We all struggle to write our best all the time and without interference from our inner self. We hear negative comments from other people, we don’t need to have to fight our inner self.
When I was young I struggled with this “Self-Confidence” problem, until a wonderful high school English teacher, Mrs. Egan, changed my whole perspective.
Enjoy this motivational YouTube video about my writing journey to success as a novelist. This journey culminated with me winning the 2011 Readers Favorite National Gold Medal for Ghost of Atlanta.
J. E. Thompson’s novels include A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, the national award winning Ghost of Atlanta, Phantoms of Rockwood and Stormy Winds that will be published in March 2015.
J. E. Thompson has been nominated for the 2014 Georgia Author of the year award for Phantoms of Rockwood.
Now onto bigger and even better goals!!!!
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I drove into Winder, Georgia and visited the Old Lions Club on East Broad Street and the grassy area in front where the annual county fair was established in the late fifties and early sixties. Oh…the memories exploded in my mind as I looked up at the old white Lions Club building. I smiled as the flashbacks created past visual images in rapid succession.
Oh…the memories exploded in my mind as I looked up at the old white Lions Club building. I smiled as the flashbacks created past visual images in rapid succession.
I remember that October day was little overcast and a slight chill was in the air at the start of the early nineteen-sixties Barrow County Fair.
Grandmother Mary Lee had always entered the backing contest, but this year she didn’t and I decided to uphold the family tradition and cook a pound cake. The baking contest was a big deal at the time.
I wanted to use Mama Katie’s Lemon Pound Cake recipe, but decided to use a plain pound cake. I wanted to win the blue ribbon. This was important!
I decided to make the this trek to Winder, in late 2009,as part of my research for my third novel, the 2011 National Gold Medal Winner Ghost of Atlanta. I’m glad I did as the visit created visual images of key scenes that I used in the beginning of the novel.
I got out of the car and walked around old-fair ground area. i re-lived visions of events long gone into the deep recesses of my mind. I remembered coming to the Barrow County Fair in my uncle’s old Ford. I remembered carrying the pound cake and walking through the front glass doors of the Lions Club. I talked to the lady in charge and a gave her the pound cake.
My grandmother and I drove back to the her old family home in Statham,Georgia. I talked with my grandmother abaout my chances of winning the blue ribbon.
A couple of days later, my Uncle Charles drove me back to the Lions Club building. I opened the and walked to the area where the baking was judged.
I looked for a second…smiled.
My uncle carried me back to Statham, and I hugged my grandmother and we talked all night about me winning the blue ribbon. It was a joyous moment.
A couple of days later my Grandmother Mary Lee put me in a car with a family friend who carried me and my sister to the train station in Athens to ride the “Silver Comet” to a new life up north.
We were on our way to Brooklyn, New York and a new life as part of the great migration of southern blacks to the big cities in the north.
The days of old southern living with my Grandmother Mary Lee were over, but I still remember the time in the kitchen in Statham,Georgia cooking the pound cake on the old iron stove.
It was a winner then, and it’s now a winner again as a key part of my novel, Ghost of Atlanta!
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Successful twenty-first century authors have three lifestyle components: Passion, Organization, and Uniqueness. Passion:Successful authors love their craft!
They delve into the storyline with abandon. They make time to write and know their most creative time of the day. This is different for each author.
I know of a writer who sneaks out of bed at four a.m. and writes until six a.m. and then returns to bed and the warmth of their spouse.
In the space between daily tasks writers will find a time to write. I’m a high school teacher and sometimes, in the six minutes between classes, I will have a pencil and pad in the hallway and in between yelling “Get to Class!” I write a few lines for an upcoming manuscript.
Later, after the closing school bells sounds, I expand on the idea and thought and make it into something that is readable. You write when you can!
The health of a writer’s soul must be nurtured and developed.
Successful authors find the time to write and creating that “next” new and exciting scene in their novel.
Organization: Successful writers…Write!
They write story lines. They write chapters. They outline. They jot down notes for the book. They are on schedule with dates of submissions and deadlines jostling their brain cells.
Successful writers use technology. From pen and paper, Dictionary.com accounts, thesaurus, the smart authors have everything at arm’s length at their writing station.
I’m an author who uses his android to keep a schedule of his writing. I have the chapters organized with one and two notes on what I want to accomplish in the writing of that particular chapter.
I have two folders:
***One folder with all the chapters listed and the particular notes, setting and dialogue that fits that particular moment in the novel.
I have another folder for the entire novel. When I finish a chapter in one folder, I copy/paste that chapter into the folder for the entire novel. As the chapters build, I can see the word count and get a flow for the storyline.
These two folders give me the opportunity and freedom to work in one folder and keep a completed version in another folder.
Folder One: Each individual chapter word document is listed 1-to 50 with all the incomplete chapters.
Folder Two: he entire novel. As I complete a chapter, I add that chapter building the first draft.
Right now, I’m up to Chapter Three in Chasing the Wind
Uniqueness: Successful writers have their own voice, pacing, and storyline.
