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The Bow of Destiny News: Events Calendar Posted

The Bow of DestinyHello everyone, just sharing more news regarding The Bow of Destiny this week. As mentioned three weeks ago, the book is now available for pre-release reservations via Barnes & Noble, Kobo & iBooks (via the iTunes app). This week I’ve got additional news about upcoming events.

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I’ve created an ongoing list of events and appearances on schedule for The Bow of Destiny that now appears on my News page. Check there for my calendar as well as links about interviews, blog tours and other events as well as ways to help spread the word about them.

The first major event is my upcoming interview with Beem Weeks on Beyond the Cover via Rave Waves on Blog Talk Radio. But soon after that, I hope to release Trading Knives on retail sites for free which will include a sample chapter from The Bow of Destiny. I’m working on additional Thunderclaps and Rafflecopter giveaways so check back often.

Black Bag Cover 7Meanwhile, I’ve gotten rather good feedback for The Bow of Destiny from my beta readers. I continue to make a few tweaks as the beta readers respond and hope to have a final draft ready within a the month so it will be formatted and ready for release. Additionally, I’m working another development that I can’t reveal at the moment but if everything works out well, I’ll announce it within a few weeks at best – and I think it will be very interesting for fantasy genre fans.

Have you reserved your pre-release copy of The Bow of Destiny yet? Anyone who emails me a screenshot of their receipt will receive a coupon for the free download of The Black Bag containing a free sample chapter – offer ends 8/7/15. While you’re at it take a look at Trading Knives and What Is Needed on Wattpad to become familiar with a few characters appearing in The Bow of Destiny – c’mon, you know you want a copy of the book!

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. Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Insider Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll 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. You’ll also receive a coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, for free as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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Break This One Habit & Find More Writing Time

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I noticed a bad habit the other day and realized it is rather costly to my productivity. No, it’s not just wasting time on the internet or any other act of procrastination. Rather, it is a bad habit involving poor perspective. But I think breaking this one bad habit could mean much to productivity as a writing in a serious way.

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Want to guess what this bad habit is? It’s the simple comment to myself, “I don’t have enough time.” I noticed that between five and seven times a day I may have upwards of fifteen minutes when something else is pending that I literally give up the time to write, believing there’s no actual time to accomplish something productive. You want to know what I did when I realized this? I ignored myself and wrote just over 100 measly new words of fiction. That’s not much since I know I can sit down and write several thousand words in a day.

But then the math hit me square in the head. Let’s say you actually write six months out of a year – the other half dedicated to editing and/or the business of writing. Those one hundred measly words five times a day add up quickly. If I need 40,000 words over thirty days of writing that adds up to 15,000 words out of those forty, or 37.5% of the total. String that out over six months and it’s 90,000 words.

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Featured Image -- 9623Let’s put that in perspective. It’s a whole book. It’s 18 short stories at an average of 5,000 words. If you average 1,000 words per blog post it’s 90 of them. Since most of my posts average around 500 words that’s actually about 180 posts or almost 70% of what I would post on my blog in a year (and I have a lot of back-logged ideas). That’s a lot of productivity over time.

Now, I’m not advocating that you or I frantically squeeze writing into every available second. I’m just observing how often I think I don’t have time when I actually do. I mean what am I doing with those spare fifteen minutes several times a day? Surfing the internet aimlessly?

Instead of fumbling useful time away I think I’d like to use it to be more productive – even if I don’t approach that full total part of it means I’m much further along with a number of projects. And what about actual spare time? I think I may find that I have more time for walks, reading, conversations, etc by being productive when it’s time to be productive.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyI’m chipping away at this bad habit starting today (and it started by writing this post). How about you?

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. Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Insider Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll 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. You’ll also receive a coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, for free as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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Tame Your Muse With Appropriate Music

Taming the SnakeSometimes creative activity of any kind and feel like this picture. You’ve got to coax it from hiding and keep it dancing without totally losing control of it. For these guys it’s easy and it can be for you as well whether it be writing, painting or anything else creative.

A few weeks ago, author Jason Link was featured here on Archer’s Aim in Fantasy Authors Unplugged. It was a good interview in which Jason shared an interesting tidbit that’s stuck with me – what music and composers would best fit what he writes.

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I’ve often used instrumental music while I write and find it helpful. However, Jason’s music choice was rather intriguing. Here’s the excerpt from the interview:

YouTube ScreenshotQ. What song might fit your book well?

A. There’s a playlist on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guXMb7zLblM) that is full of epic instrumental music created by talented (and I believe relatively unknown) composers. If my book were made into a movie, I think many of the composers on this list would score it beautifully.

I went out on YouTube and listened to the music and also found what was on this link and several others rather interesting both musically and visually. I decided to use these while writing to supplement my usual instrumental & classical choices.

The result was rather surprising. I found that these “epic instrumentals” affected my productivity profoundly. It gave me the mental focus for the type of fantasy I write so that I wrote more consistently and churned out a story rather quickly – Trading Knives. Not only that, but I’ve had to edit it very little and gotten some very positive feedback – though it honestly does need some final work before I release it to retailers for free. Everyone’s welcome to take a look.

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music notesSince then, I’ve continued to be rather productive while working on An Arrow Against the Wind as I’ve finished the rough draft and begun my first structural edit that requires a solid amount of writing. It’s been great for my creativity and my productivity (after all, being productive in one way leaves you more positive in other areas too). This music is now my go-to for submerging into my fiction writing. I think it’s quite important for other writer’s who often bolster their muse this way while writing to find music that fits their genre and run – er, write – with it.

Do you use music while writing? What do you find best inspires you while 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. Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Insider Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll 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. You’ll also receive a coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag, for free as well as July’s free e-book: Recommended Reading for Authors!

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