Writing Again

So during the madness of the last few days of studying for PR, I decided to live dangerously by taking up a last minute writing project. That meant sleeping in the dead of the night cause I studied from mid-afternoon till midnight everyday (with lots of procrastination in between) and so I’d start writing late at night. Hehe. It was fun. And I didn’t expect myself to do it, to be honest. It was a writing prompt competition and I didn’t have much feels for any of the prompts except for this one:

You’re sitting at home on a rainy evening, relaxing with a mug of hot chocolate in your favorite armchair. You thought you were alone until you hear the small voice of a child behind you, “Hello. Are you my mother?”

At first, I couldn’t think of anything else except writing about a ghost child which was so predictable. I tried thinking of ideas but y mind kept going back to ghost child whenever I thought of the prompt so I kinda gave up wanting to write anything.

But then one afternoon after I came out of the shower, an idea smacked me in the face.

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Life has been a jumble of drama and assignments and lack of sleep. I haven’t had a good, proper rest since forever, and I’m so drained. My mum has been pumping chicken essence into me every morning, and though it tastes pretty much like someone threw unwanted parts of a chicken into a blender and made it 100 times more concentrated, I have to admit that it does help me stay awake. Probably cause my insides are forced awake by its nastiness.

Then, on Wednesday at midnight as I was slogging through an assignment, I was blessed with the best news EVER:

I won a writing competition.

What went down after that was a blur of screaming/squealing/shaking in excitement and shock because I freaking won The Seventh Miss Hatfield Writing Competition. I remember not being able to stop shaking for more than 10 minutes because my entire body basically went into shock.

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To NaNo or not to NaNo?

The Seventh Miss Hatfield writing competition has closed I’m awaiting the results, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the end of Remnants.

I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year (yay!), and I really hope that I’ll be able to finish Remnants by the end of November. For those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s actually called National Novel Writing Month. People all over the world come together to unleash their dreams of writing a novel, and the goal is to get 50,000 words written by the end of the month. They have loads of stuff on their website, such as forums where you get to interact with other people and share writing advice, get inspiration, etc. They also have physical events where you can attend in your own country, like the kick-off party, for example.

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The candle looked far too stubby to be lit, yet somehow, someone had managed to get it done. The faint scent of vanilla and cake made its way through the room, tied together with a hint of smoke and burnt wood.

Her fingers were laced with the scent of burnt wood, too – a smell which was unpleasant, yet strangely warm and welcoming at the same time.

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Back to Writing

Just last month, I participated in a writing competition which I had found via Leigh Bardugo on Twitter – the Hidden Powers: A Fantasy Competition. It was a rather crazy decision, since the competition only lasted a month, and the deadline was in the same time period as the deadlines for pretty much all my final projects and assignments for the school semester, and I only found out about the competition with half a month to come up with something. I didn’t regret it, though. Although I didn’t win anything (I had hoped that I would – the prizes were so attractive! And who wouldn’t want to win?), it was a great first experience with online writing competitions.

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