Wednesday, January 8, 2014


"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does." ~ William Faulkner

As I writer, this quote is the closest thing to the truth that is out there. All I do when I am writing is come up with a character, and then the character comes alive showing me this world that I have never seen before. These characters share their stories with me and show me where they work or go to school. It's my own journey to the New World. However, on every journey you need a break. 

At the beginning of the year, I had made it my goal to finish a novel in a couple months and start selling it to raise money. Looking back, I can only think of how foolish I was. After all, it took J.K. Rowling five years to finish "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." How could I expect to make a decent story in the time span of a couple months? 

I have found out that if is very healthy for a writer to take a breather from their own story. If they didn't, then they would start hating it because they would feel pressured into finishing the story instead of inspired to do it. I took a break, even started a new story, but then returned with a full force to Landing Among The Stars. 

Throughout my experience, I also learned that what you write down isn't always permanent. I cannot count how many times I had written down a couple pages, only to delete is days, maybe even weeks, later. I was so confident in finishing this book, but truthfully I was naive. There is so much that goes into this process, if it was so easy that you can finish it in a couple months, then everyone would be writers! That reminds me, the hardest part of all of this I'd not coming up with an idea, or keeping the story going. No, it is staying committed

In the long run, my initial goal of trying to finish a novel in a mere couple of months has taught me how much I truly do not know about my dream job after all. 

What Others Can Learn

When I had researched for my passion, I had realized that everyone who shares this passion with me should know this type of information. What happens to people who are not informed is that they start daydreaming, floating towards the clouds. They need reality to smack them in the face, showing them that not everything will be perfect if they intend to take their passion to a occupation level.

Writers are artists, just like actors, dancers, and singers. Becoming any of house things requires true skill, hard work, and time. You cannot expect to become the next Bronte sister over night, that's just not how reality works. So being informed about what degree you should get, and what other jobs require writers gives you the oppurtunity to do what you love. You don't have to be an author, you can be a screen writer or editor or reporter. Being informed lets you keep your dream while still being realistic. 

Lately I have been taking a break from Landing Among The Stars. I figured that my work had started become horrible due to me feeling as if I had to write another couple pages versus me wanting and being inspired to. I guess this is something even real authors have to go through every once in awhile. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Turning A Passion Into A Career

       Earlier, I identified my passion as writing. Well delving more into the 20 Time project, I have realized that I have another passion: to help others. I have realized that I can go in two routes with both of my passions and not have to choose. Becoming a writer does not mean that you have to spend every waking minute of your day writing your novel. In fact, most successful authors are parents whom are active in their child's life. However, trying to come up with a perfect job that includes my passion to help others was a little more difficult.

       I never liked the idea of becoming a teacher, doctor, or nurse. Sure these jobs help others but the idea of returning to the one place I dread and blood scare me. I thought about the different ways I could help people. I was drawing a blank until the tragic typhoon hit the Philippines. I realized that there is nothing more I want than to be able to fly to the Philippines and help in any way I can. So, upon research, I came up with a dream job- an international aid worker.

       An international aid worker allows to me to go to these countries in need and help. Whether it be helping rebuild homes or medicating people, I'd still be helping. I'd have to go to school for these jobs, and even go through a special camp. The only downside being that this job also requires you to have many connections.

       If I choose this career path, it would not require me to drop my other passion of writing. In fact, I can continue to write for basically any other occupation I choose. Maybe I won't be able to become a professional writer, but I'd still be able to do my passion, which is enough for me.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Rolling WIth The Punches

Thus far, the most valuable lesson 20 Time has taught me is that nothing is going to happen as planned. It teaches you that you shouldn't get angry or give up when something doesn't go your way because it's not always going to. You simply have to roll with the punches and move on to the next great thing.

I, for example, was so thrilled by the thought of publishing my own story, only to have reality hit my face and tell me that it would cost way too much. The mere fact that I am planning on making a novel by the end of this year is almost to impossible. Writers block has taken its toll and is making me fall behind schedule. That doesn't mean, however, that I give up. On the contrary, it's healthy to just take a break. After this "break" is when I put my head back into gear and try with all my might to finish my story.

When I am older and, hopefully, become a writer, this lesson will most definitely be of use. I have to realize that my schedule isn't going to go as planned. I will have to take breaks from writing, much to my dismay, and just go with the flow. It's healthy for me to sit back and relax every once in awhile. Also, now for my classes, this lesson will be useful during group projects. Instead of taking control of everything and being the only one stressed over the project, I should just sit back and let everyone else pitch in their own ideas. The project might be even more than what you can imagine if everyone puts their own ideas to it.

