The Struggles and Growth of a Man Series

The Struggles and Growth of a Man Series

This series wasn’t really supposed to be a series. The Struggles and Growth of a Man was my first book ever published and I honestly thought my book was so good that people would discover it on Amazon and the sky would be the limit in my success. I started thinking of my life ahead and I had no website, no social media presence, a terrible book cover and the book was oversized at 8 x 10 (it basically looked like a children’s book). 

Luckily I learned things and got sound advice from some good people and I resized my books to 6 x 9, and I’ve changed my book cover 3 times with this series. I’ll honestly say a lot has happened since I wrote my first book (started a website with blogs, recorded 2 audiobooks and part 1 of this book is available on my website through audio, YouTube page, and other things). 

Now onto discussing this series, while I’ve only published 2 of the 5 books so far, this series will pickup again next year (scheduling a few other books to publish before I get back to this series). I must say the progression of Robert from an adolescent into a man has been a journey. He learns a lot about himself, who he was, what he’s becoming and what he wants to be.

Believe it or not, a lot of men struggle with daily things in their lives, we just don’t talk about it openly. This is a series where you learn a lot about a Robert but also his brother Michael and they go through daily struggles together. After they’ve lost their parents and mentor to untimely deaths, now they must maneuver through life from what they’ve been taught and through life experiences.

The world has all of these stigmas of what men should be and Robert learns it’s not all true. He goes through a journey of finding himself and along the way his younger brother Michael gets out of prison and joins him on this journey of life. They are going through their share of struggles but having each other is what keeps them grounded no matter how much happens to them and what they experience.

This series impacts men but also allows people to get inside the mind of a man a little. We're in constant thought about our lives and us wanting to be accepted in society. It's not easy for us and we're not built to be strong all of the time. There's a hope that this series enlightens all of the readers and allows them to understand that life is all about growth.

Part 1 and 2 are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Scribd:

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Writing Books In Series

When I first started with publishing books, I didn't know what my plan would be. As time went on, I started to think about how I wanted to build my brand. I would read articles on authors and how they wrote and the biggest thing they said was to write books in a series. It never dawned on me to do that but so many authors do it with their books.

After thinking about that as a concept, I figured out how I would do it. I made a decision that if I was to write a series in any of the books I was going to do, it was never going to be more than five books. The reason why is, you don't want to drag out a storyline, you definitely don't want to make characters boring and it's only but so much you can continually write about with certain characters.

It was a great idea and I had to figure out deeper storylines on how I was going to write my books. So if you are an aspiring author or you are an author yourself, writing a series tends to draw readers in. Even though I'm still growing an audience with my author brand, releasing new parts to the series helps me to continually improve my writing.

Even though I write about different subject areas dealing with societal issues, there's always the challenge of continually getting better, improving and developing characters along the way. You go through an emotional rollercoaster with the characters, you grow with them, you get mad at them, because that's part of life and growth. I definitely enjoy going back and forth and writing different books because it keeps my mind fresh.

While I would have loved to have written let's say The World We Live In with 5 straight books, I knew that wasn't going to be a reality. That's how most authors do it but I like to end books with cliffhangers and keep people wondering what will happen next. I've always been one to do that so it keeps readers intrigued and wanting more. I mean, isn't that the goal anyway?

If I decided to write The World We Live In straight through, I feel that my content wouldn't be as good. I need time to think over characters and how I'm going to continually write them and develop them. There has to be a backstory that leads to the present moment and writing about experiences and what got them to this place. I love the challenge of doing that and sometimes I need to observe the world a little in order to write better content in my books.

All in all, I enjoy the process with writing, it's very rare I get writer's block. I tend to write and let things flow and then make small adjustments later to how I wrote it. Sometimes I add more to the storyline, sometimes I leave it alone and even sometimes I delete out stuff that doesn't fit into the story.

The best advice I can give people with writing is to write what they feel, write what you're comfortable with and continually develop your craft.

In the next few weeks, I will delve into how I write my different series of books. I will be posting how I write the Code Blue series, The Struggles and Growth of a Man series and The World We Live In series. So definitely stay tuned as it will be an in depth look into how I wrote fictional characters in a real life setting.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

The Mental, Physical and Emotional Aspect of Your Journey

Being emotionally, physically and mentally drained when you're chasing something great in your career will eventually happen. It's said, it's like hitting a wall and in all honesty, it really is. At this point of my writing journey, I have hit a wall. I'm physically tired all of the time, I'm emotionally tired and mentally tired in all aspects of my life.

While it is good to take a break from it all, it's not easy to do when your mind tricks you into doing work. As I write this, I'm more mentally tired than anything and for numerous reasons. I'm going at this 7 days a week and very rarely do I take breaks (which is not a good thing). For me, there's always something to do, I'm in a competitive mindset (with myself) and that's because I'm an athlete and I'm determined to win.

