The Forbidden Secret of Writing – Get This Wrong and Your Novel Will Never Sell

Innocence. That is the secret ingredient to writing. Innocence.

If your main characters know too much, it will be a poor story. If the reader knows too much in the first chapter, it will be a poor story. If the story could not be understood by a twelve year old, it will be a poor story. If the story is not innocent, it will not be a good story.

After years of writing, I began to realize that the reason why a lot of literature being written today is not long-lasting is because people don’t know how to write a story. They don’t know what good storytelling actually is and what it isn’t. What’s more, those who do know what good storytelling is often can’t seem to plow through the first draft of their story. I, myself, experienced a lot of difficulties getting through the first draft of my second novel, and it lay in tatters for nearly a year before I went back and refined it for publication.

All this led me to a conclusion: People need to be trained in what good storytelling is and how to achieve it. In the ancient days, storytelling was something taught and practiced like math is today. The bards were a respected class.

It is through storytelling that we perceive much of the world around us – stories that are real as well as stories that aren’t real but that could be real. Understanding what good storytelling is and how to write and think it has helped me immensely in my daily life. Garbage in equals garbage out. In other words, if we put garbage into our minds, then garbage will be the result. It is easy for people to understand this when talking about food. If all a person eats is hamburgers and French fries, then their health will quickly deteriorate. Yet, the same applies with storytelling. If we immerse ourselves in bad stories, then the results will be an unhealthy life. Yet, good stories do the exact opposite! By learning good storytelling, my inspiration for stories has increased, my imagination is no longer something foreboding but is rather something that can easily be shared with others through storytelling, and I have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wholesomeness that creates healthy society. And it’s not just me. FACT: Those who read wholesome stories are more content in their lives and are more creative in their thinking.

In six constructed modules of Writing Imagination Academy, I lead you from conceptualizing your story through your own inspiration to a finished manuscript that is ready for publication. You’re in the driver’s seat! I’m just sitting in the passenger seat navigating you to your own destination. What if you could see your dreams brought down on paper and for a fraction of the cost most book consultants/editors request?

You are walking down the dusty road in the moonlight toward your destination. Need more help than what I give for free? Sign up to my course! Begin by filling out the form after clicking the button at the bottom of this list. Watch my free video training and apply!

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

P.S. Here’s a great article I found on tips with how to overcome writer’s block. Enjoy! https://www.thebalance.com/top-tips-for-overcoming-writer-s-block-1277776

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How to Stop Destroying Your Story and Write With Imagination

Here’s a secret: You can get rid of your boring novel and write something that exceeds your own imagination. Yes, you can. I know you have a story. And you can tell that story in a jaw-dropping, heart-gripping, endearing way.

First, let me describe what many people face in the modern world.

They get up in the morning, and their minds are still lingering on the movie they watched last night. Its dismal view of the world lingers in their heads as they attempt to find inspiration for another day. Yet, every day seems to become harder. The more Hollywood films they watch and the more dime-a-dozen fictional books they read, the less motivation they have to walk through another day. In fact, they find that most modern stories only want them to walk away from the world, as though there was some other place where they could avoid everything in life.

1.    Their minds are constantly plagued by stories they find exhausting.
2.    Living in these stories ruins their family relationships.
3.    They find themselves lonely in these stories.
4.    The world was a place they remember being nice when they were children, but now, they strangely do not find it so.

If you suffer from any of the above… if your mind is reeling with a desire for a different story… if you are not completely satisfied with the way Hollywood portrays the world…If you suffer from a lack of inspiration… if you cannot seem to get through the first draft of your story… if you are daily frustrated by your writing and your book isn’t measuring up to the way you imagined it to be… if you want your story to be more imaginative, inspirational, and wholesome…

then Writing Imagination Academy is just for you. Here’s why…

In Writing Imagination Academy, I take you through a step by step process on how to write a good novel from beginning to end, and this process works! Not only do I get you past all the levels and layers of writer’s block and how to find your story from inspiration, but I also show you what a truly good novel entails and how to give your story a redeeming theme that will last a lifetime in the hearts of your readers.

