Conversations with Imaginary Friends
Hey, I get it. You work between 40 and 50 hours a week, have a ton of commitments, but still might have time to write except, wait for it…you’re too tired, too wore out, too exhausted.
There’s no way we can look forward to writing, right?
Yep, that’s too right.
And it’s something we all face.
Want to know my daily schedule?
I wake up at 5 am, go to work from 7-3:30, come home, and work on my writing.
Some of you are rolling your eyes, stating I have it easy.
Not so fast, my friends.
Starting next week, I get to wake up at 4 am, work from 6-5:30, and do this five days a week…how do you think I’m funding my book marketing?
And it’s something we all need to remember when looking for getting the word out…our word, our story, our books. Us. Our created world. Our work that we invested so much time in.
Or have we?
What if we’re procrastinating not out of fear, but due to the fact we just can’t get motivated to write?
Well, it’s about time I’ve given you a few awesome reasons to look forward to writing your masterpiece.
I treat Cain, Lira, Micah, Savannah, Neo, Sen, and the rest as if they’re real people.
In a way, they are, because I sure based each off real people. Cain looks like me and I’ll be honest, I love “playing his character” on social media. The arrogant Dom Toretto-like character who has about a thousand soft spots. He’s a good guy, but he’s only likable once you get to know him.
Ditto for Lira, who’s an amalgam of a few real-life influences.
Savannah, who’s based on an athletic girl I came across while working as a trainer.
Micah, who shares features with my closest cousin.
Neo, another character based on me, more of my actual personality than anything else.
Sen, based on another athletic girl I had the opportunity to cross paths with about two years back.
But they’re all their own people, in a way. They have their own personas, looks, features, wants, desires, everything you can ask.
And they’re so fun to create dialogue. It’s something we all should enjoy; getting to know our characters and speaking with them.
Daily. See how their personas develop over time. Really get some key insight on their character arc. Now that’s some entertainment TV just can’t create, but you can, because you’re a creator.
You’re a Creator
Speaking of which, creators shouldn’t need prime time for entertainment.
In fact, you don’t need movies, games, or even internet for that matter.
So get rid of them.
I don’t have cable, for instance, and my movies are packed away.
Now, if you’re looking for influences regarding your next awesome creation, then by all means, watch away.
Or read away. One of my influences is the Chronicles of Narnia, so I’m always reading one of the books.
Not really cover to cover, just scenes here or there.
Harry Potter is another, and it’s one reason my books hold such a Libertarian ring to them.
If you don’t know what Libertarianism is, it’s basically blackballed by both the Republican and Democratic Parties here in the United States because we reject the notion that people are bad and therefore need to be governed by….people.
And Republicans will call you a Liberal and Democrats will call you a Conservative and come election time, when you state you’re voting Libertarian, they’ll just say you’re supporting the candidate of the opposite party.
Anyway, enough politics before I dive completely off-topic and do a product review of Liberalism by Ludwig von Mises or A Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
You’re a creator, and therefore make your entertainment your writing. Those times you watch TV, use them to write.
If you just can’t miss Monday Night Football, then by all means mute the game and write, taking breaks when someone’s in the red zone.
By the way, did you see the highlights from that Chiefs-Rams Game Monday Night?
For my non-American readers, if you don’t know what American football is, don’t watch it, you might get addicted and my friends in England constantly tell me how knowledgeable the fans across the pond are about American football, so we’re getting England hooked as it is, especially our friends in London.
But you can still write while your games are on, whether it’s Aussie rules football, association football (soccer for my US readers), or rugby…by the way, awesome game. I don’t know what’s going on, but I love it.
Swallow Your Red Pill
What I mean is read, read, and read.
Who was it?
Stephen King, I think, said great writers must do two things: read and write.
Take King’s advice and read for influence.
I labeled this topic as swallowing my red pill because though my works scream Libertarianism, they also have a lot conspiracy allegories as well.
Ever hear of the Illuminati, new world order, or the sinister shadow government theories that control all first-world governments?
Yep, I have a lot of allegories in Northern Knights and later the whole Lord of Columbia Series.
It came from a lot of research, and you can also use YouTube to construct this as well, listening to it during a workout, or just listening to it as you write, if you can. Some can, some can’t. for me, it depends on how my brain decides to operate that day.
I’ve done this extensively listening to Ron Paul and Jake Morphonios more than anyone else, which helped me rally construct my complex plots in Northern Knights and future works, even my Neo Skyehawk novelette series.
Research on the Rothschilds, globalism and other related topics also helped fuel my ideas for Northern Knights.
And trust me, once you listen to or read material on topics you’re interested in, you will itch for the keyboard and be ready to craft your masterpiece.
No, really, it’s going to be a masterpiece.
And it’ll give you tons of motivation from which to work with, which is always a plus.
You know by now I love to conclude my articles by motivating you all to take action.
So, if you haven’t already formulated your plan yet, it’s time to get formulating.
Turn off the TV and disconnect the WiFi.
Did you do that?
It’s time to entertain yourself.
Have a convo with your book characters. Find entertainment in watching them develop.
Out of ideas?
Well, just go ahead and feel free to do some awesome research on topics you find compelling. Like mine and the conspiracies.
I’m sure something will catch your eye and soon you’ll be motivated to write your work based on what you’ve read.
Are you ready?
Your characters are calling for you.