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Your Message Matters

The Underrated Beauty of Writing

Your message matters.

 
It doesn’t matter what your view is.

 
It’s the underrated beauty of writing.

 
We all write to spread a message. Sure, perhaps we love creating entertaining and compelling stories.

 
Look deeper.

 
Why are you writing?

 
What’s the primary purpose behind your writing?

 
Your main character, what are their distinguishing characteristics?

 
What do they want? What are they after?

 
The beauty of writing, the underrated beauty, is the fact us writers can utilize our message. We can turn it into a compelling story, and we can entertain others. We can entertain while informing.

 
Nothing is more beautiful than that.

 

Your Message

Your message makes you unique. It’s something you wish to relay to the masses. It may be a voice for whom you perceive to be the voiceless.

 
You feel it’s your duty to spread such a message.

 
Your message is what inspires you to write.

 
Sure, we have our awesome, entertaining stories our readers pick up and can’t put down. That’s something special.

 
But, we have a reason behind our writing. A theme. A topic, an idea, a premise. It’s what you’re trying to tell your readers. The theme makes the book matter. It’s what motivates the reader to pick up a book and flip through the pages again and again and again.

 
Think of it.

 
How many books have you read three times? Five times? Ten times?

 
Sure, the stories are great, but something else makes you pick up a book and read time and again.

 

Harry Potter Influenced My Libertarian Ways

I’m a Libertarian.

 
Harry Potter made me so.

 
I realize J.K. Rowling’s intention wasn’t Libertarianism, but it’s the way I perceived it.

 
Though I didn’t realize it.

 
I toyed with the idea of Socialism for a time. In fact, I didn’t “realize” my Libertarian ways until the Election of 2012, when a candidate named Ron Paul spoke at campaign rallies and everything he said made sense to me.

 
And I had a few Libertarian-minded teachers, whose lectures made far more sense than the pro-Socialist-Marxist crew up at Kent State University.

 
The plot, the messages, everything clicked.

 
An example?

 
When Dolores Umbridge was a Ministry asset to interfere at Hogwarts. J.K. told us something: Government and schools shouldn’t mesh. A government-approved course is never a good idea.

 
It seems Hogwarts operates more off private enterprise, or at least the teachers do. Not the way a private school does, but the teachers teach in ways they see fit, not the way the State sees fit.

 
If the State saw fit, there would be no need to talk. Each class would consist of a week’s worth of reading. There would be no spells.

 
Why?

 
Why should you feel threatened in a government-approved school?

 
Who’s out there threatening you?

 
Oh, I don’t know, maybe Lord Voldemort?

 
Or in the real world, oh, I don’t know, maybe the Deep State, Globalists, Shadow Government, all of whom control our own politicians?

 

Example on Deep State Influence

Why are we in Syria?

 
Massive human rights violations?

 
Nope.

 
The ruse the Syrian people hate President Bashar Assad?

 
Nada.

 
It’s over a pipeline. A pipeline that would start in Qatar, snake through Syria, into Turkey, and into the Mediterranean.

 
Bashar Assad said no.

 
No, you’re not going to do this.

 
So, here come the sanctions designed to cripple Syria…Iran…and Russia.

 
Why Iran and Russia?

 
Well, they have a competing pipeline and the reason Assad said he wouldn’t allow another pipeline meant the West would compete with his allies, Russia and Iran.

 
It would be equivalent, if say, Russia, wanted to put a pipeline through the United States that would start in Canada, and end up in Mexico.

 
Wouldn’t you have a problem with it?

 
I would. And I can’t blame Assad.

 
It’s one of many examples of my non-interventionist positions. Sure, I was against the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the War in Libya, and the War in Libya.

 
I’m for non-intervention in both domestic and foreign affairs. As a Libertarian, non-intervention means not interfering in international conflicts. Non-intervention means not interfering in peoples’ personal lives. Non-intervention means not giving one class tax breaks and forcing other classes at gunpoint to pay taxes. I say one class, this class, or that class, because I don’t mean the upper, middle, or lower.

