AUTHOR BLOG POST:
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Phoenix Blade with Andrew Hess
The Phoenix Blade
by Andrew Hess
About The Author:
Release Date: April 24, 2013
Follow the journey of Andrew Lancaster and his friends as they are thrown in the middle of the biggest government conspiracy to hit the United States. Andrew is contacted by a man known only as the Benefactor.; claiming to be a government official that has been monitoring Lancaster and his friends. He is told they have enough evidence to arrest them for treason, but would like to hire them instead for a top secret government project. As a bonus the Benefactor says he will reveal something Lancaster has wanted to know for the last six years. Who killed his mother.
AUTHOR BLOG POST:
Starting Out as a Writer-5 Things You Should Know.
1. Jot down every story idea.
This is something that a lot of writers neglect to do. They want to focus on one or two ideas at a time; which is what they should do. The problems that they face are they will neglect the new ideas that are flowing through their head and fail to capture them. The other is they will put too much emphasis on the new ideas which takes away from their current project. If you jot down the general plot and/or the character idea on paper/computer, you can revisit it at a later time and develop it with a clearer mind.
2. Editing and Re-writing is your friend
Most writers cringe at the thought of editing or having to re-write their story. Many feel that it becomes tedious or viewed as a setback. Instead, it’s a blessing. By editing your work, there are more opportunities to catch your own mistakes, holes in your plot, or conflicting information before sending it off to an agent or publisher. Re-writing is the part that a lot of people hate. No one likes to be told you need to cut this or fix that, but sometimes it’s necessary. By re-writing the book, you can strengthen your story or apply more of what you learned to your work.
3. Join social networks
Social networking has become a writer’s best friend. In the last couple of years, social media has grown to tremendous amounts; allowing people to connect all over the world. By participating with sites such as Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, and many other sites, can connect you with other authors, literary agents, publishers, celebrities, musicians, and friends and family that you might not have been in touch with for several years. All of those can lead to further opportunities for your writing career.
4. Stay vigilant and passionate
Your passion is your biggest strength as a writer. Without passion, you will find it very hard to make it in the industry. There are hundreds if not thousands of writers out there that are itching for their big break. If you have a strong passion for your work, you can make the right moves and set yourself up in the right direction to guide your writing career. Staying vigilant is geared towards your writing. Push yourself to keep writing even if you run into a writer’s block, because it is the best way to work around it. If it doesn’t fit with what you want or like, that’s what editing and re-writing is for.
5. Enjoy the ride.
This is something I cannot stress enough. Being a writer is one of the best career paths out there. It is a very tough path to choose and it may not yield the results you want when you want them. But you have the ability to create worlds and stories that can reach hundreds, thousands, or millions of readers. Every time you can take yourself to the next level, you will see how rewarding it can be. When your first book launches, or your first sale or even your first book signing, you’ll see what I’m talking about.