Limited Edition Release!

You might come here every week to have fun thinking thoughts that hurt to think with me. If you do, I appreciate it. Blogging has been more enjoyable for me than I thought possible, and this series has taken that to a new level. Last year I wrote a series of blogs called Why I Love to Write, and if you read those posts you already know what I’m about to tell you.

I don’t just write blogs; I also write books. The books called to me first, and I honestly only started writing a blog to gain more visibility for my books. After awhile I realized that I can do different things with each outlet, and that blogging had become almost as rewarding to me as writing books.

Almost. Continue reading “Limited Edition Release!”

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The Outline; Friend or Foe?

This is the first of a series of blog posts about writing and self-publishing that Jay has written for the Sudden Insight Publishing blog. Enjoy!

There was a brief online discussion the other day during which I was asked if I use an outline when I write. I couldn’t be my wordy self at the time, and gave a brief response. Then I got to thinking about it, and I realized it might have helped me to have a little insight into the outline phenomenon before I started writing books. Although I’m not some hugely accomplished writer, self-publishing two books and the better part of a third has seen some real changes in my process. Among them: meeting the outline.

My first book, “Stumbling Backasswards Into the Light”, was never intended to be a complicated story with lots of character development and plot twists. I saw the scenes play out and I wrote them down. It was like watching a movie that I could pause and rewind but not fast forward. I labored over that book way more than I needed to, but an outline would not really have helped much. The book ended up being just what I wanted it to be, a guide for those beginning to ask questions about the nature of life and an engaging reminisce for those who have been asking such questions for a long time. Continue reading “The Outline; Friend or Foe?”

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Flash interview Q & A time!

Jay is currently participating in the 2015 Author Cyber Convention over at Goodreads. Participants were given the opportunity to do a flash interview by convention organizer/indie author Angela Chrysler. Jay thought these were such great questions that he had to share his answers with everyone.

1) Describe your favorite scene in your book and tell us why it’s your favorite.

My favorite scene form this book was the one I didn’t want to write. It was a suicide scene, and it was my job as the one telling this story to describe it. It turned my stomach when I wrote it, each time I edited it, and every other time I have read it. I wanted to maintain the careful balance between not enough detail and an over encumbrance of words set by previous and successive chapters.

I knew I had gotten it right by my own reaction to it. The scene took over my whole world for a few minutes and shook me to my core… then the tide of emotion flows back in the direction this story takes, one of hope and redemption.

2) Which of your characters do you relate to the most (or) who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character in book one of Walking Between Worlds is a tough one to pin down. As the author, I know the whole story; books two and three will show new aspects to characters we already know, while introducing new personalities that are quite integral to the tale. If I had to pick, without knowing what is coming next, my favorite character would be Mason. Mason seems to have the most potential, and the most healing to do. I like the good-hearted guy who does mindless, stupid things and then learns and grows from the experience; Mason is definitely that guy. If I had to pick my favorite character, knowing what I know, it would be Brenna. I can’t tell you why, though; it might ruin the surprise.

3) “Story” has always been the center of all human cultures. We need it. We seek it out. When we lack it, we invent it. What does ‘story” mean to you?

Story means everything to me. I recognized a long time ago that the stories we tell ourselves in the apparent privacy of our own minds are inevitably revealed in the lives we lead. I knew that if I was not writing my own story deliberately, I might write something lame or awful or even hand over my pen to another.

Opening myself up to the best ways to pursue happiness also opened me up to other realms of possibility. It turned out that my story is entwined with scores of other stories happening too far away for inhabitants of this dimension to witness. Telling these stories is my job, and much of my destiny lies in that direction.

As far as I’m concerned, story is everything. It is why we get up in the morning and how we choose who to take to bed at night. Story is the thread that weaves together the very fabric of reality.

The 2015 Author Cyber Convention runs from Friday, April 10th until Sunday, April 12th. Come join in the fun, all from the comfort of your phone/tablet/laptop! Click on the image below to be transported to the convention fairgrounds.

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