Organizing Thoughts: Turn Your Ideas Into Stories.


Whenever an aspiring writer talks to me and asks me for a tip or an advice, I always tell them to read. Because for me, reading will always be the key. You'll gain knowledge in the craft if you want to be a writer, as well as, you'll go some place else while just sitting and reading. 

Whenever other people learns that I have been into reading pocketbooks since I was just an elementary student and that I also started writing around that time, they tell me that it seemed that I was born to be a writer. Well, I can easily say that writing isn't for everybody. True, everyone can think or imagine, but not all people can immortalize their thoughts by actually organizing it and turn into something else by writing it.

Being in my shoe wherein I feel like I was born organizing my thoughts and write it somewhere, here's what I think are the things that can be helpful for someone who wants to be a writer but doesn't know how to start. Or just someone who wanted their thoughts to be organized. From head to pen and paper, I must say.

This is like the most basic ones, for people who wanted to write but really don't know how to start or what to do, how to do it or what.

1. Read a book depending on your interest. If you like romance stories, read romance books. If you want thriller stories, read a thriller themed books. Writing is all about the writer's interest. Even if we, writers, can organize our thoughts, we still can't do it if we aren't interested in what we are doing. So if you want to start, start right. Start where your interests were.

2. While reading the books, observe how the story was written. Is it written like you are the character of the story? Is it written like the book is talking to you? Or is it written like you, yourself, is the narrator of the story? How does the writer describe the places? The character's emotions? How did the writer wrote the sequencing of the scenes? Those are just a few of the things you have to be very observant about because what you liked and did not liked in the book can build your own style if you're going to write your story now.

3. Learn the three types of point of view and choose what would suit you best. Or simply learn how to use all of them. It might come in handy in the future.

First Person

"Para ako'ng tumakbo sa isang marathon dahil sa bilis ng tibok ng puso ko. Kakaiba ang kaba na nararamdaman ko dahil papalapit na sya sa akin. Hindi ko magawang maigalaw ang mga paa ko para tumalikod at umalis na doon."

First person narration is the type of narration where in the character of the story is narrating her own thoughts, opinions and ideas. The character is speaking at his/her own point of view. This is a bit tricky since the consistency is really important.

Second Person

"Mataas na ang araw pero tulog ka pa rin. Paano ka aasenso nyan? Yung ibang kasama mo sa bahay, lahat nakapasok na sa kanya kanya nilang trabaho. Kung gusto mo talaga yumaman o umangat sa buhay, kailangan mo kumilos. Kailangan, ikaw mismo ang mag kusa, Huwag kang umasa sa iba."

Second person narration is mostly used in magazines. It's as if the character in the book or story is talking to you. Just like someone whom you are with. Like a companion.

Third Person

"Kung gusto talaga nya na magkaayos sila, sana ay gumagawa na rin ito ng paraan. Pero sa tingin nya ay malabo na iyon mangyari. Masyado nang malalim ang naging alitan nila para maayos pa. Kahit sya, na aminado na kayang patawarin ito sa nagawa nito, ay hindi nya pa rin makakalimutan ang sakit na dulot ng pangta traydor nito sa kanya."

Third person narration is the international narration for writers. It's like the most used and most common. In this type of narration, it is you, the reader, who is like narrating the scenes in your own words.

4. Know the difference of writing a story on how you tell a story in person. There's a big difference between the two things, although they are, actually, both story telling.

How you tell a story in person.

"One time nakita ko yung ex ko. Nakasalubong ko sya. Nako! Kala mo kung sino'ng gwapo. Ang haggard haggard naman. Hindi nya ako pinansin, kaya dindedma ko rin sya."

"Nakakainis. Gusto ko na talaga magwala at sabunutan yung bruha na yon eh!"

How you should write it.

First Person - "Nakita ko minsan yung ex ko. Nakasalubong ko sya somewhere. Honestly, mukha syang pagod. Alam ko na nakita nya rin ako pero umiwas sya at hindi nya ako pinansin. Kaya ganoon na lang rin ginawa ko."

Third Person - "Naiinis sya. Gusto nya bigla magwala at abutin ang buhok ng babae na iyon para kanyang masabunutan."

5. Learn how to use to 5 senses in describing scenes, people or events. If you really observed the books you previously read, you'll realize that the story is moving because of the narration on how the character moves, how they feels, what they think, etc.

Example

Third Person - "Napalunok sya nang tuluyan nang makababa sa puting Mercedes Benz nito ang lalaki. Nakasuot ito ng puting polo na naka tuck in sa itim nitong slacks. Bukas ang unang dalawang butones ng polo nito at nagwala ang dibdib nya nang masilip ang matipunong dibdib ng lalaki. Naglakad ito papalapit sa kanya at agad nyang nasamyo ang amoy ng pabango nito. Napapikit sya dahil sa bango niyon. Nang magmulat sya ng mata ay nagulat sya dahil nasa harap nya na pala ang lalaki at nakatitig ito sa kanya."

6. Practice describing scenes you see everyday and write it in papers so you can read it again. You can start with what you do everyday. Do you go to work? Do you go to school? Somewhere? Do you see other people walking past you and wonder what they think? It's practicing your mind into generating more scenes and other things in the future, as well as stretching your vocabulary.

7. Consistency of your characters is the key. If you decided your character to be smart, then the way he/she talks or the scenes surrounding his/her should make sense. Starting your story just by describing your character is boring for some. A better way for a reader to really know the characters in the story is by letting them know the characters with their own mind by how the story moves. We know more things about other people when we talk to them or we hang out with them. Let your readers or anyone you would want to read your story to hang out with the characters by introducing them while the story moves.

8. It's okay to be experimental with scenes and other things, but it's also good to stick with facts. Given that most of the stories written nowadays are fiction, it doesn't mean that it should be all about it, fiction. It's still depending on what the story is all about, really. And it's your choice. But if you happen to want a believable story, better stick with the facts.

9. Research. Internet is a good place to do this. You can go wherever you want with internet, so take your readers with you. Look at the images, read people's thoughts, listen to music. Get ideas and more ideas. Exercise your mind by researching.

10. Know your target readers. Of course, this is only applicable for people who wants to share their story/ies. Knowing your target readers can help you with the plot or theme of your story and the way you will execute it. The wider the reader range, the more you have to be flexible so be ready for it.

But just for all of you to know, there are still a lot of things to learn than the things above. They are, for the most part, the easiest if I may say. There are also technicalities to be met in writing, specially since most writers in the Philippines uses TAGALOG and ENGLISH in their stories, so there are rules about it. But this post is for the aspiring writers or the beginners who want to try.

I hope you learned something and that I really made sense. Lol.

Tell me what you think about writing! Comment bellow. :)

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