How To Quickly Write A Book (Part 1)

On this post I will be providing some insider tips that have worked for me during my book making process. The process is as easy as they come and finishing up a book in as little as 6 months will be a breeze for anyone following these key steps. As a disclaimer, I do not claim responsibility for those who hurt themselves in any way by following the guide that I’ll be exposing to the world today (the rhyme was not intended but I loved it).

I started writing books about 3 years ago and have successfully finished 7 (4 being part of a series of 7 coincidentally). I currently only have one published but the budget for perfection is very limited so I just keep writing until I can strike gold and afford to get them all professionally edited, which I highly recommend. After sending my novel in to my editor, I was impatiently waiting like a child on Christmas to get something back. When I got the novel, the disappointment on my face was definitely picture worthy. The disappointment was not on my editor, but on myself for seeing what mistakes I let fly under the radar after having read the story myself several times. There were so many red marks on my computer screen that my eyes started bleeding (kidding). My other 6 books are currently waiting editing but before that, my pockets need to gain green. Point? Getting an editor is key after finishing a novel, no matter how great you think you did.

Now here we are, writing a book. I have a very overactive imagination and it wanders to places that sometimes even I don’t want to go but it still keeps me busy with writing. So you’re sitting in front of your computer screen, motivated and ready to take on what your mind has to offer. There’s a brick wall in front of you so what do you do? Go around it. Excuse: But the brick wall has no end in sight from the right or the left. I’ve ran into such an excuse once and even decided to walk along the wall on both ends to prove myself right, which I succeeded, meaning I failed. You’re back to staring at your worst rival, wondering what step to take next. Punch the wall? Ouch. Climb the wall? Far too smooth surfaced but I like you’re thinking. Hire a construction worker to swing a wrecking ball through it? That almost worked for me but the foreman wanted to charge me more than it was worth. Yes, even my imagination was poor. Having exhausted all options, I simply turned around and looked at the world behind me.

“Living in other people’s worlds will most certainly guide you through ways of creating your own.” -Avery Nunez

I observed other people’s worlds around me for motivation in creating my own. Growing up, you don’t know a thing except for how to eat, play, and sleep. But Avery isn’t that enough? Not even remotely close. When I was a young lad, I watched my mother from the passenger side of the car every single day and studied her routine. She trusted me enough to let me start the car for her then one day I overstepped my role and went the extra mile by putting the car into drive when she wasn’t in it yet. We all know how that ended, my mother’s boyfriend jumped into the car and put it back in park. ^_^ Observing her world, taught me how to start a car, unlocking tales of the road that I could make up on my own. Get it? Got it? Great. Feel free to join my next blog for the next step on “how to quickly write a book.”

How To Quickly Write A Book (Part 2)

On my previous blog, I addressed the meaning of “inspiration” to get started. Now that have our pencil or computer in hand, let’s discuss actually jotting ideas. Every book I’ve ever written began the same way, with an idea of what was destined to happen. That’s right; I begin my books where they end. By knowing what is going to happen to your main character, you know what kind of road you’d want to take with the story. We’ll use my character’s name from the Menta-Life series, for example. If you were writing a romance with the thought of Vanessa having a happy ending, you’ll know that you’d want things to begin on a struggling path then gradually shape things up, leading to her happiness in the end. If you want Vanessa to be heartbroken in the end, you’ll know to start her off with the perfect life then taking it down piece by piece.

I begin each of my books with absolute certainty of my character’s fate before their name is even written down on paper. With already having the ending, all that’s required is writing your way there with ease; you see your goal in the distance and pave the road. Simple enough right? Personally, I find it easier to get motivated when I’m not just blindly walking to somewhere that’s nowhere. My third book was different though, which is why I’m most proud of it. With Menta-Life, I had my course set but, halfway through the book, an idea hit me. An idea that allowed me to take things a different route and bring the book from one to a series of three. Halfway through book three, more ideas and twists led me to four then eventually ended at seven. Point? Intentionally writing one story can lead to the formulation of many others.

