is your favorite book or genre? Is there a special book that made you realize you wanted to write?

My favorite book has to be The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul, written by Douglas Adams. I realized I wanted to write when I felt I needed to express my creativity in a different way.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

I would still call myself an aspiring writer, but I can say one thing, write every day, even if it’s nonsense.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I would like to thank everyone that took the time to read this interview and for those of you who will give Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves a read.

Thank you, Serina for visiting Coffee n’ Note  🙂

About The Book

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There is nothing Lulu loves more than dancing by herself. With each new song, she practices the “Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves.” She slides her feet, claps her hands, and bumps her hips against a tree trunk.
There is just one problem. Lulu is a gorilla! When she stamps her feet and shakes the trees, she ends up disturbing all the other animals in her jungle home. Poor Squin Squirrel cannot even sip his nut tea without Lulu’s dancing rattling his tree home. Squin and the other animals try to tell Lulu that her dancing is disruptive, but they cannot get through to the gorilla.
Then, Lulu’s loud music and dancing ends up waking up the mighty king of the jungle. The angry lion Jhawfors then confronts Lulu with the problem. Will the animals be able to find a compromise?
This rhyming children’s tale imparts valuable lessons to young readers. Lulu does not want to stop doing what she loves, but she needs to understand that her actions affect others. Through Lulu, children will learn the importance of respect, compassion, and compromise.

Book Links:

Amazon: Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves

Goodreads: Add Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves to your TBR list

My Review: Look what I thought about the book

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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My 4 NaNoWriMo Tips

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has started (yay) and what made this even more special, rain has finally arrived. Rain is here

Brainstorm

Take a bit of time to just brainstorm your idea. Write how you see the story starts and how it might end. Knowing how it will end, will help you when you get a bit stuck (this mostly happen, somewhere in the middle of the month). After you have the beginning and end, throw some adventure on the hero’s way 😀 This is by far my favorite thing to do besides the writing itself of course, lol.

Silence your editor

Yes, we all know this one and it’s hard not to stop and edit that word, or that annoying scene. But don’t! Leave your wonderful editor aside and remember, now you just write, nothing more. Just write.

Write in short bursts

Most nanowrimos can tell you that writing in short burst of 15-25 minutes, can truly help you write faster and just put you the right mood for writing. There’s nothing else in the world but your writing in those 15-25 minutes. Here you can use nano words sprints on Twitter, use an app like the Pomodoro or just put a timer on. This just makes things more manageable and less overbearing.

Community

Nano is not just a sprint to the finish line, it’s also lots of fun. There is so much power in the Nano community, that I urge you to look on Their site for some buddy friends, on twitter and all the social media, you are following. I love the Nano community so much ❤

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Enjoy this time, get inspired and have fun with your writing. 

That’s all for now and I will keep writing and update throughout NaNoWriMo. I will not be doing nano every day, but I still hope to achieve the 50K goal. I did put in my planner some writing day, as I call them. So far today my word count is 3K of writing and 4 pages of edit 😀 I guess it’s ok for now, lol.

How was your first day of Nano?

As always thank you so much for reading ❤

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Friday Musing

Friday Musing

Hey everyone, happy Friday to you all ❤

I hope your weekend had started out well and continue to be amazing and creative. Mine started out with me waking up at 6:30 in the morning, hubby being sick and going through tons of medical documents for my mom 😉

I guess I wasn’t meant to rest much this weekend, but at least I’m using, this time, to organize a bit around the house and be a bit creative by re-writing a scene I wanted to do all week and edit a few of my notes from my phone (my work desk these days, lol).

My plans or “goals” for this weekend is taking care of hubby, organize my closet room and try to edit a few more pages or scenes 😉

With all these health issues and busy schedule, sadly, for now, the giveaway is canceled. I still hope to do the giveaway this month but as I see thing going right now, I can’t.

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Well, enough with that, you are here not just for an update (of my crazy life, lol), but also to see what inspired me this week and actually, there was something that inspired me to push myself harder, even if things are overwhelming 😉

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I saw this a few days ago on Pinterest and I lost it, but today I found it again, lol. I love this quote so much as it hit home in me.

