- Those in the news. Things happen to them and they often don’t know why. They don’t always understand it, sometimes we think of these folks as being the ‘perpetual victim’ as they aren’t in control.
- Those who watch the news. They see stuff happening, but it’s always to someone else and it doesn’t really affect them! The world is full of these folks, the spectators, those who sit and watch life slip by then one day they wake up and it’s too late, life has gone by and they missed their dream. They’re now at the end and no one knows who they were!
- Those who make the news! These are the people who make a difference with their lives, think of any well known person and you’ll come across a ‘news-maker’ but the great thing is not all of them are famous! Think of the people making a real difference in your community, they’re the news-makers and their impact is huge. They not only embraced change, they’re leading the way!
“If you always do what you’ve always done then you’ll always get what you’ve always got”
So what about you? which one are you? I know which one I want to be, I’ve wanted it since I was a teenager and I’ll never stop being that idealist, I’ll never stop chasing that want to be one who makes a difference, it’s just the way I make the difference might change!
Ever watched “The Amazing Race?”
As I was thinking about this week and what to write here I found myself thinking about that program. We used to watch it almost every week!
It was a simple plot cum idea, just twelve teams usually of two would set off on a race round the world. Usually there were a number of ‘legs’ that the teams had to navigate and each team usually had to have some form of ‘game plan’ to work to right? Just like we have to have if we really want to achieve our dreams, we need a game plan. That’s what we’ve been talking about in the last couple of weeks, but there were other things in the race that kind of made it fun!
Remember them? They were the little things that Phil the creator used to put in that the teams had to deal with, usually something related to the country that the people were in and that could have an interesting effect on the race.
If a team got it right and got through the detour properly they gained a lot and even sometimes moved towards their goal of finishing the ‘leg’ faster than the rest, but played badly they could become a nightmare and the team would be the one disappearing from the race.
“Everyone can write!” I bet you’ve heard that before. It’s true we all learn to actual act of writing in school, and some of us are even good at doing it with really neat handwriting, some even learn to use computers and can type out on a computer keyboard (hey, when I started we were still using typewriters and tippex! remember that?” but is that really what they mean?
Yes everyone can ‘write’ in that sense, but if you want to learn to ‘write’ in a way that people are going to love the stories you write then it’s time for a detour!
Yes you heard me right, it’s time to take a detour from writing that ‘blockbuster’ and next movie script.
I’ve had a couple of ‘detours’ in the years of learning how to write, actually this blog is a part of those detours as I discovered that part of actually getting people to read your stories is to get them to read your writings on a regular basis. (Am I being successful? It’s probably too soon to tell, but you’ll have a better idea than I will anyway). Each of those ‘detours’ was a place that I learned a lot from
There’s a lot of ‘badmouthing’ that you’ll come across about the ‘content mill’ in some parts of the net, and the truth is a lot of it is warranted, but some of them are totally outstanding and if you want to really learn how to ‘write’ then I can’t recommend CopyPress highly enough! (even as I’m writing this I’m seriously considering going back to them as it really was so rewarding, but at the moment I work a sixty hour week with my regular day job so I’ll ‘hold off’)
How about free lessons on how to write creatively. Would you be interested?
Here’s another site that I enjoyed so much and benefited a lot from by working through some of the modules that are free. Faithwriters have some great resources that I really enjoyed and have decided maybe it’s time to take another look at!
‘Detours’ are only a hassle if you let them be! Truth is they can be great learning tools that teach us so much about where we eventually want to be. So how about it, are you ready for a ‘detour’ in order to get to your destination both better equipped and quicker?
What about you, have you found any of those detours that now, when you look back you see they had a great benefit to you?
Let us know below.
Okay, so we’ve got a dream, and we’ve decided we’re going to actually “do something about it” but how?
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks right? I’ve discovered that’s a total load of baloney and guess what, we’re living proof that it is!
I bet most of you reading this blog have a dream that you want to achieve. Some of you might have had that dream since childhood but quite a few found it out in later life and thought ‘Wouldn’t that be great’ well guess what, it’s like teaching an old dog a new trick, and it can be done. Just ask my dog Barney.
See Barney’s eight years old and a Cairn Terrier. He’s spent the last eight years convinced that he can’t jump onto our sofa, or the chairs in the living room. We’ve spent the last eight years convincing him he can’t but a few weeks ago my beloved wife decided to change that idea and taught him that not only can he but it’s actually very warm and cozy when he does. Guess what, he learned a new trick and it’s one he loves performing which brings me to the next point, if you can teach an ‘old dog’ a new trick maybe this ‘old dog’ can learn some too!
Here we are together.
So maybe there’s a way that I can ‘learn new tricks’ like writing a blog or even writing books that people can enjoy, and maybe there’s a way you too can explore doing those things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the courage to try, after all “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” or CAN YOU?
Leave a comment with your thoughts below.
So what did I want to be ‘When I grew up?’
One of the main things that any writer has to deal with is where the inspiration comes from? Ask any writer every one witl, give you a different answer!
For me, I think the best way to deal with that question is to tell you a bit about the story I’m writing at the moment, maybe that’ll help.
The inspiration actually comes from a few things, firstly many years ago I was visiting Central Asia (Kazakhstan) and went out for a walk with one of the folks I was staying with, we were just outside Almaty and walking along a country lane, it was about six years after the Iron curtain came down and ‘interesting things’ were happening in the region.
We came round a corner and saw this monstrous house with men carrying Uzi’s and Ingrams machine guns, we managed to stay out of sight, but quickly realized the house belonged to the Russian Mafia, the serious ruthless gangs that were taking over the criminal underworld at the time. That stuck with me for a while and a few years later when I was writing a short story I remembered that and it kind of got hinted at in a short story, the story went down well and I think the tutor said it would make a ‘passable’ beginning to a novel.
Fast forward a few more years and a couple of attempts and the story kind of changed from taking place in Central Asia to Kurdistan, an area I do know really well as I spent three years there in the Iraqi side (probably explains why the Kurds come off well in the story).
The big sifference is I’ve now got a plan for how I’m going to get it into print using Amazon’s ‘CreateSpace’ and Kindle so that it’s going to be on Kindle as an eBook as well.
The Story will probably be out around the end of July, so hang in there and plan for reading it then, or visit my sites on ‘Hubpages’ and read some of the installments.