A Writer’s Pledge

Writers write.

penWhat is a writer to do?  You are interested in writing. You have a great idea you believe would make for a great book, but you are not sure if you can pull it off.  You read a 1,001 articles that offer advice for beginning writers and each one sounds good. Then you realize that a lot of these articles contradict one another. This only adds to your confusion.  Should you follow the advice from help book #1.  But then help book #2 suggests that you do it another way. Everyone has some type of advice on how you should write, how your shouldn’t write, and that great idea you had beaming in your head is just that, an idea.

S-T-O-P.

Forget any advice anyone gives you on how you should write. Just write. The first step in writing is to write. You may ask yourself, “Is my story good enough?” Maybe.  Maybe not. But you won’t know if you barricade yourself behind a wall from the very beginning.  Write.

When I was growing up, I wrote a ton of short stories, songs and poems. I just wrote and wrote and wrote. Yet, I didn’t share anything I wrote with anyone because I was afraid of negative feedback. I sheltered this part of myself for fear that this passion I had for the written word was not good enough. So, it remained my secret for a long time. Something happened as I got older, though. I wanted to see what other people thought of my writing.  I was curious to know what other peoples thought  Did I have what it took to be a good writer?

As It turns out, my short stories were not very good. I heard the first few critiques and I wanted to bury my head deep in the sand and give up. But, I still had this passion for writing.  I took some advice, well, actually, I read every writing advice book I could and thought I could turn out something better. I got so consumed with obtaining knowledge, I spent more time reading people’s advise on writing that I hadn’t written anything. I would always put it off. Tomorrow I will write became the trend. I realized that it was a defensive barrier I had put around myself.  No one could tell me that my writing wasn’t good if there was no writing to critique. I let fear imprison me. Instead of working to improve my own writing abilities, which I knew I possessed, or at least hoped I did, I chose to hide.

That’s when I made a pledge to myself.  A Writer’s Pledge.

I write. It is my passion. My desire. I am my biggest fan. I am my biggest critic.

The point is, we can’t worry about how good or how bad something is without first trying.  Not everyone will write a best seller. But if you love writing and it gives you joy beyond anything else you can imagine, you owe it to yourself to follow your passion no matter where it leads you. Make your own Writer’s Pledge. You will hear people say to write for the readers you hope to have. Find a genre and write toward that. There is a lot of good advice out there but first, you need to just write. Once you begin that process, you will learn something about yourself and something about your writing.  Advice is good, don’t get me wrong, but not at the expense of your creative process.

Pick up a pen. Let your fingers stretch across the keyboard. Dust off the typewriter.

The time is write now.

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The Write Touch

Today is writer’s day. Well, not officially. There is no special designation to honor a writer’s passion, diligence, creativity, or contribution to the literary world. No day to mark on the calendar to celebrate all those who have cried, cursed, laughed, shouted, or smiled through the process of creating words which invoked emotional responses in people who found those words.

For a writer, both aspiring and established, each day should be viewed as Writer’s Day. Anytime you sit down at your desk or other writing sanctuary and begin  the process of creativity, you should feel enlightened by the fact that you have an idea you want to explore, words in your head that will inform, entertain, or hit an emotional nerve with an unsuspected reader. Writing is not easy. It takes a lot of patience, practice, doubt, more doubt, and persistence to accomplish what you want to set out to do.

When your fingers are gliding across the keyboard, imagine you are playing a grand piano and listening to the beautiful music created at your fingertips. Now imagine your story singing by your touch. The community of writers is vast and diversified but we all share a common and unique kinship.  We have all started with a clean slate. We have all sat and watched an empty screen fill up with words as our mind and fingers worked together to help bring to life our thoughts.

antique-writing-deskPeople say that writing is a solitary life. You and your thoughts. While I do find that to be true when I am in the midst of the writing process, I also feel connected to others who share my interest for writing. I love to learn from others who have reached success whether small or large and from people like myself, who are still trying to figure it out. I like to hear their ideas, their struggles, their successes, because it makes me feel that I am not alone. In those moments of self-doubt or bitter frustration when the words are not coming out the way I want, I know there are others who have endured those same struggles and found ways to overcome those same obstacles. This gives me hope and I feel a connection with them. Writing can be the most frustrating thing you could ever do, but it could also be the most rewarding.

