Crashed And Burned!

…ever watched ‘Misery,’ the movie based on the old Stephen King book?

If you have, you probably well remember that scene where Kathy Bates is standing over James Caan with a hammer in her hands.

She might be his No.1 fan, but he’s not leaving until he writes her the book she wants to read.

After Sunday night’s episode of Game Of Thrones, I’m sure there are a few people that would love to do that to the writers who drove the show off the cliff.

Filled with plot holes (that a dragon could easily ride through), characters forgotten, or who go completely off character for no explainable reason, it’s no wonder it’s left a rotten taste in a lot of people’s mouths… own included.

That’s one thing they never tell you at fiction school.

Do it properly, and your work can take on a life of it’s own. Not only can it outlive you, but if you’ve got fans attached, it can get heavy when you take it in the wrong direction.

It’s not your work any more….it’s theirs.

Case in point.

A few years back in my old Minecraft writing days, I killed off one of the main characters, I was influenced by JRR Martin at the time, which didn’t go down too well.

If it wasn’t tears in the book reviews, it was ‘I’ll never read any more of your books ever again!’

And that’s what happens when you get good at character creation. When you do, not only do your characters come to life, but it can feel like a family member is going through all the ordeals your favorite character is going through.

I so, so, wish the guys over at Game Of Thrones had my course on character building.

But alas, that’s too late.

But….if you’re willing to take the risk of one day being hobbled in your bed by a crazed fan….go here.

PS – Now I’m off to track down that light Will Smith had in Men In Black and have my memory erased.

Following The Follower

…that line popped out at me on a recent listen of  ‘Lead The Field’ by Earl Nightingale.

What did he mean?

Simply, that a lot of people nowadays aren’t following the leader, but are following the follower.

And when you’re following someone that’s not giving any thought into what they’re doing, it can lead to big problems.

I’ve been the victim of this in my own life.

Many years back, a neighbor of ours decided that he was selling up, and moving north across the border into Northern Ireland.

Hearing the profit we could make on our home, Catherine and I tied our wagon to that brain fart, and before we knew it, we were living up North.

We paid for that lack of thinking…

– We moved into a village that we were never going to be accepted in. – One of those places you see in movies where when you walk into the bar even the jukebox stops playing.

– British helicopters were constantly overhead and took great relish in zooming over our homes, just to wind everyone up. – On the odd occasion, it looked like a scene from a Vietnam film, with helicopters dropping troops around our homes, and flying off.

– I’d barely learned to drive at this time, and I’d be leaving a heavily pregnant Catherine alone all day with no means of transport, and about 15 miles outta town.


Now, you’re probably thinking, what were we thinking?

We weren’t.

And so it is when you’re following someone that’s not giving any thought into what they’re doing. – If they walk off the cliff, you’re not too far behind taking a fall too.

So, whatever you’re doing, stop for a second and ask yourself, ‘Am I following a follower?’

If you’re not doing any thinking and just following the crowd, you better make sure that the guy at the front is.

One way you can do that is study what they’re posting online. You can do that easily by spying on them with one of the tools in the ‘Social Media Tool Kit.’

You can find that tool and more here.

PS – End of the story, both families moved out of Dodge a few years later, wondering what the hell we were thinking?

Wanna Get Good At Maths?….Then Do Maths

…that’s what the banner read as I walked out my son’s school last night.

Alright, not the way I wrote it, but you get the idea.

Now, while it’s a simple play on words, the message is applicable in any area of life, online or off.

– I’m not good at selling stuff…then start selling more.
– I’m not good at writing….then start writing more.
– I’m not good coming up with ideas…then spend more time trying to come with ideas.

I won’t keep beating you over the head, I’m sure you’ve got it by now. 

It’s easy to complain that you’re not good at doing something…but is that complaining getting you any closer to what you want?

Saying I’m not good at something is like folding your arms and pouting like a five year old. – It also let’s you off the hook….because it’s just too hard for little ole you.

But is it?

Look back at anything in your life that you’ve mastered and you’ll see that you did it over and over again until you got it.  – The fact that you can read these words is one sign of that persistence.

So whatever you’re moaning about today throw yourself into it. The only way you’re going to get better is by taking that problem head on and working on it.

Wanna get good at writing romance books?

Then start writing more romance books.

What about?….Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

PS – Or you can hang around in the forums or Facebook moaning about how hard it is.