Writing Advice

How can hobbies help your writing?

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Ok so let’s say you’re not having fun writing anymore. It’s possible. Everything requires time off once in awhile. I don’t believe in Writer’s Block. I just believe in either wanting to write or not. And sometimes when you take time off, beautiful things can happen to your writing when you’re away from it.

Learn a new skill and have fun with it. Go out and walk, enjoy the weather (but if you live in the arctic circle I wouldn’t recommend that). Do something that you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the time for.

The point I’m trying to make is, if something isn’t fun anymore, the best thing to do is take a break from it.

Because it’ll be there, waiting for you when you return.

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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Writing Advice

Why can’t Writers please everyone?

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This is something that most writers worry about. The dreaded negative reviews that stem from someone’s rejection of your work.

Well, I’m sorry to say this but, it happens folks.

I’m sure you’ve heard term “Writing is Subjective.” Well so is every other medium of Art. You think Picasso didn’t have critics?

The best thing to do is not sweat it. I know that is easier said than done, but if bad reviews bother you then don’t check your reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or wherever your books are listed for sale.

It’s really easy. Sorta like breaking a bad habit. I’ve dealt with it and now every time someone says “I don’t like your books”, I just smile, thank them for their misguided opinion and say…

“That’s alright, someone else will.”

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, self-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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Writing Advice

Here’s what Imagination can do for you!

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If by chance you’ve reached a roadblock in your writing, or any other artistic endeavor, consider this: your imagination exists for a reason. It is the culmination of all your life experiences, and the greatest source of power within each artistic.

Cull your dreams of grandiose and unrealistic expectations and delve deep within your mind, find the things that excite you, make you happy, sad, horny, etc. Take those emotions and combine it with a story that you see potential in, I can’t tell you anymore for this is your personal journey, your path to glory and self-discovery.

So go on and find your best writing, and don’t forget to bring your imagination.

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, self-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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Philosophy

Deciphering the complex Artistic mind

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If you’re an artist, and things are not going as planned, don’t sweat it. Life is up and down. I that’s cliche but it’s true. If you feel depressed, it’s not because there is something wrong with you, there isn’t. It’s how your brain is made up.

Having been there I can attest to that. For a simple solution to a complex problem go talk to a trusted friend, or family member. And if you can afford it, by all means find a psychiatrist who can offer advice.

I don’t say this to patronize you, just to tell you that you’re not alone. And if you wanna leave a comment here, by all means, please do! I’m here to offer support.

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, self-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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Writing Advice

How to be a productive Writer

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Yesterday I discussed the unproductive habit of writing one book and expecting instant success. Well today you’re all in for a treat. I’ll be discussing how to create basic productive habits that will allow you to work on multiple witing projects simultaneously.

Ok so you’ve written a book. Great. Now comes the hard part, writing another one. If you’re not in the mood for another book by all means get some short fiction out there. Doesn’t matter if it’s just a short story or a novella, just keep adding credits to your writing resume.

Best way to get this going is to brainstorm. Write an outline of brainstormed ideas and put it into motion. Always have at least 2-3 writing projects in mind so you don’t get hung up on one. Best to go with your creativity and follow through with what interests you. The last thing you want to be doing is thinking of something that will “Sell.” You want to be writing something that is constantly tugging your brain and is screaming to get out of your thoughts and onto the page. This is where your your best writing will usually come from.

Then keep track of your projects. Have fun with them. See which one you can finish first and the next thing you’ll be staring at some finished pieces.

Then the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which one to edit first.

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, self-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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Epic Fantasy, Writing Advice

How Writers can increase their daily word output

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If you’re a writer who struggling to get words down, I’ve got news for you…don’t sweat it.

I’ve been there before, and who hasn’t? The struggle to get words down is an affliction that has plagued scribes since the dawn of time.

My advice would be to take it slow and start small. What I like to do is schedule a 100 words the first day and get those down. Yeah you heard me, 100 words, that how small I start. I make it fun and treat it as if it’s a game. I call it the Word Counting game and build on that. Then when I get those hundred down I forget about writing until the next day. The following day I move it up to 250 words. Once I get those down, again I forget about writing until the next day.

You see where I’m going? I keep it going: 500, then 750, then 1,000 and one and on. I increase my writing word count in small increments until I’m cranking out a ridiculous amount of words per day. And the great thing is you hardly, if ever, notice it. If I find myself struggling to get more than 1,000 words down I just start all over again. With 100.

That’s how you defeat writers block. You turn writing into something fun. A game. All great accomplishments start with that one tiny step.

Just remember to start small.

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, self-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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Epic Fantasy, Writing Advice

3 signs of an amateur writer

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Ok so you’ve written a book,had it edited and are now ready to publish it online. You think that’s enough? Well think again.