Next step? Deciding a start point for your amazing tale. I can’t admit that I have much experience in this but I know that I always start my character’s lives off at their lowest point. Vanessa Pheros started off in Ori Prison; Marc Barnes began depressed at his computer desk; Lucas and Kenneth began standing in front of their burning home. Each of these characters carried personalities that placed them in different circumstances in different time periods but, like all stories, you begin with the problem then solve it. That about sums up my method of quickly writing a book. Anyone have questions? Comments? Or would like to share their writing techniques? Speak now or forever wish you spoke. Hope you found this post informative.

Taking The Risk

When I first started out with my book writing, I was still working a full time job that I loved. It got the bills paid, keeping a roof over my head but then I truly realized how things work in the corporate world.Making a living is exactly what it sounds like and that’s what I was doing for years. Working enough to make just enough money to do what needed to be done, which wasn’t bad, overall. Suddenly, comfort sets in then you decide to pledge loyalty to a company who claims to pledge the same loyalty to you as an employee with promises of advancements and raises. Going years without a reward, aside from signed paychecks, I took my step off of the corporate ladder at age 24 to pursue a full time author career.

“When you work to make just enough to survive, all you’re doing is surviving, not living.” -Avery Nunez

My daughter was born October 2015 and I told myself that I wanted to spend as much time in her life as possible, pledging my loyalty to her. I do occasionally work the extra roll in a movie or wiggle the camera around in a tv show, when I feel the need to do so for some extra cash and exposure. If becoming an author is your dream, or if you’re ready to pursue another self-employed profession, it is certainly worth it when you get to see all you’ve missed.

Fighting Your Mind

The world around us is more than just a convenient distraction and realizing that is where things can become less complicated for any author or someone who wants to accomplish the seemingly “unaccomplishable”. Everyone has a different reason why they can’t pursue their dream of doing what they want and love to do but rolling with the punches is something that makes things easier. Sadly, some people out there don’t realize that there are ways to do this and just give up on what they love. There’s always a solution that can keep you and your dream carrying on for a lifetime. One saying that I live by and constantly remind myself of: “It’s not over yet…”

Eye Catching Book (Cover)(Part 1)

The other day, I had someone ask me “Does my book cover really matter that much?”

My first thought was “Uh yeah, how else are you gonna protect the pages from liquids?”

Fast forward, I was asked just how importance is a book cover and why should I invest time in designing or paying for someone to design one when there are so many free ones available. Loaded question but let me break it down in words that I understand… womp womp, womp womp womp. Now for words you’ll understand. To a reader, the only thing more important than the book’s cover is the story (seeing as those are the only two elements of a book, I’d say it’s important times 9). When you walk into a book store, you’re not going to start reading pages of every book or else you’ll be in there all day and night and tomorrow, making libraries a 24-hour hot spot. What you ARE going to do is look for the sexiest looking book cover and examine the crap out of it then think “wow… this would look so pretty on my shelf. I wonder what it’s about.” Next, of course, the title’s description on the back will be the next point then the words inside. Most people who ever read a book, start the process with spotting an interesting looking cover and tackling down everything from there. On almost all occasions, when a reader has picked up the book, the battle is half over.

Rain Dance

Recently, I discovered a way to make it rain. After getting up one morning, I peeked outside to see a bright and sunny day with the sun rising from the east as it normally would. I thought today would be a nice day to get some water going since it was so hot outside. Taking my time, I got dressed and went downstairs, proceeding to get into my car to take a nice drive. The weather was still clear and had not sensed my intention to make rain fall from the sky so I was in the clear. I arrived at my local gas station and paid for a car wash, it rained two hours later.

Eye Catching Book (Cover)(Part 2)

Someone looks at the front of your book and says “Hmm… that’s interesting. I wonder what the book looks like. Forget about the inside unless the page’s borders are rainbow colored with a kind of weird inscription printed on the side.” The reader flips around to the back of the book and starts reading an equally important part: the description. This part is the horse that will break the camel’s back and hopefully breach the reader’s wallet along the way. Having the best possible description that reveals just enough about the book to keep the reader interested and yet not too much to make someone say “Oh that’s how it ends? Now that was a great short story.” I ran through quite a few descriptions and eventually hired a professional to create one for me, which worked out perfectly. Admittedly, the story itself could be awful but the description is the one that matters more than the front cover and the interior writing to get a reader attracted. Think of it as dating; you see the title, get to know it a little bit, then get more in detail when you get to actually reading more in further detail over dinner.Good luck! Join my blog at niume.com or follow any of my social media pages for other posts and tips!