Pitch Day

Pitch Day was surely a unique experience not only for me, but for my classmates too. I've seen my friends that are completely shy and comfortable in their own "zone" speak boldly in front of the people in administration. It was as if they switched from being the quiet, nonverbal person they show themselves to be at school, to a whole new outward exuberant person. I suppose the quote, "The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun," really fits to their situation. They had known that they couldn't be soft spoken if they wanted to look serious about their work. They had to be outward and show the people of administration that they are professional and serious about this project.

Personally, I am a very loud and outgoing person in general. My friends can testify to that. Sure, I have those moments where the introvert in me gets out, making me more observant and quiet. However, that rarely happens to me during presentations. In truth, I usually "wing it" during presentations. All I really need are pictures to remind me of key points and I can fly by the presentation. It comes naturally to me. That doesn't mean that my heart doesn't race as if it is a competitor in a horse race though. No, when I am presenting, my heart feels as if it is about to push out of my chest and my leg starts fidgeting ever so slightly. So, I you can say I was thoroughly surprised when I found myself with a normal heartbeat during the presentations. Don't worry, I checked if it was still there plenty of times, and it was. It just wasn't beating against my chest anymore.

Pitch Day has made me realize that there are other people just as nervous as you. My guess is that the only reason I wasn't as nervous was because I truly knew that there were others in my classroom who could connect with me. We were all doing the same thing at the same time, and weren't even expected to be as professional as we presented ourselves to be. I also realized that when the moment calls for it, even the most introverted of people can come out of their shell.

Quote Reference:
BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Landing Among The Stars

At last, I have revised, and finalized chapter one! I have about twelve chapters so far in my book, and a total of 88 pages. If I say so myself, it is a true accomplishment. In all honesty, my book is only just beginning, so I’m pretty sure I have a lot of work ahead of me. Along with this accomplishment, I have decided on a name for my book. Now, in my personal experience, I cannot come up with a definite name for a story, until I am finished with it. So, under no circumstances will this new name be permanent. However, I had gotten tired of always clicking on the document labeled: Untitled and decided on a much more appropriate name- Landing Among The Stars.

During this experience, I have learned that although I prefer working independently, when others give me advice, I listen to every word. It was because of this that I entered the National Novel Writing Month. I’ll continue to write, of course, but this process will guarantee that I finish a full novel in a month. As a writer, I can honestly tell you that there are days where I come home and stare blankly at my work. I’ve noticed that when I simply don’t feel inspired, I don’t write. Obviously, with all the things I have planned, that simply cannot do. So, I feel as if I need to push myself a little more than usual so Landing Among The Stars can be a full novel.

So far, this experience has definitely shown me what it would be like out in the real world. If I truly want to become a writer when I am older, I not only have to constantly revise, but keep up in pace. I have to have weekly goals so I can complete the novel, and not completely forget about it. Also, it opened my eyes on the process of publishing. Self publishing costs a lot, while a publishing company might not even publish your book.

In all, this experience, thus far, has truly opened my eyes. Not only am I writing at a faster pace, but I am learning about the processes of publishing. Knowing everything now, helps me plan ahead for my future. Creating a novel takes a long time, with a lot of effort. I’d need a plan if I want to have a career in this business. After all, you don’t get paid until after your book is published.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Contacting the Authority

As of yet, Pencils of Promise has not contacted me back. This then creates the issue of practicality. I now have to do even more research, creating an even shorter amount of time for editing, publishing, and selling.

In all honesty, I believe I would have to start spending time on this project at my own home. Although we were advised not to do so, creating a story takes months, even years, and I am intending on creating one in a couple weeks. Albeit, I had started the story long before this project was assigned, however the time it would take for editing, and publishing is way too long for me to only work during the Fridays we have.

As stated before, some of my biggest issues concern self publishing. I have been spending most of my time on how I can self publish. At certain dead ends, I do think of resorting to having people donate a penny for every page I write, but I continue searching anyway. It always seems as if the website is "sketchy" or I would have to spend a very pretty penny to publish anything on my own.

I've been thinking of going to a publishing company and talking directly to one of their managers, which I believe might be the best option. Being 14, jobless, and simply in a Honors English class, there are many variables in the process of self publishing.

Link To Pencils of Promise: