Literary Tattoos

Believe it or not, there are quite a lot of people who are inspired to get a tattoo by a book. Your truly has one that reads, “Fear is the mind killer.” It was my first tattoo.

So, yeah, these are literary tattoos. Because they exist. And because they are cool.

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“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” — Mark Z. Danielewski

I first started writing fourteen years ago. I thought it would be easy. I didn’t like to read, but I did like to imagine.

For a long time it was a lot easier to imagine than to write.

Passion as a feeling carried me at all kinds of ceremonies and book signings and stuff. It was all so clear. I was going to become rich and famous and my words would change the world.

What words?

Exactly. Continue reading pas-sion

Writing Advice from Graeme Simsion

Writer of screenplays, short stories, novels and a couple of short plays, an occasional producer of films and formerly an IT specialist (data modeling), also founder of a business and IT consultancy, Graeme Simsion, the author of The Rosie Project, seems to be skilled in all the fields he is trying. He is therefore the right man to give us some writing tips. Continue reading Writing Advice from Graeme Simsion

8 Bad Habits that Kill Your Creativity

“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts the moment you get up and doesn’t stop until you get into the office.” – Robert Frost

We tend to put a lot of emphasis on intelligence. I.Q. tests are supposed to tell us what type of person we are, what jobs we’ll have, how successful we’ll be, or how much money we’ll make.

The truth is that when it comes to being highly successful, anything over an I.Q. of 120 is pretty much all the same. In some cases, having a genius level intelligence can even work against you.

That means that even if you’re no smarter than most people, you still have the potential to wield amazing creative powers.

So why are so few people highly creative?

Because there are certain bad habits that kill your creativity. And like all bad habits, they can be broken if you are willing to work at it.

Here are eight of the very worst bad habits that could be holding you back every day: Continue reading 8 Bad Habits that Kill Your Creativity

TMM: Hard Work Beats Talent

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” Calvin Coolidge

I know it’s not artistic, but you’ve got to work hard.

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”Ray Bradbury

A relentless desire to succeed is more important than talent. Being brave and perseverant to the point of madness, to the point that your work consumes a very large part of your life, to the point that you do it and do it and do it until the job gets done. You don’t even have time to think about whether or not your good… you just do.

Those who sit at their desks to work beat those who sit around, waiting for inspiration to come to them. Stop wishing for the fairy tale, and accept life as it is.

You’ve got to do the work. Your hustle must match your ambitions and dreams.

That is all.

Talent Does Not Exist

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”  Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway famously rewrote the ending to A Farewell To Arms 47 times. Yes, folks, he did not write brilliant first drafts.

No one ever did. No one ever will.

Talent, as an innate ability, does not exist. Continue reading Talent Does Not Exist

The Writer: Episode #2

“Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.”Charles Bukowski

Desperate. Is there a single writer out there who wasn’t?

Desperate. The Writer was. The Writer is.

Desperate to assume the world, to conquer it, to explore it, to understand it, to define it. To find meanings in all the beauty that hides in plain sight.

Desperate. To know who he is, what is he’s place in the world.

Oh, it’s not what this is all about?

Is it about some other form of desperation? How many forms are there?

Too many to count. Continue reading The Writer: Episode #2