And you need to realize, there is a cost to not writing stories with proper imagination. If you continue struggling through your novel with no sense of direction, it just gets worse.

What most beginner writers do when facing Writer’s Block or a lack of inspiration and imagination is write a page here or there – or even shelve the project for a while. But for most people, none of that works.

1. They drag their first draft out until they finally quit.
2. Their book sounds disjointed because they only write now and then.
3. In the end, their story doesn’t match up with how they envisioned it and so they are dissatisfied with it.

And what happens if you just do nothing? If you just keep doing what you’ve been doing? Your novel will lie in tatters, and you will be embarrassed to show it to any of your friends. Worse, if you ever do complete your story without realizing what a good novel actually is, you will exhaust your readers, your ratings on Amazon and Goodreads will all be negative, and you will be known as a low-grade author whose books are second or third rate.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way. In another post, I would like to outline for you how I teach writing. For now, let me provide you with some more free information:

What makes a story exhausting and dismal is twofold: (1) Places are not described well and in a compelling way. That is, the story’s characters do not have the right level of interaction with the place/scene, and the reader cannot imagine the place his/herself. (2) There isn’t a theme of redemption. The truth is, if you leave no hope to the reader – no refreshing scenes that they can turn back to at any time day or night, then soon, they will abandon your story. Or if they read through it, they won’t want to linger in it long.

Lesson: When you write a story that encourages healthy society, the chances increase for it being a long-lasting classic.

Right now, you have an idea of where you want to go, but do you have the road map? What does the schematic look like in your mind? In Writing Imagination Academy, I open up to you the schematic you have inside your head. Your story. Your destination. You’re the hero. I’m only here to help. Apply today!

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

P.S. Want some heavy, hard-reading, deep words on what I think healthy society entails? Read this post (warning, it’s thick reading!)!

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Why Unhealthy Reading Results in Unhealthy Life

Remember my ten points of a healthy book? Do you find yourself wishing that more stories followed those points? If so, then you have already realized there is a cost to not reading healthy stories.

The following state describes those who do not care for good storytelling:

1.    Their minds are constantly plagued by stories they find exhausting
2.    Living in these stories harms their family relationships
3.    They find themselves lonely in these stories
4.    The world was a place they remember being nice when they were children, but now, they strangely do not find it so

Unhealthy reading will always result in unhealthy life. More than half the books at your local library deserve to feed a bonfire. Don’t get me wrong! There are plenty of great stories in your library. There are just so many other stories that aren’t good, and their poor storytelling is drowning out the voice of those stories that are good.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. I’ve found a secret to writing books that give the reader imagination, inspiration, and a foundation for wholesome living. Here’s the story: Living in the modern world, I found it difficult to avoid all the draining stories circulating around every possible media venue. Yet, I knew it wasn’t always that way. I started reading some books that were slightly older – books that had stood the test of time – books that are so loved that we call them “classics”. I especially studied classic children stories, which are worth more than many lengthy adult novels. All the best stories that gave me the most imagination and inspiration in this life had one thing in common: They were all wholesome and centered on plotlines that could be believable (pretty much). That’s right. The stories were so imaginative that their plotlines didn’t have to focus on a crutch like brokenness, the turmoil of despair, or even the adrenaline pumping method of space explosions or one long series of fast action scenes. Instead, the stories focused around things that are common in life. The end result was characters you could relate with and trust, relationships that relied upon one another, places you could imagine and try to recreate, and a refreshing night’s sleep where you dream of how you can improve this world to be more like the story you read.

I read these stories . . . and then I wrote them. My stories have begun with The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor, and they are only growing!

If you agree with my ideals, then you will love my authored books The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor – both fictional novels that put to practice these principles. I don’t just theorize! Purchase these books today at Amazon.

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

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