How I became a writer. Part 13

Part 13 

I was a single dad for about 10 years by this time. I had plenty of experience with kids, it made sense to write about kids.  

One thing we need to love and understand about kids is that they are a blank slate.  

Their imagination is young and wild, they know no boundaries. When I decided to write Elax and the White Witch. I had 2 kids in mind along with a wizard. This was not new. But then again this was not about being new, it was about my imagination creating something with the characters.  

This was another challenge I made for myself. Let’s do a fantasy story and see what happens. Elax and the White Witch was about letting my imagination roam. After writing Scars, a drama and jumping into a fantasy book felt weird. Mostly because I was not a writer. I was far from being a writer. I was at most a storyteller and never having published anything, I couldn’t think of myself as a writer.  

Yet here I was writing and pounding on my keyboard. The spite I felt on Scars was gone. I made my point and I proved that I could write. This was more of a personal challenge.   

What made this easier was, living in Jakarta Indonesia. I had a helper/maid… That means, no laundry, no cooking and no cleaning for me. My meals were ready at about 6, 12 and 6. Coffee came at 6, 9 and 2.  

I am quite regimented and this helps break up a long day of keyboard pounding and also helps my brain a little. Short pauses and timeouts give my brain a little rest and also help with stamina. This was a luxury I rather enjoyed in everyday life, not just when I was writing.  

As I wrote about this in Changes, life in Indonesia was very different. Not having to cook and clean was a definite bonus. Living alone also helped.  

When Covid hit, I thought I would have problems, but instead… 

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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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