Writing…

Okay, so I’ve decided on a plot for a story but I still haven’t got a chance to properly write it, not because I don’t have motivation but because I kinda feel like I’m in a dead end. I mean, I already know how the story will proceed. The flow, the scenes, the characters… they’re already there but I just can’t seem to write the continuation of the story.

I don’t know what my problem is. Is it because I lack motivation? I know I’m lacking skills but I don’t want it to hinder my passion for writing.

I’ve been dreaming about finishing a story ever since I started reading in Wattpad and I do regret that every time I write something, I couldn’t finish it. It’s one of my dreams but I feel like I’m not really doing anything to achieve it. I started but I always end up not finishing. And sometimes I feel that what I’ve written wasn’t good enough, I’m easily disheartened thinking that I’m not for this. Every time I read a well-written story, instead of being inspired I feel like I won’t be able to write things like that, I’m not for this, I’m not a good writer and a lot of negative things.

I do follow these exceptional authors in Wattpad to gain more knowledge about writing and to feel inspired, to think that I can write like that too. You see, I believe that everything can be learned and mastered if you have the will, the passion and the courage to learn it. So I just have to keep trying right? I mean I’ve been trying for how many years already but I need to try it full-time. I should really put my heart and my mind to do it, not just to start a story but to finish it. I have to, if I don’t I’ll just regret it. If no one reads it, So be it. At least I tried, at least I did something, at least I left my comfort zone to do what I really want to do and I won’t regret it. I’ll be fulfilled.

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Money, money…

These past few days I’ve been overspending my money for you know.. “undeserving things”. I actually promise myself that this coming semester I’m going to be very strict on my expenses since I need to save money and pay my liabilities. BUT! ever since the class starts I have not been saving money but ceaselessly spending them.

Last year, I’ve successfully saved money to buy a phone. After that, I’ve tried saving again but failed. Since I have lost my self-control *trying my best to regain them*, I Googled for ways on how to save money.

But first I want to share the formula that I’ve used to save money last year which I found very helpful.

Savings – Tithes = Expenses

I learned about this through our church and my Financial Management professor during my freshmen year in college. This simply means that after getting your salary or allowance, you have to deduct your savings and Tithes first then whatever’s left will be use as your expenses.

So going back to the tips about savings, here’s what I found that I think might work for me and might work for you too.

The 50-peso challenge. What you do in this challenge is everytime you were given or have a 50-peso bill you’re not allowed to spend it. You can spend other amount of bill but you have to keep the 50-peso unused or in one piece. You can change the 50-peso bill to any other amount depending on your preference.

*This is what me and my friends have been doing to save money and so far I’ve been doing fine so… if you’re a student I recommend you do this one.

The next one would be the 52-week challenge. I found out about this challenge through Pinterest and I find it interesting because at the end of the challenge you’ll save big amount. You’ll do this challenge for a year. So basically you choose your starting amount and you add that amount to your savings every week. For example you start this week with P20 next week you’ll save P40 then the week after you’ll save P60 then so on and so forth. Here’s the link for the more detailed explanation of the challenge if you wanted to try it.

P.S It’s in dollar since I can’t find the peso version but it’s basically the same.

*I wouldn’t recommend this one to students because after ilang weeks you’ll have to save almost a thousand peso per week which might be too much for a student.

The last one is the cash envelope system which I found in YouTube. I would say this one is more of a budgeting tip but it also does help in saving money.  In this system you need different envelopes for different expenses. So you have an envelope for savings, food expenses, travel expenses, beauty expenses etc.

*I would recommend this one to those people who handles money in a family usually mothers, since you can have an envelope for utility bills, school expenses, cleaning expenses etc.

Well, that’s all for the tips that I found on the Internet. I hope you found this post useful.

Special yet Temporary

I used to think that you were my happily ever after, that you were my end game, where I will be happy when I say that it’s game over.

But time flies, seasons change and so do we.
We fly..away from each other…
We change.. the way that we treated each other.. we were both hurting so we decided that calling it off would be for the better.
I remember saying “I guess this is Destiny telling us that we weren’t meant to be together.”

I know we made the right decision.
But right now… looking at you from afar…
Seeing you with someone else…
Why am I in pain? Didn’t we part ways? Didn’t we say that it’s over? It was a mutual decision..but why am I breaking?

