Sunday, October 3, 2010

Writing is Easy


They say everyone has a story in them, but not everyone knows how to tell it, and not everyone knows how to sell it. Wouldn't it be nice if you could tell your story in a way that others found interesting, entertaining, even gripping? And heck, why not make some money at it?

Today, after attending a great book-debut party put on by a local publisher, I had the pleasure of reading through a very interesting new book, written by four fun people, about how to write.

Why am I, master writer that I obviously am, reading a book on how to write?

Because it's not one of those typical books on how to write. It's better than that, and this is why:

There are a lot of books out there which try to tell you HOW to write. Grammar, setting, character development, story arc, man vs nature, all kinds of good stuff. This book, Writing is Easy, doesn't do any of that. In fact, the book doesn't actually TEACH a whole lot about HOW to write. What it does is it shows you that you CAN write, and it shows you how these four authors accomplished their dream of getting published, which you can do as well.

The book opens up telling you a stark truth: If you're a writer and you're not published, it's your own fault. In this day and age when the only remaining barrier to publishing is within ourselves, writing a book and getting it published is easy! Hence the title: Writing is Easy.

The Rogue's Gallery Writers - Michael Ray King, Tracy McDurmon, Rebekah Hunter Scott, and Jeff Swesky - each brings their own unique personality to the table with numerous examples of short stories, their inspirations, and the questions that naturally arise, all of which allows you to get into their heads and find common ground, which, with 40-some examples to choose from, you won't have any trouble doing at all. All of this is meant to show you that you're not alone, and that if you want to write and get published, there's nothing stopping you.

After all, the only real obstacle to getting published is you, and once you've found a muse or 10 in this book, you'll see that.

Billions of people out there still want new and interesting stories to read, and that means publishers want lots of new stories to print. Why not yours? But if you never get up the nerve to write, and if you don't actually put forth some effort to get published, then how are you ever going to do that? That's what this book is about: it's about showing you that YOU and YOU ALONE are the only obstacle to your success, and encourages you to overcome that obstacle by showing you how easy it is. In fact, Michael, in his role as the head of ClearView Press, the publisher of this and several other books, says the best stories he's read have come from people who don't have the nerve to get published, and that's what ultimately inspired him to create this book.

I think that's a pretty telling phenomenon, guys. What about you? Do you have what it takes? Do you just need a little inspiration, a few examples to show you the way? Then you'll want to get this book.

Here's a link to the book's official web page, plus I've got three handy Amazon links for you to buy Writing is Easy and some other books these authors have written. You can also order books through ClearView's site, which has more authors to choose from than just the Rogue's Gallery Writers. And don't forget to check out their blogs: Michael Ray King, Tracy McDurmon, Rebekah Hunter Scott, and Jeff Swesky! They've got some cool tales to tell there.


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  1. I'm so glad the book inspired you enough to blog about it! Mike has literally made my childhood dream a reality. And who knew I could pull off a convincing Kentucky accent?
    Thank you so much for coming out to the book release party! I'm sure our paths will cross again soon.

  2. Jaycee, man, you have one kick-butt site here! I'm not saying this simply because you wrote an incredible review of our book either. I must mention how well you nailed the intent of the book. The purpose of the book is to inspire confidence in writers.

    I love your style - over the top and fascinating. I read a couple other sections of the site - my eyes whirled around and began speaking straight into my brain - "this guy has a knack for writing". Keep it up. This is great stuff! Your humor translate extremely well in print...

  3. Thank you guys, I really appreciate the votes of confidence I've gotten from all four of you. It means a lot to know that people like you are in my corner.


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