Article by Elena Nicolaou
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- Danielle Steel’s 185th novel, Spy, came out on November 26.
- Steel, who has been writing novels on the same typewriter since she was 19 years old, has sold over 800 million copies and is the bestselling author alive.
- In this candid Q&A, Steel opens up about her legendary career, her beloved brood of nine children, and the secret side of her no one knows.
The events of Danielle Steel’s life read like a modern-day fairy tale. Or perhaps they read like the plot of one of her own bestselling books—sagas about ordinary people whose lives turn sharply in the direction of adventure.
After her first book, Steel’s next five books didn’t sell—but the sixth one did. “I always say to young people who are writing: If I had quit after three, I wouldn’t have the career I have today,” Steel says.
She adds that as much as her jet-setting life seems glamorous, there’s also an isolation that accompanies literary fame.
I got hooked on writing books. I love it. Now, it’s my dream job. I can’t think of another job I’d enjoy as much. Writing books makes you more interested in people’s problems, because we all have those problems. It doesn’t matter who you are—you’re subject to the same worries and problems and illnesses and losses.
I try to be in my office by 8 every day. If I’m in San Francisco, I meet with my staff. If I’m not working on a book, I answer emails, work on an outline, do research. I pretty much stay at my desk all day. I eat at my desk, which I’m sure is very unhealthy and uncivilized. If I am working on a book and haven’t had a chance to write that day, I usually start writing around 8 pm and go until about 3 am. But if I start writing in the morning, whenever that is, I’ll start on the book and keep going through the day. I work, on average, 20 hours a day. Sometimes 22. Occasionally 24. And then whatever time of day it is, I sleep for four hours, then I go back to the book. I think my body is used to it.
So after 179 books, you’re still not satisfied?
Sorry, 185 books. Will you ever be able to rest?
I hope not. I can do that when I’m dead.
There is much more to this article, fellow writers. It’s a look inside the writing and personal life of someone who didn’t quit after rejection. Read more at:
Have you ever had one of those days when you say to yourself, “I have no motivation to do anything” or ask yourself “Why do I have no motivation for anything”? Perhaps this is acceptable on a casual, lazy summer day when you are on vacation from your usual duties and nothing is at stake. But for some people, there is a constant, perpetual feeling: I have no motivation for life. Whether it’s going to the gym, going to work, looking for work, or doing house chores, sometimes it’s hard to work up the motivation to do anything. Below are a few simple strategies to allow you to get a “jump start” on your motivation.
Focus on the Little Positive Things
Sometimes it’s important to find ways to distract yourself from the negative elements that kills any motivation. Focus on the things that fuels you, not kills you.
Don’t Underestimate Yourself
Regaining some confidence in your own ability will help you build some momentum into actually completing a task.
Focus on the Process, Not the End Result
Focus not on the distance of the end result, learn to appreciate all the little things that come along the way of getting there.
Find People To Tag-team With
Reaching out to others can provide you with an external motivation that you may have trouble conjuring up on your own
Imagine the End Result
Creating a positive result in your mind can motivate you to do something that you otherwise may not even want to attain in the first place.
Being motivated can be hard. There are probably more people who tell themselves “I have no motivation” than people who are clearly motivated. The tips offered here are but the fundamental elements. There are many more useful advice to learning how to get motivated when you have no motivation to do anything. The most important thing is that it all starts with you. Remember, nobody can motivate you more than you. It may not be easy to get started, but once you pick up momentum, you will achieve your goal before you know it.
Whatever success may mean to you, it is within your grasp.
Keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. It’s out there waiting for you.
Sometimes it serves as a giant wake-up call !
Hello. You made it through Thanksgiving, but now Black Friday is staring you directly in the face. So take some time to de-stress yourself by completing some of the prompts below. They will take your mind off of the chaos in the malls and prepare you to face it calmly. No need to do all of them. Pick one or two and carry on !
Just be careful out there !