Let’s Start with Safal Niveshak
Just in case you missed any of this on Safal Niveshak in the last week…
- Create meaningful life for yourself, and you’ll create positive externality for others. Here’s my latest post in the Latticework series – Externalities.
- Vishal’s presentation on saving and investing at Mindscape 2015.
Stephen King’s book On Writing had been lying in my anti-library for quite sometime. Every time I would go near my bookshelf, the book seemed to catch my attention, as if asking, “Dude, are you ever going to read me?”. When I couldn’t tolerate its stare for many weeks I finally picked it up.
Let me share some ideas from the book which I found intriguing.
King writes –
“…books are uniquely portable magic. I usually listen to one in the car (always unabridged; I think abridged audiobooks are the pits), and carry another where I go. You just never know when you’ll want an escape hatch: mile-long lines at tollbooth plazas..airport boarding lounges. At such times I find a book vital.”
All great writers are voracious readers. For them reading comes first and writing is more of a byproduct of reading so much. It’s a myth that good writers spend all their time writing. They spend as much time, if not more, reading as they spend for writing.
So read, read, read and it will show up in your writing.
Another interesting insight that I found in King’s book is that an engaging piece of writing, especially a work of fiction, leaves quite a lot of room for reader’s imagination to fill in the details. For example, while describing a room, you may not give all the finer details about it, like the colour of ceiling or the size of the windows. Let the reader fill in those details and make the story his own creation.
You may be interested in reading and writing non-fiction but don’t forget – to effectively communicate your ideas, you have to be a great story teller. So learning the art of writing fiction cannot be ignored completely.
King’s book is a must read for every aspiring writer. And if you have a blog – you are a writer. If you don’t have a blog, then start one. Your tribe is waiting for you buddy!
Stimulate Your Mind
Here’s some amazing content we have read in recent times…
- How useful is speed reading? Turns out, it’s not what most speed reading proponents claim it to be.
- Rajiv Bajaj’s clarity in his thought process is something worth emulating.
- Note taking is a very effective tool for learning. Few tips on how to take notes.
- In a world plagued with incessant distraction, The Pomodoro technique can help you bring focus to your work.
To write better, read more.
Goodwill is more important than money…go compound it.
Be kind to others, and to yourself.
Stay happy, stay blessed.
Vishal & Anshul
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