Callers? What Callers?

So I’ve been taking calls for the past three days now. They predicted that we’d have 10,000 claims calls come in. We’d be needed all week. Then Irene downgraded into a tropical storm. Yeah…So that happened.

It’s not that I don’t feel bad for each person that calls in. I mean, there was one woman sounded like she was fighting back tears which made me tear up. I asked her if she was okay, and she replied honestly, saying that she wasn’t okay. I almost told her that I was going to pray for her, but I didn’t want to overstep my boundaries. There was also a man named Mr. Schwarts. He’s the one who made the reference to Space Balls. I had to laugh softly so I wasn’t yelled at, but he laughed right along with me.

I’ve had a few really good calls, and it’s been one of the most humbling experiences of my life. There were people with some serious issues that were completely fine with waiting as long as everyone was taken care of. They didn’t want anyone with worse problems waiting on their issues to be dealt with. Someone even told me, “Bless you,” which I returned right back at them. It was wonderful. Now, I have had a few people yell at me and threaten to leave the company I’m under, but I don’t really care. I mean, I’m not hired by them. I’m hired by a company that has a contract with a company that has a contract with the insurance agency. Also…I’m not going to get insurance from that company…like ever.

I get that they have a lot of work that needs to be done, but people are paying for them to do something about this, and when the agents send people to me to tell them what’s in their policy without filing their claim, I kinda want to slap the people. These agents are literally there just to accept money and direct people to the claims department. It’d make more sense to give the agents something else do or just get rid of them, since they’re just wasting money.

Sorry about that…I just don’t get why they’re being sent to people who can’t do anything for them. Half of my calls today didn’t want to file a claim until they knew they’d be covered. A job’s a job though, so I can’t really complain about where I’m at.

Anyway, I’ve been using my time to write down my thoughts on things. I think I’ll keep writing as my own personal journal. I really like that idea since it keeps my mind going while I’m just writing about my thoughts and my day. I used to have a journal, but…well that ended when I started to get wrapped up in my own life. I wasn’t stopping to take time on things that really mattered.

I lost my focus, and it really affected how I lived. Years later, I was just going downhill more and more with each day. I started to get selfish, and it took a lot of humbling to make me realize what I was doing. I’m still growing now, and I don’t plan on ever stopping. I want to be an even better man than I am now, because honestly, I’m a wreck. I put on a good face, but I’m honestly really broken. I just need to get a lot of things taken care of.

5 Simple Ways To Finish A Book

So, lately there’s been a lull in here for me as well as on twitter, though I still update there on a regular basis. Why have I been so late with updates? I’ve been busy with things that aren’t worth getting into. I have a job. I have stresses. We all know about this. Today, I’m going to be short and simple because I have to get ready for work.

These are my five simple ways to finish a book. You can use one or all of these, but they are simple ways that should make the writing process easier for you.

1. Pick A Story That Captivates You
It’s easy to write a story that you’d read. The story practically writes itself as you go on with each click on the computer or each scribble of the pen. With each new scene will bring more insight into the complete story, and you’ll finish your first draft in no time at all.

2. Have A Daily Checklist.
Set word goals, make time, do something that has to be repeated each and every day. If you’re serious about writing, nothing else should matter…except maybe your beta-readers and family. Editors and agents don’t matter when you’re doing your daily routine. They matter about five seconds after you’re finished each day though.

3. Use Writing As A Distraction
Now don’t use it as an excuse not to do important things. It won’t be worth it in the end, but if you write to distract yourself from things like the cleaning that you can do after just 500 more words, or the dishes that you’ll do right after you get finished with that chapter, you’ll be fine.

4. Write For Yourself
Don’t write to be famous. Don’t write to get rich. Write because you can’t keep the stories in. Write because you love to do it. Don’t worry about how it is. Write because you’re a writer. It’s your story, so you tell it because you want to do it. Don’t beat yourself up over the story. That’ll come after you sell your first book. Once you’re doing it for a living, you’ll still have to keep on doing it this way, so get used to it. Write your books, and listen to nobody else. That’s for the first draft. Keep that draft. Treasure it forever, because it will be seen by you and maybe a few select people.

5. Screw The Rules You Have Green Hair.
Okay. Maybe you don’t have green hair, but you DO have a book that needs to be finished. This isn’t about making the perfect book. What you’re trying to do is finish your first draft, and it does take time and dedication. Don’t worry about the rules of writing. Simply get your story out there. Then you can get to work on editing.

I have more to say on this topic, but I took too much time on this, so I’ll continue with another post later in the week.

Here’s what I have to say

But MJ says it much better

As writers, we’re supposed to suck. It’s that simple. We can’t make ourselves worry about making the best story out there from the start. We have to work and work and work and work and work. Yes. There are many of us who are talented writers, and our first drafts make really good first drafts. People smile at how good our first draft is, because they feel captivated by our stories, but it still sucks. By the time we’ve edited a few times, our stories become something better than we could have ever imagined.

