As bloggers and writers, both published, self published, or unpublished, I think we all get to that point where we wonder: is it ever going to be enough?
Are my efforts ever going to be WORTH it? How much longer do I have to persevere? When will my story take off?
Fair questions. Everybody is asking them.
The truth is, I don’t know how much is enough. I don’t know where you have to be or how far you have to go. The world is a cruel place, especially to writers.
Well, first of all, there’s simply TONS of competition. Years ago if you said, “I’m a writer–I wrote a book” people’s jaws would drop in amazement. “Really?!” they’d say. “I could never do that!”
But nowadays, if you tell someone, “I wrote a book”, they very well might reply, “Yeah, me too!”
Let’s face it. Being a writer isn’t an anomaly anymore.
You know what is an anomaly? BEING A WRITER THAT STANDS OUT.
It’s easy to be a writer. It’s easy to be a GOOD writer. But being a writer that stands out is what everyone is looking for.
I guess that’s your answer then: how much is enough? How far do you have to go?
As far as it takes to make yourself STAND OUT.
Lots of people have great writing skills. Lots of people have good stories, compelling characters, etc. But not everyone is able to put all of those traits together into something wonderful, unique, and capable of being BETTER than everyone else’s.
Take a step back. Analyze yourself and your writing. What makes you stand out? Or what WILL make you stand out?
If you can figure out the answers to these questions, then you’ll soon know how much is enough.
What do you think?
My book, Elithius, is still available for download and purchase here. Lemme know what you think of it!
It’s been a while since I’ve given you more inside information about the world of Elithius. Today, I want to share with you a concept and a “species” I made up that ties in with that concept.
What’s a heyndai?
Basically, a heyndai is a manifestation of yourself…but a manifestation of the version of yourself that you think you’ve always wanted to be. Thus, your heyndai contains and fulfills every desire you’ve ever had for yourself. Everything you’ve dreamed of being–your appearance, your social status, your skills, your level of intelligence–is encompassed in your heyndai.
Your heyndai can only be seen by you; only you yourself will ever experience it. It is something that you must encounter directly through your mind–in a dream or a vision, for example. So, technically speaking, your heyndai isn’t even real! It is purely the product of your imagination and your views of yourself and the world around you.
Sounds pretty neat, right?
The problem is, what if your desires aren’t pure? What if you’ve always dreamed of being beautiful, and your heyndai makes people divorce their spouses for you? What if you’re tired of being bullied, and wish to become the bully? What if your idea of being perfect is flawed?
The problem with heyndai is that it’s an alluring, captivating version of yourself. So you are always trying to become your heyndai…and you can!
You just have to forsake your soul to do it.
That’s right. Allow yourself to be consumed by the idea of becoming your heyndai, and that’s exactly what will happen: you’ll be consumed.
This whole concept of heyndai and whether they are good or bad is very significant in Elithius. Should we try to become heyndai? Do we desire to become something pure? If your heyndai is what you’ve always wanted to be, do you even know what it is you actually want to be? How well do you know your desires?
These are the struggles of John Hedekira as he begins to make contact with his heyndai.
Deep questions, right?
But then, that’s Elithius for you!
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Ever notice how there are hardly any stories that encourage society or the way that humanity has progressed? How many stories are about patting humanity on the back and telling it “Good job!”?
Think of all the classics out there. Think about all those books you had to read in English. What were they about?
They were about change. They were about revealing how crummy this world really is. They were all about prophecy, and how our world would fall apart if we continued down the same path. They were about destroying something that shouldn’t even exist.
Sure, there was a lot of symbolism. Nothing is ever clear in great art…because it makes you think. Only the wise will ever understand.
Well, I’m asking you to understand what I’m saying. What makes a world-changing story, you ask?
A story that rips out and burns the status quo…and helps us see why…and maybe shows us a better one.
Tell the world it sucks. Go ahead, doing it. You’re probably only a writer because there’s something about your life that you hate, or there’s something in this world that disgusts you. You only write because you want to change or you want to be heard.
Isn’t that why you’re here, dear writers?
The stupid, forgotten stories are the ones that congratulate humanity. What’s there to congratulate? The only times we are triumphant is when we have God working through us. Other than that, we fall short.
Write something that makes someone stop and think. Bring their life to a sudden halt; make them slam the brakes and let them just sit there in the middle of the road, listening to their engine idle, as they strive to grasp the audacity of what you have said.
Think I’m wrong about all this? Go ahead and prove it. Your opinions are welcome here.
What do you think?
By the way, I’m officially a self-published author. If you like me and you like the way I write, check out my fantasy novel here. It will stop and make you think.
That title is a mouthful, I know…
But it’s true, and thus I reiterate: What inspires your PERSON will inspire your WRITING.
Maybe this means like an obvious statement, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
I’ve been really busy; my life is just BUSY. I’m working a lot because I need money for an apartment so that I can commute to college. My family is putting our house up for sale, but a lot of work needs to be done on the house FIRST, as always. This means a lot of my time goes to working on the house.
I’ve also got relationships to keep up with in my family, friends, my girlfriend, God, etc…
Yeah, life is busy. To be honest, I rarely have time to even THINK about my story because I have to remain focused on whatever else I’m doing. It’s a painful existence, I’ll admit.
So it’s nice when I’m finally able to indulge myself in something that I enjoy…but something that doesn’t require too much creative expression.
Look, when I’m brain-dead after a long day of work, I don’t always want to write. Becauseeeeee I’m brain dead. But I can still do things that inspire me and therefore inspire my writing.
And what “things” would that be?
Uh, watching anime.
