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WGP Ep 65 Thom Reese, Spec Fic Author

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Thom Reese is the author of the novels, THE INFUSION OF ARCHIE LAMBERT, A SAVAGE DISTANCE, THE DEMON BAQASH, DEAD MAN’S FIRE, CHASING KELVIN, and THE EMPTY, along with the short story collection, 13 BODIES: SEVEN TALES OF MURDER & MADNESS. The first in the trilogy of novels, THE DRACULA JOURNALS, will be released in fall of 2016. Thom was the sole writer and co-producer of the weekly audio drama radio program, 21ST CENTURY AUDIO THEATRE. Several of Thom’s audio dramas have been published on CD and MP3 formats. A native of the Chicago area, Thom currently makes his home with his wife in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He has also been contracted to write a Dracula Trilogy titled THE DRACULA JOURNALS. These are intended to be sequels to the original Bram Stoker novel with the first acting as both a prequel and a sequel. As with Stoker’s masterpiece the books will be written as a series of journals and correspondences. Unlike Stoker’s novel, Dracula’s own journal will be included, thus allowing the reader to get a glimpse into the vampire’s thoughts and motivations as well as his origins as a vampire.

To get any of Thom’s books simply click the cover!

The Demon Baqash

Dead Man’s Fire

13 Bodies: Seven Tales of Murder & Madness

In this episode we learn:

Show Notes

    • Thom tells us about his radio drama experience
    • Short discussion about turning books into movies
    • Thom’s experiences as a writer and how he found his publisher
    • We discuss briefly a bit about Kurt Mueller and Speaking Volumes, his publisher, and you can find them here
    • Details about Thom’s genre, speculative fiction, and exactly where he thinks he would be in a bookstore, and what cross-genre books have to contend with
    • (We had a glitch in the audio at this time and some of the info got repeated-sorry!) Thom tells us about his most recent work, Infusion of Archie Lambert
    • Insider Details: Thom’s most difficult part of the writing life, marketing
    • Thom’s love of story creation and especially character development

and his BEST advice for aspiring authors!

Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

You can find Thom online at:

Speaking Volumes Website: http://www.speakingvolumes.us/authors/thom-reese/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/thom.reese.7
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThomReese @thomreese
Amazon: Thom Reese’s page on Amazon

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Writing Guru Law Of Attraction

Writing Guru: The Law of Attraction

 

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Welcome Groupies – peace, love, and all good things to you.

Today I want to talk about something called the Law of Attraction – and how it can and probably does affect your writing life.

The Law of Attraction is simply a belief that when you think positively – good things will result and when you think negatively – the opposite occurs.

Whenever you are asked about your writing, how is it going, or what have you done lately, you will get an emotional response in your body. Either you will feel happy about it or you won’t. But I want to discuss whether those feelings we have about our work affect whether we will derive good results for it or not.

I am sure no one would argue that to maintain a negative attitude about a writing project will never bring about a good result. Case in point: when I began writing my first book – I was so overwhelmed with fear that I was doing things wrong, or it would be received the wrong way, that I constantly sought out others for their opinion.

The problem that resulted was pretty bad. I ended up with a manuscript that belonged to everyone else and ended up not being my story at all. I definitely recall NOT hearing good things, so I derived a negative attitude about my story, and guess what? That book doesn’t even exist anymore.

A certain lack of authority and positivity over our work (and as a side note – our lives) can end up being a magnet for negative results.

Think of it sort of like cooking a casserole.

If you only use fear, negative attitudes, stress and worry in your dish, you cannot expect to get a finely written, interesting story out of the oven of your mind. It doesn’t work that way.

So, the Law of Attraction says, take some positive affirmations, throw in a few sprinkles of kindness and love to yourself, add a dash of compassion to your work, and voila! You have attracted positive results.

It’s simple, really.

