What do I like about being a writer?

book_of_fantasySeeing as how I just passed one year on my blog about writing, I thought I would examine why I like to write. You see, I have always been a creative person. As far back as I can remember I was creating things. I grew up with a family of race fans. In upstate New York with had D.I.R.T. racing and these cars had awesome paint jobs on them. I did a lot of drawing and designing my own paint schemes for race cars. It really got the imagination going.

Then I was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons. That’s when I learned about world building. I would create whole kingdoms for my friends and I to adventure in. You can probably guess it, but I was the Dungeon Master most of the time. I took on the challenge of creating the most dangerous, detailed, and fun environment for my friends to adventure in.

Then there were board games. Not always happy with the ones I could find, I made my own. I once transformed a Stratego set into a Marvel super hero Stratego game. The whole time I was still creating things.

No wonder that I took to comic books in middle school and high school. I would draw comics and write my own. I had millions of story ideas I wanted to share with others, limited only by the fact that I had no way of publishing them myself. This was probably the first time I tried writing stories, I just did them with the idea of drawing the comics to go with them.

It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I tried just writing a story. I had no idea what I was doing, I just tried to tell a story. It was horrible of course, but man was it fun. I was also discouraged again by the fact there was little chance I would be able to publish the story and share it with others. Vanity presses were just getting started and they were well out of my price range. I also heard the horror stories about how hard it was to get an agent, let alone to find a publisher for your story. So I moved on to other creative things like graphic design and web development.

It as about two years ago that I watched as my daughter Samantha really got serious about writing her own story. 2012 was the first time she attempted NaNoWriMo. It was so cool to see her writing, that it inspired me to reconsider doing it myself. It took time for me to work up the courage to try it again, in fact it was not until NaNoWriMo 2013 that I actually took it seriously.

Over the last year I have learned a lot about writing. I have read a lot about writing, and I feel, I have gotten a lot better at writing. I have a first draft manuscript of nearly 100k words that tells a story I can’t wait to share with others. I am about halfway through re-writing it and putting into practice the things I have learned the last year. I have also published a book about what I learned during NaNoWriMo 2013, How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days.

I think that is one of the biggest differences between 10 years ago and today. The ability to publish myself, for little to no cost, makes it possible for me to share my stories. I hold no delusion that I’ll become rich and famous through publishing, but it does allow me to make my stories available for peopel to read. And that brings me back to the title of this post. What do I like about being a writer? I like to share my stories with others. In the past, whenever I was being creative, it was to share something with others. From my race car pictures that I would show my family, to the D&D adventures I would create for my friends. From the comic books to the fiction stories. All along I wanted to create something that I could share with others.

Though I never had a race car painted in my designs, never had a D&D module published of my content, a comic was never published that I wrote or drew, I never stopped wanting to create and share. It was the incredible technology of the internet and digital books that has finally made it possible for me to do this. I would want nothing more than to publish my manuscript now and share the story of a blacksmith names Deran with you all. Luckily I have family that loves me enough to remind me to wait until the story is at least grammatically correct before publishing it. there are also plot holes and messed up dialogue to fix before I publish. Because, no matter how much I can’t wait for others to read my story, I want it to be a good story even more.

So, what do you like about being a writer? Where does your passion for story telling come from? And if you like to create stories to share with others, and you don’t write for some reason, let me encourage you to give it a try.

Until next time…

Happy First Anniversary!

Today is the first anniversary of the Random Thoughts blog!

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One year ago today, I was preparing for NaNoWriMo and decided to write a blog to connect with others that were doing the same. Because I like stats, here are a few about this blog over one year:

  • 214 Posts
  • 727 Comments
  • 6,232 Views
  • 1,004 Followers!

I would also like to thank my top commenters:

And thank you to all the other commenters. Your input has always been welcomed.

It has been an amazing adventure, and I look forward to what the next year brings. For now, I am off to work on my WIP and to plot my NaNoWriMo story to be written in November.

Until next time…

 

How to Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days… and survive to tell your story

I would like to thank Donna for reading a reviewing my book. It is always appreciated to hear what others think. Please take a moment and read the review on her blog.

How to Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days… and survive to tell your story.

