Is originality dead?

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These days I find it difficult to believe that there aren’t any new stories to tell. But you’d think some people would already know that. I periodically scan the bestseller lists to see what’s hot, and what’s not. Needless to say, I’m slightly disappointed.

Whatever happened to originality? When I was growing up it was valued. Now all I see are the same types of books being published. I mean how many vampire books do we need? How many more bodice-rippers.

I blame the traditional publishing world. Just like Hollywood they’re going with “What will sell” and not taking enough chances on new voices with fresh new stories to tell. In the fantasy genre there seems to be a plethora of young orphans learning magic. That’s great, but how about making it a little bit more original.

Hollywood is the worst. Remaking movies from the past that are God-awful. Sure there’s a fresh new flick now and then, but it’s few and far between.

I think it’s pretty lazy to just stick with a safe formula and try to cash in on it. But that’s just my two pennies. There are so many hacks out there making a living doing just that. And it’s hurting all the great new stories just waiting to be discovered.

So if you’re an artist, or a writer with a story to tell, consider what I’ve written, and by all means, be original.

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.

Try this when writing

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People have written to me and asked: “What is this Universal Pen Writing system you’re always talking about?”

Simple. If you’re a writer and you want to excite your reader(who doesn’t?), it’s to your advantage to consider using the Universal Pen writing system.

In a nutshell, this is what the Universal Writing Pen System is:

Seamlessly combining five or more genres into one storyline to attract a wider range of readers.

“How do I pull this off?” you ask Simple. It takes time, and lots of work. But in order to seamlessly incorporate a wide variety of genres, and not risk alienating your readers, you have to read a wide range of fiction from, you guessed it, different genres. I don’t imply that once you do this you’ll be selling millions of books per year, but I do think your writing will be at a much higher level.

The truth is, there are already a few writers out there using the Universal Pen writing system. But chances are, they’re not aware of the term “Universal Pen”.

In order for a style (or potential movement) to take shape, it needs a name. I’m not suggesting that Universal Pen will immediately revolutionize the way writers write today. That would be egocentric on my part.

What I am suggesting, is that, if you wish to experiment with your writing and push past your limits, you cannot afford not to try practicing Universal Pen.

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.

Can writers tackle multiple genres?

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Most writers have accustomed themselves to writing in one genre and sticking to it. While this is a proven system, it’s not the only way for emerging novelists to make a name for themselves.

Writing can be an ungrateful occupation: you can write for weeks, months, and years with little or no reward for your efforts. Like most writing books say, it is a “labor of love”. But taking the plunge into different genres isn’t as risky as you may think.

Let me give you an example. Say you like writing historical fiction and after a novel or two you feel that you’re not making any headway with building an audience, you could start a new book. Perhaps a standalone work from a similar genre fiction category (historical romance) and see where that takes you.

I’ve diversified myself as an author and feel that it’s a great way to stay fresh and not put pressure on myself or my writing output. I would think that for someone like me, who loves the written word, this is a great way to stay in touch with your muse, while taking on different-themed projects.

So don’t be afraid to test the waters. If that book of yours isn’t gaining any momentum do your research on similar genres and see if you can branch out. I’m not implying you become a hack, but if you can apply your creativity to something different, you can take your writing to a whole new level.

Who wouldn’t want that?

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and novellas. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.