I’ll never write for tv…

If my last writing post shows anything it’s that when I do end up writing it’s often an interesting experience. A lot of the time I end up having to put in a lot more effort than I usually do to get something down on paper… Screen. One of those two.

Here and there I have been known to ever so proudly proclaim that “I’m a writer” when in all honesty most of the times I’m not. Half the time I just end up sitting down, writing a few hundred words and then stop for any number of reasons. Seldom are productivity rates high when I write.

My current novel attempt is on a bit of a hold (there’s a shocker) at the moment and the reason for it is the same reason why I’ll never write for television. Filler. Or the slightly more colloquial term; stuff that happens between other stuff.

As much as we want otherwise, tv shows and novels can’t always be exciting. It’s just far too much to take in. That’s why we use filler material. Parts of a chapter/ episode or even an entire is written so we can take a step back from the story line, these sections are used to give more back story if needed or to build up to a major point in the story line. It’s a key element in the writing process and I really can’t seem to do it.

I sit there staring back and the screen wanting to write something interesting eventually realising that’s what most of the last chapter was. Most of the time this is what’ll end a writing session. A mental blank shortly followed up with an admission of defeat.

If I tried to write a tv show it’d be 1 season spanning maybe 5 episodes of constant action. SO EXCITING its boring. It wouldn’t make it close to the 10-20(ish) episodes per seasons most shows maintain these days. It’d be like making a cake without the minor ingredients, it MAY be good but it’s not a cake without them. OR you could even say (if you’re into terrible dad like jokes) it’d be like a making a cake without filling.

Writing; Confusing but I love it.

Writing and I have a very interesting relationship. A few years in we’ve had our share of successes and failures, but now we’re at the part where the cracks are starting to show.

I love to write. For periods of time it’s all I spent my days doing. Multiple English teachers could vouch for the fact I was never very good at it in the begging but that never seemed to stop me. I used to write pages and pages of completely (grammatically) incorrect nonsense. I still do mostly write pure nonsense, but at least now I can do it with more proper technique.

Although my passion for writing has not changed and I am eager to write more and more as the days pass, I just DON’T. As you would have seen if you read my last post you would now that I didn’t keep the promise I made. If you’re a regular here or know me personally, you would also know that this promise is one I have made before each time with slightly more or similar amounts of success as this time arround.

I am actually in the process of trying to write a book! With my track record when it comes to writing commitment it would seem like such a venture is impossible and frankly I am starting to agree with that. It’s something I have wanted to do for a very long time now and although I keep trying I seem to be making little to no progress.

I love to write! But sometimes it’s just pretty damn confusing. I can’t seem to figure out what to write about anymore. I wouldn’t say it’s writer’s block plaguing me, content block I feel would be a better way to describe it. I CAN write, It just takes me some time to think of something to write about. Whether it be an idea for a blog post or filler scenes for a chapter it, it takes a lot more time than it used to.

Luckily I am not one for giving up (anymore at least). I am here after all aren’t I!? I am not going to let this silly problem take the fun out of writing. It’s going take some effort to overcome it but a little bit of hard work has never done anyone any harm. Let’s see how it goes.

Expect future updates 🙂

Absolute Procrastination.

Unless this is the first time you are reading my blog, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that I procrastinate. I procrastinate so much before eventually blogging about it that my procrastination habits are equally as well known as the ABC’s. I don’t try to procrastinate. NO ONE tries to procrastinate… It just happens. One minute I’m thinking “Yeah I’m totally going to do some work!” and then all of a sudden *Poof*… Procrastination.

Normally I use writing to procrastinate, “Procrastablogging” if you will. However in the past few months I have descended into such a level of laziness I’m not even writing. I’m in a blogging limbo. I want to blog but it just doesn’t happen. I even wrote 3/4 of a post the other day that didn’t get to finish because I didn’t get back to it. I would say I had good reason for not getting back to it but I didn’t. There was a certain period of relevance for the post and I didn’t get back to finishing it in that time. Total laziness.

After 50 blog posts and 100 blog posts, I started to really rake in views. My posts weren’t all that good at that point, but because I was posting more than 3 times a week my writing was seen by more people. Consistency lead to views and consistency came from getting posts done and not procrastinating.

When it comes to life, procrastination is probably my number one demon. The really ironic thing is that I openly accept it but never really do anything about it. I procrastinate doing something about my procrastination problem. Weird no? Much like mankind will always collectively hate getting up in the morning, I will always procrastinate. It’s just a fact of life. What I really need to do is find a way to manage my procrastination. Although I feel like trying to do this will just end up in this entire process repeating itself. I guess we’ll see.

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Update.

