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Drawing From Experience

Hey everybody!

As many of you may already know, I am currently working on writing my third book. While the first two were fictional and didn’t hold much truth to them in terms of the plot, there will be some drawing from my own experiences for my next novel.

One of the central themes in my next novel will be mental health – more specifically, anxiety. Since this is a main topic, I will be using some of my own experiences with anxiety to tell the story.

This isn’t necessarily easy for me and I know that for many of you, writing about your issues or struggles can be extremely difficult. While sometimes it can help one feel better, it can also bring about feelings and emotions that can be difficult to deal with. However, as many of you know, writing about your experiences, can be very beneficial to both yourself and others.

While I write about my struggles on my mental health blog and on the website, The Seeds 4 Life, I don’t always write about them in my novels and short stories. It’s not because I’m embarrassed or don’t like writing about it, I just usually write stories/novels that are in the genre of horror or fantasy. Not a lot of nonfiction plays into the plots.

So with this being a bit new to me, I’m finding that I’m exploring a lot of different feelings and emotions while writing my novel. While I have written about my experiences with anxiety in different settings, it feels slightly different drawing from my experiences for a novel. Here are some tips that I’ve come up with for doing so:

1.) Be honest – While it may be hard writing about what bothers you most, digging deep into your feelings and expressing them through writing can make both you and your work shine. Being honest also helps you connect with your readers – whether or not they’ve experienced the same things that you have.

2.) Remember, while writing, how you felt during your most difficult times – Really try to remember how it felt to go through whatever you’re writing about. If you still experience what you’re writing about, then remembering how it feels should be relatively simple. If not, try to close your eyes and go back to a time when you felt those feelings. Then, write!

3.) Try to remember that you’re safe – Writing about your struggles can be difficult. Focusing on something that makes you uneasy can be daunting. Therefore, write somewhere in which you feel safe and remind yourself that you’re okay.

I’ve learned these above tips through writing my mental health blog, articles on The Seeds 4 Life, and now through writing my newest work in progress. I understand that it might be difficult to write about your struggles, but in the end, it can prove to be extremely beneficial. However, as always, if something makes you uncomfortable, don’t feel the need to force yourself participate in whatever it may be.

I look forward to continuing to work on my novel, and eventually, sharing a bit of my experience with anxiety with you; my friends and readers.

 

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Guest Bed – A Book Review

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Copyright: 2016

Rating; 4/5

My Synopsis:

Ron and his wife love each other – there’s no doubt about it. However, after twelve years of marriage, they struggle with communication and expressing their feelings. One morning, after a big fight, Ron leaves for work and soon discovers the importance of appreciating what you have. This story is an emotionally charged treasure chest of the romantic, strange, and wonderful.

My Opinion:

Luke P. Narlee’s Guest Bed is a fast-paced, well-written read that explores the subject of love while creatively asking the question of ‘what if’. As I read the novel, I was constantly wondering what would happen next while enjoying Narlee’s gifted way with words and well-crafted characters. I definitely recommend this book to those who like to read good, solid stories with a good pace.

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Rest in Piece Excerpt

Hey bookish friends! Today I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from my YA fantasy/horror novel, Rest in Piece. I hope you enjoy reading! The novel can be purchased by visiting Amazon.com. Thank you!

*A special thank you goes to my good friend, Beth on Instagram, for creating the watermark you see below.

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Where To Find My Writing

Hey everybody! I thought I would just take some time to share with you some samples of my work. I hope you enjoy checking them out! Thank you.

Once again, above is a list of samples of my writing. As always, I greatly appreciate all your support.

Thank You,

B.W. Ginsburg

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The Intruder – A Book Review

 

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Copyright: 1996

Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis:

John Gates used to be happy. He had a job, a wife, and a daughter. Then, everything changed. Now John is on the streets, struggling each day to get by.

Jake Schiff is a lawyer who has a wife, Dana, and a son, Alex. Everything seems fine until one day, a homeless man enters their lives and changes it forever. Before he knows what’s happening, Jake is confronted with both people and events that try their hardest to come between him and the ones he loves. What will he do to protect his family and his life as he knows it? Will he be successful or will the challenges that face him be too much to bear?

My Opinion:

Peter Blauner’s The Intruder will without a doubt be one of the best books I read all year! From beginning to end, I found myself thoroughly intrigued by the plot and characters of this story.

Not only is The Intruder full of action and suspense, but it is a great example of humanity and both its best and worst. the book excels at whisking its readers into a world of sadness, violence, and even – at times – hope.

