Monthly Archives: April 2011

Apocalypse: The Second Fall

In this post I’m going to share a bit more about my book.

In todays economy, there remain many doubts about our ability to rebound. Some say there is an elitist group controlling basically all events in the world, trying to bring about a New World Order. The United States debt is nearly insurmountable, and word is spreading that the dollar could be dead by 2012, meaning the United States would no longer hold the worlds reserve currency. If that were to happen, the results would be disastrous. Back in January, the Chinese President (Hu Jintao) declared the present US dollars domination as the world currency as a thing of the past and highlighted moves to turn the yuan into a global currency.

As the worlds reserve currency holder, the US is able to print billions of dollars we don’t have to cover its massive debt. If the dollar dies we will no longer be able to print money we do not have. Inflation will take the nation by storm. Basically, the world stands on the verge of monumental crisis.

So what does this have to do with my book?

Well, my first novel, in what will be at least a two book series, maybe three, deals with a Legend that brings about an Apocalypse. My world had gone down a thousand years ago to another Apocalypse, called The Fall. The Legend wasn’t fulfilled in its entirety and the world endure. Now, I begin my story when the world is on the brink of a Second Fall.

As I look around the world today, I see similarities between my story and the real story we all live in. When I began this story nearly two years ago I had no idea about the crisis the world faces today. The Middle East is falling into turmoil. Oil supplies are being disrupted and prices are rising quickly. I don’t know if there will be a solution or end to the growing chaos, and neither do my characters as the apocalypse heats up in book two. Book one could resemble this year, 2011. Things are changing, it would seem. Book two could resemble 2012, the year the Mayan calender has labeled as the end of an age. Some believe the Mayan calender calls for the end of the world on the winter solstice of 2012.  Others believe it is merely the end of one age and the beginning of another.

Regardless, the world grows dark in my story, but there is always a glimmer of hope. If my characters can discover the intricacies of The Legend, they can stop the “bad guys” from fulfilling it and ending the world… or is it simply the end of an age? When my book comes out, you will find out.

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More on Originality

Sorry the posts haven’t been coming as quick and fast as they were in the past. I’ve had a super busy past week and my life has been consumed with other things.  So here is a quick quote on originality to chew on:

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” – C. S. Lewis

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Failure Breeds Success

I am sure that some are born to write as trees are born to bear leaves: for these, writing is a necessary mode of their own development. If the impulse to write survives the hope of success, then one is among these. If not, then the impulse was at best only pardonable vanity, and it will certainly disappear when the hope is withdrawn.” – C. S. Lewis

All writers hope for success. Duh. But can you persevere through failure after failure before finally becoming successful? As Thomas Edison put it, “I failed my way to success.” The greatest works in the history of mankind, in literature, science, or anything else, have almost always been proceeded by failure after failure. I read somewhere that C. S. Lewis was rejected 800 times before being published. Today, he is considered among the greatest writers of the 20th century. Those hundreds of rejections seem daft in light of the reputation he carries today.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” – Jon Bon Jovi

As I continue to edit my novel, I believe the disappointment of not trying will be greater than the disappointment of failure. Anytime you take on something challenging, whether you “succeed” or not, if you give it your best shot, you’ll grow stronger. Keep failing. Some kind of success will come if you don’t give up.

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Writer’s Block: Part 2

This is my second in a series of posts in which I hope to lay down some thoughts and tips on overcoming writers block. You can view part one by clicking here. Don’t think that because I’m writing on how you can overcome writers block that it doesn’t affect me. It is a battle that not only authors have to fight, but students and anyone else who writes on a regular basis. I struggle with it at least a few times a week in my writing.

You know those days when the words just flow so freely from your keyboard that you can hardly type fast enough?  It’s the dream scenario for those who love to write. It’s like catching every green light in town on your way to the store. You just keep going. Nothing can stop you. I’ve churned out 20 pages before on such days.

Then, there are those days when you sit down at your desk, knowing you need to write, even knowing what you need to write, but you can’t find the words. It’s like there is a mental block. You begin to wonder if you have digressed back to the third grade. This isn’t how it is suppose to be. You are a writer! You’ve done this before. The words should come freely. Nonetheless, you just don’t know what to put down on paper. Everything you start writing seems stupid and senseless. You delete that first sentence you took ten minutes to cook up and start all over. Writers block.

Tip #3: Write something else. If you can’t find the words you need on one writing project, work on another. Once you have your creative juices flowing it will be easier to go back and get something going on that first project. I’ve tried this many times and it seems to work.

Tip #4: Realize nothing is going to be perfect! This is huge. I’m such a perfectionist, especially when it comes to writing. Every word has to be perfect. Some days I become consumed with this mentality and spend almost an hour on just a few paragraphs. A few hours on the opening paragraphs of a story is one thing. What I’m talking about is excessive. Sometimes we think too hard about things. If you can remind yourself your project will not be perfect (especially the first draft) you may find yourself able to continue. Don’t sit and wait for words from above… write.

When it comes to “perfection”, remember: “The greatest achievement is to outperform yourself.” – Denis Waitley

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How to Become a Better Writer

What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn’t matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write continually as well as we can. I feel that every time I write a page either of prose or of verse, with real effort, even if it’s thrown into the fire the next minute, I am so much further on.”  – C. S. Lewis

That’s right. Becoming a better writer is really that simple… and that hard. You have to write, and write , and write. As C. S. Lewis said, you learn something nearly everytime you write, even if you throw it away in the end. In the novel I am editing, I completely trashed three chapters and rewrote them. Four chapters evolved out of the revision process. It was difficult to do, but I definitely improved the story by doing so.

You learn things as you write. Reading enough blogs or attending more classes won’t guarantee better writing. If you want to turn that pen into a sword, you have to wield it constantly. Think of all the writers you respect who have their style and voice down. It took them years to get to that point. I’m still searching for my style and voice. As with anything else in life, if you want to excel, you have to work hard. Just as pro sports players spend thousands of hours in the gym to become the best they can be, you have to spend hours upon hours at your desk.

Keep writing. You will become better with every page.

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