I Took Some Time To Rejuvinate

Sometimes things get to a breaking point and you can either break or take a step back to figure out where you’ve overstepped. 

In my case, I took a step back to find out hat triggered my fall. 

I’m the type of person who works on emotions. But, emotions are erratic. Some days I can write all day and enjoy it whilst others not so much. 

Results are more familiar with systems than emotions. Usually, the winner is the individual who worked the smartest consistently. 

I’ve been promoting this idea of pure hardwork but i have just learnt how important working smart is. 

Combine the two and you will be hitting goals daily. 

My new plan is currently in progress. I want to figure out a lifestyle that promotes writing rather than writing around my lifestyle. 
After all, writing is my life. 

It feels good to be back after a week in comparison to 6 months (yup, that’s how long my breaks used to be)

Z.K

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Being Jealous Of Other Writers?

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 😉

Z.K

Disturbances In Dialogue

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 🙂 

Z.k

The Train Keeps On Moving

It’s the new year and I’m sure you’ve set a number of resolutions, as have I!

One of the most important resolutions I’ve made for 2017 is to write every single day. The first few days always feels great but after some time, I noticed how difficult it started to feel.

Most people sell this idea that making important changes feels good. Sacrificing relaxation to work will feel good. Cutting out sugar from your diet will feel good. Exercise will feel good.

All of these things WILL feel good but the word that often goes unnoticed is WILL. You will lose weight if you diet…but, it takes time. It’s a destination. For some time, you probably won’t lose any weight. But, it will happen.

That period between feeling good or gaining the benefits of some change is DIFFICULT. When you work instead of relax, it will be difficult. When you cut out sugar, it will be difficult. When you start working out, it will be difficult.

Knowing that these things aren’t actually easy but will eventually start to feel easy and simple is better than having unrealistic expectations. I’ve experienced failure before, especially as a writer, so I know the expectations of blogging every day will be both difficult and easy.

It will be these two things for as long as I keep writing. The train keeps on moving for as long as it keeps moving. You will keep writing for as long as you keep writing, regardless of whether it’s meant to be easy or difficult.

So, I’ve decided to change my expectations and prepare for all my resolutions to be difficult. Knowing that I may miss a day or two doesn’t defeat me. I’m able to bounce back and that seems to be attributed to knowing that change is difficult until it becomes easy.

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Write your heart out, my friend!

Z.K

Conspiracy Theorists Could Make The Best Writers

Usually in movies, a conspiracy theorist is made to look foolish and ludicrous. They’re either depicted as almost mentally unstable or as comedy relief.

But, in the world of books, conspiracy theorists could actually be the Gods of writing. I kid you not! This is the truth.

These are individuals who don’t simply see something unusual and just shrug it off with a simple – “I wonder what happened.”

Instead, conspiracy theorists run through every possibility, no matter how ridiculous it may sound to others, of what could explain a certain occurrence.

As a writer, you could highly benefit from being a conspiracy theorist. I’ve been trying to work conspiracies and prophecies into my story and it’s taking some practice but the amount of possibilities I’ve opened up to the plot by simply speculating has been phenomenal.

I’ve been working on a strategy that not only improves how easily you think up explanations for events but also improves creative thinking. Today, I’ve been going through old mementos from my parents past and just thinking up stories as to what it could represent, how they got ahold of it and where it was found or made.

Do this for just 15 minutes a day, every day, and I’m more than certain you’ll unleash the creativity within you. Heck, pull up a few stories on the net or scan a newspaper and try to piece together what could have been the motive and conspiracy behind an unfortunate murder or robbery.

It’s fun and you’ll gain a new skill that can help you write juicier plots!

Oh, by the way, today has been a productive day! Not only did I manage to go out and sort some errands, I also managed to fit in a workout session and wrote almost 3000 words! I’m loving the feeling attached to progress. Once you get started, the more you work, the better you feel and the easier it becomes!

If you’re feeling lazy or had a long day, try and fit in some time to write regardless. If you work when it feels tough, you’ll never face the issue of not being able to write religiously. If anything, it will become an irreplaceable part of your life.

Oops, I got carried away! Sorry for the lecture haha!

Anyway, have a great weekend and don’t quit on those resolutions…just yet! 😉

Z.K

Confidence Always Reflects In Words

Bold. Calculated. Fearless.

These are often characteristics found in individuals and writers who are confident. It’s not easy. Putting yourself out there and being as experimental as possible in writing is a scary feat to accomplish.

I always just presumed that confidence is something you can wing. Fake it until you make it, right? 

But, I’m not so sure that actually works. What I have come to understand is that it is crucial for any writer who wants to start a novel to be confident from the get go. You cannot afford to let a lack of self esteem hold you back because if you do, it’s highly likely you won’t write.

There were times when I doubted my abilities and it often resulted in me trashing my work or deleting it altogether.

Eh! It sucks!

However, why bother so much? If you want to write and you’re unsure if people would accept it or not, write anyway! If they don’t accept, too bad. We’ll try again! If they accept your work, you gain a ton. The only scenario where you lose is if you don’t even try.

I read a quote recently and it said, “You either win or you learn. Failure does not measure into the equation unless you quit.”

It’s so damn true. This morning I fired up my laptop, opened my book and read the few pages I wrote yesterday. I didn’t like what I wrote and started to feel as if maybe I’m not cut out to write an epic adventure novel. There’s so many elements that goes into writing a solid story and I didn’t feel like I was confident enough to do it.

I could have quit but it would have been a waste of my time to quit!

So, I just decided to use the tools in my arsenal and write as best as I could today.

That’s the trick. Just write for today.

Don’t think about whether the next 10 chapters are going to be insanely entertaining. Focus on making today’s chapter as interesting and exciting as possible and the rest will follow when the time arrives.

In time, I’m sure my confidence will increase. Look, challenges are what makes us stronger. Every time we write, we’re getting stronger and better.

Let’s just write and forget about all those insecurities.

The story I’m working on is called INFINITY and I’m truly excited to share it with you as soon as it’s done. The ideas for this story is terrific. I’m hoping the execution is on point and everything comes together properly.

Keep on keeping on, fellow writers and authors!

Z.K

Where To Start?

Ever since I’ve decided to set the goal of writing 10 fiction books this year, I’ve been bombarded with a number of creative ideas that get me extremely motivated to start writing.

The problem is that I don’t know where to start. What’s surprising is how many other authors, who aren’t experienced, battle with finding a place to start.

Ideas are just one set of hurdles to overcome, converting those ideas into text that intrigues and captivates is a whole different ballgame.

From past experience and after speaking to two authors in person, it seems the best place to start is on paper. By that I mean transferring raw ideas onto paper without even thinking about a timeline and details.

It’s surprising how such a fundamental action is overlooked. It’s simple too and yet I had to be told by other writers to actually write my ideas down.

Bleh!

But, I am not a man afraid of doing hard work. So, I locked myself in a room, I shut down my PC, slayed a dragon, wrote down every single revelation that graced my brain and plotted what my story will be.

Here’s the thing: You can’t skip this step! Only after doing it did I realize just how impactful it is. No longer did I have no direction. No longer did I seem to struggle on where to start. On the contrary, I was itching to get started and the sentences hit my keyboard like heavenly rain hits the busy streets of Mumbai during monsoon season.

If you’re struggling with finding out where to start, then you’ve probably not planned and plotted enough. When you reach a point of being able to start your book without a problem, you’d have enough ideas on paper to cover an entire story. 

That much is a promise.

What do you think? Is planning ideas onto paper a great way to start writing a book? I’d like to hear from fellow authors! I really would!

Z.K