March 26 2017

The Mentally Broken

Here’s to the outcast

The repeat failures and rebellious misfits

The artists told to forfeit their paintbrushes

The writers told to throw away their manuscripts

The musicians told to destroy their lyrics

This one’s for us, the creatives of Earth

The ones with vivid imaginations

And for those pesky non-creatives

The ones who think we’re all crazy

Those who think our lifestyle is stupid for one reason

They wish we joined their misery too

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We never set out for fame and fortune

This wasn’t the goal from day one

The goal was to promote beauty

Expression through art, stories, and song

Money may lubricate our way of life

All we really need are some loyal fans

People who want to consume our creativity

One project after another

Without fault or impediment

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The reason we’re sometimes broken inside?

The naysayers love to trample our successes

These people without dreams of their own

No aspirations to achieve anything

With the one life given to them

So they took up a hobby

Willfully destroying the ambitions of creatives

On behalf of all the creatives

How dare they!

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Despite the accusations of naysayers

The creatives know how to cope

They find comfort in one another

‘Your work is lovely’

‘They have no idea what they’re talking about’

Our creative friends comment

Except on rare occasions

We never pat ourselves on the back

We prefer to overcome the poisons of our demons

We choose to push forward through their hatred

And shrug off their vile confrontations

We understand the importance of pursuing creativity

Than to solely chase after extra money

We don’t want to live on the streets

Nobody wants to be homeless

And we hate dead-end jobs

They siphon our creative fuels

The higher octanes necessary to create

If not kill our brain cells as well

We understand the need for a day job

Which we hope is only a short-term affair

Creatives understand the need for day jobs

Careers that culture our visionary spirits

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We never set out for fame and fortune

This wasn’t the goal from day one

The goal was to promote beauty

Expression through art, stories, and song

Money may lubricate our way of life

All we really need are some loyal fans

People who want to consume our creativity

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One project after another

Without fault or impediment

The reason we’re sometimes broken inside?

The naysayers love to trample our successes

These people without dreams of their own

No aspirations to achieve anything

With the one life given to them

So they took up a hobby

Willfully destroying the ambitions of creatives

On behalf of all the creatives

How dare they!

March 21 2017

The Creative Writer

An individual who possesses the power to transform your average joe into someone poised to conquer the world and successfully does so, but not without numerous obstacles along the journey. Develop characters who lack empathy, empower the weak-minded to demolish ruthless dictators, passionately love their partner, or live alone in the forest populated by talking animals. Suspense is their best friend if a literary concept was biotic. Conflict is their fuel to power the story from beginning to end. Their artistic skill allows them to capture ideas for their current literary works from absorption of nearby conversations at work, college, and mall food courts, major and minor events portrayed by the media, their own everyday struggles, and by reading other fictional stories. You may or not physically observe these people outside of a bookstore, their home office, library, or another quiet space due to extreme levels of concentration in another reality of their invention. However, they are human also, they still crave for tasting new foods prepared by restaurant and best friend chefs, walking their dog in the city park, chatting with colleagues at the coffee shop, etc. In fact, their non-writer friends, family members, or coworkers all possess one distinct role, to permit the flow of original ideas destined to shape a future, fictional tale and produce constructive criticism from the reader’s perspective.  They use internet search engines with bizarre tastes for information ranging from: the body language of a kidnapped person to how vaccines are developed to stop an epidemic. They engage with their fellow writers similar to speaking in a second language, always prepared to provide and hear professional advice non-writers never understand. There are numerous subgroups, some only write young adult, children’s, alternative history, science fiction, fantasy, novels, poems, short stories, or a combination of several. There are no limitations to an aspiring creative writer’s potential.

Remember, whether you are an aspiring writer or a bestselling author, the only true limitations in life are not circumstances which derive from health, financial, and relationship problems. They are your drive to form letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into dialogue and narrative paragraphs, and finally, published written works of art. Motivation is key to develop your stories regardless of their characteristics. The best avenue to take is one filled with individuals of similar interests, those focused to accomplish their outlined goals. Never fear failure, the greatest teachers in life are events which provide stepping stones towards enhancing yourself positively. Always be open to constructive criticism, nobody has, is, or will be perfect. The best action plan to follow is one where you lower your guard and absorb necessary information to move yourself forward in life. And lastly, don’t listen to the naysayers, these people consume more than they produce, they possess bad habits. Don’t infect yourself with doubt of potential, anger towards successful people, and beliefs of being taken advantage by others. You are above this ultra-low standard, now return to writing and fulfill your destiny.

