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Your money or your life

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Fail to plan, plan to fail. But what if your plans involve a future that most people will only call a dream?

Once my grandmother refered to my Arts degree as useless, (though not in those exact words). That’s probably because she comes from an era of where practically no one got a tertiary education, or even completed a secondary one. I’m always still surprised when an elderly person mentions that they have a degree – yes that’s right. I’m the first in my family/direct line to go to university. Both my parents never completed high school.

You’ve heard that statement that most people think that they’ve got at least one book in them, but most people won’t bother with even trying to start it, let alone complete it, or even get it out there. Then there are a very small minority that do manage to do all those things. I’m one of those people and if you think you’re one of those people then don’t give up on your plans to achieve your dreams.

When I was doing my undergraduate I was like after uni I’ll just get a job that allows me to write in my spare time. Thus fulfilling that basic need for money to cover my expenses and not take up too much of my personal time. Hospitality work seems to be a perfect fit. But constantly working nights can be stressful. Sometimes I yearn for the times I was back in Australia unemployed because then I had nothing but time. It appears that my life is a double-edged sword.

Lots of time and limited money or decent money but reduced time. But people don’t want what they have, they want what they don’t have.

The life of a writer.

But I woundn’t have it any other way.

 

 

editing · Uncategorized · writing

Screw genre conventions, invent your own!

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I once went to a talk by Charlaine Harris. It was back in Australia and it was held in a cinema. I almost missed it, if it wasn’t for my friend Will being a member at this book store chain (can’t remember which one). There was an email for members, inviting them to listen to her. I think it ended up being sold out actually. Anyway one of the things she mentioned was that when she first published her Sookie Stackhouse series, there was no other books like hers on the market. She was the first of that genre. Then as time went on other works from different people were added. Charlaine didn’t let the fact that her books didn’t fit into a genre back then stop her. She went full steam ahead and created an entire series of them.

The point is that as a writer, do not write for the current trends of the market. If you do you could finish your book just as the hype is over and then what. You’ve spent all this time on a book that is no longer in demand. Instead write what you love and want to read. Writers get to decide what the public wants because often the public do not know what they like until they are offered something different.

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You, not them!

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I read somewhere some time ago that most people inadvertently compare the worst parts of themselves to the best parts of other people.

Don’t do this. It’s a trap!

Spending all your time on focusing on someone else’s dream is not the way to go in life. Sure for a while it might benefit you, like an income, but in the end it detracts resources and time from your dreams. You want success? Focus on yourself. Invest in yourself. Believe in yourself.