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How Did I Get Here?

Going In CirclesHow did you get here? That’s a loaded question. But it is one that I got on my recent blog talk radio interview on Beyond the Cover – just in different words.

I was asked by host, Beem Weeks, how I started writing. That is a loaded question. If you aren’t prepared for it then you may freeze. But I think I handled the question well. But it did get me thinking about how I really got here. No, I got here the usual way everyone else did. I mean as a writer – how did I get to this time and place?

Well, I covered some of the details in the interview but it’s much more complex for me than just a few minutes of discussion in an interview. Why am I writing? Why am I doing it now? There are any number of questions that can be asked and answered as part of the whole notion.

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Ultimately, what a writer puts out for anyone to see is an extension of themselves. So life experiences become important. I’m not saying just go build up a bunch of memories from a bucket list so you can write good prose. No, it’s much more complex than that. It’s also the experiences that were unpleasant. The good and the bad, the highs and lows, are all aspects of character and plot that provide a writer with a wealth of important resources for fleshing out the elements of a novel.

My own story – thirty years of writing this one book covers a lot of events. I finished the original novel in 1995 and was offered a contract. The terms were vague so I backed away. I tried my hand at short stories and let the manuscript lie for a few years. I started a few re-writes all around career changes and the arrival of a child.

After some time, health issues affected me though I didn’t know how much. I struggled with hypothyroidism and faded into sleep apnea. I didn’t know how much it affected me until these and a few other things were treated effectively. Then I woke up to what was going on. It was like being Rip van Winkle. Oh, I knew things had changed but I never really put it together until that time. I saw the opportunity and started writing again.

winding roadSome people might say I should have moved on and that may be well an good. But I had a finished book and it was salable years ago so I wanted to cut my teeth on it. I looked at the manuscript and held me nose at a mess that had gone quite putrid in the intervening years. So, I re-wrote it and began the journey afresh with more insights while learning some new techniques as I went.

It’s been a winding road – sometimes through the middle of nowhere – to actually publishing this upcoming book. When I started, the internet wasn’t even a daily reality and now you can learn more about writing in a month just off blogs than what used to be available in a few books. E-books weren’t even a thought back in those days and Amazon didn’t even exist. A lot has changed in the intervening years and the world of publishing has changed at an accelerated rate over the last decade with all the changes in technology.

Right now is an exciting time. It’s a time of rapid change. It’s an interesting time. I’m glad I waited but I wish I had spent more time just writing along the way. I missed years of skill development and now I’m pushing daily to grow as a writer. However, these are amazing days to do so and I’m thankful for making it this far.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll receive my a FREE coupon for my short story e-book, The Black Bag which contains a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. You’ll also be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available for pre-release orders on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks (via the iTunes app) & NOW Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

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Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour: Larry Hyatt

Today I welcome Larry Hyatt on a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB “SPOTLIGHT” Blog Tour featuring his book, How to Reach for the American Dream… (And not get it). Take it away, Larry!

Are My Struggles The Same?

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I have to be humorous. It’s my nature. I’ve had this problem since I was a kid. I know because I remember my mother saying, “Larry, that’s enough. You don’t know when to stop.”

In group therapy as a kid they thought I didn’t take it seriously because I saw the humorous side of all us kids with problems. Trying to explain why I was a people pleaser, hated conflict to a fault, and had the fear of impending dome was easy for me. I went with self-deprecating humor. We were all supposed to be freaking crazy anyway.

Through the years though I learned there is a time and a place, to know your audience, and don’t attack someone’s faults unless they know they have a big nose. It’s also good to know that they don’t have a problem with knowing they have a big nose. I don’t blurt out in an employee meeting. Having to be PC isn’t easy.

I do remember my first funny joke, believe it or not. I was about 10 years old I’d say. My mother was talking about a place in Florida called Apalachicola. I said, “Mom, do you know where Apalachicola is?”

She said, ‘No. Where?

“It’s right next to half a glass a cola.”

“Larry, that’s enough! You don’t know when to stop!”