 
Why not give everyone tax breaks?

 
Why not allow people to keep what they work for? Keep what they make?

 
Why not stay out of peoples’ personal lives?

 
Why can’t the government just leave everyone, both here and beyond, alone?

 
It’s why I write.

 
Again, your message matters. Your story matters, but your message matters. And it’s the underrated beauty of writing.

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What Will Your Message Do for Your Reader?

Readers Crave Entertainment, but Information, Too

When I read, I want two things:

1. Entertainment. I want to have fun while exercising my brain.

2. Information, a sound message I can take with me.

In other words, I want to come away with something other than just a good read. Sure, entertainment will lead me to read your work if I like the genre, but in reality, I need to have a strong message to truly enjoy a book.

When a reader reads your work, are they getting something out of it?

Message from Lord of Columbia

For instance, we’ll use Lord of Columbia, my debut novel coming in September. I’m definitely wishing to entertain my audience, but there’s so much more to Lord of Columbia than entertainment.

1. I have a purpose to spread the idea of liberty over security and promote ideas I believe the United States needs to follow, or get back to following.

2. I want people to realize the harshness of a statist society, and that a police state only leads to pain and suffering down the road. In other words, trading in civil liberties for increased security almost never works for private citizens.

3. I make several hints in Lord of Columbia referring to the Bill of Rights, which modern-day politics have reduced to rubble or at times, completely thrown out. Going to war without congressional authority with another country in another continent that poses zero threat to national security is one of many issues.

Before you sit down to write any work, ask yourself what your message will do for the reader. I get that you want to entertain, and you should, but what kind of message will the reader get from reading your work over another.

How can you, as an author, best relay your message?

Think about how you plan on relaying your message to the world in a peaceful, non-threatening manner.

Perhaps you have a character who thinks opposite of your book’s message in the beginning, and changes throughout the book?

Character arc, in other words.

Types of Characters

In Lord of Columbia, I follow the Hero’s Journey to a great extent. For instance, the reader will identify the following characters, each with their own distinctive arcs, personas, and agendas.

1. Protagonist, who’s the hero of the work. He’s initially unaware of the totalitarianism surrounding him, as he’s narrow-minded and self-centered.

2. Herald, the protagonist’s friend who takes him to a part of the world he’s never seen.

3. Mentor, whom he meets and is given wisdom to combat his new enemy.

4. Allies, his team of close friends, who I later dub in the book the Northern Knights, in case anyone’s wondering why I chose it as the title.

5. Shapeshifter, a character who the reader won’t know whether they should trust. Note, I had a lot of fun creating this archetype.

6. Trickster, this character serves as comic relief in the work. They have a very small role in the plot, but always burst onto the scene, sometimes for irrelevant purposes, to give the readers a laugh.

7. Guardian, the character, in this work anyway, playing the voice of reason. While my main isn’t a look before they leap type, this one is. In Lord of Columbia, they’re also an ally.

8. Shadow, this character becomes the villain once he finds my main took on his army of imperial overlords. In love with his power and position, the shadow becomes obsessed in pursuing and stopping my protagonist.

It’s important to note each type of character is beneficial to my main, and again, they all have their own distinctive personalities and agendas, some of which correlate with the main while others look to stop him and the Northern Knights at all costs.

But, at the end of the day, freedom, Constitutional freedom, is the true message of the work, and it’s my job for it to shine through and through.

I hope you all enjoyed this rather brief article and I wish for you all to conquer your challenges over the course of your week, please come back soon.

Behind the Writing, Part I: The Message

My Pro-Liberty Determines Success. If My Book is a Bestseller, I Didn’t Do My Job

I read an article on dahaines.com stating only forty of the millions of indie-authors out there are bestselling authors.

 
This might discourage most, but it motivated me, because I never planned on writing a bestselling book. Writing a bestseller isn’t the point regarding Lord of Columbia.

 
Oh, so what is?

 
Planting a certain seed in peoples’ heads is the reason I write. Readers picking up on Lord of Columbia’s message will determine its success.

 
Sure, I want to write a book that sells.

