|Posted by Miranda La Belle on March 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Title says it all, really.
I am about to turn 21. For years I thought that this would be the age that I stop counting birthdays. As a child, I remember thinking that 21 was so far away and that it was an age which could be considered to be "old". Am I old? Is it too late to "be anybody"? Nah.
What have I accmoplished so far?
Well, there is one thing. This one little thing actually means the very most to me. Happiness. I have achieved happiness. In a cold and abysmal world, I have achieved happiness.
I have written several books and my noggin' is producing more and more everyday. This is something to celebrate. This is something to enjoy.
I am in college right now obtaining my BA for Cognitive Science. From there, I want to get my Masters and Doctorate in Psychology. I want to work with children, helping the smallest victims of the cold world.
I have a plan. I have happiness. I have creativity.
I am about to turn 21. I do not feel old and I do not feel like I am going to quit counting birthdays. I think I am going to continue on in the path I have carved for myself.
And, don't you know, I am ecited.
Love to all <3
|Posted by Miranda La Belle on January 30, 2013 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
Okay... We have ALL been there- you want to do something, but an unspeakable force eases you into thinking that it can be done later. Apathy takes hold of you and "later" turns into days. Days to months, months to years. Do you want to write a book today or in ten years?
If you are ready to write today, there is a very simple solution- don't do it alone. Just as you might not want to go to a gym alone, but you want results, find a writing partner. Your ideal partner should have the same desire to write a book.
A fun thing to do is decide that you will have "Due Dates" where each of you has to turn in a chapter (or two). Each of you should review the work of the other and provide feedback. The amazing thing about this is that both of you get your books done and you now have the opinion of a reader to fall back on. You will both improve as writers while knocking out your novels faster than you ever would have if you were flying solo.
Go out there and write a masterpiece.
|Posted by Miranda La Belle on January 24, 2013 at 2:10 AM||comments (0)|
I often am asked about my books and writing. People regard me as if I have done something as daring as climb Mt. Everest. "That's amazing! I have always wanted to write a book, but I can't." is often what I hear back from my fellow man.
And it occurs to me that the reason I am so timid and embarassed about writing books is because I am doing something that nearly anyone could do. I am doing nothing more than collecting money, fame, and fans over something that anyone could do if they wanted to. I feel as if I am cheating people.
After this thought comes another. Why do people think that they "can't" write a book? Is it because they are physically unable? I, for one, have carpal tunnel syndrome in both of my hands. If I type for too long, I am in bitter agony for hours, sometimes days. Still, I manage to write. I have learned to listen to my hands and when they tell me to take a break, I take a break. I read once about a man who wrote an entire novel blinking in Morse Code because he was paralyzed from the neck down and was not capable of speech. Can you imagine that? So, these people who say that they "can't" write a book must mean that they are otherwise unable to.
What sort of inability is this? Every human being has complex thoughts and emotions. Every human being has had one idea that another human being has not. Why not share this? What is writing, if not the shared emotions, thoughts, and feelings of one man to the world? Could you imagine what would happen if everyone took this one great idea and sent them out into the world? Why, we would have social reforms, political reforms, health and scientific reforms in no time at all. if every human being had an idea (as small as it might be) and shared it with the world, are they not making the world better as a whole? I think that people are obligated as human beings to share their ideas. After all, how will we advance as a species if everyone keeps their great ideas to themselves?
Another cited reason for this hesitation is fear of their work's reception. Trust me, I know how it feels when your work is dragged out into the mud and trampled on. It hurts, and can ruin your whole day. But it is for the best. The reason being is that now you know what the world wants to read and the delivery that they want your book. Do you really think that every great author you can name got their big break after their first book? That is ridiculous. Even though I have six books, I have not reached the level I aspire to. I have to get better.
And the best of us can improve. If Poe had lived another 50 years, could you imagine the tings he would write? How he would have improved? No one is "perfect", but we can get better.
So, don't be afraid to write something and send it into the world. In fact, you should do it. You never know who you will inspire.