Writer's block...it's dreaded; it's horrendous.
And everyone experiences it....
Sorry, but that's a fact. It's not just for professional writers, journalists or authors but also students, teachers and businessmen too. Finding the right words for a simple email can sometimes be a challenge. I wish I could tell you that I knew all the secrets for avoiding this pain staking- anxiety provoking- obstruction of thought, but truth is, I can’t and I suffer from it too.
I'm at a standstill with my own book. I have no idea how to continue on or how to make it flow; yet, I have it all mapped out in my head. How Bizarre?
So, here's the small bit of advice that I can offer.
1. Thought journal. Write it down. Whatever comes to mind, whenever it comes to mind, write it down! The random words and insane ideas are the ones that can start new stories or provoke intense plot twists (oh, goody!).
2. Doodle. Yes, it's lame. Yes, it's fun. And yes, it's distracting. But once your mind isn't focused on what you're trying to write and the story you're trying to complete, more ideas will flow. It's like that time you spent twenty minutes looking for your favorite pair of go-with-everything shoes and then gave up and bought a new pair just to come home to them sitting by the front door.
3. New location. Kind of like real-estate, it’s all about location. This one kind of goes with doodling. Every new location that you write in will likely bring about new ideas. From the birds chirping outside to people watching in Central Park, new stories can bloom wherever you are. Keep an open mind and things will come your way!
4. Stay true to you. Same advice as life: lose yourself, lose your voice. If you try and change your tone, you'll lose your voice. And when you lose your voice, you'll lose your words. Don't lose your words; be you.
These are the tidbits of advice that I am learning along the way, to help overcome anxiety, brain farts and wasting away precious time. Use them, lose them-It's all I have to offer. The choice is yours, but either way, I wish you well on your writing journey.
Until Next Time,
Writing a book is a real way to cultivate your business and become an acknowledged expert in your field. No matter what kind of business you are in, there is no better way to become an instant expert than by publishing a book. Better than any business card, brochure, advertisement, website, or blog, a book is a powerful tool that will open doors and lead to tremendous business growth opportunities.
Here are 6 reasons why business owners who are authors have an edge:
Earn Higher Fees
If you are a service provider, such as a speaker, consultant, advisor, coach, therapist, doctor, financial advisor, or other service professional, publishing a book gives you a pass to charge higher fees. Now, you are not just a regular expert in your field, you are a published expert. It’s now justified that your rates are higher than everyone else’s!
Greater Credibility as an Expert
Writing a book defines you as an expert on your subject matter. It is a system of mastery that can promote your status in the eyes of your potential customers, peers, the media, and many other key contacts. This really does have unlimited potential.
Producing Passive Income
As you become known, through word of mouth, online and build a following of dedicated readers, adding information products such as ebooks, special reports, teleseminars, speaking engagements etc. can generate income—even while you are snoozing. Information products are faster and simpler to create compared to a book, but the income generated will be the same.
Improve Your Competitive Edge
There is nothing like a book to amaze prospects and close deals. Give away some of your published books like you hand out business cards and your business is SURE to grow.
Opportunities to Schedule Speaking Engagements
Commanding the attention of a room is a phenomenal way to grow your business. Authors are often invited to speak at trade association meetings, the local Chamber of Commerce, non-profit organizations, corporate functions, conferences, and events. Once you have captivated an audience, wrap up your presentation with a special offer for consulting services, training programs, or other package offering. Also, be sure to sell and autograph copies at the back of the room.
News, Television and Radio Attention
Have you notice how newspapers include article quotes and advice from experts. Tune in to any talk radio show, the “Today” show, or even your local news programs. Authors are constantly in the spotlight. In fact, media professionals from print, radio, and television frequently search Amazon.com for authors of books related to their needed subject matter.
Stop thinking and start writing. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can reap the rewards. Publishing a book is one of the quickest and easiest ways to build the business of your dreams. It is up to you to harness the power and make your dreams a reality. There are no limits when it comes to leveraging your own book to grow your business.
The Death Grip
As a publisher, I am generally asked the same questions often. Every author I’ve ever spoken with, every editor I’ve ever interviewed and every illustrator I’ve ever contacted has asked, “How do you go from science to running a publishing company? What inspired you to make such a leap into the literary world?” The truth is, it wasn’t well planned nor carefully orchestrated in the least. Rather, I was in a desperate creative state as I clawed to maintain my penchant for autonomy and creativity.
When I actually had to grow up, get a job and become a productive member of society, I saw my creativity and out of the box thinking slowly dwindle. The thoughts that once flowed out of my mind like a wild river came to a halt and slowed to a drip, like a leaky faucet. The growing responsibilities associated with the demands of adult life, the hustle and bustle of work pinned my creative self against the wall in a death grip. I
nearly exhaled my last creative breath. I was mundane, and no one wants to be mundane. The mundane never see the truth in the world, rather they live in ignorance of the wars raging about them. I needed to do something, anything but be mundane.
