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Butt-in-Chair Motivation

Welcome to another episode of my podcastf.

This fly-by episode is for writers. If you are not a writer, you might want to skip this podcast.

 

 

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When you need the inspiration and motivation to write, remember this.

WGP Episode 68 – Sean Ellis, action adventure novels

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Sean Ellis has authored and co-authored more than 20 action-adventure novels, including the Nick Kismet adventures, the Jack Sigler/Chess Team series with Jeremy Robinson, and the Jade Ihara adventures with David Wood. He served with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Policy from Oregon State University. Sean is also a member of the International Thriller Writers organization. He currently resides in Arizona, where he divides his time between writing, adventure sports, and trying to figure out how to save the world.

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Interview with Sean Ellis

Show Notes
In this episode we learn:

  • All about Sean and his writing career and how Indiana Jones influenced his writing.
  • How he got published through small presses and how networking worked for him.
  • What co-authoring is like for Ellis
  • Insider info about his latest book, Camp Zero, a futuristic thriller that teaches about survival skills
  • Discussion about the imagery on the cover and what it means – pitch for our NEXT guests Jerry and Sharon Ahern
  • Details about categories and how our books get put there thanks to algorithms-where Ellis’s books are listed and why he thinks they are there
  • How many books are planned for this series beginning with Camp Zero.
  • Insider info about being a serial writer and whose series has excited Ellis.
  • Discussion about readers and how they operate with a series, beginning with book one and going forward.
  • Problems with writing series of books (great info for authors!)
  • Details about Sean Ellis’s process of writing.

and so, so much more, including 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 Sean Ellis online at:
Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Ellis/e/B002E74G1G/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476630337&sr=8-2-ent
Speaking Volumes author page: http://speakingvolumes.mybigcommerce.com/sean-ellis/

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WGP Episode 67 – Rich Meyrick, travel adventures

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Rich Meyrick is the fingertips behind everything associated with Jaspa’s Journey. Born in Wales, he developed a fascination in geography, history and the environment at an early age, interests which culminated in a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a post-doc at the University of Waterloo (Canada). In 2000, Rich accepted a position as an environmental scientist in Weimar, Germany, at a research station of the renowned Senckenberg Institute. Four years later he married Sue and returned to Waterloo, this time permanently. Since then, when he and Sue aren’t actually travelling with Jaspa, Rich spends his days writing books and blogs about Jaspa’s adventures. It’s a Journey he hopes will continue for many years to come.

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Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration


Follow the thrilling adventures of Jaspa, a distant relative of the giraffe only three inches tall.He and his equally-small Ses friends must take on The Journey – a perilous, 800-kilometre ordeal across Africa’s Serengeti Plain in the company of the immense herds of the Great Migration.

Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London


Jaspa and his friends are at it again! This time they embark on a whirlwind tour of London,attempting to solve the riddles of The Path in order to help their new friend Ernest, a Ratses, become a member of the clandestine Ses society known simply as The Pride.

Interview with Rich Meyrick

Show Notes
In this episode we learn:

  • How Rich and his wife, Sue, met and how his writing journey got underway
  • What Rich thinks is the most enjoyable and straightforward part of the writing journey
  • How Rich helps with the administrative part of the family life and how his writing life fits into it
  • Where research comes into play with his books
  • Rich’s opinion about editing and how it works
  • We learn about Jaspa’s Journey and how he and his wife have created the world of it
  • How Jaspa got his name
  • Where the settings are from in the books and how they set the tone of each
  • Insider details about the cover art of his books and a little about the artist, Brad Hughes
  • Why Rich and Sue went with an indie publisher, Speaking Volumes, rather than going it alone
  • Discussion: How marketing has remained a big black box for Rich and why he feels like it is not his forte
  • The total country count for Jaspa and how he is a very well traveled little plush toy
  • Info about his blog

and so, so much more, including his BEST advice for aspiring authors

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


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You can find Rich Meyrick online at:

Website : http://www.jaspasjourney.com/
Blog : https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/
Goodreads : www.goodreads.com/author/show/3083164.Rich_Meyrick
Twitter : https://twitter.com/richmeyrick
Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/jaspasjourney
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Jaspa-48561121909/

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Writing Guru Law Of Attraction

Writing Guru: The Law of Attraction

 

Writer Groupie Podcast brings you discussions, insights, and insider details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer.

