Chip Off the Old Block

Oct 08, 2009 Main blog 5 comments

I have a weird form of writer’s block. Instead of not being able to write anything at all, I can’t seem to finish things that I begin. I get a story idea, expand it, write 5000 words, and then lose interest. The result is a cluttered desktop folder full of story fragments and abandoned half-novels.

I guess it’s not so much writer’s block as it is writer’s ADD. I have too many ideas and not enough motivation to see each one through to the end. I’m not quite sure how to fix this yet.

I’m more familiar with actual writer’s block. If I sit down to write and the words just won’t flow:

Lately, the last option has just been distracting me from my original project. Yesterday I tried to build up my measly 2000-word WIP, got a new idea, and wrote three whole pages of a completely different story. Maybe I’m just afraid of forgetting good ideas when I get them?

It’s kind of a problem because I want to be published someday and apparently, publishers like completed stories. (Weird, huh?)

I hope this goes away soon…

Novel Ideas!

Apr 28, 2009 Main blog 2 comments

I’m planning on writing an actual novel this summer! I have two or three ideas so I just need to test them all out, see which one is most viable, and then run with it. If I finish by early fall, I’ll have a few months to polish it up in time for next year’s ABNA. I just heard about it from a blog friend and it sounds fun.

I’ll be lucky if my pitch makes it through (apparently that cut is the toughest stage) but what’s most attractive to me is the fact that people can review your story. It’ll be exciting to get feedback from strangers because a) if you get good reviews, you’ll know they are real because these people aren’t biased and b) if you get bad reviews, again they’re not biased and they are all readers/writers who probably know what they’re talking about. You can find out how to improve and it’s also nice that you get to put your name out there. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

I hate being so busy that there isn’t any time to write. I wish it were my full-time job. Maybe someday!


Dec 18, 2008 Main blog 4 comments

Hello everyone!

Whether you are a friend, a family member, or a stranger passing by, welcome to my blog. I decided to start one for many reasons, but the biggest of all is probably the most obvious: to fuel my love for writing. I’ve been doing it ever since I was old enough to hold a pen. Whether it was illustrating my own short stories, selling my first novel to my fourth-grade classmates for a nickel a copy, or publishing a weekly newspaper for my family, I was never happier than when sitting with a stack of paper, letting my imagination run rampant.

Convinced that my hobby was, well, just a hobby, I switched gears in college and majored in science. Even as I sketched amino acids and memorized body systems with an eye on med school, I had the feeling that I’d turned my back on something I really wanted. After graduation in May ’07, I got a job in a research lab, eager to put off further studies for as long as possible. These one-and-a-half years of being away from the books have opened my eyes and convinced me that I won’t ever be truly happy without writing. I want to be able to wake up every day and be excited about what I do.

Now that the hard part is over, I’ve been reintroducing writing into my life. I wanted to dedicate a blog to my journey, so that’s what this is for – my ideas, progress, and maybe even some free-writing. Even if my dream never comes true, at least I’ll be doing and sharing what I love with all of you.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be updating soon. 🙂

Julie C. Dao