Stuck.

As a writer, I hate to admit the following. At the same time, however, I think it’s important for us to share our experiences with other writers – to show each other that we’re not alone in our writerly struggles. So tonight I’d like to talk about feeling stuck when working on our stories and other written work.

I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that I’m working on a romance/fantasy novel. While I love the concept of the story, the plot, and the characters, I feel like I’m having a bit of a hard time getting from points A to B. I have a pretty good idea of how I want the story to end and what I want to happen throughout the course of the novel, but actually writing the story is proving to be a bit more challenging than expected.

The problem I’m having is that I feel a lack of action in the story. As I was writing, I just slowly felt like I was losing momentum, like the story was stalling and I wasn’t sure where to go next. The need to come up with something ‘big’ to take place seems essential and at the moment, I don’t know what that ‘big’ event is going to be.

While in a way I guess you could consider this issue writer’s block, I consider it more along the lines of being stuck. To me, writer’s block is not knowing what you want to write and being completely devoid of ideas. I know what I want to write; where I want my story to go. It’s just that getting there seems a bit tricky and I’m still trying to figure out how to figure out the gaps so that my story can be a successful one.

I may be experiencing some issues with my current work in progress, but I’m not ready to give up on it. I actually quite like what I’m working on and abandoning the story is not something I want to do. While I hate the fact that I’m stuck and that the story is at the moment just sitting there, waiting to be written, I’m not ready to walk away. I see a lot of potential and that’s what’s important.

If you’re going through the same thing that I am and you like your story, yet feel a bit confused as to how to get from points A to B, don’t be too quick to give up on your project. Sometimes what we’re working on takes a week and sometimes it takes a year. Heck, it might even take longer. The amount of time it takes to write your short story, novel, poem, or other piece of writing doesn’t necessarily matter. What truly matters is that you’re happy with what you write and that you feel it’s done properly.

Here’s a piece of advice: if your having a difficult time with your work in progress, take a break. If you still like the idea, characters, and overall plot, read over your story and try hard to think of what to do next. Don’t immediately abandon your project just because you’re struggling with it. Just because something takes time to write and isn’t the easiest work to produce, doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be written.

 

Fall In Love With These Books!

Hey everyone! Can you believe that the first day of Fall is in just two days? Crazy, right? I have to admit that I love the season – the slightly cooler weather, the color of the falling leaves, and the upcoming holiday of Halloween! Also, it’s a great time of year to be both inside the house and outside and enjoy a great book!

As many of you know, I’ve written and published two books – a novel, Rest in Piece, and a short story collection, Abstract Clarity! Both are available on Amazon.com and are perfect for this time of year!

Rest in Piece

 

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My first novel is about Louise Erikson, a twelve year old girl, who discovers a puzzle that she immediately falls in love with. Louise soon realizes that the puzzle is more than just a beautiful picture that she can look at while she sleeps. Instead, the jigsaw is actually full of mystery, fantasy, and lost souls crying to be saved.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Horror

E-book Price: $4.99

Paperback Price: $12.99

Abstract Clarity

 

Picture from Amazon.com

 

Abstract Clarity is a short story collection that contains five adult fiction stories. The stories are about “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” (Amazon.com).

The short story collection includes these five stories:

Historical Hell

October’s Rein

Write in Time

Dream Land

Clarity

Genre: Adult Fiction Horror/Fantasy

E-Book Price: $4.50

Paperback Price: $12.99

 

 

 

Novel Update!

Hey everyone! As many of you know, I have just started working on a new novel! I’m not very far along, but I do have very high hopes for my third piece of written work.

The novel I am currently working on will be told from multiple points of view and will be written in the fantasy and romance genre. Also, for all of you who have Instagram accounts, I have a very special opportunity for you! The first 5 readers who buy a copy of either my novel, Rest in Piece, or my short story collection, Abstract Clarity, between today (8/19/17) and 9/15/17 will be allowed to name one of the five villains in the new novel that I am currently working on!