March 14 2017

5 Tips To Prevent Writer’s Block While Writing The 1st Draft

Admit it, your halfway through the first chapter of your first novel and you have no ideas to implement. For novice authors especially, writer’s block sometimes can freeze you into submission and the negative thoughts just erupt with power to wipe away the spontaneous creativity you had. Don’t fret, even bestselling authors experience writer’s block. I’m here to assist you on your journey to turn that partially done story into a completed literary work ready for editing in the second draft.

 

1.) Step away from the notebook or keyboard and relax for a few minutes. Instead of struggling to find the words for your protagonist to say when he’s trapped by the mafia, set down your writing utensil or release yourself from the computer and walk away. The idea here is to break up the obstruction in your mind which is built upon lies, go for a walk outside or make yourself a snack or a cup of coffee. Take your mind off this seemingly difficult problem about how to advance the story without it sounding bad. Here’s a little secret about writing the first draft, this is your rough sketch of what the story is supposed to look like. Refuse to believe this is like a test in college or high school and you fail for choosing the wrong answer. In writing the first draft, just capture what you feel should come next and ignore all the voices in your head saying it’s a bad idea. You can always correct the bad sections of your novel in the second draft and beyond. Right now, just focus on filling that page with hundreds of words.

 

2.) Outline your story and develop characters. I mean, when your car shopping, you ask dozens of questions about every small detail about each car which interests you on the lot right? You don’t wish to be ripped off because the salesman forgot to mention the vehicle you bought was in an accident which damaged it in some manner? With writing, you need a plan in how the story will play out. Who is your protagonist(s)? Who is your antagonist(s)? Where does the story take place? When does the story occur? What are the physical traits of your characters? What exactly does your protagonist believe their goals are to accomplish throughout the novel? Now, I don’t want you to spend months just planning out your story. To truly lay suitable groundwork and at least get the story out of your head, just spend some quality time writing how you think it should progress from chapter to chapter. I would recommend at maximum two or three weeks depending upon how much time you have during the day to write. Remember, don’t completely follow the script so to speak because sometimes when your writing the first draft, a new idea develops and sounds better than the one you believed would work at a certain point in the story. Act upon that new idea and but keep the old one in your notes if your not done writing it.

 

3.) Write daily. Just like when you don’t exercise your muscles for an unknown period of time, how hard will trying to run a marathon be? Quite tough I would expect if you start slowing down by mile three, the same applies to writing. The time you spend devoted to writing should be long enough so you can capture everything in proper fashion. I don’t think you should take more than six months to write the first draft unless your writing a monster 500 pager. Even as little as fifteen minutes everyday is enough to keep your brain exercised to place words down. However, I would recommend scheduling an hour each day with no distractions at a certain time which works best for you. If this means forfeiting to watch the latest episode of your favorite show, do it anyway. You can use little things like watching your favorite show or surfing the web as a reward while you develop the patience to write without them later on. (Whatever amount of time works best for you, make sure you leave time to wind down at the end of your day. Please don’t write until the final seconds before falling asleep, your mind is too focused to sleep yet.)

 

4.) Stop writing in mid-sentence. Everyone seems to credit Ernest Hemingway for this neat trick I use all the time, but why should it matter to you who was the first person to implement this? You want to overcome writer’s block both while you’re currently writing and when you begin again at another time. The reason behind why this works wonders is because you know what’s going to happen to conclude the sentence. I assume it’s like when you hit the ground running, nothing stands in your path while you conquer the empty page. You quickly finish the sentence and continue on with the remainder of your story and end your session the same way. Even better, end with the first word following a comma which splits your sentence into separate pieces. This way, you know what to write when another time arrives and resume your quest to write the first draft.

