Pursuing A Career As A Writer

By on 7-30-2015 in blog

We live in a generation where living is so fast-paced, it is very difficult to keep up, at times. The times has also become so modern, almost everyone can be anybody, in seconds.

When you are sick, you check the Internet and you become a “doctor” in an instant. When you need to repair something, you turn on your computer and search how to do repairs, easy as pie. When you want to sing a song and sound good, apps are available to edit your voice and bring it to perfect – instant singer!

There are a lot of things that people can do now, but despite the easy access, it does not mean that the performance and expertise of a person instantly becomes at par with those that actually gave time and effort to be in the profession they are in.

When you check Google for answers to your medical situation, you can never classify yourself as a doctor. This is also a dangerous practice because misdiagnosis is very possible when you do this kind of self-diagnosis. It is still always best, and proper, to consult a real doctor.

When you can edit your voice, it does not make you an instant singer. Even if you get a shot at fame, sooner or later, that edited voice will sold you out and you’ll lose fans even before you get them.

This situation is also drowning real authors and writers. With a lot of applications that allow free publishing of written works, it becomes difficult for those writers with actual talents to penetrate the writing industry. There are a lot of amateur writers that still need a lot of work when it comes to writing, but their books are getting more hits than those that actually have great content and flawless grammar.

This implies not just a bad possibility for aspiring writers, but also for the readers. Children love reading books, and if they read low-quality books, their perception of high quality will be changed because of the notion that published works are “great” “number 1” “the best.”

Published works equal great books, but that was yesterday. Now, not all published books are great. Hence, writers have to double their efforts to make their books reach their target readers.

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This is why some writers I know, use SEO and hire experts from an SEO company in Birmingham. It has become too difficult to be made known to readers and customers if you do not market your books to the fullest capacity. With the internet hindering the success of writers with good quality books because it also is a  platform for not-so-good writers, it is but fair to fight back using the Internet as well. SEO is one of the many marketing strategies that writers are now using to reach their target audiences and readers.

I have no idea how we can weed out the unworthy books circulating the Internet that should not be wasting people’s time. The answer just lies in the hands of the readers. They have to be more careful and critical in choosing the kinds of books to read, especially if they plan to give a particular book to their children.

Writing About Things That Have Not Happened

By on 7-25-2015 in blog

When you are a writer, you tend to think about a lot of possible scenarios. You have to be able to envision with clarity, how something would happen, so that when you write it, you can write it in a way that your readers could imagine the same way. This means, writers have to write about things that have not actually happened in their lives, but they have to write it in such a way that makes it very realistic, even if its fictional.

Angela Dennis writes about fictional scenarios and fictional characters, not just in the sense that the story is made up, but also in the sense that the nature of the characters are made up. Wolves? Vampires? Other mythical creatures? They’re not exactly in existence, right? I mean, that is why they are called mythical, in the first place? (Now I’m starting to worry if they really are NON-EXISTENT).

So, when a writer writes about unrealistic things, how do they go about it? I mean, they say you can never really know about anything unless you experience it. And I would like to believe that Angela Dennis has never really encountered any vampires, right? So how does she do it?

Well, I could never really ask her in person, because I might just stutter and faint, given the fandom that I have for her. So, I went out and asked other writers that I know. Amateur writers that are inspired to write and try their best to be acknowledged by the craft that they love.

One writer friend told me that the key to it all is research. Reading is a form of experience, and when you read something, you get to imagine it. It is through reading other information about a certain mythical creature or event that some writers get their inspiration from. They may have not experienced the actual scene, but because they read on it, they have the idea on how it goes, and so from there, they write their own.

My friend also shared with me that the first time she wrote a funeral scene, she did not know how to go about it. First, it was a scary scene to imagine, and she felt scared because she was talking about the death of a person. While it may not be an actual person in her life, the idea of death and funeral made her scared because she was made to embrace the possibility of it happening to her or her family.

She was able to finish the book after a few days of choking up on that specific scene. What made her relax and move on from the scary feeling she felt? She went ahead and searched for funeral insurance info that she can use for the write-up, as well as avail for her and her family. She had her parents think about the information she got and presented them, and the whole family decided to get insured.

This did not stop the idea of the possibility of death, but at least it got her whole family securing their futures. The whole point of it all, is to demonstrate how sometimes, even the stories get to the authors too, and it also makes them deal with physical and emotional stress. However, these instances makes them more inspired to write, making their books very engaging to readers as well.

 

How Angela Dennis Helps Raise Self-Esteem of Teenage Readers

By on 6-29-2015 in blog

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One of the most important aspect of life, that young people value very much, is self-esteem. This usually manifest in their confidence about themselves, their talents, and their entire character and attitude.

People can tell when a child has high or low self-esteem. Usually, when a child performs better, socializes better and is able to express her emotions and ideas with unwavering confidence, that child possess a self-esteem that enables her to learn, understand and utilize her maximum potential. On the other hand, when a child is aloof, always second guesses her actions and ideas, and keeps quiet even if they have something to say, this child is more likely to have lower self-esteem. Children belonging to the latter group find it more difficult to exercise their emotions and people skills. This could lead a life of missed out opportunities or worse, bullying, when not attended to immediately.

One reason for having low self-esteem is a child’s view on her value as a teenager. The child might seem to think that all the other kids are better, smarter, richer, and more loved than they are. It is firstly the obligation of the parents to ensure that their teenagers do not feel this way. Equal treatment for all children should be done and they should be encouraged daily. Parenting will play a very important role to prevent this from happening. When they are inspired by their parents, they will begin to appreciate their worth as well. Do otherwise, and they will really feel low and end up unresponsive to the environment.

