Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Pitch Day Experience!

On Pitch Day, I was incredibly nervous. I recited what I was going to say over and over the night leading into that day, as well as between classes or time I had to spare. I kept telling myself that I'll do fine and there's nothing to worry about, but the moment the parents and administrators walked in, that's when my barrier dropped. I remained calm on the outside while I waited for someone to come up to me, and my first audience was my dad. It wasn't that hard with him, but I was still panicking on the inside throughout the presentation. But as I got done, I expected to feel relieved, at least a little. That feeling never came. There were so many people in the room that it's almost like I was feeling a mixture of the emotions floating in the air. My second audience was my other father, and my presentation flowed more smoothly,  but I was still beyond nervous after that one finished up because that meant the next people that I'll present to would either be an administrator or a parent(s).

Our classroom assistant was my next audience, and that eased my nerves a bit because she was practically one of my peers even though she's in a higher grade. At least she's seen us before, I've seen her, so it wasn't that bad as I thought it would be. She was very respectful as I was presenting, and she was always smiling throughout the entirety of my project. It just lightened my mood slightly, even though I slipped a few times when I spoke. After she was done listening to me present, I had a crowd of three people: one administrator and two parents, which kind of set me on edge. Originally it was supposed to be the one administrator, but two parents came in right before I introduced my Pitch Day topic and asked if I could handle a crowd. I said I could to be polite, and I wanted to challenge myself a bit. 

 Little did I kmow, that presentation would be a disaster. It wasn't literally that bad, but to me, expecting to get through it without mistakes or forgetting something, was pretty terrible. They were all polite and patient with me though. I was incredibly thankful for their patience and cooperation, and their eyes were on me the entire time. I tried looking each of them in the eye to be polite back, but I think trying to go back and forth between making eye contact was what threw me off. I would look into three pairs of eyes and instantly forget what I was reciting or what I had wanted to say, and I would skip over one or two things. Overall, I would say it was definitely a life changing experience. I want to do another presentation thing, but this time I really want to set my own bounds and limits of where I go, and what I plan to do.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Contact Skript

Hello, my name is _______, and I'm a student at _______. I'm calling to inquire about pursuing a career in becoming an author. Do you have a moment to speak with me?

1. Will feeling self-conscious and doubt over my writing ease the more I write?
2. What were some obstacles you had to face while writing one of your books, and how did you overcome them?
3. Do any of your characters resemble and mirror you or someone you personally know? Are there any incorporated character traits on the way you wish you could be or act?
4. What are the best ways that you find give you the most motivation on a day you feel completely hopeless in inspiration?
5. Did any of your stories originate from daydreams?

Closing: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. I really appreciate it.

If I have to leave a voicemail:
This is _________. A good time to reach me would be between 3:30-5:00 EST, or 7:00-9:00 EST. My number to contact me with is (352) 848-4590. Thank you, and have a nice day.

I think this part of the process is a great way to get a jump start on something we like to do or wish to do. I think it's a little nerve-wracking that I'll be calling an author because I don't want to cause an intrusion on their time, but it'll be a nice experience. I'll first see if my dads know anyone who is an author, or if they have friends who are friends with an author to make it easier, but if that doesn't work out, I have in mind a few authors I could try calling.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Write Choices

Finding an editor to help with the process and to bounce ideas off of could really come a long way. Sometimes, when I write, I can't always catch my mistakes. I generally look over everything ten times or more before I actually show anybody, so when someone finds an error, it's probably because I looked over it the previous other times. Plus, it's always nice having someone to spill your ideas to instead of bottling them up inside. But when it all comes down to it, I'll have to look into publishing companies to launch my stories out to the world.

The process of publishing companies vary depending on your genre and area of writing. Whether it be nonfiction books or publishing articles, to the distinguished genres of fiction, finding the right kind of publishers is one step into becoming an author. Short stories, if I want to get them out there, I found that I should send them to magazines to be read there. But novels and a collection of them would be better suited for literary agents and book publishers.

