The Poetry Continues!

Hey everybody!

I believe in my last post I talked about how I was writing some poetry after feeling stuck when it came to writing a new novel. While I am in no way giving up on writing fiction, I have decided to work on writing and publishing a poetry book!

First let me remind all of you that Gary Ginsburg and I do already have an inspirational article and poetry book out that is available for purchase on Amazon.com, entitled Inspiration Unbound. I’d like to thank everyone who has already purchased a copy and continues to support our writing. If you have any questions about this book, please feel free to ask.

While in the last article and poetry book that Gary Ginsburg and I came out with, Gary wrote the poems and I wrote the articles, I will be the sole author of the next poetry book and it will only contain poetry. So far the poems I have written for the book include such topics as : love, divorce, anxiety, fame, politics, music, dreams, etc. I am very excited to be working on this new project and hope you will join me in this new journey!

As for my progress, I have about thirteen poems written so far and am happy to say that the writing is going well! If you want to read some fantastic poetry while you wait for my new book to be finished, please feel free to check out the inspirational article and poetry book written by myself and Gary Ginsburg! Inspirational Unbound includes wonderful poetry and articles that talk about anxiety, strength, overcoming obstacles, and much more! Thank you!

 

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Writing What Feels Right

Are you a writer? Do you ever find yourself struggling to write what you’re currently working on? Well, I do. In fact, I’ve recently found it difficult to continue writing the novels I’ve started. Still, I find myself wanting to write and wanting to write something worthwhile.

In the last post I wrote, I spoke about how my relative, Gary Ginsburg, advised that I write some poetry to help me become motivated. I thought it was a great idea and began to work on some poems. You know what? I became inspired and I’m seriously considering writing a poetry book! I’ve already written about four poems that I’d love to include!

My point? Just because something isn’t working out doesn’t mean that you should give up. I’m not a failure just because I’m having trouble working on my novels – I’m simply not feeling the stories at the moment. However, I am enjoying writing poetry at the moment and the ideas seem to be flowing quite nicely. There’s no reason that I shouldn’t take advantage of that!

So if you’re struggling with what you’re working on, but still feel the desire to write, try writing a different medium. If you’ve been writing poetry and it’s not working out, try writing a story. If you’ve been writing stories and feel the need to take a break, try writing some poetry. You might just discover something wonderful!

Getting Motivated To Write

Hey everybody!

Yesterday I was discussing with my close relative and co-author of Inspiration Unbound, Gary Ginsburg, how I was struggling to get the motivation to work on my newest novel. I’m excited to dive in and continue to work on it and I love the idea of it, but I just can’t seem to get myself to actually write more of it. It really has nothing to do with not wanting to write that particular story, but rather my energy level to write in general.

After I spoke of my concerns, Gary suggested that I continue doing what I’ve been – writing poetry! He felt that if I continued writing ‘smaller’ things it would give me the energy and motivation to work on my novel some more. He was right! I feel ready to dive back in!

I think that the reason why Gary’s idea is so successful is because writing smaller and quicker pieces of work like poetry helps accomplish a lot of things. For one, it’s less stressful than say having to come up with ideas for a novel and making sure everything is just right. Also, writing a poem is quicker and is a great way to sink your teeth into writing without feeling like it’s weighing you down with all the effort it takes to sit down for a long period of time and work.

In addition to writing more poetry, I’ve been writing some more articles. While poetry and articles are just as meaningful as writing a novel or short story (I truly do believe this), it’s a different process and as mentioned above, less stressful. Also, writing something other than what you’ve been working on for a while, or what you’ve been thinking about, helps distract your mind and refresh your writing skills – it gives you a much needed break without taking you completely away from what you should be and love doing!

So, here’s my advice: If you’re struggling to find the motivation to work on your newest project, take a break! Try writing something else that you enjoy; something a little simpler and fun! You might just find that it’ll bring your motivation right back to life and the words of your novel right back to the page!

Black Friday Sale Extended!

Hey everybody! I hope you’re all doing well. I’ve decided to extend my black Friday sale until tomorrow night (Sunday 11/25) . All Kindle E-book versions of my books can be downloaded for only $3.00! To download your copy, please click here

If you’re having trouble deciding what book’s best for you, here’s a run down of what each book is about – including genre, age range, etc.

Rest in Piece

Summary: “Though decades apart, two young girls are connected in a way that is both fantastical and surreal. When twelve year old Louise Erikson finds out that she holds the key to saving a nine year old who disappeared twenty years earlier, she decides to accept the challenge. Will Louise be able to rescue the girl and the others locked away with her before it’s too late?”

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Age Range: Young Adult and Up

Type of Book: Novel

Abstract Clarity

Summary: “The real meaning of Hell, a woman’s love for Halloween gone horribly wrong, and a magical pen. A mysterious place called Dream Land and an inanimate object that, with a little luck and hard work, helps change the world. In these five fantastical, terrifying, and beautiful stories, you will discover that there is more to life than the ordinary and explainable.”

