Showing posts with label short stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label short stories. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Minds the Secret Society - Available now on Kindle!



Great news! Minds the Secret Society is now available to purchase for 0.99$ only on your Kindle! I'm really more than excited to share this with you, being the first story I decided to publish, I think this is the perfect introduction to what you can expect from me in any stories. It is really an exciting moment and a huge boost in morale for me personally, and I would love to hear what you guys think about this as well, so don't forget to leave a review!

I'll be posting more information as well about the projects that I have coming in the next few days. But, for now, I want to apologize for missing a few posts because of the numerous projects I'm involved in. But don't worry, I have plenty to make it up to you! 

Until next time,
Write on!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

3 Things You Need To Know Before Writing Anything


There are a lot of challenges that can halt your progress when starting a new project, whether it is a short story, a novel or even a blog that you want to start. So I decided to talk about some of the common issues and how to best deal with them and get something achieved.

1. Plan your project!
This is literally the most important aspect of every project you want to start, even if it doesn't involve writing even. Stories are the same, there is not a single writer who doesn't do this before starting a project. For some, an outline works while for others they feel its too restrictive and doesn't give the writer the freedom to do what they want (assuming they want to change things when writing). But the fact of the matter is, even those who don't outline usually have a seperate document that helps them remember all the important details that need to be stated. It can be a list of every character in the story (which is updated as the writing is going) or even just a rough draft. Always remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

2. Have content at the ready!
If you're planning a blog, launch it when you have enough content to cover at least three months ahead. This will give you the option to edit whatever you want (if there is an important event that you need to blog, you can simply push the schedule ahead a bit). This will do wonders, seriously. It'll give you a breathing point for those times when you are most likely too busy to write. You don't have to freak out, you're covered. But have a goal of writing one post a week at the very least.

In terms of stories or novels, write down any idea that you have on paper. I always have at my disposal these half finished stories which are based on a single idea. Just note it down, it'll make sense later on for when you feel something is terribly missing somewhere but you can't identify it. I did this with Minds: the Secret Society, and quite recently Secret of the Moonlight where I used a part I had already written and merged the stories together (and they make perfect sense as well).

3. Know where you are going!
Whether it is noting down goals, or plot lines, if you don't know to which port you are sailing, you will never arrive. Have a destination, or a meaning behind whatever project you want to start. Ask yourself what do you want the readers to get out of after finishing the story/blog? This will do wonders to improve your writing.

I plan to do more of these posts as well. Also, for next week, I'll be taking some questions from Twitter and answer them. These will be completely random, and I'll prepare a hashtag as well in case you want to ask me something (I'll probably check the questions sent to my email first). This can be anything from self-publishing tips, or hacks to questions regarding book covers and blurbs!

Until next time,
Write on.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Writing a Short Story VS Writing Novel

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There are many different aspects to consider when writing a short story, and a novel. They are two completely different genres which require their own unique style in story telling. Personally, I think of short stories as exercises which one can do in order to get in that culture of finishing a piece, whether its 1K words, or 10K words or even a 100K one.

One of the main challenges when writing a novel is to actually flush it out in a way that is still engaging. Any sentence you write should build up for something larger or give hints towards something that needs explaining; you simply cannot get away with writing fillers in a novel (stuff completely irreverent to the story just for the sake of increasing the word count).

In short stories, you can actually get away with a lot of things, for example you can skip an entire battle or a change in sequence... moving forward with the story in just around 500 words (something that cannot be forgiven in a novel). Some might argue that this does not reflect good practices, to which I say, who the hell sets the rules for writers? We ourselves do.

Think of it like this: in a short story, you can sum up a huge event with its outcome and just proceed to the aftermath. In a novel, you have to explicitly describe everything that happened, no excuses!

Writing short stories is always fun, as you essentially get the culture of actually finishing a project, and that momentum is what gets you going when you're writing a novel. You will never improve if you keep writing in your comfort zone... you have to extend it and explore different genres in order to increase your vocabulary.