 

 

How to Sell

Yes, I need to charge money for Lord of Columbia because I provided a service by taking a year-and-a-half just to edit the thing after completing the first draft (this was before I discovered the Jerry Jenkins’ Writers’ Guild), bought a pre-made cover because I can’t afford a graphic designer at the moment, and shifted from a third-person-omniscient to a third-person-limited point-of-view.

 
So yes, I’m charging money because I’m providing a service. I’m better off with your tiny payment ($3.99 for the e-book, $9.99 for print, prices subject to change) and you’re better off with my book (hopefully, anyway).

 
What kind of seeds are we planting?

 

 

Liberty. Liberty. Liberty. Liberty.

It’s why I write.

 
My goal isn’t to sell a record number of copies. I’m not interested in a bestseller, just a good old-fashioned theme, interesting characters, and a plot that breathes liberty.
Sure, I’m confident Lord of Columbia is going to sell.

 
Why?

 
Because I did my homework. I studied keywords, but best yet, long-tail and semantic keywords.

 
I studied the way Amazon uses dozens of different sub-categories, so you can go beyond just the normal two.

 
I studied SEO and meta-data, much of which I’m still learning to this day, which I’m even implementing onto my blog. Slowly, anyway.

 
I’ve learned so much over the past eighteen months that had I released the work last year, it would’ve failed.

 

 

The message never would’ve been received because the manuscript had too many typos, a few plot-holes (yikes!), and far too much detail.

 

 

Jerry Jenkins Plus Les Edgerton Equals Writing Passion

So, I sought the help of other authors, like Jenkins, whose guild I remain part of to this day. It’s completely changed my writing and no, I wasn’t a good writer at all before Jerry Jenkins.

 
I also read a few how-to books from Les Edgerton, like Hooked. Again, a lifesaver, because Hooked helped me structure the plot where surface problem after surface problem arises. Another element I like about Les’ works: He tells it like it is. There’s no sugar-coating. He doesn’t write what you want to read, he writes what you need to read.

 
So yes, I did my homework regarding Lord of Columbia, giving the work the greatest chance to succeed in the market.

 

All About Names

I even called it Age of Columbia: Uprising, before I saw they weren’t the most popular terms in the Amazon search bar. I tried a few other titles, which would’ve gotten me lost in a sea of books.

 
Finally, Lord, North, and Knights fit perfectly, with enough search results to garner interest among readers, but not so much my book would be lost in a forest of others. Thus, Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights was born.

 
For the rest of the week, the topic will be on Lord of Columbia, because I want to show everyone the kind of behind-the-scenes homework I’ve done in preparation for the work. Not only that, it’s a modern-day, urban fantasy allegory of the Revolutionary War, and it’s the most important week of the year to brag about American Independence.

 
Also, I look to present a book trailer where I discuss the work, why it’s significant, and the type of research I’ve conducted to write it. Lord of Columbia may be fiction, but it’s based off and inspired by real issues.

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How to Spread Your Message Without Sounding Dry

Entertaining Readership While Informing Go the Distance

I’ve noticed my blog traffic picks up when I write my ‘how-to’ articles, and others while sliding some of my libertarian values in with the article, most of the time, anyway.

 

 

It’s changing slightly as my following count via political profiles flock to the page, but for the most part, people love reading about how I pursue my passion, how to pursue it, and how to avoid pitfalls. And of course, to motivate them to pursue theirs, too.

 
Today, I’m going to talk a little about novel writing, as when others buy your novels, they’re going to buy your brand, and your message. It’s important to realize all books, even the most entertaining books, have messages and themes that run deep.

 

Spread Your Message Without Sounding Dry

So, when I speak of Lord of Columbia, my challenge way back when in 2015, when I started picking up steam with writing once more, was how to make the work entertaining readership while informing go the distance.

 
Enter contemporary fantasy, something I’ve always had an interest in. I’ve always liked fantasy, but when we think fantasy, we think fantasy in medieval terms, and I’m no exception.

