• NaNoWriMo,  On Writing

    NaNoWriMo 2015? Five reasons I might not enter

    I have taken the option to enter NaNoWriMo 2015 in serious consideration since the year started. After struggling with mental health for most of the last year, I found it difficult to stick to a definite schedule to get my novel drafts complete — and hitting 50,000 words minimum. My previous novels are still incomplete. Mental illness often means I will completely disconnect with my characters and their worlds, so I will shut down and wind up being unable to continue the character development writing process. That doesn’t mean I will surrender, however. It might take another two years, another four, maybe ten — but I will get there eventually.…

  • On Writing

    Furniture for writing inspiration: ingredients to a good story?

    How can a writer get good story ideas from hotel resorts and bar supplies, you’d ask? Well, writers are not unlikely to be  inspired by daily things. A closet may become the perfect excuse for mystery or fantasy events, a doll could bring back to old family memories that cross borders with history and drama. Even resorts and bar supplies could be the perfect setting for a thriller, or a story revolving around mysterious character who never stops by a city for more than one night. Looking at bar supplies for setting ideas, you can have that barman in your story who always messes up with colors and decorations and…

  • On Writing

    Humble jobs for a story’s protagonist? Yes, absolutely!

    What if a character of mine worked for a service like Maid to Please? I’m sure you know what I mean. Humble jobs. Yet jobs filled with love and passion for what people do. One of my newest fictional characters, Reina Pater, works for a house-cleaning service. Only for some time in her story, but yes, she does. And it doesn’t make her a cybernetic Cinderella. The cleaning job actually teaches her to be more human-like. She learns what it means to be a human being with all the hopes, sacrifices and dreams involved. She grows as a character and as a person. In the past, I used to give…