Sunday, July 27, 2014
Many years ago the Timex watch company produced commercials featuring their timepieces. In these ads a watch would be subjected to torturous test. Taped to a baseball bat shot through glass or various other trials. At the end, a camera zoomed in on the watch to prove it was still running. ‘It took a licking and kept on ticking’ become the motto for the Timex company.
Some authors are like the watches in these advertisements. They were rejected criticized and told they had no talent. However they didn’t listen to the critics. They kept on writing. Today we consider them among the greatest writers and their works classics.
The difference between these authors and 99 percent of those who put their words on paper is they didn’t give up. Pure and simple this is the answer to their success. No hidden secret, no magic formula they didn’t quit. They became flustered they threw their manuscript away picked it out of the wastebasket and kept on. They may have given up for a short period ,however they always returned to the task.
They wrote, revised and revised again until the book was finished. Some authors took rejection letters and torn them up stomping them into the ground others shot them.
Would you consider William Faulkner unpublishable? What about James Joyce? Jack London papered his walls with rejections all 600 of them. He kept a running tally of the ones who turned down his work. Louis L’Amour was rejected 350 times. Later Congress awarded him a gold medal. John Creasy 774. One hundred and twenty publishers turned down Chicken Soup for the Soul.C. S. Lewis was turned down 800 times before his writing was sold.
Only 50 copies of Moby Dick were sold During Herman Melville’s lifetime. He died in obscurely. Yet today it is considered a .masterpiece
Often discouraged these authors kept going. Today their books are still in print.
How would you like to be the agent or publisher who turned down London falkenter Steinbeck or Hemmingway? Would you kick yourself each time you rest the list of best sellers.
Are you a Timex author? Can you take a beating and still come back for more? When you get knocked down you do get back up? If you do, you have a good chance of being a success.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
One of the greatest gifts God gives to a fiction writer is an imagination. With it, He enables us to observe shootouts, car chases, births and deaths. To solve mysteries and relate these events to others. We weave stories together with the joys and sorrows of life. We experience the horror of losing a love one. The elation of falling in love, the conflict of everyday life. We sit at our computer and create new worlds and populate it with our characters.
Imagination is a wonderful asset. With it, engineers build bridges connecting cities spanning vast chasms and rivers. Architects design buildings reaching for the sky. Before a vehicle appears on the showroom floor, it was in someone’s mind. Without Imagination, we would still be living by candlelight with our only form of transportation, a horse and buggy.
As writers, we transmit what we see in our minds to paper or screen. We may go over it a dozen times or more perfecting and clarifying the story. Some believe they can write the story once and it’s perfect. If you can, you’re very fortunate indeed. For the rest of us, we labor day and night. We struggle over each word, sentence, and page. Writing and rewriting until the story flows. Or as some have put it ‘sings’.
Finally the story is told, the book is finished. Then as our final act, we offer our novel to the reader hoping to connect with their imagination. Thus, we continue the story we first saw in our mind.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Adam Wakefield has an ideal
life as pastor of the small church in which he grew up. Then he receives a
telegram inviting him to become pastor of the largest church in Chicago. He
accepts unaware he is playing into the hands of extortionists and murderers. But
God has great plans for Adam. On the train
to Chicago he meets and falls in love with Victoria Winters. Together Adam and
Victoria face a life of ministering, love and danger. writersofvision.com
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Friday, May 23, 2014
From the writing desk of Darrell Case
The other morning I sat in my office thinking about my readers. Those who spend their time and money reading and reviewing the books I write. There isn’t a way to thank you for your kind compliments. Your comments spur me on each time I sit down at my computer. Though I deal in words they seem so inadequate. All I can say is thank you.
As writers, we strive for each book to be better than the last. My hope is River of Fire will meet your expectations. River is a little different in that it is a murder /romance based in the 1880’s.
This synopsis is from the back of the book.
Adam Wakefield loves pastoring his small church in Apple Valley, Arkansas. He considers the entire valley his congregation. Friends and neighbors all respect him as a man of God. He is content to stay in here laboring for The Lord for the rest of his life.
He receives a telegram inviting him to become pastor of the largest church in Chicago. At first, Adam resists. Finally, he surrenders believing this is God’s will. He accepts unaware he is playing into the hands of extortionists and murderers.
19-year-old Victoria Winters job as a schoolteacher ends in disaster. Falsely accused of beating a student, she is fired, jailed and ran out of town. On the train to Chicago, Adam meets and falls in love with Victoria. Together they face a life of ministering, love and danger.
The trailer should be completed by the end of May. Look for it on our website writersofvision.com or YouTube.
River of Fire will be available beginning in June on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and various other websites or at your local bookstore. If you would a free copy to review, please let me know. I will be happy to provide you with a paperback or PDF format. All I ask is you post an honest evaluation.Send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadly Justice is still in the works and coming along well. It is to be released in the latter part of the year.
Check our website for updates, free chapters and new releases
May God richly bless you and yours.