This is a sample title for the draft novel I am contemplating about.
This is my entry for this week’s photo challenged: Happy. It is very interesting, indeed, to know what makes a person happy and to put a set of gallery in portraying these happiness make it even more interesting. To me, what makes me happiest all the time is to see the smiling, innocent, and cute faces of children, may they be a relative or not. I especially love children, even there are times that children don’t like me, haha. But even then, I still love them, anyway.
Oh, by the way, I don’t know how to use the new gallery feature. I tried looking at the media settings, and I don’t see this “Display all your gallery pictures in a cool mosaic,” text thing. Gah. I’m using Jetpack carousel. Well…
So you’re a novice in this year’s NaNoWrimo. Good. You’re not alone. Every year there are thousands of first timers in nanowrimo. And every year there are many others who accept this writing challenge even without having an experience about writing at all. Nonetheless, even without a good background in writing, you still have this itchy desire to write your own novel! And no one can stop you. So you ended up in NaNoWrimo, knowing that this will help you in reaching your dream—yes, that first novel.
Below, then, are my personal tips and encouragements on writing your very first NaNoWrimo novel.
1. Oh, so you want to participate this year! But, gah, you don’t have a plot? That’s not a problem! You want to write a novel, right? Then that alone is a good motivation in your writing! Never limit yourself just because you don’t have some brilliant book ideas unlike some writers. You have hands, you have a brain, and you have feelings, therefore, you can plot your own story!
2. Here comes the grammar-boo-boo that never fails to disappointment you. You want to write a novel in English but you’re not good in it, not only that, but you can’t express your ideas in the story because you’re not comfortable in English. That’s easy to solve! Forget English! Just write in your own native language then! NaNoWrimo does not require the participants to use English as the language medium in their novels! You can write a book in whatever language you prefer. The word-count validator, however, doesn’t handle non-Latin character sets. But other than that, no worries! Language is not in any way a barrier in writing your first novel.
3. Have you read my 10 Tips for NaNoWrimo Beginners? Not yet? You should and everything else will be made easier for you, or, at least.
4. If you have the plot now in your brain, and the characters and settings are already set, then start writing them. I strongly suggest that you use Microsoft Word as a writing tool than using Notepad. Because Microsoft Word has a default English spelling and grammar features in it, and though it’s not perfectly reliable, it surely helps your writing flow much easier and convenient. While Notepad, on the other hand, is best handy when it comes to saving pop-up ideas, but I don’t recommend this tool for your writing’s sake!
5. Always save your chapters every now and then—if it’s convenient for you, then save it every minute or every after typing your 1-paragraph! Although Microsoft Word has an autosave feature, it is still better to play safe!
6. Furthermore, don’t trust your computer’s hard drive alone, and never trust your memory because it can be deceiving and confusing, but rather have a copy of your novel into your other devices such as: flash drive, memory card, or save it in an online free storage such as DropBox! Believe me, it will somehow eat up your courage to continue writing if your first, second, and third chapters were accidentally erased! Better be safe, yow!
7. At the middle of your writing, there are times that you’d have a writer’s block—or simply, you cannot write anything at all. Don’t worry about that, it’s normal. In this case, however, use this moment to relax and after some time, go back brainstorming your story and ideas that you’ve outlined from the start. Or simply find some motivation to keep you going! After that, go and continue writing your novel.
8. Check your outline all the time. Don’t use too many scenes and words that are not closely related to your chapters or story flow. It will just increase your word counts, yes, but if you really want to end your novel before November ends, then write simply and straight to your plot. Don’t go overboard. You’ll just get headaches.
9. If you think that others are doing well than you do, then you think right. There are people who do far better than you, and there people who do less than you.
10. DON’T QUIT. Even when it seems to be the best solution.
There you go, NaNoWrimo first timers. I hope this helps and encourages you. By the way, if you won’t mind, if this is your first time in NaNoWrimo, please leave me a message and let’s keep in touch. I would love to hear from you.
Initially, I have no intention of outpouring my opinions about this recently issue of Cybercrime Law here in my country Philippines, a Republic Act No. 10175. I mean, well, I think it should have been done long before. And now that it’s in the action, I could not care less other than say, “It’s too late, actually.”