 

5.) Experiment with multiple forms of writing. While I write the sequel to my first novel Snow Wolf, I also juggle two other projects which have helped me to develop my writing craft. I currently am working on a poetry book titled Straight From a Millennial and a short story book The Internal Monsters. The reason why I say this assists me to gain skill as a writer is because oftentimes if we focus solely on one project, not to say this is a bad idea, but constantly repeating the same task can become boring. Spice it up when your writing, write a short poem which takes no more than 15 minutes and save it somewhere on your computer (or the cloud). Write a short story less than 2,000 words, the options to get creative while you write your first novel are limitless. Just remember, developing your skills as a writer requires patience and time. Don’t think your the next bestseller because you are writing a book for the first time. When you do publish your first one and it’s an instant hit, congratulations, this means you learned well during the introductory phase to become a writer. Regardless of your destined fame and fortune, there will always be more to learn.

 

A brief heart to heart from one writer to another. Still have writer’s block after these five tips? Don’t worry, your not alone, you can always contact me through the about page. I also recommend looking for an in person or online group of writers who are passionate about what they strive to achieve. Just because we write alone doesn’t mean we should always live our entire lives alone.

March 12 2017

Anarchist Wannabes

Your Rioting in DC and Elsewhere Is Not Anarchism, Because Anarchism Equals Rules w/o Rulers and Voluntary, Peaceful Interactions.

I knew political chaos would ensue

When Donald Trump was elected last November

Never did I predict an EuroMaiden-like protest

Where flames and broken glass engulf the streets

And that pathetic red and black flag visible throughout

Which represent the Anarcho-Wannabes

Or rather ridiculous rioters

Who prefer to insult the true definition of anarchy

Rules without rulers

Although I don’t agree with statists

And I don’t align myself with Trump policies

Some Trump supporters who arrived in Washington

To personally observe the guy be sworn in

Were blocked at the gates by Anarcho-Wannabes

These people who blindly voted for Hilary

Prevented access to this outside venue

And wish to continue wasting everyone’s time

By crying like the adult babies they are

Or inciting violence to injure their opponents

To those Anarcho-Wannabes:

You disgrace the word anarchy!

You are nothing but thugs

Who prefer to disrupt commerce

Who prefer to disturb voluntary interactions

Between people who wish to be left alone

Throw away those stupid red-and-black flags!

Nobody owes you anything!

If you want to create change

And I mean positive change

You must cease these ridiculous riots!

The only individuals you truly hurt

At least in the long run

Are yourselves

All those windows you broke

All those bricks you removed

They will be replaced anyway

As though you were never there

So stop causing trouble Anarcho-Wannabes!

You don’t scare the rest of humanity

Because you conceal your identity

Behind sunglasses and black masks

All these objects do is one thing:

They prove how stupid you truly are

You never learned the truth

About how you hold the power

To change yourselves from the inside

Everlasting change doesn’t happen

When you threaten people with violence

Change happens slowly

Now go home Anarcho-Wannabes

Stop being parasites of humanity

And think about what you guys did

During those days in mid-January 2017

Ask yourself this question:

Was your participation worth the effort?

You know the answer is no

So wipe away that smug smile

And started getting busy

Occupy your time with constructive purpose

Never occupy the streets like that again

March 7 2017

6 Skills Which Improve Due To Creative Writing

Since the publication of Snow Wolf, my first novel, I have noticed the development of several skills which pertain to creative writing but improve aspects of other daily activities. I’m constantly reminded by peers that writing fails at productive results besides collecting royalties and keeping yourself out trouble. In this third blog post to my website, I want to disprove the idea writing in the 21st Century can actually provide skills necessary to succeed in the current global economy.

Skill #1: Typing

Unless your a writer who solely uses dictation software or pays someone to type your manuscripts written in a notebook, you best friend is the keyboard of your computer. Personally, I chose to develop this skill through software, but I didn’t improve until I began to spend long sessions typing the first and second drafts of Snow Wolf. If you’re a terrible typer, I would recommend gaining some practice because not only is it essential for writers, this skill is helpful in your day job. As part of my Laboratory Science degree that I’m taking classes for, I’m required to take classes for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. Believe me, your skills gained through typing all those chapters makes office work a breeze (if excluding people issues with coworkers).