It’s how you treat yourself and your work. When you love what you are doing, and believe in it, you will attract others who love it and believe in it. You will also enjoy the process, which admittedly, at times can be grueling. Writing is a lonely endeavor. We have to be our own best friend while the process takes place.

Now, if you are one of those who are not prone to excessive bouts of positivity, let me say, I wasn’t either.

But when I finally committed to writing the story…it became even more of a terror to me. It seemed the closer that I came to completing that first tome, the worst my fear became.

I began to doubt whether I could even finish it. I wondered what I was thinking by thinking I could even write. Who would ever want to read it?  The what ifs of story ideas dwindled down and the what ifs of my negative thought processes took over. I was truly an insecure writer.

Then, I discovered a group of like-minded people who were not trying to tear me down to “toughen me up” so to speak. When I heard good things about the potential of my story and my ability to tell it, my attitude began to change.

Suddenly, the positive feedback I was getting about the story I was writing began to take root, and a published novel resulted from those efforts.

Positive in equals positive out.

Now, this sort of mental approach to writing and the writing life, can work. It can mean the difference between failure and success as you endeavor to get more ideas on paper. Just remember you have to have something to edit in order to get your career as a writer underway.

 As the old adage goes, you cannot edit an empty page.

You cannot develop any sort of attitude about an empty page, either.

So, get busy. Write like you know what you are doing, and love it. Tell others how much you love it. Be positive about everything you put down in written form. Refuse to let anything negative creep into your writing life.

I bet the law of attraction will work for you. I bet your positive attitude will bring others of the same mindset directly into your circle of friends.

Good luck!

And…peace out, Groupies.

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Six ways to fuel creativity

Ways to fuel creativity when you have no idea how to get started.

How on earth do I get started writing a book? I can hardly make it through writing a letter. Is there something special that I have to do to get the words in my head out on paper or on screen?

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Here are six ways to fuel your creativity.

Create a morning routine.   Everyone who is an early morning person generally has a routine that they like to use. For myself, it is coffee first, then work out, then writing time. But I admit that is not perhaps the best method for anyone else. Maybe you don’t drink coffee, or maybe you don’t exercise. That’s totally fine. Just remember that writing is something that SHOULD be a part of your morning routine, and be sure to include it. And don’t forget the power of free-writing. Give fuel to your writing day by sitting down and tapping the keys. See what happens!

Exercise. For me, getting on the treadmill and going to the gym are both a part of my life. Regular exercise helps me to mentally escape from the world and get into the realm of my characters. I can write entire scenes while listening to quiet music and moving. The added energy it gives me helps to keep me in the writing chair longer, also. Exercise is the fuel that keeps a body in motion.

Don’t read.  I know it sounds counter-productive, but going on a reading diet really helps me to solidify story ideas. When I am actively involved in books (I read more than one at a time) I just do not feel like my ideas are there in full force the way they are when I am not engaged with someone else’s writing. I take a break from reading other people’s work in order to hear the voices in my head clearly and know they are not just a rehash of the book I am reading. Nothing fuels my writing life like hearing my characters telling me what to write!

Get really quiet.  I find a lot of inspiration in solitude. I can sit on a park bench and listen to the wind, the birds, and other nature sound, and create vividly.  Finding solitude and harnessing its power has been the backdrop for meditation lovers everywhere. No, it is not necessary. No, you can meditate anywhere. But it seems to help elevate the creative spirit inside when you can find a few moments to just breathe in and out and enjoy being alive and able to create. Writing fuel is stoked when we can relax and enjoy our art.

Find inspiration in others.  Every week I meet with other authors in a face-to-face setting. We discuss our writing trials and successes, our marketing efforts and what has worked or bombed, and we enjoy sharing ideas, supporting each other, and being with someone who understands this crazy writing life. I highly recommend meeting with other authors in a real world setting, not just online. My group, Linda, Kimberley, Kristi, Robin, and Angela, are some of the best writers I know, and just being allowed to be involved with them fuels my writing in a big way.