Sometimes on your journey, it's good to take a day off, sleep in, relax a little, do something else that you enjoy (sports, TV shows, spending time with family, music). You can't become engulfed in something that it takes away from enjoying moments in your life. We all want to be successful but at what price? I'm not going to lie, I pass on hangin' out with people, going out, being around family all to write or record or do book promotion.

Lately, I've slowed down and I've spent time with my family for a day, I went to a comedy show which was great because I needed to get my mind off of everything I'm doing. I have definitely lost myself in this journey of writing and trying to reach people with my books. Right now, it's a love/hate relationship and some days the love for it is there and some days the hate is there because the results aren't showing itself.

The best advice I can give to people who are chasing their constant goals of doing well in what they're passionate about is, know how to balance your workload and your personal time to yourself. Personal time means not working all of the time and doing something else that takes your mind off of the work you're doing. I know, easier said than done because while you're taking personal time, you're subconsciously thinking in your head of what you need to do next or something that you should be doing.

Yes sacrifices need to be made to accomplish your goals but don't lose yourself in the process and become mentally drained where you lack mental focus. Stay the course in your journey but get the rest needed, eat well, exercise and take care of yourself mentally.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

Procrastination and No Commitment

The biggest problem that probably about 90% of you have. That's just what I think and feel, it's probably not totally true. I used to be the same exact way until I made a decision. I made a decision to start working non-stop at my goals. I thought that after my first book I was good, everyone would see it, buy it and I'd become some famous author because I wrote something about men's struggles in society.

Then reality set in, I had to do work. I procrastinated and had no commitment at all. I knew I had to write more books, I had to post more content, I had to promote myself. I had to develop the passion that I put into writing that one book into developing more content. That's what I did and a few books later, I'm still in a dark tunnel but I do see flashes of light occasionally and that's great for me.

Most people procrastinate and say they'll do it tomorrow or they'll do it next week. Most will say they're tired and don't want to. Most will say they don't have time. The only thing is, you're going to be tired most of the time when you don't want to do things. I'm tired most of the time and things have to be done and I do it. Why? It's because I have goals to accomplish and always will.

You wake up every damn day tired and not wanting to go to a job you can't stand but you go, right? So why are you not putting in the time when you're tired into accomplishing your goals? Why are you bullshitting yourself? That's who you're bullshitting when you think about it, no one else. It's your reflection that you stare at every morning when you're brushing your teeth.

When you say you don't have time, there's 24 hours in a day. I work Monday-Wednesday 11-9 p.m. and Thursday 12-9 p.m. which is 35 hours in 4 days and I work on a computer and deal with patient's medical records all day. I'm sharing this with you because this is my reality and my life, I'm not going to sugarcoat any of it. My job is nothing glamorous and Corporate America isn't for me. A large percentage of people know at my job I'm a writer, author, blogger and that it's only a matter of time before I see light at the end of the tunnel and I'm running out of there like Usain Bolt in the Olympics.

My job is my investment into my passion, whatever money I make, I pay my bills, and then budget whatever I can and put it into what I love. I wake up at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, walk out of my house at 8:25 a.m. and I don't walk back into my house at 10:05 p.m. every night. I take 2 trains to work everyday (50 mins going, 1 hour and 20 minutes coming home). I get to work an hour early Monday-Wednesday and what am I doing? Reading, planning, strategizing, and writing content that I will go back to at the end of the week.

My lunch breaks are spent listening to music, eating, thinking and writing things I plan on doing. On my way home, I'm listening to music and just thinking. That's it, thinking. I get home, I shower and eat, it's 11:00 p.m. Then I may post stuff on social media, do some engaging, watch some YouTube videos on motivation, it's 12 a.m, some nights I fall asleep at 1 a.m. and I do it all over again the next day.

Thursdays I can sleep in and get to work at my exact time for 12 p.m. From Thursday at 9 p.m. until Monday morning at 7:30 a.m, I'm doing things such as thinking, brainstorming, errands and whatever else needs to be done. I'll admit I catch up on television shows, watching sports and spending time with my mother. I also talk to my father on the phone for a good 2 hours on Saturday or Sunday.

So sorry to bust your bubble people, your procrastination makes me laugh because you have no commitment to what you're doing. I sit on social media and watch everyone going out, in lounges, going out to eat, drink, sitting in front of your television binge watching shows (which is what most are doing today because it's one of the shittiest day in New York in quite some time). There's nothing wrong with having fun and enjoying life, but doing it every weekend and not making sacrifices toward your goals, then that's a problem. That's cool if you want to enjoy your weekends, but don't you dare complain about your life when you're procrastinating and bullshitting, that's just the reality.

Unless you have the drive and motivation to succeed, you won't get a thing done. If you want to play around on social media all day, great. You want to binge watch television shows, watch sports all weekend, go out with friends all of the time, play with your pets all day, great. But please don't go on social media and complain about your life because I'll be the first person to start asking you questions about your life.

I've done it to people and they realized what they were doing wrong and some have gotten themselves back on track. So commit yourself to something and keep doing it until you complete the mission/goal.

Be good and go accomplish your goals, you're only as good as what you accomplished yesterday.

Jamell Crouthers