For more information, feel free to please check out my Instagram account at b.w.ginsburg48.

To purchase your copy of Rest in Piece and/or Abstract Clarity, please visit Amazon.com.

Thank You,

B.W. Ginsburg

 

Back to Writing!

Hey everybody! As I mentioned a little while ago, I’m currently working on a new novel! I took a small break from writing but will be getting back to it later today! I am very excited to continue working on this new project.

So what can I tell you about this new piece of writing that I’m working on? For one thing, it includes splash of romance in addition to being a fantasy. I came up with the idea after, for a few years now, having dreams about a crush that I had on someone from grades 1-5. For some reason, this person is constantly appearing in my dreams – even though I hardly ever think of him when I’m awake!

While I usually don’t read romance novels, I do appreciate a good love story. There have also been a few books that I’ve enjoyed that feature romance, especially James Patterson’s Sundays at Tiffany’s.

As many of you know, I enjoy writing fantasy stories and as a teen, I loved reading them. Naturally, I wanted to include fantasy in my current work and therefore, there will be some supernatural elements at play. The novel will be anything but your ordinary love story.

In addition to adding some romance to the story, another unique trait of the novel will be the style in which it is written. Without going into too much detail, it will be written in a way slightly different than the usual first or third person point of view. It will be easy to follow, but more complex in nature. This is a bit of a challenge for me, but I hope that it will be a very rewarding one at that.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peak into what I’m currently working on! Stay tuned for more information and don’t forget to check out my Instagram page! Thank you!

Happy National Book Lover’s Day!

Hey everyone! It’s National Book Lover’s Day! To celebrate, I thought I would write a little something about my love for books! To view a quick list of ten reasons I love books/reading, click here!


For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved reading. There was just something about the words on the page and what they had to say that moved me. While I wasn’t really choosy about what genre I read, I mostly focused my time and energy on fantasy. However, I also remember reading books like the Cam Jansen mystery series as well as others.

While I did watch TV as a child, I think I mostly read. I remember sometimes even reading a whole book in one day (maybe to some this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I don’t usually still do this).

I remember a lot of moments from my young reading life. I remember becoming utterly excited every time there would be a book fair at my school. I remember looking through the pamphlet you’d get beforehand showing off just some of the books that would be for sale. I can also clearly see my young self constantly picking out a joke book and purchasing it – something that my mother would always laugh about since I seemed to always buy one when I got the chance! To be honest, I’m not even sure I thought the jokes were funny! Then there was the Harry Potter phase. I never went truly overboard with liking the book, but after constantly hearing from my best friend at the time (and pretty much everyone else) about how good the book was, I decided to give it a shot. Lo and behold, I liked it! I believe I ended up reading close to all of the books. While I’m not a fan anymore and as I mentioned, was never a huge fan, I did enjoy reading them the first time around.

So from joke books to the Cam Jansen mystery series to the Harry Potter series to A Series of Unfortunate Events, and everything in between, I’ve always enjoyed reading and buying books. They’ve always been a source of adventure for me; of excitement and fun. Books will always hold a special place in my heart.

When it came to knowing what I wanted to do in life, I wasn’t always sure. I’ve always been kind of fascinated with writing, of course, but I’ve also liked the idea of fashion design and being around animals. In fact, when it came to fashion design, I used to play around with sketching T-shirts and the like, trying to imagine what the next cool designs in clothing could be.

However as time went on, I realized that I really did love to write. When in elementary school, my best friend and I would goof around with writing short stories together. I also used to write some poetry. When it came to deciding in high school what I’d major in when I attended college, the answer became obvious: I wanted to major in English or Writing!

Since the college I attended didn’t offer Writing as a major, I took it as a minor and took English as my major. While reading classics written by Shakespeare and Chaucer wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, I learned a lot in college about various forms of literature. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed my writing classes and young adult literature course!

