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Hello followers!

I have been away for a year, writing, living, trying to stay positive. I’m going to try to come back here and create new content, in the meantime check out some more of my personal writing on my Tumblr here.

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My Tumblr

On this blog I rant about pop culture, music and books but on my Tumblr is where I post fiction snippets and poetry. (Plus some photos, gifs and quotes to keep me going.)

Please check it out, post a comment, tell me what you think.

Akosua.

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That Feeling….

I’ve been in school for about a month. It’s been such a huge adjustment. I’ve literally gone from doing nothing, to having to manage my time to make sure I get everything done. But besides the school work, I’ve started a new story and I cannot stop writing.

Before school started I was working on two novels I’ve been working on for a while, probably over a year. I finished the rough drafts of both of them. Once that was done, I had that empty feeling I always get when I don’t have a story on the go. One night a few weeks ago, an opening line popped in my head (which is kind of how I start all my books) and I jotted a few things down. Now I’m in the thick of it, getting to know these new characters and finding out about them.

It is the BEST feeling. I’m writing and my mind is racing, trying to figure out what’s going to happen, why these characters are at this point in their lives and getting ideas of where I want them to go. When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about them, imagining the next scene in my head. I just want to dump all my ideas on to the page.

I’m working on another teen story. I really liked my first one (even though it needs a lot of work) so I wanted to try again. It’s in third person, about two teens who go to a performing arts school and how they fall in love. I’m very early in, but I really like my characters. If I don’t, I usually don’t finish the story.

Recently, I read “On Writing” by Stephen King, a book that I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while. I absolutely loved it because we write in the exact same way. King says don’t worry about plot, or outline every little detail of your story, focus on the characters and just write. He says he writes a rough draft in about a month, because he gets to the point where he can’t stop writing and needs to get everything down quickly. I do the same thing. I’ll never forget when I wrote my favourite novel with my favourite characters, I was in a state and finished that rough draft in 2 months.

Not saying that I write as good as Stephen King, but it freaked me out that pretty much all his suggestions about fiction, I’ve done naturally. I write like a maniac, my stories are character driven and once I finish my first draft, then I go back and change things around.

This is not a good state to be in when I should be focusing on school. And I am focusing on school! But since I was 10 years old, I’ve focused on school and had a story on the side to work on in my free time. It’s what feels right.

Sometimes this passion feels like a curse.

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My Crazy Weekend

I don’t usually write about my life on this blog, because nothing really exciting goes on in my life worth writing about. I’m a homebody, don’t go out very much, would rather spend a Friday night watching Fringe instead of being out at a bar or club. But this weekend, I was barely home, and it was a nice change.

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Fiction, Again

Since 2011 began, I haven’t been writing. Lots of things have been going on, I’ve been distracted, I’ve felt like giving up, my confidence has been majorly shaken. Every time I’ve tried to write, I feel doubt, like what I’m writing isn’t good enough, that it’s stupid and juvenile and no one would want to read it. This belief is something that I can’t shake, and I miss writing so much.

However, recently things have started to change. Maybe it’s because I have a kick ass idea, or that I freaking missed my characters, but I’m slowly starting to write again. It feels so damn good to lose myself in my words, and be reunited with characters I’ve been with for years, and meet brand new ones. I’m not saying that my confidence has come back, it definitely hasn’t, but I’m getting back to how I used to be. I’m remembering my dream again.

This week, Oprah did a two-part interview with James Frey. His book, “A Million Little Pieces” was picked as a book club pick in 2006, and caused controversy when it was proven that the majority of the book was made up and not a biography like everyone was lead to believe. He came on the Oprah show in 2006 and the entire hour was Oprah expressing how angry she was that he lied. It was a huge story. In no time he was on top of the world, and then he was the most hated. He’s published books since then that have been pretty successful, but he’ll always be known as the guy who duped Oprah.

In the interview that aired on Tuesday, she asked him if his confidence as a writer had been shaken after everything that happened. He didn’t even think about it when he said no. He said that when he wrote “A Million Little Pieces”, he was just locked away in a room, believing that he was going to write a book that would change people’s lives. After the controversy, his faith never wavered, and neither did his belief that he was a great writer.

That was such a powerful comment to me. This coming from someone who lived every writers dream, his book was chosen as an Oprah book club pick, only to have her shame him in front of the world, and he still believed that he was a good writer. He didn’t give up on writing. That’s huge. I took a writing class where they looked critically at my work, and honesty told me what I need to work on and I was ready to quit. If James Frey could keep his head up and keep writing, so can I.

It’s only been a few weeks, but I’m going to remember the faith James Frey had, and apply it to my own life. I used to have that faith. I used to believe that it was just a matter of time before my book got published and Oprah would have me on her couch, gushing about how much she loved it. I don’t remember when that went away, but I need to get it back.

I can’t give up.

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Writing As…

I like to call myself a fiction writer, but recently I haven’t been writing much. I’ve always said that I’ve used writing as a coping mechanism, a way to deal with being lonely, and to put myself in to situations I could only dream about. There have been times I’ve felt so lonely, the only way I could deal with it was by losing myself in a story. I used to call in drowning myself in fiction, but what happens when I don’t need to drown anymore?

Lately, things in my life have been changing. I’ve been hanging out more, spending more time with friends, actually having fun with real people and not characters. And because of that, I haven’t been writing. I’ve tried, but it doesn’t come as easily. I don’t know what that means, because I really do miss writing. I think about my characters and stories a lot, telling myself that I need to write, and I just don’t do it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m thinking about other things, or if my own life has become more interesting than the lives of my characters.

This scares me, because I still love to write, writing still defines so much of who I am. It’s got me through some hard times. I’ve written novels and created characters that I’m so proud of, but I don’t think I have the passion for it right now. I may be one of those artists who can only create when life sucks, and when things are going well, nothing happens. I want to be happy, it’s great to hang out with real people and not feel so down all the time, but I want to be able to write at the same time.

This has happened to me before, this flash of happiness, and it’s always short lived. Maybe I should just appreciate what I have now, and when it ends, and it will end, then I could write again. Or maybe I could find a middle ground where I can hang out with real people and still be invested in the lives of my characters.

Any writers out there who experience this? Maybe it’s just me.

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Update

Attention, readers (if there are any of you out there!)

I love my blog and my posts and I want to do more, so starting next week (Jan 24) I will post every Tuesday and Thursday. It may be epic and contriversial like my Single Ladies post, or be mindless like my post on how well Chris Brown dances. But a post is a post and it will be a good way for me to keep writing.

Stay tuned for even more posts to come.

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