THE EXCITING JOURNEY OF Writing
a Fictional Book
"IT'S A LUXURY BEING A WRITER,
BECAUSE ALL YOU EVER THINK ABOUT IS LIFE."
BECAUSE ALL YOU EVER THINK ABOUT IS LIFE."
For centuries, man has built machines to help not only improve him but to improve society. We have explored and dug up the past of many civilizations and are often surprised at the complexity of their cultures. The improvement of farm tools, from the plow to tractor, buildings, from one story cabins to towering skyscrapers, weapons, from bows and arrows to long range missiles, health, education, laws, and inventions.
Today, it seems as though we build machines to make man's life more convenient so that the opportunity to interact with one another is constant. With convenience comes a price that man is discovering he is expendable. Man sees that machines will do the same work in less time. Manufacturing, robocalling, communication, driving cars, flying planes, winning at chess, supplying man with information.
Man unknowingly has become lethargic he has built machines to entertain him.
STEPHEN HAWKING: AI WILL BE 'EITHER BEST OR WORST THING' FOR HUMANITY
My question is: What if AI likes man's way of life, but just doesn't like man?
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I think for all aspiring writers comes the fine line between not taking oneself seriously enough and being a little too serious. In the last year, I have learned a lot about people, both friends, and strangers, and I have to admit there are times that it has been disappointing.
Building a following or an audience is not as easy as it sounds. It is a part of a process which takes time and patience. I subscribe to a variety of blogs about writing that are full of information and like anything else in life sometimes they are helpful and sometimes they are not.
I have come across a young, successful writer by the name of Jeff Goins. I have never met him, but I find his information helpful. I received a small book, which he authored, titled, It's Not Too Late," and have taken the liberty of reprinting a portion that I believe is important not only for myself but for all writers.
It begs to ask the questions, "Who am I as a writer and who my readers are?"
I hope that you find it informative.
4. Jot down at least five books, articles, or blogs you like to read. Spend
some time examining them.
How are they alike? How are they different?
What about how they’re written intrigues you?
Often what we admire is what we aspire to be.
Example: Copyblogger, Chris Brogan, Seth Godin,
Ernest Hemingway, and C.S. Lewis.
I like these writers, because their writing is intelligent, pithy, and poignant.
6. Ask other people: “What’s my voice? What do I sound like?” Take notes
of the answers you get.
7. Free-write. Just go nuts. Write in a way that’s most comfortable to you,
without editing. Then go back and read it, asking yourself, “Do I publish
stuff that sounds like this?”
8. Read something you’ve recently written, and honestly ask yourself, “Is this something I would read?” If not, you must change your voice.
10. Pay attention to how you’re feeling. How do you feel before
publishing? Afraid? Nervous? Worried? Good.
You’re on the right track. If you’re completely calm, then you probably aren’t being vulnerable. Try writing something dangerous, something a little more you.
Fear can be good. It motivates you to make your writing matter.
The following is a portion of J.K. Rowling's Bio- She conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until she finished the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in 1997.
I wonder if anyone ever gave her the advice to give it up, and were they famous.
What makes a writer? What do you envision when you think about that question?
Someone sitting by an open window looking out over the ocean, desert, mountains? Rainy day, foggy, sunny?
My definition of a writer of fiction. A person who drives himself or herself to the edge of insanity when writing a story to the best of their ability that you the reader find entertaining.
I can honestly say my life has been interesting, far from boring. Land baron, restaurateur, photographer, artisan, author. A life full of ups and downs. A life full of stories.
Along the way I've met hundreds of people, some interesting, some not. Some dangerous, some beautiful, some kind, and some cruel. During my lifetime I've even had my heart run over a couple of times, but when all of it is said and done I wouldn't trade it in.
Writing has always been inside of me, but the siren never called to me. I wasn't ready until one day in October of 2015 when life said, "Start writing."
Writing is a long journey, full of many perils, but don't be afraid it is an exciting adventure!