Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Writing My First Story Ever

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Every writer has an incredible story about the first thing he wrote. It might be embarressing or just plain awesome from the start, but my journey writing stories actually started when I was 9 years old. actually wrote the story in Arabic and it revolved around a person called "Leo" who travels to Mars and makes contact with Aliens. He then proceeds to mobilize Earth's army and try to conquer the damn thing. 

I didn't actually finish it, nor do I know where it is currently but nonetheless, that was my first experience writing a story. I still hope to write the story again with better names than "Leo" who I believe was a reference to 'Leo' from 'Charmed' but maybe its better to leave it at the past.

It wasn't that embaressing really, except for the part that people made fun of me and called me crazy, but yeah other than that, it was just an amazing feeling to write something and bring a world to life through your vivid imagination. 

Aside from that, my first ever (English written) story was called "A Duck's Sacrifice". It started as a very innocent story about a Duck living with her family, and then they get attacked by a pack of wolves and eventually some... bad stuff happen. I'm not gonna spoil it, and tell you what, I'll be posting the story next week for your enjoyment/horror. 

I wrote "A Duck's Sacrifice" back in 2012 and from there, I began to work on Dragon Tooth as well (yeah, been actually 4 years since I began writing the damn thing). Dragon Tooth took me this long because I re-wrote it a couple of times as well.

So yeah, that's my story, what's yours? 

Write on,
InfranGilis

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

5 Things To Do To Organize Your Writing

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Keeping my ideas organized has nothing to do with the fact that I'm a writer by the way, by profession, this is something that everyone should do.

I find that being organized adds a lot of value and impact in the long run, and there are a number of ways I keep mine in check:

1- I have a big board in my room that is full of markings and future plans. No matter how silly you think the idea is, always write it down. Chances are, in the future you'll come to a point eventually when you are stuck and need ideas (where this will be perfect. You can mash up a couple of ideas that fit and flesh your story out more).

2- I have a mini-fridge (worst investment I have ever made by the way) that I use for this as well, I use magnets to hang one-page outlines on it. Create a challenge for yourself, create as many one page outlines as you can, or you can write your goals or ideas for future scenes in your novel/story. Hanging them will give you the urge to finish them just so you can feel the rush of taking one out. Food, and beverages won't hurt too.

3- I have the "Book of Secrets" which is a notebook that I always keep close to me, and write all ideas, tips, and observations regarding anything I encounter in it. Someone once said "if you write it, you don't have to remember it" which is the perfect excuse to do this (for the lazy ones). You'll always encounter challenges, or be taught lessons whether its from YouTube videos (yes Jenna Moreci, we're looking at you) or random lists on the internet. Even quotes on Twitter too (#amWriting #writerTips).

4- I keep a separate document for large projects that is basically a 'cheat sheet'. For Dragon Tooth, I have "Dragon Tooth: World Information" which lists all the guilds and characters in the story. Having a one place go to like this will definitely keep you in track or how the story is going. This will help tremendously when you take those long breaks (which we all know you take).

5- Outline, outline, and outline! Outline your entire story, novel, book or script. Anything that needs writing, needs outlining. It makes you focused and determined to finish because you know how it ends basically. One will never understand the importance of this step unless they start writing a novel of around 70K words and they lost track of the events that took place previously and have to re-re-re-read the entire thing again just to ensure there are not plot holes.

These are my top five methods of how to organize my writing. Always remember: it's better to write it, than to remember it.

This is all for now, if you have any questions, remember you can drop me a line anytime and I would be more than happy to assist you.

Write on,
InfranGilis

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Spark of Writing - How To Get Inspired To Write

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Being inspired to write can be one of the most difficult tasks ever. Sometimes, the spark is just not there and anything you write isn't up to par with your standards and expectations. 

Well, so what. Keep on writing, even if its annoying at first, it is almost never as bad as you think. For me personally, I listen to some soft music, turn off all the lights, light a candle and focus a blue light on my keyboard. That seems to do the trick and get me inspired.