I know it sounds dorky or nerdy. But if you’re reading this then you’re probably a blogger too, which means you are also dorky or nerdy. So back off. 😉
Yes, I enjoy watching anime. Not the weird stuff. Or the romantic, pornographic stuff. The good, wholesome stuff. I like the intense action scenes, the heroism, the human emotions. I love the beautiful scenery and the amazingly choreographed fight scenes.
Just look at this picture and BASK….
This relaxes me…that might sound weird, but it does. It touches me deeply and makes me feel like me.
And, in the end, these are the same emotions I need–that anyone needs–when they right.
What makes you feel inspired? Don’t be afraid to find time to indulge yourself a little. You’ll be amazed at the impact it makes.
I hadn’t written my book for five days until today. But I just pushed out four pages on anime-inspired emotion and probably some of God’s grace. Four pages is pretty dang good. Yeah, believe me, inspiring yourself is important.
What do you think?
We the Waffles
Being a writer is a lot like being a waffle. You have to compartmentalize things. Like your money, your attention, and your time. There’s a compartment for everything; your family, work, school, relaxation, and writing. No two compartments overlap or share: each compartment is entirely dedicated to itself without distraction.
And also, from time to time, each compartment experiences an abundance of sweetness from that oh-so-pleasant “life syrup”.
Yeah, being a writer is like being a waffle.
Why a wolf?
Because writers howl. We cry even when no one is listening. We scream out our defiance of the world. And we are hungry. Hungry for more. Desperate to be quick enough, to be sharp enough, to pierce others…while realizing that, at the same time, it’s really we ourselves that must bleed first.
We are also wolves because we work in packs. We work together. And we need to, because that’s the only way we’ll survive. We help one another cry, help each other pierce the world with our gleaming white fangs.
So writers are waffle wolves. Makes about as much sense as being a writer.
But that’s being an author for ya 😉
What do you think?
Hey, just so you all know, my book Elithius was recently published and is available for download or purchase here. If you like the way I write, consider showing my story some love and let me know what you think of it!
There was a time when people’s jaws actually dropped when you said, “I’m a writer.” They were impressed. They thought you exceptionally ambitious. They thought you talented and maybe a bit nerdy.
But nowadays? Say, “I’m a writer” and there’s a pretty good chance someone will reply, “Yeah, me too!”
Let’s face it. Being an author, specifically a self-published author, isn’t terribly special. First of all, it’s a lot of work. As the title of this post says, you have to do it ALL.
What do I mean?
Well, as a self-published author, you have to write your books (duh). But also, if you’re poor like me, you have to edit them yourself, or at the convenience of friends and family. You have to format your book properly. Make your own cover or spend money to have one done professionally. And you need to do all of the networking and advertising.
Believe me, as a self-published author, you have to do EVERYTHING.
I certainly envy those traditionally published authors who can sigh with relief as they finish their novel, knowing that, for the most part, their job is done. Sure, they might need to make changes at the direction of an editor. But it just seems like an easy life.
If you’re considering writing a book, or you HAVE written a book but don’t know what to do, I always advise people to try to publish traditionally first. Go for the money. Go for the big time. Go for the easy life. Why wouldn’t you?
Not all traditionally published authors make a lot of money. But there is a bit more security, in my opinion. You could be like me, still in school, working a lot, living with my family, in a relationship with an amazing woman, and still trying to write my books and maintain a blog. Is there a lot of “security” in my writing career when I am forced to become side-tracked? Uh, no…
In my case, I decided to “try” self-publishing and got rather stuck on it. There is certainly a thrill when you reel in readers, when you, personally, attract people to your story. And yes, the royalties are waaaay better than being a traditional author.
Is there a point to this rant….I’m not sure.
But, as always, I’d like to know: what do you think?
So I recently published a book. It’s called Elithius. It’s a fantasy novel with an anime feel. Sound interesting?
Well, it took me long enough, but my book Elithius, Book One: The Red Captain, has finally been published!!!
It’s taken a lot of time for me to revise my novel, work with an artist to redo the cover, and gain an audience. It’s been a long journey…not to say that the journey is anywhere NEAR being finished. But still, getting to this point has taken a lot of hard work.
Thus, having said that, I hope you all appreciate the fruit of my hard work.
As promised, I have made my book as cheap as possible, just for you guys 😉
Once again, I’d just like to thank all of you for your support. Like I said, it’s been a difficult road, and I couldn’t have done this without you guys. I really hope you like Elithius, and I’m glad to hear that so many of you are excited about reading my story!
To those of you that aren’t familiar with the plot of my story, here’s a brief description:
His parents abandon him when he’s thirteen. He’s left to care for his little brother and sister. Life is tough. Things can’t seem to get any worse.
But then Evil Itself breaks down the door. It kidnaps his siblings. And It leaves him bleeding out on the floor of his own home.
The Golden Lands, one of the Three Worlds of Elithius, is supposed to be a place of light, peace and happiness. But the Golden Lands hasn’t been such a place for John Hedekira, a jaded, hot-headed sixteen-year-old. Joined by his friends Faith Pinck and Bernard Tanner, John must rescue his brother and sister from their captors…before his siblings can be sacrificed to the ominous God of Death.
With a story that combines the feelings of Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, and Percy Jackson, Dominic Sceski brings to life a riveting tale of light versus darkness, magic, friendship, trust, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption that will leave you on the edge of your seat and desperately yearning for more.
Don’t wait. Embark on the journey now. Enter Elithius!
Once again, thanks for all that you do!!!
Now, what are you standing there for?????? Your adventure awaits!!!
What do you think???