I feel as everything in my writer’s life had slowed down so much, that it hurts. I feel like I’m not doing anything I could, just because I’m so exhausted at the end of the day. I do write, in my phone on every chance I’ve got, but I always feel that it’s not enough. However, this quote really cheered me up and lifted my spirited in knowing that I am trying (and I’m trying hard) and even though it’s not a lot or as much as I used to write, at least I’m writing and still trying to follow my dreams 😀

Don’t let life push you down and fight for your dreams ❤

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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Weekly Round Up

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Hey everyone, hope you are having a nice day 🙂

My week was hectic and full of doctor appointments, lol, and there much more to come the next few weeks. It’s been hard on my mom as well as on me, but things need to get done and there’s no way to run from it.

Usually, I post my Weekly Round-Up on Sundays but yesterday was beyond exhausting. I came home, ate and fell asleep immediately.

So, I thought why not post it today 😀

Friday Musing

Friday Musing

A little update of my busy week and my only wish is to sleep. Must sleep!

10 Tips For New Writers

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I love reading about tips for writers and I mostly read the same things. You must write every day, you must read a lot. So, I thought why not compile 10 tips for new writers, that I know worked great for me 😀

I hope you’re having a nice Monday and a start of a great week 🙂 Goodnight Y’all 😉

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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To 10 Tips For New Writers

Hey everyone, welcome back to Coffee n’ Notes, I hope you are all having a nice Tuesday and if you are new to my blog, hi 😀

I got a few questions about this over on Tumblr and in my email, asking me for some tips for new writers. So, I thought I’ll write a post with my top 10 tips for new writers.

I remember how scary it was to start writing and being so overwhelmed about it all, where to start and how. Now we all heard that in order to be a writer you need to read and you need to write every day. Nothing new here, but what can really help a writer that is just starting out with the writing process? Just remember I am in no way an expert on writing, lol, these are just a few things that I’ve learned along the way and that worked well for me.

So, let’s start 🙂

  1. Take a deep Breath Yes, starting a new story (or novel) can be intimidating, but just take a deep breath and relax. Remember that this is what you really want to do. Start by writing whatever pops into your mind and I mean, whatever. It can be a word, a paragraph, anything goes. Tomorrow or a few days later try again. When I was a kid I wrote a 3 paragraphs story (with drawings) of a monster that’s trying to kill a dragon and a little girl saved the dragon. We think we imagine and we dream. Whatever you write is perfect and good and no one has to look at it. You will get better over time, but you must start somewhere.
  2. Ask Questions, For now, let’s go with the story I wrote when I was a kid. You need to ask yourself once you wrote that word or line or even more, is what’s going to happen next? If you don’t know then ask this… How will the little girl be able to kill a monster? What if she could have a magical power? What if she needs someone to help her? Who would that someone be? What if she couldn’t save the dragon? Keep asking and answering slowly as many questions as you can.
  3. Be yourself Don’t write for someone else. Write about the things you would love to read and that genuinely interest you. Readers will know the difference immediately.
  4. Outline as much as you can If you want to have some sort of order in your writings than an outline is the best way to go. There are many people that are writing an entire novel without an outline, but I learned that it makes things much easier and you don’t get much “writer’s block” this way. There are so many ways out there to outline and you should find the best way that works for you. But, to just start the outline with the example I gave, you need to find the keywords that will push your story forward. Like: An evil monster. A little girl hero. A beautiful dragon. Forest. Mountains. Magical powers. A helpful big brother. The girl saves the beautiful dragon. and so on… Until you have some sort of an overall picture of your story.
  5. Don’t be hard on yourself Writing is hard at the beginning, so take your time, practice and try to enjoy the work of imaginary worlds. Always remember that you love this and want to do this. If you don’t love writing, it is best to move to something else 😉 Remember that not everything you write will be amazing and perfect, but it’s your story so keep writing.
  6. Look around with your writer’s hat on I find that looking around me, even when I’m at home can help a lot with my writing. I can always see something that will spark an idea or that perfect name. Everything can be inspiring and if you look and search around you, I promise you will find many good things you can put in your novel. Like: A name. A dialog you heard and changed a bit. A scene in a movie that played out exactly like what you needed, so write it all down and it will help you later with your scenes or plots.
  7. Schedule your writing Don’t say I will write tomorrow. Say I will write at 8am till 10am for example. Use your planner or calendar to set some writing time and let people around you know that this is the time where they can’t reach you.
  8. Set some writing goals This will keep you accountable for your writing but also help you see the things you need to work on. You can set word count goals, scene goals or any way you choose, but don’t set too many goals for a day/week or a month. Know what you can do and be realistic with your goals (trust me on that).
  9. Research the genre you writing Today you can find everything online, you just need to search for it. If you write Science Fiction, search for some pictures that resemble the type of things you want to put in your novel. If you need names or places, research them as well. If you need some science stuff, or weapons (anything), just google it and search. This part can be fun and addictive so don’t forget why are you doing this and don’t procrastinate on that too much 😉
  10. Figure out your ending Try to write the ending of your story, even if at first it is just a word or a single line. This will guide your writing to the point you need in order to reach that ending. If you choose to change the ending along the way that’s okay, but still write some sort of ending. 