To a greater extent, this cybercrime law is not in any way a bad thing for me. Although I’m a Netizen myself, and that I use internet as a mean of communication and entertainment, I find no argument about this act. I don’t understand people who seems to raise a red flag against the government just because of this law. Recently, whenever I open my facebook account, almost all the friends that I have so far are talking about this cybercrime law.
A lot of people have already changed their profile pictures into that one solid, black square photo to support their petition about this issue. Know what? I think that’s just ridiculous now. Sorry, my fellow Pinoys, though my terms seem to offend you please do not be deceived by that feeling–because my intention is far from that. So if you think that I wrote this article to offend the protestants, you think wrong. This is not just a matter of opinions, because if we’re talking merely about opinions, then, no one will win and no one is wrong. Because everyone else have their own opinions. The issue itself has clearly presented itself.
This is about CyberCrime Law, the Philippine government, and the Pinoy Netizens–in short, this is a matter of who’s in authority and who’s not.
I think, however, that this uprising of the Netizens is indeed necessary. But later I came to notice that everyone else now is exaggerating this issue. Posting anti-cybercrime status, sharing anti-cybercrime videos, changing profile pictures, and so and so–to a point that it’s already a nag. These compelling reactions and declaration of “we want Internet freedom” has gone too far, yes, I do really think. How the people react and how they respond to this cybercrime law—is it not simply a display of rebellious hearts?
Come to think of it, the people who take this too much as a really BIG deal, are the ones most probably doing the illegal stuffs–not that I’m innocent of this but, I think that this cybercrime law is really good stuff. WHY? Haha. Well, this will discipline Filipinos from different walks of life–including me, of course.
Yes, of course, by this law everything online (business, entertainment, blogging, etc) will be affected, and sure thing is, the entertainment via internet will surely go down to some less-than-average level. But if this cybercrime law can lessen the underground online-businesses, including the prohibited sites, and downloading of illegal materials, will it not lessen the mind-control medium? I think that would be a good idea!
I don’t say that this Cybercrime Law does not have a negative side, by the way. However, I think that there are a lot of good things about this law than its negative effects. That’s all to it.
Netizens…why is it so big deal?
If it’s a big deal, then, “ARE YOU AFFECTED?” For what reason? You can’t freely download stuffs in the internet, that stuff, and that stuff? Come on, don’t waste your precious time in arguing over the government for this matter, because whether you like it or not, the decision for this law is upon on the hands of the Higher Authorities.
Besides, one must read thoroughly the LAW completely before complaining about it. ‘Coz a lot are already complaining and exaggerating it because they simply don’t know the WHOLE THING. What an irony. And yes, if you’re asking me, I have read–scanned more probably–this RA Act. 10175, and so far, I have no argument against it. BESIDES, I don’t complain about this matter.
If you want to go about complaining, can you please READ the chapters of this law–I mean, the WHOLE THING? Because that will answer your complaints. And perhaps, it will give you peace.
So far, these are the good benefits I see coming about this cybercrime:
- There are thousands of illegal stuffs around the world, less one then because of this cybercrime law.
- Less media-influence. Less pornography access for your children, and yes, including the adults, especially married.
- Less time on internet because you won’t be able to freely watch, read, or download copyrighted materials. In short, more time for your family and friends.
- Less anime-and-game-freak people.
- More time for you to go and repent for the things you’ve done illegally and shamefully ever since who-knows-when.
- No more increasing of introvert people!
- Personal relationships? Deepened more through personal communication! And so and so…
The bad thing about this CyberCrime issue?
Limited freedom when it comes to internet access. But I don’t see that as a big deal. The bad thing that I see…is that people are complaining non-stop about it and it’s already a nag. Have they not realized? They’re just exaggerating this issue to a point that it’s quite pointless. Wake-up, Pinoy Netizens! Should you not be more concern of your salvation?
It’s October. The start of a brainstorming period in nano-writing your novel for this year’s National Novel Writing Month. As a participant of last year’s nano-writing (yes, I call it that way) I’ve learned lessons, tips, guides, and different styles when it comes to writing your first novel. Of course, there are things that we have to avoid and must pay attention to if we want to win the challenge this year. Cramming days, sleepless nights, pressured moments–yes, it sure is a word-war! But if this is your first time in joining the NaNoWrimo, of course, you’d be looking around for tips and advises from previous nanowriters. Congratulations! then, let me first tell you.
