I CREATED AN AUTHORTUBE CHANNEL!!!

I DID A THING;

I created my own AuthorTube channel!!! 

In this video, I answered a bunch of questions about me as a writer, and things you can expect from my channel.

If you like what you see, it would mean the world to me if you subscribed! Thanks so much for your support!~!! ๐Ÿ˜„

Trust the process and keep writing~!

Alex is signing out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Standing Up to the Enemy with Project Sprite (Week 5 of July Camp Nanowrimo)

< This is a long time coming…but this process was documented on July 2021 >

Which project is this?

Project Sprite (novel-in-verse story)

THREE days!! Ahh, I could literally scream. I had to finish editing this draft in THREE days. Can I do it?

Not only am I having trouble getting this done on time, I cannot seem to move forward to the other chapters. Because no. 1, I’m rewriting a massive chunk that doesn’t make sense in the story, 2, I am rewriting chapters that never existed, and 3, I’m stuck. I’ve been stuck for days.

Probably, need a miracle in order to catch up.

Do you think I can make it to the deadline? Wish me luck!

(Future Alex typing here, and no, I didn’t complete the goal).

That is all for now.

Talk to you soon. Alex is signing off.

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Walking into a Nightmare with Project Sprite (Week 4 of July’s Camp Nanowrimo)

You realise you’re having a nightmare when you cannot wake up! What am I talking about? I’m talking about the procrastination routine I got going. It was already too late to say ‘please let it be a dream!’ when… ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

….when I woke up the next morning. I checked the calendar and screamed my heart out (was I exaggerating…no…no I wasn’t). Half of the month is already gone because I kept pushing the revision plans to another day! It sucks to be so behind on my editing goal. I thought I had everything planned out but of course I didn’t.

Just when I thought time was on my side.

I put on my game face and pulled an all-nighter….to get the edits done. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ *cue the internal screaming* I had to ๐Ÿ‘ finish this draft ๐Ÿ‘ by the end of July…and I had only edited 14 chapters…(well, 15 so far, at the time posting this). I had another 40 chapters to go, and 10 DAYS to get them DONE!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

When I said ‘pull an all-nighter’, *cough cough* I meant revising only till midnight because if it was later than that, then that would be a no-no to me. ๐Ÿ˜…

Anyway, my goal forย #ProjectSpriteย is to edit 20 chapters this week! Am I crazy? YES!! Do you think I can do it? I hope so!! ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

I’m now realising that I’m not a fan of editing ๐Ÿ˜†

Do you prefer editing or drafting?

This was recorded on July 18-22

Talk to you guys soon! Alex is signing out.

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Embarking on a journey with an old project (Week 1 of July’s Camp Nanowrimo)

I decided to work on an unedited draft I wrote back in 2018. I knew, it was time for me to kickstart that project again because I wanted to query that sometime this year. Fingers crossed, I will reach that point.

Date: 7/7/2021

I’ve reached chapter 2 inย #ProjectSpriteย (my novel-in-verse project). YAY! It took me two days to edit chapter 1 because I was coming up with different first liners. I’m always like this whereby I must find it there and then if not, I cannot sleep at night, haha!! I still want them to hook the reader from the first page even if the storyline is kinda odd.

My goal for the week is to get to chapter 5 at the end of the week ASAP.

The whole week I was busy working on the chapters. I think chapter 4 was the hardest to write. So many continuity problems and some words didn’t add up. I had to rewrite the sentences here and there to make the context clearer. I had to throw out the previous ‘good stanzas’ too… Well at that time writing it, they were good but now, I realised it was repetition.

So did I manage to reach the weekly goal?

One word: YASSSSSSSSS!!! I just finished editing last Saturday! *does a happy dance* Then, gave myself a break on Sunday. Yippee!!

That is all for now. Alex is signing out.

Next post is all about my Camp Nanowrimo project: Project Sprite. So stick around! ๐Ÿ˜€

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The Secret of Writing More During Nanowrimo

This Nanowrimo I decided to do something a little different.

I told myself that I wanted to finish this novel. So I needed to write faster. I needed to exceed the Nano-word count goal which is 1667 words per day. And that is a lot of words for me to put to paper. So how do I do that?

It got me thinking, maybe I should start writing where the action begins. In my 3-act-structure, the action begins in the whole of Act 2. I decided to not start writing from Act 1 which is the beginning of the story, but to write from Act 2. And then followed by Act 3. After that, only I’ll write the beginning.

Let me tell you, using this tactic has been mind-blowing. I have not completed that many words in one day before. It was usually 500 words because that was the daily goal I set for myself. And now, I have surpassed that which is a shocking surprise…really.

I realised,

Writing from where the ruckus starts has helped me exceed more words than I thought. Action scenes make you write more. It makes you write sensory things that your character is facing or feeling or sensing in a scene. So yes, more words.

Also, descriptions fill the scene with words too. Describing things thoroughly can help you get more words down. In week 1, day 3, I got stuck at one scene where I knew that was no way I could make it longer. I already knew that it needed to be the second scene already. And since I didnโ€™t want to do write the 2nd scene, because I told myself to write one scene every day, I went back and rewrote a few paragraphs, lengthening the description in order to surpass my word count goal of the day.

To some of you, it may be a bad thing to do that because you might end up deleting everything, but to some who think it is manageable might think otherwise. So I ended up doing that. And it helped me a lot. I reached my Nano word count for that day.

Now back to writing! Wide-Eyed Wanderer is signing out.

Dream a million dreams and make them come true!

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