So, I'm writing this as I sit in front of my screen because as an author/ghostwriter sometimes the "ideas" and "outlines" never come when you need it and while that's
just one of the drawbacks, I feel like if I would have made writing a habit or a constant I would be having less of these "struggles".
We all know the saying "Practice makes Perfect" well that too can apply to writing. No you aren't supposed to slave over a computer until your eyes bleed or fingers fall off (Good Heavens don't do that!) but getting into the habit of things might just help (like not biting your nails, yes, you might still do it but if you practice not to put your fingers in your mouth - maybe remembering how much dirt and germs you touch every single day might gross you out - you soon become in the habit of not biting your nails.
So the same logic applies for writing - You might be able to plan/outline a little easier or get into the habit of every day or every other day (or wen you have a chance) to write 50 to 100 words. Remember doing Crossroad puzzles? Or Word games? Doing those every so often, trains your brain, and keeps your mind active.
However you do it, even if its only for a few minutes, that's enough to train your brain to learn the habit because in the long run it could help you.
With it being the end of August, I wanted to make up for the lack of posts. Yesterday night I finished the first draft of my second novel to the Final Destiny trilogy which is to be named (Game of Life and Death). I'll be doing a second draft sometime in a few weeks. That moment when you create something is like a shock and excited feeling bubbling inside. I'm really eager to make the third and final book but slow and steady wins the race as they say. In the meantime of taking a break from the first draft, I am working on a compendium, which will be a collection of short stories about the gods of my world.
I'll be sure to keep everyone posted with how the second book, its edits, the compendium, and about the cover reveal for book two (though I have an idea about that).
So, the good news - Along with Game of Survival being available on Ebook (Free for KindleUnlimited and for purchase for $2.99) Game of Survival Paperback version is coming soon! It will be sold for $18.55 (reason being I have removed the option for expanded distribution for now, otherwise, it would have been around $24 but for now - and if I can change in the near future - you can purchase the paperback for $18!) There's been a lot of stuff going on in my life but I'm glad that, at least, a fraction of my life - selling my book - is going good and in a right direction. I'll be sure to let everyone know when the book is released for now, stay on the look out!
It's been some time but after tweaks of edit which I hope are running smooth and so that way you readers out there can enjoy this book as it is intended. That being said, the paperback is coming soon, there's just been a few issues with formatting (curse that again, it's like it DOESN'T WANT THIS TO BE OUT) Well, I am looking into the issue as we speak but for right now you can peer into the world of Game of Survival. As you can see a slight difference in name change, series change, and there very small details that were changed/enhance from "Betas" who pointed out a few things to make note of. While I didn't change everything, only what was necessary to further something or add a bit of detail. It does not ruin the flow of the plot, so for those who last read, you don't have to re-read (unless you want to which I will not object too!). Anyway links can be find in its designated area on the website.
I hope you all enjoy reading and welcome Game of Survival to the world again.
To those who serve or had serve, or have family who served in the military I give you my thanks for serving this country. So I hope everyone is with some kind of love ones, family, friends, significant other, relatives, in-laws, or your friendly neighbor hooding alien. I wish you all a happy day and to keep those smiling faces. The world needs more of people gathering together and eating, laughing, remembering, and giving remembrance. Stay positive everyone and be happy!
There is nothing more frustrating or anxiety-building than not having a strong support system and that's normally in anything you do! Sure, you could be the type of lone wolf who works alone, but don't tell me you don't appreciate a "good job" or "you can do it" every now and then? I'm saying this because - speaking from experience, and while my family does encourage, I can't say the same for my significant other. You need a support system that will build you up, not bring you down.
They will read what you have written, test out a project or critique a work of art, play that new indie game you developed. Whatever the case, a support should be there to steer you on a good path. No, never should they fill your head, but every once and awhile praise should be given when it is given and honest opinions should be dealt with NOT with an iron fist but direct and mature.
The world is already tough and though most of us can stand on our own two feet, some of us can't, or some of us need a little helping hand along the way.