Okay this just in. I got a hate comment on my last post (please don’t go looking for it I didn’t even approve the comment) essentially taking the piss out of the entire post. I’ve pretty much forgotten what the comment said because a) my brain is great like that and b) I try to ignore hate comments, but I am going to try to talk about it… Let’s see how this goes.

Yes I know the internet has been around a long time, to be honest I probably should have said before social media instead of before the internet but I feel like people got my point. I’ll give the hater 1 point (that’s all they get) because they did call me out on the “Do you know why body shaming wasn’t a thing before the internet?” line (I found the comment by the way), thank you internet troll I’ll update it so my point is valid. What I meant was that before social media body shaming wasn’t a major thing. People still would have had their opinions back then, but it was limited to the people around them instead of being able to find other people on the internet and hate on them as well. Sadly body shaming was always a thing and is likely to be a thing long into the future.

I’m not whining, I’m blogging (you should try it some time it’s fun).

Yes I know I’m fine, I appreciate you making that clear to me.

Yes I know not that many people read this blog (thank you for those who do.You rock!), it is MY blog after all and I look at the stats almost daily.

“If you care that much, actually do something…” this was my favourite part of the hate comment. Clearly this person  doesn’t know what my blog is about. That post was me doing something. YES IT WASN’T SERIOUS I KNOW THAT! My blog exists so I can share my thoughts with people who want to read them instead of having them suppressed by people who don’t. Yes it’s not really doing a whole lot but if I can make even a few people aware of what’s going on, that’s a step in the right direction.

I am sad my blog disappoints you but since you decided to tell me that the way you did instead of constructively you can refer to the armpits joke in my last post (I was proud of that one).

The comment ends with “Also if you want to make a serious point why would you ever refernce South Park” (Their spelling mistake by the way not mine)UHHHHH CAUSE I CAN BRO! It’s my blog and not yours. I can still make a point and be funny at the same time. Oh and if you look nice and close like, I even refer DIRECTLY to the fact the post wasn’t at all serious any more. I wonder what that could mean.

Okay a few things to know hater.

  1. I welcome hate but please do it with proper spelling and better grammar.
  2. Thanks to wordpress your comments won’t EVER see the light of day (unless I post about them again. TEEHEE).
  3. You clearly don’t understand the internet. Your comment wasn’t anonymised.
  4. Hate just makes me better. It fuels me to post more and get better at it (so thank you again).
  5. Hate JUST DOESN’T get to me anymore. I did but now it doesn’t. I’m just too used to it.

Thank you hater, this was fun. Let’s definitely do it again sometime.

My online presence.

I hate this post already. I hate making excuses and I hate having to write posts like this but sadly it has to be done.

I haven’t been posting here much at all lately and in my opinion it has been a while since I have posted consistently. Between school and writing for another website now has made my life a lot busier recently. In most instances recently, when my life has become more busy I haven’t been able to handle it all that well. I procrastinate A LOT and start to get stressed. One thing leads to another and it often doesn’t end well.

I am in no way giving up on blogging, TWB is my baby. However until I can learn to balance everything in my life more efficiently, blogging will have to take a back seat for a short while. I would eliminate some aspects if I could but sadly that’s just not the way it works. School is going to be important for the next few years and without the other website it’s a bit difficult to get my name out there in the writing scene so they both sit atop the list of importance. AGAIN TWB is my baby! Whenever I have an Idea for a post I’ll try my best to get it written and up as fast as I can.

Until I can start posting here more, I would LOVE for all of you to join me over on Lightly Buzzed. Lightly Buzzed is entertainment and news website brought to you by Fansided. The Fansided network hosts over 300 different websites on a range of topics from sports to entertainment & technology and more. I have held a Staff Writer position with Lightly Buzzed for 5 weeks now and in that time have posted four times so far, the newest of which was posted just one day (almost exactly) before this post.

Writing for Lightly Buzzed so far has been a somewhat interesting event. Because it’s style of writing I am not completely used to, finding the content, actually writing it, making it interesting and doing it all at least once a week has become a bit of a process. As I continue to do it over time and with more posts I will get better at it.

If you are interested in reading more from Fansided or Lightly Buzzed, use the above links.

If you are interested in reading any of my posts on Lightly Buzzed, this link will take you to my feed of posts.

What I did and Why.

Post content edited: 2/2/2016.

I’m not too sure if anyone has so far realised the changes I have made to my blog but they are some rather big changes so for a moment I’m just going to talk about what changes I made and why. I’m not sure how long this post will be or if it will be of decent length, it is here purely as an explanation.

Five or so months ago I created The Word Board as a space to facilitate the new style of blogging I was working on. I wanted to start writing more serious content and decided to start the new blog as opposed to deleting everything I had on my old blog and starting fresh, ruining everything I had built over the past 2 and a bit years.

