It’s always so hard for me to come up with blog topics. I want to keep them writing related and if I can plug my books (Callye’s Justice) so much the better. Sometimes promoting your book (Callye’s Justice) is a difficult thing. You know the story is amazing. You know you want it to sell but you only want to reveal so much. In television commercials they are able to subliminally suggest their products (Callye’s Justice) without making people want to cringe when they read your blog or website. How to do a subliminal advertisement (Callye’s Justice) since you can’t hear the post? I suppose I’ll have to think (Callye’s Justice) of something else to write about.
Actually, the above was just written to help me wake up. Mondays suck…a couple of weeks ago I told you I’d decided to post some writing tips for you. I also asked to hear your opinions. No one posted a thing. I get so frustrated doing all this blogging and no one reads it. How frustrating! But I guess as an author I should be used to talking to myself. So I’ll write a few more tips and maybe someone will actually see it.
I’ve read so many articles about writing. Can I be a writer? How do I begin? Where do I find my story line? How do I develop the characters? Who do I submit to? Ebook or print? Questions whirl in a kaleidoscope of psychedelic colors sucking you down until you’re afraid. Very afraid. Take a step back and breath. I’ll try to answer those questions with basic answers:
Can I be a writer: Sure! Anyone can. See there is a difference between a writer and an author. Writers sit down and just let themselves go--okay that’s an author too. An author is someone who has sadistic tendencies. We are gluttons for punishment. There is the research for that great American novel. (And I don’t care who you are there is always some research involved.)
After we’ve written that great American novel we then write a letter to the editors that be in a publishing house and wait (im)patiently for a response that can be heart breaking. A Dear Author letter can crush even the strongest of spirits. Still you persevere constantly writing letters, sending them to the next place, and the next place and the next, ad nauseum. It then hits hard, maybe my great American novel sucks metal and spits nails. What do I do now? Write another book and try again. Remember Stephen King, Margaret Mitchell, George Orwell and JK Rawling ALL got rejection letters. Think of those nasty letters as battle scars.
Next week we look at beginnings.
Hope to see you there!