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.

Why the Struggle is the Victory

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Let me tell you something. Something about myself. It’s not often I talk about my past, but in this case it could help you.

I wasn’t always writing. I mean, I did, but it didn’t last long. My first story was back in the 5th grade, decades before the independent publishing era began, even before the internet became a household necessity.

My first story was about a robot called “JetThrust.” He flew around Earth saving earthlings from deranged scientists, evil alien robots and flame-spitting dragons. It was a handwritten story scribbled on loose-leaf paper, stapled inside a folded piece of construction paper. Artwork featured throughout the story was provided by yours truly.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this.

Alright. So here’s the moral of the story: I quit writing. I got caught up with the wrong crowd. I got sent to a boarding school that served bad food, and when I “graduated” I didn’t even have an acceptance letter from any relevant college.

Now, I know there are people out there that deal with much bigger issues, and to me those are the real heroes of society, not the ones the paparazzi media will have you worship.

My point is, I struggled. I had to work various jobs while going to community college, and back then, I was upset that things weren’t going my way. The jobs I worked brought me face-to-face with people whom I would rather not discuss. But here’s the proverbial silver-lining: Those struggles are what got me to pick up my writing again. Those experiences, while painful, are now, and will always be, a part of me.

Don’t ever misunderstand your pain, it’s what gives you strength, experience, and maturity.

So when you look back at your life, and you remember your struggles, and situations that you’d wish you could forget, remember this…you’re still standing.

And that’s your victory.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing, sales & marketing, and life. 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.

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.

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