Creative Mysteries

World Suicide Prevention Day–How Writing Is Saving My Life

I have never been more overwhelmed, more depressed, and more discouraged than I have felt the past week or so. It seems as if every time I get moving forward a setback slams me backwards, sending me spiraling out of control for days at a time. Although I’ve felt terrible I’ve realized that humans were made to survive and endure. Yet many people every day can no longer do this, which brings us to the topic of suicide.

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A Thriller Inspired By A Real Crime

Even though I haven’t published my first book, I’m thinking of my second and third. Over the last several weeks, I’ve developed an interest with a high-profile homicide case that took place in Los Angeles in January 1947. The victim’s name was Elizabeth Short, however, the media referred to her as The Black Dahlia. Suspects and persons of interests were interrogated, however, the killer was never caught.  After studying the case, I’ve been inspired to write a novel that loosely reflects the events that happened during that time.

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5 Tips For Long-Term Writing Success

Kevin Brown, Author:

So many writing tips focus on the here and now but sometimes writers like to look ahead. If you’re looking for some good ideas for how to succeed as a writer in the future, look no further than this post.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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The Internet is overflowing with all kinds of “guidance.” Often, we have to learn by trial and error. What’s sound and what’s a shill? Being a Fort Worthian, I’ve learned that comedian Will Rogers nailed it when he said, “There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

Assuming y’all can delay any plans for peeing on the literary electric fence, I’m here to (hopefully) shorten your learning curve in regards to going pro as an author.

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Mirroring is built into the human brain. Great writers are exemplary at mirroring. This his how these authors can create characters so real they might just have a heartbeat. That’s the good news.

Maybe you find your mannerisms, body language, pace of speech or even your accent changes…

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Can We Stop Using The Term “Aspiring Author?”

Of course I often use the term aspiring author throughout my blog. It’s more to let people know that I’m not published then it is because I truly believe in the term. However, using the word “aspiring” before anything reminds you that you’re not who you want to be, rather you’re working towards getting there. I like to think of myself simply as an author, and other writers who aren’t yet published should refer to themselves the same way. You’re an author, not an aspiring author.
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Why Writing Is Dangerous–And How That’s A Good Thing

Procrastination isn't always a bad thing. Taking time away from writing can stop you from burning out and feeling frustrated.

Procrastination isn’t always a bad thing. Taking time away from writing can stop you from burning out and feeling frustrated.

There’s a few characteristics you’ll need to be a successful author. You’ll need to be creative and curious, daring and driven. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need some natural talent and the desire to be the best writer you can possibly be. But none of that matters if you’re not prepared for the dangers that come with pursuing a career as an author. The kind of dangers that may influence you to give up the craft and try something else, even though you know a career in writing is the only job you’ll ever want. But there are ways you can manage the saddest, loneliest, and heart-breaking experiences–as long as you understand what they are and how to deal with them.

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Three (More) Things I Learned While Writing A Thriller

Writing is a learning experience like no other. Not only do you get to learn from others, you have the opportunity to learn from your own work. The thriller, in my opinion, is by far one of the most exciting, heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping kind of books to read. I’ve learned some interesting ideas and concepts while writing a thriller and I thought it might be a good idea to share a few with you. You might also want to read the earlier post, 5 Things I Learned While Writing A Thriller.

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Why Your Blog May Need An Overhaul

I’ll admit I’m not the best blogger in the world. But I do take blogging seriously, even if I go for a long time without posting. After thinking about why blogging has become so difficult for me, I realized that I was uncomfortable with my blog’s appearance. So I did a little clean-up project, by deleting almost a hundred posts that weren’t relevant to writing, updating my About Me and Work-In-Progress page, and purchasing a premium theme. As a blogger, you may feel that you need to clean up your blog’s appearance as well. Here’s some things to look for.

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Writing and Daydreaming

Probably the most effective combination, don't you think?

Probably the most effective combination, don’t you think?

I’ve always been passionate about the topic of daydreaming. Daydreaming has its advantages, from inspiring you to make changes in your life, to allowing you to detach from stressful situations and enter whatever world you want. All dreams can influence how and what you write. Just think of all the mornings you woke up extra early after having an interesting and vivid dream. Daydreaming, as opposed to dreaming at night, is more helpful to writers because you have more control over what you’re dreaming about. Let’s explore this topic in greater depth.
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Don’t Panic If Your Story Idea Isn’t Fresh

A good story idea feels great, until you learn that another story with a similar idea already exists. But don't panic, it might be a good thing.

A good story idea feels great, until you learn that another story with a similar idea already exists. But don’t panic, it might be a good thing.

A few months ago, I began having vivid daydreams of my novel. I saw the characters acting in real life, I saw every move my detective made to track down a killer and bring him to justice. Daydreaming has always served me well and this was no exception. There was just one problem. Every time I dreamed of my novel I saw Detective Steve Donovan as Jamie Foxx. At first I couldn’t figure out why, but then I realized the horrifying truth. My novel’s premise resembles that of the hit film, Law Abiding Citizen.
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Fatal Lessons Teaser from Chapter One

A photo resembling my main character's den, where some of this scene takes place.

A photo resembling my main character’s den, where some of this scene takes place.

This may be the final teaser from my work-in-progress. The scene is Detective Steve Donovan’s home and takes place before the inciting incident. It’s the very beginning of my novel and I’d like to share it with everyone. Partly because that’s what writers do, and partly because I want to make up for my recent failed short story attempt–and ridiculous meltdown. I hope you enjoy it.
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