Writing Playlists and Music

Sometimes in order to get in the mood to write, I like to turn on my music. I use it to focus and block out the background noise. I usually listen to my playlist that I made for my fanfiction more than the ones I’ve made for Torque or my works.

The music sets the mood for the scene I am going to write, whether it be for my fanfiction or writings. There are times when I get so obsessed with finding the right song for an “epic” scene, that I would spend at least a hour looking for the song. Sometimes, it takes longer to find it, which makes it harder to write.

There are some authors that create playlists for books – something that they listened to while writing. The only author  I can think of that has done it is Stephanie Meyer for Twilight. I remember when I was into Twilight, I would go on the website and listen to music. I think she used to express the feelings of her characters throughout the book, but I don’t remember what it was specifically for.

I think ever since then I started creating playlists for my characters or just for the entire work. I find it fun, but I feel like it does more harm than good. Like I said above, it’s distracting; next thing you know you’re searching for the right song(s) for three hours and it’s past midnight. (Haha, me.) I think I spend so much time trying to find the right music is because it makes writing a little less lonely.

I’m sure this is something that I will continue while I’m writing.

Do any of you use music to help with writing, or nah? Let me know in the comments below. If you want a link to one of my playlists, let me know!

Until Sunday, Ciao!

XO Arisa

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Progress Update (PU) | Torque

I’ll be making short updates about my novel and possible short stories. I will be keeping track for my own reasons and in case you are interested. This post will be a lot shorter than usual, but I wanted to update something for Sunday/ Monday before I post on Wednesday again. (If posts are not up Sunday, Monday is the day.)

In my previous posts, linked below, I may have talked about my novel that I am currently struggling with. I am not sure if  I mentioned the name, but I did post about the starting words of chapter 1. But I have named it Torque. The reason why I chose this title is because of the physics definition: a twisting force that causes rotation. I wanted to make a connection with physics to my main character and I also like the idea that torque could be an idea for catalytic events. In my novel, my main character (of course) is that catalytic force – that twisting force.

And her name is Cori.

When I had explained what my novel was about to others, I had a hard time trying to tell them. Mainly because, like other writers,I am protective of my work. Recently, I finally made a little summary for my portfolio director – it’s not exactly what I want to say, but it gets the point across.

 Cori is half human and half of an experimental vampiric-like race. She is aware of the strange things happening around her and her own abilities but only to an extent and becomes a catalytic force in an impending war.  

I know, the word vampiric stands out, but that’s how I originally started it. After so many changes to the plot, character, names – I wanted to keep it. I also have not thought of a name for the vampiric-like race. Well, a new name. I had several before, but that can be a separate post.

I intend for Torque to be a fantasy/ action series (four books) for adults. I currently have 3,089 words for chapter 1. Keep checking the bottom bar for current word count.(Or my struggle of the same word count.)

But until Wednesday, comment below.

XO Arisa

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For real this time

I am back now. For real this time. Sorry, I’ve been gone for so long but a break was needed after a stressful school year.

The school year has started and I am ready to do better than last year, but I started the first day without a writer’s essential tool: a notebook.

This summer I read J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Cuckoo’s Calling,  and once again, she has made realize why I started writing in the first place and why I want to tell stories. I will start posting a short story soon. I just have to change a few real-life situations around and give my characters names. They are all referred by the main character’s description of them. Or maybe I will keep it. We’ll see.

I have started my on-and-off again addiction. Fan fiction. I’ve started rewriting a story that I had 15 chapters to, but to me it wasn’t good enough. It was also outdated with all the new information from the manga. I will post the fan fiction here and on fanfiction.net. There will be certain things I will cut out, just for the sake of this being my personal blog.

I’m really excited to reboot this blog. Hopefully things won’t become too hectic in my life and I will be able to manage this.

XO Arisa

I don’t know what I’m doing but…

I seriously don’t know what I am doing, but I hope to begin the film script soon. I have set up a time with my friends this past Monday to help brainstorm some ideas and hopefully begin something.

Since I have no clue what I am doing, I have asked two of my theatre friends and my college writing professor, who studied film to help. Of course my theatre friends will be guide in regards to content and plot in this form of writing. My professor said he was going to send references to help with structure and ways to set up the script. I’ll eventually search the for references myself.

When my friends and I talked on Monday, I told them the truth about not knowing what I’m doing. So one of them told me to write a 10-page script and told me not to think about what I was writing. All I could think was: “How am I not supposed to think?”

