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Persistence writes a book

So many great authors give us incredible stories of every kind of genre. Famous writers with abilities we can only dream of developing. A writer must want something enough to maintain the motivation to put a story together. Life just seems to get in the way.

We all have doubts and reasons why we cannot write a book and become published. You may have a small child and have been in an abusive marriage and recently divorced. You may have suffered a loss of a loved one and then find yourself without a job. Now you might find yourself depressed and contemplating an unspeakable act upon yourself to end such a terrible plight.

These are all good reasons to convince yourself that you are incapable of writing anything worth writing. Right?

 I know of a single mom who suffered all of these frustrations and as luck would seem to have it was sitting on a delayed train. While waiting for the rest of another miserable scenario to pay out she suddenly had an idea. A vision really, one so vivid and complete she began to write it down.

That was the day when she began to climb from the rubble that was her life. With nothing more to hold her back, availing her freedom that came from so much loss, she wrote. Every day she spent 3 or as many as 11 hours typing on a typewriter, Many of the stories and characters were inspired by her life.

“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life”

When she finished, she sent the story to publishers and each rejected it. She persisted.

“My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down!”

When a young girl, who was the daughter of the first publisher who accepted the book, was given a copy and demanded the next one after reading it, money was given to the author to continue her work.

Her books began to sell over ten million copies on the day of release. They have brought in billions of dollars.

This is the story about J.K. Rawling. The author of “Harry Potter”

“I’ve been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can’t really say where the desire came from; I’ve always had it.”

Write because you enjoy it. Write because you have something to tell. Find out who you are and what your plans are as a writer. Persist in your goals however big or small and motivate yourself accordingly. Whatever life brings, be yourself; A writer. Persistence writes a book.

I was brought back to reality when writing this article because J.K. Rawling and I were born on the same day, July 31, 1965. I gotta start taking the train!

*Quotes by J.K. Rawling (For more about her visit- http://www.jkrowling.com/ )

About The Author

Robert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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Unconscionably Speaking

Have you ever heard a speaker whose speech had a rhythmic or melodious quality? The subject matter may not be of interest to us but we still want to hear them. It’s as though there is a magical quality in how they communicate. This is how our language is meant to be spoken. It is, in a way, a puzzle that may have many solutions but one forced piece can distort the finished work.

We strive for greatness in our own writings and may use words we find in referencing sources, such as a thesaurus, thinking it will add merit to our writing. Doing this can cause a distortion in the flow of your writing. It requires more than just a glance at a list of similar words. If you want to use a word that is unfamiliar, take time to research how it is used in our language. The practice of clicking on the thesaurus and picking a word from a list will show itself in your writing as well as your speech. This may bring criticism and ridicule from others.

You are a writer and as such you should take pride in the tools of your trade. William Shakespeare is credited with adding many words to the English language. His writings were used to build references in the dictionary in the 1800’s. He most likely did not invent these words but he used words being spoken in the language of his time in his writings. Shakespeare is thought of as a prolific writer because of the many works he produced. He was a master of the English language allowing him to create great literature. This is one of the advantages of taking the time to read as much material as we can. Joining writing clubs, groups or online forums allow you to gain experience in the use of a language. Writing reflects who we are as a person. Whether we are skilled or lazy will show in our words.

A beginner can also achieve this title of prolific by using the tools we have, not by borrowing words we don’t use as a regular part of our vocabulary. This will only diminish the effectiveness of our art. Every word is a tool and should be practiced before applying it to something we are creating. The words we have gained skill in using are sufficient in creating a masterpiece so avoid the temptation of handling words that are beyond our ability to use. They may look like a way to increase the merit of our work but in reality will stand out as clumsy if used by a layman.

An apprentice carpenter must master each tool by practicing on scrap wood before allowed to work on usable material; we must also have the willpower to train ourselves before using more powerful and intricate tools at our disposal.

I may be able to build a house but attempting to build an Egyptian pyramid would only be a labor of futility. That doesn’t mean the house isn’t beautiful and I can always learn to build a pyramid.

About The Author

Robert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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December 2012 News

 

December 2012 Writing Contest

Topic- What December means to me

Format- any genre, first person
Submissions: 12/1/12-12/15/12 @11:59pm est.

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November Open Format Winners

The November 2012 open format contest has concluded! All of the works entered into the contest this month were great so Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote and/or voted in the contest! Without further ado the winners of November’s writing contest are:

1st In some ways.. -by uniquelylost

2nd Life Without You- by KC

3rd Flanders Field (Sonnet)- by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

 

Featured Writing

Bee end by c4a1g

Neverlasting by TonyGiffin

Fierce Autumn- by claudiu

Nightlight- by SerenaLantha

 

Monthly Writing Quote

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
-Robert Frost[/column]

 

Website Updates

The quote page was updated! It’s now much more usable via smart phones and tablets. The database is up to 600 quotes by 51 different authors, artists, and philosophers. Check it out here

 

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November 2012 open format contest winners

The November 2012 open format contest has concluded! All of the works entered into the contest this month were great so Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote and/or voted in the contest! Without further ado the winners of November’s writing contest are:

1st In some ways.. -by uniquelylost

2nd Life Without You- by KC

3rd Flanders Field (Sonnet)- by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

Congratulations to the winners!! You will all be contacted with your prizes shortly and awarded a contest winner badge for our forum.

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Happy Thanksgiving

There’s a lot to be thankful for, like all of you and so much more. Looks like now is time to say, have a great Thanksgiving day!

Thoughts Inc. would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.

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November News

Memories Writing Contest Winners

The 20 words or less Memories Writing Contest has come to an end! We would like thank everyone who participated in the contest and the judges!! Without further ado the winners of the memories writing contest are:

1st- My Son- by lnolan

2nd-  1941,’42 After battle moment- by claudiu

3rd-  Who I Am- by SerenaLantha
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 November Contest

Open format and topic- ß∃ ℃ґℯ@⊥ї♥℮

Submissions: 11/5/12-11/16/12

 

Featured Writing

How I got into writing as I do now- by Ritski

Why I Write-
by  tlhopkinson

Lost my marbles-
by c4a1g

 

Monthly Writing Tip
When editing it can be helpful to save the first draft and read the piece again on another day, fresh eyes catch more mistakes!

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Writing Veterans and Overseas Soldiers by Forgewright

Today’s military members are seen on every type of media. We see them every day and hear about the conflicts they are involved in. This may seem like a connection but in reality many soldiers have very little contact…. read more

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Defeating Writer’s Block by Forgewright

You found some quiet time to do some writing. The software is loaded and you have your fingers on the keyboard. You have a great story in mind, so why is the page still blank? Let’s take a look at what could be stopping you… read more

 

 

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Website Updates

October was spent working on the new member profiles which are now available! The new profiles have many new features. A major change is you can now post on your profile and comment on others. read more