“Rome wasn’t built in a day”
It is ironic that the same applies to every writer. A person who knows nothing about writing thinks that the writer must have sat through it in one sitting in front of the computer and wrote a whole fifty thousand word novel and became famous.
This is obviously false. Anybody who is struggling to be a writer knows that no book was written in a single day. It takes days, months and sometimes years to get the right plot, the right words and the right characters to build a book. Apart from that, a writer faces the inner conflicts with his mind and heart about going on a certain path.
All said and done, any famous writer will tell you that they finished a book by writing every single day. There is a lot of difference between writing often or sometimes or occasionally and writing EVERY SINGLE DAY. It takes a lot of will power and courage to face your computer every single day waiting for inspiration to strike at the right moment so that you write towards completing that novel which has been living inside your head since ages. Once you put your heart into it, you will see that it becomes habitual for you to write everyday just like how you brush your teeth or eat your food everyday. It comes naturally instead of writing being a chore.
To achieve habitual writing every day, you will have to practice writing each day at least for a few minutes. Forget the dishes, the phone ringing, the bills to be paid, the clothes that need wash, the plants that need water and friends who want to chat. Forget everything for a while and see that you get writing done in those minutes.
Towards the end, you will see how your novel builds up in front of your eyes every single day.
In the long run, as you begin to write, your passion is fueled with the burning desire to write. The same dies out as days pass, the well of motivation dries up and you begin to doubt yourself and abandon the dream of being a writer. At that point, what you will need is abundant faith in yourself and your writing. Each word that spills out of your fingers into the page should be fueled with a dominant faith which tells that what you write matters the most and will definitely make a difference in somebody’s life someday.
Fill your heart with faith as much as possible because in the journey of writing, faith will aid you the most and be your best friend when all else fails. Faith is a magical thing- if you don’t trust it, it always fails you. If you surrender to it, it will keep up it’s promise.
Today, write with faith and see the wonders….
you must read, and read a lot. Did I say A LOT? I read over a hundred books a year and have done so since I was fifteen years old, and every book I’ve read has taught me something. I’ve learned that some authors are incredible at building suspense (see The Firm by John Grisham), I’ve read others that scare the jeepers out of me (see The Shining by Stephen King). Some authors can weave an incredible number of story lines into a single, coherent novel, with all parts coming together at the end that makes it impossible to stop turning the pages (see The Sum of all Fears by Tom Clancy), while other authors make me laugh out loud (see Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore). I’ve also learned that many, many authors fail when attempting to do these things. By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it’s possible to learn how things are done—the mechanics of writing, so to speak—and which genres and authors excel in various areas.
Next, focus in on the genre you want to write, and read books in that genre. A LOT of books by a variety of authors. And read with questions in your mind. In a thriller, for instance, you might ask: how many characters were there? Too many or too few? How long was the novel? How many chapters were there? Was that too few, too many or just right? How did the author build suspense? Did the author come out of nowhere with a surprise? Or did the author drop hints earlier? If so, how many hints? Where in the novel did he put them? Was the suspenseful scene primarily narrative or dialogue? Or a combination of both? Did that work? Would it have been better another way? Where did the bad guys come in? In the beginning? The middle? When did they first meet the good guy? What happened? Did the reader know they were bad? Did they do something bad right off, or was it something that seemed good at the time?
Then, read another thriller and ask yourself those questions again. Then read another and another and another and ask those same questions. And keep reading your entire life and asking questions.
Little by little, you’ll learn the process.
By Nicholas Sparks.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
When I first bought the book “Not without my daughter”, I wasn’t really expecting to read a great story. But I was proved wrong; this book is a bundle of surprise. More than the story, the book taught me a great deal about life which all of us need to know.
Basic storyline: Betty Mahmoody, an American lady falls in love with an Iranian doctor who works in America and gets married to him for the sake of love. This story proves that love, with time changes and is not permanent. The two week vacation which Betty and their five year old daughter, Mahtob make to Iran along with her husband, Mahmoody turns out to a trap. Mahmoody captures his wife and daughter denying them the freedom to fly back to America, their hometown. He develops feelings for his country, Iran and forces his wife and daughter to follow the Iranian culture. Betty is trapped and separated from her daughter while she is held captive in a house. She is tortured, beaten and is threatened to kill if she went against her husband’s will.
The story takes an interesting turn when Betty makes use of every situation, however disappointing and hopeless it seemed. She follows the Iranian culture which she detested and she allows the man, who broke her heart, whom she detested, to touch her in an attempt to devise her plan to escape from Iran. More than often, she was offered help from strangers to escape to America but without her daughter. Betty stays firm that she wouldn’t leave without her daughter.
The struggle and courage of one woman’s undying love for her daughter and the courage to escape from the clutches of a barbarian husband fills the reader’s heart with utmost respect for Betty Mahmoody. Though it seemed impossible to escape, after a long wait of 18 months, Betty manages to escape along with her daughter in the most perilous conditions which are beyond human endurance.
In the book, Betty has documented her experiences in the most detailed manner which explains how her every move was taken and also the people she met in her 18 month stay in Iran, some who helped her and some who betrayed her. It’s definitely a book which teaches that with profound faith and confidence, one can create his own destiny.
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From The Secret Daily Teachings
You can most certainly help others through your thoughts, and they can help you. Every good thought you send to another is a living force. However, the person you are sending the thought to has to be asking for the same thing you are sending. If the person does not want it, then they are not in harmony with your thought frequency, and it will not penetrate them.
You cannot create in another’s life against their will, but if it is something they want, your thoughts are a real force that helps them.
May the joy be with you,
The Secret… bringing joy to billions
Fill faith in whatever you write. Believe that what you write matters. Believe that what you write will create a difference, however, small it is…. Just BELIEVE….
Most of the times, when we don’t see the things we’re requested,we get frustrated. We get disappointed and we become doubtful. The doubt brings about a feeling of disappointment. Take that doubt and shift it. Recognize that feeling and replace it with a feeling of unwavering faith. Tell yourself that ‘I know that it’s on it’s way”.