Writing Advice

What are your goals for 2018?

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It’s been almost two weeks into the new year. I’ve been taking time off from my writing to recharge the batteries and get myself ready for more writing and editing in the next week.

Back-to-back family Birthdays coming up next week will cap off a productive rest period in which I emerged from the wake of my 5-year writing journey to complete The Leopard Apocalypse.

So what are your goals for 2018? Are you going to start or finish that novel you’ve been thinking of? Or maybe write a screenplay. What challenges are you facing or plan to face when embarking on a new project.

If you’ve got something in the works, please leave a comment. I’d like to know. Wishing you the best for 2018!

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Announcements

The Leopard Apocalypse Update

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Wanted to give everyone an update on the 3rd book of The Leopard King Saga, The Leopard Apocalypse. I’ve now moved onto the final chapter. Yes! Finally! After five years, could I finally be finishing this never-ending story? No pun intended of course.

If making it to the final chapter in the first draft is making me this excited, I wonder how I’ll finally feel when I finish the whole thing? I’m still gunning for completion of The Leopard Apocalypse manuscript by the end of this year. Keep your fingers crossed.

I hope everyone out there is enjoying the holiday season, whatever you’re doing, I hope you are enjoying the process, and not the result. That’s where the best stories come from.

 

Announcements

November brings fall challenges

It’s been awhile since I posted anything. But wanted to let everyone know it’s been a challenge holding down a busy day job and working on two books.

As most of you know I’ve been working on two books for the past few months. The first is Kill Zombies, a novella I self-published back in 2013, and has since been signed on to Kensington Gore publishing. My new publisher wants it expanded into a full-blown novel, and it’s been taking up some of my time.

The second work is The Leopard Apocalypse. The third book in my Leopard King Saga series. A book I’ve been working on since 2012. It’s now swelled to 176K words and I still have 2 plus chapters to complete.

But I’d have to  say the biggest challenge is realizing that it may be time to move on from my day job and pursue a career that would enable me to write more. It’s been a difficult choice, but usually when we are faced with adversity, that’s when fundamental changes occur. And it’s usually for the better. I’ve kept a positive outlook throughout this entire ordeal, and believe me, I’m ready for whatever fate awaits me in my future pursuits.

What type of struggles have you faced? And how have they changed you? I’d really like to know. This blog exists for everyone’s benefit. Not just mine. As always, I’m looking forward to reading your comments!

 

Announcements

September Leopard Apocalypse Update

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It’s been a few months since my last update on The Leopard Apocalypse, so I wanted to let everyone know that I’m nearly finished with the first draft. Only three chapters remain to be completed, and I’ll be finished with the longest writing project in my young writing career. What a relief that will be! I’m currently at 167K words and I imagine it will continue to balloon until I cross the finish line. No projection on when that will happen, but it shouldn’t be too far in the future.

It’s also important I mention that my expansion for Kill Zombies, a novella I am currently expanding into novel-length for my publisher Kensington Gore is back in full swing. So there is no lack of writing projects for me!

Announcements

September arrival signals new project

It’s been awhile since I posted a message. Finally have my right eye back up at 100%. As you may recall, I had retinal detachment surgery in late July and had to wait until my right eye stabilized before getting a new prescription. Now that that’s behind me, I can focus on writing at a full-time pace.

I’ve resumed writing The Leopard Apocalypse FT. And am revising/expanding Kill Zombies for my publisher Kensington Gore. On top of that I began outlining for a new nonfiction book project.

It’s going to be titled, The Leopard Life. And will be focus on helping new writers embark on the novel-writing careers. It will also have a section on art and how writing fits in within the creative spectrum.  It’s final section will focus self-improvement, based on my own life and universal self-help advice that I have accumulated on my personal life journey.

I hope to have more information when it becomes available. But that’s it for now. Let’s welcome Fall 2017 with a good dose of dedication to our chosen artistic paths.

Respectfully,

T.A. Uner

 

 

 

Announcements

Back at it

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As some of you know, I recently took a break from writing due to eye surgery. On August 1st I got the go-ahead from my Doctor to resume writing.

What a relief! I began by resuming work on The Leopard Apocalypse, and yesterday I returned to my novella, Kill Zombies, and resumed working to expand that into a novel for my new publisher, Kensington Gore.

Is my right eye at 100% yet? No. That will take some time. But I’m more than ready to resume writing. After almost two weeks of no writing, I was happy to be back at it.

More updates to come.

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July update on The Leopard Apocalypse

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As most of you know, I’ve been working on the third book of my flagship Historical Fantasy series, The Leopard Apocalypse. Well I wanted to give everyone out there an update on what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks.

Well, in a nutshell, I’ve been writing up a storm for the past month. Almost every single writing session has yielded at least 1,000+ words per day. I even managed 2,500+ words written down for two days straight.

I hope to be done writing the first draft by late August to early September. This has been the most ambitious work I’ve ever undertaken, and I’ve already set a new personal record for word count. I’m closing in on 150K words and that’s with only 80% of the manuscript written.

Stay tuned for the next update, and I hope everyone’s having a great summer!

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.

 

 

Special Events

What are your summer beach reading plans?

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Summer is nearly here, and with that, the heightened expectation of the summer beach read. Let me ask you this: do you manage to get more reading time in during summer? Or not? Also, is there a specific book you’ve been looking forward to read in Summer 2017? If so, I’d like to hear about it.

I’m currently reading some historical fiction to prep myself for the onslaught of my summer reading list.

What are you reading this summer?

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More fantasy, or more history?

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As most of you already know, for the past six months I’ve been writing the 1st Draft of the 3rd Book of my Leopard King Saga series, to be called The Leopard Apocalypse. This book has already cemented its place as the longest I’ve ever written. At the time of this article, I’ve got 120K words down, with eleven more chapters left to write. This will easily eclipse my previous word count high of 124K words which belonged to the previous Leopard King saga book, The Leopard Stratagem.

As with all books in this series, the genre is Historical Fantasy. But I would like to know from my audience out there which elements would you like to see more of in The Leopard Apocalypse? More fantasy, or more history?

Thanks for your time and help, and I look forward to your comments.