It’s this time of the year again where everyone is doing another list of unaccomplished and unfulfilled New Year’s resolutions.   Yep, those trending set of goals every start of the year where you either failed miserably not to accomplish it by the end of the year or you are part of those lucky ones who made a phenomenal change to their lifestyle. For writers that were born in the year of the dog, this might be your lucky year!


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Point of View

To be honest, I find it odd that I am writing this subject when I actually don’t believe in astrology, fortune-telling, horoscopes, and alike. I just came up with this subject because I came across this Chinese Astrology thingy and I felt that this would encourage those writers who believed in these things.   Year of the Dog I wouldn’t be precise on what years are included in the year of the dog except that 2018 is included. According to Chinese Astrology, one of the ideal jobs for those people born in this year of the dog is Writer. Raise your hopes fellow writers, this is your year.   So, how would you want to restart or refresh again your writing skills? A simple question that sounds easy, yet it is difficult to accomplish.

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For starters, before you start your typical writing day, spend at least 3-5 minute sessions, and work your way up to half an hour or even longer. This way, it will ward off any negative energy within you and your surroundings. It will also increase your patience, your mental state and strengthen your predictive and judgment ability. For beginners, you really have to avoid unnecessary thoughts like when you are excited to jot down or type the plot in your head. Try to relax and let that calming aura manifest.

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This time, you need to be more critical when writing your story. Critical in the sense that you should be more aware of plotholes and the uniformity of the events and characters. Before you just write down what you have in mind but this time you have to know in advance the complexities of the personality of your characters. The transition of growth and look of each main character. And how these events will be interconnected.  


If you are dedicated to last year, try to be even more this year. Stress, work, and laziness are some of the hindrances of a typical writer. Renew your priorities and if you are really passionate about writing, make writing the number one priority on your to-do list every day. Always think of your writing goal- become a better writer each year.



This is inevitable as we are faced with different circumstances every day. Our surroundings can greatly affect our mood. We can be inspired, but sometimes it can also discourage us. Some of these factors are news, society, relationships, financial, and job security. When you enter your writing aura, try to forget these things for a while and let your creativity and imagination overtake you.

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While this is mainly for the writers that were born in the year of the dog, let us not forget that regardless of your zodiac, you are still a writer on your own. Just like the famous mantra “change is inevitable and constant”, so change your writing style and habits. But not the passion and your heart as a writer. What writing habits have you accomplished last year that you want to improve this year?  

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Source Material: Writerslife.org/Dog Writing Fate

Love and Writing


It’s February and we all knew what month it is. Yes, it’s the month of love. But wait, have you been in love? Or the question should be, do you love someone? How does it feel? You know, that feeling when your heart beats so fast (doki💓doki) whenever Dffyou see that special someone. Your jaw is stuck, and you can’t utter a word when your crush is talking to you. You blushed so red, like someone painted tomato sauce on your face. You want to see him like everyday, and you go gaga about everything related to him.

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Well, boys aren’t that too much showy in general (with the exception of course, when they are within their circle of friends). Just some glimpses every now and then. For some, they tend to joke around their crushes. It’s their way to impress her effortlessly. Others, they connived with their best buddy as their means to convey their feelings. Or if he’s not that shy type, he would just ask his crush directly and break the silence, with the divine words ‘I like you. Will you go out with me?’

Now you remembered those feelings? I am now becoming nostalgic and sentimental, right? Anyway, what if, you put that emotion and remember the first time you fell in love with writing?


Actually, before I started to write. I fell in love with reading. I remembered we have a collection of Encyclopedia before. And everytime, especially during weekends, I always indulged myself to scan some pages. If I’m not playing, I will just quietly sit on the window sill or on the balcony spending minutes to hours reading anything. Sometimes, when I am watching T.V., and there is this topic or thing that got my interest, I immediately open an encyclopedia to search for it. And read some references until it satisfies me. Pretty weird huh?

Anyway, going back to memory lane. I was inspired to write a story when I watched the ‘Harry Potter’ movie (of course, who wouldn’t?). That inspiration gave me more eagerness to write when another movie ‘Lord of the Rings’ hit the theaters. I found myself writing full of ideas and plots going on inside my head. During those times, I’m already watching animes. I am meticulous particularly in the anime’s plot. I’ve watched countless animes. And I am certain that animes have more diverse plots, unlike hollywood movies. But of course, it is also more cliche than movies.

Then the moment came when suddenly, I became busy with other things. Most of my time was spent outside. Food trips in different restos. Going in shopping malls with classmates. Going in your classmates’ houses. Went to occassional parties and get-togethers. A little booze. Some dancing and singing while drunk. Oh, the high school life. In short, I lost that passion in writing that it became one of my frustrations.


They say love is sweeter the second time around. Well, I’ll say writing is pretty sweet the second time. And yes, love can change the mood. When you put your emotion in your pen, you’ll just wonder that you created a masterpiece. I noticed that most of the writers had once wrote or still writing a poem. This had been my outlet when I stopped writing. But after all that said and done, here I am writing again. It’s because of the people I met, so this passion was awakened AGAIN. I was then reconnected to the hobby I once dreamt of.

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I realized that when you love something, it doesn’t just fade away. Somehow, it’s just dormant. It was always there inside of you. You just need someone or something to trigger it- say, a motivation. And when that frustration became a reality, it’s just like woah! It’s very fulfilling, and at the same time rewarding.

How much do you love writing? What is your outlet or your getaway when you feel like not in the mood to write?

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