The Sacrifice of Writing

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If you want to be a successful Writer it takes more than just writing books. Editing and choosing the right cover are important too as you probably already know.

But is there more? Of course. You have to sacrifice your best self and invest it in your writing. Your best self consists of your imagination, and believe me, sometimes it can take a lot just to think up enough worthy material to put down on paper.

But us writing types are used to it. I mean, how many real writers out there complain about not being able to write? Very few. The ones that do complain were never really Writers to begin with.  These are the so-called “wanna-be” types that think it’s cool to dabble in Writing. Treating it like a passing fad, instead of a sound investment in time and energy.

True Writers give their best, even when they know success is far from guaranteed. They write in the face of adversity and defeat failure even when their books don’t sell millions. Then again, very few Writers sell that many books. And for the ones that do, that’s great. But trust me when I say this that their success found them long before they made tons of dough selling their creativity to the fickle reading market. They transcended the realm of doubt and transferred the best part of themselves into a coherent story.

What do you think?

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.

A message to struggling Artists

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If you’ve struggled as an artist or in any other occupation this blog post is for you. Ok so you’re not doing so well in your desired profession, or maybe it’s a hobby that is not panning out into a full-blown gig; at least not yet. I have some advice for you, since I’ve been there before.

Take a break.

Find other interests, join a club, meet new people, it’s cliche but “live your life to the fullest.” Why? Because life is way too short to be putting your eggs in one basket. I know all you would be artists out there are wondering where I’m going with this but the truth is art should only be worked on when you’re in a positive frame of mind. It should be fun, expressive, and when you are at your best.

If you need help, there are plenty of support groups out there. Just google them and I’m sure you will find something.

Now do yourself a favor, and take it easy.

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 is success selective?

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For those of us who don’t have it easy (and really, who does?) let me say that you’re in excellent company. Many of us have wondered why success is hard to attain. What’s the secret? That’s what most people ask. They spend their time buying self-help books and attending seminars. But really, you want to know the easiest way to attain success?

Take the long route.

Short-cuts don’t get you there faster. Why not make a few mistakes along the way and learn from them. That’s what I did. Mistakes are good, so long as you gauge them and gain experience from them. They’re nothing to be ashamed of.

Find people in your field and become friends with them. Not because you’re after something to further your career, but because you want to have people around you you can trust and build a genuine relationship with and learn from. These days everyone networks, and that’s fine, but you don’t have to meet a million folks, you’d be amazed at how a handful of qualified people works wonders.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and learn your way to success.

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.

 

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

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.

Consider this mindset for lasting success

Wow! How fast a year goes. Right? Last year about this time I was trying to get my Author platform together before launching LeopardKingSaga.com. I was a newbie then, but through the past year I’ve been able to amass enough information to become a useful resource. Self-Publishing has been an exciting journey for me, but regardless of your profession, be it writer or business person, the universal tips I’m about to share should prove helpful to help eliminate time-wasting mistakes and get your business, or dream, off and running.

Tip#1: Have a plan. Make sure you have a strong foundation of knowledge of what you’re trying to sell before you go to market. My strong points were storytelling, history & effective communication (I have a BA degree in History and Speech Communications) and self-help strategies amassed from my time working 15 years for Fortune 50 retail companies. Have the qualifications before you go to market.

Tip# 2: Build a strong Base of Operations. Nobody is going to listen to you if you don’t have a platform. What’s a platform? A series of websites and helpful portals where people can access your wealth of knowledge and make you a legitimate voice for the product or services you’re marketing.

Tip#3 Have Patience. Things don’t take off right away. Yes I know there are some people who start up their businesses or write their first book and it becomes a mega block-buster, but success like that is rare. The truth is, lasting success takes time. Until you become established(and after) keep your mind focused on offering quality services. And do it like you mean it! Let patience be your ally.

Be sure to come back often where I share news about my site and how it can help you achieve your goals.

I would like to wrap this article up by saying, no matter what you choose to do, make sure you enjoy what you do(I know it’s cliché but that’s the truth) and provide a service that’s not only fun to bring to market, but something that will give others entertainment and value. Something that will stay with them for a long time, possibly forever, and help make them a better person. This is what I set out to do when I became a fiction writer. To create stories that resonate.

Also don’t forget to visit LeopardKingSaga.com on July 17, 2014. That’s tomorrow! I’ll be giving away a special gift to celebrate the first anniversary of my website and flagship portal LeopardKingSaga.com; yes it may be our birthday but you’ll be getting the gift. What’s the free gift? You’ll just stop by to find out!