The Garden Hose (Day 8)

If I take my garden hose and adjust the nozzle to “mist,” the water will sprinkle out ever so gently; and if I point the hose in your direction, it would be as if you were caught in a light drizzle of rain. Now, if I take that same garden hose and change the nozzle…

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Have no Anxiety (Day 7)

Human beings tend to worry: when we are up, we are afraid of falling; as we are falling, we agonize over what we will find once we hit rock bottom; once we are completely down, we torment ourselves because we have nothing; and even when we are finally on the way back up, we are…

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Losing Momentum (Day 6)

Last week was unbelievably productive for me in terms of my romance novel: everything I had ever seen, heard, and learnt was finally coming together, as if conspiring to make this novel happen. I was writing at an incredibly fast rate and all was well. Until something happened. That something was the weekend. On weekdays,…

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Writer’s High

There is no better feeling for a writer than that blissful state known as “writer’s high.” Have you never heard of “writer’s high”? Certainly, you know about “runner’s high,” that sudden feeling of euphoria and heightened energy that comes after prolonged and strenuous exercise. Writer’s high is the reward we wordsmiths receive after an exerting…

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Rome wasn’t built in a day (Day 5)

Rome was not built in a day—and neither was any masterpiece. It takes time to create greatness. Patience has never been my forte: the first inkling of failure and I am quickly provoked. It is interesting that the etymology of the Latin patientia is “endurance” and also “humility, leniency, submissiveness.” We must endure through hardship.…

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Writing is Easy (Day 4)

I have never been one to have a shortage of ideas: the dozens of notebooks collecting dust on my bookshelf and a couple of hundred scanty Word documents that all claim to be my “new story”, are a testament to a fertile imagination that, for some reason, has fallen short of actually bearing fruit. My…

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How to Start Writing a [Romance] Novel (Day 3)

I figured that if I was going to write a romance novel, I might as well at least read one. I went to the used bookstore next to my house and nonchalantly walked around the stacks until I found the romance section. I studied the titles with the same embarrassment as if I were looking…

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“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” (Day 2)

It is only the second day of my challenge to write a romance novel and I have already faced a torrent of self-doubt. It starts off very casually, really. Instead of working on the novel, a little voice instructs me to do anything but that. The advice seems harmless enough: “eat breakfast first” – “do…

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Plotter or Pantser?

Many writers identify themselves as either predominantly “pantsers” or “plotters.” These terms refer to a creative writer’s preferred mode of writing a story. What is a Pantser? A pantser is the person who writes “by the seat of his or his pants.” What is a Plotter? A plotter is the person who will create a…

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Creative Writing Inspiration (Day 1)

These diary entries will outline all of the significant triumphs, setbacks, and periods of frustrating inactivity in my quest to write a romance novel in seven weeks. These are but a handful of the questions that I have had to figure out in the past few days. Question: How did you know which genre was…

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