Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Daniel Adorno

This is the beginning of a new feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule.

Daniel AdornoToday’s feature fantasy author is Daniel Adorno whose first epic fantasy novel, The Blade Heir, was released a few months ago and is on sale this week.

What’s the basic plot of The Blade Heir?

The Blade Heir is the story of a young man, Lucius Nostra, who is raised by elves. With his adoptive elf brother, Siegfried, at his side, Lucius embarks on a quest to forge an ancient sword and halt the return of the dragons of the North.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I have always been a fan of fantasy and science fiction novels, so I was naturally drawn to write stories of fantastical realms or futuristic worlds. Novels like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia were very inspirational to me as an aspiring writer. Stephen Lawhead’s King Raven trilogy and Celtic fantasy books were also influential in my writing.

Where do you get your ideas?

My ideas come from all kinds of media including novels, movies, TV, the Bible, and history texts I’ve read. Occasionally, I’ll get an idea for a story just from creating a title that I like or digital art that really inspires me.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

I’ve experienced writer’s block a few times and I usually attribute it to either lack of creative ideas or procrastination. The latter just requires me to stop making excuses and write! When it’s the former, I usually need to re-evaluate my story and find out what’s stifling the writing. Sometimes it’s just a matter of tweaking an outline or finding plot holes. Other times just taking a break from writing to read a book or take a walk, clears that writer’s block right away.

cover1seppedDo you work with an outline, or just write?

I’ve done it both ways. With The Blade Heir, I just wrote and let the words come onto the page with a very loose mental outline of how I wanted things to resolve. Just writing is a very liberating experience for writers, but it can lead to massive headaches in the editing stage, which I experienced. Having learned the pitfalls of that method, I’m going the outline route with my current project and I actually enjoy having everything planned out more than I expected. Plots and subplots are easier to manage and keeping track of where I want the story to go is also simpler.

What project are you working on now?

Currently, I’m working on a post-apocalyptic novella that could be considered Young Adult. You can read the first chapter on my Wattpad page.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism I’ve received as an author is that my writing is “written for a fifth grader.” My writing style is aimed at young adults and anyone older, not middle grade fiction, so it was not a compliment. Alternatively, the best compliment I’ve received is that my writing leaves people wanting more. It’s a wonderful compliment because I struggle with knowing whether I have what it takes to be an author or not.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Never stop writing. Even if you get negative criticism or have reservations about your writing. To write is to progress in the craft, so continue on. But also know when it’s time to let your writing out into the world, whether that’s submitting it to a publisher or publishing it yourself.

I would also recommend aspiring writers drop the “aspiring” from their titles. You’re either a writer or you’re not. Once you start believing you are a writer it will make a world of difference in how you approach your writing and the level of confidence you have in the art.

Thanks to Daniel for being first in this feature. I totally agree with the last paragraph. You can find him on the web here and his book on Amazon, Smashwords, BN, etc.

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What Changed My Writing – For The Better

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When I started writing again after a number of years hiatus, I was unsure what I had to say let alone how much I could get done. Years ago, when I started writing there was no computer explosion and all the software. When I first finished the original version of my book there was more computerized tools but not much and the internet was certainly not so big and filled with so many resources. I needed to find out what I could do and find out what I had to say.

What did I do? I joined a writing email list to observe what people were doing about getting words written. I followed without a commitment and used a journal for a month to see how many words I could write. I believe I wrote over thirty thousand which was an eye-opener. Now it wasn’t anything specific but it gave me an idea of what I could do strictly using a computer. So journaling gave me a benchmark for what I could do.

But I still didn’t fully commit to writing like I needed.

When I finally did commit and started building my author platform my writing productivity began to change again. Why? Short answer: blogging. With blogging I needed to regularly create content. The problem wasn’t how many words I needed to write but ideas.

After a shaky start with ideas, I began to string together ideas. Then I was able to start churning out blog posts more regularly.

But how has this affected my fiction writing? As I began to generate ideas for blogging I was also jogging my creativity. As a result, I began to come up with ideas for short stories, novel and non-fiction books. What a big plus!

With blogging there was an added bonus. I got that much faster at developing and writing content. The less complex posts I can finish in about an hour. More complex blogs really don’t take that long to write instead it’s the research and other ideas that take up time.

WritingHere are a few tips from what I’ve learned:

1. Write regularly – this is a tip that is frequently used but often has little elaboration. In my opinion, write often whether it is for publication or not.

2. Use a journal – it grows your confidence about expression in a low pressure format and it also contributes to idea generation.

3. Try blogging more regularly if you don’t already – it hones your creativity and productivity so you become more proficient as a writer.

4. Make a commitment to your writing – if you are reluctant to push yourself to increase your content productivity you aren’t likely to publish much.

I don’t know where I’ll end up with my writing. However, I have made strides that I never imagined I would even six months ago.

If you blog, has it helped your writing? What commitments could you make to improve your writing? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed yesterday so take a look.

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF “AUTHORS” – DAY 6

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Another RRBC author featured by Nonnie!

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Hello, and welcome to my very own 12 DAYS OF “AUTHORS!”  Today, I begin with my theme song:  “On the 6th day of authors, Ms. Nonnie gave to me, one Beem Weeks!  You’ve heard of the 12 Days of Christmas, right?  Well, this is  my version of that, my gift to these very special people and to you!  This all started on Sunday, December 14, with John “Fio” Fioravanti,  as the 1st of my 12 Days of “Authors,” then Marlena Hand as my 2nd day, Kathryn C. Treat as my 3rd, P.H. Solomon as my 4th, Bruce A. Borders as my 5th and it will continue until Dec. 25, Christmas Day.  Each day I will profile one very special author and their written work.  Because I am in awe of so many of you, (definitely more than 12), I had to come up with a process…

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