19 Jun 2016

Things I learned thanks to writing stories

Writing can be not only relaxing hobby (ehm, who am I kidding it's a torturous device designed by the biggest evil in the world because one cannot stop but suffers so much), but also learn a lesson about this confusing little world we live in. Or life in general. One can't have enough of life lessons.

Now I will kindly share wisdoms I learned throught those numerous years I've been writting... ok, I've been trying to write stories.


When you're a writer, you know that sleep is overrated. I learned that if I want that book done (which hopefully will happen if Mr. Writer's Block stops seeking my attention all the time and I could write in peace...) I need to write at night because hello, school, work, friends, blogs, books... it takes a lot of time. And then, when I finally get to sit down and write that chapter, I type like a mad woman. There's amazingly comfortable bed right beside me and I want to get to it as soon as I can. Though, if I have to choose between sleep and writing a scene with Kyrian, I will definitely choose Kyrian. #writingcrush. Who needs sleep when there's perfectly handsome and charismatic man right in front of you? Oh, he's fictional? That's just a detail.


No. No, no, no, no. Whoever told you that you have too many pictures for your WIP, which you haven't even started writing, is wrong. There's nothing like too much pictures. What IS too much pictures, that's the question! Pinterest boards are an amazing source of inspiration. Well... up until the moment when they suck you in like a monster and devour your innocent soul and you loose track of time and suddenly the whole day went by and you haven't done anything productive and you start stressing out. Yeah, sure, it can be a dangerous sport.
But if you actually want to get some writing done, DO. NOT. GO. THERE. Save yourself!


As you can see, writing will teach you some basic survival stuff such.

  • How to estimate whether a person will live according to their blood loss. 
  • Where to stab a person in order to kill him. 
  • How to torture people creatively. 
  • How to get away with murder.
  • How to tie a corset. 
  • How to take control over the world. 
  • How to train the dragons.
  • How to domesticate an owl. (Yeah, that's right. I want to have an owl as a pet. Don't judge me.)
After this we can establish that my works are pretty dark. And that I'd love to have an owl. Seriously, I wouldn't be able to deal with the cuteness overload and I would die instantly (but utterly happy) so it's probably better I don't have one. Also, I guess I'd be scared of her beak. 

What was I talking about? Oh, the life hacks. Well, for a writer to master a certain scene, she/he must look up some useful facts. I did a whole research on corsets because I couldn't figure out how to describe them and how they function. I don't want my main heroine parading around men inadequatly dressed and embarrassing herself. Sometimes writer needs to kill a character and he needs to know how, so he research that information. Well, if he knows how... I don't want to know how he discovered that. 


Whoever came up with magic and witches the first, was a genius. I don't want to offend any other genres but fantasy, especially the one that has magic in it, is the best. I mean, you can literally do whatever you want to do. Is your heroine trapped in a dungeon? Well, if she has magic, she can easily escape. Just look at The Vampire Diaries TV show. There's always some loophole in the spell or some ancient book that will turn everything you know about magic into one big lie and then all of a sudden another magical artefact will come and everything goes to hell... you see my point? No wonder there are so many books and seasons in that series. Magic is all mighty and if you know how to handle it, it will bow before you like a puppy and show you all of her mysteries. But don't forget to feed her with your fantasy, otherwise it will get pretty bad. Also, it can bite you. It's a wild beast.


Imagine you wrote the story. You watered it with your tears for a long time, you gave it a lot of sleepless nights and eventually you sold your soul to the devil. The last trial of its perfection is the approval of critic. It's a rare ingredient and only the best novels are able to achieve it.
So you dress the novel in finest clothes (because critics can be quite shallow and they like pretty and pleasingly looking things) and send it on the dangerous adventure.

In the best case your book will came like a hero, with a crown on its head and the rest of the novels will bow before it. In the worst case, it will came back torn and dirty and humiliated. Criticism is hard. People dive into your story, they will turn it upside down, looking for every single mistake, they will see your bare soul and then shred it to pieces. That's why we writers must have thick skin.

In all seriousness, criticism can be traumatizing but you have to keep in mind, that constructive criticism is there to help you. You may not like it, but it´s there to improve your writing and help your novel to be better. Then there are hating comments which you shouldn't listen to.

Now it's your turn. What did writing stories teach you? Do you have crush on some of your characters? Would you like to have an owl as a pet? How do you take criticism? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 


  1. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I can totally relate to 3. My friends get concerned by how much I know about poison XD

    1. Haha exactly! But writer has to be prepared and know a lot of things which is awesome, we are sort of like an encyclopedia. :D

  2. YES I WANT AN OWL AS A PET. But I want a hedgehog pet first....so an owl second. basically if I ever become an author for a living I will also live in a crazy menagerie of weird animals. AND NO REGRETS. XD

    I loved your truths! SO RELATABLE.

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. OMG that idea is awesome! :D
      Thank YOU for stopping by :)

  3. Writing stories taught me how to be patience and it also taught me that every problem has a solution. Writers intentionally create problems and then they spent most of the time solving them. And if they have problems with solving problems, there is always Pinterest. :D
    Criticism helps me, too. Readers see things that no writer can. Authors are often stuck without their opinion and make the same mistakes... or mistakes they don´t know about till someone refers(?) to them.

    1. Yep, that's true, Pinterest is mightier than Google himself :D
      Yeah, that's constructive criticism, which is in many cases helpful. But than again, writer should know what thing he/she should take seriously and which things are just question of tastes. :)

  4. I relate to this far too much. Especially being sucked in by Pinterest. I finally worked out how to find related pictures and let's just say I may be discovering what could be counted as too many pictures. Also knowing all the weird things. I have so many strange and helpful facts I've learned from writing. It's fun bringing out the knowledge of murder methods, poisons and torture in general conversation. People tend to give me some weird looks, which I find hilarious.

    1. Yeah, Pinterest is dangerous and it can get out of hand... I learned it the hard way :D
      I like doing that too because then the looks on their faces are priceless. :D

  5. YES TO ALL. Pinterest is so dangerous. I hardly ever use it, but when I do I'm on there for hours, lol.

    1. It just sucks you in and doesn't want to let go. But it does have nice pictures in there, not gonna lie. :D