How I became a writer. Part 3

How I became a writer… Part 3

People watching…

People speak to me.

I love to people watch.

Their feelings speak to me.

Their body language speaks to me.

Their look and emotions speak to me.


These simple tools are all available to every one of us. There is no such thing as not having enough content. There are billions of us on the planet and therefore there are billions and billions of stories.

I did say that I had no formal training in writing. I did however take a course online from an individual in Connecticut. Now, this was not an online course as we know it today.

This was by no means formal schooling of any kind. This was a teacher so to speak who I bumped into online back in 2003. I was writing scripts and soap operas for Indonesian Sinetrons. Sinetrons are like soap operas with much fewer complications and for a simpler audience. 

But as I was doing this, I came across Larry. I have no idea what his name is, I forgot, so let’s call him Larry. Larry was a script coach and not so much a writer of books or poetry. But I did learn a few very insightful lessons from Larry.

This was decades… Oh my God, yes decades ago and years away from the term “Work From Home” But as writers, we worked from home. Now Larry had a few quirks and one of them was that even though you work from home you need to go to work.

For Larry, words struggled to come out of his head unless he dressed for work. Thus, Larry would get dressed and go to work. He would put on a nice shirt and dress pants along with dress shoes and off he went. Across the hall from one room to another was the office. Once he crossed the threshold to the office, he was ready to work. 

This was Larry’s motivation and his need to put words onto paper. Without it and dressed in shorts and flip-flops the words didn’t appear on the page.

I am fortunate enough that for me a cup of coffee and peanuts are motivation enough.

What works for you? I don’t know. What I do know is that for me people-watching brings out emotions. Look at the homeless guy on the streets or the mom and the two kids buying ice cream.

At first glance, the two are totally unrelated. But what if the mom is a single mom because her husband took off. What if the homeless dude is the father who couldn’t deal with the pressures of life and decided to disconnect from the world?

This is the exact reason that there should never be writer’s block. If you are stuck on a page or stuck with your character… take a break and look out the window or go to a coffee shop.

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and 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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