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When Health takes priority over Writing

 

It’s been a tough past two weeks. I had a nasty cyst removed from my forehead and two days later I found out I needed to have eye surgery on my right eye for a detached retina. This being the second eye surgery after suffering the same detached retina issue in my left eye less than two years ago. Blame it on my bad optical genes.

What makes it more frustrating is that I am nearing the stretch run for completing The Leopard Apocalypse, the third book in my Leopard King Saga Historical Fantasy series.  To add to that, I also was just beginning the rewrite for my new publisher Kensington Gore for my novella Kill Zombies.  The plan was to expand the novella into a novel for my publisher. Some of you may recall I signed a two-book publishing deal last February.

Well both are on hold for now.

It sucks. I know.

But some things are more important that writing. Yeah. It’s true. So I’ve been taking time off from writing. One from a Flagship series close to my heart and the other being a possible income grabber from a publisher I’m under contract to.

But there’s no other way around it. Without eyes I’m not able to write. So rest I must.

I’d like to hear from anyone out there who’s faced health challenges while in the midst of a productive work spree. As always, your comments are appreciate.

Talk to you soon!

 

 

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Epic Fantasy, Philosophy

The truth about struggling

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I felt this story might serve to inspire some folks out there. Well a few days ago I noticed that a mouse had gotten into my home. Fall is here, so these critters tend to get inside homes now that summer is over.

Well I thought catching a mouse was pretty straightforward. How hard could it be? You set a trap, bait it and voila! Dead mouse. Not quite. Little did I know I was in for a surprise. A big surprise. From something quite small.

I set three traps and was surprised that none of them had caught the mouse. But wait, it gets weirder, the cheese bait had disappeared! The mouse had actually grabbed the bait and made off with the cheese.

I was surprised. Clearly I’d made a mistake.So I re-baited the traps and waited. Nothing. This time all three traps had been stripped of cheese, and still the mouse had evaded capture!

Clearly I was dealing with a craft creature here. But I refused to be bested by a creature who’s brain was smaller than the size of a raisin. I continued my struggle to capture the mouse, but, it kept getting away with the cheese.

Knowing I had to change my tactics, I went to purchase a glue trap. And finally, after three days of struggling to capture my quarry, low and behold the glue traps had captured not one, but two mice.

I’d be surprised if there isn’t a lesson in all of this. Clearly my struggle to catch these critters was an example of life. We struggle and we struggle, and even when victory is expected, it’s seldom delivered as we like it. But yet, if we persevere, we may yet end up with a favorable outcome. I was overjoyed to see my efforts in catching an additional mouse. I hadn’t climbed Mount Everest, but still, I found myself grateful for the struggle.

Young Adult

Guns And Dogs origins: Shootings

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By now many of you are aware that my upcoming Young adult novel, Guns And Dogs, which will be released worldwide on June 21. But many of you are probably curious as to how I arrived at writing this book. What was I thinking when I started crafting the outline in 2014?

I would have to say that school shootings takes up a huge chunk of the plot. I don’t have to explain what a national crisis shootings have been. From random violence against individuals to school shootings, and now the tragic nightclub shooting in Orlando all have a place in Guns And Dogs.

Instead of taking a side on gun control, I’ve written a realistic story and allowed the reader to make up their own mind. I personally don’t care much for them, but being preachy about guns would defeat the purpose of writing. A writer must lay out a story and let the reader decide for themselves. That is the definition of freedom.

So with all these tragic shootings that are destroying the fabric of our society, what can we do to stop the violence? That is the question put forth in Guns And Dogs. And that is the question every reader must decide for themselves.

 

 

 

 

Writing Advice

What does patience and writing have in common?

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The majority of writers today do not make enough to support themselves. Yes. You read correctly. Sorry if I popped your unrealistic bubble that was based on a get-rich-quick scheme where writing is concerned.

Writing is an art. And you really should keep the unrealistic fantasy at an arms length so it doesn’t affect your ability to create the best possible book or short story.

Many newbies think that one book will propel them to fame and fortune. Look, if you’re doing this for those reasons, then I really doubt your overall dedication. This is something you do for love. Yes, there are hacks out there trying to chase the market, but why aspire to be like them.

Be like you!

Patience comes into play. Don’t plan on making it with one or two books. Have a long-term game plan where your writing is concerned. Network with successful writers or learn what you can to make yourself a more well-rounded person that is built for success over a long period.

Ok. Lecture over. Now go out there and start building a strong foundation that will set you up for long-term success. And remember, patience should be your watchword.

