Sunday, November 27, 2011

Writer Unblocked

Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work.   It can be temporary.   At the other extreme, some "blocked" writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers. It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite. The condition was first described in 1947 by psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler.[1] 

That being said, I have never had one in my many years of writing.  Then again, I've never had a single contraction through pregnancy either so I may just be a rare breed of indifference.
I have had monster hurdles though.  Those huge mountains of 'How do I freakin' write this shit???' episodes.

See the block.
Face the block.
Kill the block.
But I don't let them stand in my way for long.  Must be an ego thing, but it will take more than a heap of negativity to tell me that I'm not doing great work.

That --and the fact that I can't do anything else.  I cannot stop writing to pursue a new career in baking, or traveling, or painting.  Honestly, I can't whip up a cookie to save my life.  All I know is writing.  It's a first and only love I would kill to keep.

If you're just as passionate --and as single-celled-- as I am, here's a block-killing tip:  When you're stumped, find the source of your stumpery.  If it's as trivial as a messed-up brief or a personal problem that's seeping into your professional performance, simply slap yourself and move on.

If it's as catastrophic as a crippling lack of inspiration or a continuing dissatisfaction toward your output, take a break. Watch TV, drink beer, drive around (not necessarily in that order), lose yourselfYou might even snag inspiration along the way.

When you've found your mojo back online, confront the block and nuke it by splitting its freakin' head in two!  Catch your breath. Then write your way onward to that beautiful sunset in the horizon.

Well, that's what I do.
It's beat or be beaten.  Because it just can't be the quick-bake oven.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Simply, Einstein

The key to a solid creative material is a solid creative briefing.
If you, Miss Account Person, is simply taking down notes from client's ramblings --then I'm afraid we're both going to go up a steep hill.  You have to make sure you know what client wants to sell inside and out.  It's not enough to know what client wants to see during the presentation.  It's the product we're talking about.

So ...know the product well.  Do your homework and understand what you want to say before you say it.  Be prepared to answer a Creative's questions with good, concrete nuggets.  The minute the line, "I'm not sure.  Let me get back to you on this." or "I don't know.  Client doesn't know either." escapes your lips, then you've just dug your own shallow grave in the credibility cemetery.  Tsk-tsk.

Before the creative briefing, you should've already asked the client all the pertinent questions regarding the product's purpose, benefits, promises.  If something is unclear, Hello, Google!  The idea is not to echo client's words, but to create a simple, clear story out of everything she said.  It's storytelling more than anything.  And who wants a story with a convoluted plot, eh?

Keep in mind, there's no such thing as a complicated briefing to a mind that's good at simplifying.

A simple word to the wise.
Hey, this bit came from Einstein.  You can't simply question that.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Make Your New Trip ComixTrips

I'm severely ecstatic about friends who come up with incredible ideas.  The ones that make me go, "Sheeet... Why didn't I think of that???"  Today's slow clap goes out to my friend's brainchild, COMIXTRIPS --a brand new Facebook App that's more like Facebook Amped.

Its noble mission:  Help storytellers and docudoodlers expose their most original, most fetch tales to the world --minus the usual cost of production and distribution.  Isn't that a great deal for those who have self-made storybooks and DIY comic books stowed away in an attic somewhere?  I bet you have one of those.  And right now, I bet you're saying, "Where have you been all my life?"

The app is free.  So all you have to do is submit your uniqueness to ComixTrips and wait to see your masterpiece uploaded page per page...

...and blown up for easy, right-where-the-action-is reading.   Ooh, that is sooo Kindle!
The end goal is to have your illustrated baby finally published to pure, tangible comic book glory once you've had a multitude of readers loving your craft.  With ComixTrips' reach, that should be easy-peasey.

As we speak, ComixTrips' stable is quickly filling up with the most creative Filipino pieces.  Why don't you drop by and see how you like it?

I did.  And I've already gone as far as a cover.  Heee...

Opportunity is knocking, popularity is waiting.  Move it, storyteller.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nuffnang Blog Awards, Here I Come!

What has my tidy whities in a bunch this time, you ask?  

