*I am not showing off or subtly dropping names here*
I once met a man, a disciplined writer. He was one of my favourite writers and a New York Times Bestseller at that. The day I met Jeffrey Archer after struggling with my teammates and later, convincing my boss that I was good enough to be picked for a 30 minute interview is something I look back at everyday when I sit down at my desk (cum dining table) to write.
Amongst discussing things like his latest book that I fell in love with (Paths of Glory) and his first ever work of fiction, we discussed things that actually opened my mind to the possible journey of writing a fiction. Well, I consider blogging fiction enough to last me a lifetime or until I am ready for more. Archer, being a humble person, told me that discipline, more than the gift of words, is the key to success. He informed me, matter of factually, that he wakes up at 4am everyday to begin writing at five. He always works for two hours at a time, with sufficient break-time in the middle.
While my hours at work deeply varies, a couple of things he told this very small-wannabe-correspondent really stayed on. Dedication matters. If you don’t believe in what you write, you will never make your point. Hours are important: you can’t expect to churn out an awesome page-turner or webpage-scroller if you spend thirty minutes in front of your laptop and think about getting this done after the first fifteen minutes. You need to think big, find other amusements to keep you inspired and possess enough imagination to turn even the smallest thing you come across into a concept (I silently thought about his Prison Diaries while writing his response in bold).
It was only a couple of weeks back that I took complete heed to his beliefs. I have stopped watching daytime television. I don’t chat much or surf through Facebook aimlessly (sorry, Zucker-man!). I sit and put my heart onto whatever I type. About 70% of it is crap (as some of you may think this entry is) but hey, can Jeffrey Archer be wrong about it? I doubt, I doubt.