Sunday, 21 May 2017

Turning Memories into Story Plots | Halcja's Podcast #1

Hi, everyone. I've posted the first episode of my writing podcast yesterday and since it was scripted, I thought, why not post the script as a blog post? So here you have it. There were some spontaneous bits in the podcast but I've tried to even it all up. Hope you enjoy it and find it helpful and interesting!




I've noticed two main ways how you can fuel your writing inspiration, using your own life. And I've also seen the two of them combined in a bad way but I'll talk about that later on.


How to write stories from your own experience

1. Non-Fiction. Essays and Autobiographies. The first way is to just write down your memories of the past events, exactly how it all happened, or at least how much of it you remember. In this case, you'll be using the first person POV and past tense. It's similar to writing a diary but with adding more structure to the stories. You can have your main focus on the events, and also elaborate on your own thoughts or feelings, and speculations about the future. When it comes to storytelling, I think that you can apply here most rules of creative writing (show, don't tell: cut out filter words; don't overuse adverbs etc). The only difference being that these stories actually happened in real life and you are both the narrator and the protagonist.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Internet Drama and Support

I was going to write a blog post about internet drama because it just so happened that I had to block two people on facebook this week. But when I opened a new draft a funny thought ran across my mind.

I don't need this anymore. I don't feel like venting and complaining. No more need to take screenshots of comment wars and post them on my FB page.

And the reason for this change in heart is that this time I know that it won't go unnoticed and ignored. I know that if I write on my FB page that I'm having a bad day or that something has happened there'll be people who'll support and cheer me up.

When I was blogging and using social media in my native language I'd oftentimes feel  that I could write just about any horrid thing you can think of, even a blog post consisting solely of the f-word, and still won't get any reaction from my readers, who were mostly people that I actually knew in real life, so it wasn't like I was expecting this huge wave of feedback from complete strangers. And that was frustrating to the point when I'd quit blogging for months at a time.

I would sometimes feel like I was loosing my mind. I was writing about things that genuinely concerned me, so being ignored most of the time wasn't that great for my mental state.

The funniest thing was that in private conversations people would admit that they actually enjoyed reading all of my comment drama. And they liked reading my blog. But I only found out about it after posting on my FB that I'd given up and deleted it.

But I'm glad that I gave up. I now have other projects that are already giving me more feedback and satisfaction that I'd ever dreamed of. And I know that my hard work won't be all in vain.

A little support and kindness go a long way.

At first, I thought that I won't post this to my blog because it seemed shorter than what I'd expected it to be. I wrote the draft in the blogger app that I don't usually use. So I thought I'd just tweet about it because I still want to get these thoughts out of my head. But after thinking about it for a little while I've decided to post it as a final tribute to my former internet drama obsessed self.