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Accolades from @Neelt2001

I am beyond honored to be mentioned on Neel’s post this week as an author he admires.

He says:

Elsha Hawk: Across various platforms of social media, there are some wonderful pieces of literature that paint a picture of the dark times of life. Admittedly, as fantastically written as those pieces are, they can get a bit heavy-handed to read after some time. That’s where Elsha’s writing comes in as the perfect balance. Her writing, whether sad or joyful is as powerful as anybody’s but with a heartwarming factor that puts a smile on your face even in the most troubled times. I’m not sure how she pulls that off but perhaps because there is a purity in her writing that can’t help but resonate with every reader. One of the other qualities I’ve admired about her is her unconventional route to reach a mass readership via her sci-fi series (co-written with Eddie-Joe Young). It’s one thing to promote poetry or short stories online but showcase a long and successful series is a whole different ball game. Follow Elsha’s writing on Twitter @ElshaHawk, on and on

It’s such a wonderful feeling to be praised. I may not always see what other humble authors are doing, but I think I need to make a point to connect more – to read blogs, to comment, to try to make and keep new friends.

Pay Friendship Forward

Don’t look back.

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Energy well spent?

We all only have a finite amount of energy each day. The way we spend it determines how successful we are.  

Massive effort = Massive results, right?

Not necessarily.

If I want to write a book, I have to use my energy writing. 

If I want to learn how to publish, how to market, how to grow, then I have to seek out resources, study, and get tips from pros.

I can’t help but think that massive energy can be spent in all the wrong places. I could have great intentions and work really hard on something only to have it all end or unravel no matter how many times I keep trying.

A rule of thumb is the 20/80 rule – 20% effort or input should lead to 80% output or results. One way to do this is to schedule posts in advance that simultaneously share to many social media platforms to maximize your fan base. Another example is using email campaigns to post every day to effectively and automatically remind people about your products or services while simultaneously giving them free goodies and deadlines to sign up for or buy more stuff.

If I am truly learning, then I won’t retry a failed attempt and will instead try something different. Even if the massive effort ends, it is a step towards the ultimate goal.

Keep learning.

 Two of the pros I subscribe to seem to be saying the same thing; to focus your energy without distractions and work smarter, not harder.

I have had these moments of “flow” before where I get a massive amount of work accomplished in a small amount of time.

They ask us to dream big and then act big. The dreams they had were just ideas, but instead of running from them or convincing themselves that they were frivolous, they actually tried to make them come true. They contacted people to ask questions and gain permissions. They researched sponsors, shared their dreams, gained support, and did something cool.  

What cool things can I do this year? What about you?

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Writing Inspiration

Remember, you are the master of inspiration, not its slave.

Do something every day that sparks creativity.

I find it interesting that if money were no barrier and people didn’t have to work for money to live, they would pursue creative outlets, hobbies, and even charitable exploits.

“I’d start a band.”

“I’d paint more.”

“I’d help the homeless.”

“I’d go to Africa and help people get water.”

That’s the type of things I’ve heard people say when asked what they would do if money were no object.

Art and creativity takes a back burner in our lives.

We expend our energy on working to survive. Creativity is pushed aside so naturally, we forget how to inspire ourselves. Look at how popular Pinterest boards are, how we live vicariously through others via Instagram, or how we save up for vacations to get away.

Try to find inspiration in the every day. Write small. Write about a tiny detail of your life that may seem boring to you. To someone else, it might be an adventure.

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Critique Circle

I wanted to take a moment to talk up a great website called Critique Circle.

It’s where authors submit their works in progress for review and critique. In order to submit you have to critique other works. This site is monitored for trolls, those that don’t play by the rules. I have not had any instances where I’ve gotten a critique that wasn’t honest.

Critiques are best when they are detailed. If you leave a critique explain why you liked or didn’t like a part. Be nice and use academic speech. Don’t just leave positive, happy face, remarks all over because no one learns anything that way.

Join. There are thousands of members and they are all aspiring and even published authors, so they take things seriously. You get great feedback on your work. You are not alone in writing!

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My fellow writer and friend known to me as Zerrakhi and on his blog as Flesh-Eating Dragon, invited me to participate in BookMash. I’ll let him explain:

Essentially, the idea is to arrange two or more books so that the titles, when read in the order they appear, make sense (or at least coherent nonsense) as a collective. As a form of amusement it can accomodate a variety of approaches: some might think of it as a form of poetry, others primarily as a form of humour. If you have some books, a digital camera, a blog, and the inclination to put them all together, you really should have a go.

So, here I am jumping on the bandwagon.

“Island of the Blue Dolphins Crushed On the Far Side of the Mountain”

Sounds like a newspaper headline..

How’s this?
“James and the Giant Peach Flipped The Mouse and the Motorcycle Because of Winn Dixie”

Revenge?? That kind of cracks me up.. not the revenge, but the way the titles flow.

Or how about more action?

“The Mouse and the Motorcycle Catching Fire Out of the Dust”

Woohoo! Go Speedy! I think he has a gas leak or he works for Hollywood Special Effects!

This was a lot of fun! Join in! Link your BookMash to me, or OuterHoard.

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