Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – The Newsletter

For awhile there I had a newsletter and didn’t even know it. When I started listening to author interviews and reading more current news on writing, I told Dawn I needed a newsletter. She told me I already had one. She had put it together awhile ago, and tried to keep folks abreast of what was going on with me through it. I told her that I needed to be messaging these people directly, consistently. She reminded me that she had brought that up many times; I had brushed it aside, and said nobody cared. Well, of course nobody cared. I wasn’t doing anything with it.

I apologized, again, and asked her to help me get it figured out. We already had a handful of subscribers, and she showed me the list. It was pretty much her, my mom and me. There were a few others, and bless them; but you get the point. It was time to let people know who I was, and what I stand for, and that I was ready to take my subscriber list seriously. Hmmm…how do I do that, again? Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – The Newsletter”

Why I Love To Write #017 – In It For The Long Haul

I love to talk about how good writers have it these days. We’re super lucky in so many ways, simply to have the calling that we do. Some authors may feel like they chose to write books; many of us feel that writing chose us, or that there was no choice. There’s a part of us that has to write, to get those stories or ideas out there in the best way we can, and not stop no matter how many times we type ‘The End’. It’s nice to realize that the thing that chose you has so much flexibility and longevity built into it, and that those things are getting better every day.

Did you ever dream of being an athlete? I didn’t. I knew back then what they’re finally telling us now: the most rewarding sports are the most dangerous, and success still means minimal brain damage and constant pain for the long period of your life where you can no longer compete with others. One season of football in junior high taught me that smacking into someone or something full speed gave me headaches and an inability to focus. That’s American football, by the way. There was no organized futbal (uh, soccer?) going on in high school when I was a kid, and even those guys retire awful young; so I withdrew back into drawing and reading. Like public school programming, I realized pretty early on that eager participation would result in the loss of some precious part of me that I would need later, so I withdrew for the most part from both. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #017 – In It For The Long Haul”

Why I Love To Write #015 – Your Books Are Your Babies

Artists have known for some time what studies are only now starting to report: art is as fulfilling as parenthood. The artist is rewarded by the same chemicals produced while creating their art as parents are by parenthood. All those emotions we thought only belonged to parents actually flow freely in the artist as well. Looking in your kid’s eyes and feeling awash with love is actually exactly the same as looking at your art as it is created and after it is finished. Some would go so far as to say that creating art is potentially much more fulfilling, but we don’t want to insult all those folks that think they’re somehow special because they are popping out babies like so many others. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #015 – Your Books Are Your Babies”

Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – To Be Completely Honest

The best time to write about something is often when it has been a subject of much thought lately. So it is with word count, and goals, for me. Setting goals for myself, reminding myself that it was not just me I was letting down if I missed the mark, and keeping to a schedule has brought my writing game to a new level these last few months. In fact, when I first started making the time to write every day I got way ahead of schedule; soon I saw the value in having a word limit maximum for the day as well as a minimum.

Well, things keep changing…as things do. After a few months of beating my minimum word count of a thousand by as much as three thousand on several occasions, I set that maximum. It was largely an exercise in discipline, to see if I could do it. And I did…kind of. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – To Be Completely Honest”

Why I Love To Write #014 – Publishing Goals

Goals are important for just about anyone who wants to get something difficult done. It’s important to have a timeline, preferably one that both challenges you and gives you a little wiggle room if you stay on track. I learned this the way I have learned many of my lessons. Alas, the hard way is often my way. It doesn’t have to be for you, though; let me tell you what I wish I had known about eighteen months ago. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #014 – Publishing Goals”

Why I Love To Write #013 – Sudden Insight! Publishing!

Let’s slip back into the time stream as smoothly as possible here. I can rant, and get all lovey, and even wax philosophical from time to time; but I always bring it back around.

I had published my first book when Dawn and I came back into each other’s lives. I had hand-written my second book, the first installment in the ‘Walking Between Worlds’ trilogy. I thought I needed her to get it typed up, and find the right publisher. I thought she needed to keep focusing on the route I had learned about in books. I knew I wanted her to be my partner in life; I thought I needed her to be an assistant of sorts when it came to my books. Yeah, I was wrong about a bunch of things. Luckily, she wasn’t afraid to tell me so. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #013 – Sudden Insight! Publishing!”

Why I Love To Write #012 – A Writer Writes, Write?

Popular phrases are often popular for a good reason. A few choice words arranged just the right way can get us thinking, or inspire us. Sometimes the most obvious ones are the best, even when they’re easy to make fun of. Nike’s sage advice to ‘Just Do It’ is not for people contemplating suicide or murder, although even they can buy the shirt. It’s for folks who have figured out what they want to do with the next moment, or their lives, assuming that thing is positive. No one thinks you should just do whatever pops into your head without thinking it through; that’s not how shoe companies, or lives, are built.

We’ve all heard the one about writers, and it’s another good one. It’s a great thing to do that thing that means the most to you, whatever it is. For some of us, it’s writing. All kinds of stuff goes with writing, though; and it can be as easy to neglect any one of those things as it can be to neglect the writing itself. When the groundwork is done, the writer writes; the writer who writes without planning and preparation is as likely to complete a presentable product as the person who decides to up and run a marathon is to ‘Just Do It’. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #012 – A Writer Writes, Write?”

Why I Love To Write #011 – The Right Partner: A Love Story

This will be the most personal post in this series, as far as events from my life go. Feel free to skip it, or like it more than all the others; I certainly hope that one person in particular does. You see, I can’t tell my story without making it a love story at some point. I realized this when I had a good look at my own hierarchy of needs, way back then; but there was no story to tell. Then I made an effort to clean up something from my past, and now I have a love story to tell. Settle in, it’s a pretty good one. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #011 – The Right Partner: A Love Story”

Why I Love To Write #010 – An Hour A Day

So there I was, with a head full of ideas and the commitment to get started leaving my legacy. And a bunch of blank pages. Right away I remembered something I had learned along the way: working on a project every day is one of the best ways to get it done. Making the time for it shows both you and the Universe that you are serious enough to make that time; with an attitude to go with that strict schedule, you can really get started and keep going. In fact, you can do just about anything. It will, of course, take some time; that’s why we schedule for it. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #010 – An Hour A Day”

Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – Comments Welcome

I am happy that people are enjoying this blog series. It’s something that I have been glad that I decided to do, for a number of reasons. I really do want to help writers trying to get it all together, or any artist for that matter; whether it’s encouragement or actionable ideas you need, I’m trying to bring it all to the table. There is a plan behind all this, though; and it’s a plan that I would really appreciate your help with.

This series will be compiled, and edited, and made available in finished form for a very affordable print and ebook price. The original blog will stay up, and probably grow, and perhaps produce more tangible results for who I’m trying to help; that’s where I would like you to come in.

If you read any of these posts, and think I should have covered something that I didn’t, let me know. If you think I’m totally wrong about something, or even slightly misguided, weigh in on that too. You can post comments on here, or message me directly at Jay@JayNorry.com. Any input you have is appreciated. This doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear the good stuff; tell me how it’s been helpful too, if you have a minute.

You might have an idea that is already scheduled; I’ll let you know if it’s in the outline, or already written. Heck, I might give you a sneak peek. If I haven’t thought of something, and you suggest it, that will help out tremendously. I like to give credit where it’s due, so let me know if I can mention you when I write it in whatever way you wish. I really want to make sure that this is the best guide to writing and publishing that it can be, and I’d sure appreciate your help in making it so.

Thanks for reading!

All the best,

Jay
J.K. Norry
Founder, The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning
Jay@JayNorry.com
Twitter: @JayNorry