There are two hobbies that I love most in this world: drawing and writing. Both of these, I regret to admit, I have not been very active in. However, if there is one thing I have been determined to accomplish this 2016, it is to hone my true skills and passions more and more. I am hoping that this blog will be a witness to all those things, my journaling of life through my Snippet In Between Project, and my illustrated journal (name still pending).
But I have taken it upon myself, quite impulsively, to create an entirely new project for writing stories. At the backbone of my hobbies is that, storytelling, and I would like nothing more than to get better at it, by telling as many stories as I can.
To practice, I decided to pick up "Complete the Story" at Barnes & Noble. I was highly considering something with prompts to kickstart my imagination. The moment I picked up this journal, I already thought of a motivational theme that will definitely make me want to tell all these tales.
Much of the J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World is seen through the eyes of Harry Potter. Nine years after the last book in the series was published, thousands of people globally still yearn for more about this world. She has been releasing a ton of new information and tidbits on Pottermore and on her Twitter. But I think that we can also do some world-building of our own. Because, let's admit it, who did not create their own O.C. ("original character") in those days?
So, I've decided to make this my writing project. It would be more diverse to create just any old stories from these prompts, but I believe that right now, my skills would be better honed based on frequency of writing rather than the actual content. And while I do that, my manner of storytelling would evolve as well.
Not to mention, I am terrible at Flash Fiction (aka. short-form stories) as I am used to reading and writing novel-like stories, simply because that is what I have been exposed to in the past (also, I am very meticulous about the details. I take world-building quite seriously). But with this project, I hope to be able to be more strategic in how I tell stories and show character & plot.
I invite you to join me in this endeavor. I've setup a blog where you can see an archive of stories. There should be quite a large amount of stories by the time I am done, and I do plan on updating this sight weekly with new stories (one per day of the week, so a total of five stories per week).