Category Archives: Writing Life
Writer’s block is an enigma of sorts. Is it real? Is there really such a thing? Or is it all in one’s head?
I think if writer’s block was put on trial we could call thousands, no, millions of witnesses to attest to the fact that, yes, the block is real. They’d swear under oath, sit in that little box witnesses sit in, then forget what they were going to say.
And yes, writer’s block is in one’s head. Where else would it be?
I think writer’s block can grow from a variety of factors including frustration, anxiety, pressure, poor time management, and many others. It can come in a variety of forms and last for durations of varying times. But it is real. You can’t tell millions of writers who have suffered from it that it’s bogus. It’d be like telling people that their dreams aren’t real, they’re just figments of their imagination. Um. Okay.
So, the question as I see it is not whether writer’s block is real or not but rather what do we do with it? How do we prevent it? And once it slithers in and clogs our neural pathways, how do we get rid of it?
All this week you can get for FREE a little e-book I wrote about writer’s block, how to prevent it and how to defeat it. It’s called WRITING unBLOCK! It’s a quick read but I hope you get something out of it that will help you prevent and/or defeat that dreaded block.
Please help spread the word about this book by sharing this post or the book’s Amazon page on all your social networking hang-outs. Thank you!
Yes, I have another book to giveaway. I must say I love doing this. Giving away books. Giving away things.
I’m a busy guy. Probably not as busy as some but busier than others. I have a lot going on in life and it keeps me scurrying about. That’s why I get asked so much about how I find time to write.
But it isn’t about finding time, is it? No. Not really. It’s about MAKING time.
If time were money we wouldn’t talk about finding money as if just happens to appear in secret places and we have to snoop around until we find it. No. We talk about making money. About being intentional.
The difference is that there is really no limit to the amount of money one can make. There is a limit to the amount of time one has at one’s disposal. So we must not only make time but we must use it wisely.
And therein is how I MAKE time to write. No, I haven’t discovered the secret to time travel and don’t have the ability to literally make time as you would money. We all have 24 hours in a day and that’s it. No more, no less.
It’s what we do with that time that matters.
I’m sorry but I tend to be rather cynical when someone tells me they simply don’t have time to write, that they could write a book if they only had the time. I’m cynical because the making of time tends to bring with it some sacrifice. The bottom line is those folks who think they’re too busy simply don’t want to make the sacrifice.
This is a lesson not just for writing but for all of life. Take note: You do have the time but you choose to use it how you wish. Remember that whenever you are tempted to use the excuse of lack of time.
Now, back to the giveaway . . . while we’re discussing time management and writing I think it’s appropriate to introduce a little e-book I wrote called Writing Time! Proven Techniques for Making Time to Write and Finishing What You Start. It’s a short book, just 35 pages or so, but it’s packed with information about making time to write and making the most of that time. If you are a writer or if you know a writer, this book will help. Guaranteed.
And the best thing is that all this week the book is FREE on Amazon! That’s right. FREE!!
Please help spread the word about this book by sharing this post or the Amazon page on all your social media hangouts. Thank you!
Also, be sure to check out my newest thriller, FEARLESS. Available wherever books are sold.
Over the next several weeks I’m going to periodically discuss different issues I deal with as a writer. Issues like:
- The pressure of sales numbers
- Dealing with negative reviews
- Writing about the supernatural
- Time management/fitting writing into a busy schedule
- The issue of faith and fiction
- Violence in fiction
- Creating villains without becoming one
- Romance and the element of love
- Balancing fiction and real life
- The ethics of using real people to create characters
If you’re a writer or want to become a writer or do any kind of writing I’m sure you’ll find these upcoming posts interesting.
If you’re not a writer, never were, and don’t want to be I really do think you’ll still enjoy these posts. It’ll give you an inside view into some of what writers deal with, what goes through our mind, and some of the decisions we make while writing. It’s actually pretty interesting.
Check in on these posts too as I’ll also feature some killer deals on books and occasional giveaways too.
Here’s a couple now:
Get my novel FRANTIC for only $1.99!
Enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win FEARLESS.
And if you haven’t done so yet, check out my newest thriller, FEARLESS. Here’s my challenge: Go to the Amazon page and click on the “Look Inside” feature. Read the first several pages. I bet you’ll be hooked. If you’re not, I want to hear about it.