Henry David Thoreau once said, “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” Is there anything that we cannot agree with about this thought and ultimate truism? We can just guess the number of people Thoreau has encountered who have fancied themselves good writers but could not form an idea that is original and unique. Just like today. There are many aspiring writers who struggle to find their voice or who have no idea where even to begin when it comes to penning down their first page. We think that we may have something of an answer so read along and find the answer to the burning question: what lies in the essence of the stuff that makes any person a good writer? Or even better, what makes you a good writer?
Stand up to live
What does Thoreau mean by this? Most people are alive but do they really live their lives? This is a labyrinthine philosophical question to say the least, but it does point in the direction that every aspiring writer should follow: live live live. To live means to break old habits, old thought patterns, old friendships and relations. If you are worried about “losing yourself” please don’t be because the point exactly is to lose yourself in something new. Everything that you are leaving behind is actually still with you, as it is part of your memory, part of your being, part of what made you who you are up to one point in time.
Old habits, old concepts
To break old habits means to break your concepts of whatever opinions, convictions and perceptions you have that form your awareness of the world. So if you have reserves about working an odd job, reconsider what makes you think that way. Could you imagine yourself working as a street sweep? Do you want to be a writer? Then become a street sweep and see the world through a whole new radius of perceptions. Whatever job you take, whatever occupation you have will lead to new people, new stories, new so to say “friction” between you and your world. But that is just a harmless idea to get you thinking about different challenges and opportunities that exist out there.
Reconfiguring the World in Your Head
Everything that you see and do, and everything who you know or have known, can be given a new name and new personality. The essence of things remains but you are giving them a new face and that gives the freedom to expand and go to bigger depths. So when you are facing the challenge of building a character, think of all the people whom you have met, that is, the people and what made them.
Reading the books of others can be injurious to your own writing. You may get sidetracked from the idea at hand that you need to put down on paper but you can’t because you are parsing the sentences of another person. That may in turn compel you to parse your own writing and you may go on an infinite adventure of arranging and rearranging and looking for the “perfect stab”. Why not quit reading for awhile? Let your mind cruise the infinite waters of the world that we inhabit, so that you may discover possibilities for new feelings and new states of mind, not necessarily of your own.
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If you are a writer, then you know that “struggle” when you have too many ideas for writing, but you can’t manage your time to complete everything. So, if you know the feeling that you can’t make any process, you should use the Pomodoro technique. This writing method will help you to limit the distractions around you, to increase your motivation, to be on track with your daily tasks and it might even help you with reduced neck and back pain. If you are interested in learning more about this technique, read this article all the way through!
Explanation of the Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a time-management method that was established in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. And the main goal when using this type of technique is to stay focused on your writing. That is why this method has been divided into a step by step strategy.
Before you start to write, you need to make a list of all the things that you need to do.
Now, group all of those tasks into groups, for which you will need around 25 minutes to finish.
Set your timer for 25 minutes.
Keep writing those 25 minutes or until the timer goes off.
If you have managed to complete that task in those 25 minutes, mark it as completed. And if you haven’t finished it, then adjust your previous plan.
After every 25 minutes of writing, take a break of five minutes and do something that will relax you.
However, after you have four of these sessions, it is time to make a longer break, for about 30 minutes.
Pomodoro Technique Tips
Don’t use the breaks to watch TV, play games, or spend your time on social media. It is best to rest your eyes away from the screen.
When you take your five minutes breaks, make sure to get up and stretch your legs.
You can use the time to clean up your space, where you work.
Once your day is over, take the time to reflect and reward yourself for a job well done.
However, if you don’t finish all of the tasks by the end of the day, go easy on yourself.
And remember to stick to your schedule and do the best you can.
How to Deal with all the Disruptions
This paragraph will give you an insight on how to deal with all of the interruptions that might come your way.
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So, if you think of a new idea or something else that you need to do, don’t do it immediately. Write it down and you will get to it, once you are done with your schedule.
Once you are done with your schedule, pay attention to all things that need your attention. If they are more urgent adjust your tasks and fit it into your agenda.
Hunter Stockton Thompson, better known as Hunter S. Thompson, was an American writer and journalist. He is credited as the founder of the gonzo journalism movement that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story. “The Doctor of Journalism,” as Hunter called himself, was also the author of such infamous books as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, and The Rum Diaries.
His stories are filled with drug frenzy, use of powerful verbs and extraordinary descriptions, as well as the ability to tell the story like a journalist. However, he was a brilliant passionate and slightly wicked author from which you can learn a thing or two. Here are some writing tips from Hunter S. Thompson that could help you improve your writing.
Steal From Your Heroes
While he was working as a copy boy for the Time during his studies at Columbia University School of General Studies, he used an interesting practice. He would sneak off into a room with a typewriter and rewrite some of his favourite books. These included works like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. By doing so, he wanted to understand and learn the flow of a great writer. You can improve your writing utilising this method. Read out loud as you are typing to hear the fluidity of remarkable storytelling.
