On Courage

I was sorting through the files and folders of my laptop when I came across this question I asked the kids a few years ago. I remember saying and asking this out of the blue while we were discussing courage, then I typed down the lecture/question after class so I wouldn’t forget.

“When we were kids, we’d be the bravest people on the planet. We’d jump from the highest step in the staircase, climb the highest bars, swing from one branch to another; we were never afraid to get our hands dirty and discover. We were never afraid to tell what we feel. We were never afraid to believe– in Peter Pan, in Neverneverland, in Narnia, in magic. When we were kids, it was always so very easy to say the truth, and so very easy to say ‘I love you’, and ‘I hate you’. Then we grew up, and suddenly we start being scared. We develop all these phobias that were never really there when we were children: heights, darkness, water, elevators, enclosed spaces, bugs, and cockroaches… truth and love and commitment and honesty. We start to doubt, and question, and second-guess. We lose hope and faith. Why is it that when we grow older, instead of being braver, we become more afraid?”

And then a few months ago, I came across a(n) (e)book and saw this. I never got to share this with my kids:

“He’d never laid claim to being a brave man and he’d only got more cowardly with age. Strange thing, that — the fewer years you have to lose the more you fear the losing of ’em. Maybe a man just gets a stock of courage when he’s born, and wears it down with each scrape he gets into.”

The Heroes, Joe Abercrombie

I stopped reading after I saw that passage.

But only because I had other work to finish.

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On Courage was originally published on PROJECT: BEAUTIFUL WORDS

First Book, First Blood

When I decided to finally write a book, The Lost Chronicles of Eden: Champions wasn’t what I had in mind. At the time, I knew the kinds of books that sell like pancakes, and I’ve had my share of writing and editing those stories. After all, I have edited a number of bestsellers for Summit Pop Fiction before. More than that, the writings of my youth all gear towards the same genre.

Still, when the pen began to move over the paper and the words began to spill on blank Word documents, the book took a different form. Before I could help it, memories of childhood heroes, games, books, and films began to resurface on my mind. It was then that I pulled out a storyline that has been brewing in my heart and soul since college. 

Myths and magic. Epic battles. Demons and Warriors of the Light. Wings. Powers. War. Love. Peace. Victories. Defeats. Monsters and men. Heroes who don’t act like heroes and villains who had reasons to become villains.

After many sleepless nights, five versions of the first chapter, the story took on a life of its own, and Champions was born.

This is my first book, but this is our story. Because I believe everyone is called to be a hero—no matter what you did, what you are, or where you’re from. So, come as you are and find out what it means to be a true Champion.

This book is now a fast-selling book here in the Philippines. And our adventure has only just begun.

“Champions” digital edition is on SALE at 20% OFF. If you wish to have a copy of it, simply visit http://ebook.shepherdsvoice.com.ph/product/champions/ now to get your digital copies.

If you wish to buy the PAPERBACK, you can simply go to www.KerygmaBooks.com, choose “Champions”, check out your order, and wait for it (and other titles) to be delivered right to your doorstep*.
*Free delivery within Metro Manila for orders Php 300.00 and up!

You can also look for “Champions” at your favorite bookstores (National Bookstore, Pandayan Bookshop, FullyBooked, St. Paul’s, etc) nationwide.

Champions is also a Featured Story in Wattpad, and is ranked #162 in Fantasy. Your reads and votes are much appreciated! (http://www.wattpad.com/user/KarrenRenzSena)

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First Book, First Blood was originally published on BECOMING CHAMPIONS

The Sorrows and Triumphs of Writing

The Sorrows and Triumphs of Writing

Writing a book is never easy. It’s probably the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. You will lose much and you will suffer greatly.

There would be days you’d want to just throw your laptop away and scream, “To hell with it!”. There would be days you’d want to eat your own arm out of frustration. There would be days your friends and family would tell you that they’ve forgotten how you look because they haven’t seen you in a long time, because you spend every waking moment writing your book. And even when you are asleep, you dream of it.

In the dark of the night, you would hear faint, fearful whispers: “What if I’m not good enough?” or “What if no one would buy my book?”, or “What if I’m writing the wrong metaphors?” And then, because you are afraid of not being enough, you would turn on the lights and then you would turn back to writing your book. In fear, instead of love.

There a thousand different sorrows you will experience when you decide to write your book, yes, but there is that ONE powerful reason why you will continue, anyway.

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The Sorrows and Triumphs of Writing

Writing a book is never easy. It’s probably the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. You will lose much and you will suffer greatly.

There would be days you’d want to just throw your laptop away and scream, “To hell with it!”. There would be days you’d want to eat your own arm out of frustration. There would be days your friends and family would tell you that they’ve forgotten how you look because they haven’t seen you in a long time, because you spend every waking moment writing your book. And even when you are asleep, you dream of it.

In the dark of the night, you would hear faint, fearful whispers: “What if I’m not good enough?” or “What if no one would buy my book?”, or “What if I’m writing the wrong metaphors?” And then, because you are afraid of not being enough, you would turn on the lights and then you would turn back to writing your book. In fear, instead of love.

There a thousand different sorrows you will experience when you decide to write your book, yes, but there is that ONE powerful reason why you will continue, anyway.

Find that reason. Hold on to it. Grab on to it for dear life.

Because though there may be a thousand reasons to stop writing, that one reason you have to go on is more than enough.

Writing a book is never easy. But it’s so worth it when you finally hold your book in your hands.

So write. Write it in the best possible way. Write it in a way only you can.

I have had a thousand different reasons to stop writing Champions, but I held on if for no other reason than this:

I am a writer. Writers write. We read. We study how to write. We practice writing. We perfect our craft. Our writing is our gift to the world.

My name is Karren, and I have written Champions. My sorrow. My joy. My pain. My comfort. My defeat. My victory.

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The Sorrows and Triumphs of Writing was originally published on BECOMING CHAMPIONS

On Chasing Muses

I chose that title, if for no other reason than, ‘It sounds badass’.

Right now this post doesn’t mean crap, but someday, I’ll go back to this place and moment, and bop myself in the head for ever feeling like I can’t write another word to my novel.

I mean, SRSLY.

Mommy Im Bored by jinterwas

Even that monkey commiserates (BIG WORD).

When I was younger, I used to believe that the reason why I couldn’t write was because my Muse left me, or something as equally asinine as that. But then I grew up, and I committed myself to this book called Champions. And then I realized that writing has very little to do with Muses and inspiration, and lots to do with discipline and commitment.

Carlos Luiz Zafon, author of Angel’s Game and Shadow in the Wind once said, “Inspiration comes when you stick your elbows on the table, your bottom on the chair, and you start sweating. Choose a theme, an idea, and squeeze your brain until it hurts. That’s inspiration.” 

None of those fleeting faeries and flights of fancy.

You just sit down and write.

 

 

On Chasing Muses was originally published on BECOMING CHAMPIONS