I recently picked up an amazing book titled: Keep Going, by Austin Kleon.
It’s an amazing self help book, for writers and various other creatives. One thing that he mentioned in the book, was that of leaving our marks in this world.
You know the common thing that ambitious people say?
“I just wanna leave my mark in this world”
The problem is, the world is already littered with people who have left their marks in this world.
The world doesn’t need any more marks, rather it needs more healers. So, instead of “leaving a mark”, why not try something like: Leave the world in a better state than when you found it?
In all honesty, the meanings are not too different from one another. However, the latter sentence invokes a somewhat more positive and selfless meaning.
Well what do you think?
Whatever your thoughts, just keep creating!
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As writers, in this world of good, bad and ugly – our stories are more than simple sheets of paper.
They are our experiences, hopes, dreams, reflections and imagination.
They are our weapons, used to enlighten the hearts and minds of our fellow man. Our stories are much more than us.
The world needs you to keep writing
Art in any form, is truly an amazing thing. It allows us to express ourselves in a crazy world of ever changing situations. Art allows us to view the world differently and bring many things into perspective.
It also can tell you who you are. That’s right. Make enough art and you’ll notice certain patterns and traits that will reveal to you, what kind of person you are.
Going over my own previous novels – I realised a certain trend in my stories. The main points within my plots were always: Gods, faith and friendship. For some bizarre reason, my tales always seem to contain these key points. Funnily enough, I have always seemed to stray away from characters falling in love with one another (At least as a main focus of the story). Also, my characters seem to almost always be without parental families; Something that I once again was shocked to realise. I don’t know why this is, but it’s obvious that it is most likely as a result of various experiences in my life.
Thanks to the beauty of creativity and art, I am able to observe this about myself.
What does your art say about you?
So, since starting this journey of writing fantasy books I have learned a ton things about myself and the amazing world of writing.
One of the most recent things I have observed is how useful short stories and novellas are, especially in today’s current situation.
Many writers like myself prefer to write fantasy, based off of real world events. However, if you want to use a novel to tell your story, it may not always be the wisest choice. This is because writing a novel takes at least a year, which means that the message you originally wanted to focus on would not be as interesting anymore.
If I were to tell a story on Brexit and write a novel about it – by the time I finish the actual novel, the issue of Brexit would be an after thought. As such, perhaps a better solution would be to write a short story or novella instead?
Not only do short stories and novellas take up less time, they also provide just enough room to get the plot and story across.
Food for thought.
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Writing is an act of faith. You have no proof of the final outcome but you still belive in it regardless. Belief without evidence.
Yet, despite your lack of evidence, you can see it so clearly.
Our hands are truly a blessing. With them, we can transform our imagination and feelings into a reality that others can experience. We truly are wondrous beings.
You may not know the real me. You may never know the real me. That’s ok, I won’t hold it against you. You wouldn’t be the first and you wouldn’t be the last. Just know that under these seemingly grey flowers, lies a sea of blue, inhabited by wonders of green. I wonder what lies underneath your flowers?
Who was the liar that told me such drivel? Who was the culprit that convinced me that my time was my own?
Like most of us in this world, we forget to read the small print. Take a closer look and you’ll find that our time is merely borrowed.
We are all living on borrowed time
Is having a key to someone’s heart truly necessary? After all, you could always just knock. If you are found worthy, they’ll simply let you in.
I first discovered you at a time when I was lost. Was it by random chance or destiny? Your wondrous colours and design captivated my soul, reminding this child of the diaspora who he is. Although the connection to my lineage has been lost – when I wear you, I feel as though I am home again.