This method can help you achieve the following:
- Refine your writing skills
- Exercise your grammar and punctuation knowledge
- Enrich your vocabulary
- Assist you in finding your own writing style
- Help you appreciate excellent word choice
Use Powerful Verbs
Hunter S. Thompson was brilliant at showing his readers was he was seeing with the choice of the verbs. It was even reported by some readers that they had visions themselves just by reding Hunter’s descriptions of hallucinatory drug binges. They’d literally hop in their cars and leave for Vegas hoping to experience some of his descriptions.
Verbs are probably the most important words a writer will ever use. They are literally where the action lies. By using powerful verbs, you can paint a visual image of what’s happening in your writing. Thus, readers won’t just understand your writing, they’ll also feel it. Use unusual verbs, verbs that evoke emotion and reaction in readers. By using them, you’re not just painting a visual picture, you’re giving the readers a chance to step into the scene and have a glimpse into the world you’ve created.
If you’re serious about writing, don’t make excuses and moan about how hard it is. Keep on writing and do it to the best of your abilities. Or in the words of Hunter S. Thompson:
“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.”
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If you find yourself playing a colourful game with retro graphics but the outstanding gameplay, you’ve most probably come across an indie game. Following these norms, the Indie games are almost all the same, with exceptions of course. The AAA titles simply can’t offer the same experience, and since it’s hard to make a top-notch AAA game that will follow the indie standards, these games were rare to find.
Amazing Graphics, stunning story and top design are really expensive to make and since there were not enough indie developers to shift that, it was a taboo up until released, the place where you can find awesome indie games with a lot of versatility and awesome graphics. Check some of the best indie games that are far better than you can possibly imagine.
2009 was a year where the Chilean developer ACE team came out of nowhere and they began shocking the world. They made Zeno Clash and made an outstanding impact on indie games up until that point were just receiving the primal acceleration and not many were found around.
Zeno Clash had sick visuals and still has some of a unique gameplay. A first-person fighting game where you are constantly throwing punches and countering attacks. There are some ranged weapons, but they are of a secondary importance.
You can get Zeno Clash for £9.99 on Steam, and we suggest you start from the beginning as the sequel has worse reviews.
The fresh air that was more than necessary within the Action RPG gender, and although it’s a really short and simple game, it’s still fantastic. Runic games made a game with old values – you don’t need a connection to play the game, you can’t respect the character, there is a plethora of loot all around the map in every corner and hidden inside objects. You will receive absolutely lovely experience, and the boss fights are something that you should look forward to, as they are made absolutely fantastic.
Torchlight 2 is one penny short of £20.00 and can be found on steam. If you are an indie game lover, this is a must try.
Path of Exile
Grinding Gear Games has developed a free Action RPG game that is not so similar to Torchlight 2 and many of the people are explaining it as the perfect free alternative for Diablo III. Unlike Torch 2, PoE needs an internet connection because of the constant changes that are happening on the map, and the online challenges that are frequent.
When graphics are a concern, it’s a nice, solid game, while the gameplay is really slow compared to other action RPG games. Here, you have time to think and plan your best move while the other games require a split-second decision.
Also, in Path of Exile, you can customize your character to a level never seen in an Action RPG before, as the game provides more adjustable options compared to others.
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Destiny 2 is a game that forges its own MMO path, and unlike many games from that gender that focus on remaking the same path that World of Warcraft paved for them, they are creating something brand new. And many of the players were aware of this, therefore there were many pre-orders of the game that would eventually set the players one step in front of the others and give them a head start in this amazing game.
If you are in the game a bit later the other guys might be ahead, but it doesn’t mean you should give up and things are hopeless. We are providing you with several essential tips that will make you catch all those that pre-ordered and started playing the game early. Check them out!
Finish the Story
Because of the weight and depth of the game, and many of the versatile things that you can do it like various PvP, patrols, strikes, PvE Raids and many other things, you might get lost in the beginning.
Because of this, many beginners are facing the same problem, and they are never finishing the stories all the way to the end, but the stories should be finished because the experience and the rewards at the end will give you a nice leap in experience and cool items.
The bounties in Destiny 2 are easy to obtain and even easier to pass without you even noticing them. If you are unfamiliar with what bounties are, they are the special missions like defeating x monsters with precision damage, or with a special weapon. Many of the new players are ignoring them, but they give more experience than the normal missions. Always consider taking them.
Get yourself a Mark Strategy
Marks are really important when it comes to playing the game on a professional level, and if you want to achieve faster what you are up for. Depending on your focus on the game, you can choose to focus on different kinds of marks. If you are interested in PvP matches, Crucible marks are your primal choice, while Vanguard marks should be your focus if PvE is the thing that triggers you.
There is always the possibility to go both ways at the same time, but the process would take you double time until you get Legendary gear when you can get two pieces instead of one.
But whatever your choice is, don’t just go like a headless chicken all around, but make a plan so that you can know which events to participate in.
Take a Rest
Destiny 2 is a great game, but no matter how hardcore you are in a game, a 10-15 minutes rest from the game will give you back the focus necessary to continue with a high tempo towards achieving your goal, and in the same time you have an awesome chance of winning a life-changing prize. Come and see for yourself.
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