Wednesday, April 27, 2016
So, I'm sure he was not the first one to say this...I mean the idea is as old as dirt and has presented itself in various flavored idioms, but when I heard him say it, it really rang true.
I'm talking about Will Smith and an interview he gave with Charlie Rose where he told him a story about building a wall. In short his father had twelve year old Will Smith and his nine year old brother build a wall, which to children and most adults seems like an impossible task.
At first all they could focus on was the final product, the massive wall that seemed like something they could never finish. But move the story along two years and sure enough they had a wall.
The message their father instilled in them was nothing is impossible, but more importantly the idea that you focus on each task and not the final product. "You don't build a wall," he said. "You lay one perfect brick and you do that over and over and you will have a wall."
It's easy to apply this principle in everyday life and especially in writing. Too many times as a writer we focus on the mountain ahead of us, the finished product. I've been guilty of staring that blank page in the face and wondering how I pull 80,000 words from it. But when you focus only on the sentence or even the word you're writing it changes your perspective.
One step at a time, brick by brick, word by word, it's all the same. The important thing is you keep moving forward and eventually you'll be wherever it is you're going.
As I sit here and work on my many WIPs I remind myself that and keep putting one word after the other on my path to success. Whatever your industry, whatever you goal, do the same thing and soon enough you'll be where you want to be.
Friday, September 4, 2015
That's right folks. I've taken the plunge and become a full-time writer. It's been a few weeks now and what I can tell you is scheduling is everything.
I'll attribute a bit of my slacking to the kids going back to school a week or so ago and all the madness that went with that. I fell from my 3,000 words a day to like 3....
But now things have gotten back to normal and I've carved out a schedule that I plan to stick to. I've got a basket of books to get out and no time to waste. (my next meal depends on it)
On a bright note, as if Bookbub could read the stars, they finally approved the first book in my apocalyptic series "Countdown"
I'm really hoping this will break the series out and I can finally get that yacht and get to sailing like Hugh Howey lol.
I have to admit it's great to be able to write and not be worried about anything else. The down side is you can quickly fill up writing time with things to do around the house. My advice to anyone looking at going full-time is to plan your day just like you're still working. If your schedule is 8-5 then write from 8-5 and don't end up changing light bulbs or checking off that to do list around the house.
More updates to come and I hope to blog more regularly now as I really can't make anymore excuses. Until then, see you around.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
It's been a while since I've spewed my half-baked dribble on here. But I'm back...again...for the um....well I'm just back. I've been working on getting a vlog going because I think the world is really yearning to see my lovely face. Give me a few weeks and I'll have that running. Besides, I think I can be more consistent getting a video up. (Doubtful)
Happy new year by the way. It's been that long since I've posted. Let's see what else is new. I'm sure I've published a few books here and there, I've started a basketball team and consumed a least 45 gallons of (insert random energy drink here). Aside from that, I’ve kept it nice and boring.
Spring is here which for us Floridians means summer is here. On a side not HBO’s fellowship program was a bust, this is why I’ll just keep up with the movie scripts and leave that TV writing to someone else.
If you haven’t checked it out I’d suggest you all go take a look at the serial #FML on amazon. It’s a collaboration with two other authors and I think the episodes are coming along quite nicely.
Anyway just wanted to quickly catch up. Hopefully I can post something meaningful within the week. I actually have some serious thoughts hiding behind the fog in my head, but I must get back to my word count for now. Shoot me an email or send me an angry tweet. Until then my friends fair well.