Reading is Fundamental

It is obvious that writing stems from reading. Becoming familiar with good stories is what teaches us writers how to craft stories of our own. Heroes and villains that make us cheer or cringe often inspire us.
The villains that reminds us of someone we know, ourselves, or what we could be captivate us. The heroes inspire us to be more than we are. It is the writer’s job to capture and create that for the audience. What inspires a writer to write? Well many things, as I have discussed before, but most importantly other stories. Reading not only inspires, but it teaches the art of writing. 
One does not simply become a basketball player just by having a casual interest in the sport. No, he is first an avid fan. This inspires a flame inside that provokes him to expand his abilities and became an athlete himself. Such is also the case of the writer.

If you are a lover of books, I challenge you to consider telling a story of your own. Do you love mysteries? Write a mystery. Do you like poetry? Write a poem. Written works open up a plethora of worlds, sometimes by inspiring the creation of new ones.

In the meantime…

I know, I haven’t been posting much lately.  In the meantime I invite you to check out the point of this blog, my book (soon to be a series). If you want more information before buying you can learn more about it on my website.  As I have said in other blog posts, if you are willing to commit to writing a review within 6-8 weeks email me at goandria@outlook.com.  Also if you email me directly you can get my book at a discounted price of $6.00!

Learn more about Goandria!

By now you may have seen that I am a writer, and I write a fantasy series titled Goandria.  If you love reading speculative fiction and want to learn more about my word check out my website.  If this is something that interests you, I can sell you a paperback copy for $6.00 if you email me directly.  All you need to do is send an email and payment (via paypal) to goandria@outlook.com.  If you are willing to do a review within six weeks of receiving a book, let me know and I can send you a FREE copy.

Advertising

Do you enjoy ads? Do you have an unbelievable sense of joy when you have to wait nearly two minutes to see a three-minute news clip? How about when the show you are watching is at its climax, and suddenly you see laundry detergent? Doesn’t that just thrill you? No? Ads are generally annoying, aren’t they? Sure, you might find one here or there that is entertaining, but I feel advertisements are annoying to most people and generally go ignored.

In a world that is overly full of ads, it is easy to be dismissive or oblivious to them, so businesses have to do what it takes to grab our fleeting attention. I’m one of those people who would rather change the channel or look up something on the internet for five minutes than watch a round of commercials. In fact, I hate commercials/ads so much that I am willing to pay a premium to avoid them. Yet I am an author, and advertising is a part of the business.

This blog, my social media accounts, and goodreads ads ultimately exist to reach a wider audience. In other words, they exist for advertising. My disdain for most ads, though, has lend me a certain perspective. The least effective way to advertise, in my opinion, is to be very in someone’s face about it. I do not need to see you promote your business at every corner, and the same applies to my stuff. Of course advertising is a learning process and is different for every business and every author, and I still have A LOT to learn. The best way to learn, it seems to me, is to examine first what does not work. Too often I have seen authors troll pages (including my own book giveaway on Facebook), filling social media with as much of their stuff as they possibly can, and that turns me off to ever wanting to read their stuff. If that is the effect this method of advertising has on me, then I can only imagine it does the same for many others.

Ultimately, advertising is a necessity for any type of business, but it does not have to be done in an annoying or frustrating manner. Authors, we have all seen those ads. Let us rise above that and let our creativity do the work for us.

Why I Write

The hashtag #WhyIWrite was trending last week, and I found it inspiring that something other than politics and celebrity news became popular for a brief time. It also prompted me to go into detail about my journey into becoming a writer and why I chose a very difficult route to pursue professionally.

As I have said here, I started writing as a hobby when I was twelve years old. Over the years, my dedication to writing has come in waves, but I could never fully abandon it as I have other hobbies. Writing, especially the Goandria series, has become a part of my life, part of my very soul, something that I cannot live without. I do not profess to be the best at it, but I do make a point to become better at writing because I have a story to tell, and it is worth sharing. Fantasy has been an integral part of my life. It has inspired me. It has driven me to contemplate difficult matters and existential meaning, and this is something I want to bring people as well.

Writing isn’t an easy path, and I’m still very much learning, especially when it comes to marketing and branching out to new readers. Actually, choosing to write professionally is one of the most difficult challenges I have faced, second only to parenting. The average person takes years to get established, and I have only been doing this for about a year, so writing has not been exactly lucrative, but those I trust most in my life have encouraged me to keep doing what I love. Even with the encouragement, it is easy to get discouraged. Many people simply do not read or have time to read, and it is difficult convincing strangers to part with their money.

I continue to write because it has meaning for me. I write partially because it is a challenge, and I write to give the world the stories I would like to read myself.