You are special, in every way, shape or form. I know it's hard when someone close to you tells you mean and unkind words about what you're doing (why not? They were the LEAST person who should have done that) but just keep pursuing in it. You are wonderfully made and don't deserve that kind of mistreatment. From one person who has felt this way, constantly, keep your head high, and try not to "let the haters win"; in the end they won't make it in life because they'll be busy making fun of others while you succeed and surpass them.
Feeling pressured lately? As if there's a rush to "do this" and "do that". That overwhelming surge of anxiety that makes you feel like your drowning and that life is unbearable. How do you cope with that feeling? What kinds of things hold you under water as a writer (or not as a writer!) At the very least, you feel alone, and forgotten. Sure you have your family, friends, and maybe even your dog Fido and Cat Fi-Fi, but for some reason no one really understands this overwhelmed anxiety feeling that pushes us down. How does one overcome it? How do you push through the negative constraints of society and get rid of this negative emotion.
It's hard to do and you just feel like balling up in a fetal position and just crying, letting everything out; feeling alone and numb to the world because no one understands your problems better than yourself. So you become your own soldier and you fight through the wars of your mind: Anxiety, depression, worthlessness, the feeling of writers block, and seeing everyone else accomplish something.
You have to be your own soldier, in writing, and in every other daily life choice.
You know what Grinds my gears? Writers Block. There's always something that places itself into the center of your mind and stops all creative process from flowing. Sometimes there's a fence, sometimes there is a really BIG fence, and sometimes there is a huge concrete wall that doesn't seem to move AT ALL. Then, when it does move, there's always another wall right there.
Confessions of a struggling writer, I tell you. . .
So, what grinds your gears? How do you get over the dreaded writers block? I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts and what tricks, tips, or incantations you all do to get that block out of your mind!
What's going on in the month of February! It's a new month in 2019 and i know, you haven't seen much of this here ole' blog, life has really been crazy. Anyway, not to bore you all, I do want to say that for a bit of teaser that "A Game of Survival" will be getting a new paint job AND it will have a paper back version to it - Yes, on Amazon. So you know what that means? You'll be able to get a hold on your favorite series!
And Speaking of series and books, I pushing through with writing Book Two. That's right, I hope to get Book Two finished in three months (that's the goal folks) so you lovely ladies and gentsdon't have to wait so long for the next installment (yes, it's quite a feat, but I'm willing to take it for readers out there).
So don't forget to tune in to see the new cover, updates and progress on book two (I have a newsletter you guys can sign up too!) follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and if you can spare your time or a few extra bucks buying my book on Amazon.
Amazon (A Game of Survival): https://www.amazon.com/Game-Survival-Book-One-ebook/dp/B07L34CHYF
And most importantly before signing off, Happy Reading!
So a couple of weeks ago, I watched Unbreakable (after watching Split on its Debut) made by N. Night Shyamalan all because "Glass" the continuation to the twenty year long sequel (Wow, that's the twist right there!). I liked Unbreakable and I liked Split, so I knew I would like Glass. Think of it as Shyamalan's own hero verse, but with normal every day people because those that are around can very well be Heroes - or villains - there just needs to be some kind of push to make that happen. All three male leads Willis, Jackson, and McAvoy did a remarkable job. Shyamalan spun a world of comic book characters, people seen as "mentally" ill, and made a interesting world of it (incidentally, if he doesn't continue this franchise - which I'm sure he will - which by the way were quite a bit of twist; I won't spoil - but watching this movie got my own "writers gear running lol) But it does make me ponder about my own current WIP and I'm excited even more delve into something similar like Glass (maybe create my own "verse world" who knows). All I know is forget any other "bad" movie you know about M. Night Shyamalan and give Glass a chance (I suggest watching Unbreakable and Split first, but I think the movie can pretty much be made as a standalone, the other sequels just help). Other than that, if you like comic tropes, I think you'll enjoy this.