Other times, ideas just pop in my head and I would link them to real life events or even personal experiences and just go from there. If the story doesn't excite me, then I don't write it. I shelve it until I can combine it with something better and have it be more awesome. 

A perfect example would have to be "Minds: the Secret Society" where the story initially followed a strange path with it being just a silly story about me killing people. But, it then evolved as something in real life happened, and I could just see it fit in really nicely with Minds. I then re-wrote it and now it is what it is. 

The inspiration has to come from within, for example, if I don't have a story or something in particular that I want to deliver to my readers, then the story is just words on paper. It doesn't have life or essence. 

Explore, read and delve deep in every topic that interests you, whether it's the news or anything similar. Chances are that you will be able to get a sense of a story when stumbling upon things that give you that spark of interest and sets you on the path to conquer greatness!

Write On,
InfranGilis

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Writers In Bahrain - What Its Like to be a Bahraini Writer

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Writers in Bahrain are among the top fairy creatures, you hear myths that they exist, but they are all secluded in particular areas that no one knows of. 

It's kinda ironic because I do know of a number of extremely talented writers, but they are just shelving themselves in a bubble that they are in the wrong country. Well, the thing is, if your friend is a writer, just try this: walk to them and tell them I know another writer. Their reaction would almost be "but it can't be! I thought I was the only one!".

I admit, there is a tremendous pressure on everyone here to lay off writing and pursue a "normal" and boring career and that is one of the top reasons why established writers don't actually pursue it. They fall pray to the terror that is responsibility soon enough and just give up. 

See writing takes practice, and if you don't do it daily, you kinda lose track of those skills. Most also feel the torture of "you want to be what? A writer? Okay sweety, but what do you want to be when you grow up?". Writing is not taken seriously here... So I really think that it is very difficult to swim against the current, because being a writer in a country that is dominated by oil wealth is kind of being an investigator that is looking for unicorns. It can happen, but it is very unlikely. 

Lots of things can hinder our dreams and stop our talents from growing. But the most important thing here is to give ourselves the permission saying it's okay to fail and it's okay to be a loser in something while winning in another thing. 

My message to every writer in Bahrain, I hope that something or somewhere is built that links all writers together and a community starts that provides a successful platform for self-publishing authors and writers. Hell, it could be an annual event where the likes of Stephen King are invited to knock some god damn sense into our parents that being a writer is actually pretty damn cool.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year Resolutions For Writers

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On this special occasion, I thought really hard whether I should post something or not, but eventually opted to give in and do this. How many new years will we live after all (probably about 30 or 40 more)? 

Well, I really tried not to do this and I'll tell you why later, but then I thought you guys defenitely deserve another post for this occasion. Now, I'll tell you a few things about how I actually percieve new years and all.

Most writers have a lot of fun making goals or life changes that they... eventually stop doing or persuing after a couple of weeks. Chances are, we all are like that. The idea of a fresh start somehow makes us ready a plan of what we want to achieve. 

Most writers list down some goals that involve writing a number of words per day, or even commit to writing one book per year (or even 12 -one book per month-) and I'm here to tell you why this is a bad idea. 

To be honest, I wasn't encourages about new year simply because: it's just another day... No matter how strongly we want to believe that it'll be the start of good things for us. So, my advice for you guys is this:

1- Don't put unrealistic targets that you cannot achieve! For example, writing a minimum of 5000 words a day is a very credible achievement. But I doubt you can sustain that for a whole month let alone a year. So start it somewhere within the range of hundreds (this actually increases the quality of writing as a result too). 

2- Plan out how many books, stories you want to write. I'll tell you mine: finish up Dragon Tooth, and write a minimum of 3 short stories. See? 3 is an easy number. That way I won't feel utterly useless when I can't meet the target. 

3- Read, read, and read. If you are writing fiction, read fiction. I remember the famous imp of Game of Thrones saying “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge”.

That is all! I think 2015 was a year filled with bitterness as well as happiness. So my message for you guys is to build on the successes that you have had, and to keep pushing yourself to be awesome.

Write On,
InfranGilis.