Let’s talk about writing 

Inspired by Haruki Murakami.

Everyone who isn’t illiterate can write; an obvious statement. But what really intrigues me is what makes a person write for a living. For example, Haruki Murakami a very dear writer, though I personally don’t know him, his work is very intriguing and makes me enjoy it.

Murakami has been asked several times for tips on how to write better, and he has stated some interesting arguments:

If I’m asked what the next most important quality is for a novelist, that’s easy: focus—the ability to concentrate all your limited talents on whatever’s critical at the moment.

Sometimes it’s difficult to concentrate, I know it because it’s one of my old and sticky problems. Whenever I try to focus on a task, my mind fly away quickly. Nevertheless, it’s undeniable the benefits that come out of this ability.

After focus, the next most important thing for a novelist is, hands down, endurance.

Being a writer isn’t something reserved for a person with a doctorate title but with a powerful determination. That’s the reason there are lots of unknown novelists of a one-time success, endurance isn’t just something you gain doing physic exercise.

Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be acquired and sharpened through training.

And this last statement is the one that gives hope. Some say that no one is a good Sherlock of himself, and I think the same. So I can’t really say if I have any talent in writing, but I know how much I can wave between being charmingly headstrong and insufferably pighead, and anyone can use that kind of endurance to fire up a habit in writing.

That’s all I can comment around Murakami’s words. So let me finish wishing you a nice day.


Thinking: what should I write 

I have some books on my shelf waiting, wanting to be read. For some reason, that I like to call “no time”, I haven’t read them. Still, I think they must be a good inspiration, they could help me find a subject, a something to write about.

Right now I’m on my bed thinking: I have a blog now and I should write something, I should be finishing the pages stored in my head… But still, when I’m in front of this keyboard, with this big white screen ahead of me, the stored words just resist coming out into this no-contored form that so easily rambles through my mind.

But, some how here are two little paragraphs on top of this one; I guess even my lack of inspiration and decision, the lemons that break the continuous progressives skills of anyone, those can be useful too, till some extent. So… Make lemonade out of lemons! I’ll research, maybe by going out with my friends, or starting a new book (and making time to finish it), or looking for pictures and listening to music, each one of these actions will help a goofy, lost in her mind and timid girl to start writing. To decide what I should write.

A “great opportunity” to waste

A great opportunity isn’t always a one lifetime opportunity, so it’s not a waste to let it go.

That previous comment may sound a bit harsh, let me explain. What I’m trying to say is that great opportunities are available for the ones that seek for them and, though they seem awesome, they are repeatable because they are only the result of a hard-working labor. Maybe they’ll not appear in the same place, nor in any close future. But if something is enough to change plans, it isn’t a decision to make based on the characteristics of the so-called “opportunity”, but on your original goal.

So, the real toil while reflecting on taking opportunities is in analyzing your aim. Because, what fuels your work will always be determined by the height, strength, and determination of your goals.

Maybe, you are in front of a bifurcating road, a “great opportunity” that everyone tells you to take, but it might not be what you were thinking for your future or be in contradiction with a goal in your relationships. In that case, as said before, analyze your goals. Also, an old objective can have flaws, so if you ever have a time for thinking, do it alone; and if you really are open to opinions, ask for help.

At the end, you may realize what are the true colors of the new option. It could have all to be a “great opportunity”, but not for yourself. On the other side, this option could actually give you two opportunities. The first is obvious because of the nature of the option, but the second would be to rethink your goals, and if you let the first opportunity go, it isn’t a total waste because it serves as a time to reflect. 

Just remember: a great opportunity isn’t always a one lifetime opportunity, so it’s not a waste to let it go.