Even though for a while I felt happy with how the blog looked and was proud of the new content I was writing, it just didn’t feel right for some reason. I was having fun with what I was doing but trying to rebuild the so far decent reader base I already had on my old blog just didn’t come as naturally as it did when I first gained the followers.

So what does this mean and what have I actually done?
Although I was originally rather hesitant in doing so, I changed up the look of my old blog and deleted all the old posts turning An Opinionated World into The Word Board 2.0. It’s more or less the same look (minus the few extra widgets I added) as the original Word Board looks with the EXACT same posts and all of the AOW followers.

Why change the blog if you weren’t going to originally? Even though I’ve made all these visual changes and even changed the name of my blog it’s STILL my baby. It’s still the blog I have worked hard on for 2 years trying to make it the closest thing I can get to perfect. Changes happen. Just think of it like someone dyeing his or her hair and moving to a new state.

So YES I am back! Not to AOW necessarily but I am back on this blog and ready for action. For all of my followers who have come to know and love An Opinionated World over the past 2 years THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything that you’ve done for me. I hope you will stick around and join me in YET ANOTHER new chapter in my blogging story but if this is where it ends for you, I hope you have a nice day and good luck with all of your adventures in the future.

The creative process is a bitch.

Post content edited: 2/2/2016.

Often you see posts and various kinds of articles where the title is a bit of an overstatement of the main point of the article but in this situation it’s not really all the possible to exaggerate. The process of bringing a post together through coming up with ideas and actually sitting down to write it can be rather painful sometimes.

The overall goal of blogging (or at least my goal) is to be posting content that both myself and the people reading it enjoy it the first time they read it and again if/when they read it for a second or third time. With this in mind me and my brain collectively often end up overthinking what ever it is I’m writing about and the post ends up on the cutting room floor.

In my time blogging, across all of my blogs (including collaboration posts on other blogs) I have accumulated a high post count. After your post count passes into the hundreds, thinking of ideas can start to become a bit of a chore. This is especially true in my case since I only have a general theme in writing about my opinions as opposed to writing about food or travel.

Once I actually think of a topic and get to writing it I’m completely in the zone. I think to myself “Yes I’ve FINALLY done it” like I’ve cured a major disease or something. For a while I’ll just write whatever comes to mind, take a sip of whatever hot beverage is on hand and then read it back to myself obsessively analysing it like it would be the end of the world if I made a mistake or poorly expressed one of my points. Then naturally I cut out 90% of what I just wrote before moving onto the next paragraph.

If I manage to make it through all of that with all my limbs and brain still attached then I have succeeded. I have managed to write myself a post or part/most of a piece or novel.

P.S I am yet to write an entire post and delete it because I “Wasn’t feeling it” or something along the lines of that. If I get to that point there is no hope left for me.

The internet scares me.

These days we do EVERYTHING on the internet. We socialise, watch tv, buy useless junk and even do our jobs using the internet proving that it can be a truly remarkable thing. Then again it’s full of bigots and ignorant keyboard warriors that make me want to douse my devices in lighter fluid and move to a country that doesn’t have a translation for “internet connection” let alone a signal to watch those utterly STUPID JOHN CEEEEENA “videos”.

THIS IS A RANT.

The internet WAS a great thing. Truly revolutionary when it was first used as early as the 1960’s, and as it continues to evolve and expand a plethora of great things will come from it’s new uses and the ones yet to be discovered or invented. It’s astonishing how far such a useful tool has come… So much so if you stuck yourself in a time machine, went back 30 or so years and told someone about the way the internet is today, it’s QUITE LIKELY they call you mad. Kind of like that scene in Back to the Future 3 where Doc Brown is telling people in the bar about what the future’s like.

If I could I’d give the internet and ALL of it’s users a slightly vigorous fast paced slow clap for how AMAZING we’ve all been. BUT I CAN’T so I WON’T.

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Of ALL the good uses the internet can be used for, “people” (re-enter the bigots and ignorant keyboard warriors) still chose to go and be a mophead and ruin one of if not the greatest invention this planet has EVER seen.

The internet is MEANT to be for fun, easy access, exciting and  slightly A LOT unsociable entertainment instead of abusing people you don’t know just because you can or because “it’s fun”. If you want to make someone angry, go outside and do it. That way you’ll at least get some benefit from the physical activity actually going somewhere and increased respiratory activity provides.

PRETTY PLEASE can we just go back to the internet that was Myspace top fives and adorable cat videos!?

