Monthly Archives: August 2017

Book Recommendation: Smallville – Strange Vistors

So I’m doing things a little bit different here at R.I.U. HQ. In all the posts that I’ve done on my blog, I’ve never done a book recommendation. I have plenty of reviews but because of the new direction that we’re taking, I haven’t had the time to actually do a whole lot of reviews even though I’ve read a handful of books in the last couple of weeks. But what I wanted to do with this new beginning is to really add a little bit more value to the people who come to the website. So I am going to give book reviews when I can and book recommendations when I see that a book is really enjoyable to me and that I think will be enjoyable to my readers as well.

So this week in my weekly blog post, we have my first book recommendation which comes from writer that I very familiar with, Mr. Roger Sterns about a small town in Kansas.

Writing, Self-Publishing, and Making Money

I don’t really like to write too much about self-publishing and the business side of things on my website for a couple of reasons. The first would be I haven’t arrived yet so I can’t be giving out to much advice on the matter. As a matter of fact, I’m restarting everything. However, I have learned much and sometimes when I see something that I know that I know and it can help out someone, I’ll give out my little two bits.

Contrary to what some people say, wanted to make money as a writer is not a sin. It’s not an obligation either. Being self-published, you have to work hard at it. Real hard. There’s nothing wrong with hard work. However, that should be coupled with working smart. That’s what this post is about. There is more than one way to make money as a writer and one of those ways has nothing to do with selling books. It’s has more to do with working smart.

The Quest to Write Faster – Part II

Last week, I posted how I was on a quest to write faster and I’m still on that quest. This week, I’m going to lay out two more reasons why writing faster is something that I have to do.

I feel I must preface this by saying that writing faster does not mean that you have to write badly. If you write faster, you’re writing more words. When you’re writing more words, you’re seeing the mistakes that you make and every time that you write, those mistakes will begin to dwindle in terms of content, structure, grammar, etc. They say that it takes about one million words for a writer to really get their voice and write well. I don’t adhere to that but if you did believe that then writing faster would simply get you to t hat milestone quicker.

Writing fast does not equate to writing junk and that notion needs to be done away with if you are interested in productivity in your writing. I’ve only been doing this for a little bit now, just scratching the surface really, and I can tell you that this has made a great deal of difference.