Writing and Publishing

How to ask questions that get in a person’s head

Everyone loves a good interview.  Personally, I am a Star Trek fan who has been to over a dozen Star Trek conventions throughout the United States.  At these conventions, you get up close and personal with legendary television and movie stars that are part of this pop culture world.  I love the reactions of the stars when they get to answer well thought out questions about their career and rolls.  I also love to see when the fans pull a reaction out of a star with a seemingly dumb question.  Questions can bring out the best and the worst of the person asked.

Getting answers is one objective of asking questions.  Another reason for questions is (more…)

7 Reasons I Chose to Self-publish

In the world of publishing, there is the question, do I go the traditional route with a literary agent and publishing house, or do I self-publish?  For years, I dreamed of writing my own book and seeing it in print, but I found the process daunting.  Fortunately, with the evolution of the Internet and social media, my dream of seeing a book I wrote published was more than just a dream.  I was able to make it a reality.

I chose self-publishing as my avenue to write and publish my work.  Oh, it has many challenges, but for me, they are worth working through.  I thought I’d share with you my reasons I choose to play the role of writer and publisher. (more…)

Crate Training – Why Love Your Cubical

I got demoted from a position I was training to take over.  At first, I fought the decision that was pressed upon me to step down, to a position in a cubical where my primary occupation is to answer the phones and transfer calls.  Yet, the more I thought about this change where I had to swallow any inkling of pride, and humbly accept a job that did not in any way utilize my vast writing and speaking skills, I discovered oddly enough, I didn’t want the job promotion.

The job of a higher station that I was being trained for, was not in an area that I had any sort of passion for.  It was a job that for the most part; I would be entering data into a billing system, entering data into an inventory system, and maybe entering data into a networking system.  I would also be filing paperwork, and on occasion, hunting through numbers to find discrepancies.

If you caught on, you can see that the position I was training for, did not line up with my skills or my passion, that of writing and public speaking.  Yet the fact remains that I still needed an income.   (more…)

Introducing – My First Novel – The Man Next Door

Book cover designed by me for my first novel The Man Next Door!

The pride I feel from the accomplishment of writing and publishing a book is comparable to a mother giving birth.  I’ve never had a kid, so I don’t really know that for sure, but, this book is my first born.  Being an author is a dream I’ve had since I can remember; finally realized.  After starting countless books, I completed one and braved self-publishing via Kindle Unlimited, a part of Amazon.com books.

You want to know what this book is about, don’t you?  Okay, here is the description (more…)

Money Making Blogs – Things You May Not Know

How I made my blog successful

 

Part 1 – The mind of a blogger

I’ve always loved writing.  With my short attention span, I imagined I would never write a novel but would work for a big magazine publisher.  Not knowing all that was entailed in it, I even dreamed of creating my own magazine.  When blogging surfaced in the writing industry, I grabbed on with both hands, feet and my teeth.  I was in love with the idea of creating my own online magazine.

In time, I found out that there was money to be made in blogging.  I discovered people not just making money with blogging, but making a comfortable living with them.  I became obsessed with this actuality.  The idea of making a comfortable living doing what I loved and being my own boss was everything. Well, hot diggity, life just handed me a pearl of great value.

Forward two decades later, I’m not earning my living from my writing. I’m still writing, and though I have come close once, I hadn’t made enough money to say I have earnings from it.  For a very long time, no one was passing on knowledge about blogging as a business for free to the general public.  And though I knew I was a great writer, I just needed the inside scoop on successful blogging, so I too could make money from it.  (more…)

Do You Need Passion for writing to earn a living from it?

The passionate writer

I have known, since I knew what one was, that I was going to be a writer.  Stories were my constant companions.  They entertained me.  When I had a problem, one would help me work it out.  When someone hurt me or angered me, stories allowed me to rewrite the event, so that I said and did the correct thing to avoid the painful situation or get the upper hand.

As I got older and learned to write, I always had notebooks and journals where I would jot down my stories.  For as long as I can remember, I have been writing a book.  Well, it was more like starting a book.  I’ve started dozens upon dozens of books.  When blogs came about, I started so many I lost count.  I joined writing groups.  I also went to listen to every author I knew, who was speaking.

Needless to say, after reading the above, you know I am a person that loves the power of the written word.  Writing is my world where I am most happy developing in.  I have a passion for writing.

Does my account of my love affair with words resonate with you?  (more…)

How to Listen to Become a Great Writer

 

A good LISTENER is the key to GREAT content!

I’m the first to admit this about myself, but I am not a natural good listener. My hyper personality makes it a struggle to sit still and listen.  That’s why my tag line is ‘Musings of a bi-polar writer’.  The channels in my brain are constantly switching.

I had to teach myself to focus so that I can listen. I’ve implemented some practices in my life that have greatly attributed to being able to slow my brain down and focus when people are talking to me.  Perhaps, this is a challenge for you as well, and why you clicked on this article.  Here are some practices that I’ve picked up that have helped me to be a good listener. (more…)

First Draft – Checklist and Tips

Don’t despair – You can do this!

My advice for completing the first draft of your novel

I completed the first draft of my first novel in fourteen days.  I don’t say this to brag.  I say this to encourage you.  You don’t need a year to write a first draft.  It might take you a year to get to the final product, but even that can be done in under six weeks, as was my book.  Let us meditate on what a first draft is.   (more…)