Category Archives: A blog about the topics of writing

Your mind set when it comes to your brand: Is is go big or give up after a few failures?

 

Every Monday, or rather I try my best to do so, is #MotivationMonday for Twitter

The one I placed this Monday was:

#MotivationalMonday “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”- Rosa Parks- I was determined to write, determined to get published & determined to be an author. Yes, I was fearful of so many things but my mind was set.

I felt that was the mindset I had to have. This field is very competitive and one can easily be overlooked. But I kept pushing through especially when people didn’t think I could do it. I had family and friends who laughed and thought there was no way I was going to get anywhere. Others thought it was a cute hobby to keep me busy. I am pretty sure some of those same people still feel the same way.

I had a fellow author who queried five publishers. When they all turned her down she gave up submitting anymore. I have tried to convince her to continue. But her mindset is that she can’t get published.

If that had been me, the Jasper series would have never seen the light of day. Ever.

But I had the mindset to continue.

There is so much to learn and get right. You have so many authors out there who have been doing it longer than me and those who have agents. You see authors who are published with the top five major publishing houses. With self publishing taking off as fast as it did, any one can be an author.

So, standing out and making it takes time and a mentality to push you through the pile of those trying to do the same as you.

But I was determined. Plus, I had the time to do so.

Yes, I failed. But each failure pushed me through to the next place I needed to be at. I guess it all depends on how much do you want what you are trying to obtain? Do you have the mindset to accomplish your goals?

Do you stop learning once your book is out?

 

One never stops learning whether by accident or on purpose. As an author I make it a point to do it on purpose.

If one sits still with their writing it will soon be apparent to others if not yourself.

The world of marketing is a good example of where you need to keep learning. There are platforms that are constantly, it seems to me, sprouting up for us to learn about and whether to use them or not.

There are classes on dialogue, pace, setting and crap a whole bunch of other topics that we need to home our skills on. To think we are the experts on all of this is not only delusional but also a disservice to our books and our readers.

There are conferences, newsletters, meetings and classes that talk about every aspect of just about everything. To sit and be happy with our work is one thing to not let it grow is something totally different.

One has to learn the latest trends. When I started writing volume one of my Jasper, Amazon Parrot series trilogies were the thing. You saw it in every genre it seemed in books and at the movies. That is one of the major reasons I wrote volume two and three and have started on volume four. Is that still the trend?

What kind of covers showcase your work well? Are there better graphic artists for you out there? Who is doing better right now- traditional or self publishing right now?

All of this does take time. But isn’t your book worth it? I believe it is.

Writing content for your blog: As easy as 1, 2, 3?

 

It is not always easy to come up with content for this blog. I mean about 95 percent of the time I know what I am going to talk about. It is those last 5 percent that I sit back in my chair, which our neighbor Rick gave me that is way too comfortable for its own good, that I ponder on what to talk about.

There are so many sites on the matter on what to write about. There are even people you could pay to write content for you. To me that is extreme at this point in my career. I don’t consider myself cheap. I call it frugal. If I can do it myself, even if it takes me some time, than I will do most things in life myself before paying anyone for anything.

But as I sat back it hit me. Content. I would write about the topic itself. It all goes back to what kind of blog you are running and what is the point of it. This blog is geared toward my brand, myself and all aspects of writing whatever those may be.

Now there are tons of topics on blogging. As I went over my history of what I have talked about here I have discussed a lot of things. I even discussed content. But somethings do need repeating for those new to my site or just as a refresher course.

It is when I remind myself however of the point to this blog that an idea comes to me. If you are avid in your blogging and your brand content really shouldn’t be an issue at all. If you are in the game long enough finding ideas to discuss and share with your readers should not be that hard. Just sit back and think on the conferences you go to, the newsletters you receive, the email and letters you get, the people you interact with and a host of other avenues. Everyone, if you are doing it right, has a network of all of that and they are talking about some topic of what your career is about. There is a good chance you know something about it to write on.

Take a breather. It will come to you. If it doesn’t just holler. I’ll toss ideas your way.