Until next time,
Write On.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Release Date: 3 Short Stories + My Recent Interview

In a recent interview with TheCrazyMind, it was a really refreshing experience where they wanted to shed more light about how the cultural differences are, writing in another part of the world. Needless to say, the common problems are often the same, just with a different taste. I cannot begin to explain how similar all the problems are, family, career, friends it's all technically the same.

For anyone interested in reading the interview, here's the link:

http://www.thecrazymind.com/2016/01/interview-with-mohd-g-darwish.html

















You can click the image, or right here to go to the interview.

In the interview, I was asked about my short stories and when are they going to be released. To which I've set specific dates that I thought could announce it here as well.

1. Minds: the Secret Society




















In the fictional city of Ganea, a super detective by the name of M exists. He is one of the most renowned detectives known for tackling cases that often others shy away from. But sadly, not even he, could escape the jaws of love.


2. Jack of Scurvy Bay




















Jack, who blinded by temptations of adventure goes on a life-changing journey and becomes a pirate in pursuit of freedom and treasure.

3. Secret of the Moonlight

This short story, I plan to keep it hidden for now, as I may actually end up re-writing it before the actual release date. But what I can tell you now is that it'll follow a very horrific story which is guaranteed to provide you with the shock, excitement, and fear for the characters that you should in all my stories. The genre will be horror as well, but this will take a very dark path.

 There you go, as for Dragon Tooth, the initial release date (on Amazon) is the 7th of June 2016 - If only for the sake of it being my birthday and I would like to make it a bit more special by having my debut novel released then.

To completely honest, I have still not finished it (let alone get it edited and proofread) and it's getting really challenging as I am nearing the end (but not quite).

Until next time,
Write on.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Three Ways to Earn Money With Your Short Story

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So, you've finished writing up an awesome short story that leaves readers with a life changing impact and are wondering where to go with it from here? Then this post is for you.

Many emerging authors and writers struggle with this dilemma. Whether it is weighing up writing a novella, short story or a nonfiction ebook. In this post, I'll be talking about some known methods and ways to earn money with your completed short story.

I'll be addressing techniques about how to write a successful short story in a future blog, but for now, we will assume that you have already completed a story that sells.

There are basically three ways to earn money with your short story. Keep in mind that there is no shortcut to success and that it'll probably tire you. Also, be prepared to get rejected a lot, but remember it only has to work once.

1- Submit to Literary Magazines.

There are an infinite number of literary magazines that will pay you money for publishing your short story on their magazine. The way it works is that they purchase "First Rights Publication" which means that you cannot publish it anywhere until it gets released in the magazine. Then, all rights revert to the author.

Most magazines have a flat fee, while others offer a more lucrative reward that is based on the number of words (a short story must be under 7500).

Here is a link that provides 46 Literary Magazines you can submit your short story to:
http://letswriteashortstory.com/literary-magazines/

2- Entering Competitions.

There are a lot of competitions that accept emerging authors. Actually, some competitions exist for the sole purpose of supporting new authors. While some competitions have an entry fee, there are a number of competitions that you can enter free of charge.

These often offer a hefty reward in the event that your story goes further in the competition. Cash, along with publication opportunities. One of the most accredited competitions is "L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future" which I highly recommend you enter if only for the bragging rights. Here is link to their website:
http://www.writersofthefuture.com/

Also, here is a link that provides a list of short story competitions:
http://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-tips-and-writing-advice/short-story-competitions.php

3- Self-Publishing on Amazon KDP.

Your short story would be available for Kindle users and those who use any form of devices to purchase the ebook. In case you are wondering, Amazon provides this service for free, making your short story available to a huge global market just in the blink of an eye.

The pricing structure for short stories however, will be discussed in a future blog post, but often authors charge 0.99$ per short story.

Remember that you need to effectively market the short story as well before its release in order to ensure great results.

Visit this website in order to learn more:
https://kdp.amazon.com/

Happy writing everyone!