Easton Livingston's Reality Imagination

Me and My New Dragon

As a writer, normally you are working two jobs at once. The job that’s bringing in the money right now and your writing which you would like to bring in the money later on on a full-time basis. At least this is the goal for those of us who truly want to do this for the rest of our lives and make a living at it. That being said, we are always looking for ways to be more productive in our writing.

On the most basic level, that will be how many words that were able to pound out in a day. How can we get the most words into our computers in the most efficient amount of time? Well for me, I have discovered a tool that is a tremendous help and my hope is that as you read this post that it will help you just as much.

All you need to do is purchase a lizard.

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.

The Importance of a Good Web Host – Introduction

There are some things that are essential for an independent publisher and writer. One of those things is having a web presence. When that goes to the dogs, everything is put on pause. I’m putting it mildly: it comes to a screeching halt. I recently experienced this and it was NOT something I want to go through again. Why have you not seen my posts on a regular basis? Why have there been no activity here at the website? Was I, like many others, here one day and gone the next because of a lack of commitment. Uh…no. Here’s what happened.

My Book Cover Journey – Part II: The Search

One of the things that I have been working on behind the scenes is book cover art for Blackson’s Revenge. Well…technically I’ve been giving input to my book cover artist as we’ve been going back and forth on how to make it look compelling. I’m excited with what he has put together so far. However, I’m getting ahead of myself.

I said that I would chronicle my journey in creating the book cover for my novel and I like to be a man of my word. In the first part, I’ll reveal how I found a great book artist for reasonable fee. Well…reasonable to me anyway.