Angela Dennis, in her books, have teenage characters that teenage readers can relate to. She does not create unrealistic characters, when it comes to emotions and how an actual teenager really is. Yes, they have supernatural tendencies, but beyond that, they are normal teenager character that help readers understand how they can achieve more if they believe in themselves and raise their self-worth and value.

Angela also makes communication a significant factor for her characters. She displays  how lack of proper communication is usually the root of misunderstanding that leads to fights and ends friendships.

This tells us that communication is a very important part of life. When someone is able to communicate more expressively, chances are, their self-esteem is also in good condition.

Communication nowadays is a very simple task, especially with the power of the Internet to make us all communicate in an instant, no matter where we are and who we want to talk to. In fact, it has become such an everyday part of our lives that not having it for even an hour can cause chaos and a lot of misunderstanding between people.

The given importance for communication over the Internet, or simply called Telecommunication, made it vital that service providers are able to keep up with the needs of people for the internet. People  need high quality telecommunication for an affordable price, and personally, I chose Broadconnect Telecommunication to be my provider for this. I have had their service from the start and never did they let me down. I needed the best when it comes to the internet I have because I live and earn through the internet. Losing it for an hour could be a big disaster for me.

Teenagers are also very dependent on the internet now. It becomes stepping stone into making long lasting friendships, using features and programs that help them communicate with friends even when they are not together. It helps strengthen the bonds and keep the relationship strong.

If teenagers are in healthy relationship with friends and loved ones, one can be sure that these teens will grow to be responsible and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

Preserving Arts and Literature for the Future

By on 6-21-2015 in blog

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One of the greatest and most valuable possessions of any person who is passionate about arts and literature are his or her creative stories, poems and narratives, which are compiled in what we are known to call as books.

Writing a work of art in the form of a book is not an easy feat. Writing the story itself needs motivation and inspiration. Then, when a book is indeed created there is still the process of editing, revising, publishing and all the works just to have your book cater to the world, and these all need a lot of time and patience.

For Sophie, a fellow amateur, writing a book has taken a different meaning for her. She writes books and keeps them to herself, for now. She has a collection of books already that are unpublished. She has forgone publishing because she says she writes not for others, but for herself. She compiles them, because she wants that in the future, her children will be able to read the books and she wants them to be the judge of her works. After all, some of the greatest classics in the world of literature are those that were written for pure art, not for the purpose of publishing and earning money.

She shared that someday, she will have the guts to publish her work, just as her idol, Angela Dennis, has taken the courage to do so. She finds inspiration in Angela, and she hopes that one day, she will be as successful as Angela is.

Though she likes the work of Angela, she likes them as reading materials, but she never really found herself writing in the genre that Angela writes in. She is more into romance novels and books on life and learning.

It was even weird for her when she found herself hooked on the books written by Angela Dennis. She never thought she would learn to fall in love with books in this genre. She always just wanted to write stories that were more “realistic” and does not involve any form of magic, sorcery, and what-have-you.

Now that her mind has been opened to the beauty of Urban fiction and Science-fiction, she is also attempting to write along this genre. Again, she is not sure when she will be

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Image credit: jenningswire.com

Maybe, is she gets a chance to have a one on one conversation with Angela and she gets to be the first to read one of her books, then maybe she’ll have the courage to send it to an editor for publishing.

However, right now, she is just happy that even in her own little way, she is contributing to arts and literature through her writing.

 

Review: Shadow of Fate

By on 5-14-2015 in reviews

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The first book by Angela Dennis that I will be reviewing is her urban fiction novel called Shadows of Fate.

Synopsis:

Brenna Baudouin lost control of her Shadow Bearer powers after witnessing her husband’s murder. She started on her penance by catching supernatural misfits that have reached the earth because of a cataclysmic war.

In her quest to round up as many misfits as possible, she was assigned a new partner, Gray Warlow. She builds a wall of distrust because she can sense an inner motive from him, especially because ever since they met, she started losing the people she love, one by one. Warlow, however, maneuvers through the wall of distrust slowly, making sure that he can seek vengeance for her turning against her own kind.

As they break walls, Warlow discovers that she is not the monster they were led to believe she was. He saw a beautiful woman, strong yet vulnerable.

Read the book to find out how the quest ends, and if the sexual tension building up will win its way.

My Review:

This book falls under the genre of urban fantasy. If you are someone with a wide reading spectrum, then you can be quite familiar with this already. If not, then you can increase the number of book genres by starting out on reading urban fantasy novels such as this.

The female lead was portrayed as a strong woman, almost manly in ways, but still a woman, nonetheless, because of her emotional frailty and for exhibiting womanly traits that can reach the border of annoying, if not for the fact that she balances it through her skills and strength.

The build-up for the fantasy world they live in was not congested in the beginning of the story. It was also done slowly, throughout the book. This gave the book an edge over other writers that tend to give away every detail of the realm they are trying to create at the beginning of the story.

It was written in first person, which is something appropriate since it gives the POV of the character. However, it did a head hop, or a transferring of the POV of one character to another. While some stories are effective on using this kind of technique, normally if there are plenty of important characters who’s POV are essential to the flow and mystery of the story, for this one, a head hop did not ruin it, but it also made the novel typical, in that sense.

Head hops are not at all a bad thing. However, it breaks the flow, and when this happens to often in a book, readers tend to take that “break” as a chance to put the book down and do something else for a while. It fails to achieve what writers aim, which is to make their stories so gripping, readers cannot put the book down.

In general, I think this book is an 8 out of a perfect 10. It has a promising story yet it still has room for improvement that could be applied in the following books to come.