How to Fight the Infamous Block!

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By Alberto Pupo

What lies on the other side of inspiration? How can one become inspired when the well of inspiration feel dry? Is there such a thing as writer’s block? Is it possible that at some point the ability to express ourselves is gone? Continue reading “How to Fight the Infamous Block!”

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How Emotions Impact Writing

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By Alberto Pupo

When writing one needs to be in the perfect frame of mind. Personal mood can dictate the content created at times. Feeling particularly angry, then prepare to have stories which display characters going through turbulent angry times. Feeling in love? Then prepare for sappy, syrupy dialogue which takes one to a different level of. Is it true does mood truly affect writing? Well maybe… Continue reading “How Emotions Impact Writing”

Ideas, Ideas, too many Ideas!

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By Alberto Pupo

So you sit down to write a book, the story is going well, the plot-line is getting compelling, and then something odd happens… A new idea enters the mind, suddenly the story does not seem as compelling the characters are a little flat, and all you can think about is this grand new adventure series featuring insane wizards and sarcastic dragons (ok, not really but you get it). Remaining on topic is very difficult for an author. It does not matter if you are a revered master or a novice who started writing yesterday we authors have a tendency to shift around and change our minds when we think that the grass may be greener on the other side.

When you are dealing with fictional worlds of your creation, there is a tendency to move between worlds sometimes there moments when everything may be going well, and then a new idea takes you in a different direction so what can be done to avoid this phenomenon and see a story till the end?

1. Stay focused on an end goal- If you develop the ending to the story from the very beginning, you have a clear finish line in mind. This means that everything else is merely filling in the blanks.

2. Throw in a plot twist.- If the direction of a certain tale is getting a little stale, just twist it up a bit. This will revitalize your writing and add a new level of excitement maybe a new character? A sudden character death? Anything that will give you a fresh perspective.

If none of these things work, then you may have to shelve the idea and get back to it later. There is no shame in doing this, some ideas and stories are stronger than others, however, do not ever completely do away and trash an idea as you never know when it can be used again in the future.

Authors how do you deal with this issue?

This is Halloween!

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By Alberto Pupo

Halloween! A time for chills, thrills, and darkness. A time where you can go outside the box and become anything you want to be. A time for scares, and to enter the darkness of the imagination. Halloween is the best time of the year indeed, and for an author, it is a day that can get the creative juices flowing. Halloween has always been my favorite Continue reading “This is Halloween!”

A Return to Fantasy

 

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By Alberto Pupo

The fantasy genre is one that I frequently read growing up. Stories which involve magic, knights, kings, and queens, battles, dragons. All of these things I find utterly fascinating. There is nothing like a scintillating tale of medieval warfare (Mixed with hyperbole and fantastic creatures). I remember in middle school and high school finishing an Continue reading “A Return to Fantasy”

A Matter of Perspective

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By Alberto Pupo

Perspective is everything in writing. A narrative can take on many different forms simply by making a simple adjustment like perspective. Some perspectives give you an intimate look, others give you a grand scope of things and give you a bird’s eye view. Which perspective works best? Well, that is basically up to you? Continue reading “A Matter of Perspective”

Dear Indie Author: Facebook Hates You!

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By Alberto Pupo

So you have finished writing your book. The time to get out there and promote is here. You are familiar with Facebook, a world of promising avenues for free promotion! Now anyone with modest means has a chance to get their work out into the world. You can promote on your page, a fan page, and a ton of dedicated Groups specifically made to reach and connect with millions of readers! So being an excited new author you begin to promote, you begin to spread the word and then… Continue reading “Dear Indie Author: Facebook Hates You!”