But let’s get back to books, and my love of them. While I don’t read as much as I used to and I tend to watch more TV then turn the pages of a good novel, I still love reading and respect literature very much. I realize the importance of teaching your kids to read at an early age and I understand how vital it is to keep reading – to expand your horizons and allow the written world to open your mind to both the possible and impossible. Reading is essential, and therefore, so is writing. Never forget the importance of books – of reading. The world would be a scary place without it.

I will forever love books – both reading and writing them!

 

Abstract Clarity Giveaway: Final Day To Enter!

Hi everyone! For all of you who have an Instagram account, today (July 28th) is the final day to enter the giveaway to win a FREE Kindle copy of my horror/fantasy short story collection, Abstract Clarity!

If you’re interested in entering, the rules are simple. All you have to do is mention one of my books (either Rest in Piece or Abstract Clarity) in your Instagram feed and tag me @b.w.ginsburg48 by tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Once I choose a winner (which will be selected at random using random.org), I will send you an email with the Kindle edition of my short story collection, Abstract Clarity. Your email will not be used for any other purpose than for the giveaway. Thank you and good luck!


About Abstract Clarity: A Collection of Short Stories:

“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.”

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Cover Photo: B.W. Ginsburg

 

An Author’s Tools – Balance & Patience

Writing your book isn’t always easy. Many times it’s difficult and time consuming. However, I think that any writer who has finished working on their writing can admit that it’s worth the effort.

Something else that’s worth the effort is advertising your written work once it’s published. This is something else that’s difficult and really, is a never ending commitment. Let’s face it – every single author wants to sell as many of their books as possible. It’s not just about earning money as a writer, but it’s about having others appreciate our work and add it to their literary collection. I think we can all agree as writers that having someone purchase your book is a fabulous feeling.

As writers and authors, it only makes sense that we want people to purchase our books. It only makes sense that we get excited after we hit that publish button or when our books come out in stores. We start wondering when we’ll get our first copy sold, our first review written, etc. This is only natural and we shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

However, at the same time, sometimes excitement can lead to anxiety. We become worried that our books won’t sell, that our ratings and reviews won’t be as good as we’d like, and that maybe – we’re not as talented as we thought. These are also normal feelings. What’s not normal or good, is when you allow these thoughts to overtake your life.

Writing (whether you’re making money from it or not) should be fun. Above all else, writing should be something one enjoys doing. If you start obsessing about how many books you’ve sold or whether or not your work is appreciated, remember the main reason for writing.

I’ll admit, I can get a little impatient when it comes to selling my books. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy selling my books as a self-published author (most promotion is self-promotion which isn’t an easy thing to get done), but I also expected to have more sales by now. This has led me to feel a bit anxious about whether or not I’ll sell more copies and when it will occur. I’m appreciative for every sale and review I’ve gotten so far, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish I had more. I don’t think this is totally greedy, but rather normal when it comes to wanting others to own your work. After all, part of the reason that authors write is to share their work with others.

Still, I realize that something I can get a bit too stressed out and too impatient. Part of the process of being an author (in addition to writing and publishing), is self-promoting and being patient with the results. Not everyone is going to rush out and immediately purchase your books. It takes time to make money. Also we have to remember as self-published authors that every author has to start out somewhere. Before Stephen King was the King of Horror, he was just a first time writer like all of us.

When it comes to looking forward to sales, remember that it is perfectly normal to want as many people as possible to purchase and enjoy your work. However, we also have to understand that things take time and sometimes things don’t work out quite how we expected. Don’t let yourself start to obsess about things that you can’t control. When someone decides they want to purchase, read, or review your book – they will. I know that waiting is hard, but it’s something that we all must learn to do.

P.S. If you’re having trouble selling your work, don’t lose hope. Keep trying the best you can to promote your work while still enjoying the fact that you’re a writer and a published author!