Self-Improvement

Summer Writing Advice for Writers

Just came back from my Summer Trip to Ocean City, MD and it did a world of good. Why? Because taking a trip from home to a different locale is always good for your writing.

Why?

See Below.

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Ale is proven to help writing. Just make sure you drink responsibly.

Ok the ale tasted great but that’s not what I meant. Taking trips to recharge the battery we call the brain is helpful. It helps release clogged up creativity which otherwise would not make it into our manuscripts.

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While at the pier, I thought about becoming a pirate. No seriously! There was a huge sea battle I was working on before I decided to take my summer trip.

It also helps if you can find a writing spot at the hotel you stay at. Someplace where you won’t get bothered much. It’s alright if there is some noise. It helps train your mind to block out noises when you’re writing and focus on the task at hand.

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As I looked out from my writing spot, I dreamed of words to come.

Where do you like to go write? And if so, why do you like going there. Chances are you don’t have to take a 3 hour drive like I did to find one. But, if you do, make the most of it.

 

 

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What is May Magic?

What is May Magic you ask? I’ll tell ya, but first, let me update everyone on what the hell I’ve been up to lately(sorry for the ‘hell’ but I’m trying to be dramatic here). Been busy looking for a new day job and I found one. Really excited to get a chance to work for a new company, and continue sharing my writing with the world.

The Leopard Apocalypse, the third entry into my Flagship Leopard King Saga series, is moving along at a steady pace. Support from friends and family has been uplifting as always.

So that’s enough about me. May 2017 is here, and I wanted to share the Magic with you. May is the month that is the precursor to Summer, and Summer means blockbuster movie releases, end of school(for most), and hopefully, the start of something new and special.

Well the same rings true for me as well, so let me tell you that everything is possible. Whether you’re an artist or an engineer, every day brings its challenges, but with that comes the opportunity to live in the moment and release the unhealthy weight of the past and/or future.

Be yourself, and, make May Magical!

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Have you seen my new Kensington Gore Author Page?

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A few days ago I mentioned signing a two-book deal with UK publishing house Kensington Gore.  Now I would like to announce that my new author bio page is up and running. Click HERE to check it out. It features 7 fun facts about me.

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.

Writing Advice

How to balance your writing with life

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Alright, I’m guessing most of you writers and artists out there have day jobs. And even if you don’t, for whatever reason, your writing isn’t paying the bills.

At least not yet.

Maybe you’re writing solely for expression and plan on independent publishing. Or instead working towards making it via a traditional publishing route.

Both are viable routes, but one thing you really must remember is the age old saying that’s become cliche: “Don’t quit that day job, just yet.”

Very few writers can afford to. So how does one balance a day job while trying to write? It can be irksome to a few who also have families to care for. But hey, listen, there’s hope.

The answer is to make time. Any bit of writing is better than no writing. And trust me, it gets easier as you successfully manage the two. It’s a balancing act for sure, but nobody said this writing business was going to be easy.

Right now, think of it as a hobby. If you make it, great. If not, keeping plugging away, and don’t ever compare yourself to other writers who’ve “made it.” Because trust me, even they’ve got their own set of problems.

So what are you waiting for? Put the kids to bed and crank up that word processor!

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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Author interview with “The Single Librarian”

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Today I am being interviewed by “The Single Librarian” which is a blog on books and authors. Click HERE to read the interview.

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Indie Fall Fest 2014 is here!

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It’s finally here. The biggest online Independent Writer/Writing event! Lots of great giveaways. Click the Pumpkin image to visit the event!

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Special interview on T.A. Uner to be posted tomorrow on LeopardKingSaga.com

Many of you have asked for more information on who I am, beyond the brief Author Bio section on the LeopardKingSaga.com site. I am more than happy to give you a detailed look at the man behind the Leopard King Saga and other literary works.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting a detailed interview that I was happy to be a part of.

Stay Tuned. 

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing and sales & marketing. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox.

 

Writing Advice

Is your Author website guilty of these infractions?

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Let’s face it, no two websites are alike. Some stand out and others, well, let’s just say they’re guilty of the following big three mistakes:

1)Wrong Fonts: You sure don’t want to be guilty of this. Inappropriate fonts that are too big or two small or illegible can ruin your website’s engagement factor and send your traffic scurrying off to another site to get information. Make sure that when you fine-tune your site you have words and headers that aren’t too fancy or just plain over-the-top. If you’re having trouble with this be sure to have a professional design your website.

2)Too many advertisements: Don’t get me wrong, advertisements are a great way to earn some extra income, but just like anything else in life, you really don’t want to overdue it. Too many advertisements can be distracting, and take away from the message you’re trying to convey on your website. Keep advertisements minimal, and never, ever have pop-ups.

3)Too many links on Menu header: Again, let’s keep it simple. If you’ve got more than 8 links on your webpage menu header, that’s going to distract your visitors. Nobody wants to waste their time searching for information. We live in a “right now” society, where everything needs to be served up fast.

There are other infractions that can ruin a potentially effective website. But the 3 I’ve mentioned are the most common and worst offenders. If you’re an artists trying to sell/display your work, or a business trying to build new accounts you simply cannot afford to have a shabby website.

T.A. Uner is an author. His blogs about: writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing. Please visit him at http://www.leoaprdkingsaga.com and subscribe to his blog posts.