As an author, I have to say that The Intruder is a book that I highly recommend to any adult seriously considering becoming an author themselves. If you find that you struggle with character development, this is an excellent novel to study in order to help improve your skills.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book! After not bothering to pick it up for years, I soon discovered what I treasure trove I was truly missing. If you’re looking for a book that you’ll never want to put down and that will constantly have you wishing you were as talented as the author who gave it birth, then I highly recommend The Intruder by Peter Blauner!

 

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Helping Indie Authors

Hey everybody! I hope you’re all doing well.

Today I’d like to talk about the importance of supporting indie authors and how you can go about doing so. As you’d probably expect, this subject is very near and dear to my heart and I would greatly appreciate it if you would please take the time to read this post. Thank you.

Many things in life are difficult and being a self-published author is no exception. I think the hardest thing I’ve experienced so far about being self-published is getting the word out about my work. Let’s face it – there are only so many ways to spread the news about one’s writing when it hasn’t been recognized by a traditional publishing company.

Due to the fact that it is so hard to advertise one’s own work, I truly believe in the importance of others assisting in the spreading of the news. The more that people get the word out that indie authors exist and that they are writing books (books that are sometimes just as good as those published traditionally), the more of a chance authors will have of making sales.

I’m going to be honest – it would be nice if everyone was able to purchase every book imaginable, but I think we all know that that’s not likely. For one thing, not everyone is interested in reading every book out there (I know I’m not), and for another thing, we all have limited funds. I’m not going to say that I go around buying every book ever written by an indie author because I don’t. I simply don’t have the money to do so. However, I do believe in supporting indie authors in any way possible, whether big or small – this includes trying to download some books when they are free and write honest reviews.

To continue on the subject of purchasing books written by self-published authors, I understand one’s hesitation to do so. It can be difficult spending our money on anything, let alone spending our hard earned savings on books written by an author that’s new to the literary word and who isn’t a ‘household name’. However, this is something that we all must remember: we need to give indie authors a chance. Not everyone is lucky enough to be traditionally published. This does not mean that an author doesn’t have talent or that their work isn’t good! 

Here’s the truth. I have read some utterly amazing books written by indie authors. I have read some books that I truly enjoyed. If I had decided that I wouldn’t read these books because the authors were self-published, not only would I be a hypocrite, but I would have missed out on something wonderful!

So when you’re looking at books or when you hear about an author who is self-published, please don’t automatically dismiss their work. If you want to help support their writing, but can’t afford to make a purchase, that’s okay. Instead, please consider spreading the word about their work in other ways – write a blog post about it, show a picture on Instagram or Facebook, give an author interview – whatever!

If you are looking for a book to purchase or if you have the money to spend and a book published independently sounds good, then please consider making the purchase. Please don’t hesitate merely because the author chose to self-publish. Indie authors deserve to have their work read – after all, we all spend a lot of time and energy making our writing enjoyable. Please, don’t sell us short!

For a list of indie authors in which I’ve read their books and have truly enjoyed their work, please see below:

1.) Luke P. Narlee’s The Appointment

2.) N.M. McGregor’s West End Montana

3.) Ginger Elinburg’s Wicked Welcome

4.) Jade Moore’s Conversations Bordering on Torment

I am also in the process of reading two other books by indie authors:

1.) Ligeia Wang’s Beyond Event Horizon

2.) Richard Bell’s Life Seemed Good, But…

 

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Keep Pushing!

Hey fellow readers and writers!

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but sometimes stories can be difficult to write. Also, while writers would love to feel motivated 24/7, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes we grow momentarily frustrated with the idea of working on our story, or sometimes, we don’t totally know what to write next. Instead of getting right back to working, we tend to slack off.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from writing – nothing at all. The problem occurs when we wait too long to jump back in. Sometimes the longer we wait to write, the harder it is to feel truly motivated.

Here are some tips that I have in order to keep your love and motivation for writing alive:

1.) Play some scenes and ideas for your story, poem, etc. in your head – This allows for you to brainstorm and get excited for the next time you decide to write. The more you think of your work, the more thrilled you will most likely become at the prospect of writing.

2.) Just open up the document on your computer or open your notebook and start writing! – Even if you don’t totally feel up to it, once you begin writing, you usually feel like continuing. Or at least, I find that the method sometimes helps me.

I’m not going to lie, I can be a fairly impatient person at times. However, I’ve learned that to write a truly good story, patience is usually necessary. I also understand that it can be hard to gather the energy to begin writing. Especially if we don’t have set deadlines, it can be easy to slip into a state of procrastination.

Just remember how important writing is to you and promise yourself not to give up. Writing may be a difficult task at times, but if you love it, it’s well worth your time.

Good luck to all my fellow writers out there!

Writing Update: I am now on about page 50 of my own WIP! Stay tuned for more information!