My September Novella (Part 1 update)

I am starting work on a novella today (I am thinking about 17 000 words or so). I have already done the plotting, but as we know, developments will happen alone the way that I never saw coming. I have no idea why my characters do such things at the very last minute.

 
Estimated time frame for completion, is about three weeks. I will let you know how I am doing along the way.

 
This novella will be about a young psychology professor, using writing as a means to solace. I write from a Caribbean background, and so, this will influence the general atmosphere of the book.

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6 Ways To Find Success As A Writer With Your Blog by Matt Banner

GREAT tips from Matt on how TO use blogging to your advantage as a writer … Enjoy!

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Right around the time I started 6th grade, I had chosen my career. I started out like most kids wanting to be: a firefighter, an astronaut, and maybe even a chef in my spare time. But when I reached that middle-of-the-road in my education, everything sort of fell into place …

… I wanted to be a writer!

It hit me like a ton of bricks, and suddenly all of those other career paths melted away. Of course, we all know that being a successful writer is easier said than done, but today I’m here to show you some ways that you can use a blog to find success in your writing career.

6 Ways a Writer Can Use Their Blog to Find Success

First thing’s first: you need to know how to start and create your blog, but once you have that in place, a whole world of new opportunities open up for you. Suddenly your blog becomes a tool that can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Self-Promotion – Market yourself and your writing.
  • Hone Your Craft – Practice makes perfect.
  • Networking – meet and connect with influential people.
  • Learn Valuable Skills – pick up knowledge and know-how that earns top dollar!
  • Pitch Your Ideas – throw out some concepts and see what people think.
  • Gain a Following – create an army of fans!

If you’re hungry for more details, I’ve got them right here, so keep on reading!

1) Self-Promotion

Your Blog is a Giant Billboard with Your Face on It. Use That Potential to Market Yourself, and your Writing!

Your book, poem, and even your screenplay are all one in a sea of millions. Standing out and spreading the word would normally require you to spend a ton of money on marketing, but with a blog, you have the perfect tool to market your work.

Whether it’s posting pieces of what you’re working on, or promoting your latest book via social media, your blog is the platform where it can, and should happen. Always remember though, when working online it’s crucial that you back up your screenplay or novel, just in case. One glitch and you could lose a whole lot.

In his column on Writer’s Digest, Michael Larsen referred to a holy trinity of content as such:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Sharing

Your blog empowers you to do all of those things and spread the word that you’re the new writer in town. MORE:10 Reasons Your Blog Sucks

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2) Hone Your Craft

The Only Way to Get Better at Writing is to write. Blogging is a Perfect Excuse to Practice and Sharpen Your Proverbial Pen!

Blogs live and die by what is written on them. Besides using yours as a means of promotion, you can also use it as the whetstone for your writing blade. Set up a schedule and post several times a week when you’re not working on your own stories. These posts will give you the chance to put your thoughts down on paper, and they will keep your skills sharp.

Your blog is also the perfect place to find that “writer’s voice” that everyone has. Practicing your skills via blog posts allows you to experiment with different tones and types of writing in a way that you wouldn’t otherwise have time for. Not to mention, the feedback you’ll get from comments and followers will be invaluable in finding your voice and style. MORE:5 Ways Tweeting Will Make You A Better Writer 

3) Network and Meet Influential People 

The Internet Connects You to Countless People. Reach out to Other Writers and Bloggers to Build a Network of Influential People.

Blogging connects you to an entire world of people who are in the same pursuit as you. Bloggers are unique in that they work together and network to find mutual success. Whether it’s cross-promoting a post, or sharing some industry advice, we’re good people. Reaching out to other bloggers builds your network, which can lead to some very important introductions.

Let’s say you connect with a blogger, who then puts you in touch with an agent he knows. The agent comes and checks out your blog, they love your stuff and suddenly you have a publishing deal! It sounds too good to be true, but as they say, it’s all about who you know. A blog puts your writing on the map and gives you the chance to build your network like nothing else can. MORE: Connecting With Writers, Filmmakers & Agents Online

 4) Pick up Valuable Skills

Before you know it, you’ll be a Master of Blogging Skills, SEO, and More! Those are Valuable Talents that are Always in Demand!

Success very rarely comes overnight. It’s a long and arduous journey down this road, and while you’re getting things up and running, you’re going to need a source of income. Well, you’ll be happy to know that this doesn’t mean working part-time at a dead end job while you pursue a writing career.

Instead, you can use the skills you gain as a blogger to your benefit. You’ll pick up knowledge as you go around things like Search Engine Optimization (SEO), blog design, and of course, writing. These things can score you some great freelance jobs on websites like Upwork, or on freelance job boards. These sources of income keep you sharp while you use your blog to make your dreams a reality. MOREHow Do I Become A Freelance Writer?

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5) Pitch Your Ideas

Got an Idea, But You’re Not Sure it Will Stick? Pitch it to Your Followers and Check out the Feedback!

Once your blog is up and running and you have some people reading it, why not throw out your next big idea? Don’t give it all away of course, but this is a great way to test the waters and see if people would like to read that particular pitch. If not, don’t sweat it, that just means you won’t waste your time and you can really narrow down the options to something that will blow people away!

