This is Er from a comic I created in 2004.
Er likes cigarettes (he smoked his first ciggy when he was 6 months old), he likes ‘Carlsborg’ beer, he has a mop-like dog called ‘Dog’, and has an invincible arm. He can’t move it. Sadly.
Time to channel myself from 10 years ago and continue it! Oh and where the hell did 10 years go…
One of the most amazing things my mother encouraged was drawing and writing. Even if it was on the wall. She would always say that we could clean it off. It wasn’t a big deal. She was much more interested in what I created. This was in my old home in Battersea, London.
Of course, if I overdid it, I would eventually end up like this.
Are there any cool lessons/quirks that made an impact from your parents ? I’d love to hear them!!
Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeju Island, South Korea.
“And so the Dragon waited silently. He watched the ripples, like the passing of time itself, and occasionally caught the sight of a fallen leaf above him. He spoke to no-one. Not even the cold lifeless fish. He could smell them above. Their stench was tremendous. It smelt of spoilt milk and greed. It had smelt like that for a long time.”
It takes a while for you to find your voice.
My voice is still developing. Over the past year, I think I’ve made a lot of progress.
I am writing for the sake of writing. I’m not doing it for fame. I’m not doing it for fortune. I do it because I love to write. That’s all.
I’m grateful for a platform to do that. Kane has a Pen was an idea to force myself to write more and develop an audience. Thanks for subscribing and being a part of my journey. Onwards!
I want to talk about what my writing experiences have taught me.
Writing has saved me more than once. Emotionally, financially and maybe even spiritually too.
I don’t have a heap of achievements or accolades, but I feel I’m headed in the right direction. I’m currently working on a children’s novel and it’s going well. I believe I can get it published. I believe I have a career doing it.
This is what I keep in mind when I work.
1) Don’t allow people to tell you that you can’t pursue your passion as a living.
Everyone as the right to do what they love and get paid.
I’ve heard so many people over the years tell me that “writing makes no money” or that “it’s better to get a real job.”
You can make a living doing anything you bloody feel like. Maybe it will take a bit more effort, a bit more patience, or a bit more luck. Stick with it.
I’m making a living right now as a scriptwriter, as well as pursuing a novel in my spare time. It can be done. It just takes discipline. Stop making excuses and just do it. Which leads me to…
2) Stop complaining
Everyone’s life is hard. Everyone has problems. Don’t be remembered as a person that always puts a negative spin on everything. No-one likes a Debbie Downer. Here’s an important FACT to keep in mind…
Whatever problem you have, someone probably has it worst.
Someone has, without a doubt, been through worst circumstances and obstacles. And they have overcome them.
Go to the library and read an autobiography of anyone you admire: Michael Jordan, Eminem, Chris Gardner, Muhammad Ali, Stephen King – ANYONE.
If they can overcome – so can you. Be thankful you’re alive for goodness sake.
3) Talent isn’t enough without hard work
Talent can only get you so far. The people that go really far are the ones that continually pound away at their craft. Hour after hour. Day after day.
I learnt this lesson from writers, celebrities, rappers (that also write continually) and entrepreneurs.
Just like Macklemore says in the song ‘Ten thousand Hours’:
It takes time. Make a concentrated effort to tell yourself you’re not good enough…yet. Only then will climb the ladder of potential.
Be open to learning. To making mistakes. Don’t be cocky. Put in that work.
Painted on a bench at Namsan, Seoul, South Korea.