My 10 Useful Tips for NaNoWrimo Beginners
1. Design your story. First and foremost, you create your plot. You create an outline for the flow of your story. You must have an overview of what will happen first and will be the end of your story. As a nano-writer beginner, this is the most important part that I’ve came to realize. Even more important than creating your characters. Why? Because you can create characters and assemble them much easier and accordingly to your taste when YOU already have an overview of your novel.
2. If you take tip #1 for granted, then at the middle of November, you’ll find yourself realizing that your story have gone too long–and it will be difficult for you to end it. I swear, it’s a struggle. Design your plot first according to your taste! And everything will flow much easier later in the process.
3. Describe your characters. If you have a profound view of your novel, creating your characters will not be a problem. You can now easily describe the types of characters that will perfectly fit your story. Make an outline of your characters, too.
4. Character check. Always make a character check during the writing process because you might swap their roles and it will confuse the flow of your story–unless, of course, if you want it that way!
5. Overdoing it is a No-no. So, after creating your plot and describing your characters, then of course you’ll be writing them. You’ll find yourself loving what you’re doing. And you’ll love what you’re writing. Because this is your first time in nano-writing, you are driven by the fire of finishing your novel no matter what it cost–and the sooner is much better! Eventually, since you accepted this challenge, you will have sleepless nights, disturbing days, and pressured moments–well, welcome to the NaNoWrimo world! It can’t be avoided! But hey, don’t overdo it! Sleepless nights are normal for nanowriters, but overdoing it is not normal, yes you! Always find time to relax and rest. If you’re writing to death, it will stress you out and you will not enjoy writing anymore. Eventually, if you overdo it, you’ll end up traumatized.
6. Join NaNoWrimo Forums. When you get to the point that you’re lacking out of words and ideas to fit into you story,
and yes you’ll experience this point, don’t freak out. NaNoWrimo communities exist! You can always join the discussion and seek help from others. NaNoWrimo writers and liaisons can always help you. When you need assistance for your novel, check the forum! It will never fail you. As a beginner, this is a great help.
7. Have a life, yes, YOU. So here comes November, and you’re cramming to write in order to reach that one 50,000-word count before the month ends. You would be so determined to finish your novel, of course, everyone else does! But because of your determination you would sometimes forget to get out of your room–but oh come on, see some sunlight! If you want to win the challenge healthy and sound, then eat healthy foods, have enough rest, take time to relax, kneel down and pray–perhaps intercede for new ideas. And yes, you’re still alive so go and HAVE A LIFE. Never forget to interact with your family and friends, even when NaNoWrimo’s already pressuring you. Relax….and write later.
8. So you have a writer’s block. Now what? When you get to this point, congratulations, ‘coz it means you’re a writer! Every writer experiences this, so don’t eat the feeling of disappointment because you’re not alone. If a writer’s block is eating up your brain, then you can’t really do anything about it than have time to relax–yes, again! Don’t let this situation bother you, mind you. Instead, make this as an opportunity to go outdoors and have time for your self, family, friends and a quiet time with the LORD. And if you’re ready to write once again, go brainstorming. Read your story and create some reflection about it. Don’t forget to check your outlined plot, once you do that, it will help you to accumulate new ideas and helpful words.
9. Always carry a pen and notebook. I did this last year and well, did it really work! A pen and a small notebook in your bag or pocket is an awesome trick for your writings’ sake! There are times when you’re just going to suddenly think of an idea out of nowhere and you know that it will be useful for you novel–but oops, what if you’re in the middle of somewhere and you don’t have your personal computer or writing device with you? That’s where a pen and notebook comes in a handy, which is why I recommend you to really carry this two all the time. We all know, ideas can either come and go. And it will be such a waste to waste that idea just because you were not able to take them down on your notes! A tablet or your smart phone will do, too!
10. Winner or not, when November ends, celebrate! If you are able to come up with the 50,000-word count before November ends, congratulations! It’s a celebration. If, by any chance, despite your endless pursuit of reaching that 50,000-word count in one month, despite reading these tips, and you’re still not able to reach the target–don’t lose hope! NaNoWrimo won’t end this year! There is still next year, you know that, don’t you? Well, winner or not, you still have to congratulate yourself for embracing the challenge!!! Whether you completed your novel or not, celebrate! Because you can finally drop the status of being a: beginner. You can proceed to the next level and replace the word beginner with this heartwarming phrase…
“I’m a NaNoWrimo Novelist!”