Wrong Environments Inhibit Great Writing Potential

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Sometimes it is not about your potential, but where you are operating from. You have a great and amazing talent, yes, that is true. However, in life, it is not only a matter of having a great talent. With the talent, there must be a conducive environment to make that talent grow and bear fruition.

Focusing on African talent, I can testify that we have so much talent in the literature industry, but sometimes much of that talent is missed or hindered by negative environments.

As an aspiring writer, I focus much on literary talents, especially in the African continent which is where I come from.

I have seen and met many young talented and zealous people who have the potential to actually transform our world had they been strategically positioned for greatness. Most of these young people reside in the rural areas where they do not have adequate access to technological resources like the internet to enable them to promote and share their ideas with the world.

Yes, a young person can have an amazing tale of talent, yet if they do not have access to resources, their talent will actually die an immature death. Eventually, we lose a lot of talent in the process.

Wrong environments do not only mean living in the rural areas. One can actually reside in the rural areas, yet be very successful in life. What matters most is not the place you are, but where you are operating with regards to what you want to achieve in life.

Types of environments

1. The place you live
2. The people you hang around with
3. The thoughts you have about life
4. Your beliefs

In this regard, we can see that environments will span from the economy, the society, politics, and technological, intellectual and geographical factors.

Negative environments inhibit the manifestation of great talent or potential, which is why it is very important for our African leaders to try as much to create environments which elicit innovation amongst the young people.

Every plant has a potential to flourish provided it is rooted in a fertile or conducive ground. If a plant grows from a fertile land, it will blossom and become fruitful. On the other hand, if a plant grows from an infertile land, it will not flourish and it actually starves and dies.

This is what life is like. Every potential needs to be nurtured for it to grow and bear fruits.

We have so much talent in Africa. Our young people wield so much talent and potential which, if only nurtured and utilised well, can actually help our continent develop and advance even more.

This may involve improving the educational systems, helping those with innovative ideas to actually put them into practice by establishing facilities to that end. Also, there is need to embrace the new technological resources in all sectors of the economy, both in the rural and urban settings so that every young person has access.
It is normal and common that a plant which sprouts from a rock will yield differently from the one which sprouts from a fertile land.

We have young thinkers spread all over the world. Most of these have no access to resources and at the end of it all they neglect their ideas as they seek to meet the demands of life. It is our duty as adults to track those young people and create for them environments which help them become even more innovative and in the process transform our world as a whole.

I have been writing from a very tender age, but because of lack of resources and access, I had to somehow leave my passion and calling to pursue other things in life. It was only after I could fend for myself that I reverted back to my original calling. If I had everything I needed to write and publish at that time, I would have written and published much to this date. Not necessarily that I regret the time I spend on those other things, but my point is that there are so many young people going through the same situations, people who could actually be doing great things to transform our world.

How to Rewrite the Story of Your Life

Have you ever thought of penning down the story of your life? Why not? You may have a lot of shortcomings and moments of exasperation which you don’t like to reminisce or share with anyone. In that case how do you rewrite the story of your life? Read on to find out.

Focus on the positive events and bring out a good story based on them. Share moments of joy, happiness and excitement. Share moments of glory and achievements. But you also do need to mention a little of the hurdles that you overcame to reach the thriving present. This is what makes a story a good and complete one.

Write the story directly from your heart so that anyone who reads it finds worth and truth in it. It should carry an important message and if that message is clear and worthy, it will spread around the world fast. And you will become a renowned writer.

How do you make sure you make an unforgettable impact on your audience? Start powerful, continue with the chapters with insights and wisdom and end powerful. That way when someone reads your book, they will hardly be able to put your book down but go on and on reading until they come to the end.

They like your book and would like to read more authored by you. Soon you will have a big fan base and you will have moments to celebrate your success. So it is very important that when your write your first book about the story of your life, you make a first good impression and leave a lasting one.

