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What Inspires Your Person Will Inspire Your Writing

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….

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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?

Explode. Burn. Destroy.

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If you do not feel these emotions, if you do not desire this, I cannot be convinced of your convictions to be a writer.

To be a writer, you have to want to rip something out of the world.

Being a writer is crying out for change, desperately yearning to smash.  Break.  Burn.  Destroy.

Change.

Change.

Change.

We all want to leave our mark on the world.  Maybe it’s only because of pride.  Maybe we’re selfish.  We all are.

But sometimes we can’t change what we want.  And maybe, in the end, it isn’t such a bad thing after all.

If you could change the world, how would you do it?  What would you say?  Who would you be saying it for?

Being a writer is like having a broken heart and writing to the person you can’t live without.  It’s screaming out into the silence, believing that someone will answer.  Calling out into space and hoping for an echo.  Shredding the divides of the world and watching the blood pour around your fingertips.

…It’s insanity.  It’s a fool’s endeavor…

It’s a lot of love…

If you don’t feel like this when you sit down to write, I don’t believe you are a writer.

If you aren’t bleeding inside, if you aren’t crying out for something, for change…if you aren’t desperate…I don’t believe you.

If you only feel alive because your deadened soul is awakened by writing…If you can’t let writing go…If you don’t want to leave the world behind…If you love the world…If you love SOMEONE more than yourself…If you believe in God…

WRITE!

I have nothing more to say.

 


Enjoy the emotion with which I write?  Grab a copy of my book Elithius, Book One: The Red Captain.  You won’t be disappointed.  Click here.

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Copyright 2017 Elizabeth M

To What Shall We Compare the Modern Writer?

We the Waffles

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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.

The Wolf

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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.

Soooo…..?

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!

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Copyright 2017 Elizabeth M

You Have To Do It All—Being a Self-Published Author

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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.

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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?


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So I recently published a book.  It’s called Elithius.  It’s a fantasy novel with an anime feel.  Sound interesting?

You can check it out here.

ELITHIUS IS NOW LIVE!!!

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 😉

Click here to buy/download Elithius!!!!

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:

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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???

Houston, We Have a Problem

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Wellllllllll….it turns out that something needed to be changed before I could publish my book on Amazon.  It’s not a big deal, because it’s an easy fix.

But grr…..

I’m sorry!

I guess I won’t be publishing Elithius today.  When the files are ready, I’ll be sure to let you know!

For the sake of remaining positive, I’d like to once again thank all of you for the encouraging remarks and all the “Congratulations!”!  You guys are awesome.  I’m positive that I will do well in the upcoming Storyteller Kindle Competition!

Also, for the new followers (hey there 😉 ):

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What’s Elithius about?

Here’s the 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!

Sorry for destroying the climatic moment!  Stay tuned!

🙂

The Countdown Begins!!!

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This just in: Elithius, Book One: The Red Captain will be published TOMORROW!!!

Unless Amazon takes a REALLLY long time reviewing my book and book cover, I will be publishing my story officially tomorrow.  If, for some reason, things get delayed, expect the story to be published on Friday.

Thanks so much for all of your support!  Please stay tuned!  Even though Elithius is finally being published, there’s still a lot more to do and to see!

Not sure what Elithius is about?  Here’s the description I’ll be posting on Amazon/Kindle:

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!

I hope you guys are excited!  Once again, thanks for being such great followers!

What do you think?