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

Creating Sexual Tension

Everybody seems to be all about sex these days. Novels with sex are flying off of shelves or being downloaded onto eReaders. Writers who have never written a thing on sex or sexual tension are suddenly trying their hands at it. Don’t get it twisted it’s great to try new things. Hello I am a multi-genre writer however I do strongly believe in learning how to write about things you’re unfamiliar about.

So how does one write sexual tension in their storylines?

Sexual tension is the attraction between two people that is intense. It’s not the actual sex scene it’s the acts before the actual sex scene. Like the pre-four play – get it? Here is what to think about and how to get sexual tension weaved into that story of yours.

Physical Attraction. Lets start with something simple. In order to have sexual tension there has to be a physical attraction between the two characters. When describing the attractive person make sure it is in the words or views of the character and don’t always go for the obvious that attracts them to the other.

Make Obvious to Readers. You might want to make sure your readers are clear on the sexual tension going on between the characters even if no one else in the story knows. Readers love surprises but it seriously defeats the purpose of a sexually charged plot if no one knows who is attracted to who. Have scenes where the reader is inside character’s head describing the intense wanting of the other person.

Conflict. Everything cannot go according to plan even if you are the author and have that control that would be a boring ass story. So when all is well pull the characters apart again. Make it difficult for them to kick it, be together, or get it in, however you want to call it. Once a conflict arises get them back together. Tease them and leave them!

Dialogue. This is useful when it advances the story so use it wisely. Sexual tension is not always about action. They do have to speak at some point when they do maybe have them:

-stumble over their words

-flirt with the other just to see how the other will react

-have a heated argument showing underlying jealousy

What has been your go to guarantee sexual tension builder? How has that given you success? Let me know. And to those who struggle have fun, get freaky and do what it do! Sexual tension is supposed to be wet, confusing, hard and long.

Peace and luv!

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

Lessons in erotica

Ok I’ve learned a few things along my journey thru writing. It wouldn’t be right if I don’t share small tidbits every now and again, isn’t that why you come back? That and because I’m pretty huh. Yeah I know, I know.
Anywhoo…lets talk erotica. I’ve learned three things I would love to share with you on things I feel writers shouldn’t do.

Put a specific number to a man’s candy bar (or whatever you call it). Everybody’s definition of satisfyingly pleasing a.k.a. large, massive, perfect, is different? Say for instance you put that Tyrell was ten inches; Regina (the reader) is not feeling ten, completely lost interest. It’s not going to make a difference that you lost one reader but erotica is all about imagination and creating a vibe for the reader to use their own creative imagination and relate to the story. You put something that they are turned off on it’s a wrap.

Make characters too damn perfect! I have this good friend and she hates so much when erotica characters are so damn perfect. I mean no flaws, fat or cellulite. Why is that? Thick women, cellulite mapped people need love and rough sex too. Stop making them Barbies and Kens. I don’t look like Barbie anyway. Maybe chocolate Barbie – nah I look better.

Same sex positions every time. Everybody don’t dig doggystyle, backward cowgirl or especially missionary. That position shouldn’t even be in your story. God spice up the story. Hate to know what your real sex life is like!

Peace and luv!

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

Create Powerful Imagery In Your Writing

To me I measure how great a book is by how lost in the story I become; also if I am thinking about the characters after finishing the book as though they were real people then the book did its job. So as an author how can you create that affect for your readers? My best friend (in my head) Writer’s Digest have given me some good tips that you can use today. I will be expecting my check in the mail for these awesome tips I’m about to give you. Here you go:

  1. Paint the image you are trying to portray in small bites. Never stop the story to describe something your readers don’t need to be confused.
  2. Incorporate images in action. For example She pointed at a looming hulk.
  3. See the story thru the character’s eyes and hear their surroundings thru their ears not as you the writer.
  4. Use the tiny but telling details, for exampleA spider’s web tugged at her face.
  5. Choose action bearing verbs such as cushioned, absorbed, etc.
  6. Choose action bearing nonverbs
  7. Invent fresh viewpoints. For example She climbed blindly.
  8. Create an image without saying so.A fresh breeze chilled her skin.

Go use these before they disappear in the many dark compartments in your head.

Peace and luv!

Bestsellers List

Secret Society

Secret Society (Photo credit: Kenn Wilson)

Is the bestsellers list rigged? How does a writer get into the secret society known as the bestsellers list? I would have never referred to it as the ‘secret society’ until I did research for this post and barely got concrete info on the whole getting on the list question. The tidbit I did get was brief and general so what I am about to share is not the Bible but they are some contributors to getting on: it is not just about the sales. Peep this.

Word Of Mouth

You remember when you were in high school, you told a friend something and that friend told someone else and they told someone else then by the end of the school day everybody and their mama ending up knowing about your business? Think of letting people know about your novel coming out the same way. I’ve learned that creating a buzz needs to start before that novel is about to ship off to bookstores. Not too early tho, you don’t want the excitement to fizzle. I’ve read somewhere you should start promoting as soon as the idea of a novel is conceived but what if you’re one of those writers who take years to finish a manuscript? Be smart about it; I say start once you get a release date. Either way good ole fashion word of mouth is still a great way to get on a bestsellers list. Make sure you go to your readers and not writers; we’re too self absorbed to read anyone else work.

An Author’s Reputation

A great reputation can get into any bestsellers list. Look at Zane, or Stephen King; their name alone has enough clout to get pre-orders before their novels hit the stores! Is that fair? No, because everyone has bad novels every once in awhile and basing sales just off a name kind sucks for newbies like me however that’s why it’s important to establish a platform as much as you can for that novel you are pushing out. The bigger the platform the higher your chances are at getting on that list.

Season Consistencies

I never thought about this one but when a writer publishes during a particular season consistently that helps get on the list. Only reason I can see how this would get them on a list is because no one good publishes around that time but the consistent season writer. Your opinion?

Once an author gets on the list then their ranking is based on the weekly sales.

My question to you is do you purchase a book solely on their rank on the bestsellers list? Me personally, no. I look at it the same way I look at movies; whenever a review comes out and is getting rave reviews I know I will hate the movie and vice versa. But some die hard readers will never acknowledge a novel not on the top 5 list. I do know with all these celebrities and seasoned writers it is hard for new writers such as myself to get the due recognition. But I have faith in myself to know I will end up on that list, you just watch.

Speaking of lists see who is hot on the Indie Nest List:

  • Equal of the Sun written by Anita Amirrezani
  • The Green Shore written by Natalie Bakopoulos
  • Wallflowers In Bloom written by Claire Cook
  • Istanbul Passage written by Joseph Kanon

Peace and luv!

Independent Awards

One of the ways self publishers can get noticed and acquire readers is if they submit their novel to book awards. Book Cover Cafe has compiled a list of independent publisher book awards to check into; to see the full list visit: bookcovercafe.com/indpendent-publisher-book-awards-list/

  1. WD Self Published Book Awards @ writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished
  2. National Indie Excellence book Awards @ indieexcellence.com
  3. The IPPY Awards @ independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPAwards.php

Be careful when you enter awards or competitions. Try if you can to check them all out thoroughly, just because there may be a decent prize doesn’t mean it’s legit. Check for submission fees, read all guidelines and see if you keep all of the rights. What about copyright issues? If you’ve published your work most likely you have it copyrighted so make sure if by chance your stuff is copied you know what to do to protect your rights (get it? rights…copyRIGHTS anywho…). Bottom line be careful but have fun too.

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!