These are my top ten tips for new writers! I hope it wasn’t too long (sorry if it was too long) and I hope that it helped you in any way 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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My NaNoWriMo Prep

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Nano is only a few days away, OMG! 😀

I saw these kinds of posts everywhere and I thought: Why not share my Nano prep with you as well. Each Nano is very different from the next and it all depends if I have a plan or not (in most cases, I have a plan).

This year, as I wrote in the post a week ago: Writing Update & Plans, I am planning to write the second book in my “The Earth Legacy” Series. I outlined the book (well… most of it anyway, lol) and now waiting for Nano to start 🙂

So… How do I prepare for Nano? Here are my top 6 steps:

Find that spark:

I have a spark of an idea and I think of it. I start asking questions about the plot and the characters. Then the real work begins! I start writing notes, tons of notes… On my notebook, my phone, on my laptop and even a lot of little-colored post-its all over my desk.

Outline:

I love to outline my novel as much as I can. I just use keywords or short sentences about each major scene. You really want to have some sort of plan as it’s going to be a very fast writing and you do not have time for writer’s block 😀

Open your Planner:

Start thinking of all your other duties and hobbies like family, friends, gaming ((crying)) and house chores and think of how to fit some of them in with Nano month. The best thing that helps me is to write in my planner the entire month of all my Nano word count goals put the hours I need to write those words under each day. You will have to put aside a few things, like friends, gaming ((still crying about that), trips to town to do some shopping and just stay committed to your writing.

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To blog or Not to blog:

If you are a fellow blogger like me and you do choose to blog while doing Nano, write a few posts  in advance or at least write some notes of each future posts, so when it comes to write your posts, you will not have a writer’s block and it will not keep you away from your writing for too long 😉

Stock up:

Stock up on some chocolates, candy, yummy tea and coffee. You will barely sleep, as you are going to write in each free second you have. You have 50,000 words to write or if you are like me you have double that amount, lol (yep! crazy). Writing so fast and so much will drain you fast. Coffee or tea will become your friends and chocolate and candy will become your best friends 😀


Sanity?

Say goodbye to your sanity! I am not joking. You will dream of words, characters will jump into your daily life, Bunnies will try to put holes in your plot, lol, but most importantly, writing this many words in 1 month is beyond crazy… You must love it to go for it 😀

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If you are like me, you’re just crazy enough to give it a go and enjoy the craziness 😀

Are you doing Nano this year? How do you prepare for it? Don’t be shy and share some your best tips (I know you have them) 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writing In Chaos

Happy Thursday everyone, hope you are all having a nice day 🙂 Mine was nice. I was at home all day and was able to start my packing (I can’t wait for the last-minute, lol). Started with all the makeup, perfumes and other girly things we “must” have with us at all times, lol 😀 This packing really put me in ‘London Mood’, making me even excited and nervous, lol.

Okay, let’s continue with this post 😉

Btw, before I start… If you missed my first post on Writing In Chaos, just go over here.

This week on Writing In Chaos, I want to talk about something that also been asked of me (of other writers and bloggers)…

“Where do you get your ideas from”

I’ve been asked this question so many time, by so many people (friends, family, fellow bloggers, and readers, so I thought it was time to get it down in writing and make a post of it 🙂

Ideas are everywhere (in every person you see, in a dream, an object, a sense and so on). Ideas are something that just pops into my mind and won’t leave me be until I put it in writing.

Now I know that this answer is not the answer that most people wanted to read, but it’s the truth! I am not saying this to hide some awesome trick 😉

I can tell that something sometimes makes a little spark (a light-ball moment) in me, it can be anything that I see, hear, smell, touch or feel. In most cases, I just start to make up characters, events, worlds…

My mind is always searching, looking for these little sparks of ideas and always making up stuff (little ideas). I guess that mind just learned to see these little sparks.

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How? You might be asking yourself.

Well… I write. I write since I was less than 5 and I never stopped.

