We’re all novels in progress. We’re writing a new chapter each day from sunrise to sundown. We never have writer’s block since our writing is the acting out of our lives. The people who come into our lives our among the characters in our novel. Some will appear briefly. Others will be part of the drama that unfolds as we live each day. Writers create. Since we are writing our novel with each waking moment, we can choose what we want to happen in our novel. We can create the life we want to live. We’ll have our ups and downs, we can create how we respond to each of them. We can write a great novel with our lives.
Lots of researchers have written about being in the flow or in the zone. Great athletes find themselves in the zone where everything else is blotted out and time slows down; it’s as if they’ve move into another dimension. Getting into the flow or zone is available to all of us. I find it when I am writing or cooking a meal. Without knowing it, I slip into the zone. It’s not something I can make happen, it happens. My guess is that most people have been in the zone and not realized it was the zone. I think it happens more frequently when we’re more deeply connected with what we’re doing and not letting extraneous thoughts cloud our minds. Happy traveling through the zone.
Your life is an empty page and you are the author. What story will you write?
You learn to write the same way you learn to play golf… You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired – it’s hard work. ~ Tom Clancy
“If you don’t compromise your gift, if you write each day as well as you can, and then submit your work and not worry about it and go on to the next piece, you suddenly find oddly enough that you’re no more interested in the applause than the silence. You don’t hear either one of them. You can never listen to the naysayers. If you do you won’t survive.”
“The way to write a thriller is to ask a question at the beginning, and answer it at the end.”
~ Lee Child
“You never learn how to write a novel.
You just learn how to write the novel that you’re writing.”
“I think that all writers feel alienated. … I know that I do. … I still feel, as I think most creative people do, absolutely isolated.”
A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.
“You can spin stories out of the ways people understand and misunderstand each other.”
~ Ian Mcewan