Saturday, December 31, 2011
I have had a ton of events happen to me in 2011. I got laid off on June 30, and instead of doing the normal thing which is to be depressed about circumstances in my life. I took action instead, and built up my writing career. I published an ebook in August, and another in October. I have more in store though, so I will be churning out more ebooks. I was laid off for three months, and then I got another job. I even got rid of the toxic people in my life to since they are in another state I will hopefully never deal with them again. I started up several projects that I cannot wait to get into.
I even cleaned my room in preparation for a new desk and chair. I have had this blog for a year in January, and 2011 is the year I received my laptop too. I achieved my goals of becoming a published author even if it is an ebook, received my first rejection, and finally got my ereader. I plan on setting up a new blog for writing reviews on writing related books too. I have planned on publishing more ebooks too while working on the first book in a trilogy. Then after I finish editing it I plan on trying to get an agent with it hopefully. I plan on trying to balance writing, school, and work more.
I even set up a twitter account, Facebook fan page, and I am a member of several writer forums. I have even been introduced to Second life too. I have made a ton of friends, and formed healthy relationships. 2011 was a big year since it set in motion my writing career.
Anyone else with the goals they achieved this year, and life changing events this year?
See you in the New Year!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Every writer deals with it, and it does not matter whether you are published or unpublished. Traditional or self published, or Indie published either, and it will always be there. In a dark part of your brain. The times where everything is good, and it rears its ugly head to tell you things to tear your heart to shredded bloody pieces. I feel like taking an imaginary shotgun, and blowing it to pieces.
If I do that maybe it will go away. Unforunately self doubt is not a person, so there is no harming it. There are ways to combat it though, and the main thing is to not let it get to you.
Sometimes if self-doubt strikes I read a book. I let the book distract me, and it keeps my mind on the book. Not the current WIP I am struggling with. I then proceed to spend my time typing, and working on other work. It helps to keep busy if you have any negative emotion. I hate it when it happens though because it can get you down quickly. It can make you stop writing, and give up when you have so much to say that letting it get in the way seems stupid. Push on though with whatever you are doing because that is a way to let it go.
You can also try these methods:
- · Meditation helps because it allows you to stop thinking, and just be at peace.
- · Aromatherapy helps too because certain oils can make it go away. It can help you relax, and combined with candles and a bath a good combination too make you feel better.
- · Taking a walk can help to clear your mind, and you can repeat affirmations that can help you get back to where you were before the doubts creep in.
- · Video games can help too since you can smash your self doubts to pieces if you play a violent video game that lets you shoot up things.
- · Eat or sleep it off since taking a break to do that can help you out too.
Any other tips you guys have to share about conquering self-doubt?
Until next time,
Writers need characters and plot to convey their story. I can create characters and plot, but the one thing I lack is breathing life into them. I have been writing devoid of emotion at times, and it shows in my story that the characters are flat. Yikes!
I now know that I need to use my passion, and emotions to make my characters more believable. Emotions and characters are what moves the reader. It is what keeps the reader turning the page.
Creating characters people root for, and that can change can make the reader read until the end. It separates a good story from a bad story. Believable and extraordinary characters are what keeps the reader thinking about the story, and what will happen way after the pages are read too. I need to make them have flaws and strengths equally since my characters need flaws to be believable. I will need to think of ways to make my characters relatable to people too. I will probably work on it more as I get better on bringing them to life on the page.
Passion is an essential key to a good character and story.
Without it the characters fall flat, and boring. They become a carbon copy, and not relatable either. Without flaws a person can become boring, and too perfect. Bringing life to the page with characters is what a writer lives for.
Any thoughts about characters and passions?
Until next time,
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I love how technology is getting better and better every year. Like companies are making better tablets, and the IPod touches and Ereaders are getting more hi tech. I can lay in bed with my IPod touch or laptop and go on Facebook and Twitter. I can even check my bank account too, and for writers technology is a good thing since writers need to be active with social media. You can even get apps for writing on the go. Writers can get an Ipad, and use the app Pages that lets you type documents on the go which will be handy for long road trips. I mean technology allows us to buy books instantly, and publish them instantly too.
My thoughts lately go to a Kindle Fire, and the Ipad. I plan on getting both because the Fire will be used as an Ereader mainly, and the Ipad will be used for playing with documents in the car. I love the portability of both, and I could easily fit them into my big back without it weighing me down. I am looking up the top apps for the Fire and Ipad. They are awesome. Word, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging.
I can even use it in school for typing up notes when I do not want to carry my laptop that day. I can type story ideas on the go, and that is what I use my Ipod for sometimes during break at work. I had to use it the other day when I finally came up with the name for the character in The Killer Contract Agency two story. I love it though! Which is why writers should own tablets, and portable devices. I am going to own both the Ipad and the Kindle Fire, so I will write a review on them both when I can.
Any thoughts on technology?
Until Next Time,
Monday, December 5, 2011
School will be over in a few weeks, and I do not know whether to be happy or sad. On one hand I am done with my online classes, but on the other that means creative writing is coming to a close. I have enough books with fun writing exercises though, so no worries there. Without a set schedule though it means I will have to find some times a day to do fun writing exercises.
I plan on getting a Kindle Fire soon, and I can show my ebooks to people with it, and sign them with Kindle graph. I need an e-reader because I have tons of ebooks. There is a cool program for the lending library which is awesome too!
On the novel front I now have turned a short story into a full length novel. I have added enough elements to make it long too, and longer then a novella with cool twists and turns to make it a good read. I have some avid readers who are my friends that will tell me ways to improve my stories. I will end up making the series a trilogy since it has the potential to be that long. That is all for now.
Until next time,
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