I once attended a meditation camp, where a monk was supposed to deliver a lecture and teach the participants the basics of meditation. While he said a lot of things, some of which I remember and some of which I have conveniently forgotten, there was something he said which I was reminded of today.
The monk, who must have been in his late fifties and looked like he had been practicing meditation all his life, told us that there were days when even he did not feel like meditating. Days when meditating felt like a chore more than anything else. I don’t know about others, but this came as a shock to me. I mean when you see a monk, you assume that meditation and the spiritual practices are a second nature to him, or her. But, the monk assured us that it was not the case.
I don’t remember the exact number, but I have been following Seth Godin’s blog for a few years now. He has a blog that breaks a few rules of blogging – the blog is hosted on typepad and does not have comments enabled – yet his blog’s twitter account has more than 500 thousand followers. I am sure most of us would be happy with one third of that number.
I have often wondered what it is that makes his blog work, and I have come up with a few things that he does that make people fall in love with his blog. I think these can be used by bloggers, and writers alike to improve their craft.
If you are reading this, I am sure you know what TED talks are. But, if you don’t, let me quote a few lines from their about page, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.”
So, now that we all know what TED talks are, let us not waste any more time and delve into the world of these wonderful talks. I have been following TED talks for a while now, and I have also been part of two TEDx (independently organised TED-like events) events till now. Many of the talks have inspired me when I needed the inspiration, so I am sharing some of my favourite talks with you.
Recently, I was reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing (a book you must read, if you haven’t), and I came across this interesting comment:
“… while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work , dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.”
I was surprised on reading this, because most of my life I have believed that with hard work and dedication anything can be achieved. So, why should it be impossible to become a great writer, even if you are a bad one today, or even if you are not a writer at all?
Quotes have always been around, but in the age of Twitter and Facebook, they have become ubiquitous. Over the past couple of years, I am sure you must have come across many great quotes too – shared by your friends on Twitter or posted by them on Facebook.
Here is a list of ten great quotes about writing that I have come across over the years. I hope you like them as much as I do.