Tonight’s guest blog post is brought to you by thriller novelist V.M. Gopaul.
Identifying Obstacles to Your Writing
Skills & Capacities
Writers have many skills and capacities–topmost among all is creativity. Besides having the passion for transforming thoughts into words, some writers have the driving desire to show the world their work. In many cases what these writers have produced has the potential to change society: a great idea regarding health, how to combat injustice, how to be a better parent and more. However, many authors suffer from the frustration of not being able to get the job finished and miss out on sharing their work with an audience.
Itching to Write…
Often I have heard from participants at my writer’s workshop that they have a book inside them just waiting to come out; yet days, months, years and decades go by and still the dream book has not been published – let alone written. We all have the same hours in a day, yet, some writers with a full-time job and family to take care of manage to produce their first novel, memoir, recipe book, short story or compilation of poetry.
If you sit down and examine why your precious work is not available on Amazon you will likely find that obstacles have been preventing you from realizing your dream.
Actually there are numerous hurdles that will make cherished work stick in the mud and spin its wheels. How do you identify yours? It will take some time and reflection. What is preventing your dream from coming true? Let’s look at a couple of the most common obstacles.
Mike Rose defines writer’s block as, “an inability to begin or continue writing for reasons other than lack of basic skill or commitment.”
You are not alone. At one end of the spectrum, the problem could be as trivial as having a temporary difficulty with finishing the work at hand – a series of finite problems or events that will eventually go away. In extreme cases, it could be that the writer is experiencing such insurmountable blockage, that they are not able to be constructive for years – only to give up on the dream. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald and pop culture cartoonist Charles M. Schulz have suffered through and overcome this ailment and so can you with patience and guidance.
You take your writing seat, start the computer, and place your fingers on the keyboard ready to pour out the ideas brewing in your mind – then the phone rings. After the conversation ends, which takes over half an hour, those ideas once pregnant in your mind are no longer forth coming. You have totally lost the appetite to write and instead your focus drifts to your friend’s problem. To be in the creative zone to write, many things must align properly. Once disturbed, it is difficult to regain that perfect atmosphere. Distraction can come from many directions: conversation, lawn mower noise, a neighbour’s property, or simply expecting a phone call. Which ones are you facing?
A Safe Harbour
Writing to publish is no easy task; it is like reaching a safe harbor after navigating shark-infested waters. Authors constantly struggle with many hurdles: lack of time, poor attitude, insufficient skills, an imperfect emotional state, and the desire for fresh ideas. Finding the time for self-examination, looking at what has been standing in your way and making the conscious decision to eliminate these hurdles from your path will undoubtedly put you ahead in the race for your dream.
As an author of ten books, among many things, I happen to specialize in identifying and removing obstacles. For anyone interested in sharing woes and advice who would like a free half-hour consultation on how to fine tune a writer’s mind, please feel free to contact me at http://www.vmgopaul.com/?q=node/21
V. M. Gopaul
Thank you, V.M. And you. Oh, and I’m a little guy (gal) too. 🙂
V. M. Gopaul was born, and grew up, in Mauritius – a small tropical island in the Indian Ocean. In high school his favourite subjects were mathematics and physics, which he excelled at. While he pursued an interest in English Literature, he had to work this course in on top of his already full timetable. Even if his test scores only managed a passing grade, the influence of Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, and Woodworth inspired in him a growing fascination of characters and plot development. At this time he decided to one day write his own novel.
In 1969 he gained a Commonwealth scholarship to study engineering in Pakistan. During his adolescence his family struggled financially and this scholarship was his only ticket to leave Mauritius and discover the world.
In 1971 his adventures brought him to Canada where he pursued a career in electronics and later in software. He set aside his desire to write a novel, but never forgot it.
In 1979, after obtaining a degree in computer science from York University, Toronto, Gopaul pursued a career in Information Technology at a time when it was beginning to flourish. Yet, his desire to become a writer continued to build tension within him. However, pursuing both writing and computer technology would have been like riding two horses at once. It seemed a risky proposition. So, he worked as a consultant at multiple international companies including IBM, Xerox, Merrill Lynch, and Royal Bank of Canada. During this time he wrote seven books for IT professionals and then two books on spirituality.
In 1981 Gopaul jumped into the rental business with both feet, beginning with one income property subdivided for several rental spaces. He learned hard and fast how his innate trust and genuine shyness could work against him in such a position. Still, it was an experience that helped shape who he is today and allowed him to learn so much more about the man he was and the man he aspired to be.
In 2008, after retiring, Gopaul began a new career as a fiction writer. Eager to begin this lifelong dream, he opted for a writing coach rather than wade through three more years of University to obtain a BA in Creative Writing. After finishing his book “Tainted Justice,” besides learning writing skills, he had discovered a new passion. Now, he loves to create dynamic plots and characters while building tension and drama. This is an art that takes him into a magical world of creativity where idea are endless. He published “Tainted Justice” in January of 2012 and is currently planning to write three more thrillers.
V.M. returns next Thursday morning when I shall be spotlighting him.
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