Life Effecting How You Look At Your Writing

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I hear numerous writers speak on finding the motivation from within to write everyday because lets face it there will be days where you don’t feel like writing a damn thang.

What I wanna talk about is deeper than just having a bad day and deciding not to write. Let me ask you this, does your life outside of writing (i.e. relationships, friendships, job or lack thereof one, etc) effect how you view your writing? Now I know some of you are putting on your holier than thou pants saying you’re not a real writer if you allow your life situations to effect how you view or approach your writing. To you who think that go sit down somewhere, this post will be for my real people. If you haven’t noticed I’ve slacked on writing especially on this blog. To be honest it’s been because of my current situation. I’m not going to go into descriptive detail about what’s been going on but just know it was bad enough in my eyes to make me not feel the joy of storytelling. Call it me being depressed because when a person is they don’t feel like doing those simple joys of life. My question is can life change how you view your writing? Yes it can. I wish I can tell you differently but I gotta keep it 100. When you can’t feed your family, it effects how you view your writing. When there is a close death you question it. You get what I’m saying?

Have my situation changed? Obviously, if I’m writing again I feel slightly bad for letting it get to that point but my best advice is sometimes you have to step back and re-evaluate your shit until that passion comes back in a full fledge hustlin’ mode. You will be doing your fans a favor. They can tell when you’re not passionate about yours.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Upcoming Writing Contests

For those of you who love entering contests I copped a few from http://writersmarket.com for you. If you are in the Boston or Iowa area definitely keep reading.

The Boston Authors’ Book Club Awards will give $1,000 to the best book that was published in 2012. Participants who live within 100 miles of Boston can enter. Deadline is January 15th.

The Iowa Award Un Poetry & Essay contest is for people who live in Iowa (obviously). They want the best in poetry, fiction or nonfiction and the winner will get $1500. Deadline for this one is January 31st.

John Ciardi for Poetry wants your best unpublished collection of poetry. $1000 will be the prize. Hurry though, the deadline is January 15th.

Hope these help. Good luck, keep hustlin with your writing and I will see you on the bestsellers’ list.

Peace and luv!

Baby I’ma Be Your Motivation….

You cannot tell me self publishers can never get discovered and published thru a traditional publishing house. Author Jamie McGuire did it and not just thru any old traditional publisher, she landed a deal with Simon & Schuster Atria. She caught their attention when she made her way to number one on the Self Publisher’s Bestseller’s List; yeah that is a great way to get a publisher’s attention.

The novel which is a romance will be called Beautiful Disaster makes its debut next month. I say again because she already sold over 200,000 of the novel independently. If that is not called hustlin’ I don’t know what is! That should get your writing motor running. I have to say I’m proud of myself because every night I make myself write whether I want to or not; I will have that first draft finished by August 1st in time to participate in the NaNoWriMo for August. I’m on a mission to see if I can write a novel in 30 days. Wish me luck! And I’ll keep you posted.

Peace and luv!

4 Reasons You Should NEVER Sell Out As An Author

1.4 Billion Reasons presentation.

1.4 Billion Reasons presentation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rachelle Gardner on her blog at Book & Such Literacy Agency made an usual revelation. She of course would know more about what is hot or not in the writing business however as much as I respect her opinion I sure don’t have to agree with it.

In her post titled Write A Break-In Novel Rachelle advised new writers to worry more about a piece that will get you into people’s homes not collect dust at your home. “Don’t write the novel that makes you happy but doesn’t sell instead write one commercially predictable novel in order to get your foot in the door,” she states. To me that’s called selling out and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who thinks this way. Some shit can really backfire if more writers become naive enough to adopt this mentality.

Curse of the sophomore project? Ok just to entertain myself and you say for instance you do come up with that commercially packaged manuscript, sell it and get a nice following. If you go by her theory and come out with a totally opposite 2nd novel you run the risk of losing fans that you worked hard to get. I’m not saying you’re not allowed but it makes no sense if your readers don’t feel authenticity.

Too many online outlets to not compromise and do what you’re passionate about. There are so many programs, sites, etc for you not to put out the work you want to. A big publisher dismisses your manuscript go the self publishing route. Keep your options open.

What’s the definition of ‘commercially predictable’ anyway? Whose to say my definition of commercially predictable is the same as agents and publishers? I’m not reaching for ish to complain about I’m being dead on serious.

Same run of the mill novels. The most obvious reason this theory will not work is everyone will start writing alike (actually they already do). The plots, the characters, beginnings and endings will all be too similar. As a writer you want to stand out in order to build your brand and fan base otherwise expect to blend right on in like a chameleon. I’ve said this before and I will continue to say it, the African American literary sections are filled with ‘drone’ novels. Street lit is sizzlin so up and coming writers are rewriting the same storyline. Only a few writers (Sister Souljah, K’wan comes to mind) can create an artistic urban novel and make it different, everybody else falls at the wayside. Half of them thought the same thing ‘if I can just get my foot in the door…’ Ha! How’s that working for you?

The world of novel writing and publishing is forever evolving and is very finicky. The next big thing is around the corner changing the game daily so it’s hard to say write what is hot right now in order to make some dollars. That is weakening your confidence in your own writing and becoming successful. I say don’t be a sellout, if you have a manuscript that is out of the norm but you believe in it find other ways to publish it. You better have a thick skin cause it won’t be easy but if the end result is a successful career in writing well then it’s worth hustlin’ hard for. But to sum it all up – NEVER SELL OUT!

Peace and luv!

On to The Next One: When to Quit That Freelancing Gig!

You’re excited beyond belief because week after week you’ve hustled hard to try and get a writing gig and finally someone gave you that opportunity! If you have sense you have signed a contract and now you’re grabbing every assignment thrown your way just to gain experience and especially money. Several months later you’re still working your ass off for damn near nothing; still struggling to pay the bills and have completely abandoned your own personal goals.

Writers, especially beginners, make the mistake of getting comfortable. Just because you have a lil gig doesn’t mean you’re done. Unless you are content with getting paid below minimal wage always keep your eyes open for bigger and better opportunities. That same schedule you had before the gig needs to be kept after getting the gig. Never lose sight of what you are trying to accomplish!

How do you know when to do a Keyshia Cole and ‘let it go’?

If you are literally hating the assignments they give you-  it’s time to go. Now I’m not saying quit this instant because you may be contractually obligated to stay. Stay until all is finished and leave on a good note because you may need them for a professional reference later.

If your bill stack is higher than your money stack you need to re-evaluate some thangs. You can only do so much persuading yourself that you’re fine and things will get better. Ha! Quit playin’ yourself. God only help those that helps themselves. Even if you have to get an odd job until things pop off so be it just always be aware and know what your next move will be.

I hit on this in the beginning but if you do not have the time to do your own goals (movie, novels, etc) than you already know what I’m about to say. Don’t let your projects fall by the wayside. You will get to the point where you will start to despise what originally started that flame deep inside if you.

These are only a few ques to tell you it’s time to bounce onto better things. I know it’s hard juggling all the things in your life but what is worth obtaining is worth working your ass off for!

Peace and luv!