So which parts of your life do you actually want to leave out writing and create new ones to be able to rewrite your story?

For instance, you failed at something many times or you had to do something many times to stand on your feet. Just don’t mention the exact number of times if it embarrasses you. You have decided to work on something in a different way and you take actions towards it. And you begin to see signs of success. Focus on these positive strong points in your life and elaborate as much as you can, keeping it interesting as well.

As you write your story on an insightful and powerful note, life also falls together and you enjoy happy times with friends and family, your book being a beacon of hope, life lessons, joy and achievements.

Rosina S Khan has authored this article, showing you how you can rewrite the story of your life.

What Should You Know As A New Writer?

What you need to know about writing

1. Writing is not all about strong English, but the expression of ideas. Good English and strong/complicated English are two different things. Generally, you need good English skills as a basis for your ultimate writing dream.

2. Writing for the teacher is different from writing for the public – a teacher may understand you from his personal experience with you, but a man in America may not get you – you therefore need to be as clear as possible when writing for the public audience.

3. No one was born with English brains – we all come from different backgrounds with different cultures. Sometimes in those particular cultures, English language is a second language or else not even known. Most people limit themselves from thinking great things simply because they cannot express themselves in English. If you wait till you can speak or write strong English for you to start thinking, then you are too late for the best things in life. We don’t think in English… every idea is invaluable

4. Small as it appears, your idea can change lives for the good – no idea can be called small or unimportant. As long as you can support it with facts, your idea can reach out and change someone’s life.

5. Writing is a process – another reason why people don’t write is because they feel or think writing is a one-day event where you have to get into the room and sit down to write everything within a day. You see these articles, I don’t write them in a moment’s time, but I work on them for days. Writing is like building a house, you don’t build the whole house and complete it within a day, rather, it’s a process that requires patience.

6. Ideas are innate, but writing is an art, develop it – yes, we are born thinkers, but we are not born writers. Writing is an art that has to be learnt and nurtured. As we grow, we have some skills that we draw from the society that we live in. Those skills are what shape what we think and hence help us bring our ideas into reality. I used to struggle a lot with my English language when I was in school. But through constant practice, now I can write better English even though not close to perfect. If therefore writing is an art, you need to learn about it and develop it. Ideas alone without a skill to express them will not reach your audience.

7. Every one of us has something to tell – it’s only that few of us have the courage or opportunity to bring our thoughts into the limelight, but the truth is no one of us has nothing to tell. At least in his entire life, every man has something to talk about, but only that we use different mediums – some tell through music, some through art. The point is, don’t look down upon yourself because you are a bearer of great things.

8. As small as you are, as useless as you might look, you can still come up with a great idea that can change lives – naturally, in life people tend to judge themselves according to how they look – the size of their bodies, the colour of their skin and their social standing. But amazingly, God designed every man in a distinct way meaning every one of us has something significant to offer no matter how one looks like physically. The point is, as long as we look different from each other, we have every reason to need each other because what you lack, I possess, and what I lack the other man possesses. If you think you have nothing to write about, just think about the experiences you have had so far in your entire life. At the end of the day, you will realise that you have a lot to share than you might have thought of. You are therefore very important.

Stopping in the Right Way to Boost Productivity

What if I said that you can be more productive if you learned how to stop and rest at the right time? It sounds counterintuitive but there is a lot of truth to it. In fact, there are many psychologists and philosophers now who are exploring this theme in their work lives and their findings are absolutely wonderful.

We all live in a 24/7 world that never stops. Many employers want us to keep on working such long hours that we don’t even remember the last time we had a day off or took a vacation day. Overworking, however, is a recipe for lower productivity and knowing when to stop is the key to being our best in our creative lives.

Although this article is geared for writers and creative individuals, it can also be relevant to everyone who does any kind of work. We all need to take some time to rest and to know when to stop in order to be most successful the next day.

