A Boy, A Scar and an Epic Fantasy

I also fell in love with the Harry Potter series during its infancy. My mom bought the two installations of the book during her London trip with her boss, but I did not pay it no mind. I was a college student interested in Mills & Boon, what was my mom thinking buying this children’s books for us? When I exhausted all the Penny Jordan and Carol Mortimer romances, I finally gave Harry Potter my full attention – almost a year after my mom bought it. And I was hooked. I regretted not reading it sooner. Even while re-reading it now, I am still drawn inside a magical world that no other book can do for me. Sadly, since I’ve read the series nearly a hundred times, watching it on screen is like watching a severely truncated movie. I have never watched a single Harry Potter movie from start to finish. And when the casts inevitability became adults, the last movie became painful because Harry was still a young adult in my head.

I have to admit that JK’s success should be an inspiration for us new writers as we have a high probability of getting rejected, not only by editors and publishers, but also by our target audience. What’s hard is convincing ourselves that self-doubt means poor work and productivity as we are already anticipating world-shattering rejection. So what if we got rejected? So what if we the world did not receive our beloved masterpiece with the same love and affection that we gave to our books? Shouldn’t we all be concerned of (heaven forbid) spending our twilight years regretting for the thousandth time that we did not write our book? Sure we may not be as successful as JK Rowling is, her stars are only hers and hers alone. But our stars already said that we should be writers, and that should give us all the push that we need to pick up a pen and paper (as with my case), or let our fingers dance over the keyboard and see our book through from start to finish.

Catching Fireflies

I would be remiss in talking about children’s book authors without mentioning J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series. The first Harry Potter book was published when I was barely 30 years old. Still, I was drawn to the description and scooped it up without hesitation. This was long before the hype would begin – the midnight sales with thousands of people dressed as wizards, the movies, the awards. I didn’t know yet that it would be a series of books and that I would pre-order them months in advance and anxiously track the package as it made its way to my doorstep on release day. I didn’t yet know that I would read the first book and fall in love with the idea of writing all over again. I didn’t know that it would rekindle a dream.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone depending on which side…

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Getting My Point of Veiw

One of the things that will make a book stick to your mind and suck you in a story is how effectively a writer creates a P.O.V. or Point of View, something that can be difficult for me to employ since I started writing as a blogger who primarily gives information to my readers, mostly in an almost technical way. I can write something and address you directly, making sure that you know that I am talking to you, and wish to engage you in a conversation about what I just wrote.

Writing a book, however, is not the same thing for me. Instead of engaging you to participate in a thought or idea, I see a book as something that makes readers see what it’s like to live through another person – something that can be accomplished with a greatly executed P.O.V. I thought I got the general P.O.V. idea, but Kristen’s blog opened my eyes on several points that I didn’t think of.

First-Person Point of View

This is where the “I” becomes a good thing. 1st-person P.O.V. makes the novel more personal, more intimate. You have A front seat on what the main character is thinking about and , if done right, it can get you hooked in as if you’re the main character. It puts the spotlight solely on one person, diminishing other distractions from other casts in the book.

That being said, the fixation can be either very intense or very boring for some readers.

Third-Person Point of View

Two or more people get stage time in the book. The shifting from one perspective to another creates a complexity that adds depth to the story. The characters come alive because a writer can give you an inside look of every emotion and sensation of each character as they interact with one another.

Of course, the shifting can be very confusing, and the multiple perceptions can also be too overpowering.

Omniscient Point of View

This time, there is an “invisible narrator” in the story, someone who is telling you what a character should have felt, or must have felt on a given scene in the book. If you have a complex scene that is far too hard to express because of multiple occurrences, then this will be good.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of the first-person perspective. As Kristen points out, the many “I’s” can be too distracting. Since I am normally used to addressing my readers, it would be hard for me not to make the character feel like a modern-day Narcissus. Aside from that, I have an innate curiosity on what other people think about a current situation, which makes the third-person perspective appealing to me. What I need to figure out is how I will make this P.O.V. work easily so that my book will not turn out like a memoir of a schizophrenic. Omniscient does not appeal to me very much either, because having a character whose reactions and emotions told by a narrator is a tough act to follow through for an inexperienced writer like me. There is a huge risk of my book coming out like a thesis instead of a romance erotica. Imagine having to read through an genre like that with characters having no senses whatsoever. I shudder just thinking about it.

Now, aside from my grammar, I have to keep in mind that I stick to P.O.V. fundamentals… I hope I won’t get overwhelmed with too much information.

 

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Monday, we talked about the Three Acts of a Writer’s Journey. The first hint we might be tipping into The Apprentice Phase is we hear the word P.O.V. and panic. What is THAT? Prisoners of Vietnam? Pets of Vegans? Pals of Viagra?

We ALL know writing a novel is FAR from easy. We just make it look that way 😉 .

Today, I’m putting on my editor’s hat. Many of you decided to become writers because you love to write. Duh. I’ll even bet most of you, back when you were in school, also made very good grades in English. Thus, you might assume that you naturally know how to write a novel that is fit for successful publication.

Maybe you do. But, if you are anything like me when I started out? You might not know as much as you think you do.

Why?

Our high…

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Goodbye, Grandmother

Lola

My grandmother passed away Sunday morning around 8:30am. She passed away peacefully, a relief to all of us because she’s been suffering for almost 10 years.

I do not know how to pay tribute to someone who has done a lot for her children and grandchildren. I never had the privilege of growing up with my grandmother, and I never got to know what it’s like to have a workaholic yet caring grandmother.

And I never knew the pain and confusion my cousins have felt when they saw our active grandmother start suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s.

I wish I can really write about her. But maybe my memories of her were not enough, and I do not have that close relationship with her. I guess there are just things that a writer cannot write; and for me this is one of them.

Rest in peace, Lola. I pray that you are in a better place. We will all miss you.

A Client’s Satisfaction

Writing for someone else is never an issue for me. Even if my writings get published under someone’s name, I get the satisfaction of knowing that it helped my client in some way.

And a lot of successful freelancers get to the top by making sure that they work hard in order to fulfill a client’s needs.

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Career Dilema

I was always proud of the fact that I was the only blogger among my company of friends. However, when things started falling down on the freelance economy, the decison to shift careers and ignore my blogs became necessary.

And up to this day, I regret the change and neglect I have shown on my writing career, especially when I see successful bloggers getting breaks and exposure.

As a consequence of my actions, my blog rankings dropped, my writing style suffered, and my self-confidence went down the drain.

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Writing With Music

Let’s face it. Even if you love writing down to the very depths of your soul, there will come a time when you will need to have a break from it. It won’t be a problem if you are just writing for a hobby.

However, that urge to have a break can be fatal for a freelancer racing against a deadline. There may even be times when you yourself won’t notice that you need a break until you give yourself the luxury of something that comforts you like none other.

One of those things, for me, is music.
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My Valentine Break

I was trying to update my gardening blog because we just bought a couple of plants at a local nursery. After three misserable attempts, I called it quits. Here’s why:

Chibi Painting

She just loves to draw, and who am I to get in the way of creativity?

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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