Writing Advice

Looking at success from a higher perspective

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Ok. You wrote a book. That’s great. So have countless other writers. In the age of self-publishing it seems everyone is throwing their hat into the arena for a chance at literary success.

But what exactly is success? Seriously. Is it making enough money to retire on? Is it having your name in lights? Or is success just putting in hard work and being satisfied with the end result. Be it good or bad.

Or maybe it’s just how you decide to look at the big picture from a higher perspective. Nobody will crucify you for trying, yet these days, in our fast-paced lives which are often adapted to fit a fast-paced world, some people are pushing themselves towards unrealistic goals and getting upset when “success” doesn’t arrive conveniently.

To me, success is just the effort that goes into an endeavor, regardless of outcome. I believe if more people viewed success from this higher perspective standpoint, they would realize that success is ultimately the cumulative result of many separate efforts, amassed over time.

Sure, there are those who “hit it big” after one book, album, business deal, or any other endeavor. But these “successes” are usually one-offs. Sometimes victory can ultimately lead to defeat. And defeat, when studied and analyzed, can lead to eventual success. I’ve personally learned more from my setbacks than I have from my successes, and the same rule applies to those of us who meticulously study where we went wrong, and seek to fix it.

So if your first novel or other artistic endeavor fails to generate that elusive six or seven-figure payout, don’t despair. Simply consider it your first setback on the road to success.

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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Writing Advice

How to maximize your writing, and life!

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Face it, if you’re human you’ve carried insecurity with you. It’s is a disease that can take down the greatest of men and women…but only if you allow it to.

As most of you know, I’m a writer, and writers are some of the most insecure people on Earth. Why? Like most careers, it’s a luck-oriented business. You can be the greatest writer in the world and still be relatively unknown. Plus, if you burden yourself with unnecessary expectations, you can guarantee that insecurity, humanity’s age-old nemesis, will come knocking on your door.

So how do we defeat insecurity? Easy, you just ignore it. Now you’re probably asking: how do I do that? Easy, just ignore everything you EXPECT to come from your endeavors.

Society programs us that being rich and famous is the way to go. Not true. Loving what you do, and doing it right is how you should program yourself. That is the true essence of preserving your humanity and keeping insecure thoughts from plaguing your work, and more importantly your life. Fame and fortune brings with it it’s own bag of uncertainties-I’m not saying it is worthless, it’s not. But it shouldn’t be the defining outcome to seek when you embark on any career, be it writing or window cleaning.

Start changing your thinking and watch insecurity be a thing of your 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, self-publishing and sales & marketing. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox.

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What inspires great writing?


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On this Sunday morning I decided to write a piece on inspiration. So what inspires you? Let’s take a look at various sources of inspiration.

1) Art: Does art inspire you? Of course it does. Art is a look at humanity from the highest vantage point. It’s the gateway into the imagination of the artist, what that person felt when they created it. Yes, I can feel the creative juices flowing.

2) Family:What about family? Do your parents inspire you? Mom? Dad? Or your sibling(s)? What about Sons and Daughters? Nieces and Nephews? Whenever I spend time with family, especially the little ones, I feel inspired to go write, they have such an uplifting effect. I’m sure the same goes for you.

3) Belief:Having something to believe in can inspire us. This is natural. You don’t have to be ultra-religious to have belief, but that helps too, so long as you keep it positive and never stray down the path of fanaticism. Even if you don’t believe in a higher power, there are plenty of other things to have faith in: your health, friends, hobbies, pets. What do you believe in?

So there you have it. The three main things that can inspire us to do greater things. I’m sure you can think of many more, as each of us is unique in their own way.

So…what inspires you?

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. 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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What is the Writer’s biggest issue?

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I’ve been asked this question a lot, so I felt now would be a great time to discuss it in a blog post.

“What is the Writer’s biggest issue?”

Good question. I’d have to say many things, but not limited to:

1) Fear: It’s crippling effect not only destroys any hope of getting words down on the page, but stems creativity, and sends it to “no-mans-land”, the place where negative emotions exist. Defeat fear with this proven technique. ACTION!

