It hurts when it seems no one cares for your book, but…

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I thought about writing this post after seeing a video of one of my indie-publisher writer friends saying she would give up publishing due to too few people reading her books. She said she only had around ten people who really cared for her first book and this people shouldn’t be paying to read it.

I understand her point of view and disappointment. The problem is, we are in an extremely saturated market here.

On Goodreads, I have a list only for books from my independent author friends. It contains 76 titles so far. Last year I managed to read 8 books from this list. I wished I had read more and I hope I do manage a higher count this year, but reading time in real life is something very limited and, I must confess, sometimes I want to read books coming from traditional publishing as well, or writing craft books, or classic books. I wouldn’t be able to limit myself only to what has been published the last three years too.

I do hold all my independent author friends to my heart, but I alone can’t fulfill their expectations. All I can say to them is that they must write even if only a handful of people read their books. They should look at their books as their legacy to the creativity and wisdom of mankind. So few humans in this world have written a book and left something so valuable to the rest of us. Worries about how many people read it in the year it was published seems to me not the most important here.

So please take heart, dear indie-pub author. Your book is there, forever. It will be read eventually. It will be loved sometime too, by someone, this year or the next, or the next… You’ll never know the full impact it will have on other people. Don’t despair. Write on and always try to improve what you leave in this world. If it’s this you feel you should be doing, if this is your passion, make it happen. Release your work into the world and don’t worry so much about the immediate answer to it.

Only follow the path of creativity and passion without regrets.

Namaste.

My writing playlist, 25 songs full of emotion

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Writers often speak about which music inspires them to write. All these are songs bring up a lot of different emotions in me, they conjure specific moods for writing scenes. I also hear them gladly in my everyday life.

1) Tomoyasu Hotei – Battle Without Honor Or Humanity

2) Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

3) 3-11 Porter/ Surround me with your love

4) Duffy – Rain On Your Parade

5) Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

6) Pharrell Williams – Happy

7) Vance Joy – Riptide

8) David Bowie – Absolute Beginners

9) Duffy – Distant Dreamer

10) You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

11) Capital Cities – Safe And Sound

12) Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me

13) Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life

14) The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

15) Gary Barlow – Let Me Go

http://www.universal-music.de/gary-barlow/videos/detail/video:330626/let-me-go

16) Rockferry – Duffy

17) Nelly Furtado – Powerless Say What You Want

18) Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

19) Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

20) Coolio- Gangster’s Paradise

21) Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again

22) Game Of Thrones “Official” Show Open (HBO)

23) Gloria – Laura Branigan

24) Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

25) Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men

http://www.vevo.com/watch/of-monsters-and-men/little-talks-(official-video)/USUV71102089

Books about Writing – A genre unto itself

One year ago, along with rediscovering my love for writing I started a new activity, the study of writing craft. I saw that I could improve my writing in ways I had not thought about during my twenties when I mostly wrote poems, flash- and short-stories. The writing of my first, still under revision, novel called for more refined wordsmithing, so I started to read books about writing. This interest developed to creating two lists on Goodreads:

Books about Writing https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31638675-leticia?shelf=about-writing

and

Helpful Books about Writing https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31638675-leticia?shelf=helpful-books-about-writing

The first being a list of books I heard about which could be interesting, and the second a list of books I read and found helpful.

I also created a Facebook group for discussing this subject:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/995961867092275/

Needless to say that in this group I didn’t only give tips on interesting books, but also received great tips back.

So, if you are interested, jump in!

My other passion: Painting and Drawing

During my late twenties and thirties, while I made a pause on writing, I was busy drawing and later painting with oil. I also visited many art expositions in galleries, museums and artist communities. One of the most interesting experiences I had was visiting an art community in Munich, the Domagk ateliers in one of their open to the public Sundays.

Now I posted some of that work on Deviantart. You can see it here: http://thelett26.deviantart.com/

Have a good time expressing yourselves!

Looking for inspiration? It may be a good idea to turn your computer off.

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I made an interesting discovery on my last summer vacation. Time away from the internet can do wonders for your writing and for your time management too.

As usual in every vacation I never take my laptop with me. I know that it will be hard to be away from the virtual world, but I make a stand on it. It’s a, to some degree, return to the past ritual; to the time when I didn’t own a computer and didn’t even know what an email was. I remember having more time for everything back then even if some of that time was spent watching television. As nowadays television for me is something I mainly use to show my DVDs twice per week, during these three weeks I used the internet free time for something more constructive; reading.

Since I often change my mind about what I want to go on reading, it’s very practical to carry a great number of books in an electronic reader. So, apart from the two books I started and didn’t feel like reading to the end, during this vacation I managed to finish reading other six books: Four science-fiction books and two about writing craft. These last two I didn’t only read, but also studied, making notes on the e-reader. When I was writing, I was fine under the sun with a paper notebook and a pen. I had the double word count I usually have at home while trying the almost impossible task (with my white complexion) of getting a tan. All this while reading and writing were just a part of my day. The rest of the time I was “busy” enjoying my vacations and had a great time, without internet.

But coming back to my main theme, inspiration. Ideas rarely come to me while sitting in front of my computer. I think this happens because too much goes on in the virtual world and I’m not disciplined enough not to look around while writing. New ideas appear while cooking, talking to people, taking a shower or just after closing my eyes and deciding I was done for the day and I’m going to sleep. Usually I’m not thinking about my novel, it happens unconsciously when I am relaxed. So, the best thing to do when you hit the wall is to take a break. Give it time, from half an hour to a full night of sleep, preferably go to do a task that doesn’t occupy your mind so much. Even everyday work, like baking a cake or ironing clothes can help your mind in answering your questions for you. Inspiration will surface when you expect it the least.

My second challenge

As promised this new visual prompt goes more in the fantasy direction with a magical bird who has a soul connection to a snake woman and a dragon who flies in the background. I made this picture in 2006. Please click on the link below this post to see the picture.

Could you think of a story where these characters would interact with each other? Or could this picture be more of the metaphor of a woman’s soul moment represented by the dragon and the phoenix, the eternal struggle between light and darkness?

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I’m wondering again

How about a blog which main subject is giving other people ideas about what to write? I don’t consider myself an expert in writing, but I do have more ideas available than time to write about them. So why not to write them down and offer them to the next person looking for inspiration? So, this picture is my first challenge. Could you think of ways in which way this love could happen? What would be the hurdles in their way? If you know who made this picture, please tell me so I put the credits on it. If you write about it, please let me know, I would be happy to know this blog has inspired someone.

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