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Writers and Their Writings

16 Oct

Writing they say is a solitary pursuit. Writers often have to deal with a blank page staring them straight in the eye and the writer’s struggle often excruciatingly on how best to fill that blank page with sensible texts, all by their lonesome self. Rightly or wrongly, some claim that writing is best suited for people who are introverts and loners because these are the types who deal with their personal demons without the slightest assistance from others. Their imagination is their best tool to craft their masterpieces and lay claim to a semblance of greatness.

Yet, it is also a fact that writers cannot exist in a vacuum. They need the encouragement and approbation of people in order to feed their desire to continue with their craft. Add to this is that writers also need to expand their repertoire, develop their skills and learn new tricks to express themselves in writing thru the guidance of others. Thus, they need people to interact with and the dynamics of society to enable them to further enrich their experience in order to come up with something creative and original.

Just like reading, writing is a personal endeavor which can differ from one person to another mainly because of the individual’s unique experiences. A sentence for example, can be interpreted many times over depending on the person reading it. Just like a group of words forged by the writer can attain a different meaning much different from the obvious.

What remains though, whether writers create a feature article, news article, web articles, blogs, travelogues, novels or whatever fancies their attention, the fact remains of the need to be steadfast with the commitment to improve their craft. Not only do they owe this to their readers but most especially they owe this to themselves.

Reality no matter how bitter it is can best be served by a writer who knows how to wield the power of the pen (or in our case, the keyboard) responsibly.

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”  -Ray Bradbury


5 Tips on How to Keep Our Brains Active

14 Oct

Nature dictates the usual cycle of things: birth, growth, development and decline. These are normal occurrences that we all have to contend with. Yet, despite these cycles we still have some powers left in our system not really to avoid the unavoidable but to delay the obvious. This is especially true on the aspect of decline or in people, the stage of getting old both physically and mentally.

Our brain can stagnate or even deteriorate when we no longer use it in creative or analytical thinking. It’s like a muscle where it can grow weak due to lack of exercise and stimulation. As people say, we either use it or lose it.

Listed below are five ways in which we can maintain the proper workings of our brain and prevent it from stagnating or deteriorating thus, allowing us to continue living healthy and productive lives.

1. Read – a good novel to read on a relaxing day is as good as eating a healthy and nutritious food but only this time our brain benefits the most. Aside from novels, informational books on general topics, politics, economics or science can make us think and at the same time also make us a good conversationalist. You will never know on when you can use that bit of information that you have just read to close a business deal or simply to impress somebody.

2. Enrol in On-line Classes – the need to keep pace with this fast changing times and learning new skills is not only an option but is already becoming a necessity as well. Aside from the benefit of taking on-line classes during your most convenient and available time, it will also allow you to update your skills and align it with what the market really wants. Being relevant because of your working knowledge in computer graphics or the extra inputs you’ve recently learned while taking an on-line writing course is beneficial not only to the brain but on the pockets as well. Learning new skills can allow you to land a part-time gig as a computer graphic designer or an SEO writer.

3. Do Crossword Puzzles – even if this sounds monotonous, a crossword puzzle will force us to clean the cobwebs out of our heads and keep the gears moving once again. Remembering the synonyms or antonyms of a word or remembering the place where an event occurred can really make our brain run into full throttle and creativity.

4. Learn a New Language – aside from forcing you to use the functions of brain like memorizing words and analysing sentence structure, learning a new language might prove to be useful on your next business or leisurely trip. This is also a good way to expand your perspective and learn a new culture altogether.

5. Teach – Even if you are not a professional teacher or lecturer, this should not stop you to impart what you know to a willing audience. Your actual experience as a manager for example can be helpful to aspiring new employees trying to climb the corporate hierarchy. You can act as a mentor to them or coach newbies and guide them towards a path that will lead them to success. An on-line coaching or mentoring portal is best suited for people who are still fully engaged in their professions but are more than willing to share what they know to willing learners. Teaching somebody allows you to think logically and systematically so that lessons are understood and well explained.

All these activities are meant to inculcate in us the value of continuous learning. Whether in our professional or personal lives the need to learn something new and wonder at how things work must never diminish even if we are maturing in psyche or in age. Being good or expert at what we do is no hindrance for us to be a beginner once again in other fields of expertise. Making our brains work thru the tips listed above will not only benefit us but more importantly allow us to help people and be a way to improve their lives as well. Indeed, we are truly old when we stop learning.

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