Writing Hard, or Hardly Writing?
Wandering aimlessly - The Neopian Times is a collection of many writers and
artists. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you've made a wrong
turn: Hubert's stand is about a block back. Now, for those who have been following,
the Times hosts many new authors, along with those who have claimed their fame
through their work. Those belonging to the latter group are sometimes called
"regulars" because, surprise surprise, they are published regularly. Which means
they also write regularly.
Now now, don't roll your eyes yet, because that paragraph, which would be classified
under "Um, duuuuh," was needed for me to say this next part... do you want to
hear it? Are you ready to hear it? Are you suuuuuuure? Okie dokie: Many people
never reach the rank of "regular" because they don't write enough. I know, I
know, all that build for another obvious statement, but it's more important
than it seems. It's not as easy as typing something up, sending it in, and BAM,
you're published. You're also fighting against a kajillion other people for
a spot in the Times! The key to handfuls of publishing is, simply, write enough
that if your weekly entries were plastic and Mynci-shaped, you'd have enough
of them to play a full game of "Barrel O' Monke-- Mynci."
219 words later, and I still haven't gotten to the grand poobah of the topic:
It's hard to make yourself sit down and write so much. After all, there are
so many other things you can do. Plus, typing all the time will just give you
carpal tunnel and a numb bottom. Oh, quit your whining already! It's a small
price to pay for the recognition. Yes, the recognition that you shouldn't ask
me about, because I really haven't experienced it yet. If you could see me now,
I'd be nodding. Nod. Nod. Nod. So here's a few ways to get the keys clicking!
Getting Used to Writing
Perhaps you're not used to writing a lot of stuff, as in anything that's not
required for a grade. So before you attempt Times Regularness, try something
at a lower scale! They may not seem as big and shiny as the Times, but there
are some places out there that will happily and readily accept your written
Neopets stuff. A few guilds have their own online newspapers, so you can probably
check into that. Okay, so it's not The Neopian Times, and you may not get throngs
of obsessed stalke-- erm, fans, but it's good experience. Anything that you
write, even if it gets rejected, gives you a little more experience. Every little
bit contributes to your skill and style! The more you've thought about writing,
the quicker the ideas tend to come and the stronger the urge to compose. Once
you've built up your writing fantasticness, chances are, it'll be hard to keep
your bajillions of masterpieces out of the Times!
Now that you're cool with writing, it's time to find something to actually
write about. Start by writing down a bunch of random ideas that are tackling
each other in your head, even if they don't seem too great at the time. Pick
one and figure out how it would work. Add plots, details, and all sorts of stuff,
all before you type a word. Soon enough, you'll be so excited to write your
great new stories that you'll forget it ever bored you! Maybe. Or you'll just
think up some insane idea that trails off to breakfast cereals. Mmmm. Cereal.
Perhaps you've just got no motivation to get your lazy bum moving. Let's say
that it's the beginning of the week, and the newest edition of the Times has
just come out. Now is a great time to tell yourself, "Billy Sue Bob, I am going
to try to write (insert feasible number here) things and send them in for the
Neopian Times!" Frankly, I don't care if your name isn't Billy Sue Bob, and
it probably isn't. It should be. Anywho, with that wonderfultastic number in
mind, sit down and do your best meet that goal. It should be something reachable,
but also that will challenge you a little. Focus on producing some good, quality
work, which means you don't want to speed through just so you can get to the
number. The point of even having a number at all is so that you get in some
good practice on lots of different subjects. So flex your typing muscles, and
reward yourself when you do well! Or, you can look at it the other way and say,
"I didn't try at all this week. Bad me! No more breathing until NEXT week!"
Okay, so maybe not THAT extreme... Having trouble with ideas? Then you didn't
read my last paragraph. Shame on you, Billy Sue Bob!
Little Anubis + Big Attack Fork
Yes, this is exactly what that title says it is. Get an Anubis, preferably
red, and give it an Attack Fork. Now chain it to your leg and sit at your computer.
Anytime you stop typing, it'll jab you in the side. Hey, if you're lucky, it'll
even nip your heel too! When your friends ask you why you have so many scabs,
you can reply with a big grin and a loud "I'm lazy!" That'll teach you, you
If this article helped you in any way, then yahoo for you. If it didn't make
a difference, then try a can of Prune Juice. That'll make you nice and regular!
Heh heh heh... Also, if writing is a chore for you, and you're only writing
for the popularity, then I'd advise you to find something else to do. Creating
vivid stories and helpful articles should be fun, not drudgery! You should also
have a passion for writing, not just recognition. Well, this is taipeiss running
off in circles. And remember: When in doubt, an Organic Leek always makes a
cool whapping thingy.