Let today be Writer’s Day.  The next bestseller is only words away.

Is the Paranormal Real

In keeping with the Halloween tradition here is another subject fitting for an October night.

I have often been asked if I believe in the paranormal.  I always use caution before I answer that question but not because I am uncertain in my own beliefs but sometimes when people ask the question, its usually pointed in a certain direction and I don’t want to find myself in a heated debate on ones opinions.

For my part, I do believe in the paranormal.  I believe that there is something out there, more than we know.  I have had some personal experiences growing up that I simply cannot explain.  Let it be said that I do not believe every door closing by itself is a result of some paranormal event.  No.  The way I look at it, I need to be convinced.

If I encounter an event that on the surface is hard to explain, I like to find a reasonable explanation first.  If a door closed by itself my first thought is that a window must be open.

Some people believe in the paranormal because of religious reasons, that is not me.  I have my own beliefs that I don’t share.  It is personal and not meant to be a topic of conversation.  I believe in the paranormal or should I say the possibility of the paranormal based on personal experiences I have never been able to explain.  Do ghosts exist?  Do spirits linger around this world looking to cross over?  For certain, I have no concrete evidence to say one way or the other.  Again I like facts.

I do believe in the possibility and I believe the more we look in to the subject and apply some common sense to the way we examine it and not let our faith or our imaginations get the best of us, one day we might start to get some real reliable evidence one way or the other.

I find the subject interesting and with anything that interests me I like to learn more.  I am not about to jump off a cliff believing I can fly when everything I know about gravity tells me otherwise.  I don’t know enough about the paranormal to say it doesn’t exist so I am left to educate myself for my own curiosity sake.

Whether you believe or not, the unknown is an interesting subject matter to explore.  Perhaps one day, the more we explore the unknown, we might get to know what was previously described as the unknown.

Creepiest Town in America

bookcoverJust in time for Halloween, the creepiest town in America is Pine Brook Falls.

Byron’s tale is haunting and suspenseful with rich atmospheric touches imparted by the Northern California wilderness that’s long been reputed to be the home of Bigfoot and other strange creatures.- Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

In the mysterious town of Pine Brook Falls, nothing is what it appears to be. Terror lurks around every corner. Charlie Noble must return home to look for his missing sister. Unimaginable horrors await him as he must battle a terror he never knew existed.

There’s plenty to thrill the horror and suspense reader as well as those who enjoy paranormal elements in their mystery reads, but there’s also a healthy dose of psychological thriller in this work as Charlie blindly navigates his way through strange people and an even stranger being in the woods. Pine Brook Falls: The Charlie Noble Chronicles is a grand read, and it’s most highly recommended.- Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Pine Brook Falls available now on Amazon.

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In fear I write

I love the aspect of fear.  In writing, that is.  I have always been drawn to dark, unusual stories.  It challenges the imagination.  I like to see  characters in situations that draw upon their fear and see how they respond.  Will they survive?  I love the concept of the impossible or improbable story.  This can be said for Science Fiction and Fantasy as well.  In dark horror or thrillers or whatever genre you want to label it, creating a world that no one wants to live in but being there with the characters as they push through one horrific event after another is invigorating: as a writer.  And, hopefully, as a reader as well.

fear

I’m not talking about blood, guts, gore type of horror.  I like the terror of the unknown.  There are limitless possibilities you can explore.  Ideas are all around us.  I’ve been asked many times why I write the dark stuff.  Why do my stories have to be creepy.  I currently have three stories in the works at some phase of the writing process.  Whether that is first draft, final draft or just planning, they are there in some form.  Not all creepy.  Well, maybe they are to different degrees.  I like the dark stuff.  It’s an adrenaline ride.  You can get scared in the comfort of your own house.  Explore emotions you don’t normally get to tap into.

Writing is all about exploration.  I like exploring the dark depths to see what I can uncover.  I think fear resides just under our skin.  It’s an emotion that is unprotected, easy to tap into. The words used to construct a fearful world in fiction are merely the vessel to take the reader to that place that resides just around the corner, in our subconsciousness.  Fear is only a page away.