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…the Author/Blogger’s easy 5-step plan to becoming a millionaire…where’s that copyright, Mabel?…#TBSU…

…absent being the owner of your own currency printing machine, I offer the following synopsis for all the wannabe Croesus(es) [Croesii?] out there in quill-scribbling world…I’m presently about three-quarters of the way through the process, so forgive me if may have to revert for the final corroboration of its efficacy…and having only my own personal experience to draw on here, I’ll pitch this accordingly…my story to date:

1. Kick-off/start/genesis/beginning is …WRITIN’…

Nicking from Nike—JUST DO IT!… don’t be an ‘aspiring writer’—if you write at all, then you’re a writer—and despite nasty rumours to the contrary, it’s NOT a nefariously negative pursuit…get the stuff out, down on paper  or on the laptop…along the way, like any apprentice, emulate the writers you admire…ask for advice…the universal author/writing family is immensely generous of spirit.

2. Having written, now it’s…MARKETIN’…

As of two days ago, I’m officially an Old Age Pensioner…but I feel more like I’m going on 25…initially an avid resister of all things Web-by, computers included (I got my first ever laptop only 4 years ago to write my first novel), you are now reading stuff from the strongest convert to the great big world of ‘Sosyal Networks’…get on to Twitter, Goodreads, even Facebook (stay away from their jail though !!), and get a blog going…please, please, please, don’t make the mistake of using these channels to ask/beg/plead others to buy your stuff…instead become a PERSON,… someone who’s interested in OTHER  writers..become PALS with people…SUPPORT other writers as if you would support yourself…

Next, get out in to the REAL world and guest speak at writers’ groups, school careers days, business gatherings…get articles about your work into local magazines and newspapers, including your own back story … it’s astonishing how interested  others truly  become when they know you’ve written a WHOLE book…

3. Having done the WRITIN’  and the MARKETIN’…it’s time for …DISTRIBUTIN’…

If you’re fortunate enough to have a publisher, good and well, but I haven’t YET had that luxury, but I’m sure it’s coming (cross fingers, light joss-sticks, do mantras..the usual…)…SO, do it yourself…I banged the doors of the major book distributing chains in the United Arab Emirates, and now all three of the ‘biggies’ are carrying the books…another ploy I’m using is sticking them into the lobby shops of as many local hotels as possible … with glossy pictures in my (some may call ) kilted majesty, with the legend, ‘Local Author’…(multiply a couple of sales a day in 700 hotels, and you start to get an idea of how ‘a lot of little makes a lot’…)

4. Stay away from Matron with her syringe…she’s a bit sneaky with that bluudy thing…

AND THE FINAL EASY STEP TO THAT MILLION…drum roll, please, Mabel…

5. Get a reliable shotgun, a non-slip face mask, and the address of the nearest bank…you all be careful now y’hear …

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Blogs To Follow

http://heretherebewords.blogspot.com

http://www.lizzielamb/co.uk

http://www.seumasgallacher.wordpress.com

http://www.dwrob.com

http://katieoliver.com

Ye all know the drill by now for THE BLOG SCRATCHERS UNION (#TBSU)…share, pass along, reciprocate…enjoy …see yeez later

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…a great friend, Tom Rizzo, shares a Guest Blog today…the theme is creativity…LUV IT..#TBSU

…of all the elements of writing , or any of the arts, Tom Rizzo’s subject matter in this post is perhaps the most elusive…’Creativity’…please enjoy:

The Blank Start of Creativity

By Tom Rizzo

Ask any artist—whether a painter, writer or musician—where they get their ideas, you’re likely to get a blank stare. Although, from personal experience, that seems to be a good starting point for the process: a blank stare.

Once, I asked a friend of mine, an art director for a large advertising agency, how he got his ideas. He laughed. “Hell, I don’t know. Ideas just come to me. I really don’t have to do a lot of thinking about them. It’s just kind of automatic. That’s my job.”

The idea of not thinking—or not dwelling—about ideas seems have merit.

  • Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury said, “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
  • American writer Rita Mae Brown wrote, “Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.”
  • Painter Vincent van Goghadvised, “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Is the process really that simple? Maybe so. I do envy those who can deliver creativity at the snap of a finger.

There are time when I tend to seal myself away alone and dwell on ideas for a while, allowing them to simmer in my unconscious, and bubble to the surface, as I work through the creative process.

Sometimes, however, that bubbling thing doesn’t work. You might say there is no bubbling over of ideas. I find that rather than use the blank-stare-strategy, I actually have to do something physical to unleash creativity

The solution, at least for me, is to lower my backside into the chair, click open a blank document, and start typing. Sooner or later, something good happens.

One the other hand, a friend of mine believes creativity is about being open and sharing ideas. Someone else I talked with describes creativity as the borrowing of ideas that you adapt as your own.

Trying to pin someone down on the specifics of how to be creative is tricky. The concept is nebulous, almost spiritual at times. They’re unable to articulate the creative process.

Producing a hard-and-fast list of bullet points of how to go about being creative is next to impossible. The creative process doesn’t lend itself to this kind of structure.

My friend, the art director, told me he thought Ernest Hemingway had the best approach to the creative process: “Write drunk; edit sober.”

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Connectivity to Tom :

Web:      http://tomrizzo.com/

Email:    Tom@TomRizzo.com

Which leads neatly into this post’s batch of super blogs to follow (reciprocation welcomed)

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Blogs to follow

http://www.thomasrydder.wordpress.com

http://dsbutlerauthor.wordpress.com

http://mcswainandbeck.wordpress.com

conniesbrother.blogspot.com      (Roy L. Murry)

http://septuagenarianjourney.wordpress.com

http://thetearsofabillionchildren.wordpress.com

http://genevievedewey.com

http://ogtomes.blogspot.com

http://mirabooks.wordpress.com

Follow as you please and pass on the Blog Scratchers Union ethos…

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