Writing

I haven’t published anything in 6 years.

And it’s daunting.

Every year I say, “Okay. This is it. This is the year I publish my second book.” But I can’t even finish a second book. All my manuscripts are scattered around me, at 50%, 25%, 75%, 40% and 20%, and it’s like a big pile of laundry where I don’t know if I should start with my whites or my darks.

I won’t lie; I’m starting to feel kinda frustrated with myself. I feel like I’ve bitten off so much more than I can chew. I start new projects every other week or month – whether it’s launching my own business, or taking up calligraphy, or marathoning entire shows – and I almost never see them to completion.

But I am not writing.

Credit: The Veragist

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Reading · Writing

Don’t read my book!

Yes, you heard me. I don’t want anyone reading  the book I worked so hard to write. Not indefinitely, of course, but at least until I correct my horrendous writing mistakes. There are two reasons I avoid reading my books after I’ve published them:  1) I don’t want to find that I’ve missed some awful typos (like writing “nut” instead of “but), and 2) I don’t want to see how bad my writing is.

Sigh.

When they tell you that a writer is their own worst critic, they are definitely not joking. Seeing the words I wrote nearly three years ago makes me cringe. Heck, seeing the words I wrote five months ago makes me cringe. On one hand, that’s a good thing because it means I’m improving and my writing is becoming better and better, but on the other, it means I don’t like anything I published in the past. I’m almost embarrassed by it. Continue reading “Don’t read my book!”

Reading · Writing

A Writer Who Doesn’t Write.

Of all the things I’ve been neglecting lately and pushing back to the deepest, darkest corner of my mind, I think my writing has collected the most dust. I’m not just referring to blogging – though that has started to  gather some cobwebs – but rather, to what allows me to call myself a writer.

cobwebs

When I first published Puppet Parade in 2012, I was determined to release at least one book a year. More than two years have passed since then and I have yet to make a dent in that resolution. It’s not that I don’t have ideas or works-in-progress, as it happens I have one completed first draft and two novels in the making… and about a dozen ideas for future novels. The problem is that I lack time. Continue reading “A Writer Who Doesn’t Write.”

Reading · Writing

I’m scared to read my own book!

As writers, we like to think our books are perfect and completely error-free, but deep in our hearts and in the dark corners of our minds, there is a niggling worry that, somewhere, the typo/spelling mistake/punctuation mistake/grammar mistake of doom is lurking, waiting to annoy our unsuspecting readers.

In a recent post about pet peeves, some readers commented on how much spelling mistakes and typos bother them when reading, and I totally understand that. I too feel a bit irked when I’m reading a book released by a well-known publishing house, only to come across a misplaced punctuation mark or a blatantly obvious typo. You’d think their editors would do a better job, right?

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General · Writing

ASPIRING WRITER: The User Guide and Maintenance Manual (2)

This is a continuation from the first part of the user guide, which you can find here. In the second part, I’ll be discussing your unit’s functions, relationships with other units and maintenance! I must say, writing this has been fun, and it has made me prob myself from all angles (not physically!) to describe how a typical writer is.

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Programming

Your ASPIRING WRITER™, with enough motivation and persuasion, can perform as follows:

Writer: Your ASPIRING WRITER™ is first and foremost a writer, a product of many years spent poring over a paper or a keyboard. Provide your unit with the complimentary plot present in the package and watch them get write down to the task. It may take the ASPIRING WRITER™ a little over a month to finish a novel, but don’t expect them to give it to you until after many revisions. Alternatively, if you do not wish for your ASPIRING WRITER™ to write novels, you could assign any writing task to them (articles, essays, etc.)… though that would probably drive them over the edge and you’d be better off pre-ordering our FREELANCE WRITER™ unit.

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Writing

I am now published!

The reading process took longer than I anticipated, but that’s okay, because I’m pleased with my end product and, more importantly, I am now PUBLISHED! I had waited for this for so long, and I’m incredibly excited, albeit nervous, that my book is finally out there for everyone to read.

Puppet Parade is now available in paperback and e-book format. You can buy the paperback from Lulu here, and the e-book from Amazon here (Kindle). You can also find an epub version on the Lulu page. It’s a great book and I’m extremely proud of it… and I’m not biased in the slightest. 😉

If you do decide to read it, I’d appreciate it if you can leave a review for me on Goodreads. And if you like it, do feel free to share it and recommend it to your friends. Self-publishing is a difficult route, and word-of-mouth really helps a new author quite a lot.

Squee. Published. I’m published! This is so exciting. I don’t think the novelty of this will wear out anytime soon, haha.

Writing

The editing process is endless.

Recently I received a review stating that there were mistakes in my novel that affected the person’s reading experience. Of course I was sad at first, then I became confused. I know I’ve done extensive edits on my novel, so how could there be any errors? I asked the reviewer to elaborate on their complaints… and guess what? It turned out that they were right. I had been so proud of the book, that I failed to notice some of the mistakes that were still there.

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Writing

Who doesn’t love a giveaway?

So I’ve finally decided on a release date for my book – 10th of April! I figure it would be easier for me to get everything done during the weekend so I don’t end up being frazzled on a work day.

So before that happens, I have decided to host another giveaway on Goodreads. Of course this doesn’t mean that this will be the last giveaway ever, but after this Puppet Parade can’t be regarded as an advance reading copy.

Anyway, WordPress posts don’t seem to like HTML very much for some reason, so I’m afraid I can’t put up the giveaway widget here. So in order to enter, you will have to go here… and of course sign up for a GR account if you don’t have one. The giveaway will end on the 1st of April, so make sure to enter before then! And don’t forget to add the book to your To-Read list! =D