 

Blogging misconceptions

There must be something in the water, because I’m not honestly sure what it is that prompts some of the ideas I’ve heard and seen based around blogging. My theory is a mixture of facts or information people get from real bloggers and the ideas people get from movie/TV portrayals of bloggers. Although most of the portrayals are somewhat accurate, occasionally there are ones that are somewhat… Creative. So here and now I just want to clear up/ give my view on some of the blogging-based misconceptions I have heard of:

  1. Blogging is for sharing your feelings: Okay I can admit this much is true but in a completely different way to what is often thought of, primarily when people are taking at blogging. Blogging covers a wide array of topics ranging from blogs for movie buffs to cooking blogs to blogs like mine where people just speak their minds. Blogging IS NOT just people confessing their feelings like it were an online diary, it does happen but it’s only one of the many uses a blog can have.
  2. Blogging is easy: With or without a common theme to your blog, writing consistent content isn’t always a walk in the park. I personally have gone from writing multiple posts a week to multiple posts a month to one post a week consistently, thinking of a new topic for each and every post can be difficult. On one circumstance I went a month without posting anything because I couldn’t think of a topic that felt right to me.
  3. Getting followers is easy: It is highly unlikely that a blogger is going to become popular as soon as they start blogging. Much like speech writing or novel-writing blogging is about getting the reader’s attention and with out word of mouth and a little bit of luck, getting followers isn’t an instantaneous occurrence. Without people knowing your blog exists or where to find it, the viewer and follower count isn’t likely to go up.
  4. Bloggers don’t know what they’re talking about: This one in particular is a misconception that seriously annoys me. IT seems to be a common thought that just because bloggers aren’t experts in all the areas they cover they have no idea what they’re talking about therefore their opinions are irrelevant. This couldn’t be any less wrong. Bloggers are some of the most passionate and achieved writers I’ve ever seen and research their ideas before posting to their sites. Posting without knowing what you’re talking about can seriously hurt credibility, the last thing a blogger wants.
  5. Blogging is just a hobby: like I just said, bloggers are some of the most passionate writers I have ever seen. Some bloggers blog to make money by definition making it a job and not a hobby but even with a separate job blogging is more than a hobby. For bloggers (including my self) blogging is an escape, a way to release stress and get away from anything causing troubles in daily life.

Blogging is more than some people make it out to be, don’t let a biased opinion or someone trying to bring it down influence you and make you feel otherwise.

Goals.

Goals are always an interesting topic of conversation. Most of the time it trails off into a conversation about goals we have had but ended up giving up on because they were “too had to achieve”, or at least so we tell our self. Previously I have set goals and an obstacle of some kind ended up getting in the way. At this point I generally thought to my self “Well shit, this is too hard now I guess I’ll just give up”. Okay that’s probably not what I thought but I assure you it was often something very similar. Essentially I gave up because I didn’t want to put in the effort. As I sit here now I realize that if I had put in just that little bit more effort into some of those goals I would probably have achieved some by now or would have got damn close. Although giving up is always the easier option and often in our minds the better option, there is a key concept that I am learning that I would like to share with you. There is ALWAYS a way to achieve your goal.

I am currently in my final year at high school and am starting to prepare my self for my end of year exams in under 4 months. After completing exams we (Australian year 12 students) are given something called an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) score, which is used when trying to apply for university courses. Each university course has a set score each applicant needs to meet in order to get into the course, for example 98.85 is the 2015 ATAR score requirement to complete a Bachelor of Bio-medicine at University of Melbourne. Although the ATAR requirement for any one course may change a few points in either direction, with the highest obtainable ATAR being 99.95 a 98.85 can seem like a hard ask. Hypothetically if I were to receive a score of 94.30 and wanted to apply for Melbourne’s Bio-med. course, it’s not likely I will get in if there are a number of applicants with scores meeting and higher the requirement. However like I said there is ALWAYS a way. Luckily we have the option to move into the course after completing a year of TAFE or starting a different course and then changing in. There is ALWAYS a way.

Don’t give up on your goals. If you run into a roadblock its okay those things happen, just take some time to think and way up your options. If you’re having trouble talk to someone else about it. They may not necessarily have the answers to your specific problem but they can still give you advice. If you consult a parent, teacher or any other kind of authority figure in your life, it’s likely they have faced a similar problem in life. Don’t just give up as soon as it gets hard, it always feels better in the end if you have to put in the hard yards to get there.

Thank you all SO MUCH for reading the first post on The Word Board! I am not honestly completely convinced that it was up to the standard I want it to be but I spent far too long thinking about the perfect first post topic and I just HAD to get something up. As I get a few more posts under my belt in this new “style” I am using I am confident I can go back to feeling as good about my blogging as I felt releasing content for AOW.

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