Publishing: The Resurgence of the Creative Me
Self-expression, creativity and freedom of the mind used to be my outlet. How did I lose that? How did I allow life to strip me of that? Not only did I notice this demise in myself, I saw it in my friends and my family. It was like someone held a mirror up to me.
I have friends that once took pleasure in photography and enjoyed a leisure walk to capture the essence of a spring day. There were those that lost themselves in painting. Some friends had a penchant for hair styling and relished with pride in the artistry that it took to get a wash, set and blow just right. Much like I had done, they’d all begun to toss those talents to the side in lieu of a secure and structured corporate career path. All of our creative selves were dying a slow and arduous death in the name of adulthood. It didn’t happen overnight, yet I could eventually see it clear as day. I began to really understand the value that creative freedom brought to our lives. I understood why my mother so fervently supported creative thought, and she didn’t need to a stockpile of degrees to realize it. Simply put, creative expression was good for you!
I decided I would create an avenue for myself where I could write my heart out and no one could stop me. My work didn’t have to live up to the literary guidelines of a Harvard University scholar; it just had to live up to me. It didn’t matter if anyone ever saw it or even liked it, what mattered was that I got thoughts out of mind and out of my heart. I wanted a platform of expression.
That year, my partner and I released the first in a series of children’s books. While we still had work to
do in terms of honing our craft as publishers, we did it! I speak for my partner because I know we both went through the same emotional restoration in that moment. I gave my creativity CPR and was rescued from the brink of a creative death.
Since that time, our publishing company has expanded its scope considerably and now we provide these services for other people. The underlying principle however, remains the same: it’s an opportunity to create and share. Not only do I get share my own work, I have the opportunity to guide other aspiring authors in the process and it really is gratifying.
I am still performing a balancing act with publishing and my day job, but considering the alternative, it’s a balancing act that I embrace.
AUTHOR OF PENSIVE... PART 1: RELATIONSHIPS
Question 1: Tell us about yourself? Where are you from? What are your talents, hobbies etc.? I am from Lexington, KY. I speak Spanish fluently, love salsa, all types of food, reading books, and leisure traveling. I also love shopping and anything regarding natural products.
Question 2: What inspired you to write this book? I was inspired to write this after talking to several of my friends about our 'lovely' relationship issues and wrote scenarios about the ones that intrigued me the most.
Question 3: What has been your biggest challenge in completing this project? What did you do to overcome it? My biggest challenge was believing that I could actually publish a book. I told a good friend of mine that I've begun to write stories and never finished them so how could this be a story? They were very encouraging about putting all these stories together to create a book. Once I realized this was going to become a reality, I got real nervous about clicking "Send" because I realized I was not just sharing other people's experiences, but my own as well. I didn't know what people would think of it which made me nervous. I thought over and talked to God about it for a few days and realized this is something I really want to do and clicked "Send".
Question 4: Did you learn anything about yourself from writing your book and what was it? One thing I learned about myself is about managing time outside of my busy schedule. After setting deadlines with my publisher, I had to set deadlines for myself, especially since I'm working on another book.
Question 5: What is the single message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? (Feel free to include a snippet or excerpt) My message for readers is to think about what they get themselves involved in and see what you have learned about yourself, not just the people you have been involved with. You may say you may react one way, but until you go through that experience with an emotional attachment, you may never know.
Question 6: What is your single piece of advice for aspiring writers and authors?
For aspiring writers and authors, I would say do your research if you want to publish a book. Ask yourself what is your goal for publishing a book (whether it's for profit, passion, etc.). Also, be true to yourself. If you believe you have the gift to share with everyone, go for it and don't hesitate to do it.
