Hey guys! In an effort to try to sell more copies of my book, I thought I would create a poll. I’d greatly appreciate it if you could please take the time to participate! Thank you!
Some ideas just don’t make it as far as you hoped they would. Take an idea I thought of about a month ago or so, for example. While I still like the idea, I’m not sure I know how to write a story about it. Every time I think about the plot, it only goes so far in my mind. I’m not saying that I’m totally abandoning the possibility of using it, but things aren’t looking good at the moment.
The important thing to remember is that if you really like an idea, chances are that it’s good. You may not necessarily know what to do with the said idea, but that doesn’t mean that you should just forget about it. Keep it in the back of your mind and who knows – one day you might just find a use for it.
Speaking of not getting rid of things, I’ve read (and heard) several times that you shouldn’t throw away old stories or poetry that you’ve written in the past. Sure, you might read it and think, “man, this utterly sucks!”, but you never know when a light bulb might flash over your head and you might think of a good way to incorporate an old idea.
Old stories can be revised, poems can be revisited, and random ideas can be used in some form or another. Be patient and don’t give up! If you don’t know what to do with an idea, put it away in storage; write it down and come back to it. Whatever you do, don’t sell yourself short and don’t count yourself a failure if not every idea becomes a bestseller or even a book at all! Good writing takes time and when you get it right, it’s well worth the wait!
Hey guys! As many of you already know my novel, Rest in Piece, is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback format. I thought I would take some time to go over what the book is about and explain the advantages of both formats!
About the Book:
“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?”
Extra Benefits: The e-book format of Rest in Piece is easier to carry around with you in that you can read it on your computer, Kindle device, iPad, cell phone, and more! Also, compared to the paperback version, the e-book is less expensive.
Available through: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520263384?ref_=pe_870760_150889320
Extra Benefits: The paperback format of Rest in Piece is great in that it’s a tangible book that you can take with you wherever you go OR read in the comfort of your own home. There’s something special about being able to hold an actual, printed book in your hands! Also, while there weren’t many mistakes in the e-book to speak of, I did edit them for the paperback version.
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I’ve always had interesting dreams and somehow, been able to remember them fairly well. In fact, my brother thinks that I sometimes make them up because of how detailed they are. I don’t make them up. Last night, I even had one that I woke up right after to write down. I thought it would make an excellent story.
Well, when I woke up for good this morning and checked out what I wrote down, I wasn’t really sure what to do with the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I know that while I was dreaming, it seemed like a fantastic thing to write about. Also, the dream was frightening in a way at the time. However, many times once you wake up, dreams seem to lose their wow factor.
The dream was interesting, but interesting isn’t always enough to write a story on. Dreams have a weird habit of falling apart once you wake up. For one thing, even if you remember the dream, sometimes that feeling that came along with the dream seems to wash away. It’s hard to explain, but the urgency of it all seems to fade.
I was telling my dad about the dream and how I had initially thought it would make a good story. My dad is who I look to for writing advice so when he shrugged as if to say, “Who knows, maybe the idea could work”, I gave it some extra thought. Soon enough I realized that while maybe I couldn’t make a full novel out of the idea, maybe I could do something with it in terms of writing after all. I think I did a fairly good job of cleverly crafting a story around it. Maybe the dream is only briefly mentioned in the nine page story I wrote this afternoon, but I wrote something. I must say that I’m actually very proud of the short story.
The moral of this story is that your nightly thoughts can be very useful in writing. If you remember your dreams, write them down and don’t give up hope. Even if something doesn’t seem substantial enough for a full length novel, that doesn’t mean something fantastic can’t come out of it!
Okay so you have an idea for a book. The problem? First of all, maybe you’re not quite sure if your idea is good enough or solid enough to make a full length novel. Second of all? Sometimes in the beginning of writing, motivation isn’t at its highest point.
I have an idea for a new story. I like the idea and while I don’t have everything planned out in my head, I have the basics figured out. However, I honestly don’t know if I could squeeze a full book out of it and if I know enough about the topic to properly write about it. Also, I’d hate to hit a snag along the way and realize that I wasted my time for no reason. I think those are some common fears that writers experience.
As my dad mentioned yesterday though, sometimes we feel unsure about our ideas because we haven’t given them the full attention that they deserve. After all, before I wrote and finished Rest in Piece, I’m sure I had my doubts. It’s once you get into the story that you really find out if it’s going somewhere. If you don’t really give it a chance, you can’t expect it to be a masterpiece.
I gave Rest in Piece a real chance and luckily, it turned out pretty well. I owe it to myself and my idea to really begin to work on my new story. If it doesn’t work out, that’s fine, but I need to try. As a writer, I need to give myself that opportunity. Rest in Piece turned out better than expected and look, I’ve already got some sales! Who knows, maybe my current idea for a novel will turn out just as good or even better!
We as writers need to sometimes force ourselves to write, to jump start our creativity. Here are some ideas I have for helping you with such a task:
1.) Read a book – even if it’s just a few really good lines, sometimes reading something that you think is really well written makes you want to write your own story! It happens to me all the time!
2.) Listen to a song you really like – just like reading books, listening to songs with well-written lyrics is a great way to get you in the mood for writing. Just think, you could share amazing words with your readers just like some musicians do!
3.) JUST WRITE – no pressure, just write whatever comes out – masterpiece or not!
4.) Think about your ideas and how you want to write your story – Thinking about the ideas you have for your book or thinking about how you want the writing to sound on the page is a great way to make you want to get up and put words to page!
Do you have any advice for getting into writing mode? Share your thoughts below!
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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that everyone had a great 2016 and that you all have an even better 2017!
I would like to thank everyone who supported (and continues to support) the fact that I published my first book ever in 2016! Whether you ‘liked’ my posts, followed my new book blog or my main blog, commented on my posts, or bought the e-book, you have made a wonderful and appreciated contribution. Thank you so much! If you would still like to purchase Rest in Piece for your enjoyment, you can do so by clicking this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MG6N5CQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477785800&sr=1-3&keywords=Rest+in+Piece for the e-book version of the novel or this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520263384?ref_=pe_870760_150889320 for the paperback version!
Happy New Year from B.W. Ginsburg, the author of Rest in Piece!