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

“I haven’t been inspired in what feels like forever.” “I can’t find a writing style that works for me.” “My writing sucks, and I should just give up.” “Nobody is going to care about my book. It’s not going to win any awards or be a best seller.”

I’ve heard these and more a lot lately, and when I hear it I think back to when I was just like that. I thought that no matter how much I wrote, I’d get nowhere. I’ve gotten nowhere so far in the terms of publication, but I do have a small following.

Now I’m not going to go into some huge rant about how you’re an amazing writer and that you should keep on trying because the world needs more people like you. I was told that, and even to this day, I say it’s a load of crap. The world doesn’t need more people like you. The only people who are going to care about what you do are readers and writers. Fewer and fewer people are reading books these days. Why? Because of people like you.

Is it your fault? No. The work was done long before. What can you do? Freaking write already. I want to see more great books out there. I want to see more genres getting attention. Yes. In today’s world, there’s a severe lack of literary diversity. Don’t believe me. What are the most popular books out there? What books do you hear about all the time? Well I can think of fantasy and romance. Now, there are a few good YA authors out there that are getting attention, but the world needs more.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s something along the lines of, “But, Jeremy, I know about a lot of great authors who aren’t focused on fantasy, romance, or young adult stories.” Yes, but who else knows about them? This isn’t about getting more readers to read more books. They’ll read as they wish, and when they find good books, they’ll tell their fellow readers about the great books that they have found. What I’m talking about are those who don’t read.

People don’t care about the other genres, because they don’t know it even exists. They don’t know about the great books that haven’t been read. If you think that people won’t care about your stories, then go out to people you know what care about books, and see why they don’t care about them. Work what you’ve learned into your stories, and just look at how that ends up.

The next topic is inspiration, and it’s a pain in the butt. I know how much inspiration sucks. My biggest claim on that is, I don’t use inspiration to write. I think up an idea I want to write on and just go with it. I force things out. I make it into the biggest pile of crap out there. Don’t believe me, I’ll send you my NaNoWriMo story as proof. I plan on rewriting it as soon as I can bear to look at it again. I love the story. Don’t get me wrong. I love my story and many fantasy/young adult readers will most likely enjoy it as well. It’s a fresh idea on fantasy and young adult literature, but that’s not what I’m talking about right now.

Inspiration is needed to a writer is one of the biggest misunderstandings I’ve ever heard of. Yes, we are inspired to write, but those times are few and far between. Writers can’t depend on inspiration to write. It’s just impossible to finish anything. Don’t wait for these wonderful inspirations to come out. Write about anything and everything you can think of that fits into the story. You can add and take away later, but what you really need to do as writers is just get the story finished. Don’t let your inspirations limit your true potential. You can write wonderful stories without ever relying on inspiration.

As a whole, you all have true potential that is needed in this world. Don’t sell yourself short when you have what it takes to be one of the best writers out there.

HUGE ANOUNCEMENT

For those of you who know about my world, Edge is going have a full on Young Adult Novel out as it’s first story. There’s going to be much more in it,m but the first novel is going to be a YA book. It’s been inspired by a small group of books, but for the most part, it’s just going to be awesome. I promise that it’s going to be something to truly remember. I start working on it as soon as I have a job. Anyway, thanks for anyone who’s simply visited my account. It really means a lot to me. I’m going to try to sing Green Day songs now. Have a great day.

Book Writing And Video Games

There’s a huge world out there waiting to be tapped into, yet not a lot of people have truly recognized how to utilize it as for writers. If anyone knows me well enough, they’ll know about my love of video games. I grew up with classics such as Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and even Final Fantasy. How does this apply to me as a writer? I’ve always played games for their stories, which is why I can’t stand games such as Call of Duty and Halo. They honestly have almost nothing for me. They’re mostly multi-player games created to pull people in, yet their stories have very little to offer.

Now, you’re talking to someone who loves a good science fiction story, so when I first saw Halo I was excited to see something that was quickly taking off. I was not amused at the use of sci-fi cliches throughout the game. It wasn’t anything new or exciting. It was a cheap game that took advantage of a custom engine.

Anyway, back to my point. There have been hundreds maybe even thousands of games with wonderful storylines. Case in point; Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It takes one of the most iconic platform characters and puts him into his first complex story. It has everything that a good story should have, and it’s the perfect example of how even early gaming could have complex stories without losing any gameplay. Even compared to the games of today, Mario RPG Legend Of The Seven Stars still has one of the best stories in all of gaming.

Now, go look at modern and classic video games, look into their stories, and study how everything goes in them. You’ll be surprised at how many great ideas you’ll get by just watching or playing a video game.