Return to sanity

July 1, 2010 at 3:39 am (Books, manga, writing) (, , , )

Real life got a bit crazy there for a while because my dad was hospitalized. Luckily, surgery fixed the worst of it and he’s since gotten a clean bill of health—which is the best birthday present I could wish for.  But during that time, my muse went on strike and the writing biz ground to a halt. I feel so guilty for reading manga in the meantime, while the creative side of my brain was offline. I splurged on a lot of manga. I tell myself at least I’m studying the storytelling and plot and character development and world building, so it’s not completely unrelated to writing.

However, I did manage to get page proofs done—the final stage before publication—so now the first chapter of Unbound is now up! And not a moment too soon, I guess, since it’s just three more months to its release. It’s hard to believe 2010 is half over! Anyway, I hope readers like the chapter.

I’m crossing my fingers that my muse will start cooperating, now that I don’t have to worry about my dad. On the other hand, Skip Beat! is really addicting. I keep re-reading favorite story arcs. Oh, no! Now if only I could figure out how to apply that to my stories…!

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1 Comment

  1. koimisalisa said,

    As everyone says, “To write you must read.” Reading Manga might help you visualize storytelling. J.R. Tolkien appears to have visualized with drawing out maps. Perhaps a layout of a house like the Clue broad game.

    I use many weird tricks to visualize a story, but my story never leaves my head. I’ll listen to the emotion in a song, or watch for the character behind a music video. Riding (not driving) in a car helps me too.

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