They are not robots.
They do not write in the trendy categories, popular genres or alter themes to suit the masses.
Unique writers write how they feel and the story they want to tell.
They are creative.
Despite our reasons for pulling the chair into a comfortable position in front of a computer and write, we measure success by finishing what we start!
Remember:”Keep Writing…Keep Believing…Never Give Up On Your Dreams”
You Must Take Chances in life to reach your goals!
I can’t believe I waited until the autumn years of my life to take on risky business!
For the first time in my life, I stepped out with a video blog about writing confidence where I had to face the camera and express my feelings in public. That was an exhilarating experience.
Oh, how we human being must meet and overcome new challenges.
I love the character of Jane Marple from the Agatha Christie Mystery series. Miss Marple said in the book “Of Bertram’s Hotel”, when another character pinned about life changing and not staying the same: “The Essence of life is change.”
Wow, that struck me!
Now, I’ve developed an interactive website that is linked to SoundCloud, Podomatic and YouTube and other places where you can watch videos with funky music on my podcasts (developed my Donald Moody II), videos and audio readings of certain chapters of Philly Style and Philly Profile. Please click to listen to prologue and chapter 23.
I was nervous with the Video Blog but I’m receiving and positive recognition on YouTube. Please click to watch the Video Blog!.
Now, with this new 21st Century Website, with all the flash, colorful images and sounds, it’s enough to drive a person out of middle age.
I feel this is the next step in the marketing of my books: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, the National Award winning Ghost of Atlanta, Phantoms of Rockwood and Chasing The Wind While Riding a Greyhound!, my current book that is under construction. Please click to visit the my J.E.Thompson Books Website!
I remember what Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
You better believe I’m scared!
However, that is what life is about: Growth and Change and Ultimate Success!
Enjoy my new website 21st Century Website.
Last October I wrote a blog “Spice and Me…a little longer together. Well, this morning at 7:16am Spice passed away after a four month battle with cancer. She’s now with God in heaven!
I want to honor Spice and reblog the story about the six-year relationship we had together.
People love their pets and I am one of those crazy animal lovers.
On this October Tuesday, the day dawned cloudy, with a cool mist washing my face. The moisture mixed in with the tears forming as I reached down and gently picked up Spice, a Lapso Apso mix-breed small dog, from the bed and carried her to my car and laid her softly on the back seat.
She is fragile.
The growth mass on her back is increasing in size and is slowly draining blood and the life force from her body. This year, 2013, was the fifth since I adopted Spice from PAWS an excellent animal rescue shelter in the Atlanta area.
Today was time to take Spice to the vet on Lawrenceville Highway in Snellville, Georgia. “Spice and Me” love to ride in the car, but this time she wasn’t poking her head out the window, but lying on the back seat with a blanket covering her body.
Once at the animal hospital, the Vet carried Spice into the hospital-like room and, what seemed like eternity, she returned with a syringe filled with Spice’s blood drawn from the mass on her back.
There was an awkward pause as she said the possibility the growth on Spice’s back was a malignant tumor. The blood work would confirm the doctor’s analysis. The Vet has excellent bed-side manners and delivers the news with respect, concern and love for “Spice and Me”.
Spice is dying!
It could be three months or three years—in other words she will be in hospice care in our home until it comes time to make the “Decision”. That means to put her to sleep when she can no longer respond or life is zapped from her body. When I heard the word, I felt as if someone had punched me in my stomach. The dreaded “C” word sent chills up and down my back. I recently watched a television special on a cable station about how there is a rise in cancer in animals.
Now, cancer was not only at my front door but in my home.
I cried deep inside my soul for a relationship for “Spice and Me” that would last a long time.
My sister, Rochelle, cried out loud.
Until that dreaded “Decision” moment in time, we will fill Spice’s life with anything and everything she desires. This shocking moment frees us to love her, feed her as many treats and whatever she wants to eat or drink. Spice loves to ride in the car and look out the open car window with the wind blowing in her face. I will take her for special car rides and walks in the park. I may even sneak a trip to the McDonald’s drive through to get a hamburger for Spice (smile).
Now, I enjoy her company as she sleeps on the bed, or lay next to me, on a blanket, as I write my novels on the computer.
Spice has a personality that reminds me of the Divas from one of those reality cable television shows like House Wives of Atlanta. Sometimes she will give you an almost human look when you try to make her do something she doesn’t want to do at that particular moment. That look is priceless, almost as if she is thinking “Leave a message”. In other words, Spice will ignore you in her “Diva” way.
I will not only enjoy these precious moments, but live the moments and not live in the past or live in an uncertain future. I will live and breathe this present moment in time that is filled with love and caring, and even a hope for Spice that she might recover. I pray everyday for her recovery.
` People, who are not pet lovers, don’t understand the bond that develops as you and your pet’s personality mesh. It is a special love.
Now, each day is special.
As I look into those big pretty eyes I see unconditional love.