How I became a writer. Part 2

How I became a writer… Part 2. 

Poetry became an outlet for me, a way to deal with growing up, school, everyday life and all the drama of life. I also played a lot of sports, so between writing and physical exercise, I will assume it helped with the more difficult teenage years of my life.


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Poetry is a game. Do your best to write down how you are feeling in the moment without making it seem too random. Without making each thought feel like a single emotion. 

Put it all together with a bit of drama and pain. With a touch of rhyme and reason so the words come together as one train of thought. 

Once again, I have no prior education in writing and at the same time, I strongly feel that none is needed. No one should tell you how to write because they are your thoughts and your feelings. 

Write what you want, when you want, it is your outlet of emotions. No one can or should teach you.  How words come out of your brain and onto a piece of paper or to the screen is all you. 

While I am not particularly a fan of rap music, I admire the way they spin words. It is an art in itself and no one should critique the lyrics of their songs. 

Sometimes I may be talking about a dead puppy, you may assume it is a poem about someone. Other times… I write about how certain people or certain scenes from a movie make me feel. 

Songs and lyrics in general come together as feelings or can be sparked by a single line one hears or comes up with. So many times we hear of writer’s block and how words or thoughts are not appearing on a page. 

This has fortunately never happened to me. I will cover this in future blogs because for me there is a method to the madness. 

Writing songs, poetry or rap is all the same to me. Especially for your own words to appear on a piece of paper, set your mind free and let it flow. Things do not have to make sense to anyone but you. If you feel it needs more structure or things need to rhyme, go for it, adjust or fix your thoughts in a more organized fashion. 

Poetry was my way of starting to write. It allowed my thoughts to form sentences and put my emotions on paper. This method slowly led me into longer poems that were more than single lines trying to fit together. 

Slowly the words came to me, they became a page or two. The poems became longer and the next thing I knew I had a short story. Poems led me down a path to longer stories. The poetry filled the page until it took on a life of its own. 

Soon after characters appeared in the short story…In reality, the characters were already there. Not there before me but in my head. They had a different voice now and they had things to say. 

This leads me to how the voices appeared, and no they are not voices in my head but voices of people I encountered… It is all because I love to people watch and people speak to me. 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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