Posts Tagged With: becoming a writer

LEARN to WRITE on Coursera

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write narancsNow which category does this post belongra to? Learn? Write? I am starting to realize that Read-Learn-Write overlap a bit more often than I expected. But the purpose was to post about all of them, so not a big trouble if one post contains several of the Thought Factory’s major topics, right?

I haven’t taken much time to visit Coursera recently but I always check out their course selection they send me, just in case. And just in case has just popped up in my mailbox: they are now offering the course ‘Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade’. I have never seen such an opportunity on Coursera, so precisely ‘on-topic’ for me – so of course I have enrolled. Honestly, I do not know how much time I will have to follow it (just look at how much I have posted nowadays to see what I mean), but it’s just something I have no chance to resist. A free online university course on Fundamental English Writing? Whatever, I’m in!

Which means that hopefully you can now expect to see snippets of interesting information about the craft of writing here in the Thought Factory. Only… someone please give/sell/steal some time for me so I can get done with all my tasks, like, within a month (year?) of the deadline I set for myself.

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A Diagram That Motivates – For a Change

motivation - wheel of fortune LEARNINGI read an article today that had a pyramid and went ‘fighting low self-confidence’, so I thought – oh no, another so-very-motivating article that tells you not to give up and leaves you feeling miserable even if you were feeling perfectly fine before you began reading as it meditates about your insecure self-esteem. And so it was at first. But then came the pyramid (I thought, please, just no more Maslow), which turned it all around.
It gave my mind what it needs to keep moving: strategy and purpose. It made the entire writers’ career something that can be grasped, even achieved. Like a bird’s-eye view of all there is to be done. The steps to becoming a successful writer broken down into rungs of a ladder and suddenly they don’t look scary, they look – challenging. Like a plan. If you keep to it and move on, you’ll end up at the end of the road, eventually. Having taken one step at a time.

In fact, I just had to add the diagram to my blog, you can see it in the bottom right corner. (It will also let you know about my steps in the future.)

I had always been a wanna-be, a fan of reading and writing until I became a learner a while ago. I am constantly, strategically extending my knowledge and improving my skills, seeking contact with others in the same shoes, exchanging tips and advice. The next step is a finished novel. Sixth Heaven is in progress and moving forward every single day. As for the multiple novels part, I am not that worried either – the True Story wants nothing but to be written, budging in my head all the time, vampires struggling for attention the angels are getting in their spotlight. As for the rest, well, cross the bridge when you come to it, right?

I won’t make a resolution for taking a step up this year (especially seeing how my resolutions are – not – going). I will just take it. Break down the process, add deadlines, and keep moving forward.

Who else is motivated by strategy more than the ‘just don’t give up’ talk? How far are you up the pyramid yet? Do you find it brilliant, scary or silly?

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