My New Book Is Live And Free On Amazon, Show Some Support :)

productivity handbook cover 3.jpgI thought twice about publishing this post given that it’s about promoting a book of mine. But, I want to show up and share my work with you!

This is a small book I’ve been writing in my spare time, it’s called THE PRODUCTIVITY HANDBOOK FOR LAZY PEOPLE and I put in tons of work into making it as potent and fluff free as possible.

No gimmicks. No sales pitch. No fluff and bullshit.

It’s just a informational guide packed with every single bit of productivity techniques I implement on a daily basis. Well, I threw some motivation in it too 🙂

Here’s the book live on Amazon – The Productivity Handbook For Lazy People

It is free and I would seriously appreciate any support I can get, whether you decide to download it, review it or simply share it with someone who could benefit from it 🙂

Okay. Enough of that. I’ve still got about 2300 words to complete before calling it a day. It’s been one hell of a busy day with promotions and marketing. But, I enjoy the grind and I hope you do too.

Here’s to many more days like this!

Z.K

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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

The Fine Line Between Genre and Literature

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Art is not necessarily entertaining and neither is entertainment arty. Up until recently, I was battling to decipher between the two. Believe it or not, understanding the audience you want to write for will help you establish the form of fiction you may want to write.

I have an interest in writing genre fiction – popular types being sci-fi, fantasy, horror and so forth. Generally speaking, fictional genre writing tends to be more on the entertaining side. It explores thrill and edge of the seat writing but can be simplistic at times – that’s the exception, not the rule.

Literature fiction on the other hand explores a more arty and developing style of writing. The content itself is influenced by such style. It need not necessarily be very entertaining, infact, it could come across as very different or unorthodox to the general audience. It explores depth and artistic development alot more than the average fictional genre novel.

Needless to say, both styles are never isolated in any particular book. It’s actually rather common, depending on the writers mood, thought and ideology, parts of a book can be rather genre style whilst other parts literature.

The point I’m trying to make is that the fine line between Genre and Literature isn’t meant to be forever divisional. You can jump between sides and explore the best form of fictional writing for yourself. After all, arts and entertainment is exploring your creative self. Be free, explore and live your dreams through writing – Be it arty or entertaining!

– Zak

Scatter Your Clues – Fictional Writing Tips

I recently began dusting the virtual dust collecting on my fictional series and got back to wearing my thinking cap. Though I loved the original concept and flow, I decided to rethink the details of my story.

Thus, I marched forward on my quest to creating an improved story line. First off, scatter the clues. Mystery is an essential building block to a good fictional book. You, as the writer, have complete control over how your story pans out. Which means, you hold the deck of cards and the way you deal them will result in whether you win or lose.

Now, at this point I realized something concerning yet true – No matter how you scatter the clues, mystery will never make up for a poor story line.

Regardless of whether your book relates to teen girl experiencing young love or an epic hero trying to fulfill a prophecy, if there’s no sequence of relevant dialogue and connecting story bits that make up the crux of your book, it will be fruitless.

A tree is made off roots, trunk, bark, branches, leaves and sometimes fruits or flowers. Similarly, your book needs a main plot, subplots, sub-sub plot, scattered clues, connected clues and finally the pieces of a puzzle that is placed together which presents a big, completed picture.

Here’s where things get fun guys. I am going to document the process of writing my books in a manner that is kind of unorthodox. Instead of focusing on the publishing phase, or the how to write phase, I’ll speak more on the construction of plot and the mindset behind creating a design and then breaking it up into pieces. 

Over To You

Is there anything in particular you have learnt from fictional writing or reading for that matter. I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Basic Hate, Hate Basic

You’re nothing like the facade on the outside. Boring,tasteless,overwhelming pride. You wear it with such grace. You’re nothing like this painted image, at best you’re nothing more than hateful. Your bitter face wears that hideous make believe smile, at best your inside is nothing more than bile. You’re nothing like the seasons. Warm,cold,fresh and comforting, at best you’re nothing more than a well dressed bag of lies. At basic, you’re everything that I hate and more.

What happened with this short piece is that it got me thinking of what it’s like to not embrace the person you truly are. It’s so easy to fall into a dark pit that consumes your personality until you’re left with an ugly skeleton. I think this is more of a self reflective piece of someone looking at their self and feeling upset by how they’ve embrace a very superficial one dimensional personality. There were these short intervals in my own life which I experienced this kind of low so I figured writing about how I disapproved of myself at these times in the past would be reflective and progressive.

On a side note, it struck me that my cats have something very common about their names – Jerry, snowy, blacky, gaffy, and now velvy…. Courtesy of my mom.

Over To You – 

I ask you, have you embraced your inner beauty yet? 