Creative people get a bigger boost from taking breaks than other people. This is because the subconscious mind of creative people works hard, even when they are taking a break. In fact, many times, creative people get breakthroughs when they take a break after working at their desks for a few hours.

However, we have to be self-aware enough to know when to stop. In other words, we must stop at a strategic point and start again tomorrow for best results.

Here are a few keys for creative people to be at their best:

• Learn to stop working at the right time in your work encourages a steadier, more sustainable approach to your work. You will also know exactly where to start tomorrow, and you won’t have to fumble, wasting time and energy.

• Cultivate a morning or afternoon routine that creates space for more focused work and fulsome rest. When you create times when you are focused at work then you have space for stepping away from your desk and resting.

• Use walks to restore creative energy and promote creating insight. Many times walks can help to generate new ideas. Not only are you getting exercise, but you are also find time to just be in nature and breathe deeply. Many times you come back from your walk refreshed.

• Stopping at the right time requires an understanding of the demands of your work. We all have to tinker with what we have to do and work as efficiently as possible. Only then will it be possible for you to take some much needed breaks to restore your energy.

• Monitor your energy and attention and appreciate how focused attention can become patterns in a creative life. Given the fact that our attention is scattered a lot of the time because of technology and our modern world, it can be hard to be attentive and learn how to work in a focused manner. However, with a bit of practise, this is possible to achieve.

By taking these steps, you will be taking a break from your work and taking a rest. By knowing what the right time to stop is, you can become more productive and the best you can be.

Homer’s Odyssey Examined Through Neologisms

Homer’s classic Epic-Odyssey belongs to the cannons of Greek Literature. Odyssey is a description of the return voyage of the epic hero Ulysses after the Trojan War. He is faced with insurmountable problems with the sea God Poseidon being against him. At home in Ithaca there are various suitors who are greedy for his Penelope. He is successfully able to overcome all the problems and slay the suitors competing for his wife. Here I would like to analyze the Odyssey using newly coined neologisms.

Meta-Psychosis is a condition where Gods and Goddesses intervene in the fate of man. In the book we counter various aspects of meta-psychosis. Let’s look at the anger of Poseidon on Ulysses causing him to be ship-wrecked. Then there is Goddess Athena who pleas to Zeus so that he might be rescued. We encounter the hero being caught by the wiles of the nymph Calypso and Circe. Meta-psychosis in a modern context applies to humans who are subject to the fate of their destiny.

Demo-anarchism is coined from democracy and anarchism. In the state of Ithaca presuming the death of the protagonist there are a number of suitors competing to gain their hand in marriage of Penelope. This can be classified as the existence of demo-anarchism. Penelope takes a bold stance and evades the wishes of the suitors. The Trojan War was a war fought on democratic grounds and it can be compared to the Gulf War where America freed Kuwait from the hands of Saddam Hussein. The decision made by the God Poseidon not to favor the journey of Ulysses is also a state of demo-anarchism.

Paradoxis is a peculiar trauma faced by Ulysses when he is ship wrecked and stranded on various islands. He faces the condition of being in paradox of being human and being God. Yet he remains steadfast in his faith to be loyal to Penelope and to return to the island of Ithaca. When confronted by Calypso and Circe he is successfully able to evade their temptations by the intervention of Gods. Paradoxis also refers to the conflict of Gods weighing down on the fate of Ulysses.

Meta-colonization is a symptom of Gods being colonialists and interfering with the life of the hero. The wrath of Poseidon and the ship-wrecking of Ulysses all point out the birth of colonization in a metaphysical sense. The whole history of European colonization has its birth in the poem. We find the character of the actor in the poem to be democratic, seeking the pursuit of democracy by the strength of character.

Mytho-poesis is the characterization of the web of the super-natural and natural elements into the craft of poetry. Ulysses faces a mountain of problems while on his journey back from Troy. Some of the problems are created by Gods to test the character and strength of Ulysses. The poem Odyssey is intensely subjective and bears the catharsis of poetic subjectivity.