I am Victor John ''VeeJay'' Lao from Paranaque City, Philippines. I am an aspiring Author of Both Fiction and Non-fiction books trying to do my best to improve my skill and develop my craft. I love writing, drawing and painting which is a passion of mine even though it is not my talent, I try to do my best to develop a set of skills.
I like creating stories that would entertain and have moral lessons in it. I am into Pop-culture like playing Video Games, watching Anime, reading Comics and looking at Cosplayers. I try to do my best to improve my skills even though it is just my passion and hobby. I also love listening to music of any Genre depending on my mood. I am here to write comics, novels and to share my art.
I do believe practice makes perfect, sometimes even if my best is not enough I just continue to produce more works until I see even a slight improvement. That would already motivate and inspire me enough.
I may be an Amateur when it comes to Writing and Drawing but I just don't give up practicing. I know that I can improve and develop my craft bit by bit at least. You got to love and be passionate about the work you do, so that you can continue doing it without any self doubts and lose confidence. Starting out as Artist and a Writer can be challenging if those people around you are already in the advanced level and its humbling when they are even a lot younger than you. Starting out late is really not an issue what matters is your inspired, motivated and driven to do what you desire, age is really just a number if you come to think that the soul never ages, only the body.
Practice is just like Physical exercise the more you do it and it becomes a routine. You can become better at it and can see the results, then it motivates to make it a habit. We continue to grow and develop, there is always room for improvement while limitations can be surpassed
. We do experience at some point in our lives some hurtful criticism regarding our works and sometimes some people want make us give up what we are doing. It is often traumatizing but we need to resist and continue to persevere to become better at what we do no matter what negative things people say about us. We just need to move forward and think positive and be optimistic.
Word Count for Novels:
50,000 - 70,000 Short Novel
80,000 - 100,000 Just Right
200,000 - 300,000 Lenghty
400,000 - 600,000 Epic
I based this word count according to my research and it also depends on Genre. More Words are best for World Building like in Fantasy and Science Fiction Genres. I love to read some Flash Fiction and Fairy Tales when I was young for bedtime stories. I think younger people have limited attention that is why picture books should only have a few pages and a more mature audience should read longer. The older the readers, the word count should be higher to be enough to entertain.
I have written other stories and have only started with the first chapters. I am kind of a neurotic writer, I start writing the first part of a story and then leave it for a while, starting another story. It's kind of a bad habit of mine but I will try to give time in writing one complete story at a time. 50,000 words is said to be a word count for a short Novel, earlier Novels are like a Novella which is shorter or longer than 50,000.
I want to write around 80,000 words which is a safe zone for Novels in the Traditional Publishing Industry which not too short and not too long. But here in Mangaido I will be more flexible with content I share so that people can read more of my work either it is starting or a complete story. I love writing a series but I need to try completing a story first, before writing different others.
Wrote new chapters for Bunny Syndrome. It does not have a climax just a simple story about how the protagonist started his childhood. I know I have not completed the story as of yet. I revised it many times before, changing names and some scenes that is why sometimes some dialogues are missing something out. But this is just my first draft of the story as of yet. I am still going to revised it further in the future with more chapters to make a complete story, for now I am just at the first step to telling the complete story.
I started writing stories when I was in High School, my classmates wrote interesting stories. Mine was an adventure story but it was not included in the class compilation of short stories because mine was so thick. Even back then I was still a newbie writer and maybe until now. I know there is a chance for me to improve in my writing and art, I just keep practicing so I don't give up on everything. I can only dream of reaching the level of the authors I idolize, I am sure some open minded people can appreciate my effort on my art and writing. For now my target is just making a lot of works until I can notice some improvement. I know that practice can develop your skills in the long run even if you don't see it in the early stages.
I still do take this as a hobby and not as a professional career. I admit that I will always be an amateur, willing to learn and ready to improve. I want to be a better writer and drawer, it may take me years before I reach my goal of getting better at this.
My Niece Maya can sure draw better than me. I love her attention to detail and her work is very colorful and lively. I see the Art style similar to Modern Day Cartoons. I know she will improve and get better by practice, especially when she possibly get someone to guide her and of course I am not a fit for that. I am glad there are a lot of good artist in my Mother's side of the Family. I wish her Art will get loads of attention and inspire lots of Kids like her.
I uploaded new chapters for the ''Bunny Syndrome'' Novel. I know I still need to edit it a lot, there are some corrections since it is my first draft from many years ago. I know I have to go through my manuscripts at least three times to edit and polish it properly. I uploaded the chapters anyway for people to read. I am thinking of extending the story to a 100,000 word count for it to make some more sense but I am currently working on other things. I am thinking of creating other comics series, but my level of creativity and skill may remain the same for now. I want to write more when my schedule is good enough to focus on writing Novels.
I am going to focus on practicing drawing and making more comic pages for another series. The First finished
Manuscript is usually called the first draft then editing and polishing follows. Editing is a skill I want to develop, I am weak at Grammar but I try my best to do better at writing.
I am writing a Novel based on the ''Toyz'' Comic. The Story will be different and there would be recurring characters from the comic. I am going to try my best to give it my best writing possible. For now I would start writing again on my netbook and continue that story from where I left it. The Characters from ''Toyz'' was based on the Novel I was suppose to write titled ''Fate of Misadventures'' where the kids at a young age are able to build stuff from high technology. But I recycled the characters to turn them into a comic and I thought that they were creating toys of their own at a young age, that is why I came up with the idea that they are Toy Designers instead of just inventors. ''Toyz'' The Novel will focus about Toy designers in a slightly futuristic world.
My Niece Maya is 7 and she can draw better than me, she is my cousin's daughter. Maya is very talented in drawing and coloring at her age. She draws in good detail and truly is an amazing budding artist. I know her drawings will mature as she ages and I am truly proud of her. My cousin's brothers are also good at drawing including one of my nephews, I guess art is really a talent on that side of my family. I wish I inherited some of that talent but it came short on my end, anyway I just try my best to improve my skill.
I know my art may seem so poor to most people but I am still struggling to do better. I know I need to improve in both drawing and in writing, there is a lot ahead of me. I don't know if I can catch up with the talent and growth of artists younger than me. I guess I truly need to do that 1000 pages of drawing exercise before I see any improvement in my art. I don't have the talent, but I sure do have a little bit skill to sharpen, it's been rusty for almost a decade. I drew the Toyz Comic back in 2012. Always moving forward and looking ahead.
I am going to add more pages to the comic ''Toyz'' in the future. For now I am still practicing drawing, it is still babyish but I will try to make as many artworks as possible to improve. I have yet to learn the different styles and techniques of drawing but for now I am at the level where all I can do is practice and not be ashamed to show my work.