Future Legend

I tell you about my dreams

And you mock me, mock them,

Tell me I’m a mere believer

And that the world is full of them;

But listen closely, hear me out,

I’m the legend you’ll hear about;

I’m a doer, I’m The Man,

I’m the one you pretend to understand.

You call my dreams foolish,

I think they might be,

But it’s the people like me

Who change the world that you see.

Rebecca Radd Signature

 

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Writer?

Most likely.

Wait, that was out of blue. Ha-ha. Let me explain. (And start, as I should have, at the beginning.)

Believe it or not, I have few people around me who wish to take the same path I had and be a writer. When we talked, my question was always the same “What stops you?” In this era of technology, there are no boundaries – from sites where you can post your work to free blogs. And you can erase your work from any of them at any time. What these persons throw at me is

“I couldn’t be a writer. I don’t have what it takes.”

This made me question what it takes to be a writer. I took some time to think about this problem, and I finally have an answer. So, if you are one of these persons, please listen carefully!

Being a writer is not about degrees or courses! It’s not about being a certain age!

Being a writer is about having a way with words!

If you read enough, at some point you could create something yourself. All persons are creative whether they realise it or not. So to answer this question efficiently, I have to know a few things about you:

  1. Do you like to read?
  2. Do you like to create?
  3. Do you have a story to share?

And the most important one:

Do you want to be a writer?

If your answer was “yes” then congratulations! The next thing you need is to get started and stop procrastinating. No one is perfect. You will make mistakes – so what? I wrote my first novel at fourteen years old; I admit it could’ve beenw itten better. But if that story hadn’t been written, I would have never been where I am today.

We all start somewhere.

If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.

Drew Houston

If You Hadn’t Been a Writer, You’d Have Liked to Be…

Hello, guys! How’s your week going? If you read my post 1K?!, you already know mine is awesome!

Someone asked yesterday what I would like to do if I wasn’t a writer. Since I am still a student, I was surprised at first to be asked this. I am indeed a writer and my life seems to revolve around this, but I also have other plans for the future, aside from writing.

I thought that many people who read my blog might have the same impression (that I don’t have another plan for the future), and I decided to write about it. I am a human, after all, so it’s just normal that I have dreams.

Are you ready for it?

Are you sure?

Just kidding – it’s nothing spectacular. In the future, I wish to be a professor. I love to help people and to explain things, and I adore learning new things (I am a sucker for knowledge) – so this profession fits me well, I think. I also had few teachers who had changed my life with their words, and the idea that I find incredible the idea that I might “guide” someone. And even if it doesn’t happen, meeting new people, working with different persons – I love all of it.

I know it won’t be easy. It’s not like you can just snap your fingers and become a professor. But I’m hard-working, determined and passionate. And I believe! That’s very important.

I could be the most successful writer in the world; I would still like to teach.

What would you like to do? And have there been teachers that changed your life?

Work for Your Dreams!

Hello, guys! Do you know what’s funny?

We all emphasise how much we want something, how we hope we’ll achieve our goals and dreams, but we rarely work for it.

Wanting will get you nowhere. Hoping isn’t enough.

Hard-work is what you need.

I get it, you might not have time or money to spend on your dreams, but if you want to make them come true, you better start getting rid of excuses.

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. Don Wilder

You have to find a way if you want to make things work. No one will do it for you!

But I’m not all talk; I’ll use this post as an opportunity to tell you I’ve just enrolled in an online course on Future Learn, which is called Start Writing Fiction. A lovely course that is. I completed week one and it was a very interesting experience. Take for example one of the exercises: you have to write two pieces of 50-100 words, one consisting of three true facts and a fictional one, and the other consisting of three fictional facts and a true one. It sounds simple, but it’s harder when you sit down and think and try to come up with something.

I don’t know if you can still enrol to it, but I suggest you give it a chance. (HERE)

My point is: I don’t have any money right now and I definitely don’t have much time, but it doesn’t stop me from doing something to rich my goals. Regarding the literary domain, you can’t expect not to read or take some courses and became successful. I know you don’t want to hear it, but I’m not going to lie. There are enough sites who promise you’ll be the one!

I don’t deny you can be – and I do indeed hope you are going to be – but not if you don’t spend weekly some time  to improving yourself.

Read a specialised book, take some courses, connect with other writers, read poetry, keep a journal, read books for self-development but do something that helps you grow!

In this digital era, we seem to have stopped feeding out soul and mind – and we often poison both of them with poor entertainment sources. It’s too important to be forgotten.

Wake up! What have you done the past months for your dreams?

Perfection?! What Is It?

It happens to all of us

 

You may not believe it, but writers also struggle with finding the right words.

Look at me! I have tried so many times to find the perfect words for my first blog post, just to finish by not posting anything at all. About a year ago, I decided I would make my own blog – where I could really share things that matter to me, where I could get closer to my readers. Unfortunately, I was so scared of writing something so common that people wouldn’t take me seriously. But you know what? It’s simple and clear phrases that get to persons all over the world, not some fancy hard-thought paragraphs. If you ask me, it’s sincerity that matters!

So today, as for my very first blog post, I would like to speak about perfection. I honestly believe there is nobody who can reach such an unattainable standard. If I am wrong, please, take your time and correct me.

I had made many excuses for not starting a blog – “I have no idea what it implies”, “I am not an English native speaker and I will make a fool out of myself”, “I don’t know what to write about”, “How will I fit it into my schedule?”, and the list could go on. I have to confess; even I consider these excuses pathetic. Since when does one have to be perfect to start doing something?

It is already bedtime in my country and just like all my good idea; this one struck me at night. I was listening to music, doing some work for the English class, when all of a sudden I remember that indeed I have a blog – on which I had posted nothing, contrary to my enthusiasm.

“Let’s give it a shot!” I thought. “What is there to lose?”

Just get started

That’s why I encourage you now to stop focusing on others. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve greater things that human mind could imagine. The society puts so much pressure on us, nowadays. We are labelled in mere minutes. Should one not be up to the standard, he is almost immediately marginalised.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

All we need to do is to get started.

Seriously, I am more than capable to accept criticism and even hatred – it’s not like everybody must agree with me, is it not?

They say that the beginnings are the hardest part and I couldn’t state otherwise. Whether I write or start a new project, for me, the beginning is the most challenging. I guess it’s because when you start anew, the very start dictates somehow the further development.

But hear me out! Even if this important part has been a mess, don’t stop! Try to find a method to right the wrong.

Be brave

Courage and determination are essential. However, we all lose our motivation from time to time. When this occurs to you, keep in mind that you should live – and enjoy this act. We leave only once, and I personally consider we should make the most of it.

I know it is easier said than done. I get it. I’ve been stuck in the hole of scared people for some time now. But I want to escape this self-imposed prison. There is no perfection in this world, but art isn’t meant to be so. Its purpose is to make you feel – even anger!

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I will start by being a sort of example. In front of the whole Internet, I am going to make a commitment: I will post, at least once a week, on this blog. I won’t give up and will, eventually, get better at writing these posts.

You, however, have to promise yourself to be brave! To start thinking beyond the conventional limitations.