 

 

Or, we think high fantasy like Harry Potter (which some may consider low fantasy or even contemporary within itself), or the Chronicles of Narnia. Both of which take place in another world.

 
Lord of Columbia actually takes place in the ancient world billions of years in the past, but the technology was as good as, if not better, than today. Special thanks to Ancient Aliens and the Star Wars tagline, A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy far, far away for that. I think Seth McFarlane’s tagline, A Long Time Ago, but Somehow in the Future may be more appropriate.

 
So, Lord of Columbia takes place in this ancient, yet technologically-advanced civilization that has its own system of magic right here on Earth. Hey, maybe one day science will theorize it did happen, and not just those crazy people on Ancient Aliens.

 

Entertaining Readership

The purpose is definitely to be informative by spreading the ideals of true liberty from a libertarian perspective, while being entertaining and creating an awesome story. It’s how to spread a message without sounding dry.

 
Any time I’ve ever read a text whose strict purpose is to inform, I’d fall asleep, or else my mind would travel far and wide. However, if I’m reading a text wrought with messages, like the Chronicles of Narnia, I’m hooked until the end.

 
Or even Star Wars, which if one reads the prologue written by George Lucas all the way back in the 1970’s, the prologue to the original Star Wars trilogy, they’ll see an easy connection between American imperialism and the prologue. It’s the same prologue that became the prequal trilogy.

 
Even in The Phantom Menace, the plot focused on this trade war with Naboo, which was under attack by the Droid Army for its resources.

 
Sound familiar?

 
Hasn’t the Middle East faced a similar attack from the West for its resources?

 
Just twenty-four years before the original Star Wars came out, the CIA was involved in the overthrow of the Iranian government, where the Shah was reinstated.

 
It’s an eerie truth, and the Middle East has been unstable ever since 1953, and it could’ve been even sooner, with the failed coups in Syria in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.

 
But, the key is spreading the message without sounding dry.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Passion is Your Message

Write What You’re Passionate About

 
Okay, guys, another quickie today! Very limited time on this Thursday just the way the work schedule has been and tomorrow, I promise you all a few good posts, hopefully my Deep State blog will be done by then!

 
Anyway, today I want to touch up a little on passion and its importance in your writing. We are all passionate about something, and writing is a great way to relay such a passion. We can all be great writers, and literally anything we’re passionate about can be written about.

 
For instance, you all now know my influences behind my upcoming fantasy trilogy, Lord of Columbia, and you also by now know of the amount of research I conduct regarding the Deep State and how it works, simply, as Jake Morphonios of Blackstone Intelligence says, by following the money.

 
And of course, my passion is to relay such findings to you while in some of my older articles on my archive page shows you how you too can pursue your passion and of course, write about it.

 
Let me tell you something, I’ve gained a large following over the past two-and-a-half months on my overall writer’s platform, so thank you all very much in advance. In just a few short months, I’ve gone from just having a little over 1,000 followers to 4,500 across my entire platform, an increase of 3,500 total.

 
Thank you all again.

 
But today, I want to show you all how exactly this came to be and how I got there.

 
1) Build a following around likeminded people. Don’t just connect with people but connect with others who are on the same mission as you. Do this each day. It doesn’t take long. I like to set one half-hour aside to build my platform each day.

 
2) Post engaging content. On My Freedom Flame, I post about a few things, like pursuing and spreading your passion, and of course, about the Deep State and what I can dig up on them.

 
3) Be consistent with Tip 1 and Tip 2. Always strive for consistency, and I don’t mean just a few days a week. I’m talking each day, you need to be doing something to build your audience.

 
4) Use popular keywords and hashtags, also SEO. I’m in the process of getting some nice SEO and metadata tools for My Freedom Flame, but I’ve been using the first two keywords and hashtags religiously to build this thing.

 
5) Stay positive. Not every day is a hit. Sometimes, an entire week will be flat, but the goal is to remain positive in your approach and continue to trend upward. We’re going to have good and bad days, but if you stay positive, the good will eventually outlast the bad.

 

I’d like to thank everyone for tuning into my latest article. Please come back soon.

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