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Zentraveler on writing your first book or novel!

So you want to be a writer and write your first novel. I have a question do you really want to be a writer or is this just good coffee-house gossip. If you really want to write a book you can start right now and have it finished in no-time. The only thing that is holding you back is you… not your teachers, not your friends, not your relatives. It’s as easy as planting corn. Sure every crop doesn’t turn out perfect, but if you really want to write a book, the only thing you need to do is to decide on the subject matter and begin writing.

Hemingway a master in literature had the ability to write clear, concise, descriptive, sentences. He would start out with a skeleton outline, work out a plot line and develop his characters as he wrote. All successful writers rely on what they know. Where did you grow up? I bet there are plenty of good characters spread throughout your home town. When James Mitchner wrote the novel “Hawaii” he moved there and researched every square inch of the islands. He interviewed local people, went to the local libraries, ask folks about their history and their experiences, and tapped into their storytelling practices. When he finished the manuscript and had it published it was evident that the book he lived and breathed went on to be a best seller and it is still highly regarded as one of the best reads in the world.

Hemingway knew everything there was to know about bull-fighting. He traveled with bullfighters, drank with them and studied their craft. So it was no big surprise that when he wrote the novel “The Sun also Rises” it was a literary masterpiece. Don’t let all of this literature talk stop you from writing your first book. If you truly have a desire to write about your dog, how to raise goldfish, how to write a blog … there’s nothing stopping you but yourself.

Creativity is rarely taught yet we all have it. Just walk through a child’s playground some day and you will see plenty of it. Adults are the ones who stymie your creativity. They also have to keep us in line in a well organized society. Throughout history it has always been the artists, the writers, and the thinkers who were killed because they were such a threat to the status quo. By the time we reach adulthood we give up nearly 80 percent of our creativity. The good news is you can re-awaken your creativity simply by being inquisitive and doing a lot of reading— which stimulates ideas and pictures in your mind.

You can be one with the creator. Trust me on this one. He will even write your novel for you and doesn’t even require credit. It would be nice to at least give the creator a footnote, but he won’t help you much with grammar and punctuation. You can probably hire a robot for these chores in today’s electronic world…or better yet let your editor do it! Ha Ha!!!

Everyone has a great novel or good book title inside them somewhere. Why not get started today and write that novel. Who knows you could be the next Harry Potter sensation or Hemingway and at least you can go thorough life with one more milestone. The joke on the street is you can’t buy groceries if you live in New York and haven’t written at least one book or novel.

You can write fiction and use your crazy old aunt as a great character, the one legged fellow down the street who you were positive was the murder….but could never prove it.

Einstein was the one responsible for saying creativity is where it is at –forget all of the formulas do something creative. You can write a good blog, you can play an instrument, you can become a painter, you can create anything you want and can find support when you surround yourself with other creative types. You can find these folks by joining clubs, taking writing classes, asking questions and deciding this is what I want. Einstein would picture it and then do it—-creativity is that simple.

Don’t worry about the words they will just pop in your head, don’t worry about spelling and grammar just let it flow and decide to write about 300 words per day. Hemingway would write a few hours early in the morning and would return late afternoon where he would fine tune and edit what he wrote earlier in the day. So in reality writing a book is all about mathematics. Three hundred words per day turns into 1500 words per week, which is 6000 words per month and soon you have a completed manuscript. I f you can write one word, you can write a book.

The secret is to set up a discipline of say writing two hours each morning and then do a rewrite on the same material for about an hour that same day. So there you have it If you have that burning desire to write a book— get started today and by the time I finish writing the Zentraveler Blog you will have it published and be sitting on the beach sipping mint juleps with your laptop computer watching the world go by.

Oh I forgot one thing! You may need to do a book tour and of course there’s another novel floating around inside your head which just has to be typed and so on and so on. Mitchner said: “once you become a writer you can’t stop the creative process even if you wanted too! ”

Instant recap to write a book or novel:
1. chose a title
2. use an outline
3. create table of contents to illustrate names and numbers of each chapter
4. develop plot or storyline by research or create
5. set aside a time-frame —example four months
6. write 300 words per day and then edit
7……done good job

QUOTE: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —–Albert Einstein

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Google says The Library of Congress has 18 million books on file.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your notes and research. Editors like this sort of thing for verification

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Write that book, write that novel, but whatever you do keep writing!!!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler spiced his life by drinking Tulsi Tea!

As winter approaches what a better time to pour yourself a cup of hot tea. Tulsi Tea not only tastes good but it is loaded with antioxidants and is made from an exotic blend of Tulsi, Black tea. and classic chai spices.

Tea Brightens Life

Tea Brightens Life

Throughout India, Tulsi is considered “The Queen of Herbs”and is revered as a sacred plant infused with healing power. Traditionally grown in an earthen pot in every family home or garden. Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil) makes a delicious and refreshing tea that possesses wonderful health benefits that support the bodies natural immune system while relieving the body’s negative reaction to stress. Tuli’s remarkable life-enhancing qualities have been noted in ancient Indian scriptures dating back over 5,000 years.

Tulsi Tea make the perfect exotic drink that stimulates your senses and soothes your soul. You can add milk or non-dairy milk for a delicious authentic India experience. Stress relieving and energizing why not try a cup of delicious Tulsi Tea today. —source Organic India

Many times you can’t remember what you you would like to quench your thirst. Another cup of coffee, some hot chocolate, how about hot cider? But when it comes to tradition the English can barely make it through the afternoon without a spot of tea, Maybe we should take a lesson from the English, The Orient, and tea lovers around the world. This Tulsi Tea from India that I recently discovered in a health food store really makes sense and tastes good as well. So by the time the logs are on the fire you can surprise your significant other by serving a cup of Tulsi Tea and it could soon become a part of your daily regimen.

QUOTE: Typical Tea conversation at my house – “Would you like some tea?” “Ok.”

“Alright, I’ve got chamomile, I’ve got chamomile mango, I’ve got chamomile mint, I’ve got peppermint, I’ve got spearmint, I’ve got evening mint, I’ve got plantation mint, I’ve got. . . don’t look at me like that, it’s my sister’s fault, SHE did this to me. . . where was I, . . . I’ve got Evening Jewel, I’ve got tangerine, I’ve got. . .” submitted by Brett Gv. —stashtea.com

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: ORGANIC INDIA has pioneered the introduction of Tulsi Tea to the international market. Tulsi is recognized as ‘The Mother Medicine of Nature’ and is known both as “The Queen of Herbs” and “The Incomparable One”. Thousands of Ayurvedic texts quote the vast array of healing properties and benefits of Tulsi, which is grown through out India as a sacred herb. Each blend of ORGANIC INDIA’s Tulsi Tea Collection has its own distinct, characteristic taste that contributes to the delicious flavor and aroma in every cup of tea.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: By drinking several cups of Tulsi Tea per day—you could be instrumental in saving your life or at least extending it—now that’s something to Crow about!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Drink Tulsi Tea to relieve stress and energize yourself!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

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