How To Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days by Mike Coville

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I would like to thank Natalie of “Fill Your Bookshelf” for reviewing my book.

Originally posted on Fill Your Bookshelf:

Subtitle: and survive to tell your story!

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction, writing

Length: 88 pages

Interest: Mike Colville contacted me and asked me to provide an honest review of his newly published book. I agreed.

nanowrimoSummary: The book lays out some information on participating in NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. The author starts with prepping for writing so many words before November starts. He then runs through the pitfalls to expect as the month goes on, week by week.

Summary: The book would be useful if you’ve considered doing NaNoWriMo and just want to know what to expect. It’s a quick read, with short chapters. The chapters were informative, but the topics didn’t always follow logically. I also wanted more information on the prizes handed out if you are a winner (i.e. you complete all 50,000 words in November)…

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Book Review: Shamblers by Andrew Cormier

shamblers_coverShamblers: The Zombie Apocalypse

by Andrew Cormier

Rating: 8/10

I have not been exposed to a lot of zombie fiction. So, with little to no expectations, I dove in to Shamblers. Over all I had a fun time with this. Very fast pace, lots of action. The characters were a bit shallow but each had their own personality.  You will root for the hero and dispise the racist villain, everything you want in an action story. The story follows the adventure, and misfortune, of a couple of zombie apocalypse survivors as they struggle through dealing with other people, while avoiding the obvious danger of zombies. Some twists and turns in the story build enough tension that you keep the pages turning.

If you like zombie stories, you will love this one. If you are like me and enjoy action, there is plenty to found here. If you want a deep, moving love story… this may not be the book for you. Even though the hero falls in love, and you are rooting for it to work out for them, I was not brought to tears.

Content warning. Some strong language may be unsuitable for younger readers, and there is implied sexual content. As mentioned before, the villain is a racist and sexist and he uses some really hurtful language, which only leads you to not like him even more.

I want to thank the author, Andrew Cormier, for providing me with a review ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Until next time…

Guest Blogger Author N. N. Light

Author PictureI first wanted to thank Mike for having me on his blog today to celebrate the release tomorrow of my book, Princess of the Light. I first encountered Mike when he started following my blog almost a year ago. He and I share a love of writing.

Last November, Mike participated in NaNoWriMo and even though I didn’t take part, I encouraged him the whole month. As a fellow writer, I strongly believe in cheering others on.

Okay, in my own Walter Cronkite voice, on with the interview:

1. What idea did you start with for your story?

Before I started writing Princess of the Light, I knew that I wanted to write about a strong female. I have been influenced by people like Joss Whedon who believe in the power of a strong female lead. I knew that I wanted my female MC to fulfill her destiny and to help others.

But it wasn’t until I ran into a homeless man in my own neighborhood that it all fell into place. I live in a suburban area and I take a morning walk every day. One day I was minding my own business and I happened to see a homeless man sitting on the curb. What intrigued me was that he wasn’t begging for money or holding up a sign. He was sitting on the curb with his eyes closed, a look of peace etched across his weathered face.

I wondered what he was thinking and what happened in his life to become homeless. I saw him every day for three weeks and each time I wondered about him. He didn’t beg and generally avoided contact with people. He just walked. I started calling him the Walking Man.

The more I watched him, the more I wanted to help him. An idea came into my head. What if I could help him? What if he had lost all hope in people and was being haunted by a demon? Without even realizing it, Princess of the Light was born.

2. Do you have a favorite memory from your writing adventure?

My fondest memory was when I was in the middle of writing the final battle scene. I had all the various characters talking in my head. I was walking to meet my husband for dinner and I was trying to work out the battle scene between Miriam and a demon. Being a hands-on writer, I was walking down the street acting out the movements. It was hilarious and such fun! I bet the cars driving by thought I was crazy.

3. Did you receive any critiques about your story that pointed to problems you needed to correct? and how did you handle it?

Yes, I was nearing the final battle scene when my critique partner mentioned a huge plot hole. I had forgotten about the Walking Man and his story arc. At first, I freaked out. But then I brainstormed for a day and came up with a solution.