Finding Your Writing Place

Being an author wasn’t always my dream but it was something that I was secretly good at so I decided to pursue it with great chase. Seeing where you want your books to go (Barnes and Noble, Libraries, feature film) is a great help when your idea is just that- an idea. Actually writing is the task and finding a place to do so is even harder. I’ve met a lot of fellow authors and writers who have shared their inspirational areas with me and I’ll admit that they hated me but I’ll save that part for last. ^_^ One person I met told me that he can only write when traveling on an airplane and I thought that was the most horrible and expensive thing ever (if you’re not a frequent flyer who wouldn’t mind sitting for long periods of time in the same seat). Fortunately for him, he was a traveling salesman. Parks, waterfalls, hotel rooms, home (the lucky ones), pharmaceutical clinics, libraries;everyone has their special place where and when they can get inspired to sit down for a long period of time and create their world. The salesman asked me where my inspirational space was and I told him simply “everywhere”. He followed by asking what I meant and I told him that I can fluently write anywhere at anytime. “No way. Prove it?” I sat down next to him and wrote an entire chapter of a book that I was currently working on at a slot machine in The Venetian, Las Vegas casino. He attempted to distract me by taking me to other places like retail shops, bars, etc. but I just continued at every destination. The importance of finding your writing place is a crucial element to getting things done so do whatever you have to in order to search for and find it!

Good Places to Start Marketing

There are billions of people worldwide who love to be informed about the newest things or current events happening worldwide, so why is it that people don’t see YOU? That’s what I used to ask myself every single day as I sat in front of my computer. Every single day was actually about the length of a week then I gave up and dove into trying an idea for a marketing plan. You can have the greatest product ever developed but, unfortunately, it won’t sell itself. You, as the creator, have to let people know that it’s there and not just wait for someone to stumble across the creation after you leave it behind in an attic by mistake during a move out of town because you gave up then decided to spend the rest of your life in an office somewhere where no one still knows about your invention. Instead of giving up, I began looking into social media. I’m nowhere near being a social media expert but, after a month of honest networking, I managed to get nearly 600 followers on Twitter and thought, hmm… What if these 600 people new about my product? Or what if I found other platforms where hundreds of more people hangout that were tailored specifically to my kind of network? Or what if… blah blah blah!! I started cruising the internet, looking for popular places where I could leave my mark and where people would actually take interest in my work. Where to begin depends on your market so start by researching discussion pages and forums based around what you do to get the ball rolling. For whatever you do, someone out there wants to know about it and is waiting for YOU to drop a message and present it to them with a great sale’s pitch. For any author who wants to know a good starting point, feel free to contact me via email or ask in the comments.

Music and Work

When I was growing up, I couldn’t figure out why my teachers never liked me wearing my earphones while I did my classwork. Not only was I not able to hear them but… oh wait… Any who, I was asked if I use music as a motivator when I write. My answer: “Yeah, music is a great way to maintain focus.” Whenever I’m working on a book, I use music as a way to mute out everything around me and I feel like that’s a requirement. I mean, yeah you won’t here the garbage truck ram into your house or the cat trapped in the bag (get it, cat’s out the bag! Snap) but you’ll at least hold your train of thought. One trick that keeps me going even more is not being reckless with my music choice. When my focus is on 100%, I can write pretty much anything, but there are times when the music doesn’t fit the scene. Ever tried writing romance with death metal in your ears? I have and it is not pleasant. So I stick to the theme that I’m working on. Beautiful things going on? Tune in to something classical. Carnage and destruction? Rock and let the writing roll. It’s a lot easier to tune yourself with your work because you need to step into your character’s world to create their life.