Be Daring — Write about What You Don’t Know!

You know how everyone tells you to write about what you know?

That’s a big fat lie that, if you have believed till now, you must erase from your system.

I’ve read many articles lately that suggest writers write about what they “know best,” as it is safer that way.

Well, if that’s what you think, I’m not judging you. In fact, I believed it, too. But now, I’ve come to a different conclusion: be daring! Dare to write about things you don’t know perfectly, or which you didn’t experience personally; write about things that might disturb the others, write harsh truths and soft apologies.

Writing has a life of its own — only be experimenting and trying one can learn something.

I think that, as a writer, one cannot evolve unless he attempts to write about problems that he cares about, although he wasn’t the subject of it.

I find the statement ridiculous now because only by trying to understand and write about a subject you don’t know well you can evolve. During my writing process, it happened several times that I wanted to insert paragraphs about things I didn’t know, but my character should have known. It’s alright — some research did the job. Indeed, it takes some time; it’s not like I click on the first link I see available and that’s it, but in the end, it was worth the struggle (not to mention I knew something new, too).

That brings me to my second point: every writer wants to have interesting characters, which are different from his previous works. At some point, you’ll want to write about a nurse, an accountant, a producer or a cinema star. I doubt you know indeed how their lives would look like (unless you know so many typologies of people that it’s not a problem for you to find out, in which case, would you mind giving me a call and let me know how you met all of them? Haha.), but it doesn’t have to stop you from writing them in a realistic manner.

Research. Research. Research.

Let’s make it clear: I don’t say that writing about what you know best is wrong; but if you write only about what you know, it might become boring for both you and the reader. Improvement comes from challenges, not from the comfort zone.

It’s hard, and I know it. But if you wish to be a good, life-time writer, it’s an insignificant obstacle and nothing more.

Be daring!

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Kawaii Box Is HERE!

Hello, guys! Do you know that moment when you’re trembling with delight because you finally receive a package you longed for? (Heh, no, of course, it’s “not” a particular situation.)

If you’re new to the blog, you might not know that I started learning Japanese and that I love the culture of this country – by the way, I don’t mean only the Anime and the cute stuff, although I indulge in these as well.

Interacting with a culture as much as possible is imperative when learning a new language. Firstly, because it makes the expectations more realistic; secondly, because it keeps you motivated to learn; thirdly, it’s a treat for yourself, like a high five with your brain, saying “Well done, buddy!”

A month ago I ordered two boxes – Japan Candy Box (which offered ten hand-picked sweets; I will review them soon) and Kawaii Box (which provided ten objects, but you wouldn’t know what they were until you received the box). Some people might be reluctant to order something they that comes such a surprise. I was too. However, I eventually said “Damn it! I want that effin’ box.”

I’m glad that I went for it.

I’m still trembling with delight as I’m writing this review. Imagine that as soon as I opened it and saw each object I simply sat down in front of the computer, not letting interrupt me, and started writing this. When something gives me the urge to write, now, that’s what I call something good.

You’re not here for my rambling, though (and if you are, well, I’d love to meet you in person and give you a hug for your patience and awesomeness)

Moving on to the actual review.

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Grand Festa HARU URARA

Hello! How are you, guys?

I know this post may come late at night (it’s 9 p.m. here as I’m writing it; posted at 11 p.m.), but I have a good reason for posting at such a time on a Saturday.

I’ve spent my day in a delightful way, by taking a long walk, sipping on a good cup of coffee and treating myself with sweets. However, it gets even better! For the first time ever, I’ve been to the Japan Days celebrated here in Romania (unfortunately, I found out about the event at its end). Still, I managed to go to a great “concert.”

I’ve only reached home and seated down to write this article.

Now, let’s start talking about what you are interested.

I think that when one starts to learn a new language, interacting with the culture, art, and history of that country is just as important. The language is widely influenced by these things. That’s why, when I have the chance to go to a festival, a concert, or a speaking session, I do what I can to get there. I try to see missing it as “Not an option.”

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Missed Me?

Hello, guys!

How’s your life going? Mine has been pretty cray-cray lately.

So, I want to start by saying sorry for leaving you in the dark. I feel like I owe you an explanation for why I’ve been gone for so long without a word. Hopefully, you’ll put up with my rambling. If not, skip this part where I tell you about my life drama and read the poem below.

Firstly, thank you for the follows and likes while I was away, It’s nice to see this blog growing. It’s like my baby starts making friends. (Yay!) Please, don’t shy away and leave some comments, too. I’d love to learn what you liked most and least so I can mould the content to your liking and interests.

As you might have noticed, I didn’t post anything in about a month. Looking at my goals for this year and know that one was to be active on the blog I feel like slapping my forehead in frustration. But I guess I work on getting better from now on. I’m in my senior year of high-school, and I finish the courses in May (and then have the Baccalaureate in June). It means that teachers rush with noting each student; thus, the projects, test-papers, and homework multiplied ten thousand fold. They ate up my time.

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