2) Doubt:Another nasty habit and a cousin of Fear. Doubt will kill your creativity and play tug of war with your emotions, leaving you a nervous wreck. Solution? Don’t listen to this dirty little fellow, just write, and forget about the quality of words you put down. You can always fix them later.

3)Procrastination: A good friend of Doubt, Procrastination keeps you from fulfilling your writing destiny. It’ll tell you that “you can always start writing tomorrow”, the problem is you don’t. It’s a vicious circle that destroys creativity and leads to doubt and fear. The solution? Easy. Talk to other writers and learn what they do to combat this nasty foe. If you don’t have any writer friends, make some, or read some good self-help books on the subject. There are tons of them out there.

So there you are folks. Writing’s greatest foes, but now you’re better armed to combat these nefarious bastards, and send them packing, so you can do what you do best. Write!

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. 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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How Love improves writing

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Do you want to improve your writing? Sure. Who doesn’t. Here’s one simple trick to make sure your output mirrors your writing goals. What am I talking about? Emotion. Or more specifically, Love.

Yes. Love. You read correctly.

In order to craft your best work, you have to shelve all negativity. Negativity is the assassin of creativity. It’s that simple.

Instead focus on some good things. Like whatever makes you happy. Use the emotion of hope to egg you on to better things and watch your writing take off. If you like, put on some music in the background, or listen to motivational tapes if that’s your thing.

Put positive emotions to work for you.

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. 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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Writers, don’t fear competition…embrace it

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Let’s face it, for writers, the competition has never been more fierce. Why? Look around you, the boom of independent publishing had led to a massive influx of new writers. And more writers means more books. Lots of books. Thousands of new titles released everyday. It makes you wonder if your book will ever get noticed. You may start to feel nervous. But don’t.

Competition is good.

Why? Simple. The success of independent publishing has lead to amazon’s increase in bonuses. Now, to even have the most read book or your book in the kindle 100 means extra bonuses. And now Kindle Scout has appeared. If you don’t know about it click here to learn more.

So don’t worry about other writers. Worrying about the competition can only hurt you and your writing. Focus on your own projects. Besides, the competition isn’t going away, so why torture yourself with worry. Worry destroys creativity and turns you into a nervous wreck. So what if another writer’s book is ranked in the top ten in sales and your book is languishing in publishing no-man’s-land? The success of others, especially in the publishing field, lends credibility to the entire movement. So, you should actually be happy.

The only thing any writer can do is focus on writing the best book possible. And while you’re doing that make friends with other writers, especially ones that have achieved success in the crowded marketplace. Learn, live, and most importantly, write.

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. 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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How Books heal the world

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I love to read and write. And, if you’re reading these words, I’m assuming you do too. Or, at least one of the two.

So why am I writing this? Simple. To tell you how special books are. Whoever said: “The Pen is mightier than the sword” wasn’t kidding. Books entertain us, educate us, heal us.

How? Funny you should ask that.

Both fiction and non-fiction books are special: they both provide healing in different ways.

For example, a non-fiction book for self-improvement, is just that. If read and incorporated into the reader’s life correctly, can be worth more than a million dollars in the bank.

Yep. I’m not kidding. But wait, I’m not done yet. Read on my friends.

Fiction is great too. We, the readers, invest our precious time getting to know the characters, experiencing what they experience, living through them and experiencing a wide range of emotions. And, if a character can transform himself/herself by the end of the story for the better, we, the readers, feel validated. It’s even better than sex. No I’m not insane in saying that.

Why do you think so many people read? They’re not just killing time. Nobody wants to kill time. Because time is precious. Once its gone, man, it’s gone.

People read to heal themselves. Yep.

Books, like good friends, are worth so much, and, when a book has great information, or realistic characters we come to love, its like we’ve improved ourselves. Ascended to a higher level. It’s time well spent.

Because, the purpose of being human is: to improve ourselves.

Thanks for reading,

T.A. Uner

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