Getting in the Zone

Day 28 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Writing Routines

A lot of people second guess their routine for greatness. They think it’s luck or the alignment of the stars that triggers their genius but success is more closely linked to routine than we think.

If you ever watch a pro athlete warm-up before a game or match, you will see that they use the same routine to prepare. They tape their ankles a certain way, they tie their shoes a certain way,  they even warm-up for the game the same way.

You should employ the same approach when writing. When you sit down at a desk there are things that you should do to trigger your genius. This doesn’t mean checking your social profiles and starting internet searches.  

Try free-writing for a few minutes or looking at a photo and describing what you see to warm up your mind before you begin writing. A good warm-up can clear the clutter, so you get in the zone faster.

GhostWriting

Day 25 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write about a book that you didn’t know was ghostwritten by another author

Ghostwriting is one of the most powerful positions in media. Secret writers are employed for speeches, songs, and even books. 

I remember when I found out most popular songs are written by the same group of 5 to 10 writers then they sell the songs to record labels and artists. The artists either buy or “copy” the songs without permission and lots of money is exchanged one way or another.

The same is true about some of my favorite books. It takes patience and an overwhelming amount of time to carefully sculpt words that move or inspire an audience. Usually, when a single author produces volumes and volumes of work in a short amount of time, the work may be written by other authors or a group of authors. 

This is fine for the group and its label. The power for the aspiring author is knowing that it takes time to produce great work, and even the greatest of the greats may have had some help along the way.

The ghostwriting discovery that most shocked me was the Goosebumps series. I enjoyed reading the horror series when I was younger. It’s too bad more of the authors didn’t get more credit for their work. 

The disconcerting piece may be the issue of credit, but the number of ghostwritten books lets you know there is a demand for highly-skilled writers and a place for the art of writing in the economy. 

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Favorite T.V. Shows

Day 22 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: What was your favorite T.V. show growing up? Why?

I watched a ton of T.V. when I was a kid. Most of it was sci-fi, action-adventure cartoons. My favorites are a mixed bag of old anime and American cartoons from the 90s. 

Biker Mice from Mars, Exo-Squad, Robotech, Voltron, Spiderman, Batman the Animated Series, Dexter’s Lab, and a bunch of other network cartoons are part of my TV show gumbo. 

The mix of stories informed my storytelling and helped me shape the dreams that I use to create my stories today. 

Your work will flourish when you draw on a palette of stories from your past and integrate it with your work and dreams of today. 

Keep researching and striving for your best.  

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Manuscripts

Day 20 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write about your first completed manuscript

My first completed manuscript was Dorean Black. Writing the story was a journey in and of itself, because I learned a lot about writing and the little steps you take that add up to big changes over time. 

Learning to pace yourself as you grow into your newer and bigger place in the world is the greatest lesson as your personal story unfolds and you work to finish your series. 

I often say, the manuscripts we write run parallel to life, offering two journeys, side-by-side.

As I look back, I learned its not about the books we finish. It’s about the people we help along the way and greater understandings we learn as our journey through art and life unfolds.  

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Tomorrow’s Topic: Post a Philosophical Question and Answer it.

Promoting your Book Online

Day 18 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: List a few free sites that help you promote your book? 

In today’s blog post, I  will jump right to the point. We are talking about really good websites to promote your book. 

I’ll give you three really good options all of which require some buy-in from you and the other parties participating in the promotion.

The first website I will recommend is Reedsy. This website has hundreds of email newsletters that you can promote your book with. Some are paid and some are not.

The second wealth website I will recommend is Book Funnel. Not only does this website have tools for publishing your book, sharing it with arc readers, and sharing special signature copies with fans. It also has a promotional tool where you can collaborate with other authors and promote books jointly. I recommend having a mailing list of at least 1000 subscribers before you get started because many of the promotions require you to have a small audience before you start promoting.

And last but most problematic is Facebook. Although the platform has been restructured to prevent organic growth, Facebook shines when it comes to active groups. Groups are a good way to get into a space with other writers and readers to participate in a writing community. Please don’t enter a group to promote your book, join a group to learn and listen, so you become a better writer and better at understanding the bigger picture of the genre you write. 

With that said, start blogging every day and telling the story of your creative work. There are dozens of people who need inspiration and the riveting story of a passionate go-getter will inspire them as well as keep you on the path to your goals.

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Building

Day 15 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: How do you build a scene in your writing?

When crafting a scene, I start by thinking of the ending then I draft an outline and short-list of goals.

It’s important to know where you’re going with your characters and your plot so your writing is focused and efficient.

The same goes for other endeavors. You wouldn’t waste your time writing a business plan you were never going to start or entertain opportunities you were too afraid to follow through with.

Start with the foundation, frame it properly then start with the details that make your project unique. There is electrical, plumbing, drywall, and a number of other things, but the first thing is always the blueprint with the full picture. Your job is to bring the picture to life.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Book Genres

Day 14 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: What’s your favorite book genre?

Usually, when people ask me to talk about my favorite genre of book I talk about the books I don’t like.

As I’ve grown wiser, I’ve learned deflection is a defense mechanism that prevents people from really getting to know you. So, here goes. 

My favorite book genre is short science-fiction. I like finding the largest anthology of sci-fi current to the year and going through each story. 

It’s just like watching Black Mirror or the Twilight Zone, but the plots and epiphanies hit like anvils and the stories are pure watersheds of inspiration.

I enjoy a few other genres. Especially books that blend elements of sci-fi and fantasy or mystery and horror, all of which make for a good read.

I find the territory on the fringes of genres has the most significant landscape for growth when writing. It’s like exploring uncharted territory. 

Keep reading and keep writing. 

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Perfect Villains

Day 13 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write about what makes the perfect villain

When we think of typical villains, we often think of anti-social outsiders with a vendetta against societal norms. 

This typical villain approaches with cosmic ray guns or a diabolical plan for world domination. In the end, the villain is willing to do the one thing heroes usually don’t. They’re willing to hurt people to get what they want.  

This is the external villain, the villain of comfort, the villain we expect, the villain we can see from a mile away. 

The internal villain has no shape or form. This villain is a dream deferred, a distraction, a desire.

It is conjured out of anxiety and fear which is good territory for writers and entrepreneurs as it creates obstacles for them to overcome. 

The perfect villain is the collision of the aforementioned archetypes. To create a villain without internal conflict and external conflict makes a boring villain. The same with your hero. The same with you. 

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.