Skill #2: Creativity

This is the currency of creative writing, there, I said it, you need to develop an interesting that story readers will fail to put down until the final page. When it comes to everyday life outside writing, this skill can be used while at your day job or around the house. Imagine you’re at work and someone asks you for assistance, they want you to help fix a machine which has broken down. Though creativity should not be used as a replacement for knowledge of how to fix the machine, you won’t immediately freak out like some of your peers. You’re prepared to fix the machine because of the lack of fear to suggest a solution to the problem. Remember when you had an issue in a scene where the protagonist is in trouble? The same thought process which overcame that hurdle in your mind can be used for other problems in life.

Skill #3: Reading Ability

The best method, unless you have money and time to splurge on an expensive creative writing degree, to improve your writing is to copy-write from books known to be written well. However, reading novels can also provide a helping hand. Over time, you develop a broad range of vocabulary words to use in your stories, because you understand what they mean. When at work, and you’re instructed to read a lengthy contract or another document, you will better grasp what the individual(s) want to agree upon with your company. This skill is also handy while in college or high school and the teacher wants you to read several chapters from the required textbook. To me, it’s like I’m staring at a special type of code which is easily decipherable, if you look at the words that surround the mystery word in a particular sentence, they leave clues hidden in plain sight.

Skill #4: Writing ‘Technical’ Papers

When I state technical papers, I defined these as documents which have an introduction, body, and conclusion. They are meant for communication of an idea, product, or service as part of a non-creative writing agenda. And because of all the practice you’ve been getting while writing the first draft of your first novel, you’re an experienced individual who sees these requested documents by another person as a piece of cake. You glance at your latest chapter which has thousands of words, and this person wants a minimum of 500. When you face these situations, you just look at the task and think ‘geez, I could get this done in less than an hour so long as I have all the information I need on hand.’ Whenever someone tells you all that time you ‘waste’ upon writing novels, look them in the eye and inform them about those papers at work or school which have received high praise by your peers.

Skill #5: Marketing

For those who are still writing their first book, I’m positive you’ve never thought about this. What? There are people out there who won’t see my published novel unless I wave it before them? Unlike how I failed to start this process earlier in my writing career, all you soon-to-be authors have the edge because you truly need to make your presence known NOW; before the book is published. In consideration of what ‘formula’ to use to achieve your possible fame and fortune, there are a myriad of methods followed. From personal experience as I build my brand, yes, you need to market yourself as a brand, you need a centralized location online where potential readers can see your work. Start a blog, network with fellow writers, whatever you do, don’t believe writing is a lonely pursuit. A great resource is Joanna Penn at her website. In the non-writing world, this skill will help you with putting your face out there. You can’t hide behind that computer monitor forever if you want to become the next internationally recognized bestselling author.

Skill #6: Handling Criticism

Everyone, whether a writer or not, knows the negative people come out of the woodwork to hate on whatever you do. They point out that you’re wasting precious time with writing a novel which you don’t know if anyone besides friends and family will purchase. How do these people with an agenda to suppress creativity and passion have an ability to predict the future? The truth is, these people don’t know, and neither do you. However, do allow experienced authors you trust to read your work for helpful criticism, pointers to improve your skills as a creative writer. Whenever you feel ready to seek a professional editor, I would recommend after completing two or three rough drafts first, they will provide essential tips where improvement is needed. Don’t take these cues as they hate your work, many want you to succeed and it’s their job; for you will or have paid upfront for this information.

 

In truth, creative writing is the root system of a mature tree, they provide the foundation for the process to improve new (or rusty) skills. These six I’ve pointed out are essential for a writer to maintain themselves as one and provide the ability to stand out amongst your coworker, friends, family members, etc. The fact few people ever attempt to write stories proves fewer still will ever find this handy technique to develop and possibly master them all at once; outside of the classroom or corporate training sessions. I can’t promise you will become the next guru by utilizing these skills, but if that’s your forte, I won’t stop you. So what are you waiting for? All of us writers better get back to what matters most besides handling the business side of the profession, write the next chapter or section of our latest project(s).