I almost lost track
Of the wonders of this world
I got misplaced in the chaos
And disheveled by adulthood
But today I decided
To stop, stare, and breathe
And I sighed in awe
And exhaled in disbelief
I'd begun to ignore
The early morning symphony
Like the sounds of the birds
That whistled from the trees
I'd become annoyed with chill
That christened the morning air
But it is with that chill I explore my senses
Lest that feeling did disappear
I'd become numb to the light
That speckled the night sky
In my hustle and bustle
To get home and unwind
As a child I use to gaze
endlessly at the stars
The reflection in that moment of time
reveal exactly who we are
I almost lost track of the wonders of this world
BY: T. Brunson
On behalf of MBMA GROUP LLC
On occasion, my partner and I find ourselves discussing things outside of the publishing industry. At least, so we think when we first begin these conversations. One such discussion was on the importance of multiple perspectives in any situation, particularly those pertaining to hot item topics that we all spend a lot of money on or that tend to get people 'worked up'. A person can only tell a story from their angle. This shortcoming is through no fault of their own, hopefully, but simply dependent on vantage point. With time our conversation evolved into a brain storming session where we began considering the concept of presenting a 360 degree perspective on various subject matters . Of course we couldn't guarantee every perspective would be addressed, but, we thought we would try. Further discussion lead us to the conclusion that such a project might work out great for individuals that are not quite ready to devote the mental energy, time, money or emotions necessary to write an entire novel. Rather, this allows the opportunity for an author to write a short piece, see their name in print, promote future efforts and 'get their feet wet' for minimal time, cost and energy. A well organized compilation could be quite powerful in conveying a more diverse and larger message! Please look out for our current efforts in this arena and our call for submissions.
Please see a great article on 5 Reasons Authors should be in Compilation books:
Write with your heart, write with your soul, and write with purpose! ~ MBMA GROUP LLC
The New Year brings renewed hope, renewed dreams and repurposed goals. This is especially true for the author, both seasoned and new! Writing can be frustrating and almost painful when the creative juices are not flowing. Don’t fret! Don’t give up! Stay Positive! Here, we have compiled a list of up-lifting quotes that we hope will provide some encouragement during your writing process.
1. Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don’t write about Man, write about a man. ~ E.B. White
2. If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. ~ John D. Rockefeller
3. Faith consists of believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. ~ Voltaire
4. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore~ Andre Gide
5. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain
6. If frustrations build and you want to give up, remember this moment, remember this feeling, because it will become one of the most profound moments of your creative life. ~ Author Unknown
7. A young poet must discover who he is; he must create himself as a poet. Even a genius must do this. It's a painful process. ~ D. Hoffman
8. Ultimately, every poem is a love poem. Write out of humor, sorrow or rage, but write out of love. ~ Wesley McNair
9. Write! Start writing today-right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. ~ Tara Moss
10. Nobody cares about you or your work like you do. In the end, your success as a writer depends almost wholly upon your own tireless efforts. ~ Author Unknown
11. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. ~Aristotle Onassis
12. Read widely; Write often; Keep going; Believe in your stories! ~ Garth Nix
AND OUR FAVORITE!
13. Tell the stories that only you can tell, there’ll always be better and smarter writers than you but you are the only you! ~Neil Gaiman
The New Year allows for new beginnings and brings with it new experiences, new perspectives and new opportunities for creative expansion. Here we have compiled a short list of online literary courses. This list is by no means extensive, but, they are all free and can be completed from the comfort of your home. As your creative juices get flowing, see how some of these tips may impact your writing style!
1. Create an online social media presence based on your target audience. This includes Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, StumbleUpon etc.
2. Create an Author Website and introduce yourself to the world. Use this as an opportunity to highlight different aspects of the project.
3. Create a brief elevator pitch about your work and network locally i.e. poetry clubs, writing workshops, meet-up groups, reading clubs etc.
4. Consider setting up a small book tour, where you discuss your work and sign copies of your book. This does not have to be a grand world tour. It can be a simple meet and greet and confined to your state or city.
5. Probably the most important Tip : Don’t give up and be persistent! If one thing doesn’t work try something else or simply try again. Marketing and promoting your book is not a one day task, it will require continued work.
* Start working on this at least 2-3 months prior to the anticipated release of the work.
*This list is not meant to be extensive. It is just a few small things that you can do on a small budget to help get your marketing campaign going.
Market According to Your Purpose! Marketing for the Self Published and Independently Published Author.
All authors should remember this - No one will understand your purpose for creating your work as much as you will! No one cares about your work as much as you do! So, while your work may be riveting, its acceptance is not automatic. It can only be great to the people who have had the opportunity to read it and learn about it.
During our author intake process we employ what we refer to as a publishing needs assessment. During this process we put forth a substantial amount of effort toward determining what the drivers are behind the authors desire to publish their work. We ask questions such as ‘What are your goals?’ and find that some prospective authors want to leave a legacy, others simply want to see their name on a published work and yet others are most interested in making money.
Before any author delves into publishing their work they must first determine why they are publishing! Our theme is ‘to thine own self be true’. Once the author is confident in why they are sharing this material with the world, we can better gage how the
material should be shared and with whom. That reason will always be different depending on the author. That reason will drive how the author should market their product, the amount of energy that should be put into marketing, the amount of money that should be invested into a marketing campaign. Ultimately, the authors' reason for publishing will impact what a successful project feels like to the author.
MBMA GROUP LLC - Directors Team
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