Get off the ground.
Pain is temporary. And if it’s not, that’s okay too. No pain is meaningless. It doesn’t have to be.
You don’t have to live this way. You don’t have to be afraid. You don’t have to be frustrated. Let your feelings drive you.
Stand up. It’s a new day.
Get off the ground. Rise up.
Do something with your life. And do it for someone else. Stop acting like your life is your own, because it’s not. When we think our lives are our own, we start to think it’s okay to be lazy. We start to think it’s okay to be complacent.
Your life is not your own. It’s meant to be given to someone else. It’s a paradox of life, but it’s what makes life beautiful.
Let your feelings drive you. Let the pain be for someone else.
Rise up, my friends. Our lives are not our own.
In college, we engineering students are forced to partake of a class that essentially FORCES us to get a job, and a good one. I know, I shouldn’t be complaining. But hey, I’m just a freshmen. Getting a stable job is something I’m supposed to worry about senior year…right?
Well, whatever the case, as always in the business world, there is a serious amount of stress placed on BUILDING YOUR BRAND.
And let’s face it. As writers, if we are truly aspiring to be famous authors, we naturally become a part of the “business world”. At times, it sucks. It would be so SIMPLE if we could just say to the people of the world, “I’ll write my books, and you buy them and turn my stories into movies.”
That would be the life.
But no. As writers, we are marketers. We must promote ourselves and go through the tedious process of establishing a business-savvy identity for ourselves.
As we do this, we encounter the usual suspects.
All right, so apparently LinkedIn is the “Facebook of the business world”. I really just thought it was for old people that were trying to connect with each other, but apparently it’s a very sophisticated website. I’m not sure if it works for writers, but I thought I might as well try, right? At my school, we were all forced to make LinkedIn pages, so I have one! Find me on LinkedIn if you’re interested, and I’ll follow you back.
For writers, I’d say that Goodreads is a great place to network your stories. Note that I said your STORIES. Maybe also your prowess as a book-reviewer/critic. Nothing wrong with that. I know that I need to be more involved in Goodreads, since so many people use it.
For building a PERSONAL network, I’m happy to announce that I think WordPress is great for that. All in all, I don’t think fellow WordPress bloggers respond well to the “business” side of being a writer. Simply put, WordPress bloggers are here to encounter other PEOPLE and fellow writers, not businessmen/women. If you’re too heavy on promoting yourself, people will start to ignore you. I’ve both learned this the hard way and watched as other bloggers shoot themselves in the foot by being all about “ME ME ME”.
The first step to building a brand is identifying what it is. You have to make sure people understand who you are and what you’re trying to promote. No, don’t say, “Being a writer is your brand”. Maybe that’s part of it, and that’s great. But you have to be more specific.
The more general you are, sure, you’ll reach a wider-range of audiences. But if you can’t hone your focus in on one particular audience, you’re going to turn some people off. If you say you write about mystery and romance, but are constantly posting things about horror and fantasy, you’re going to confuse your audience.
Simply put, your brand is who you are and what you’re actually trying to promote. All of your actions should flow from your brand-identity. It’s like a mission statement. This is who I am, this is what I want to do. And then you have to stick with it.
When institutions do something uncharacteristic of who they are, or they deviate from their mission statements, things will go wrong. People will not respond well. It’s a simple, cheesy Disney idea, but it’s true: Be true to who you are.
Rock the World, Love What You Do
It might go without saying…but I’m going to say it anyway. Love your brand. Love who you are. If you don’t, it’s going to be hard to draw OTHERS to yourself if you’re a conflicted, irrational mess. You must be invested in yourself before you can convince others to do the same.
Take some time. Think about what you want, how you’ll get it, and if it’s worth it to you. Believe me, this exercise will be worth it.
And, as always, persevere. Writing is hard. Business is competitive. You’ve gotta be strong to make it in this life.
As always, I want to know, what do you think?
Well it’s true. I’d be a fool. I feel as if it is my duty to write about this, to make sure you are all told what you should be told.
Book Two of Elithius is coming out this December.
Why should you care?
For starters, if you’ve read my first book, then you should know that Book One ended on a cliff hanger. That cliff hanger will indeed be resolved in this next book, so you’ve got something exciting to look forward to.
