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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Getting back in the flow of writing


What do I like most about writing fiction?

The activity takes me aware from the little things in my life as I lose myself in the greater concepts of imagined worlds and people. When I finish a writing session, I feel great about myself and close to euphoria. The release resets my spirit and helps my enjoy life.

I recently came across the concept of "flow" as defined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In 1975, he identified a heightened state of awareness that he dubbed flow.

I learned about this in the book "Driven to Distraction at Work" by Edward M. Hallowell, MD. He summarized Csikszentmihali's research like this:

"In flow a person becomes so immersed in what he is doing that he loses self consciousness altogether. He gets so into what he is doing that he merges with the action he is involved in, becoming one with it. He loses sense of time, even awareness of biological needs and drives."

I appreciate the phrase "merges with the action" because that's how I feel when I write fiction. The action is right there in my head, like I'm watching a mental movie and making my best efforts to describe the scene with text.

Dr. Hallowell went on to write:

"In flow a person experiences life at its peak, its most joyful, its most intensely fulfilling."

This explains why I feel so good after a fiction writing session. I'm fulfilled and joyful about my accomplishment.

The purpose of Hallowell's book is to help people reduce distraction and focus so they can return to a productive state. He goes on to say that the skill of entering flow can be cultivated. I agree. As a daily writer who endures many distractions, I've developed the ability to move in and out of fiction writing. When it's time to do it, I segregate myself and do it. Maybe my Muse does not always answer, but she's pretty accustomed to taking my call and not sending me to voice mail.

According to Dr. Hallowell:

"With practice you can learn to enter flow regularly. The key is to engage in some activity that both matters to you deeply and is challenging, so that you have to stretch."

Right now I am reviving my skill of entering my fiction writing flow. For numerous life reasons, I've been prevented the last nine months from doing what I love most. But I have been pecking away slowly at a new fantasy story. For the last three days, I've engaged in daily writing sessions. Blissful satisfaction greeted me at the completion of each session, and I'm determined to make time in my life again to write more novels.

Dr. Hallowell wrote that writing is an activity that lets some people enter a flow state if it matters to them and they want to meet the challenge. He also said the professional athletes enter flow as well. It can happen to all types of people in any number of circumstances as long as they are engaging deeply and want to achieve something.

If you're struggling with focus and perhaps worry that you're letting your gadgets screen suck your time too much, I recommend Hallowell's book. It contains insights and great advice.




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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Judgment Rising only $0.99 at Google Play Books



If you're in the middle of reading The Rys Chronicles fantasy series, this is the best time to grab the third book, Judgment Rising, on Google Play. Its price is reduced to $0.99 from $4.99 until the end of March.

Judgment Rising is a sweeping epic fantasy that pits an expanding human empire against the magical rys. The humans only think they have a chance because they are allied with ancient enemies of the rys. They are two tabre who have emerged from thousands of years of hibernation to take their revenge for the destruction of their realm.

Right now, this novel is $0.99 at Google Play worldwide. The sale price will be converted to other currencies. 

The novel opens five years after the events in Union of Renegades and The Goddess Queen. Although it is steeped in the events that preceded it, I designed the story so that it would be interesting to people even if they had not read the other two books. It introduces some new characters and gives the older characters new challenges to overcome. 





About the novel:

To the victors go the spoils, and Shan and Dreibrand have flourished for five years as the leaders of their respective kingdoms. Allied by friendship, they greet the future with excitement and grandiose plans.

Dreibrand counts on his relationship with Shan to protect him from the encroaching Atrophane Empire as he carefully avoids direct confrontation with his former countrymen, now under the undisputed leadership of his old rival Sandin Promentro.

But a greater malice than imperial ambition threatens the new lords of the Wilderness. The long dead civilization of Nufal, where Dreibrand and Miranda nurture their fledgling kingdom, has not forgotten the brutal genocide of its ancient war with the rys. The ghosts of Nufal may have been extinguished but their avengers remain. The inheritors of Onja’s wealth and lands will now battle the nightmare of their judgment rising. 

On sale through March 31st for 99 cents at Google Play





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Monday, March 16, 2015

Final day to get my fantasy audiobooks for $2.95 each



Tomorrow is Saint Patrick's Day. Celebrate this rite of spring and grab one or both of my fantasy audiobooks for only $2.95 each. That's a savings of 66 percent.


Union of Renegades opens The Rys Chronicles series with 19 hours of epic audio.

Then the final battles with the rys queen will be revealed in the next 16 hours of audio in The Goddess Queen.

This sale is only available at Brave Luck Books. You get mp3 format, and the audiobooks are available worldwide. Audible and iTunes also sell these audiobooks, but I don't control the prices there. Sometimes Audible runs sales on these titles too, if you have a membership and want to check them out.

Listen to an exciting excerpt from The Goddess Queen.




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Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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Rys Rising: Book I

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