I have a notebook full of ideas, some are good and some are less good, lol, but I learned that having an idea is just not enough and even then, not the hard part of writing a novel or a blog post.

For me, ideas, are like water… always flowing and (so far and hopefully) never-ending. The part that writers/bloggers need to put more emphasis on, is the writing part. Having an idea is not enough, not even if it’s the greatest idea ever, what you must do is write it down, develop it, making it to something special for you and keep on writing.

I guess to close this post I will give you a small advice…

Carry a notebook (and a pen) with you everywhere and start writing! Write about that boy/girl drinking coffee… Daydream about their world or imaginary world, try to hear his/her voice in your mind and imagine their personality.

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Ask yourself this:

Who is this person?

Where this person will live?

When all this happens?

What if something happened to him? or to someone he loves?

How he is going react? or how will he succeed in doing something?

Why this even happened to this person?

Try to see more and more details about that person and soon enough an idea will pop to your head, full of details. Keep asking more and more questions and don’t forget to… Write it down! Write it all down!

Learn to imagine things and ask question

Make things up and play with them

Write them down and keep writing

That is all for now and don’t be shy to share your thoughts and where do your ideas come from?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writing In Chaos

Good evening everyone, hope your day (and week) is going great 🙂 Today I was at home all day and just tried to catch up on a few blog posts (I missed so many, sorry guys). It was so fun to read your posts and enjoy this time just for that ❤

After a few people DM me on twitter and emailed me the same question “How do you find time to write? I am starting this temporary feature of Writing In Chaos. Once a week I will share my most loved tip of how to write while your life is not as relaxed and organized, as you wished it to be 😉

So let’s start 😀

Find Claim The Time

Life… Life can be so hard, chaotic and stressful. Writing while all of this is going on around you is even harder mentally, emotionally and even just to “find” the right time to write. I can tell you from my own experience that “finding the right time” is hard and almost impossible to find.

I learned that there is no ‘right time’ for writing.

Now I will say this and this is the honest truth for me… I can’t edit while I’m stressed out. I can always blame my illness that can’t handle stress at all, but I am not doing that. When I’m stressed I just can’t sit down and edit (it’s that simple). Editing takes way too much from me, unlike writing.

So before I will run with my thoughts too much, making this posts even longer, lol, I will go back to my post title 😀

So… How do you write while living a chaotic and stressful life?

The short answer, you can’t! (But wait…)

The right answer here is… Relax! 😀

Learn to relax for just a little while and then write.

You need to find 1 minutes, or 5 minutes (the place doesn’t matter right now, it can be even in the bathroom, lol) but you must bring yourself to breathe and relax.

With all that is going on in my life right now and this blazing heat, I can’t edit a single word but I can find those little moments and write. I call it freestyle writing. In this type of writing, you take 1 minutes or more and start writing on whatever comes to mind (I mean… whatever).

It can be about your day, an object in front of you, a word that jumped into your mind, a place you dream to go or a person. Anything goes, just write. Learn to enjoy those little moments that are only yours and even be creative at these moments. it’s not about your family, work, friends or shopping, only you with yourself.

I guarantee you will feel free once you do it and if you love writing or creating, you will find these little moments more and more throughout the day. But for now, try and do this even if it’s only once a day for 1 minute, 5 minutes but no more than 10 minutes.

Time

When I first started, I felt too stressed and way too overwhelmed with everything and sadly I gave up almost everything just to able to do what I needed to do. But giving up the writing (even for a few months) was too hard emotionally and I couldn’t find the time (I was very annoyed by this).

So I started this freestyle writing just for 1 minute here (in the car while I was stuck in traffic in hell heat), 1 minute there (while I was in the shower, lol) and slowly it grew to 5 minutes here and there. After a while, it was even more. Now… Now I have a full story completed (no editing yet, lol) and I wrote it while life was more hectic and chaotic than ever.

126,420 words in 2 stressful month 😀 For me… This is beyond awesome 😉

So don’t guilt yourself to write and just take that 1 minute (here and there) to only write, imagine, or even record… some of your thoughts, some imaginary world or character, some type of little plot, or a blog post ideas.

The important thing here that you claim this time for your craft, knowing that this is just yours to be creative and write (or draw, play or blog…anything goes). You will be amazed what you can accomplish with only 1 minute and even more with 5 minutes 😉

Don’t try to find the time but claim the time 😀

That is all for this little tip, hope you are all having a wonderful day and maybe even a creative one 😀
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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{P.s. Sorry for the long post}