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“The beauty of art is that it comes from the heart.”― T.A. Uner

What is the Universal Pen Writing System?

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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 provide maximum reading entertainment.

“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 authors. 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 higher level.

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

In order for a style or movement to take shape, it needs a name. I’m not suggesting that Universal Pen will 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 your boundaries, 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 and life. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. Spam not included.

Some people don’t know this but…

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…that every time I crack open a book I’m holding a living thing in my hands. Yep, books are like people, you think I’m crazy? Well maybe but listen: every book that is written has its own identity, and just like people books can be either entertaining or dull. Some have achieved fame while others not so much.

Still don’t believe me huh? Well keep reading brave soul.

Books have personalities, just like people no two are alike, some may look alike but each has its own story, like people, and no two stories are similar. Some books have depth and are featured prominently in libraries and TOP 100 must-read lists, and some belong in the back aisle spinner of your local convenience store.

So the next time you read a book, remember, good or bad, you’re peering into another human being’s essence.

T.A. UNER is the author of three books. Come visit him at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00EOSNR9K

How Writers can access infinite power

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Ok so now we know where great stories come from. But before you can put yourself in a position to deliver great stories on a regular basis we need to focus on one more thing.

You.

Yes. You. Mr.,Mrs. or Miss Writer. You. The human behind those beautiful words you’re about to craft for others’ enjoyment.

The first step is to build yourself up. How? By helping society. Volunteering. Because, and it may sound cliche, by helping others, society that is, you open your mind to a plethora of positive emotions. And, with this in your writing arsenal, you’ll be a tough writer to beat.

But you ask: I’m not a Romance writer. It doesn’t matter. Whether you write Sci-Fi or dark comedy, you need to give before you’ll receive. Receive more attention for your stories,that is.

That’s why you need to tap into the ultimate power source. Ready?

Time for another one of my drum rolls….

The Universe.

Yup. But wait you ask. How is the universe going to help me?

When you perform a service for others, or society, it comes back in spades. Its cliche but true. Look at some of the great people of history: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa. They gave their best selves and helped millions of others, and by doing so became legendary.

So you want to make your writing legendary so the people who read your stories become inspired and buy more of your books, poetry, short-stories or whatever you like to write. Right?

It’s a positive cricle, the opposite of its nasty twin the vicious circle.

You know I’m right.

But what if you don’t have time to volunteer.

Well, make some. You don’t have to give 20 hours of your day. Even 1-3 hours can make a world of difference.

I know you can do it. How do I know this? Because once, I was searching for the power to elevate my writing, and when I realized that by helping society, others, was the key, I was well ahead of the pack.

Now I share this knowledge with you, my audience, my friends.

So. Get out there. Help society.

You’ll be helping your writing too.

What sets Writers apart from other professions?

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Psssstt. Got a second?Great! But better make that two. Two minutes that is. I’d like to tell you what makes writing, and writers special.

No, it’s not the absurd amount of caffeine we ingest, or the hours we put into crafting every sumptuous sentence.

Did you figure it out, yet? No?

Ok. Maybe you think its the amount of sitting involved.

Close. Keep guessing.

Give up? That’s alright, we’re not gameshow contestants. You won’t lose a chance at a trip to Hawaii if you don’t know the answer.

What makes writers special? Well thats a depth question. And I’ll do my best to summarize.

For starters, the amount of solitary time we spend thinking and crafting a story, expanding our minds and souls, conducting research to make our stories accurate and believable. But that’s not all. By writing stories for both ourselves and others, we, drumroll please, we help advance the human race.

I bet you think I’ve lost my mind. Maybe, but don’t tell anyone else that.

Stories, all types of stories, have been told for thousands of years. Ever since the first grunts, of our caveman ancestors. The human race was built on stories and there is always a demand for them.

Why?

Because, being the emotion-based creatures we are, we want to exprience the full spectrum of feelings that makes us human.

It’s the same with other mediums: Television, Blu-Ray, Video games, tanning salons. Ok,maybe not tanning salons but you’ll have to excuse me, I havent had my caffeine dose this morning.

Since being human is what defines us, stories tend to define us. And the type of story we’re attracted to indicates which type of emotions we want to engage.

Some of us like to be scared, so we’ll read horror. Some of us want to fall in love, so, you guessed it, we’ll read romance.

That’s pretty much what makes authors special, we’re in the emotion-inducing business and as a writer I’m challenging every writer out there (a positive challenge of course) to take your writing to the next level and give your reader what he/she craves.

Emotion.

Staying focused while writing toward success

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It’s important to realize that writing, like any other occupation, requires time and effort to achieve success.

But you’re probably thinking: “I knew that!”

Great. Keep reading compadre.

The truth is, for us writers, there is never a guarantee that our efforts will ever take us to the Holy Grail of writing, that elusive big advance, or the sale of your book’s movie rights to a big-time Hollywood studio.

For most of us that is, at least early in our writing careers, just a pipe dream.

So here is how you stay focused while chasing your dream of publication.

You forget about the end result. What I mean is, don’t even think about publication.

You’re probably thinking: “Is this guy crazy?”

Well of course I am. After all, I did pursue writing as a career.

What I mean is that you cannot live and die with the thought that publication should be your end goal as a writer.

Its best to just focus on the writing itself. Love of the craft. That is the essence of writing anyway. Those big money book-deals and all the other perks, at least for me, are bonuses.

I’m serious.

In the meantime, how do you stay focused while writing?

Simple. You slow down, and enjoy the beauty of life. Writing, at least until it becomes a full-time occupation, should be pursued exclusively as a hobby, nothing more, and nothing less. That is how you relieve yourself of stress and negativity that can only hinder your creative juices and distract you from your truth path, or Soultrail as I call it. The path that the Universe has chosen for you alone to walk upon.

I wish someone had told me this years ago, when I was just getting started with writing. But now, I’m here to tell you that, enjoying life to its fullest should be your top priority.

When your creative juices stop flowing, it’s time to put the ole laptop on standby and go outside. Walk. Take in the fresh air. Go skydiving. But make sure you check your parachute before doing so.

What I’m trying to say is, living life to your maximum potential will make you a better writer overall.

And that my friends, is the essence of writing.

For what is a writer’s goal if not to explore life and the Human Condition through words.

Now take a deep breath and exhale.