Notes from An Alien

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How I Had To Change Myself In Order To Write My Book…

Eleven years ago, I was 54 years old and just beginning, finally, to mature.

I’d been seriously studying the issue of Global Peace for about twelve years.

I hadn’t quite got the principles from my head to my heart

I saw a Tweet the other day that said: If the author doesn’t cry, the reader doesn’t cry.

Eleven years ago, I did, in fact, start letting myself cry more

In the post, Publishing Day Thoughts…, I gave a timeline for all the major writerly events that led up to my publishing Notes from An Alien yesterday; but, the deeply emotional transformations I made on that path, the psychological and mental growth that the feelings led to, and the application of Principles of Peace in my daily life weren’t in that post

It’s one thing to have a Theme burning in your heart and tantalizing your mind; it’s quite another state of affairs
to live through the changes necessary to turn that Theme into a Plot alive with Characters who live the story.

I had to become, in essence, the characters I would eventually meet once I hand my hands on the plot. I began meeting my characters about a year ago. They were all aliens living in a star-system twelve light-years from Earth.

Acutely appropriate for a guy who’d usually felt like an alien himself :-)

Most importantly, I had to use what I’d learned of resignation and sacrifice during ten years of growing up and make a place in my mind and heart for Sena Quaren, the “co-author” of the book.

I think an author has to have a submissive ego to truly let their characters come alive. If the ego can’t get out of the way long enough for the author to form a relationship with their characters, the book will either never get written or be written in a hackneyed and stilted style.

Until eleven years ago, I’d been living a hackneyed and stilted life. Even though there were eruptions of authenticity over the years, I was more amorphous than substantial, more tentative than responsible, more dream-like than imaginative.

I salute the pain suffered in that crucible of preparation. I see it all as a worthy discipline–my paying of long-deferred dues

So, all-told, I’ve been studying and learning how to live Peace for 23 years and all that effort has reached a culmination in a rather slim book—dense with promise, pregnant with its successor, facing a World of greed and war and holding aloft a banner with words uttered by one of its characters, Morna: “Patience is our weapon of choice.”
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15 responses to “How I Had To Change Myself In Order To Write My Book…

  1. Louise May 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Brilliant insights. Very helpful to someone in the throes of writing who is trying to get it to ring true. Thankyou! : )


  2. Simone Benedict May 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    It takes much courage so I hope you receive many blessings in the future.

    And, I hope I begin to mature by the time I reach my fifties. :-)


    • Alexander M Zoltai May 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you for your wish for my future :-)

      And, as far as maturity goes, you seem to be ahead of the schedule I was on………


      • Simone Benedict May 5, 2011 at 3:50 am

        Lol, I doubt it. That I’m ahead of you on the maturity scale. But, if I’m putting up a good front, sometimes I think that scores some points. Well, maybe. What I do know is those growing pains are no fun. It takes courage and strength to bear them for sure. Your crucible reference is very right on.


        • Alexander M Zoltai May 5, 2011 at 4:17 am

          You said, Simone: “It takes courage and strength to bear them for sure.”

          And, I must agree, except…

          For the times I was weak and afraid…

          But that’s why it took me so long :-)


          • Shalon May 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

            Writing a book in one year is NOT long Alexander, it’s actually a feat of marvel that you did write it in a year.
            I really liked this post, by the way. And congratulations on publishing your book!!!


  3. John Paul Mahofski May 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    What an amazing journey! Your work is appreciated I can’t wait to have this book in my hands!


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  5. Selena June 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Insightful. The 50’s must be the magickal age; it’s taken me this long to figure out how to be human!


  6. Alexander M Zoltai June 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Well, Selena, I figure, if one’s parents, God bless ’em, didn’t do a great job instilling the more metaphysical attitudes into a child, the material society has a better chance to shape the ego which is then overcome by exhaustion by the 50s :-)


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