Blog - Writer's Journey
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The start of show season kicked off with a bang in St. Louis. I have begun doing panels at many of the shows and the ones at St. Louis were well attended. I was happy to see the size and enthusiasm of the crowds. I met a lot of people and had some amazing discussions. Many aspiring writers asked a host of great questions. It is with them in mind that I reiterate points I have made before.
At shows I often hear, “I want to be a writer.” Those words are usually followed by a string of reasons why it can't be done just now. The key to being a writer, is to write. I know, easier said then done, but is it?
My response is, you don't want to get to be my age and look back saying “I wish I would've.” I do wish I would've—twenty years ago, but I'm at least making up for lost time.
Writing starts off as a hobby and should be done for your own pleasure. Have fun with it. My suggestion is to set aside twenty minutes a day for two to three days a week. Schedule it. All hobbies take time.
Make that story advance. Don't stop and restart. Continue. As it grows, so will your desire to find more time to write. There is nothing like that feeling when you type The End and kick back. I call it writer's beer cracking moment number 1.
It's on you. My old writer's group slogan was BIC. (Butt in Chair)
Set aside the time and do it. Good luck! Have fun!
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Dec. 2015 Welcome to my new website. My thanks to my daughter April, for all her hard work setting this project in motion.
Back in Sept. I attended the Columbus, Ohio Comic Con. I had great hopes for huge sales, with the rerelease of my post-apocalyptic thriller, Random Survival series. When I attended last year, book two, The Long Search For Home, had just been released, but was not yet available in print. So, this year, with both books in hand and great new covers, coupled with the facts that this genre remains very hot and many of the special guests were from The Walking Dead, I figured it was a can't miss opportunity for me to get books in the hands of new readers. A no-brainer, right?
Well, horse manure.
Imagine my dismay when young attendees picked up my awesome book and said things like "Post-apocalyptic, that's my favorite," or "I love post-apocalyptic," only to follow up each sentence with, "Does it have zombies?"
"Ah, no, this is like Walking Dead without the zombies," I'd reply. The books got replaced on my table and the potential readers would slink away. One said, "Well then, it's not like Walkig Dead then, is it?"
When I mentioned this afterward to my son, Jon, he said, "Well, then why don't you write one with zombies?"
As a lark, I decided to do just that, even though I swore I'd never write a zombie story. I figured I'd do a quick 20,000 words and be done. But to my surprise I started really getting into it. Almost 70, 000 words later, the zombie epic, Tower of the Dead, is now complete. Now, if I can only find a publisher still putting zombie classic literature out, I'll be all set.
I guess that proves, like Sean Connery doing James Bond again, Never Say Never Again. After all, I hadn't planned on writing a young-adult fantasy, nor did I set about writing paranormal thrillers, but I did. However, the one thing I will never write is romance. Unh-uh! No way! No how!
I just got an idea for a story. I gotta go write it down before I forget it. See you next month.