The Secret of Writing That You Have But Do Not Know

Remember days when you’ve sat down to write a story, and you can never think of anything to write? In order for your story to come to completion, you need to understand what your story is all about.

No, I’m not talking about plot. I’m talking about imagination.

You have a story that you want to tell right now in your head. The problem is that you cannot seem to get it down on paper. This is largely due to the fact that you are not writing the story that you want to tell. The story that you want to tell comes from an imagined image in your head that first inspired you to write a story. In order to transfer that onto paper, you need to understand all the elements that you like about your inspired image. These elements can be parsed out to form hundreds of other images as you use reference photos/stories/places to springboard your imagination.

The good news is that you already have your story in your head! My guess is that since you are reading this post, you have an idea for a story. This comes from some picture you have imagined – some scene – some moment of your story.

All you have to do now is learn why you like that image and how to create more images like it. And, if you are a storyteller, that will be easy. Understand the mood of your inspired image. Figure out what you like about it. Write out all of the elements of your image that draws you – maybe, it’s the look of the lighting in the scene, or maybe, it’s the textures of the furniture/nature outdoors. Write out as many of these elements as you can on a piece of paper. This is your story in a nutshell.

From there, all you have to do is develop these images and scenes into an outline of your story.

Your fellow writer,

Joshua Reynolds



Lens-Cap, Wing-Nut, Two-Twisty-Ties Productions

Sometimes, it just takes time. I would like to share with you a part of my story.

Getting up every morning to find that the house is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Walking outside in close to sub-zero temperatures to haul firewood in. The firewood isn’t ours. I had been hoping the wood I had harvested from our forest last fall would last the entire winter. It had not. So, more wood had to be purchased – and that only meant one thing: poor wood. It was encased in ice. Lighting it was hard; I had to use some of my special ash wood to get the fire going before I put the iced wood atop.

Two fireplaces now roaring. . . taking a quick shower. . .doing some house chores. . .now, at last, I can start on my career for the day. I pull all my video equipment out. It takes half-an-hour to set up. I pull the lens cap off the camera, unscrew a wing-nut from a stand I hang one of my lights on, and unravel two twisty ties binding up a couple cords from my equipment. These items I place in my pocket. Then, I rehearse my video I will be shooting. No one to help me. I’m A1 from pre-production all the way through post-editing.

I have to stop my filming several times because of the rushing water I can hear from the next room that I know my mic picks up. Post-production is tedious as I watch myself and always conclude my performances are not what they should be. Color-grading is a jumble of connecting virtual wires in an open source program to see what will make my video look better. When I strike my gear down, I pull the lens cap, wing nut, and two twisty ties out of my pocket, and I smile. To myself, I’d dubbed my film work Lens-Cap, Wing-Nut, Two-Twisty-Ties Productions.

. . .at the day’s end, I know that emails still have to be written, blog posts composed, website building remains unfinished, and I still need to make progress on the draft of my next book I’m writing.

All the above is true as I started up my business, and I know that I’m not alone. Sometimes, things can be hectic for the life of a writer. Once you’ve published books, there are always book promotions, marketing work, and even answering fan questions to be done.

Yet, it’s all worth it. Seeing the book you have created, in print, in your hands, and finding it better to what you could have possibly dreamed, is worth more than all the work you put into it.

I would like to give you a path to success. You have a story in your mind. Maybe, it’s one you have wanted to tell for a long time. The trick is in getting it down on paper. It all comes down to that. In my Writing Imagination Academy course, I give you just that: A map. With that map, you can be guided to your journey’s end.

Here’s how to apply.

Sign up to my email using the button at the bottom of this post. Once you’ve watched the video training you receive in your welcome email, send me an email to apply for the Writing Imagination Academy. In that email, describe your idea for a story in a couple paragraphs using a few of the action points from the free video training (you’ll know what they are when you watch the videos!) Don’t worry. The email doesn’t have to be big. All I really want to know is what your story is generally about, a few things the main characters might do, and some idea of your story setting. These ideas don’t have to be too well formulated. The only reason I require this is because there are certain stories that I cannot make fit within my model for what a good story is. However, if you’ve been agreeing with my blog recently, then the chances are you will be accepted!

I only allow 50 seats per WIA course. Go to my home page: to see how many seats are available and when the next Writing Imagination Academy course begins! Application for the course must be completed before the course begins.

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

P.S. Sometimes, I will listen to nature sounds when I write. Ever tried it? Here’s one to get you started:



It’s a Shame Your Novel Lies in Tatters, When the Steps are Simple!

“One of the hardest things about being a writer is actually finishing that first draft. We often linger on the details, editing as we go, which in many cases causes us to run out of steam and quit.”~Writer’s Digest

My guess is that for a long time, maybe years, you have thought about writing a novel of some kind. You would not be alone. I spent over six years writing two complete drafts of two different novels and revising them. . .yet this wasn’t enough. The stories were written at a grade-school level at best, and their content was a knockoff from someone else’s stories anyway. The truth was, I didn’t know how to spring board true imagination within me that could be transferred into something on a page.

Do you feel like your story is in the same boat? You’ve struggled with coming up with all the scenes you know you need to imagine. When friends ask you how your story is going, you mumble something about life happening and not having time to write. You keep saying next month, next year, sometime soon, you’ll complete it. Secretly, you know you never will – not if you keep on the same trajectory.

My free Module of training videos you receive when you sign up to my email list (join at the bottom of this post) should put you well on the way to victory! Except. . .not quite.

The problem is that your story that you know you have imagined in your head can’t come down on paper – and when you try to put it on paper, it usually comes out different from your vision.

Don’t worry! I’m here with an answer. All I ask is a few minutes of your time and to ponder a question: Do you want to succeed? Watch the below video over your coffee or tea break (I love tea – drink it nearly every day).


Ask yourself: Do you want to succeed at writing? Not ready to make a decision? Still trying to gain all the free material you can? That’s great! Here is a bullet point list on choosing a good writing environment:

1. Think about what sort of environment you were in when you first thought of your story and try to recreate it.
2. What environment do you like reading in? If it’s quiet, write in a quiet place. If it’s loud, write in a loud place. Chances are that your concentration for writing and reading will be the same!
3. Come up with a set of places (no more than five) that you know you have available in your writing time. Trial and error writing in these places to see which works best for you!

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

P.S. Here is an article sharing many tips about writing. (Note: The author’s method’s are slightly different than mine at times, yet there is a lot of meat to what he said here.)



Happy New Year for Conservative Cornerstones

Conservative Cornerstones desires to wish you all a Happy New Year!

As this year begins, I am working on getting some gear together for the coming semester of marketing. It will take me a couple weeks before I’m ready to get back into the full swing of things, yet until then, I plan to keep up with my blog posts.

One thing I will be (Deo Volente) upgrading is YouTube! Gone will be the days when my YouTube videos will be grainy and poor-quality. I spent many an hour last semester trying to improve the quality of low-quality equipment. Yet, this will soon change and will allow me to divert more of my time to writing.

As for my third novel, it is coming along, and I have a plan now that should take me to the finished product. I’m writing two drafts simultaneously right now, and then I will overhaul the second draft to make a third draft. The third draft should then be ready to turn in to the editors!

God bless your new year, and I will see you in posts and videos to come!

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