Got a dream? Have a plan. First part is listen.
Read any of the positive thinking people or anything about bringing your dreams to reality and the first thing they’ll tell you is “You need a plan!”
That’s all well and good, but how do you come up with one?
Do go sit in a corner and refuse to move until you’ve got it all written down? You might be there a while.
What about going to seminars about ‘plan making’. Are they any good?
Truth is they’re all good at the right time, but there’s the key, it’s ‘AT THE RIGHT TIME!’
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‘The lot is cast on the lap, but every plan is from the Lord’ (proverbs 16 verse 33) If he’s giving those ‘plans’ then it stands to reason he’s also telling us how we can achieve them right? and if that’s so then how about taking a little while to stop and ask him “Okay God, how do we achieve this then?”
You might be one of those who don’t know if he really exists, or even don’t think he does, guess what? you can still benefit from that few moments stopping and saying “Okay, how am I going to achieve this?” and wait a while until a plan begins to come. In the end it’ll save you a lot stress later on.
These are my thoughts on the beginnings of a plan, I’d like to hear your thoughts on them, what works for you? Leave a comment below and let’s share some thoughts on it.

Listening to the Dream

“I have a dream”

‘I have a dream’
They were the famous words that Martin Luther King uttered that changed the face of not just one nation but many. But don’t we all have dreams? Sure, they may not be as major and impact so many lives as his did, but are they any less important?
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I can remember the day my wife asked me that question.
It was ten years ago, and I was forty five at the time. It was half in jest, but only half!
We’d been here in NZ about seven years at the time and I’d been through a few jobs ‘trying to find the right fit’ but none of them seemed to be right.Mid life crisis? I don’t think so really.
It was more that I just don’t fit doing office or factory work, too much stress FOR THE BOSS! Yep, you read it right. I caused too much stress for them, it’s what you get with ‘square pegs in round holes’. I’d always been used to working with some degree of ‘autonomy’ so having to do things someone else’s way just didn’t work!
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So what did I want to be ‘When I grew up?’

I’ve always loved “spinning a good yarn” and thought it would be great to do something with that. The desire to be a writer was beginning.
That’s why I recently took the huge ‘leap into the dark’ as it were and began writing my first Novel, actually it’s published on Amazon and Kindle now under the title ‘Sting of the Scorpion”
Here’s the link
How about you? What’s your desire? Are you ‘giving towards it? Leave a comment below.

Inspiration

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.

Here it is http://hubpages.com/literature/Sting-of-the-Scorpion-part-1

Starting out

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.

Lawrence