Readers or writers… which is the next book you would read? Lets vote!

Hello all, I have been thinking about something.. 

Writers… we would love our readers to read our book… but have you ever wondered what the readers like… so lets ask!

If you were a reader, which book were you most likely to pick up or read in the next few months! 

Vote here: 

 

Good one!

“There is no writer’s block other than the will of the writer.”

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Can following political figures help you create great characters?

Generally I am do not look much into political affairs. However, recently I have come across people who are working and in fact studying the subject. One thing I have found out, it can be contagious, because, although I may not be a fan of politics recent changes in the ‘picture’ of politics have increased my interest. I wonder, are politics or politicians a subject writers should study. Will it help us, perhaps to create great characters? or the worst characters? These questions lead me to explore further and of course I focused on one of the most ‘talked about’ President in the 21 st Century. Donald Trump.

Its the nature of the President job, to leave a mark on history. Every man or women who has held this position has tried their best and earned their reputations accordingly. Well, as much as they can. 🙂 Please understand this blog is not a political statement.

I feel there is a very skewed changed in the picture about politics. Before, the election of Trump, me and my friends were hardly concerned what was going on the other side of the globe. However, recently this attitude has completely changed, and mostly because of  distinct personality of Donald Trump.

Lets see, in the last eight months, Trump has created a huge hype in the media, most of it negative in comparison to his predecessor Barak Obama. He certainly tweets a lot, get a lot of media attention on Facebook, newspapers, online articles mostly for his negative behavior and outbursts. Believe it or not, and I have recently found out he is active subject of psychologist. If you are interested please read McAdams, The mind of Donald Trump!

A large and swiftly growing body of research shows that people’s personality, their characteristic impulses, and goals, and their internal thoughts of themselves are great predictors of what they will feel, think, and do in the future, and powerful aids in explaining why. In the realm of politics, psychoanalysts have recently proved how crucial traits of human nature—such as extroversion and narcissism—shaped the distinctive leadership styles.

Although his journey from the real-estate mogul who would become a reality-TV star and, after that, President of the United States; but the general notion is he is always acting. He never shows his true self. No one knows what’s going on in his head. Nevertheless, its has also been pointed out that several US Presidents before him, had similar characteristics.

So, why does it bother us? Perhaps the sudden change regime from Obama to Trump? Perhaps, he is the unexpected President? Perhaps, his actions or mannerism do not fall in alignment of the ‘general policies’ of politics, or do they? Only time shall tell. Nevertheless, studying this subject has provided me with a unique vision about how I can create my characters.

In a nutshell, its a bonus to study political figures, and to link with the what is going on with the world. This doesn’t mean you study negative media, but explore changes in the environment globally, it might give you a new vision for your book or characters. Hey! you never know what come out of it!

 

 

 

 

A Beautiful Place- Tasmania

In 2010, I arrived in Melbourne, Australia to begin my Masters in Biomedical Sciences which then converted into a PhD. which brought me to Tasmania!

In my view, Tasmania offers excellent educational and research facilities, and along with its unique and inspiring lifestyle, which I help me to develop as an individual. Tasmania is safe and accessible with vibrant Victorian cities based on historical European architecture. Now, if you like secluded, quiet places and beaches with caves, waterfalls, and plenty of trees.. go here! If you are city girl or boy… you might still like it!

I stayed in Hobart five years and grew very accustomed to the weather, fresh, clean air, beautiful beaches and most importantly the ability to take a step back and relax and then jump back into activities again. I have had the chance to visit and enjoy most of the national parks and wilderness. And of course, take tons of pictures.

Tasmania is blessed with many beaches and natural surroundings which offered me an opportunity to become involved in physical activities such as bush walking, jogging/running, and biking. Also, I have also attended social events such as barbecues, day trips, exhibitions, galas and cooking competitions.

Transport and getting around Tasmania is effortless (for me) and more or less efficient. Within the city, I enjoy the metro buses and look forward to long country drives during the weekends/holidays.
I felt like living in heaven, residing in a safe, affordable house which suited my lifestyle.

Overall, to me, Hobart Tasmania provided a ‘no stress’ environment which has helped me study well, develop my creative work and provided me with an excellent lifestyle. Also, I became very fond of the polite, supportive and friendly Tasmanian society.

I really enjoyed this relaxed, quiet, beautiful state.
I miss you Tasmania 🙂

Develop writing as a habit and increase your productivity.

Did you know that generating a writing habit could help you fight writers block? Not only that if you were to write everyday, no matter what, at the end of six months you will have your book.

But then why do not we just do it?

Lets be real. If you are an author, you are doing a daytime job and squeezing out time for writing between family, friends, your dog and of course the daily chores! The biggest challenge for the author is to get enough done in the shortest period. Some of us are fortunate, they either are full-time authors or have some help in the domestic and job areas. Or some of us are just single and hence do have the time to sit down and write something daily.