But now that I try to write Humorous Fiction and I never know how much comedy and how much fiction go together. In Humorous Fiction novels you have to paint a picture to go along with it and that’s where I get confused.

How many shades of green do I have to convey without destroying the joke? In some cases I’ve edited down to the title and that doesn’t make for good reading. As far as I’m concerned, I write for the person who doesn’t like to read, so, there.

They call it “Humorous Fiction,” and Humors Fiction I’m told should start with good fiction. Then they should call it “Fiction with Humor,” but that would be too wordy.

See my dilemma? How much should a writer inject? Can there be too much? I would think with too much it would be monologues such as Ellen DeGeneres or a comedian writing down their stand up routine.

I guess the good “Humorous Fiction” authors know, and guys like me have to figure it out, writing for people who don’t read.

Self-deprecating, I learned it first.

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Larry Hyatt has written radio comedy, sketch comedy and plays, produced television and radio, worked as a creative director for an arts and entertainment magazine, and published numerous humorous articles and essays. Originally from New Orleans he’s a former graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and attended Loyola University’s School of Music as a vocalist, went into radio broadcasting, has been a nightclub in house entertainer (Where he did theatre in a bar), produced and hosted television shows for LCN-TV, and started an entertainment magazine called the “The Tri-Parish Navi-Gator,” featuring theatre, music, dinning and the arts in South Louisiana. He hosts “Larry Hyatt is the Morning” on C-96.7 KCIL Radio in Houma, La.

Book Blurb: How to Reach for the American Dream… (And not get it), is the fictional, comedic account of the life of an entertainer who from childhood had what it took to “make it.” You’ll laugh, cry, and cheer him on as he struggles to achieve what only a select few can through his television kid show debut, glee clubs, remedial college studies, gaining weight as a “starving” artist, dating women out of his league, nightclub entertainer, and romps through radio, television, and publishing.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/How-Reach-American-Dream-Not-ebook/dp/B00FSKCGTU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439568159&sr=8-1&keywords=larry+hyatt

Find Larry Online! Twitter: @hyhattlarry Facebook: www.facebook.com/larry.hyatt.967 Website: www.hyhatt.blogspot.com

Congratulations to Larry on being in the “SPOTLIGHT” with RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. Please take a few moments and look over the book.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll receive my a FREE coupon for my short story e-book, The Black Bag which contains a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. You’ll also be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available for pre-release orders on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks (via the iTunes app) & NOW Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

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Stop and Watch the Turtles Play?

TurtlesSome years back I stepped out on the balcony of the building where I work. It overlooks a small lake surrounded by trees and a footpath. It’s very nice scenery for an office building where you can see nature’s changes throughout the year.

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There are all kinds of animals that inhabit this nature area including snakes, water-fowl, fish, deer turtles and more. I’ve walked the foot-path many times and observed these various animals living bordering to a busy work environment. I’ve seen a blue heron sail across the lake a beaver play in the water. People visit the office park to fish the lake.

But on this particular afternoon, I watched an interesting tableau. The water is rather close to the rear of the building and the afternoon sun shines at an angle so you can observe what’s in the lake – especially from several floors up.

OakMtnAs I stood on that sunny afternoon and watched the lake, I noticed young turtles underwater in the shallows. These juveniles swam around, chasing and playing with each other. It was quite an unusual spectacle that I’d never really seen previously. Imagine, turtles playing in the water? It left me smiling after several minutes of observation.

Thinking back on that short time, I find that it’s important to stop and smell the roses – er – watch the turtles play. Smelling the roses is good but common. It’s great to see things you’ve never really noticed before. You’ll find many sights you’ve never considered and be refreshed as well.

It’s been busy for me most of this year with lots of writing activities. But one thing I need to do more of is stop and observe what’s around me. In the middle of my busy book launch schedule, I plan to take a few trips in the area and get out for a hike and look for the unusual in my surroundings. Sometimes, you just need the break and the mental rest.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll receive my a FREE coupon for my short story e-book, The Black Bag which contains a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. You’ll also be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available for pre-release orders on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks (via the iTunes app) & NOW Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

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