Super Short Story : Thunder and Lightning

Thunder and Lightning 

The wind of a warm saddened summer’s afternoon caressed against his war-torn face. He looked into the open field, watched the memories of a life pass him by. He grew up on this farm, spent his every rainy day looking out beyond the horizon dreaming of seeing the big bad world. Oh how he wished to go back in time, to a moment when games and laughter could be felt in the air. John opened the gold etched vase, held it tightly between his hands. He stared into the vase that held what remained of a great man. He wished with all his heart for the roles to be reversed, if only he could take back the choices of his past. He stood in the midst of a battle for years, he watched life and death meet at every bomb blast, at every house, in every person’s eyes but now he stands in the field of dreams he once lived in with the remains of his father. Life is like a coin with 2 sides, beautiful but cruel. Be it in war or peace, time is the one weapon you can never evade.  He closed his eyes, took a breath and recalled the last words of this great man, “Life will give you things even dreams can’t, it may not be noticed at first, sometimes it never is, but when you truly live a life-like a dying man, your eyes will see far beyond the horizon my son. Don’t you dare give up on life, don’t you give up on love and don’t you give up on yourself because when you’re lying in your own bed ready to leave this life, you’ll feel proud of that which means the world to you. I am proud of you my boy.” His heart bursting with emotion, almost too much for his body to control. How does one put to rest someone you’ve known from the very first moment you opened your eyes to this world? The person who gave you life and protected you from the evil and from your own stupidity. His thoughts were clouded by the pain of losing the one person that gave him reason to survive when all his brothers in arms turned into collateral damage in war. Home is where the heart is, this land was home because of the man who lived on it. Not only is part of his soul attached to this field, it is a part of him. He shifted his blue eyes to the age old tree at the top of a hill, it had lived life with them. Just like the field, the barn, the old tree and him, they all were the legacy of this fallen soul. If he felt like a good son he may have been able to face this, he may have been able to look beyond this farm without regret or fear. He looked at his badge that was meant to represent the ‘HOME’ he fought for. His eyes filled with anger, his right hand lifted to his left shoulder, gripped the badge and ripped it right off and not a second later, it fell to the ground beside his foot. Right at this moment he knew what it felt like to be a victim of deaths curse. He felt the pain of those he lost and those lives he stole from others. He knew what had to be done, there was no escaping this fate but there was enough time to make up for time lost. His hands lifted just high enough to angle the vase to his chest, he looked towards the sun, the wind now pushed him forward and as he dropped his hands, he watched the ashes of life return back to the Earth. Like Thunder and Lightning, what remained of his life would be dedicated to impacting the next generation to come.He would give every part of himself to living life tenaciously. A war hero who has the greatest inner battle to conquer with time. There was every reason in the world for John to feel dead, he knew it, but every part of him would now fight for feeling alive again. As long as he lived so would his old man and that, was the one reason he could hold onto. One day, this place will be home to another great man.

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I wrote this a long time back whilst listening to a song. Something about it, made me feel dead inside. At the time, I was what many of us call, F***ed up. It was an emotional roller coaster as a teen. Some parts of me believe that if it weren’t for questioning my worth, I wouldn’t have found my dreams or passion. I tried leaving it as natural as possible, flaws and all, sometimes it’s these pieces that hold the most meaning or significance to a writer.

One of those dreams I have is buying a massive stretch of land and building a house on it myself – I love open space, farmland and the beauty of nature. 

Thanks for reading, mate! 

Don’t You Dare Give Up On Being A Writer

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I am a writer, I am a believer, I am selfish,I am selfless, I am honest, I am amazing and I am free. We live in a world that puts these shackles onto us using ridiculous stereotypes and expectations but this is my little article to say No More. I get to be whoever I want because I am free.

This is what I love about writing. I am truly free to be me. No person can control what I choose to write and the freedom I have in expressing myself through words is the greatest freedom I’ve ever experienced.

Perhaps it’s my ability to separate money from passion, it really does become something extremely difficult to overcome and it’s a never-ending battle. I am young, I’m fresh in my 20’s but I don’t really see myself being amongst the mass that want to have a good time by partying as much as possible and being a rebel. Did you see what I just did there? I ended up stating a stereotype and falling victim to it which just proves my point. Neither you not 1 can stay away from the stereotypes that plague the world but that does not mean we are obliged to give up on the things we love because of such stereotypes.

I want to look back when I’m 40, probably about to hit midlife crises and end up on a pasta eating spree, analyse all the things that I have done in my life and feel safe in knowing that Writing makes the list of meaningful passions I never gave up on.

What’s a life without passion? Aren’t the things that make you happy meant to Top your Bucket list. I have come to realize that I can spend my life running after an ideal or I can spend my life living that ideal and being the change I want to see in the world.

My world is defined by the actions and decisions I make , which is why I choose to never give up on my dream of being an accomplished writer. I don’t care if I get rejected by a 100 publishers or if my book to release only gets read by a few, the only failure in that would be giving up.

I promise you, when you find something that truly belongs to you, something that makes you wake up every day without the regret or empty feeling of not having something meaningful, that’s when life explodes. Suddenly the bad circumstances you may be faced with and the hardship that is to be overcome seems like nothing more than hurdles you WILL overcome. You begin to Act instead of preaching about Wanting To Act. Nothing can stop you from living the dream because it’s such a dream that allows you to be free!

This is my dedication to every writer out there that hasn’t given up – you are living the dream and I admire you. To those that have given up – It’s never to later to undo that mistake. Just hit the backspace button and start again!

I say to you all :  Don’t You Dare Give Up On Being A Writer