How I became a writer. Part 4

How I became a writer…  Part 4 

Writer’s block. We hear it often. I am stuck, I don’t know what to write and I don’t know where to go with this character and so on. The trick I learned from Larry in Connecticut is to not stop writing. But you have nothing, your mind is blank… 

I have nothing, my mind is blank.

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Write what is on your mind said “Larry” write down the fact that you have nothing on your mind and that you are stuck. Put it on paper that your character Joe is dead in your head, he cannot seem to find a way to kill the dog next door without getting caught.  

Larry said that no matter what you write, you write.  It is all because you are now at work in the office. Your office could be a coffee shop, your bedroom, your kitchen table. Do your job or you will be fired. In part three I mentioned that Larry needed to get dressed to go to work because it is the only way he could write.  Writing was his job. 

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So, write because you are your own worst enemy. Write because then you cannot say you had writer’s block. 

You may not like what you wrote but at least you were not blocked. 

This was what worked for Larry and, to be honest, it also works for me. You will think about this and say, “But my problem is different”.  No, your problem is that you are stuck, your mind needs a kick in the ass to get your fingers moving. 

Write, because you are a “writer”. Write because you are an author, a poet, a blogger, a scriptwriter, a journalist or whatever you want to call yourself. Content is needed, content does not create itself so get your ass in gear and get ready to go to work. 

Those few weeks of phone calls and chats with Larry were well worth it and the advice he gave me I still remember very well. As a writer, you are no different than the person on the assembly line. You have a job to do and while you do not have a line of cars to assemble, you must link the story together so it works. The cars are the words, the words are the machine that drives you. Sometimes the car may not start but it can be fixed. Much the same applies to the words and thoughts that come out of your head. 

You may not like them… That is why you need to edit or have an editor make sense of it all for you. 

Speaking of which, my editor… 

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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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