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Giving Back to the Writing Community

My fellow writers and other Internet browsers who tripped, fell, rolled, and stumbled upon my little known blog, I want to show my appreciation for all the successful writers who have really contributed to helping the rest of us along. I’m sure I don’t know them all and am sorry if I skip over any on this post. And if I do skip over someone please send me links to their help! I’m always craving to read/view/study more about our craft.

I guess the best way to go through my thanks is to walk along my journey into the writing world. The first piece of writing help I delved into was Stephen King’s On Writing. I’m sure a lot of you have heard of the horror King’s memoir (see what I did there :D). It’s not only an entertaining read, but also provides his insight on the craft. I think any young writer should read this book. It’s very well done and let’s you get inside the head of a best seller. Thank you, Stephen King,  for my first stepping block.

The next step on my journey I’ve probably mentioned 100 times; Brandon Sanderson’s writing courses. These were probably the most submersible and the biggest Kickstart for me. Sanderson’s courses have become more mainstream over the past couple of years and he has put out multiple versions. If you’re just beginning, check these out. I will never be able to thank Brandon enough for the amount he’s given back to the community and how much I have learned from those courses. Thank you, Brandon Sanderson! Oh, and he has some great books too!

R/writing is up next. Though I’m not as active there as I used to be, r/writing ,and reddit in general, is a great resource in life. I’ve spent many a days reading tips and tricks and lists posted in r/writing. And this thanks goes to all the other indie/self-published authors and lurking career authors out there that remain anonymous in the r/writing community.

My last thanks goes out to Michael J. Sullivan. Though I have yet to read his works he’s been the prime example of giving back to the community from a self-published perspective. Over the last couple years, he’s exploded onto the scene and has documented every step of the process for all to follow. No one, that I know of, has gone into the details of what to do and how to do them as Sullivan has. Not only this, but he is very active in the social media channels and, from my experience, is always open to chatting with other authors and provide advice. Thank you, Michael J. Sullivan, for the continual support!

Well, that’s it. All my quick thanks and shout outs. If you’re an inspiring writer or trying to hone your craft, check these people out. You will not be disappointed.

– Your bus riding – needing more time to get things done buddy.

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The Inspiration of Others

Life is hilarious. The things people do, the way they act, their words, tics, etc are great. At it’s core, writing, and stories in general, are a tribute to this. The things we authors write all have some sort of influence to them. Sure, an author creates a character and scene from thin air, but they wouldn’t be able to do that without their personal experiences and inspiration gather from others.

I wanted to blab about this because I owe a lot to the people in my life for things. Just the otheer day I came up with Queen City’s signature dish because of what a friend said. She said the word octopi, attempting to refer to the plural form of octopus. We weren’t talking about my writing or anything but it ignited an idea in my head instantly. Just by hearing her say it, my brain went: octopi -> octo pie -> Octo-pie! -> Queen City has a huge history with Octopus. Of course everyone love Octo-Pie!  I immediately loved her to death.


It’s amazing, how something so simple can spark something so big. Even just daily conversations, or inside jokes. As a writer, all of those things end up being bled onto the page. Very bit of every person we interact with leads to some bit of writing. It’s the natrure of it I guess. 


Thank you, friends, for saying normal, stupid, quotable, everyday things that lead us to craft entertainment.


-Your Sub-Par Swyper


-> Everything is Awesome <- Because the Lego Movie was surprisingly good.

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Art Collection

One of the many tactics I stumbled upon in my research for learning how to write better is keeping a folder of art.  The idea is that you can open the folder whenever you have writer’s block to get ideas or be inspired. I’ve also found it useful to create collages for different characters. I’m not much of an artist, but I know what I want a character to look like and can give a good feel from various drawings put together. It also helps when you want to describe them. You can pop open the collage and look at an image to help you find the words your looking for.


I think every writer should practice doing this. It has worked wonders, and has given me endless ideas. People are creative. There are a million ideas and views of things in the world. It’s great to see people create thing I would never in a thousand years have thought of. It’s simply amazing.

Today I stumbled upon Mike Burns via /r/imaginarymonsters. I haven’t looked at a lot of his work, but I love his rendition of Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Boo Berry here -> http://artburns.blogspot.com/2012/07/end-of-cereal-monsters.html .

-Your Fellow Art Lover

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