Put pen to paper

     No one knows everything. But everyone knows something that someone else doesn’t. And this is the basis of human advancement. People make their own small or big contributions to the human knowledge base. And bit by bit, our civilization becomes smarter. Imagine the ocean that emerged from numerous individual drops.

     Every individual has unique thoughts, unique emotions and possesses a unique perspective on life. And every unique way of thought is a gate way to new information. Who knows? Maybe you are a drop. Maybe you are a bout of rain. Whatever be your weight on this world, your contribution is important. The world needs to know about your perspective. Your little contribution of original information makes the world that much more wiser.

     So for the good of mankind, take a pen and put it to paper. Record your thoughts as and when they come – keep a journal, write a blog or give speeches. Make the ocean a drop bigger and motivate others to do the same. And before you realize it, the ocean of knowledge will grow by leaps and bounds.

 


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Dan Brown: Master of Mystery

Who is Dan Brown?

If you’re into mystery novels and intellectually provoking fast-paced treasure hunts, then Dan Brown is your guy. With bestsellers like ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Inferno’ under his wing, he is probably one of the best mystery novelists of the world. Also with 3 of his books being adapted into movies, he is living the American Dream. But the reason behind his success is worth discussing.

What makes him special?

Dan Brown’s first book called ‘The Digital Fortress’ was based on computer technologies and the NSA (America). And despite the technicalities of high-end computers and viruses being out of scope for the average joe, he managed to simplify the technical concepts and yet weaved a thrilling page turner.

In his next big hit ‘The Da Vinci Code’, he weaved a story based around Da Vinci’s Art and the life of Jesus Christ. Now most of us don’t know a lot about Da Vinci or Jesus Christ. But when you finish reading the book, you have learnt a lot about the two.

This is one of the specialities of Dan Brown. He can weave a phenomenal story but he also gives you a lot of information in the span of the story. But instead of feeling like a force-feeding of data, Dan Brown’s novels feel like an informative adventure.

Master of Mystery

If you’re a mystery writer and want to learn how to plot a gripping mystery, then all you have to do is pick up any Dan Brown book. But in my opinion, the best mystery plot Dan Brown has ever written is his 2001 book, ‘ Deception Point ‘. It contains multiple well-placed twists and divulges about themes like space travel, marine life, politics and NASA. In short, the book possesses all the elements of a blockbuster

Moreover, those who read Dan Brown feel like they’ve been on an awesome roller coaster ride. Yes, they’re that entertaining. Personally, before I read the Da Vinci Code, I didn’t believe that a lot of information and a great plot went so well together.

P.S – Speaking of blockbusters, why isn’t the Deception Point adapted into a movie yet?

Conclusion

Those of you who expect a book to entertain you and at the same time, teach you – then Dan Brown is the way to go. For those of you who are interested in reading his books, click on the link below – it will take you to Dan Brown’s Amazon page. There all his books are listed with prices.

Dan Brown’s Amazon page


 

My first termination – and what I learnt from it

I woke up today expecting to write 2 articles and then get on with the rest of my chores. (If you don’t follow what I’m talking about, you probably missed my post – First Day as Staff Writer (and what I learnt from it) ) And I have this weird habit of checking the mail as soon as I wake up. So instinctively I powered up my computer and opened my email account. And there it was, staring – no – glaring at me right in the face. It was a termination letter.

If you’ve read my previous post, you know that just recently I had got the job of a staff writer at a news company. Since then I’d been writing 2 articles every day. Now after about 2 weeks, I have been terminated from the job. The email cited the reason as ‘poor performance. And there is a partial truth to that email.

I had been distracted a lot in the past week. I took a video editing class. I started reading more. All of this meant that I lost out on a few days of work. So I have a couple of words of wisdom I want to remember and also to share with you.

1) Observe deadlines strictly

Deadlines are sacred for an editor. If at the end of the day, you don’t submit the articles assigned to you, then that is seen as an indicator of incompetence. You not only have to finish the required work but you also have to maintain or improve in quality of work. Falling behind on submissions isn’t the way to achieve these goals.

2) Overachieve on the targets (monthly or yearly)

Monthly or yearly targets are meant to be broken. And if you’re working as a staff writer, it is compulsory to overdeliver on those targets. If there are 365 articles scheduled for the year, do 700 or more. Overachievers are an asset to any company and are almost immune from termination.

In the end…

One job termination isn’t the end of the world. Many of history’s greats have been terminated from their jobs. All I have to do is keep faith in my skills and keep working towards being a better writer.

P.S  since I am relieved of my post as a staff writer, you can expect more frequent posts. My goal is to write at least 2 posts every day. It also means, on good days, I might even write 4.

First Day as Staff Writer (and what I learnt from it)

A few days back I began my job as staff writer at an online news company.( I would’ve have named the company but don’t really know if it is okay to do so.) Staff writer is an entry level position in the career of a writer. And though I’m just starting out as a professional writer, the fact that I have an official writing job makes my ego inflate by the hundreds. But it is wise to not let that ego get to me and continue telling you what I learned from my first day as a writer.

Being alert

As a writer, specifically a newswriter, one must be alert not only regarding what’s happening in the news and in the world, but also what’s happening in the workplace. You can’t always expect others to feed you the information you ought to know. So it helps if you have a habit of procuring information rather than waiting for it.

Singular Focus

This is the term I’ve given to the phenomenon of concentrating on one thing at a time. It might be normal for you but for me, yes it is quite a task. I’ve laid it out all open for you in the ‘What is Mindfeed?‘ section of this site. I want to take in everything all at once. And obviously enough, this tendency creates problems for my concentration. The first day as Staff Writer taught me most importantly how to focus on one thing at a time. But one day isn’t enough to form a habit, it might take months for that. Until then, I’m glad to be on the path towards reorganizing my thoughts.

Writing in 3rd Person

Writing for a news company means that at the end of it, you’ll be a master of writing in 3rd person. The hundreds of articles they will make you write will make sure that you yield the 3rd person like a fine edge sword.

There is a lot more to tell you but I’ve covered the essentials. The rest are just variable nuances and might not apply universally.

In the end, I just want to tell those who are looking for their ‘perfect’ first job – it will never come, take the first one that you get and start working towards creating your perfect job. Having tasks to do and getting paid for them really instills confidence in you and makes you a dreamer of a more successful future. So find your passion and go get employed.

Writing something great

I always get the feeling of wanting to write something great. But seldom do I think about what goes into a great piece of writing. Today, lets adress this : writing something great.

Writing is  form of expression through words. In the various literary forms, you express your thoughts, emotions or may be even events. A majority of what most of us write is a result of our experiences and our memories. So it is only logical to spend some time in getting experiences and making memories. Your life experience gives depth to your writing and makes it come alive. If not coupled with a great experience, an article is just an article. It is your connection to it that makes your article relatable and fresh. It doesn’t matter what you write about – unless you take the time to experience your subject naturally. This extra time really does wonders for your writing and differentiates it from other average pieces.

Another aspect of great writing is research. Before you write anything, research is a must. You have to let the subject seep in so that its nuances become natural to you. Writers who do extensive research often produce some of the best works of fiction. Their works have the feel of being authentic and that makes them relatable 

And then remains the question of style. This is the identity of a writer. It his particular to his own writings and relfects his personal preferences. So there is no hard and fast rule for great style, except that it should be easy and functional yet beautiful. How that is achieved is an open ended problem . 

This ends the question of great writing. But all great writing stems from great living. And great living sprouts out of great thoughts. So be brave and let your thoughts take the size they want to. 

Let free the reigns and watch it( the brain ) do miracles .