NaNoWriMo’s Talking Fish

9 11 2010

Okay, this is the second week of NaNoWriMo—the week which some people often say to be the most difficult of all. Do you feel weary of writing what’s left from your 50,000 words? Do you not know what else to put into your already messy story? Do you think your story sucks?

Well, don’t worry about any of that. I know your story completely sucks, and so do mine and all stories of NaNo participants all over the world. You’re now in what we often call “writer’s block”. You just meet a dead end in your story and start thinking about it negatively.

Writer’s block is natural. Every writer will face it in one way or another—even a professional writer. And what you have to do is simple: destroy it! Destroy, conquer and win over it! And for that, I just got a “helpful” tip from one of my friends in (which my apologies for forgetting who said it):

If you’re stuck somewhere in your story and don’t know what else to write about, put in a talking fish into the story and see where it will bring you to.


Sounds like an absurd blabber, isn’t it? But, why, it’s completely true! For now, the only thing you have to be worried about is how to write that 50,000 words. Try everything you could to reach that goal, and “talking fish” is just one possibility for it. And you know what? I used this secret technique before (though I used “a million chickens falling from the sky” instead), and I get through that writer’s block! That trick is just adorable!

HOWEVER, still don’t forget that NaNoWriMo intends to make draft. By December, DO NOT forget to remove all of these useless ideas and edit, reedit and re-reedit your story until it’s more perfect than perfect. Don’t forget that editing is even more essential than writing, especially if you’re aiming for publication. Remember: Writing is fun; editing is professional.

But, of course, that’s for December. For now, hurry up and put all of those talking fish before this month’s over! 🙂


Alternative Ending, Guys?

4 11 2010

Check this one out!


How Lord of The Rings should have ended…. Seriously, that’s a great idea. I mean, the birds do exist even in the original stories, right? Why don’t they just wait for these blasted birds to come for around 30 minutes, and then fly to Mordor for 15 minutes. That will take 45 minutes to finish the movie, with additional few minutes before the meeting. Approximately, this story will be less than 1 hour—no need to divide it into 3 parts! 🙂

Of course, that’s a lazy alternative. Very quick, very short, and ironically very logical. What a shame….

Anyway, NaNo is now in progress. Have you thought of this kind of alternatives in your story? Is there a way to make your story no more than 3 paragraphs long? If the answer is yes, be careful. Just why does your character want to take all of the difficult adventures, with their lives in grief danger, if they can just fetch a ride and free from trouble? Very short alternative. No need for 50,000 words; it seems to me you’ve finished the whole novel.

“Well, that was incredibly easy.” Why, it’s true! 🙂

Need Some Luck?

30 10 2010

Okay, folk, 30th October finally comes! Only one more day for NaNoWriMo to begin!

By this point of time, if you participate this year, have you prepared your story outline? Have you known what you want to write? Have you fallen in love to your characters? Have you decided their personalities and behaviours? But, more importantly for this post, have you prepared your lucky charm?

Lucky charm isn’t always effective. In fact, it never succeeds, except perhaps a few rare occasions that still come from your own effort. Nevertheless, lucky charm still gives you something you can’t find in yourself: confidence. Confidence that comes from a simple, childish mind, as you might say, as believing in something unreal. Yet, don’t forget that sometimes, children can be more confident than the adults, simply because they have their so-called “lucky charm”. Simple mind doesn’t worry too much; they just believe in something without asking any of those nagging question: How can I know it effective? What if they lie to me when selling this thing? Why did I buy it in the first place? Children don’t ask that kind of questions when their parents bring them outside; they just believe.

So, folk, lucky charm is just needed to make you feel good. You don’t have to believe in it, as long as your heart is comfortable with it, everything will be okay. You might have a lucky pen, not because it brings luck, but simply because you’re comfortable holding it. Or lucky jacket; not because it held any charm, but just because it’s warm and makes you look cool. These can be considered “lucky”.

So, what lucky possession do you have in you? A lucky cloth? Lucky necklace? Lucky ring? Lucky earphone? Lucky toilet paper? Lucky eye? Lucky hair? Lucky eyebrow? Lucky neck? Lucky head? Lucky body? Lucky me? Anything is good. Just make sure you feel comfortable with them—including your lucky you. 🙂


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Handwriting for NaNoWriMo

27 10 2010

Okay, guys. It has been the last week of October. NaNoWriMo 2010 is just around the corner.