I'm not entirely sure where I should start. I love writing both novels and short stories, some poetry here and there. But that's fine. Eventually I'll figure this all out. Right now, I should just continue to write what I want, and when the time comes, I'll publish my work accordingly.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Finding My Way to Becoming an Author

Title: Finding My Way to Becoming an Author

Personal goals for researching my passion:
•Completing a novel and becoming an author has always been my dream, and something I hope even more to accomplish from each book I read and connect with, both on a physical and emotional level with the world and characters. Simply, I want people to fall in love with my characters and their world as I do with my favorites.

•Writing, although vigorous and takes a lot of effort, makes me feel proud in the end result of the value of what I have written. Of course it comes with persistent revisions and adding, cutting out, possibly some replacing, but just the feeling of knowing I have created something worth reading, makes the effort all worth it. What the writer feels when writing their story reflects in their readers, and that's something I perceive as true magic. Everyone, with their distinct-minded lenses, interpret the story in their own eyes. You can have the whole world read the same book, but the experience for each and every one of them is different.

•Writing a novel and actually completing a novel are two different things. Writing a novel means that you'll write it, but there may be a time where you just give up on it, leaving it behind and never coming back to it. Whereas, completing a novel means you'll stick through the rough, the tough, and see it through to the end. I have attempted such a thing before, but I have never finished one, and that's something I hope to accomplish someday.

English Academic goals:
•I would like to pass English with a high A, and to do so, I'll keep up in my studies and continue to work diligently by completing everything that is required of me.

•Publicly speaking is a major obstacle of mine, one that I have slowly been getting better at, andone I hope to overcome eventually. The little progress that I have been making over time has brought my confidence up only slightly, but each time I speak in front of a crowd, I feel it only partially less intimdating.

•Writing something and feeling self-confident about it. I oftentimes am too harsh on myself when it comes to writing, only rarely liking the things I write even when others say they do like it, I feel as though something is missing or I completely revise the entire thing or a few seemingly minor parts that most would brush off.

Who I might contact to learn more about my passion that is alive and living that passion today:
I would contact one of my favorite authors, Cassandra Clare. She's a huge inspiration to me, as are other authors, but her books changed me in many ways other books haven't, and basically my life revolves around her books about the Shadowhunter World.

Five questions I'd ask someone who's knowledgeable about my passion:
•Will feeling self-conscious of my writing ease the more I write? Or does it pertain to something else entirely?

•What were some obstacles you had to face during writing one of your books and how did you overcome them?

•Do any of your characters resemble and mirror you or someone you personally know? Are they character reflections on the way you wish you could be and act, in other words, your alter ego?

•Did any of the stories you wrote originate from childhood daydreams?

•What are the best ways that you find give you the most motivation to write on a day you feel completely hopeless in inspirational spark?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Passion for Writing

What fueled the initiative of my passion for writing, was back in second grade during the time of writer's workshop that we had daily. It was my favorite time of the day, and just the idea of starting a story excited me. On one of my works, my teacher came up to me and read it silently to herself, then told me how amazing it was, and that I could make a career out of this someday. I felt thrilled and actually considered her words, blasting off from there.

Why I love writing is not because of the vague reason that it's fun and I enjoy doing it, which I do, but it's also so I can help people "see what others only catch a glimpse of" through my writing and general ideas. Not everyone can find beauty in the way the sun simply reflects off the water, or the location of a flower that could tell its story, the simplicities that are far overshadowed, and shed some light on the matter. Words have power, and with that power comes influence, and a world full of crystal viewpoints, touched and crafted by ounces of creativity and a need to let out the embers of our ideas, igniting them into the flames of our creation. It's human nature to be heard and allow our thoughts to be heard, but not everyone has that ability to speak them, but to write them instead, filling the heads of our readers with the processes of our imaginations and inner workings of our mind, and how we envision each piece of  the world we live in, as well as the worlds we construct out of those pieces.
When I write, I create not characters, but people, breathing life into their beings by the touch of my pencil to the paper. I don't fully develop every little thing about them, because it's not my job to do that. I let them develop themselves as the story goes on, figuring out how to bend and flex their emotions, traits, interests, dislikes with their situations just as we do. No one can build and construct us to a particular form to grow because it's something we figure out on our own, under our own influence, the pieces falling together and breaking apart again in a continuous loop that's uniquely our own.