Never say no.  When you are cranking out your ideas, there is nothing that is taboo. You can write about anything you want to, even if it sounds a little crazy. To squelch your creative spirit in the beginning by saying no to an idea is just soul-crushing. Don’t do it. Nothing takes fuel OUT of my writing like saying no to an idea that comes up.

I know there are many more ways to get your writing fueled, but I hope these six ways will at least get you started!

 

Writing Guru Thoughts Into Ideas

The Writing Guru: Response to thoughts

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Hey everyone …. Peace, love, and happiness to you. Thank you for listening to Writer Groupie Podcast and this episode of the Writing Guru. If you are listening, we also have a blog at Writergroupie.net. and if you are reading, we also have a podcast at iTunes. Check out the links in the blog post at writergroupie.net

I want to talk for a little while about our mind and how we think. It’s crucial to get your writing done when your mind is in a state of creative energy.

The truth is, we are always thinking. Our minds are made that way. But we rarely, if ever, have a thought about … well…why we think. So today, let’s do that. Let’s think about thinking.

And no, I am not losing my mind. No I haven’t been smoking anything. No, my drink of choice is still as always coffee. But we should sometimes think about thinking.

Our minds are what we use to draw from the well of creativity. Our minds our thinking minds are the source of all that juice. According to experts — of which we all know I am not one – tell us that our thoughts are mostly made up of recycled ideas. At some point we heard something from someone somewhere and it gave us an emotional response. We liked it or we didn’t, but it stuck. Yes, I heard that from an expert and yes it stuck and yes I am recycling this idea now.

Don’t get lost in this thought. You should just think about what I just said and consider how it is true. How many times have you heard a news story and shared it with someone in your office? Recycled information. How often have you read something in your research and used it in a book? Recycled information.

It’s just true. We hardly ever have original ideas.

And, remember that the attitude we have when we consume ideas that is what forms our identity, or as some would say, our ego, our personality. This is because we develop an attitude, a response emotionally, about what we learn. And that response comes from perception. Now I am going to digress a little from thoughts to perception.

Here’s an example:

What if you heard someone say that lack of education is why there is such crime numbers in our cities? Now, we all know that in some ways, this is true. But that simple statement gives rise to an emotional response. Look at it from the perspective of a homeless person. How would they view crime? A single mother in an urban city how would she see it? A military person – stationed in a foreign country—how would they see it?

If you understand the point I am making – good. Everyone has an emotional response to certain ideas. That emotional response gives rise to their opinion or attitude toward it, and thereby make them think a certain way about it. Perception to ideas creates responses to ideas and thereby solidifies how we think about them. Also, how we feel about them.

I would like to get back to our thoughts now, I think it’s simple enough to understand how our perception via our senses are how we receive information and get ideas. We literally are what we think.
So how does this affect a writer?

Well, as I contemplated this podcast I realized that I am not getting out and having enough experiences in my own life, therefore not having enough input into the waters of creativity. We need to have something constantly going into the water and stirring it around so that we can draw from it. That‘s a poetic way of saying, we need input to create ideas so that we have something to write about.

So, I hope you will go out and find something really fun and creative to do today. It’s just the very beginning of autumn and there are going to be so many fun, fall festivals starting up soon. I love to go to those because they give me a lot of ideas.

At the very least, you can set up at a coffee shop and people watch. I have seen a lot of human interaction in a coffee shop and that interaction helps me write dialog and body language. Here’s an idea…try to go to somewhere to people watch and try to determine what the conversations are about. Are the people mad? What is their body language saying? Are they excited about something? What are their facial expressions?

At the very least, it’s fun to see what they are wearing.

Don’t judge, though. A man is not what his clothing looks like.

Now, when you get back from your creative outing, sit down and write. It’s going to flow so much easier for you because you have received input, analyzed it, created an emotional response to it (and yes, even ambivalence is acceptable) so now you can write. Now you have something to draw from.

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