Whenever I feel tired, sleepy, in pain and uncomfortable, the title of this post are words I repeat in my mind to motivate me.
I’m not interested in talent and natural born gifts. Screw that! All I care about is outworking anyone and everyone. The first to start and the last to stop. If that cannot bring about massive success, nothing else can!
Believe me when I tell you that I was dog tired all day. All I got was 5 hours of sleep before being disturbed by hooligan taxi drivers who blast music at 6 am in the morning. But, that’s okay. Let them do that, I’ll wake up and do what they never will – build a legacy!
I realize how I sound right now so maybe it’s best if I hit the bed but just know that I’m about to sleep after writing 3000 words, editing a blog template from scratch, working on my CV, exercising, doing chores, working out my marketing strategy and redesigning a cover for a revised book.
Now, I think a good night sleep will be my reward. If you’re having a tough day, just keep pushing forward. There’s always going to be someone not far behind trying to overtake you. Don’t let them get that upper hand.
Work until you can’t no more and then work a little more.
I managed to polish and publish an eBook I have been working on for quite some time. It was quite a daunting task to study, test and evaluate different techniques and principles on productivity before applying it to my book but everything worked out pretty darn well.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a sales pitch. If anything, I’ll be running a free book promo from thursday so if you are interested, hit this link and grab it if you’re interested in checking out what I’ve been working on during spare time.
Okay, back to my life. Strangely enough, I feel kind of addicted to working. No more can I sit around and daydream or pass time in front of the telly. Most of the time I’m either thinking about writing or actually writing.
Things haven’t been this way for a long time and the momentum is building on the daily.
Other than that, there’s nothing much to report beside hitting that portion of my story where things can get rather daunting. Fishing out all the details while spinning conflict and controversy is a challenge I’m still trying to master.
I can’t wait to share INFINITY with you guys.
Until then, let the grind keep grinding.
I won’t lie, people give me strange reactions when I say that I want to pursue a career in writing.
They don’t doubt that I can do it, they doubt it’s actually a career. I see it written across their faces, despite the income I’ve earned over the years from being a freelance writer for many inbound marketing agencies and clients.
I’m not sure why but there’s a stigma attached to being a writer. People tend to think it’s merely something you do to pass time when you’re 65 years old and retired from work.
It irked me.
Other peoples doubts tend to rub off on me when it’s so consistent and so apparent. It bothered me at first but now I’m starting to deal with it quite well. It lights a fire in my ass to succeed as a writer and show them what it truly means to be a writer/author!
As of late, I’m searching for the positives to any given situation and it helps me work with a sense of ease. I’m enjoying myself as a writer these days. So much so that it resembles how i felt a few years ago when I started.
I don’t know what others think but to me, success requires complete commitment. Being a writer/author is just as legit and demanding of a career choice as that of an accountant or entrepreneur or manager. If anything, it requires us to be all of that and MORE!
Try to ignore other peoples doubt if you truly have the desire, commitment and dedication to pursue your dreams. Eventually, hard work adds up and results will appears. That’s just the formula for success.
Hope you’re having a productive monday, I sure am! Destroyed a couple thousand words, wrote this blog post, exercised, marketed, built some backlinks to a niche site I’m working on and practiced by creative thinking skills.
All in all, it’s been anything but a blue monday.
Catch you tomorrow,
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m my biggest critic. For a long time, nothing I wrote was good enough for me, regardless of what other people would say. Compliments were forgotten in a heartbeat and problems were on my mind all the time.
The idea of being perfect riddled my brain with insecurity, excessive self criticism and doubt.
I think this was the main reason why I quit writing for a few months. It became too daunting and stressful.
Nowadays, I don’t care much for perfection. If I make a mistake, I’ll learn from it and get it right the next time. I’m not going to destroy my psyche with the unwarranted expectation to be perfect.
Losers focus on winners. Winners focus on winning.
To hell with trying to be a perfect writer for people. I just want to be the greatest writer even with imperfections. Because I’ll tell you what, I can write for my entire life if it feels as good as it feels now 🙂
Today I’m going to take a break from fiction and write a few thousand words on my productivity book. I’ve found some great techniques to get things done so I want to share that with you and other like minded people.
Have an epic weekend and I’ll catch you on monday.
I can’t remember where exactly I read this article about jealousy but the writer felt that being jealous of another writer is a good thing.
Jealousy comes with the desire to be as good as someone else. It motivates you to work harder because you don’t want to be outshined. It can knock you out of a slum and defeat writers block.
The idea behind this technique is to channel jealousy in a positive way. Use it to work harder, smarter and faster.
Generally, I’m not the kind of person to get jealous but it does happen from time to time. Perhaps this little trick could work for me in the future. Maybe it could work for you.
Anyway, I hope you find some value in this little post.
I’m currently taking a short break after writing a 1000+ words. Today is another tough day because I could only fall asleep at 3am last night and was awake by 9. Eh! I just want my bed 😦 lol
The grind never stops until we destroy those goals, right? I just need to hit another 1000 words and then I’m off to bed.
Have sweet dreams…and use it for a story if you can 😉
Dialogue is a pain in the ass when getting into the swing of writing fiction again.
I hit a wall today when trying to write an emotionally challenging scene between the protagonist and the antagonist of my story. The hero is strapped to a table, drowsy and trying to make heads or tails of where he is whilst the villain is hovering over a table preparing to inflict damage onto the little hero.
Now, at this point, the hero is supposed to experience absolute fear and one of his quirks is to talk excessively when nervous or afraid. The villain is more of a poetic old man who tests people with riddles and unnecessary tales.
A conversation between someone emotive and someone cold and calculated is a tough one for me to write.
I felt like it was flowing too unnaturally. Something felt off, especially for the situation they were in.
After some research, I found distractions. People cut each other off, especially in times of turmoil. It’s weird how good the dialogue started to flow when I had my talkative main character try to fill the air with ridiculous taunts in order to buy time and compose himself enough to think of a plan.
That’s all for today. I worked all day and I’m completely exhausted. How’s things going? Share some of your writing woes with me in the comment section below 🙂
It has been almost a year, if not longer, since I’ve published a blog post on any personal blog and much of that is due to my inability to promote and market myself.
If you just scroll down, you’ll find an article I wrote about being embarrassed of being a writer. Don’t get me wrong, it had nothing to do with the art of writing. On the contrary, my embarrassment was personal in nature. I was afraid to attach my name to my own work. Maybe because I lacked confidence in my abilities or in myself as a writer but I’m finally prepared to start afresh.
In the world of publishing and authorship, hiding behind a fake face or name is far too common. I’ve come to realize that to be a true writer and author requires me to embrace the art completely. Heck, I’d go so far as to call it a way of living.
Beat anonymity and define a voice. Allow your name to float around the cyber sea and create a tribe of 1000 true followers who appreciate what you do and who you are – a writer.
That’s the message I want to relate to anyone who may be reading this right now and is going through the same battles I faced as a writer.
From now onward, I will forever introduce myself as Author Zak Khan. Thank you for taking the time to read this quick update and I would love if you could hold me accountable. I pledge to blog consistently and completely commit myself to being a fictional author.
I pledge authorship to be my lifelong goal. Do you?