Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Hardest Part About Writing

There are always obstacles in anything that you do in life. So it's only fitting that I write this blog to share the hardest part about writing. I know what most of you are thinking, it's getting writer's block in the middle of writing a chapter. Well, guess what? For most authors, it's not writer's block, it's finishing the book in general.

When you have an idea, you brainstorm the idea, write down all of the chapters that you want for your book (you eventually delete some or add some to make the book better) and you start writing. Then life gets in the way, responsibilities, family, your job and/or career, you get caught up in a bunch of other things that keep you from getting back to what you were working on. Before you know it, you've lost your rhythm of what you were working on and you forget most of those ideas you originally had.

I've read numerous interviews on website and read social media posts with authors who have said that finishing the book is the hardest part. I have plenty of friends who have started books and have never finished them. They let their own personal lives get in the way of finishing that first book they have. I'm not going to deny it, while I have already published 3 books this year alone, I was fortunate enough to have the time to write them as I was in between jobs and travelling to the west coast.

Right now, I am working on 4 books at one time (I know it sounds crazy but I'm a good multi-tasker) but the next two that I want to publish next year I haven't finished yet. I come up with a plethora of excuses as to why I haven't finished them yet but I know my determination and the fact I've already published 3 books will motivate me to finish what I've started. My goal is to try and change the world, one book at a time. That's my moniker and I'm sticking to it.

So the question is, how do you finish the book you've started? The best advice I can give people is to set days and times that they're going to write. Set a goal for the amount of pages you want to write or a certain amount of words you want to write for that day. You can even set an amount of time you want to write and make sure you stick to that time. It's all about carving out the time to write, that's how you finish your masterpiece.

Be sure to click on my social media links and follow me, I post a lot of poems and content and be sure to follow me on my author profile page to get content on my books!

Be good and follow your dreams!

Aquarianmind
Jamell Crouthers


Saturday, November 19, 2016

How I Write My Books

The question I seem to get asked the most is how I write my books. For me to have published 3 books in one year is a big feat but it's not as easy as you think. So it's time for me to breakdown how I write my books and the process. The biggest part for me is to be comfortable, in a clear mindset and music is the biggest component to my writing.

After spending a good amount of time brainstorming my ideas and writing down every possible idea I'd want to put in my book, then comes the part of sitting down to write the story. Most days I can write a good 2-3 chapters without any breaks (that's when I'm really focused and want to get things done). Other days I'll write 1-2 chapters and then brainstorm how I will write my next few chapters. A lot of times I'll re-read stuff and go back and edit or change what I wrote to get more impact on what I'm trying to say.

As far as the music goes, I mostly listen to ambient or electronic music which is relaxing and allows the ideas to flow onto paper. I have numerous pairs of Bose headphones so it depends on whether I want to drown out any noise and distractions or just listen to my earplugs. Most of the artists I listen to are Joey Fehrenbach, Kodomo, and Mokhov (if you don't know who they are, definitely check them out). The melodic beats and flow to their songs get me in a zone and allow me to write fluently without any writer's block.

I have a Google Chromebook that I use to write all of my books and I carry my iPad just in case I have an idea or need to get something down while I'm on the go. My Google Chromebook is the greatest thing for me because the operating system is built into it and if it needs to update, it's an easy 2 clicks of restarting the computer and I'm done. I don't have to worry about buying Microsoft Office, buying anti-virus software for Microsoft products. For me, Google Chromebooks or Apple MacBooks get the job done so if you're looking for a good laptop to write and be able to save your stuff, those are two of your best bets. My Google Drive saves everything for me and I have a flash drive as a backup.

It's all a process for me especially since I'm writing my books in poetry format. It's not the traditional pickup a book and read it so I have to make sure I emote everything and tell a story that is engaging and keeps the reader. The traditional book can start off slow but for me I have characters that I need to get the reader engaged in from the minute they start reading so it's a different process for me.

The biggest part for me is I enjoy the process of writing my books and with me having so many more book ideas and projects, I look forward to sharing more books in the near future. The marketing part is the hardest part for me as I'm trying to find different ways to do it but that's for another blog and another time. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and if you have any questions, feel free to ask away.

Don't forget to follow me on Instgram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Google +. I have some stuff in the works in the near future so stay tuned!

Be good and follow your dreams!

Aquarianmind
Jamell Crouthers

Friday, November 4, 2016

How Does It Feel To Be An Author?

The title of this blog is pretty self-explanatory and it's a question I get asked a lot these days. So, here's my thoughts on being asked this question daily. To be honest, after my first book was published it was kind of surreal. It really didn't hit me until I typed in my full name on Amazon and my book came up. In my head I was thinking, "wow you really just published your first book." So let's just say it took a while for it to sink in.

My second book, when I published it and I went to type in my name on Amazon, once I typed in my first name, my last name would fill-in, that's when reality set in. My writing is displayed for the whole world to see and read. Now, I'm on my third book and I'm fine with it, it's more about getting my stories out to the masses.

People constantly would tell me, you should celebrate, it's a huge accomplishment. In my mind, I'm thinking of the next project I need to be working on. That's the creativity and mindset and how I'm thinking. I've accomplished so much in my life from college graduation to working for some of the biggest companies in the world and it was celebrate, be happy, feel accomplished but with my writing, I'm not fulfilled. My sense of fulfillment will be when millions of people are reading my books and realizing how many societal issues we have and don't speak about enough.

Does it feel good to be a published author? Of course it does, it's one of my biggest accomplishments in my life. To me, there's always more to write, more stories to share, more people to meet and talk to about not only my books, but the societal issues we face on a daily basis.

I guess the Aquarian in me won't let myself get too high, nor will I get too low about this process and how long it takes to get noticed. My books are different, it's not the traditional read, I don't spend tons of money on fancy book covers and writing extravagant synopsis for my books. My books are written in poetry format so it probably turns people off from reading it. But the goal is to allow readers to get insight into my books and give them the opportunity to get inside of my mind. 

This is the start of a few blogs coming about being a writer/author, the process, how I write, what I've learned about writing and being an author and also how to be a good writer. I will say this, it's not easy at all, it takes time, dedication, patience, energy, consistency and effort. I've made some mistakes along the way and I will state those in future blogs. 

I'm still a work in progress with being an author, it's a whole different business and realm. So I'm learning along the way, trying new things and as time goes on I'll figure out what works and what doesn't. 

Be good everyone and follow your dreams.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 

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