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Any Young Writers Interested in Joining a Club?

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WELCOME!!!

Yes, that’s a long title.  But I wanted to get your attention.

I am literally thinking up all of this on the fly.  But wouldn’t it be great if a Young Writer’s Club was started on WordPress?  Does something like this actually exist?

The purpose of the club would be to promote unity, critical thinking, support, and shared love of writing with other young authors.

Age range would be for people between 15 and 22.  Exceptions could be made.

This would be more a MOVEMENT, not an official club.  I would essentially “run the show”, but I would be equal to every member.  If anyone has an idea for how to promote our club, or an idea for a direction we go in, please voice your opinion!

Once again, thinking on the fly…

We could meet once every week?  Once every two weeks?  Once every month?  Preferably on a Saturday or Sunday, when people don’t have classes?

The only thing I am interested in promoting for personal reasons is the following mission statement:

(Insert name of club) is a group of writers dedicated to helping each other write stories that promote the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, by providing constructive criticism, honest feedback, and promotional resources, so as to create a vibrant writing community with enough power to move mountains.

(I’m still working on that last part, but it sounds epic, right?)

Let’s face it.  What’s the power of old people?  Experience.

What’s the power of young people?  Fearlessness.  Passion.  Lots and lots of passion.

As a movement of young writers, I’d like to see young writers USING their passion.  And using it for good.  That part about the “true, good, and beautiful” in the mission statement wasn’t something I pulled out of my butt.  That phrase is taken from what Ancient Greek philosophers and artists tried to proclaim and portray through their art.

We want to proclaim what is True because nothing is more wonderful to the mind than the Truth.

The Truth will show us, and therefore society, what is Good.

And, once we understand the Good, we can manifest what is Beautiful.

It’s a wonderful philosophy, isn’t it?

What do you think?

If you are within the age range of 15-22 and are interested in joining or have any questions, please comment or email me at:

aultsom23(at)gmail(dot)com

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Let’s be like Captain America.  Let’s move a country.  Move the world.

What If My Story Isn’t Good Enough?

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“What if my story isn’t good enough?”

“What if no one likes my idea?”

“Do I feel bored of my own idea?”

Have you ever had these doubts?  Of course you have.  If you’re a writer, then you’ve probably wrestled with these fears before, or you’re wrestling with them right now.  We constantly fear being rejected, being forgotten, or seeing our hard work go to waste.

The truth is, writing a story is a lot like being in a relationship.

“What if he doesn’t like me”

“What if I’m not good enough for her?”

“Do I feel bored with my relationship?”

It’s crazy how similar writing is to a relationship.  What’s important to remember, I think, is that, as in relationships, we have to PERSEVERE.  I mean, if a relationship isn’t good for us or the other person, usually we stop, right?  Hopefully we do.  And the same goes with writing.  If a “story relationship” REALLY isn’t working out, meaning you don’t feel captivated by your own story, or you are feeling like it isn’t worth it, then maybe it’s time to find a different story.

HOWEVER, it’s okay to just “not feel it” some days.  That happens in real life relationships…but that doesn’t mean the relationship is bad.  Bad days happen.  Good days also happen too.  And it’s important to remember that and, once again, PERSEVERE.

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PERSEVERE!

You’re never going to get what you want and be where you want to be in ANY kind of relationship unless you persevere.

Rekindle your imagination.  Think of your favorite parts.  Rewrite and reread.  Fall in love again.  Make plans.  Take breaks.  And, most importantly, be patient.  Great writers don’t fall from the sky, so you probably won’t either!

Writing a story is like being in a relationship.  What’s your relationship like?

A Writer Is Not…

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A writer is not scared.  He or she can’t be.  We have to be willing to accept the challenges, the looks, the inner and outer demons, in order to truly say that we are writers.

We all get doubts.  Is this career even possible?  Will I ever go anywhere with my writing?  Will anyone want to read my stuff?

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A writer is not scared.

A writer is also not alone.

Every single day can feel like agony if you convince yourself that you’re alone…but you’re not.  WordPress is a great place to make acquaintances with other writers and build a community.  It’s hard to be a writer and feel like you are your only fan, you’re the only person looking out for you, you’re the only person going through all the struggles.  Well, you’re not.

A writer is not alone.

A writer is also not a cry baby.

Look, nobody likes criticism.  But, in the words of my father, criticism is the only way that we can truly grow.  As writers, we need to be critics of ourselves; we have to be willing to let go and change what we’ve done, even though it hurts to do so.  We have to be willing to listen to others, take advice, and be humble when an editor says “This is crap”.

A writer is not a cry baby.

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A writer is also not a quitter.

So many writers…MOST writers, I daresay, could’ve quit.  They could’ve said “You know what, I’m too busy.  I can’t make time to write.”  It’s so easy to make excuses, it’s so easy to just forget about it for one day, or resign ourselves to the belief that it’s not possible.  We’ll never finish the book, we’ll never get a contract, no one will like us.

Lies.  All of them.  If you are a writer, than you cannot be a quitter.

A writer is not a quitter.

Or a cry baby.

Or alone.

Or scared.

Now get out there and do it.  Write!


So I wrote a fantasy novel!  It’s called Elithius.  It’s only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle, and only $12 as a paperback.  You can check it out here.  You’re welcome.

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Cover art by Elizabeth M

It’s Been a While!

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Hey there!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged.  I’ve heard from blogging experts that you shouldn’t apologize for not blogging…but…well, here we go.

I’m sorry!

I have to admit that I’ve been busy recovering from a knee injury (I had to get surgery, then I had to rehab it, etc.).  I’m doing fine though.  Of course, I also have to admit that part of my absence could largely be attributed to laziness.

Now, what kind of a writer/author allows himself to grow so lazy!  Tisk tisk…at me.

So, I’ve been gone for a long time.  But I haven’t been entirely lazy during my absence.  If you go to my blog, you’ll realize that a lot of things have changed.   First of all, I’ve FINALLY gotten my blog to look the way I want it to.  It looks exciting and peaceful at the same time (which is weird, but that’s just like me :D).

The second thing you should notice is that the homepage is a static page, explaining what my blog is about.  The most important thing for you to gather is that now ALL OF MY BOOKS WILL BE GOING ONTO MY BLOG.

The next important thing for you to notice is how I’m going to be writing about more than just my book series.  I want to share with all of you my thoughts on being a young Christian man, all my thoughts concerning writing, all my thoughts concerning anime, and just about art and the world in general.  There’s a lot to talk about, and I don’t want to limit myself to blogging just about The Golden Lands (however great it is :D).  I’ll still give you updates on my writing endeavors/achievements.  But I want all of you to get to know my as a person, as a writer…not just a guy trying to sell you his work.

I hope this post finds you well.  And I hope you haven’t forgotten about me!

Stay awesome, dear followers!

Dominic (Aul)

Hard Copy of The Golden Lands is Almost Ready!!!

Guess what came in the mail today?  That’s right!

The proof hard-copy arrived today!  Everything looks fantastic, from the exterior to the interior.  I’m very pleased.  All that’s left to do is look over the text and what not and then it’ll be ready for Amazon!

For those of you that prefer hard copies over ebooks, the time is coming!

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Your Author,

Aul