When words can’t

words2Don’t you feel that certain human experiences can’t be expressed? That certain depths of the soul can’t be put into words, no matter how much we try? Yes, it feels at times that words are simply bleeding out of our hearts, and, yes, we do come close to revealing the essence of the human spirit, yet we fail. Time and time again. Continue reading

Independent writers and entrepreneurs share the same road

Being an independent writer is very similar to being an entrepreneur. No one is there to help you succeed. You only have yourself and your skillset to make it in this cruel world. Cristian has been working on his novel for over 2 years without knowing if it will be a success or not. His dedication and unwillingness to give up is what will ultimately bring him success. Soldiering on and doing what you believe is the single most powerful ingredient in succeeding in what you do. Writing for the love of writing is akin to entrepreneurs who struggle to set up a business for years without getting paid because they love to build businesses and help bring value to people. Becoming a self-made business man can share a similar path to becoming a self-published novelist. The road isn’t an easy road to travel, but the getting to the destination is sweeter than anything in this world. Continue reading

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Too far apart

many“There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

I’m writing these words knowing that people from all over the world are going to read them. People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of different religious beliefs. Most of them, I’ll never get a chance to meet. Most of them, I don’t know how they look like, what’s the thing they want most in this world, or what is it that they’re afraid of… most of them are perfect strangers to me.

Yet, simply by writing these words with these strangers in my mind, having the certainty that my words will reach them, they become a little bit more than strangers. They become human beings, just like myself, and that is one of life’s greatest achievements. Continue reading

A picture and a question

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532509_500350149987668_1976555034_nTonight’s muse comes with a picture. Just one, and that’s all you get. Oh, and a question. Isn’t it true that the best of stories always seem to be closer to reality than they are to fiction? They transfigure their medium, becoming something else, much more valuable than words on paper, sentences glued together.

The best of stories are always more… more than all their components put together, more than just storytelling or mastery of the word. The best of stories are closer to revealing who we are than anything else we’ll ever create.

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Showing up

Originally posted on The Midnight Muse:

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“Showing up is 80 percent of life.” - Woody Allen

Showing up. At your job, at a meeting. Sitting down at your desk because it’s time to write.

When you feel like it or not.

When you’d much rather do anything else.

Discipline requires tremendous mental effort.

It’s the extra mile, the extra routine, the two or three hundred more words that you write.

That little extra is what really makes the difference.

Showing up when you don’t feel like it, when you just want to act lazy and sit in bed and listen to music all day long.

Success is all about showing up. That’s it.

Show up. Do your thing. Finish stuff.

It’s that easy and that hard. That simple and that complicated.

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Under construction…

success“The road to success is always under construction.”Arnold Palmer

Success. A term vaguely used to describe someone’s pursuit for a fulfilling career. A simple word that encapsulates passion, drive, and discipline.

Hard work.

Endless struggles and failures and petty frustrations. Continue reading

One dollar…

Jose wrote the following comment on one of my earlier blog posts:

You’d think that with 96,242 followers you would be able to meet your goal.

I know that it is a bad economy and some don’t have enough money to survive let alone give to a writer, but not all. 96,242 followers and half can’t afford it so that leaves 48,121 who might be able to give something. Okay maybe half of these don’t know how to use the computer to donate but the other half do, so that leaves 24,060. Let’s say that half of these don’t log on to your blog on a regular basis so they have not seen your request so that leaves 12,030 who do log on and have seen it. You’d think that half of these or 6,015 would be able to give something but maybe they are too scared to click on the donate button. But I am sure only half are scared so that leaves 3, 007 who have seen your request, know how to use the buttons, aren’t scared and can afford to give but they are just too greedy so that leaves 1, 503.

Now I gave 5 and I am retired and live on a fixed income and have a son in college and etc. etc., so if I can give 5 then the other 1,502 should be able to give 1 which would be more than enough to meet the goal. I wonder what they are waiting for. Some of these 1,502 will buy a lottery ticket for 1 or a coffee for 3 and drop a 5 into the church collection basket so what is holding them back?

Like I said I gave 5 so I am asking the other 1,502 followers who can afford it, are not scared, are not greed, know how to use the donate button to do so now. Give 5 or 1. Do it. Do it now. Lend a hand to Cristian… I think I just wrote a poem… Lend a hand to Cristian.”

I’d like to thank Robin, Carl, Brian and Lauren for their contributions and for taking me to 60% funded. I’d like to thank everyone for believing in me and my ideas and my writing. Everyone who reads what I write about, everyone who comments on what I write.

I’d like to thank you guys for taking the time to share my blog posts.

Thank you for your words and your time.

They say that you’re not rich until you’ve got something that money can’t buy. Well… I’ve got you. And I’ve got my writing. And this blog. And The Midnight Muse. And story-a-week.com.

And for all this and for all the other ideas I’ve been storing up inside my brain for years I am grateful.

Contributions, buying my books, all that… it’s just extra. If you want to. If you can afford to.

If you want to help me out, you can do so here.

The special offer stills stands: Anyone who contributes $50 or more to the campaign will have a blog post reblogged on this website, and will be featured as sponsor for an entire month. That is on top of any perks you might select from the campaign page itself.

P.S. If you’d like to support this crazy Romanian kid by reading his books, you can find this really cool e-book bundle here.