Down With Prince Charming

I’m trying to develop the perfect character that is flawed and strong in a way that people can relate to. However, instead of writing this perfect character, I have come up with an almost mirror image of myself. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy myself as a character, it’s just that I can’t have me for every single main character. I could just go the way of J.K. Rowling and write a seven book series until I run out of me to describe, but that makes for a long time on one single plot and I just don’t think I could stick with it.

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Heroes

With the new movie crazes about superheroes and all of our favorite comic book characters coming to life on the big screen, I’m surprised that I haven’t even broached the thought of writing a blog about comics and graphic novels! Comic books and their graphic novel counterparts have built their ranks with amazing writers such as Chris Claremont, Frank Miller, Jeph Loeb and so many more powerhouse writers.

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In the End

I know that it’s the new year and that the large majority of people in the world are focused on new beginnings. Last year when I wrote a blog around this time I was being an advocate of the time honored tradition of New Year’s resolutions. This year I can’t help but to focus more on endings. If you have been steadily writing since the beginning of the year then chances are you’re coming close to the finished product of your novel. With that in mind let’s talk about endings.

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Write like The Force Awakens

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article complaining about one of the reasons why the writing of the Star Wars prequels felt so uninspired. Largely I think it has to do with the eradication of a sense of wonder and mystery. Everything seems logical, but in a cold, heartless way. We're presented with  the backstory of this universe, but it isn't an exciting unveiling of this foreign galaxy--it's more of a bland history lesson.

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Children Are The Future

I have taken a small pause in writing my novel for the time being. I am actually working on finishing another project that has been sidelined because of my lack of an illustrator. I am attempting to write a children’s book. It’s not a chapter book for young readers; rather it’s more reminiscent of easy reader books such as Where the Wild Things Are with the rhyming scheme of There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. If you’re familiar with the writing in either of these books, you realize the necessity of an illustrator.

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The Cookbook

Books are books no matter what shape or size they come in. If you peruse the non-fiction section of a library or bookstore, you’re bound to run into cookbooks. I don’t have much experience with compiled books but it is an interest that merits looking into. The hard part I would imagine is making the book tantalizing enough to oust any other book that it sits next to on the shelf. I would have to say that the best way to ensure that happens is to market your book to a specific audience. Good food isn’t enough to attract people anymore.

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Master Class

If you’ve been with us for a while you have probably seen an earlier blog of mine about how we as writers, should emulate the style of the writers that are successful because they have education and experience behind them that indie writers like us sorely lack. Now I don’t usually like main stream writers but I’m not the only person in the world that is trying to write a book, I live life by trying to take the good from every piece of advice given to me and in the spirit of that mantra I have been made aware of a program that’s being hosted on masterclass.com for writing.

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Updates and progress

If you didn’t already know it let me give you the heads up: Libraries are great! Here recently there have been some phenomenal changes with the relationships between independent authors and libraries in the area. One of the more prominent changes is the attitude libraries take with indie authors. It isn’t a big secret that independent authors struggle with venues in marketing their books and getting their writing out to the public. In what I assume was a cost effective attempt at solving said marketing problem, independent authors turned to local libraries for help only to be turned away.

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Are the voices in my head?

“The year was 2015 A.D. and the earth he knew as a young boy was no more. Through tremendous progress the human race leapt forward with technology remaking the modern world. Amos could no longer remember the last time his actions weren’t catalogued in the infinite deluge of information that circulated everyday life. However, no matter how advanced things had become he knew his place in this world and the impact he needed to make on it. As the world was buzzing around him with a cornucopia of distractions, he knew that he had to write.

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Past the Milk Now the Meat

The writing game is an ever evolving landscape and it’s extremely hard to find an avenue that hasn’t been used at least a hundred times before. A majority of plots aren’t necessarily new but they can be used in a new fashion to make them updated. If you can revamp an old plot, why then can’t we all publish books and all of them be made popular? The answer lies literally in the question I just asked. Popularity. Most publishers know what is popular in the writing world and what readers are more prone to like.

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