Why Do You Write?

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My passion is Growing Every Day

I may sound like a broken record but I’ve always loved writing. I just never had the confidence in myself to share my work. I have put writing on the back burner because … well … life happens and you have to deal with it.

Since I started writing again, my passion not only came back but has grown tremendously. I’m loving every second of this. I just want to spend all of my time writing and making pieces that make people feel something and become a better writer.

Hopefully I will have some things up for you guys in the coming weeks.

Working With Distractions …

I’m currently trying to work on my first book. I’ve actually been keeping it a secret from mostly everyone in my family. I am really a private person and I don’t really like to tell about my writing. My Mother knows I have a website but she doesn’t know what it’s about. My family who don’t quite understand what I’m doing. They know that I love to write but they don’t know that I am taking this serious now. So until I know that I’m just going to find the time to just write as much as I can and just focus as much.
When you have a full-time job with normal obligations, it’s so easy to get distracted from your writing. When you have to work a full-time job and pay bills, anyone person will tell you, whether they’re writers or wanting to make a hobby into your new career, or starting your own business, that finding the time to discover and create something you’re passionate about is never easy. It’s all about finding and setting specific time to work towards your goal. I usually get distracted by the television too. Sometimes it slows me down, and then other times it can really spark an idea in my writing. It all just depends on the situation at the time and where I am in my writing.
All in all, distractions are only distractions if you let them be. All I can do is keep going and keep writing as much as I can. I hope to be able to submit my first manuscript to be published. I don’t even care what happened after that but then I’ll know what my next step would be once that’s done. All I can do is work hard and never give up.

Setting a Story in a Foreign Place

Johnny Reads

I’ve read plenty of books by plenty of authors. My typical experience is that most authors will set their stories in a single place. And occasionally branch out from there. But other times I’ll come across an author who sets stories in many different cities that are nothing alike. And my thought is they’re either a world traveler or they are great at research. It’s usually a mix of both.

For example, Michael Connelly set one of his Bosch stories (in part) in Japan. But as he was in the process of writing it he took a trip there and stayed for three weeks taking everything in. And also writing, of course. Suffice it to say that I don’t have that kind of money to be able to do that.

But I realized something recently. My second story was set in a different city I’d only visited once or twice…

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Your Book Needs Chapters

Johnny Reads

Hopefully you already know this. You book needs chapters. The book I’m currently reading hasn’t had a chapter end or start in the first 50 pages. That’s unacceptable. It reminds me of writing a single paragraph that goes on for multiple pages on a college paper. The person reading it notices and it’s just not right.

I don’t know if this book is going to ultimately have some chapters for me, but if it doesn’t it’ll be the first book I’ve ever read that doesn’t. It feels like I’m reading one giant blob of text. I don’t want to be reading one giant blob of text. Ugh. I don’t even care if you end and start chapters at terrible points in the story, but please at least do it. A book without chapters is a book almost unreadable to me.

Have you ever read a book without chapters?

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Random Wednesdays: Just Write Goddamn It!

Jackie Jones

Hello all and thanks for joining me for the midweek edition :)!

gif1Now that the pleasantries are over, the gloves are coming off. Writers – just write goddamn it!

I’m not sharing an excerpt, information about an upcoming book or any of the above today, this post is literally about encouraging you and me, to write what you like, as you like and worry about the ‘consequences’ later.

gif2Aren’t you tired of wondering what’s trending? Of freaking yourself out thinking “OMG too many povs” or, “Can I even adverb?” -> yes, I meant to write it like that. I know I’m damn tired of it, so tired of it in fact, that some expletives have flown from my lips without regard for those within hearing distance. I’m tired of stunting my writing style because of what others say is acceptable. I’m tired of anxiety because I decide to do something…

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