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Age Range: 18 and Up

Type of BookShort Story Collection

Inspiration Unbound

Summary: “The world is a beautiful place. From nature to the kindness of those around us, examples of inspiration are always within our reach. Unfortunately, due to negative forces, sometimes we forget just how blessed we truly are. Within this book, you will find both articles and poetry that will lift your spirits; that will assure you that you are not alone in your struggles. So sit back, relax, and allow the words on these pages to fill your heart and mind with peace and confidence.”

Genre: Articles, Poetry, Inspiration, Kindness

Age Range: All Ages

Type of Book: Inspirational article and poetry collection

Hell’s Radio

Summary:

Hell’s Radio: Terrance Manning is fourteen years old and on the road to disaster. He smokes, steals, starts fires, and even carries a gun. When he visits a garage sale and steals a clock radio, his existence changes forever.
Haunted Love: In this horrific parody, Sarah Night is fresh out of college and looking for a roommate. She finds much more when she meets Les Herman and falls deeply in love. However, she soon discovers that there is more to the man than meets the eye.

Lyrical Haven: Bridget Delaney doesn’t get along with her mother. As much as she tries, Bridget just can’t seem to make the woman happy. When her mother, Eleanor, kicks her out of the car on the way home from her uncle’s, Bridget finds herself in the middle of nowhere, headed for a fantastic journey.

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Age Range: 18 and Up

Type of Book: Short Story Collection

 

Black Friday Sale!

Hey everybody! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I know I did!

So, I have some great news for all you readers out there! For a limited time only the Kindle edition of all four of my books are available to purchase for a low price of $3.00 each on Amazon! You can download them here if interested! Please take advantage of this wonderful offer – it won’t last long!

In other news, an article that I recently wrote was just published on Harness Magazine’s website. The article talks about a very important issue – dealing with anxiety; especially during the holidays. You can read the article here. Thank you for your support!

Have a great weekend,

B.W. Ginsburg

 

It’s Okay To Put A Story Aside – It Does Not Make You A Failure!

Hey everybody! Today I’d like to talk about a subject that I’m quite passionate about – the act of putting a story aside for a while before you, maybe eventually, return to it. I know I’ve touched on this subject before, but I’d like to go into it with further detail.

I think as authors, we’re told to always finish our stories – no matter what. I have to say, that I don’t agree with this logic. Sometimes, as much as it hurts, a story just isn’t working out or one’s passion for it just isn’t there at the moment, or, at all. I think as authors, we’re told that if we ‘give up’ on a story or put it aside and never return to it, that we’re failures. This is another thing that I don’t agree with.

Take the last story I was working on, for example. Yes, I loved the idea behind it. To be honest, I still do. I worked on the story for a while and wrote about 75 pages, but then something happened. For some reason, I just stopped working on it. Part of it was because there were questions that I couldn’t seem to answer (perhaps you’d call it some plot holes) and part of it was that I just couldn’t get motivated to work on it. It wasn’t that I had no motivation to write, it was just that the story in particular was hard for me to write.

I do admit that giving up on a story completely because it’s difficult isn’t the way to go. In many ways, that is why I haven’t necessarily given up for good on the story I spoke of above – I’m not sure I’m completely finished with working on it. I just need a break for now, perhaps a long break, but still a break. Even if I never come back to the story (yes, even because it’s difficult), it doesn’t make me a failure of an author or writer, it simply means that I no longer had enough passion to write the story.

Here’s what I think stinks. I think it stinks that society makes us feel that, if we don’t finish what we’re writing, we’re failures or that we’re not good at what we do. The truth is that not every story is going to work out and that’s okay. I truly believe that forcing ourselves to write can be just as bad as not finishing whatever we’re working on. Sometimes forcing ourselves to write only produces poor work. Instead of pushing ourselves to deliver just anything, shouldn’t we strive to write something worth reading? Isn’t that every writer’s goal? To write something good and something they can be proud of?

Here’s the bottom line – if what you’re currently working on is becoming more stressful than enjoyable due to it being too difficult at the moment or due to a lack of passion, don’t feel bad putting your writing aside for a while. Sometimes we need a break from our current project. Also, if you have something else that you really want to write, don’t hesitate to start writing something new. You can always come back to that other piece of writing that you were working on prior to your new idea. Don’t feel guilty for needing a well deserved break.


In other news, I am currently working on a new novel; a sort of extension of my short story, Dream Land, that can be found in my collection, Abstract Clarity. Even if you have no plans on reading Dream Land, you will be able to understand the novel I am writing. However, if you are interested in reading Dream Land, my short story collection containing the story can be purchased here. Thank you!