Books have been known to inspire, motivate, encourage and change the lives many individuals. Entrepreneurs Strut their stuff gleaning pages of business books to find success strategies. Careerist search to find the secrets to a better job/life. Children Gingerly fantasize of fairy tales, lovers dream, and some gravitate to the scares of horror, action or adventure.
We dare not forget books that have spiraled into movies that entertain readers and non-readers alike. Well known authors such as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, and many more, spring to mind.
Curiosity sparked, one publisher asked writers to share the name of a book that has changed their lives. The responses came in droves. Here I share a few:
- Transparency of Evil
- You can heal your life
- The Secret life of the Bees
- Rich dad Poor Dad
- Catcher in the Rye
- The Four Agreements
- Unlimited Power
- The Bible
- Good to Great
- The Power of the Subconscious Mind
- I am That Girl
- Conversations with God
- Who Moved My Cheese
- What I know for sure
- The Grand Design
- Love Warrior
- Into the Wild
- Just Kids
- The Giver
- The Mastery of Love
- When The Enemy Strikes
- Code of Extraordinary Minds
- Life is Good
- Think Like a Man
- Atlas Shrugged
- On Writing
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Power of Now
- The Game of Life and How to Play it
- Excuses Begone
Do you share the sentiments of any of the books named by responding writers? Can you add any?
Bored with your vision? It’s not a Mystery. Wake up! Get creative! Create Goals that makes you want to jump out of bed in the mornings.
Don’t Waste Time Trying to Please People. -Stephen King.
Wanting to do their best work, new writers are naturally anxious. They ask questions. They probe. They sweat. It’s hoped they sweat while writing and not about how to start. Stephen King in his memoir titled “On Writing” stressed don’t waste time trying to please people. Indeed this is applicable in many situations as individuals attempt to develop their own Identity.
In a public authors forum, the question was asked “What does it take to be a good writer?” Writers chimed in. Here I share a few of their responses.
- Read a lot. Write, write a lot
- Patience and Perseverance
- Finding the connection between your soul and your writing hand. It will require a number of disciplines like grammar, voice, tense and genre. But the key is opening your spirit to the process. Make your writing not a craft, but an empowered purpose in your life.
- An empathetic love of both stories and storytelling
- To keep writing
- Write something. Publish it. Learn from mistakes. Grow
- A unique voice telling an untold story that everyone wants to hear
- Passion, and drive, as well as supportive people in your life
- Persistence, then creativity, then literacy, finally intelligence
- Vision, creativity, persistence, stubbornness, patience, a thick skin
- Natural ability
- Practice, practice, practice, and more practice
- Honesty, passion, and courage
- A moment alone. A moment alone is where it starts
- Willingness to receive critical feedback
- Time, focus, imagination
- Personal passion, self-confidence, resilience to get it done, and never give up
- A good editor
- Life experiences and a love for it. Put your heart and soul in it
- The ‘write’ attitude
- Learn, then learn more. Accept first that you always need to grow
- Finish even when you hate it. Even when you don’t want to. Even when you’re uninspired.
Rather Interesting thoughts from authors. Can you add any? Is there any that you would omit? Do share.
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Goals: Be Anxious for Nothing. Just do one thing daily towards your Goal and your result will be Exceptional!
Once a staff member fell seriously ill with a progressive disease. Apparently she hid it from most but as it progressed, it became more evident. Word finally reached me. That was when I called to tell her of the concerns raised by her co-workers. It was then that she shared her situation. It was grave… with a Crescendo of physical issues, she wouldn’t survive. I immediately jumped into action-mode to assist in the best way that I could.
In reflecting on the question “What Inspires you?” I realised that what inspires me is the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. Helping others inspires gratification. Here I share a brief synopsis from the perspective response of what inspires others.
- The random people I meet and the random conversations that take place. It’s incredible what inspiration you can find from genuinely listening to people’s stories.
- Lemon drops or just candy in general. Also pieces of jewelry but mostly necklaces. I have this sea glass necklace that’s inspired 2 stories already. If anyone needs inspiration I would suggest going downtown and just walk around and look at stuff.
- Music lyrics inspire me. Sometimes a certain sentence just sticks. Travel and nature and of course experiences .
- Daily things around me.
- Mythical creatures, music, horror stories/movies, different people I meet and talk with.
- Sparking a love of reading in kids and young adults.
- Lines of Shakespeare and Emerson. Walking in nature. Autumn and Winter inspire with the scenery and feelings they give me…old things, antique shops, bookstores, leather-bound journals, maps, Fall evenings.
- My friends, music, books, scented candles, and history
- The inner and outer universe.
- I find what if questions to be really useful.
- Love and how it compels people like Rose looking for Jack at the bottom of the ship while its sinking. That’s love.
- My weird perceptions of human nature and civilization
- Pictures, people, and most of all moments in time.
- Rain, grey skies, other art and gardens. Sometimes cats, animations or music
- Everything. There is beauty and inspiration in all different things in life
- Sound. the way you pour water into a glass, sons, the sound of the wind, the rain, etc.
- Music, love, sadness
- Struggle. Finding light in darkness
- Stephen King
- Current events
- Humans and their flaws
- Reading. Going to the bookstore.
- Button poetry
- Sweet misery
- Ice cream and rainy days
- I think nature. Happiness inspire me and says do something different for others.
- Philosophy and knowledge
- Fear of failure
- Anything creative
- Strange occurrences
What about you? What inspires you? Do share…wanna hear!
Perfection is the killer of dreams
Perfection is the killer of dreams. Curious, one reader questioned it. I replied….
Perfection is a common factor with high performers. We try to make our tasks as ‘perfect’ as possible much to the demise of getting goals done. We do get them done but after doing them over, and over, and over again; double checking and triple checking to ensure everything is in place. Our desire is to avoid a Cacophony of our work.
Meanwhile our competitors who do not care as much, often complete their tasks even with errors. The challenge is they sometimes are accepted giving excuses for ‘errors’.
My suggestion to high performers is to double-check and get it done especially when it’s an application or something where there are others vying for the same contract or position.
So stop triple-checking…just get it done.
Always a pleasure to share Tailored writings with readers, booklovers and fellow writers. Looking forward to this occasion when we will Speak, Sign, and Sell. Copies of Success Strategies available at Here
When the words won’t flow, we beat our head against the wall. It’s like a Jangle shadow that defies. We mourn, cry, feel sad, down, and lack motivation. True for most of us. Sally Hogshead has a 21 tips series that she shares. She recently shared a piece entitled 21 Juicy Ideas for Fascinating Content. Of the 21, I found 13 personally inspiring that I intend to Edibly put into action. Here I’ll share:
- Start with information, then add insight
- Go on a rant
- Ask a provocative question
- Write about something for the first time. She calls it give First Dibs
- Give an unexpected gift
- Critique your own brand (or yourself)
- Educate people about a potential problem
- Ask for opinions
- Give a behind-the scenes glimpse (i.e. show us a new side of yourself so we understand who you are)
- Find the Good (spotlight customers, employees or the competition…yikes!)
- Identify our secret hopes (share that you understand what we aspire to become)
- Describe anything that fascinates you (share why)
- Dare us (your challenge us to take one step outside your comfort zone)
I find these content creation tips a thrill, and will try to follow those I have selected in creating my own content in the next few weeks. What about you? Anything sparks your interest?
It’s humbling yet satisfying when hard work pays off. Such an honor to be recognized by Nova Southeastern University. The Quill of Life’s writings.
Never Give Up on your dreams.