It appalls me to see how many so called “writers” out there hurt themselves by making such rookie mistakes. Yes I know we’re all green when we first put ourselves out there but here are a few tips to make sure you are coming accross as a professional, and not some wanna-be.

1)Calling yourself an “award-winning writer”: Ok so you won Joe-Bob’s creative writing contest. So what? Have you won a Pulitzer? Or a Hugo? There are so many “Awards” out there it’s funny how newbies think this will come across as impressive. When these writing contests solely exist to generate income. Save the personal accolades for when you win a worthwhile award.

2) Using a Twitter Auto DM to spam your book: This is one that really fucking pisses me off. The impersonal DM. If I’ve followed you that does not give you the right to send me this DM. First off, it’s really annoying, and 2nd it makes you come across as a spammer who is only interested in marketing their products, instead of genuinely connecting with someone who is a living, breathing person.

3)Craft: quite possibly the most important of them all. If you think you’re a writer just cause you slapped a few pages together and have joined all the other wanna-bes out there, go to the back of the line. I see so many poorly-edited books out there, with crappy covers that look like they were designed by a 4 year old. When you’re trying to navigate the literary jungle, you want a book that shines on its own and is properly formatted, edited, with a professionally designed cover. Don’t care how small your budget is, there’s tons of great artists out there that can make your beloved book look like a winner.

So there you have it folks. Some solid advice from someone who’s made their share of mistakes and has lived to tell about it. Writing is serious business, so make yourself look respectable when putting books out on the market. It just might make all the difference.

 

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Self-Improvement, Writing Advice

How to deal with critics

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Listen, if you’re reading this you’re either an artist or someone else that’s had to deal with criticism, it’s inevitable, we all have to brace for them. But how do you prevent someone’s opinion from ruining your creative groove?

Easy. Just don’t.

Opinions are like farts: some stink, and some don’t. The goal is to decipher negative criticism, from constructive criticism.

Are all critics mean, nasty people? Some are. But some are also pretty alert folks who give the artist clues how to improve their craft and/or story.

I’ve developed such a thick skin that very rarely does a bad review or nasty criticism affect my creativity. And if I see someone is going out of their way to trash my work to boost their own ego, I take steps to prevent it.

Like using the block button.

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, self-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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Self-Improvement

How I changed my day for the better, read on…

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Today was going great. In the morning I had a great chat with an old friend I hadn’t seen in ages, and then with wind in my sails, I went off to work. Then, while I was working,disaster struck, and my equipment failed. Did I lose my cool? No. Experience has taught me not to do so. But I was frustrated, too frustrated. Maybe that’s a fault I need to work on, but this was the 6th equipment failure I encountered in the last 5 months, so perhaps I was entitled to a little frustration. But I did one thing I always do when I get flustered, I took a break and headed rather than sit there and simmer. Did I give up too soon? Maybe. My co-workers thought so. But I’d like to think that when I get angry it’s best to just walk away from something,instead of risking making a mistake while in the heat of a bad moment.

What I’m saying is, there’s no shame in being angry. But if you must get angry, make sure you don’t make a rash decision. Cut your losses, and move on. Tomorrow I’ll have extra work to do, but I’m ready for it.

And how did I turn my anger into something positive? I came home and wrote this blog post, which I hope will help whoever reads it.

Thanks for your time,

T.A. Uner

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Philosophy

Writing without sight

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It’s been a challenging week for me. Two weeks ago I found I’d need retinal surgery on my left eye in order to prevent vision loss. It was an unexpected complication during a busy time in my life: working on two novels, maintaining a day job and an upcoming vacation on the horizon.

It’s been over four days since the surgery and my writing output has suffered. So has my outlining. I was hoping to finish the 2nd Draft of Forever Mars this week but that may be pushing it. With only one working eye, it was always going to be a challenge.

Nevertheless, I continue living my life despite reduced eyesight in my left eye. Besides, what other choice do I have? The doctor says the surgery was a success, and that I should regain full eyesight in my eye in a few weeks, but, as a writer even the reduced efficiency of one eye is a huge loss. I mean, you need your eyes in order to write…right?

Perhaps the purpose of this blog post was to put thoughts to paper. I don’t talk about myself much on this blog, except for sharing my writing experiences, and releasing information about an upcoming work. Maybe it was to let everyone who follows my blog never take the small things for granted. Not saying eyesight is “small” per say, but I never really thought I’d experience diminished vision so early in my life.

In the end I have may family to thank. For their support. And you, noble reader, who hopefully can use my experience to appreciate something in your life you take for granted.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com and https://twitter.com/LeopardKingSaga, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

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