You looked at me longingly and it’s excruciating to see the pain in your eyes as you traced my hand that was held by someone else.

Yes, I know we were hurt. I know that we still love each other. But that doesn’t mean that we have to get back together.
Maybe our love was not enough to keep us together, or maybe, we were only written as a special guest in each other’s story. What we had was special but unfortunately, it was only temporary.

How to “Show, Don’t Tell”

A Writer's Path

by Chrys Cymri

I’m still getting used to the life of a self-published author, particularly in this age of Amazon and customer reviews. Authors are advised that books need to have reviews, the more reviews the better, even those which are not entirely positive.

In order to obtain those reviews, I’ve been involved in various ‘review exchanges.’ I read one writer’s book and post a review, and s/he does the same with one of mine. Better yet are the non-reciprocal reviews set up by groups on Goodreads, in which people sign up for a review round and the moderator ensures that you are not reviewing the work of someone who is reading your book. This is to ensure complete honesty.

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Compositions

Hi! So I’ve made a different category which is called “Compositions” where I will post things that I’ve written. This may or may not yet posted on Tumblr so I hope you can check it out.

These compositions are very special to me because through this I was able to see that I can actually write something that is not senseless, so even if it’s not that good I’m really proud of it and I hope that you can appreciate it.

 

P.S I’ve decided to update my blog every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. I’m still thinking if I should post a kinda like Sunday Currently for Sundays but it’s still up for deliberation.

 

Know me better

I’ve been deliberating if I should post facts about me or not and this is what I’ve decided on (to post it).

  • Got the name Astrith Katrin from a story in creative corner entitled North Meets South.
  • Currently a graduating college student taking up BSBA major in Marketing Management at a green-uniformed school (not a well-known school).
  • I’m a JSL. (a fan of the wattpad author, Jonaxx)
  • A JamLi popper. (James and Ann Li fan)
  • I love children!
  • I originally wanted to be an elementary or high school teacher.
  • Still want to be a teacher.
  • I love math(a little) though I’m not good at it.
  • I’m easygoing.
  • I actually don’t know what my course is all about before enrolling, chose it because I feel that I would be able to boost my self confidence and socializing skills.
  • I don’t know what to do after high school, which leads to a 1-year schooling break.
  • I want to try dubbing. (voice acting)
  • I prefer swimming over hiking. (anyong tubig over anyong lupa)
  • I wanted to be a writer. #CaptainObvious
  • My friend told me that I’m good at giving advice.
  • I joined my school’s glee club and still haven’t paid for the club shirt.#MyApologies
  • I sometimes cry over trivial things.
  • I’m in a complicated relationship with writing.
  • Been wanting to buy a laptop.
  • I use my phone camera in taking pictures. (I have no money for DSLR)
  • I’m indecisive.
  • I love cheeseburger!
  • I’m obsessed with tomato ketchup.
  • I suck at directions
  • If someone I personally know saw my blogs they would definitely recognize me hahaha.

Writing Burst

I’ve found another category for my blog and as you can see on the title of this post it’s called Writing Burst. I’ve read about the writing burst when I started researching on how to improve my writing skills. So what I found there, is people telling me to write everyday. I tried… but failed miserably because I actually don’t have anything to talk about, then I found an article (I forgot the title and can’t find the link because it’s been ages since I researched about it) where they talk about the writing burst.

What you do, is you time yourself while writing (preferably 10 minutes), you can write literally anything that comes to your mind (i.e people you hate, movies you like, the sky, the door, the table) and you’re not allowed to edit it. It doesn’t have to make any sense, it just have to be written.

I actually write the Introduction for my writing burst as a writing burst *anudaw?*. Well anyways… here’s the Writing Burst Introduction on my phone. (p.s it’s cringe-worthy)

Writing about something and not worrying about the quality of work. Writing something spontaneously. Whatever comes to your mind, write it in. Reading this will makes you question “what?” because even I, don’t know what the message is all about. It’s unedited so it’s nonsense.

Oh gosh the cringe!! I’m trying really hard to be deep at that time so… there’s that.

I’ll be posting some of my writing burst in the future if they’re acceptable. It wouldn’t be great, so I’m going with acceptable haha.