Our love for the opposite

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Have you ever stopped to think about your favourite hero? Just about everybody has or had one, at some point. At the moment, my long standing hero is one piece’s Monkey D Luffy. He’s strong, loud, stubborn, stupid, breaks the rules and is incredibly loyal. However, most importantly, he is nothing like me. So why would I admire a character, who I’d almost certainly never be friends with, if her were a real person?

The same can be said for others like: Naruto, Goku, Spike (cowboy bebop), Vash the stampede (Trigun) and many more. They think with their heart (and stomach at times) and are not afriad of causing a scene, to get what they want.

An interesting answer is: They represent what we want to be… What many of us can’t be.

We can’t all go around breaking the rules like Luffy, however it’s the very fact that he cares not for the consequences, which makes him so amazing! We can’t all dream as big as Naruto, however his dream to be Hokage, filled in a world of geniuses that doubt him, make him so incredible!

Like two sides of the same coin, we need to admire others that are different from us, in order to better understand ourselves.

Thanks for reading!

Oh, and if you’d like to read a new take on being a hero, check out my novella: The Blue Witch. It’s available now, free for a limited time, on Amazon!

Amazon link here!

Ricky Baxter

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First or Third person? Ways to Write

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Much apologies for my short disappearance. After finishing my recent novel: Moonlight Requiem, I decided to take a break to play some games. Unfortunately I got a bit carried away, while playing Skyrim. That game is a beast!

I digress. So, as many of you writers know: A writer’s job is never over. Hence why I have already got stuck into working on a new title. However, an interesting thing came to light recently. It is to do with the many perspectives of writing. First or Third person?

Upon browsing my currently released 8 novels, I pondered the ones that were written in either first or third person, and how it impacted the story, for better or worse. For the most part, my titles are written in third person. For what reason I haven’t really asked myself, until now. In hindsight, I think a third person perspective is great to focus on many characters within a story. It provides a wide spectrum for the writer to work with. However, First person I find is much more intimate and personal. When writing in first person, I feel as though I am actually the main character. Both have strengths and weakness, which will ultimately be important to your plot and readers. Personally, I am loving the first person approach. Getting into the mind of my hero is a great experience, as a writer.

Choose wisely!

Ricky Baxter

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A Novel for a Season

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A funny and interesting thing has pricked my interested, as of late. It is to do with the many ways a self-published author creates. Being self-published gives me complete and utter freedom to express myself, in whatever way I want. This is all good and well, however how much do we actually think outside of the box?

A great idea came to me, which involved creating a novel that is to do with a special occasion (Xmas, Easter, Halloween etc…). Think new spins on a santa claus story or certain other cultural holidays. This doesn’t mean that our style will be comprised or downgraded. On the contrary, it merely is a great way of expressing one’s inner writer, via popular characters of tradition.

Don’t get me wrong, this is by far not an original idea. However, I wonder how useful this could be to attract new readers?

I imagine it could open up a new host of fans.

I think I just may give this a try!

Thanks for reading!

Ricky Baxter

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Don’t stop

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Greetings all!

So, I recently released a new novel titled: Moonlight Requiem. It’s also my 8th novel and I feel so proud!

Funnily enough, I feel that this is only the beginning. My creative juices have turned up a notch and I want to produce even more creative works for my current and future readers!

To check out my newest title, go to my Amazon page here!

Wish me luck!

Ricky

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Have we ‘Made it’?

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When I was young, I often imagined what it would feel like to ‘Make it’. You know… that state in ones career or ambition where they can say “I made it!”

The question is, what exactly is ‘it’? Is it recognition, fame, wealth, happiness and respect? How does one measure those things? It was only yesterday that it hit me. “I already made it”. In fact, most of us have!

One of my dreams was to release at least one book in my lifetime. I currently have seven titles available, and yes I don’t have worldwide stardom and a billion pounds, but I made my initial dream come true. “I made it”.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should stop going further. However, it’s nice to pause along this journey we call life and appreciate the things we have achieved. Our younger selves would be proud of where we are today.

Ricky Baxter

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What kind of writer are you?

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So, my online book tour for my title: Gideon and the Crimson samurai is about to reach its end. The last stop saw my novel being reviewed by Hot Choco and Books. The feedback was great and insightful. One of the interesting things they mentioned, was something others have highlighted. I am referring to the use of profanities.

Yes – underneath this seemingly bubbly and colourful tale of mine lies a slew of curse words. This was intentional of course, and I actually find it helps to bring a greater sense of passion and emotion when certain characters are under stress. Even when reading other books, I tend to lean towards titles that throw in a curse word or two. It makes me feel excited when seeing it – especially in the heat of a fight scene. However, as much as I love this addition to certain novels, it’s also worth understanding that not everyone shares the same welcome to such inclusions.

Through this journey of writing and self-publishing, I am discovering more and more, what kind of writer I am. Thanks to the many honest reviews, I have realised that I am a fiction writer of profanities.

I feel somewhat fulfilled by this realisation – as though I have learned and accepted something about myself that has always been there. Writing truly is a wonderful thing.

So, what kind of writer are you?

R.L.Baxter

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Fictional Interview

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So – Gideon, my main character from: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai, recently got interviewed by a blogger called: Random thoughts from a tech nerd.

Although Gideon is a fictional character, I felt that I was watching my own child in the spotlight.

I wonder. What exactly do my characters mean to me? Are they merely different sides of my personality or fictional offspring to take after me?

For the full interview, click here

R.L.Baxter

Romantic Interview

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The great thing about interviews, is that it gives me the chance to look deep inside and reflect. For the most part, I write without questioning my pupose for doing so. Don’t get me wrong, I know why I am doing this, but it’s not always easy putting it into words.

I hope I got my point across in my recent interview with Romance Reviews!😅

See for yourself here

R.L.Baxter

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Tour page: here

Facts about a writer

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Being a writer is a tough job. Writing to your heart’s content isn’t as wonderful as many would have you believe.

For those who know the truth, writing can be a tough job – forcing us to make life or death decisions (for our fictional characters of course).

Another sacrifice is the ability to function in the mornings, after writing all night. Yes, I am one of those night owls. Thank god for coffee!

R.L.Baxter

For more facts about myself, head to Ziggy’s reading corner. where I reveal even more facts about myself!

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