Monday, August 16, 2010

One of my all time favorite authors and screen writers is Nora Ephron. She is the mother of When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail - nevertheless, she hasn't worked much this Millennium... she is seen as too old or something. I mean... when did the persona of the WRITER become more important than what she writes?

Now, I've been reading this Interestingness stuff... It makes me feel I have no chances what so ever to make it as a writer! The world is full of people who do it ALL so much better than I do, and I'm certain they are all so much better at it too. What do I have to compete with that? Nothing.

But the thing is that
a) I shouldn't be writing a best seller or a book that sells even worst. I should be writing a book that I am to write, because I need to write it.
b) I don't know what the audience wants. I should write a book I want to read, and then see if anyone else was interested.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to develop your own interestingness

One thing is certain: choose interesting subjects :-D

I was reading Justine Musk's "why passion is sometimes overrated" and I found it very thought provoking and inspiring.
Frankly, I was just going through my 100 things in 1001 days list and noting everything I had not done :-D
I was also reading Barbara Sher's great book "I could do anything if I only knew what it was". I know. I want to be a writer.

It got me thinking. My inner critic is sabotaging all my efforts to write, because it never is "good enough". So I don't write.
But I was thinking "live an hour as if what you dream of was true". I would be writing. I would be writing a best seller.
Now, what is a best seller? Da Vinci Code. Outlander. Twilight. All best sellers. Crap, in my mind, but best sellers.
So - if I copied the text, I would be "writing a best seller"...
But I don't want to write crap. I should be copying good writers. You know, like the painters' apprentices in Renaissance time.
Remember, my goal - right now - is not to sell, be beloved author, get published or anything. It is to write. So, why not just drop one step of the process (sure, the creative, original one...) and start slow.

I can pick a book, any book, book I love, and start copying it. Of course it would be only a copy, but I would have done the work - put the words on paper...

Now, back to the blog entry. It's not very good, but inspiring, and therefore it's also good :-D

Passion is not only the strong sexual desire sort of passion. It is also "any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling" and "a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything"

Yes, passion is interesting but it becomes fascinating only when connected to skills. You get skills when you practice, and you practice only if you are interested about something, and you are usually interested in things you are good at... with other words; if you have talents and passion, you will get good at things and people find other people who are good at what they do interesting... :-D

P.S: I think I need to leave Twitter and Facebook :-D I'm never there anyway.

P.P.S. "I could have done it if I’d applied myself except I never applied myself. So by telling yourself you’re a loser, you can allow yourself to believe that you’re a genius of untapped potential."
Aah... :-)