Monday, September 7, 2015

7 Things Writers Can Learn from Scientists

The best way to learn how to succeed is to learn from the great minds of the past and the present. These seven scientists can teach you how to be a better writer.

1. Keep a Notebook of Ideas

Albert Einstein is famous for keeping notes. One of his notebooks is a prize above all the rest. Written in a small, brown notebook are his notes for the Theory of Relativity. Einstein’s notebooks, as well as his letters, can be found online.

Writers, like scientists, should always keep a notebook on their person and fill it with ideas, character sketches, and even famous quotes that inspire them.

2. Be a Dreamer

Of all past scientists, Nikola Tesla was the biggest dreamer. In 1901, he dared to dream of a day where people could communicate by wireless technology. He believed that through this technology, which would be the size of a watch, we could transmit images and keep up to date on the stock market. About 100 years later, and we have the smartphone. Tesla’s dream of the future came true.

Writers, like Tesla, daydream. They come up with ideas, scenes from the future and from the past. All that writers observe are absorbed and brought back out in their writing. Never stop the dreams.

3. Let Nothing Stop You

An amazing modern scientist, Stephen Hawkings is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Hawkings has pursued his love of science in spite of tremendous setbacks. Even though he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is now almost completely paralyzed, he gives lectures, has written two popular books on physics, and has made major contributions to quantum physics.

As writers, we often complain about not having enough time, not being able to come up with an idea, or not earning enough to continue writing. We need to remember that there are people out their who have accomplished far more than us using less than what we already have. Let nothing stand in the way of your goals.

4. You Need to Work for What You Want

Marie Curie, born in 1867, is famous for her discovery of radium and polonium and her medical research. She won Nobel Prizes in both physics and chemistry. To reach her achievements, Marie Curie had to work as a tutor and governess and put not only herself, but also her sister through school. Even though she was a woman and had to face many obstacles, she worked hard and, at times, suffered to reach her educational goals to become a scientist.

For most, writing doesn’t come easily or even naturally. As writers, we need to work to build up our skills and reach our goals of becoming a successful writer.

5. Evolve

Charles Darwin taught us about evolution and how species need to change in order to survive or risk extinction. The same can be said of writers.

Writers will write a lot of crap before they become successful. Whether it is the sappy stories born from a teenage mind, the angst poetry of a 20-year-old, or the silly children’s stories of a new mother, all writers evolve and change their writing styles until they find one that is successful.

Change is essential to becoming a successful writer. If you fail to make the necessary changes to your writing, you are allowing yourself to become extinct.

6. Hire Help

Thomas Edison hired inventors to work for him. His goal was to create 1 new minor invention every ten days. A major invention was to be made every 6 months.

Like Thomas Edison, the best writers know that they can’t do everything on their own. Some writers hire typists, others hire their own editors or proofreaders. If you have kids, hire a babysitter during your writing times. Accept that you need help and get others to work for you while you concentrate on your writing.

7. Explore Everything That Interests You

Leonardo da Vinci is most widely known for having painted the Mona Lisa, but there was so much more to him than his artwork. He was also a self-educated mathematician and inventor. His surviving notes show he had a great interest in the properties of water and many of his inventions were beyond his time, including the ball bearing and a flying machine.

While writing is a skill that can take a lifetime to master, there are other things you should explore. Follow up all your interests with research and attempts. Keep your own journals about your discoveries, and let your new knowledge inspire your writing.

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