Writing Advice

The most important part of publishing

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As most of you all know I am currently working on getting my next novel, Guns And Dogs, published. What you may not know is how it has been delayed publication due to the quality control aspect. Well, this is the most important part of publishing.

For me, writing is the easy part. I create an outline, and go from there, while adjusting the structure of the book as it takes on its own identity. But that’s just the beginning.

If you’re working to get your first book out there, you owe it to your potential audience to get the BEST book to market. This means, you don’t rush the editing process.

You then edit the living hell out of it. Then get a good editor to check your edits. A few back and forth exchanges will yield a better manuscript. Then it’s time for the beta-readers. You find 2-5 people whom you trust to help you weed out errors in the book that could take away from the reading experience. This included grammar and punctuation.

Again, it all about the editing folks. Yes, writing the book is important, but how well you edit it will determine its readability. Marketing can only do so much for a book that reeks of errors stemming from amateurism.

Guns and Dogs, my upcoming Young Adult novel, was originally scheduled to be released back in March. But I took a look at the book and realized it needed more work. Trust me, fans will wait for a book’s  release, and believe me when I tell you that it will be worth it in the end when you see how satisfied your reading audience is.

 

Writing Advice

Helpful tips for a better Writing Life

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Don’t feel like Writing? Go Write. Had a bad day? Write. The dog pooped on your favorite couch? Write.

Get my drift? Like I tell people, I don’t believe in Writer’s Block. I do believe in pushing yourself to do it. But only if you want to.

Yes, there will be time when other events take precedence in your life: day job, family, friends, or whatever. But my point is there is never a “good” time to write, since anytime is is a “great” time to write.

Ya know?

Writing Advice

Turning negative experiences into great writing

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Today was a great day for me. You’re probably wondering what happened. Well the day job sent me to a food convention and while the experience was a good one I had the misfortune of working with a total a-hole at my booth.

But hey, I’m a writer, so I seized this opportunity to use a real-life experience to enrich my life and my writing. Not every “bad” experience is really bad. Not if you allow it to ruin your day.

So the next time the Writing Gods put a total dickwad on your life path, make the most of it by using the experience to create even better villains.

And then after that, you can beat them up if it’ll make you feel better. But I wouldn’t recommend it. We’re civilized folks here, right?

Writing Advice

The Dangers of Writing

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Normally you wouldn’t associate danger with writing. Except that’s not the type of danger I’m about to discuss. Read on.

The dangers I’m talking about here starts with unrealistic expectations. Say you become a Writer and expect the world to stop for your novel and embrace it. The huge book tours, the six-figure advances and movie deals. You get the picture.

When you start having delusions of grandeur regarding your writing and its results that’s when you need to take  a step back and get yourself together.

Always remember. Fame and fortune are great, but in the end they’re status symbols and mark the materialistic gain that comes from your writing. Everyone knows that it doesn’t happen to everyone. If you get lucky and it happens for you, wonderful, but if it doesn’t you shouldn’t be pushing the panic buttons.

That’s what happens in today’s society. Most people today will measure you on how many books you’ve sold, or how many movie deals you’ve inked. But usually those occurances are out of your control. They either happen or they don’t. But don’t fret, there’s another way to measure success, and believe me this is something that you have complete control over.

It’s called writing. It’s called editing. It’s called trying to produce the best piece of work you’re possible of creating. Those are the only things that a Writer should  be concerned with. And if you focus on these things, and keep your goals reasonable, then the dangers of writing will be a thing of the past.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

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The Sacrifice of Writing

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If you want to be a successful Writer it takes more than just writing books. Editing and choosing the right cover are important too as you probably already know.

But is there more? Of course. You have to sacrifice your best self and invest it in your writing. Your best self consists of your imagination, and believe me, sometimes it can take a lot just to think up enough worthy material to put down on paper.

But us writing types are used to it. I mean, how many real writers out there complain about not being able to write? Very few. The ones that do complain were never really Writers to begin with.  These are the so-called “wanna-be” types that think it’s cool to dabble in Writing. Treating it like a passing fad, instead of a sound investment in time and energy.

True Writers give their best, even when they know success is far from guaranteed. They write in the face of adversity and defeat failure even when their books don’t sell millions. Then again, very few Writers sell that many books. And for the ones that do, that’s great. But trust me when I say this that their success found them long before they made tons of dough selling their creativity to the fickle reading market. They transcended the realm of doubt and transferred the best part of themselves into a coherent story.

What do you think?

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.