- 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!
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.
Well, I’ve finally gone and done it! Finally started getting serious about putting a blog together and making my ‘name’ known on the web as a writer, not that I have much wisdom to impart, no that’s not really the goal here. This blog’s going to be more of a ‘walk with me’ as we start that journey down the path of writing and how we get from a ‘wannabe’ to someone who’s actually gotten a few books published and is ‘on the way’
Have I published? well not yet, but that’s the point of the blog, not to tell folks how to do it. There are plenty of great blogs who do that, but to say this is what I’m trying and this is what’s happening as a result! Hopefully in doing that folks reading the blog can get some idea of what might lie ahead if they want to follow me or they can say “Hey Lawrence, watch out for……” as they’re a little ways ahead of me and wanting to share com help us all on the way. That’s the theory!
Why be a writer?
If I’m totally honest wanting to be a writer isn’t something that I started out wanting to be. I know some are born wanting to be, but I wasn’t, in fact I always wanted to do other stuff and most of that other stuff I’ve done and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it, but along the way I discovered that I can tell a great story and I love telling them, so I suppose that’s where the seed that started this whole ‘writer’ thing probably started!
Over the years it grew into the idea that I’d like to make a bit of money through writing (still to achieve that) so eventually I got serious and started to learn the craft of writing and saw where it lead, for a while I was making a bit of money copywriting but the big drawback with that was that once I hit the ‘send’ button I lost control over it and I’d had no actual control over what I wrote anyway as someone else was paying for me to write and promote their business.
Actually anyone wanting to start to learn to write I’d highly recommend that you spend some time doing copywriting as you learn how to say things with the least amount of words, kind of the biggest impact for the least wordcount, something that you’ll find valuable later as you can condense your writing so that it’s filled with good ‘stuff’. Have a think about that one.
So how about you, are you wanting to be a writer? what’s your motivation for wanting it?
Next week we’ll explore a little more maybe about where the inspiration might come from for writing.
Leave a thought.