If you guys participate in this year’s NaNo, have you prepared what you’re going to write? Have you outlined everything or you’ll just write the first thing that will come into your mind? Well, if you can do the latter, then good for you. I honestly can’t, and I’m amazed some people really can do that. You’re awesome! 🙂

For this year’s NaNo, I have decided to use handwriting. And I suppose I must be nuts: I even rarely handwrite anything lately, ever since I gain a 24/7 access to personal laptop, and yet I’m planning to handwrite everything. Yay, I’m doomed! 🙂

On the other hand, when I handwrote everything, it feels like the story can flow more naturally, nearly as if I don’t even have to think about it. Personally, I think it’s because of two things. First, handwriting indeed is more natural for us. We learn handwriting ever since we’re so small, even before we learn to use computer’s keyboard (well, I just say this in general, though). And even though there’s no significant difference between them, what’s more natural to us is usually easier to do, just as we’re more accustomed to our mother language among the others (except if we spend more time using these “other” languages).

Secondly, well, handwriting is slower than typing. Not much, but just approximately 25% slower for me. And because of this extra time, too, we will get an extra time to think what the story will go on, how the characters will behave, and which scenario will be the best for it—all that sort of things. So, by the time we’re about to write the next sentence, we don’t have to wait anymore; the words have been there!

But that’s just a brief about handwriting for NaNo. If you’ll use typewriter or computer, that’s cool—your choice suits you the most. More importantly… NaNoWriMo is coming to town! 🙂


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What if God Went Online?

23 10 2010

I like this video. 🙂

I hope you don’t misinterpret this video as a blasphemy. In my opinion, this video just voices a hope of having God all the time, even in the internet. Is wishing a sin?

Online world is a very rough place. People from different places seek for money, sinful desire and such inappropriate information. It’s good if people just go online in order to have an entertainment. But if they sin in order to get that entertainment… well, that’s when the problem happens.

That’s why, in a rough world like this, isn’t it better to have God to help you?

But again, just as this song suggests, God is “just trying to take away some stress.” Many of us remember Him just when we have a trouble. We pray for our own good, for our need and for our want. We pray for Him to take away our stress. And “we” aren’t just a few people, but thousands and thousands of people all over the world. Personally, I feel sorry for God; He has worked so hard from the very first day this world is born. And He doesn’t get any holiday. If it’s me, I would have been screaming and sent to mental hospital for life.

But do we ever pray for God, even just for once? Pray for His safety, for His happiness and for His sake? Well, I don’t know how about you guys, but I don’t.

…That’s sad, really, to be Him. Praise for Your sake, God. 😦


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Classical Fairy Tales from Brothers Grimm

19 10 2010

Who doesn’t love fairytales when small? 🙂

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Grimm’s Fairytales. Well, what can I say?

Brothers Grimm have been very famous for gathering plenty of fairytales and collecting them in this little book. It includes one of the most famous versions of those tales, including Cinderella, Golden Goose and Little Red Riding Hood.

I might need to mention, though, that this version might be a little different from what you know. Snow White, for example, is quite different here, in comparison to Disney’s version. In Brother Grimm’s version, Snow White is told to be having a dearest sister named Red Rose, who is in fact much more energetic in behaviour. They both are the protagonists in that story, and together they help a prince in a disguise of a bear (you’ll be surprised with how many people who immediately judge Red Rose as an evil sister when I mention it).

Oh, well, what the heck. After all, fairytales always have a set of different versions. 🙂

Anyway, if you’re looking for bedtime stories for your children tonight, you can download it for free in KoboBooks. Enjoy yourself with classical tales from Brothers Grimm! Have fun!


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Generosity for Christmas

14 10 2010

Another book you might like! 🙂

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Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Well, what can I say? It’s one of the best choices for Christmas reading! Beginning with another chilly day of Christmas, we’ll be introduced to Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich man with great loathe towards Christmas. In the first pages, we will examine how Scrooge treats all the others so badly, pays his own employee with minimum wage, and even drives away all relatives around him.

But as cliché says, nothing bad will go unpunished. All along the story, Scrooge will have to understand the true meaning behind generosity and togetherness, especially in the middle of Christmas like this. And to help him with this little quest, Scrooge will be accompanied by three ghosts of Christmas, who will bring him to different places and times to see how the world really is.

…And now, guys, Christmas is coming. Hurry up and find this book for a nice reading in Christmas Eve! You can download this book for free in KoboBooks. Remember: the important thing in Christmas is togetherness!

Have fun, guys! 🙂


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