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A Month Writing In French

During this whole month I was busy writing a short story to submit for a competition

Me and French grammar don’t get along very well

Two weeks before the end of July, I opened my newspaper, and found a call to submit for a writing competition—but it had to be in French . . . so, I said to myself, why not, because nothing is better than a writing challenge to test my capacity of finishing a work in time.

Though I adore very much French language; which sounds to me as the most romantic-adorable-beautiful language in the world, I still don’t get along very well with all the grammar rules that makes it up in the written form—which is why I have chosen to write in English right from the start. However, even though written English does not incur that so many grammar rules, I still have some hard time looking for the right vocabulary words that fit perfectly into the sentences I want to build. Moreover, I also have difficulties to format paragraphs into the written tonality of my own voice. I do think that I slug on the writing of my current book because of these issues I mentioned.

What I learnt during this writing phase

I love that this writing challenge has made me come to the realisation that I need to much more organise myself, and as well as finding the best formula that will help me balance both my stay@home and writing activities. Have to say that as to finish the manuscript, I have neglected some of my main house chores, and in the end, I found myself with a pile of clothes to iron.

Also, it came to my mind that perhaps I am too much into this—for I have not even made a cent from all of these efforts I made. Perhaps I am pushing myself way too much, and need to take some step back from the online world, to start thinking seriously about another method of promoting myself. But then again, it would be as if I have made all of these efforts for nothing. Moreover, I need to finish writing my book so that I can move on to other things.

I’ve learned to use Google Doc—which I find quite simple to work with, though not as professional as word (correction of sentences—which is good for non-English speakers), but heyy! Its gratos, its free, c’est gratuit (well, apart the fact that I pay for my internet and bought my smartphone and PC), so for me it’s fine to swim into these waters (perhaps when the internet infrastructure of where I live will get better, all of the issues I face will be over). Now, I can’t wait to continue the edit of my current book (which I have completely neglected for the competition).

I also learnt that I get bored quit soon when I edit my writings—as if I do everything I can so as to runaway from the hassle of editing. For example, Googling for a word, and remain on the website so as to read more articles (of course those that interest me) than I should, afterwards, I would go listen to some music on YouTube, or else go on Pinterest (to find some extra inspiration), and again, I will remain pinning for extra minutes. Yeah ! editing for me is a hard process, perhaps due to the fact that I have already written the story, knowing the content from start to finish, and where it doesn’t seduce me anymore to go further. I will have to seriously work on that processing part, for I lose lots of time.

That I will need help, for I can’t do everything all alone. If ever I make it, I will need to pay for the extra work that I don’t like doing, or that I am not good at. Though an autodidact, I don’t see myself writing, rewriting, re-re-writing, edit, re-edit, re-re-edit, and this–until finality. Nope, not at all. Because first and foremost I am a fictionnaire, and writing is only the most suitable medium I found that suits me. What I truly wish for is to lay down on a sofa while narrating the imageries that take place in my imagination, and this, all the while a writer writes the book and takes the sole responsibility of editing, formatting, marketing, and selling. Let me tell you that it would have been heaven for me—but again, that’s only fiction🤣.

And lastly, I am seriously thinking about integrating into my writings some of the rules of punctuation I’ve learnt in French. My process of writing incurs my own intonation, and as for that to be effective, the use of punctuation is very important for me. I don’t know if everybody read books or poetry same as I do, but I tend to write as if I was reading a book, thus, the importance of the good use of punctuation for me.

What’s next

Well, return back to writing my book, thing that I’ve missed very much. You should see the mess my baby became since I migrated. All of the former edits I made (whole paragraphs I have deleted) have merged with the polished one, and it’s a whole wide big mess that I will have to work on… *sigh*. Just looking at it makes me want to abandon everything, but then again, I can’t have done all of this effort for nothing!

Also I will be polishing my social accounts, and why not create new ones. Blog, blog, blog. I also have to start thinking about what to write for the next national competition; whose submission had its date limit till the end of this year.

To conclude, I have learnt things that will surely help me to ameliorate my writing skills, but above all, it has accentuated my rage and determination to finish my book.

And as for you, have you tried entering a writing competition? How did it went? Have you learned something interesting about your own writing process?

By Eiravel

I am married, and I have two sons. I live on the island of Mauritius. I love to write fiction, poems, and blog. I've self-published a science-fiction book (Darcocyte). I aspire to make a living through my creative writings. I am a very passionate person. I love the sublime and the strange; and I am also interested in all types and forms of art that pleases my mind.

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