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Bring good things to your writing

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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 Action

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The Writing Guru: Turning Thoughts Into Action

Writer Groupie Podcast brings you discussions, insights, and insider details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer.

Welcome to Writer Groupie and this FIRST episode of THE WRITING GURU.

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How can we raise the odds that we will get something written today and end the number of times we just shrug at the computer and our waiting creative endeavors?

These are the questions I will attempt to wander through in this edition of Writing Guru.

Listen in to this first edition of Writing Guru and learn about your thoughts, destiny, and how you CAN coax situations into being in your life just by inducing harmony and coincidence.

Welcome Groupies. Peace and love to you as you get centered and prepare to be creative.

Have you ever noticed how things happen in this world and we just take it for granted? You do not even think of how something else had to take a backseat while you got what you wanted. In truth, an indeterminable amount of things had to happen for you to get your satisfaction, and many of them were negatives depending on who is looking at them. For example, you are listening/reading this post/audio that I have written/recorded and because of that something else is being excluded. Perhaps you said no to cooking a meal, or perhaps you said no to listening to the radio, maybe you said no to the television in order to be here listening to me right now.

That’s what I mean.

Every time you make a decision to act on your thoughts another action is being denied. If you had not said no to these other things, you would not be here right now at this very moment. And if I had not said no to items on my to be done list and recorded this, it would not be here for you to consume. It is how harmony and coincidence collide. It is called synchronicity. It is called destiny.

Every possible action is weighed with two possibilities:
1. It will happen
2. It won’t

Now I am not saying that destiny can’t be tweaked. It can.

It’s called action.

TAKE ACTION TO MOVE THOUGHTS

You can increase the odds in your favor by taking an action. You know well that if you want to lose weight, you have to first have the thought about losing the weight, and second, take an action to do it. It is a for sure thing that having the thought alone will not move that needle lower on the scales.
Although you could say no to getting on the scale at all. An action is just an action but it has consequences.

But if you get on the treadmill, every day, and eat a diet that is conducive to weight loss, you will see the thought turn into a reality. Going back to my example of how things have to be denied…well, you see what I mean. When you say no to eating ice cream after your dinner each night, you are in fact saying yes to the thought of losing weight and thereby increasing your odds of success.

It is the very same with your creativity and getting a book written.

There are a lot of ways you can take your actions, also. You could say,  I want to write a book. Then your action would be to actually sit down in the chair and put your thought into action. But you could also pull out a page of paper and write. Or you could use the recording device on your phone and dictate ideas and transcribe them later.

Just because there are a multitude of ways to put ideas into motion, it doesn’t mean that you have to tackle them all. You only have to choose one to influence the outcome of your thought-action destiny.

Aside from the possibilities of HOW you will get this action completed, what determines the outcome is the action. It is clearly related to taking the thought of writing into the next level. And one more thing…the more ways there are to accomplish the goal of seeing thought turned into action, the more likely we are to actually ACT.

Think about that. If you have multiple ways to get a bit of writing done, you will more likely sit down and do it than if there is only one. And if there are ample means for us to write, then the more the opportunity sector goes up, and the higher the likelihood that we will actually get down to the action of writing.

And this doesn’t even examine places to write. When our thought about taking action considers all the possibilities that are there for us to take that first step, it is hard to find a reason not to.

I hope this has helped you to see how you can turn your thought about writing a book into an activity that can happen and in order to keep order in the universe, really SHOULD happen.

Until next time, peace out, Groupies.
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WGP Flyby — Set A Writing Goal

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Writer Groupie Podcast brings you discussions, insights, and insider details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer.

Welcome to Writer Groupie! Today I am bringing in the new year with some sage advice about those of you who decided 2016 was the year you would write the great novel. It is a lofty goal, albeit an achievable one, if you follow a few easy steps.

I will post up some new interviews in the coming days so be sure to check back!

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Back episodes can be found at http://www.kimsmithauthor.com/writergroupie