Before writing this book, I was horrible dealing with criticism. But the writing process has taught me the value of constructive criticism. Now when I receive a critique about my writing, I don’t react right away. I let it percolate for a few days and then go back to it. More times than not, those critiques make me a better writer.

4. Was it difficult to stop editing your story and call it done?

Not really. When I read it for the final time, it flowed perfectly and I knew that it was done.

5. What are you hoping your readers take away from your story?

There is a strong message in my book. It’s all about being kind to others and spreading the Light. I’m a firm believer in the Golden Rule and no matter what you believe, being kind to others changes lives. We all have the ability to make our own little corner of the world better. Together we can flood the world with Light.

I also wanted to mention that part of the proceeds of Princess of the Light will go straight to food banks and other programs to help people like the Walking Man. My goal is to make sure that everyone has food to eat.

6. What are your future plans for your writing?

I have a loose outline for the next four books in the Princess of the Light series. I have started writing book two and I can guarantee it will knock people’s socks off!

Other than that, I continue to write inspirational blog posts on my blog.


princessTitle: Princess of the Light

Author: N. N. Light

Blurb:

Mary Miller never thought much about destiny until God’s Archangel and Messenger, Gabriel, appears. Gabriel reveals she is destined to vanquish Darkness by spreading the Light and she has a revelation: she is the key.

Her first assignment is to restore the soul of a homeless man known only as the Walking Man. She’s thrust face to face with evil all the while losing her heart to her new love, Joe Deacons. Can she win the battle the Lord placed her in without losing all she loves?

Excerpt Link: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/princess-of-the-light-excerpt-prologue/

Buy Links:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/469480

Amazon: Purchase Here

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23009005-princess-of-the-light

Author Bio:

N. N. Light was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband MR N.

She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking.

Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest.

I’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Blog: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: N. N. Light

Twitter: @NNP_W_Light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

Email: nnlight@outlook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrincessOTLight

Book release: How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days

Today I am excited to announce the release of my first published book How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days, and survive to tell your story! This has really been an amazing adventure and I am happy to share this with you all.

I recently launched www.MikeCoville.com as the home for all my publications. Please take a moment and stop over there and sign up for my author’s newsletter. No fears though, I will still be blogging here at Random Thoughts, it’s too much fun to give up on.

3D-Book-Template=HWTW50KAs for the book, the idea is to present what I learned about writing 50,000 words in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2013. That was when I really decided I was going to write a book, and NaNoWriMo really gave me the motivation I needed to see it through. I was surprised by how much I learned during that one month of writing, so much that I wished I had known about some of it ahead of time so I could be prepared for it better. It was while I was rewriting that manuscript I wrote during NaNoWriMo that I got the idea for this book.

It wasn’t easy, but I set aside my manuscript and began putting down into words my experience during NaNoWriMo 2013. After all that was done I found I had a book that can be used by anyone looking to write a book and just needs to know it is possible. My book will walk you through the preparation process before you start writing, warn you about speed bumps during the process, and give you the tips and tricks that will help you complete your challenge.

If you are thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo 2o14 you will get a lot from this book. If you have a story inside you that you want to share with the world, and you don’t want to wait for November to do it, this book will help you.

How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days is available at Amazon.com in print or Kindle versions. It is also available on Kindle Unlimited for free to all members. If you read and enjoy my book, please leave a review and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you all.

For those of you who use Goodreads, stop over to the book’s page (click here) and add it to your to-read shelf. You may also find a surprise there. If your not on Goodreads, what are you waiting for? Sign up and you too can discover the surprise.

I want to end this announcement by thanking a couple of people, most of this is in the acknowledgements but I want to make sure as many people as possible know about the amazing people I had help me. My wife Susan, her support and motivation during this whole process is incalculable. My daughter Abby, who never lets me forget to smile. My daughter Samantha, who told me about NaNoWriMo and who also edits my books for me. Delia Strange, my friend from the other end of the world, who gave me such advice and support at the times I needed it most. There are of course many other people I met during NaNoWriMo and during other parts of my writing adventure that cheered me on and informed me as needed, I could not have done this with out all of you, you know who you are.

Well, here is to book one of the Mike Coville bibliography. Now I have to get back to finishing that manuscript from last year before NaNoWriMo 2014 starts.

Until next time…

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