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I Write

I write because I can not NOT write.

Everything inspires me. The mundane or ordinary fail to exist to a writer.

Everything has a story … everything possesses the power to connect and engage … music  to words … images to words … feelings to words … thoughts to words / words to music … words to images … words to feelings … words to thoughts …

Ernest Hemmingway

It was said to me of late by a fellow author friend, “I don’t much like Hemmingway, he writes simplistic…”

I replied, “Maybe simplistic on the surface of the word, if you hover there you are missing the complexity that lies beneath or even hidden in the words. Hemmingway has a relationship of the senses with each word, he has an experience with every scene, image, item, person. He writes prose without the tools of metaphor or embellishment. He has little need for gratuitous finery in his words designed to dress-up sentences, his words are honest, stripped back and true. He can talk about an ice cube and make you feel as if you have felt its chill. It takes a genius to write like that….”

My friend didn’t really have a reply.

Oh well, I like Hemmingway:-)

Seven attributes of Successful Writers

Another Step Towards Creating your Writing Dream 

     

Successful authors possess certain attributes which keep them on track with the writing task and into the publishing circle. Do you apply the seven attributes?

 The desire to write a book is shared by many. Did you know recent surveys show that more than 90% of the population say they have a secret desire to write a book. Successful authors, those who actually write and finish that novel, or book of poetry, or even that book of short stories, and see it all the way to publication, have certain characteristics and apply particular attributes.   

 The Seven Success Attributes

For the most part, these characteristics are dependent upon these attributes. Each writer has a unique characteristic but that alone is not enough to bring successes to you as a writer. As with any ‘dream’ it is necessary to go beyond our gifts into mastering the tools required to bring success. The tools for a writer are – The Seven Attributes – the first and foundation attribute is – be positive and maintain an optimistic stance.

Attribute One – Writing

That’s it … simple and succinct. Sit down and write – on the computer, on paper or dictate it. If you have nothing to write (or say), write anyway. Just put anything down and keep putting it down until the flow comes. As with any blockage –one has to open up the valves for the block to evaporate OR dissolve.

Attribute Two – Thought

Think about your book, even when you’re not writing. Think about your characters, what they are getting up to. Allow them to talk to you and guide you through the plot. 

Attribute Three – Motivation

Become/stay/be motivated to finish your book, poem, story. Finishing the project is the most appropriate attribute and leads to greater success. If you get distracted due to boredom and the ‘grass is greener’ stuff, keep an ideas book to write your distractions in, and stay focused towards motivation to complete the current project.    

Attribute Four – Editing

Proofreading, editing and revising your finished project is essential to your success as an adept author in addition to making your project the best it can be. May sound tedious, but it is necessary towards the success of not only the project but to your self-esteem as an author.    

Attribute Five – Getting Published

Focus on this as a workable goal. Please let not your greatness become another dust catcher or space taker. Let not your greatness become another statistic of the dream stealer’s and the knockers who gloat and quote – “writing a book is hard work” or “getting published is next to impossible.” Seek out publishers, agents or subsidised publishing markets. Forge on, until you get Published!    

Attribute Six – Momentum

Once published begin working on the next one. Dig up that little distraction journal you set up when you were tempted to move to greener pastures. Or just get happening on a new project. Whatever – keep the momentum up and write, write, write.    

Attribute Seven – Optimism

I have come back to my first point – being optimistic and positive. The thing is, this foundation attribute will see you through as optimism keeps you honest to your dream, helps you to listen to your inner voice. It tells you not to listen to those people who say it’s a competitive market out there or those people who say they’ve written five books and haven’t had one Published yet. Optimism keeps your self-esteem in tact when those people send you back your manuscripts!    

Dream Stealer’s

Dream Stealer’s are those people who remind us that “writing a book is hard work” or “getting published is next to impossible.” Dream Stealer’s remind us of all the negatives we attempt to rise above, the internal dialogue like – “am I good enough?” or “what do I know anyway,” or “it’ll never happen for me.” Too often the desire to write a book goes unrealised because of the dream stealer’s, BUT with the help of the seven attributes and applying them in diligence you knock the dream stealer’s over, thus, you give yourself the best chance of being the success you desire.    

Remember

… complacency is your worst enemy. If you’re comfortable, if you’re rolling along without having to really think, if you haven’t had to challenge yourself, if you pay heed to the dream stealer’s and forget to apply the attributes – you’re wasting your time. Writing done from a position of comfort will never say anything worthwhile    

Start today and assess yourself as a writer, which of the seven attributes do you apply to your craft?    

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