Every week I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. This week I am taking a look at The Writing Game.
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When considering what to write about I came
up with the title before I actually knew about the content. That’s completely
different from my usual practice, but it is what it is.
What Is the Writing Game?
Well for starters it is everything you find
in the Guide to Writing. So I can’t give you an excerpt because that would
entail 101 pages if you include the book cover, front pages, and back pages. So
this blog is going to look at the subject a little differently than you may
To me the Writing Game begins early in life.
Reflect back on your childhood memories. For starters did you like to read? Did
you like to write?
Those are fairly common questions, but I want you to look deeper. Are there stories buried in your past, in your childhood (or adulthood for that matter) that are bursting to be told? As I sit here typing I’m also reflecting on my childhood. Now in my case I had epilepsy and was on heavy medication until after my first stint in the ninth grade (I flunked it and then was taken off medications and I did much better afterward).
So much of my childhood is a mystery to me.
But the later years (teens and twenties) are much more open to me. So I have
memories. There are some good and some bad memories. Are they bursting to be
told? Bursting, no. But I am intrigued by the possibilities and may someday
write novels based on individual events.
Actually, when I am writing a novel, whether
it’s Bible based or Speculative Fiction, I draw from life experiences throughout
my life. Perhaps I draw from my feelings, my experiences, my hopes, or my
fears. This is my opening point: Your life experiences are a natural resource.
It is this opening point that is the basis
for the idea that everyone has a story in them. Everyone therefore has the
potential to become a writer.
what about skills?
As a Christian I believe there are basically
two times that we are equipped to become what God wants us to become. The first
time is at birth. Everyone is born with certain qualities and innate
tendencies. For example, someone who becomes an artist may have been born with
an innate skill or interest in drawing. It may also show up in childhood.
In my case, because I was on heavy
medication I didn’t play much in sports. I did play in Little League Baseball,
but I had no real talent and I wasn’t pushed because I might have blacked out
or something. But I did have a lively imagination!
Imagination is not really considered a
skill, but it is a necessary ingredient for anyone desiring to be a writer. I
spent much of my childhood living in imaginary worlds. Now you might say that
is normal for children, and it is. However, in my case it was probably more
pronounced than in other children.
Many of my childhood dreams centered on
Flash Gordon, Roy Rogers, and other TV heroes. There was also a Navy Officer
that entered my daydreams. I not only enjoyed their adventures on television
but I made up stories where I was the hero acting out stories that involved
villains and others from their shows. But while the characters were well known
the story lines became my own. By the time I was in my mid-teens I was desiring
to be a writer.
I didn’t start acquiring actual writing
skills until I was in my twenties. I subscribed for a while to a writing course
and began learning the fundamentals of writing. This lasted until I was unable
to afford the service anymore. But I continued to attempt to write. Although
all ended in failure I learned how to better write.
In the game of writing failure is a key ingredient. Failure, when combined with
a strong desire to succeed, teaches you first of all not to quit. I don’t know
how many stories I attempted and failed at, but I never gave up on the goal to
be a writer. Instead I doubled down and learned from my mistakes, which were
It is this stage of life that led my wife
and I to start TR Writing Service. Through this service I can use my failures
and successes to help both new and struggling writers with their careers.
Second Birth changed my life.
In 1973 I asked Jesus into my heart and He gloriously saved me. Now I had eternal life. But there was something else impacted. With the Holy Spirit indwelling me and the Holy Bible available to me I began wanting to glorify God in my writing. And it immediately showed!
I continued to fail, learn, and retry until in the year 2000 God opened my eyes to an opportunity for writing. I was reading the Book of Genesis about Noah and the Flood. I realized that here was a story to be told. Thus I began writing the ‘story behind the story‘ that was eventually published as Refuge: The Genesis Chronicles. That story would later feed into my novel Perished: The World That Was, which in turn launched the series The World That Was and my writing career.
short, God re-equipped me!
By that I mean I was originally equipped to
write by being born with a desire to write and some raw writing skills. Now God
equipped me with new skills that took 27 years to develop and another 3 years
to bear fruit. Thus it took 30 years of Christian living to undo the first 30
years of Christ-less living!
From the first publication to now (2019) it’s been 16 years of learning, failing, and learning. I have published 11 novels (6 Bible based & 4 Speculative Fiction, and 1 American History) plus I am currently working on 3 new novels (1 Bible based and 2 Speculative Fiction). Actually 1 Speculative Fiction novel (Rise of I.C.E.S.) is being published now with availability within days.
we now have Life Experiences and Talent, what else do we need?
In one word: Determination! There are thousands of men and women who want to write and actually attempt it yet quit! Why? They didn’t get the sales they wanted, someone gave them a negative review, a relative discouraged them, and so forth. What they need to do is get back up, learn from the bad things said and even the good things said. Determination is the fuel that will cause you to grow.
there is Opportunity.
Some of you are saying but I never get the opportunity. But I’m here to say that’s no excuse. Whether you use TR Writing Services or some other program you have the opportunity. In this day and age you can write, publish, and market your own book.
In the game of writing you control the game. You have little control over sales, but you have great control over the writing and publishing of your book. And there are ways and means of marketing your book available. If you have all the talent in the world and all the skills but never seize the opportunity you are guaranteeing failure. Permanent failure. On the other hand you have unlimited opportunity available to you every day!
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Services providing help to struggling and/or new
authors to write and publish their books. In addition he is the author of
several books and is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative
Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also
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