Saturday, 14 October 2017

The Oracle

Seven keys to unlock your dreams, seven words you need to hold dear on your journey. They are:

1. Passion

You cannot devote your life to anything without a passion for it. No amount of coulda, shoulda, woulda will help.

If you don't know what your passion is, look for it, identify it. You'll know what it is when you feel warm inside and a smile touches your lips.

Follow your passion.

2. Energy

You cannot fuel your passion without the enthusiasm to pursue your chosen path.

Enthusiasm needs your body fit and your mind alert. Then you can focus on what is important to you. If you're not feeling healthy, find time to relax and nurture your self, your being.

When you're relaxed, your energy will multiply and your enthusiasm go further - and your passion can become manifest.

3. Resolve

All the passion and energy in the world will amount to naught without a goal and the determination to reach it.

When you venture on a course you know to be fulfilling, you must see its end point and know you are committed to the journey.

A sure resolve in your heart will keep your energy high and your passion focused.

4. Study

You cannot continue or succeed in your chosen field without the right tools at your disposal, nor the attitudes that will help you.

Learn everything there is to know about your endeavors. Study the paths that others have taken, emulate their manners and their techniques, and you will surely arrive at the destination you desire.

Feed your thirst for knowledge to strengthen your resolve, to harness your energy and to fuel your passion.

5. Invention

Your vocation needs increasing. You must add your own self to that which you study.

Merely repeating or copying is not enough. You must love your work so that it grows. Find new meaning, new connections, new relevance and create as much as you employ.

Expand your inventiveness as you study your life's work, and your resolve will heighten, increasing your energy and passion.

6. Strategy

Anyone can dream, anyone can make a wish, but it is the superior person who makes a plan, and draws a map to show the way.

There are signs that point towards your success - and you must seek them out, acknowledge them and forever look beyond them into the distant hopeful horizon.

Know where you are going, write down the itinerary and follow the path. If the path is not there, invent it, resolve to make it clear with your multiplying energy and your passion.

7. Trust

You need faith to pursue a dream that others may believe is not for you. But others are not you - and cannot know your heart.

You must trust your instincts, your intuition and your intention. They will guide you on your journey. That is their purpose.

Believe that the Universe, or your God, lovingly wants you to succeed - and you will.

Passion, energy, resolve, study, invention, strategy, trust - they all come together and the first letter of each will remind you of the single most important directive you will ever need to tell yourself:

PERSIST.

Keep Writing!

© Rob Parnell

Monday, 9 October 2017

Quotes (3)

To spice the short replies to his fan mail he would often include a little poem. 

This is just one of many...

'Dear children far across the sea,

How nice of you to write to me;

I love to hear the things you say,

When you are miles and miles away.

All children, and I think I'm right,

Are nicer when they're out of sight.'

Roald Dahl

"People write to me from all over the world and I say to them: Sit down, and write a story about what you know. If you are good at it, we'll all read it. It doesn't matter where you are or what you are doing, a good story-teller just tells a story. Kane and Abel couldn't be more simple," Jeffrey Archer

"If you're going to write, don't pretend to write down. It's going to be the best that you can do, and it's the fact that it's the best that you can do that kills you," Dorothy Parker

"Know the story - as much of the story as you can possibly know if not the whole story - before you commit yourself to the first paragraph. Know the story - the whole story if possible - before you fall in love with your first sentence, not to mention your first chapter. If you don't know the story before you begin, what kind of storyteller are you? Just an ordinary kind, just a mediocre kind, making it up as you go along like a common liar," John Irving

"Gin and water is the source of all my inspiration." Lord Byron

"Whisky and beer for fools; absinthe for poets." Ernest Dowson

"Really, I can't imagine the drug scene. My generation are drinkers and smokers; I wouldn't stick a needle in myself for a hatful of golden guineas." Philip Larkin

"It is splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your words and make them pop like chestnuts." Gustave Flaubert

"No iron can stab the heart with such force as a full stop put just at the right place." Isaac Babel

"All experience is good for writers - except for physical pain." William Trevor