But let us face it not all of us are the same.
Imagine this, if you are a working five days a week, have two kids and on the top of it trying to run a business, would writing a book be your priority? Perhaps not. It’s easy to tell a person “Yeah you can do it.”

But it is true? Can they really do it.

The biggest challenges for the author are the need to be real and map out their priorities properly.

It’s all about habits! So why not make writing a daily habit?

Here is how!

Take up the 30 day challenge. Everyday, does not matter how much but put aside some time to write. Perhaps you write 100 words or 1000 words, it does not matter because you are generating a habit. At first there will be resistance and you will think

‘ahhh I can not do this!’

But stick with it. No matter what. Keep writing.

By the time you get to the end of 30 days, writing will be integrated into your daily routine, you will reach at least 20K words and because it will be your second nature, it will be easy to continue to write. Also, because the story will be fresh in your mind, it less likely you will hit writers block. But remember, even if you feel like you are not doing your best, keep writing, you can always come back to that section and fix it later.

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Hope this was helpful.

Thanks for reading.

Writers and plots!

Today let’s talk about plots. The biggest challenge for a fiction writer is to create a unique and engaging plot. That’s what writing is about! While this is great, and authors imagination could fly leaps and bounds…the truth is most of our ideas are crap! Please let’s be honest here!
I have recently learned that the ideas that fly in and out of my head or suggested by my friends or colleagues may not always have a book in them. Hey, nothing against anyone, but you know, you just know.
I have learned this through experience, and I am pretty sure you and other authors have been on the same pathway. Remember, the drawer full of uncompleted manuscripts that you haven’t touched for years! The thing with me was that I would always come up with excellent ideas for my book and begin writing without thinking or planning, but now I have changed my strategies, and here is why?

A few years ago, I would come up with ideas, and get so excited about them and start writing the book immediately ( btw..super big mistake!). The issue was that after a few pages I would get stuck and couldn’t think further. I would sit and stare at the computer, wondering where the story I was supposed to write?

The other thing, I realized was acceptance. While your brain argues with you reminds you that because you spent so many hours on this.. it must be a good story! But deep down I know it is not an exceptional plot. So in the near future, I know I will stop. You might have come to the same conclusion about a particular idea. Also, as a writer, I read extensively, and I immediately know if the idea is similar to something I have read before!

My problem was that I didn’t think the plot through and I had no synopsis or a basic summary of the plot. I had an idea, but if I had begun with an overview of the story I would have known the quality of the plot, and would have either changed something or not begun writing at all! This activity would have not only saved me time, but also I would have dodged the frustrations!

There is more to writing a summary of the plot. If it is written down somewhere in your journal, computer or tablet. Firstly, you stop thinking about it, because you now know reading the summary will help you remember the plot in the near future. So it’s off your mind! Believe it or not, this is the best thing you can do for your book.

The next best part is that if you stop thinking about plot and it is valuable or loved enough, your subconscious mind will take over. Yes…its all in the psychology! And when that happens, it’s an awesome experience! Why? Because unlike your conscious mind which believes in boundaries and logic and gets quickly distracted; your subconscious is completely free to work on the idea or plot anyway it likes. And if you want great plots, hey let it do the job!

One tip though, do not obsess over it. Leave it, entirely. Trust me; you will have a plot that you never imaged. Boy, it will surprise you. For example, the plot of my latest story (which is in the first draft) came to me such a way. I had thought of the idea ages ago, wrote it down and completely forgot about it. Out of the blue, it came back with a vengeance and an utterly fantastic idea that made me jump off the couch!

So, the takeaway. If you think of an idea, and you are spending too much time just dreaming, write down a summary. It will give you a general picture of what the novel. And if you want it to be unique, leave it aside and see the magic happen!

HA

 

Authors, stop overthinking and start writing!

Do you overthink?

Do Authors overthink? Yes. We do it all the time. Sometimes most of our time is spent thinking about a particular location, character, scene, or dialogue. Perhaps the most trivial thing, like a color of the car. One has to think, does the reader even care? Others spend hours and hours…and even months or years… thinking ‘if it’s a good idea to write the story!” or “if it is a good idea to kill this character or disable him!” Should the heroine wear a pink or blue dress? While most authors get stuck in analysis paralysis, thinking “oh my goodness there are still errors in my book! I have to re-edit it again! Its 300 pages long… I am doomed!”

Trust me when an author is in the final stages of the novel, he or she wants to give the best and well just keeps on editing, thinking, and changing things over and over. While this is great, if not managed well, it can turn into a slog! For instance, the author might decide to describe a way to throw someone of a bridge; you can imagine that there are many ways this can be done. So which is the best way? Well, the truth is there is no best way! It’s what fits the context of the scene and excites the writer and the reader! Again, here’s the twist. Recently, it has dawned on me that this concept is really very subjective. While one reader might love the scene, the other might hate it. So, should the writers overthink? No. Fix it but do not overthink it because you never know what will happen. In my perspective, overthinking damages the creativity and can lead to wasting authors time and delaying completion of the novel.

So stop overthinking, and just write.

HA

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