I have one word for you:  NAPBAS.  For the uninformed, let's make that 4 words and a bunch of numbers:  Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011
This most prestigious event of the blogosphere is being brought to you locked and loaded by Volkswagen Malaysia and Putrajaya Marriott.  Here, the region's best bloggers are honoured.  Here, blogger communities from across Asia-Pacific are brought together in the biggest eyeballer in blogging history.  Think Oscars... but with a lot more spunk.

It all happens on the 16th of December 2011.  That's 500 bloggers from around the Asia-Pacific region --all flocking to Kuala Lumpur at Malaysia's luxurios Putrajaya Marriott, home of this year's most-awaited Blog Awards.  Ah, what I would give to get a free pass!

Whaaat --I can give you a gazillion reasons why I should grace the occasion!  But for now, I have a strong three.

First off, RaketChick is a Hidden Gem.  It's more than just a blog detailing a freelance writer's day-to-day exploits, triumphs, and faceplants.  RaketChick is mercenary, my alter ego (dun-dun-duun...).  She's the entity that makes writing adventurous and cool.  In this page, you don't just get funny anecdotes and valuable entrepreneurial survival tips.  You get action, suspense, violence, and a fair share of grit and gore.  Writing a 60-page annual report for a stingy client just isn't told the same way in here.

Secondly, not to brag --ok, maybe just a little bit-- in the first 2 months of RaketChick's introduction into blog world, this superhero slasher already won 2 Nuffnang contests.  Uh-huh!
Alright, I know others have won more.  But, geez, in two months?!  That's a big deal for me since I don't even win in Christmas raffles.  *sniff*

Thirdly, RaketChick is a scantily-clad badass bitch toting a samurai.  Hot.  Dayam.  Wouldn't you want to see THAT sachay on the red carpet???  Oh, of course, you do!  Listen, NAPBAS isn't NAPBAS without this BADASS.
Oops, there goes one of my infamous faceplants!

I'm coming to get you with my uniquely combined nerdic and superheroic powers, Nuffnang Blog Awards!  Hey, every big event deserves a little schizophrenia every now and then... hmm?
See you soon!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The PLDT Telpad: Your Landline Goes Sleek And Slim

This is an ode to the lowly landline who sits dusty in one dark corner of the common Raketista's crib.  Freelancing weapons of choice have always been the laptop and the mobile phone.  They're just more useful, flexible.  This fact throws the poor landline to nothing more than mere pizza delivery existence.

Until now.

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Coming at you in full speed, PLDT's Telpad --in its noble quest to revolutionize today's plugged phone-- evolves with its new S7 Slim!  Sleek and magnifique, THIS is the latest must-have for every well-rounded freelancer.  THIS is a phone, a multimedia player, and a web browser in one.  You're welcome to re-read that.
Mmm... skeptic?  Prepare to have your old landline perception kicked squarely in the butt.

PLDT Telpad's S7 Slim isn't your regular phone.  Aside from giving you exclusive access to anything and everything PLDT, this baby is pumped full with 8GB of built-in memory.  It comes with a skinny, handy tablet with a highly-responsive 4-point multi-touch screen.  It can operate as a Wireless and a cellular.  There's no escaping a good conversation (business or otherwise) with this piece.

It has a front cam, a camcorder, and a 480x800 pixel display resolution that can playback your photo and video presentations in stellar quality.  With music!  For the nerd in you, it even allows you to view and organize MS documents and PDF files.  Ha!

Powered by Android Froyo 2.2, you can expect this Telpad to match your multitasking prowess.  Stay connected with Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Skype --without missing a personal or professional beat.

Stay on your toes, too, with the latest news on Google and the latest trends on YouTube.  It pays to be in-the-know, you know.

Would you believe this gadget also teaches you the most strategic war tactics?  Oh, yes.  And there's more in store at the Android Store.

The PLDT Telpad S7 Slim.  Amazing, isn't it?  If you thought you were wired then, imagine the tsunami of online opportunities now.  All from your little ol' landline!
From now on, business will be booming, Raketista --and you thought it was going to be slim.