I am used to thinking about what I’m writing and whether it will make sense and if the plot will match down the line. The 10-page script will be challenge for me to do, but I am up to it. I must finish by the next time we talk to each other.

The reason why I want to create a film script is because I want to try something new with writing, for fun and because of my college writing 2 course. The course was based on the analysis of film and writing papers on them. Watching the films made me want to know what was the process like for the writers of the movie. The dialogue is the backbone of the movie then the visuals.

I think that when stories are created and turned into a great visual masterpiece, it’s pretty freaking awesome. Lately, I have been looking a graduate schools that offer film or television programs. I am finding it hard to chose what I want to do for a Master’s degree.

I think this will conclude my rant about not knowing what I am doing.

And for you Trekkie fans, go see Star Trek: Into Darkness. I found it quite delightful, I want to see it again. (The lens flares don’t disappoint.)

XO Arisa (If you guys have good references for script writing, format, etc.  comment below.)

Trying to find that love again

Since I am going to college for journalism, specifically magazine journalism, writing has been a love-hate relationship. I know that it’s a different style but it has been difficult for me to master. I made it a goal of mine to work for a publishing company, become an editor of a magazine and one day own my own magazine.

If you’ve ever had a journalism course or went to j-school, they probably told you the ABCs of journalism. The ABCs stand for accuracy, brevity and clarity. I think that as I was learning the ABCs and other rules, I began to slowly lose my touch and (I dare say it) my love for writing.

When I came to school I knew I wanted to journalism ( and to also please my parents because an English degree wouldn’t suffice.) And I’ve always loved magazines;  features,  ads, horoscopes, photographs – basically the entire package of a magazine. As I am wrapped up my reporting class I realized that I don’t like the newspaper aspect of print journalism. Maybe it was just the class. (It was the class.) 

I refuse to give up on something, just because of this factor. The other factor is that I am not sure what I was doing well in the class. For all I know, every story and brief I wrote could be classified as: meh or okay.

As someone who generally writes creative fiction better than non-fiction, fact filled work, it’s hard. Lately, I’ve been trying to “label” myself as a storyteller, as I am telling someone else’s story with facts. We will see how this holds up when I take my feature writing course in the fall. I will keep pushing forward to do better in my journalistic writing, eventually I’ll get it.

xo Arisa

-PS. I will be updating the site soon and it will showcase my published works, designs and projects.

Helping out a friend

Always

Always #severussnape ~ Photo courtesy of Google Images

I don’t mind helping out my friends, whatever it is I do my best to help. In this case, it’s editing the first draft of my friend’s book.

We all know what it’s like to hand over the first draft, it’s hard. It’s hard because someone may mark up and down with pen or pencil, get it back with different critiques than one was hoping for. It’s the business of writing:  start, fumble around a bit, stop, start again and eventually finish(again).

When I was in middle school,  I gave my brother my very first draft of my novel series. He read it, asked me if I was going to rewrite it and when I said no, he threw it in the trash. Yes, it was mean to do that, but it opened my eyes to be prepared for any critique. And yes, I got it out off the trash and kept writing.

It’s been hard to concentrate on her book; I put it down three times in one sitting. I hope to finish it and give her a typed up critique when we get back to school.

I gave myself a head-start  and  all ready begun to type up her critique and the things they need to work on is going to get long. No one is perfect on their first or even final draft. Eventually the writing gets better.  As I was writing the critique, I felt like a teacher. While I do this, I am hoping this is what an actual book editor for a publishing company does.

I hope what I say doesn’t discourage in her in the journey of novel writing.  It should give her fuel.

Well I am off to do something productive… I hope.

XO Arisa

Story or no story

I am debating whether or not to post a short story on here. If I do I know I want to protect the document. What I will be putting up is a short story from the journal or the account of a young male writer dealing with life. This is a story that I will use to exercise my writing skills and receive some feedback. If anyone has any idea on how to protect what I post and want to read what I have, feel free to comment.

Characters

I love creating characters. I find it to be fun. Sometimes I feel like creating characters is an art or craft because what has to be done to make an effective hook for a story. Care has to go into creating them; what they’re like, who they will become, etc.

When I create characters, I first find the name that is suitable to a rough descriptions that I somehow gather, i.e. tall, almost six-foot; male, dark hair, brown eyes. If I can’t think of a name off the top of my head then I search name site and scroll until I find it. When I find the first name, I find a last name.

I usually find names with certain meanings that are going to fit the personality of my character. Sometimes it’s random, if I like the meaning then hello so-and-so. Having the name makes it easier for me to create scenes that suddenly pop into my head.

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