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Mid Year Resolution Review 6: Writing

New Year Resolution 6: Writing
Starting with 1 post per week to gain back the momentum. The post need not be extraordinary or meaningful as long as they are published.

Obviously I haven’t been diligent with this NY Resolution as you can scroll and see. However thanks to the mid year review, I’m picking up pace again.

There is no shortage of meme about writers who struggle to write and that is so true even for wannabes like myself. I have been using busyness as an excuse but really how busy can I be if I could find the time to watch Netflix for hours?

For the remaining of the year I pledge not to open my Netflix account for the week until I publish 1 post.

Let’s see if that’s a strong enough motivation to blog weekly!

By the way, if you subscribe to Netflix, check out To All The Boys I’ve Loved, Kim’s Convenience, and Set It Up. (yep, they all have Asian element… and they’re good shows too!)




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Changing the world one word at a time.

I’ve been trying to write a new post for a while but I keep falling into the same cycle – “I’m going to write something today!” then I open my laptop, create a new draft, stare at the blank page for couple of minutes, surf the net for inspiration, stumble upon a cat video, forget what I was doing. When I realise time has been lost, I’d think “Man! Maybe I’ve lost that vision to be a writer. Maybe I’m not meant to write.”

Humans are capable of turning the simplest thing into full season of Emmy-winning drama. We like to be in control and feel like we’re making a difference with what we do.  I love writing but it’s not enough to put words into paper, I need to make the words come to life and crawl into your deepest, darkest heart, plant a seed and grow into an age-old tree and bear fruits to your next generations. I put so much burden into every word no wonder I ended up not typing anything.

I know people who are very intentional with the things they do and I admire them for it. But if you’re like me, a little scattered and easily distracted (basically an ENFP), don’t beat yourself up if you can’t think of a life changing action to take or story to tell. Start small and build up from there. Our approach to life shouldn’t be that complicated. While we strive to do our best we need to know that no one expects us to be perfect right away except our pride/ insecurities/ competitiveness/ Asian parents, maybe.

As you can see, I’m starting to write even when I don’t have the sentences in my head. But I know every post published will not be in vain because while it might not change the World, at least it brings clarity to myself and that’s good enough.



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Why I blog even if no one reads.

I’ve said that I started blogging about my life journey hoping that it does a thing or two for you who are going through the same thing. Over the years, I realized the person I’m impacting the most through my writing is myself.

I’m not an outspoken person. I used to be but somehow I became more introverted as I grow older. I’ve not been thinking on my feet lately because I feel that most of the things I blurted or my initial response to any conversation can be rather absurd. In short, I fear I might say something stupid or of no value to the topic. Strangely and thankfully, I don’t have that fear when I’m typing. Even if someone thinks I’m typing crap, I’m not really affected by it. Maybe because it’s a blog, a one-way communication and I know you will either continue reading or close on me. To those who continue on, I thank you.

Blogging is a form of therapy to me; a way to sort out my feelings and thoughts. I also enjoy reading my old posts. It’s fascinating to see how far I’ve come to where I am now. For the same reason, it is also good to journal your self-reflection time or, for Christians, time alone with God.

I’ve not been blogging regularly as you can see and I’m falling behind my New Year Resolution of blogging twice a week. I have no excuse. I’ve used the “I’m too busy” and “I’ve got nothing to blog” cards far too many times. It’s time to just get down to it and blog even when I’ve got nothing to say. After all I’m doing this for myself. Yes it’s selfish, but sometimes you got to help yourself before you can help others.

So thanks again for reading till the end, by doing so you’ve actually done a thing for me. :)


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Why I Will Be A Writer.

I wrote a post on why I won’t be a writer last year and now I’m writing a post to oppose it. After close to a year, I have now garnered enough reasons to know that I will be a writer and here’s why:

1. There’s nothing I could dream of but to be a writer.
If you keep seeing something that caught your eyes over and over again, you’re going to buy it someday. If you keep seeing the same dream over and over again, you’re gonna live it out one day.

2. I don’t care if I have nothing to write about, I write anyway.
Paul Arden stated in his book Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite that “A bad idea executed is better than a good idea undone” which means even if I post something irrelevant, it is still better than plotting a blockbuster in my head. That’s what I’m doing.

3. I’m kicking my way out of the society hole.
I am practicing not to be concerned about what people think of me because they are not thinking of me. It is difficult to just let go and say whatever I want to, but I am training myself and that’s a step closer to becoming a writer. Stop caring of what would a million people think of what I write.

4. There must be a purpose for my passion for writing.
The Creator places passion in humankind for a reason. If you are gifted with numbers then maybe you should explore that option. I am not sure if I am gifted in writing but I definitely have a passion for it and it sure means something. I will not rest till I find its purpose.

5. Writing is my weapon of choice .
David won the battle against Goliath because he used the weapon that he is best at. David placed his faith with the Lord and does what he does best; to sling. David wasn’t carrying an ordinary sling, he was carrying a weapon that he has trained himself with for so long.* Writing shall be my weapon of choice.

I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to become a writer, but I’m locking this statement and pursuing that road. It might take 10,000 hours of training (according to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers), nothing can stop me and this is the feeling that makes me think that I finally have what it takes to become a writer; To let go of my fears of people’s opinion, caring too much if anyone is going to read me, and just write. If it fails, I’ll keep trying.

There is nothing to lose.


*I’ve just read Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and The Art of Battling Giants. It’s a good read!


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