Authors, you may have experienced this but nothing flares my irritation than someone who says “Oh, a writer? It’s pretty easy, I just don’t have time to do it.” or it’s variations. Am I about to rant? More than likely.
I find it very interesting how many people truly don’t understand what writers and authors do. I have the opportunity of doing both, a freelance writer who writes blog posts, listicles, and articles for companies and an author who writes stories and novellas. They are two totally separate jobs and they still make me sweat blood and tears.
If you are a lot like other indie authors, you’re entire business thrives off of e-books. If you’ve shopped around Amazon.com’s Amazon KDP program, you can see that it has some sweet deals but those deals may hurt you and your business. Listen to find out why!
Also, I talk about a company called Draft 2 Digital. If you want to know more or sign up, you can do so through this link.
By most standards, I am not a successful writer. That sounds like a depressing way to start an author blog but bear with me to the end. Why we write is very important and it has been something I have worked through for the past few weeks. I know what I tell people when they ask me but is that really why I write?
Writer’s block. Even the best writer suffers from it, and nobody escapes. This podcast is more about making sure you have writer’s block than actually having a process issue with your story. It also follows up with some tips and tricks that might help you get that story moving again.
I do have some thoughts about the present freelance world and my own personal experiences. Interested? Click on the YouTube video!
When it comes to advertising, I’m not someone who really says anything unless I really like it. I stumbled upon something really interesting that I had to try. Did you know you can actually send a postcard online? I had no clue!
The first time I realized that you could do things online that was originally regulated to the waking world was pizza hut. I remember sitting in my dorm room when I was the military hungry but too lazy to go out. Randomly going through google to see what there was, I stumbled upon their online order page. I was shocked! You could actually just type in the pizza you wanted and they automatically delivered it? Was this some sort of magic? It actually worked!
Since then I have just been amazed with the things you can do and sending postcards online was one of them. I was looking about for novelty ways to announce my new novella Star Traveler: Atlas Gambit and stumbled upon MyPostcard.com. I tried and I actually loved the quality of the product that I got (as you can see from the pictures). Honestly, let me show you in a bit more detail:
As I explained in the video, this card was really impressive and felt like a high quality print you would get from a tourist site.
One thing that really tickled my fancy is that you don’t actually need to go to the website to place an order. You can download their app from either the Google Play Store or the Apple Store and do it right from your phone!
I mean, how snazzy to just take a picture and get it sent as a postcard online? I know, I know. I’m very excited for a card but for anyone that knows me, I’m not the type to recommend something unless I actually like it and I love knick knacks! Just ask my beautiful wife who has to swim through all my weird collectables I got while single. So, take a moment to look at the website and see if can help you create your own mementos!
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I think one area of the writing world that gets a lot of flak is the fan fiction world. If you were like me (before my scolded me), I felt that Fan fiction was the dregs of the writing world. I not only found out that was unfair but rather cruel to the hard-working writers who live and thrive in that world. I’ll admit, I was one of those “writing snobs” until my beautiful wife put me in my place.
Fan Fiction is Real Writing
Writing is writing. I never thought fan fiction was more than self-gratification until my wife began to tell me some of the stories that she had read. I could not believe how much detail and dedication that fan fiction writers have put in to their works. There was even a story that was over a million words! I’ve never broken fifty thousand, let alone a million.
There is a lot of dedication to the fan fiction world, more than maybe some of freelance writers have ever put in to our own work. Even though it’s not an original world, many of the stories bear the blood, sweat, and tears of a dedicated writer.
It’s No Different than a Professional or Aspiring Author
When in terms of dedication and being a writer, fan fiction writers are exactly the same as a professional or aspiring author. Many writers, including myself, got started in other people’s worlds and pour the same amount of dedication and heart in to their works. Many times they do not have the ability to get an editor or professionally proof read their works.
Independent publishing can suffer the same amount of editorial error and proof reading mistakes since a lot of us are in the same boat as a fan fiction writer. Unless we’re established with a decent fan base, many of us cannot afford hiring an editor.
They have feelings too
Fan fiction writers are people just like you and me and the horrible amount of critique I have seen from other authors is saddening. There are people behind the story no matter how bad or good it is. To attack a writer’s work is never acceptable. That is why critique is important and should be taken seriously. They deserve the same amount of feedback as we do.
Fan Fiction Writers are a strong knit community
And I am glad of that. My wife has given me a tour of the fan fiction world and they care for each other a lot. They have the advantage of not only having the bonds of being a creator of fan fiction, they also have the love for the world they are writing in.
So the next time you see a fan fiction story, why not give it a shot and if you find issues, give feedback like you would any writer of any story.
There are times where I sit at my computer and stare at the horrible blinking cursor wondering where all the great ideas that I just had decided to run off to. Every time I never have a real answer. For me, it is a struggle to balance my need to be creativity with the actual physical exhaustion and mental drain that my paying job puts on me. Having a family, long hours at work, and the simple fact that after a hard day at work, I just do not want to do anything.
I fondly remember the days when I first had my typewriter or in my teens with my very first computer. I could do school and then spend hours just writing out all the stories that came to my head. There was no care in the world for perfect grammar, trying to make the story make sense and I was full of creativity potential.
Adulthood has been the complete opposite. I have these bouts of creative wonder that I burn to their full extent with hours of typing on the computer, but then it feels like weeks of unending misery as the great thoughts and stories I had on the car ride evaporate as soon as I sit down at my machine.
I know that creativity is in there and I know that I have to battle my depression or find the energy to tell the story I want to, but there comes a time where I cannot win. Those days it has proven to be better to hang up my pen than force it.
I guess in the end, the thing that has been constant is my continued love of stories and my refusal to get up. This rambling blog post is simply my emotions being poured out on the paper to try and work through the thoughts and the feelings I have on this subject. In a way, I’m trying to emulate the kid I once was and enjoy the art of creating that sweating over all the details and worrying all about the red and blue lines Microsoft Word is spitting at me.
I love writing. I know that will never change and I will have a continued battle between my Titans. If this post does anything, I hope it lets any other author in the same situation know they are not alone. We all have our particular monsters we have to beat. Just don’t give up.