Knowing that people are interested in a pitch means that all of the time and effort you put into writing, publishing, and promoting is absolutely worth it. MORE:Can I Pitch My Unfinished Projects?

6) Gain a Following 

As Your Popularity Grows, so Too Will Your Fan Base. By the Time You’re Ready to Market Something, You’ll already have an Audience Eager to Buy!

There isn’t a single, one-off method by which writers become successful. There are multiple paths to this goal, and blogging is most certainly one of them. One of the goals of any blogger is to grow their audience and bring in a following of subscribers. This goal lines up perfectly with that of a writer.

Whether you have an agent, or you’ve decided to self-publish, you need a following. The fastest and most effective way to gain that crowd of dedicated fans is by growing your blog, promoting the content, and marketing your books to them. As you write more and more, your followers will see you as an expert in what you do (and you’ll feel like one). That means when you ask them to buy your book, they do so without hesitation! MORE:6 Ways To Build An Audience

Some Final Tips:

Blogging is something that just about every type of career can benefit from, but for writer’s it’s an absolute necessity for success. As you’re getting everything set up, don’t forget to always read other blogs, books, and advice from other successful writers. You don’t exist in a vacuum, and neither does your blog. The biggest lesson of all is to learn to see and utilize the tools you are given.

Thanks for reading and be sure to share your own methods for using a blog to find writing success in the comments below!

 

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Writing a Memoir

Earlier this month of August, I started working on a memoir of the early parts of my life. For some reason, I was under the impression that these are parts of my life, and this ought to be easy. Was I wrong!
I started to see themes that I had not thought of before; how the world around me influenced my life, even before turning twelve.  There are some areas I am not ready to explore further as yet and other parts that I will have to ask my older sister to help with some details.
I have about 7 000 words. I will attempt to take it up in about three weeks time or so. But  for now, I want to start working on a novella I had been planning for a few weeks.

IF ONLY I CAN STAY THERE FOREVER!

 

The displeasure of young adulthood sometimes brings grief to my mind. The constant restrictions and the limitations that my body and mind have, indeed disturbs me greatly. Sometimes to the point of mania or to tears. I ask myself at times, why does all these turmoil occur in my life?

I would allow my mind to wander into the imaginative world. In this world, there are no limitations here. I can do whatever I please, no limitations! I can be who I want too, solve all my problems and the matters of others.

If only I can stay there forever!

But then, what kind of human being will I be, if I refused to face my trials in the world I live in with faith, with real faith. I do not live in the fictional world that is present in my imagination. I sometimes go there, but I cannot stay there; it is my imagination.

The thing is, I must constantly remind myself of the many blessings that God has given me. I am living, I am thinking, I have family and friends.

Sometimes though, with the frustration of what I have to accomplish in life, not always knowing the path to take, I sometimes lose my balance for a while.

When I envision the excellence of those around me, and compare them to myself, I become afraid. I then forget all that I possess, the talents and abilities I have.

August 2002
 

By David Alexian: http://www.amazon.com/Author-Lighted-Lamps-Alexian-Spirit-ebook/dp/B00Y5X8H9O/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Novella by David Alexian

To New Beginnings.

A Novella.

Book 1 in the series: The Skies Are Lighted With Lamps. (A family and community, suspense and mystery novella.) Kindle Edition

Click here: http://www.amazon.com/New-Beginnings-Novella-Book-community-ebook/dp/B00YZ7UBJY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

The families of Deo and Toney are both faced with changes to their lives. In the case of Deo, he has returned to Kiskadee Village after being incarcerated for over 12 years. Toney on the other hand has moved his family from Dow Island to Kiskadee village, seeking a change in environment and a fresh start to a life with his wife and son.

The two men are concerned about supporting their families and trying to live life as comfortable as possible. But ones past do not always vanish from ones present. There are hidden secrets in Kiskadee, that threatens to challenge the apparent calm life of the people living there.

Though many years have passed, and people grow and settled down. What will it take to spark a conflict in a cruel man’s mind? Does the community truly know the people they live among?

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. The Re-uniting

2. A Fresh Start

3. Settling In

4. Kiskadee Flames

5. Mischief Boys

Novella by David Alexian

Lessons From A Troubled Heart.

A Novella.

Book 2 in the series: The Skies Are Lighted With Lamps. (A family, community, suspense and mystery novella.) Kindle Edition

Click here: http://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Troubled-Heart-Novella-Book-ebook/dp/B011PK9BGM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

With the stress of unemployment, household issues and memories of a troubled life, Toney comes face to face with violence in his home. Things could have taken a turn for the worst, that one stormy night; Toney question the direction his life was heading. That same rainy night, after escaping an adverse situation, he is confronted with a strange occurrence in the woods. He is not sure what it is or means. The next morning, he is found by his friend and neighbor Deo, who takes him to a location where the two explore life’s qualities and concepts. The meeting seemed to be both and eye opener and therapeutic for the two men. A glimpse is further seen in the life of both Toney and Deo.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. A CHILLING NIGHT.
2. VISIONS OF THE NIGHT.
3. HELP HAS ARRIVED.
4. A TALK WITH A FRIEND.
5. SADNESS.