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Sunday, July 24, 2022

My Ultimate Goal as a Writer

    Different authors have multiple reasons for writing books―some authors do it for the love of writing without money being the focal point while most others dream of being a best-selling author selling millions of books. I choose a different path because the Lord led me in the direction of being an author, so I wasn’t solely driven on making money from writing books even though it’s still at the top of the list of reasons why I’ve dedicated so much time into my craft. I knew that I wanted to be my own boss at some capacity, but prior to 2005, being a writer was the furthest thing from my mind.

    There are three reasons why I’ve built my writing platform to what it is today. My immediate goals as a writer were the be a positive influence to those who read my books as well as subscribe to my blog, create a stream of income that will allow me to be independent of the rat race, and help new authors who may desire to embark on the same path that I chose.

 Being a Beacon of Light to Others.

    It’s my passion that my writings inspire people―I must end each book with a positive message regardless of the negative themes associated with the stories that I tell. For example, many of my books are of the urban fiction genre where drug dealing, illicit sex, and murder are glorified, but my job is to show what the end result of those bad choices can produce. If I don’t teach others with the gift that the Lord has given me, I’ve failed my assignment as an author.

 Making a Living as an Author.

    My goal as a writer wasn’t to become rich―I merely want to replace the income that I currently make as a paralegal with the income that I earn as an author. Supplementing my income by writing books is great, but I want to ultimately quit my job and write full-time in the near future. And while landing a book deal and receiving a royalty advance is also great, I enjoy the freedom of being a self-published author and calling my own shots.

 Helping Aspiring Authors.

    There wasn’t much of a road map when I started writing in 2005―I got bumped and bruised along the way as I learned something from each one of the mistakes I’d made. In hindsight, I wish that I knew then what I know now because it would’ve saved me a lot of time and pain. I created my blog mainly to promote my work, but I also want to help new authors avoid some of the difficulties that I experienced. I share what I’ve learned in writing as well as marketing to my reading audience on my blog, and my mantra is to reach one, teach one.

    Like anything in life, an author must know the real reason why he or she writes, or else failure is imminent. I truly believe that inspiring people through writing is my main purpose in life, and the fact that I earn money doing so is a bonus.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Should an Author’s Main Character Be Flawed?

    Yes, to a certain degree, it’s better if the protagonist is flawed because flaws are what make a character more relatable. A character should also be likable, but likability isn’t a requirement for a good book. Case in point, let’s take a look at the character Ghost from the Starz television series, Power. He was a drug dealer from Queens who tried to go totally legit by opening up a nightclub. He was also considered an antihero by definition, and depending on who you are, you may have found yourself rooting for him in many instances. However, Ghost is extremely flawed―he’s a killer, a manipulator, and a two-timing husband who puts himself first above everyone (including his family) and everything else in most situations. He always seemed to be one step ahead of law enforcement though, which made him a very shrewd criminal who could finesse his way out of any adverse condition or use brute force when necessary. Whether you liked the character Ghost or absolutely hated him, he captured the interest of millions of viewers for six straight seasons.

Ghost

    So, how does a character like Ghost who’s not very likeable and garners little or no sympathy from viewers gain their attention every week? It’s simple―they were intrigued by him. Intrigue is what hooks viewers, and personally, I was fascinated by the fact that he lasted so long without getting killed by the police or rival drug dealers or even getting sentenced to life without parole in prison. In turn, it is better for the audience to be enthralled by the main character than it is to simply like the main character of a novel, movie, or television series.

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