Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Writing Journey



AS LONG AS I CAN remember I’ve been a story-teller.  When I was a child I would sit with notebook and pen and write the stories filling my head with new worlds, characters and realms of existence.  Sometimes I would tell my sisters bedtime stories about mystical creatures and magical heroes on fantastic quests.  I would sit on the stairs at school writing stories and living in my own little world.  My friends would sneak up behind me, take my notebooks and sit next to me, reading the story coming to life under my pen.  There is something magical about creating other worlds and other lives and watching them come to life on paper.

            I decided early in my career that I was going to become a Science Fiction and Fantasy author.  Although I am a veracious reader and read anything I can get my hands on, Science Fiction and Fantasy has been and always will be my favorite.  When I chose these genres I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to be accepted as a mainstream artist.  There seemed to be a built-in prejudice towards the concept of supernatural creatures, magic and seemingly unrealistic scientific feats. 


Throughout my life my number one goal, the path I always wanted to pursue, was to become a published author.  I didn’t realize the difficult path I had ahead of me or the challenges and sacrifices I would need to make in order to pursue my dream.  Although I defined myself as an author for most of my life my first book wasn’t published until my fortieth birthday.  In my journey to join the world of the published I made mistakes, poor choices and rushed a little too fast.  I experienced a strong learning curve in the process and so I decided I needed to compile this book as a way to guide others in the pursuit of their dreams to be published. 

There are many steps to becoming a published author.  A person doesn’t wake up one morning and say, “I think I’m going to write a book today.”  Writing and publishing a book is a process; a long, difficult, painful process.  However, the process is worth it.  When you have your finished book in your hands and can turn the pages and smell the fresh, crisp, clean smell of paper and ink a thrill goes up your spine and you feel invincible. 
Tell your writing journey...

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Ten Senses


The Ten Senses

We all know we have five senses, but did you know we also have five hidden senses? Understanding how your character experiences the world can help you develop compelling and interesting characters.

Show verses Tell refers to the concept of showing your reader how the character experiences the world through his or her senses. Could you imagine the story you could tell if you didn’t just rely on the five tangible senses, but actually tapped into the character’s hidden senses as well?
 
Five senses:
Sight
Sound
Smell
Taste
Touch

Hidden Senses:
Proximity- Where you are in relation to objects or people
Pain – We’ve all been there
Proprioception-Your body’s awareness of itself (Ex: able to touch nose with eyes closed)
Thermal- Temperature
Equilibrium - Balance
Consider everything your character is sensing as you tell the story.
Write a scene in which your character relies on all of his/her hidden senses to show the action of the story.
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Creating a successful Social Media Group

I have established a number of successful groups on social media. Here are a few tips on establishing a successful group.
            When you establish your group you need to decide how much control you are going to have over the membership and posts in the group. There are people who create fake profiles for the specific purpose of adding clickbait to Facebook groups (most of this clickbait is pornography). The profiles look like real people on the surface and once they are admitted to the group they add other fake profiles as well. It is easy to lose control of this situation and your group is soon overrun with inappropriate posts. I eliminated this problem by activating the admin must approve members option in the settings of the group. I then check out the profiles of anyone requesting to join the groups. Sometimes this means members who really want to join the group don’t get to because their profiles look suspicious, but maintaining the integrity of the group greatly outweighs the loss of these few members.
Bloggers Helping Authors Group
1.       Establish a theme for the group

2.      Use compelling images for picture and header

3.      Write a compelling group description

4.      Establish Group Rules

5.      Manage members

6.      Manage posts

7.      Be active and interactive in the group

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Branding

Branding is the marketing device of creating a name, symbol or design used to identify you. It is what makes you unique. As an author you need to create your own personal brand.

Your brand should be a short description of who you are accomponied by a clear image representing what you do.

Every one of your social media accounts needs to have an aspect of your brand prominently displayed.

In order to create my brand I had to look at my defining characteristics. I am an author and a teacher. Both of these traits are tied up into every aspect of what defines me. I am the guide and the learning, a never ending cycle. The Hero’s Journey in Literature figures heavily in my work with a strong emphasis in the cycle of Death and Rebirth. I choose the butterfly as my personal symbol to represent these concepts.



This tiny, fragile creature represents the many steps of the hero's journey as it transitions through each stage of its life-cycle. From egg to larva, where it molts away its old life as it grows, until it cocoons itself into the chrysalis where it completely transforms into a fully formed adult, only to start the cycle all over again with the next generation.

I love the beauty of these tiny creatures and they always seem to appear in the most unlikely of places.

A few years ago, my husband nearly lost his life to an infection. The nurse who was caring for him in the emergency room was wearing butterfly scrubs. He survived (minus a leg) and began his new journey in life.

Is there any greater symbol than the butterfly for who I am or what I write? The symbol of the butterfly is my personal brand.

What can you use to symbolize your personal brand?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Spotlight: Conquest: Rise of the Fifth Horseman

https://www.amazon.com/Conquest-Rise-Fifth-Horseman-Book-ebook/dp/B01G0YYQ4A
A primeval darkness threatens to destroy mankind...
In an alternate reality where in ancient times two of Earth’s largest continents mysteriously vanished to a world called Zion, NSA Agent Lily Thatcher finds herself in the midst of a plot to drag away a third of all mankind in a rapture-like event. Lily is spirited away to this evil-plagued world where dragons rule the skies and an evil darkness lurks in the shadows. The Leviathan has already consumed the souls of Zion and now thirsts for the souls of Earth. Will Lily be able to tame the newly-discovered divine power growing within her in time to prevent Earth’s apocalyptic fate? The weight of both worlds bears down upon her shoulders and only time will tell if Lily has what it takes to save mankind.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Favorite Book


Reading a book changes you. Even if the change is imperceptible to yourself or others. You learn new words, ideas, and a way of looking at the world as you read. What you choose to read greatly influences what you choose to write.

Consider:

What is your favorite book?

What are the three top reasons this is your favorite book?

How has reading the book changed/help you become a better person?
 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

H. Elf Lewis


About the Author  H. Elf Lewis
Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
I write fun scary romantic stories around attractive relatable characters with human wants and clever lively dialogue.
H. Elf Lewis is a pen name, an author materialization for “Lonely Dark Hearts”, a new adult/paranormal romance series bordering on horror—“Paranormal Romance Fiction with a Bite”. Lewis loves crafting emotion-jarring stories that drive towards resolution with a tinge of the irreverent, granting the reader reward and relief when he or she steps off the ride.
Provide Links:
                Where can we buy the books?
https://www.amazon.com/GHOST-HEARTH-Lonely-Dark-Hearts-ebook/dp/B06WRRNBXJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1487179360&sr=1-1&keywords=ghost+heart
                How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
https://www.facebook.com/helflewis
                What is your Twitter Handle?
                Are you on GoodReads?
                Your Website Address is:
https://lonelydarkhearts.com
                Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTdXDk-eZlc&feature=youtu.be