How to write an award-winning bestselling first novel… or at least be happier whilst trying! – TedTalk

How to write an award-winning bestselling first novel… or at least be happier whilst trying! – TedTalk

I’ve got another one for you. This one was given by Nathan Filer, successful published author, at TEDxYouth@Bath.

He recounts this from his experience at an office, where he held a job which wasn’t all that he liked. He decided to write a novel.

He shared wisdom with us which I want to share with you!

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10 ways to have a better conversation – TedTalk

10 ways to have a better conversation – TedTalk

I watched this TedTalk yesterday about having better conversations. This woman named Celeste Headlee talked about talking to and listening to people, very important things which have changed radically in modern times. Interference by electronics like mobile phones have made us more anti-social, resulting in us not being to have good conversations anymore and not listen well to what someone has to say.

I want to share with you what knowledge she passed on to me (and with me a lot of other people who saw or listened to the talk).

Here goes!

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Goals and where they lead you

Goals and where they lead you

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. – Tony Robbins

I like that quote. It’s true. Something you don’t have or something you want to achieve can only be reached by going for that thing, be it an object, a prize, a piece of knowledge or a friendship. Whatever it is, it has to be reached and that is done by telling yourself “I want to get there.” You’re at point A and you want to get to point B. Without a goal, you’ll find yourself wandering around, aimless. Goalless. That’s pretty obvious, but it is not less important.

Goals and where they lead you.

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Writing tip #1

Writing tip #1

I think almost every writer is fond of advice others give them and tips that are available (at least I am). Because tips and advice can give insights in your own writing, help you get unstuck or provide you with new ways of thinking, they can be very useful. However, not every tip or piece of advice is usable and you don’t have to agree with or accept everything you’ll hear or read, it’s all up to you. That doesn’t inhibit me from sharing some tips and advice with you.

Side note: I’m not a successful writer or author that has tons of experience. I’m just a noob starting out. I do, however, have a working pair of brains (I think) and have encountered many tips and pieces of advice that I found useful in my own writing and practice.

This is writing tip #1, the first post of (hopefully) many posts in which I’ll be giving you a tip or piece of advice that I found useful and which you could also apply to your writing.

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To get you started and/or keep you going

I came across this quote today, and it really appealed to me, especially because I deal with the same problem every time I’m writing:

“Writing is hard for every last one of us… Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.” Cheryl Strayed

AKA start and continue writing.

Check the source as well, some wise words written there!