Hey guys! Are you guys still writing stories? Do you need writing buddies to motivate you to write? I sure need some because it’s been a while since I last wrote a story.
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Recently, I’ve been reading the book New New Journalism by Robert S. Boyton, and I got interested in immersion journalism, a method where journalists spend a year or years with their subjects in order to come up with a non-fiction book that reads like a novel.
I want to do this too. I want to shadow someone and know all of his or her idiosynchrasies. I want to observe even the most ordinary details of that person’s life and painstakingly describe it. I want to create a realistic painting with words.
The problem is I don’t know if these book deals exist in the Philippines, and plus I am not sure what I want to write about. I have a bagillion and one ideas, but I don’t know which one commands me enough such that I will obsess about it for a year.
Posted in Inspirational Stories, tagged arrange, art, artist, clean, clean room, creative, fix, happiness, happy, happy artist, Health, mental-health, Mother, organize, Sadness, walk, walking, write, writer, writing on April 22, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
No matter how trendy, deep, or powerful sadness is, I’ve always kept it out of my creative life. Unlike other artists who thrive under near-death depression or achieve cathartic release by ranting, I experience paralysis. I can’t write. I can’t think. I can only get creative when I am in a state of happiness–a condition that ranges from euphoria to peaceful contentment.
Now that I work as a writer, it has become more important to maintain my positive state of mind. That is why I’ve come up with three quick fixes to any bad mood:
1. Happy writing
As I said in I am a happy artist, writing about happy things gets me through sadness. It lets me shift my attention to something more positive, reminds me of all the good things I have in life, and eventually helps me to recover.