Second of all, I’m personally excited about this book. I can attest that the writing in Book Two is better; the challenges that the characters face are more intense; the emotional impact is deeper. Overall, I believe it is a sequence to be reckoned with.
To those of you that might be interested, the majority of this book was written while I listened to the Attack on Titan Soundtrack. For those of you that write frequently, you all know how much the emotion and “feel” of your story is influenced by what music you were listening to. Thus, expect similar emotions and levels of intensity to that of Attack on Titan.
Also, in contrast to Book One which is very plot-driven, Book Two is extremely character-driven AND plot-driven. The two tie in quite nicely, I think. I’m the author though, so of course I think that!
Key things to look forward to, I think, are:
- new characters that add a new feel to the “main character team”
- relationships between certain characters (I won’t say who!)
- Intense internal struggles that are intriguing, dark, eerie…and yet surprisingly relatable!
I’d be a fool if, as a writer, I said nothing about my own works. Thus…well…here you go 🙂
ALSO: Please note that Elithius, Book One, will only be available for $0.99 until Book Two is released. Don’t miss out!
As always, what do you think?
As you might have noticed, I took a short break from blogging. Whether to your excitement or not, I’m back now 🙂
Life has been pretty crazy lately, to say the least. I’ve had midterms; I’ve been making new friends; finding out how college-life works; time issues; money issues; relationship issues; life issues.
Lots of issues 🙂
Don’t worry, I’ve been doing some fun things too. Whether I’m sneaking onto the top of buildings, convulsing in class just because I’m bored, or tossing the pigskin around, I do actually have a life. Sort of.
One of my most recent accomplishments in the writing world is that I just finished critiquing Christopher Keene’s debut novel Gods of the Mountain: A Cycle of Blades. Good read, definitely check his works out if you’re interested in fantasy and sophisticated systems of magic.
By the way, I love editing! If you have something you want me to read/critique/edit, let me know!
And, as always, the editorial process for my own stories continues. Christopher Keene kindly critiqued my book, Elithius, in return, as has Russell J. Fellows, so I will be making a lot of changes to the first book of my series. Hopefully, these changes will be completed by the time I release book two of Elithius in December.
Lots of things going on in my world, to say the least!
What’s going on with you? Thoughts?
A BIG thank you goes to Nicolle over at Stories of a Highly Sensitive Introvert for nominating me for the Liebster Award. If there was a Supreme Follower That Every Blogger Wants award, she would win it!
The rules are simple!
- Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display award.
- Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you.
- Give 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of the nomination.
- Give them 11 questions to answer.
So, without further ado, here are my answers to Nicolle’s questions:
- What is your favourite memory?
It’s kind of personal, so I won’t go into detail, but my favorite memory is the moment I realized that my girlfriend is the most amazing person in the world to me.
2. What is one thing you regret, and if you could go back what would you do differently?
This is an interesting question because it actually haunts my the books I write. A regret I have is not standing up to a guy who was clearly harassing a girl (albeit in a public setting), and I just walked away. If I could do things differently, I’d punch him!
3. What are your goals at the moment?
Pretty much what they’ve always been! I’d love to have my book become world famous (of course), I’d like to continue pursuing my girlfriend, and become a successful engineer at the same time.
4. How are you feeling right now?
Pretttttty gooooood. 🙂
5. What did you have for dinner today?
It’s 1:52 PM. Haven’t had dinner yet! I think we are having some form of chicken though…
6. When was the last time you cried, and why?
A couple weeks ago because I was seriously missing my girlfriend.
7. The funniest joke you heard?
“Why can’t Helen Keller drive a car? Because she’s a woman.”
Sexist plot twist 🙂
8. Do you have any pets!
I don’t actually!
9. Who inspires you the most?
God. My girlfriend. God and my girlfriend. They work wonderfully together 🙂 My girlfriend is literally one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever had the blessing of knowing.
10. Your favourite song?
Ahhhhh…tough one!!! Too tough, actually! How about this one?
11. What are your hobbies?
Uhhh….WRITING! Reading, blogging, playing football, snowboarding, and talking to people. I like talking to people about interesting, deep things. It’s the spice of life!
11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MYSELF
- I’m color blind. Yes, it’s true.
- I’m the only red-head in my family. Don’t ask how that happened!
