Do You Write From the Heart?

How do people feel when they read your writing?

Have you ever asked yourself that? Have you ever thought about it after writing a story or an article?

Do you think that is even a relevant question to ask?

Anyway… what does it mean to write from the heart? What makes the difference?

Well, read on and you’ll find out. Continue reading

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Never Be Defeated

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“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.”Charles Bukowski

Sacrifice is a a rare thing these days. In a society of instant gratification, we want to pay the price, and get something in return.

I’ve spent a couple of years writing without expecting anything in return. I had lost hope of ever being read by anyone. I was alone, and in my solitude, I decided to sacrifice my time and my energy.

In retrospect, I was trying to accomplish something: I wanted to leave a part of me behind, a part that would endure through the centuries. Continue reading

Passion Is Just a Myth

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” ― Mark Z. Danielewski

Odds are that during your lonely nights, when you felt heartbroken and tired and defeated, you created this romantic myth of a “soulmate.” Someone you’d be in love forever and ever and ever. Your happily ever after. It seems like an innocent thing. Harmless. But the truth is that no one is ever going to make you feel like your heart is constantly skipping beats. No one is going to take your breath away each and every morning you see their face.

It’s the truth.

Lasting relationships have less to do with being in love, and more to do with respect, with admiration, with being able to overcome obstacles, to accept someone else’s faults, flaws, and shortcomings. Lasting relationships are all about compromises, about being able to defy the urge to jump ship when things get tough, to talk it out, to be honest with yourself and the other person… Continue reading

Irreversible

The writers know it all too well. How a blank page is the ultimate definition of them being a failure.
In writing, in life, in love, it is all the same: you miss 100% of the chances you don’t take.

That being said, not taking chances, not assuming risks, not trying to succeed for fear of failure, ends up being the biggest disappointment, the heartbreaking regret of “could have.”

So?

Just do it.

Don’t think yourself out of an idea. Go for it. If you fail, it’s going to hurt, indeed, but after a while you’ll realize that you actually learned something out of it. But not trying at all, that’s going to break your heart every single time you remember your failure to act.

Beliefs and Dreams

believe“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”Anatole France

I often say that art is a matter of faith. That you have to believe in what you’re doing. You have to believe in the world you’re creating, in yourself, in your capabilities. Leave no room for doubt, petty frustrations, or insecurities.

I also say that it’s all just a matter of hard work. But sometimes you hit a wall. You’ve run out of things to say. You feel void of motivation, inspiration, or courage. What once brought you great pleasure, it’s now a tedious task.

Yes. We need to act upon our dreams, but we must never forget to dream. To hope. To aspire. To believe. Continue reading

The Perks of Being a Writer

When I tell people I’m a writer they usually ask me how much I earn. I usually smile and say “enough.” I’ve been giving this answer even before I started earning money, when my stories were available for free on Wattpad.

The thing is that being a writer, or any other kind of artist, also means that most probably you’ll never earn a lot of money. Million dollar advances are extremely rare. Besides, I’m quite sure that most artists aren’t in this for money.

But what exactly do you earn if not money? Is there something else to being a writer? Continue reading