- It says on my drivers license that I have green eyes but my girlfriend insists that they’re blue. For obvious reasons, I will agree with my girlfriend 🙂
- I’m a devout Catholic. Does that make you uncomfortable? We tend to do that sometimes…
- I’m actually 5’11 and three quarters but I tell everyone I’m 6’0. Who wants to be 5’11 and three quarters?
- I prefer sausage over bacon. Sausage is more…fulfilling.
- I’ve had two knee surgeries, both of them football-injury related.
- I’m one of seven children (note fact #4)
- I’ve been homeschooled all my life until now.
- I attend Villanova University for engineering. GO CATS!!
- I got a concussion snowboarding and was really loopy for several hours…I had been convinced that the Ski-Patrol had performed mouth-to-mouth with me in order to resuscitate me. Go figure!
Thanks again to Nicolle for nominating me!
My questions for you are the same as Nicolle’s! Here they are:
- What is your favourite memory?
- What is one thing you regret, and if you could go back what would you do differently?
- What are your goals at the moment?
- How are you feeling right now?
- What did you have for dinner today?
- When was the last time you cried, and why?
- The funniest joke you heard?
- Do you have any pets?
- Your favourite song?
- Who inspires you the most?
- What are your hobbies?
But actually! I’ve heard that successful self-published authors have these, so I decided to go procure one for myself.
I officially have my own Author Page on Amazon! If you’re the kind of person that looks into these things, check it out here! If you aren’t…check it out anyway! 😀 XD XD
So I’ve been noticing that, now more than ever, there is an influx of new bloggers. What’s more, many of my most recent followers seem to be bloggers that are just starting their journey here on WordPress.
To all of you, welcome!!!
A lot of you seem to be very attracted to my more educational posts, like “The Reason Why People ‘Like’ But They Don’t Comment”. So I thought I’d write another “educational post”, particularly geared towards you new bloggers.
The First Thing You Want to Do…
Identity yourself to yourself. What does that mean? It means that, as you start writing, as you start reaching out, networking, meeting other bloggers, targeting specific audiences, you need to know first and foremost WHO YOU ARE as a blogger. You can only reach the audience you want once you decide what kind of blog you are going to run.
So identify yourself to yourself. What do you think you’ll write about? Do you review books or movies? Write about sports? Cooking? Are you trying to promote a book or a business?
You need to figure this out.
The truth is, it’s obnoxious as a reader to visit a blog about book reviews, only to find they decided to go off on a cooking tangent. Centralizing what you write about is important to maintaining and developing a community around yourself.
However, if you’re the kind of person who likes to blog about anything and everything, disregard this completely! 😀 😀 😀
Next: Identify Your Audience
I cannot stress this enough: once you discover and surround yourself with like-minded bloggers, blogging becomes so much more FUN!
The number one word that captures the essence of blogging is COMMUNITY. And to build and enter the community that you want, you have to find the right people.
So identify your target audience.
A while back, I wanted to target an audience of anime-watchers. Why? I’m writing a book that is very anime-esque (among other things). So I tried to write about anime, to reach out to other people that liked anime…but it just wasn’t working. Why? Because I don’t watch enough anime to connect with other people.
Although I thought anime fans were my target audience, it took me a while to understand that I was wrong.
So I took a different approach: I started targeting fellow writers. And let me tell you, that made a big difference!! I discovered my community in them, aspiring and self-published authors like me. And suddenly, my blogging world truly became alive.
Identifying your audience is important, especially if you’re trying to promote something. But, in the end, it’s even more important for the sake of creating a community…which, once again, is what blogging is all about!
Stick With It
We all struggle with this from time to time. We lack motivation because life gets busy, our blogging efforts seem fruitless, or other bloggers seem to be doing so much better. Believe me, I get it. I’ve been blogging for three years and I only have 420 followers. To some of you, that might seem like a lot, but it’s not.
The goal is to keep at it. Fight through the dull moments. Keep on writing.
Believe me, if you stop writing, you’ll accomplish nothing. I know that seems like an obvious statement, but it couldn’t be more true. If you stop writing, you’ll accomplish nothing.
So you must continue to write.
I hope these tips were helpful! As always, Let me know what you think!
Like the way I write? Check out my new book Elithius on Amazon here! The Kindle version is only $0.99 for a limited time only!! Get it now!