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Something New

Greetings again friends. So, I have a question. When was the last time you tried something new? By “Something” I mean, anything. This could be: Walking a different route home, trying a different snack or even sitting through a new genre of music. Why have I asked this question? The answer is Growth.

 

As children, we naturally are curious about the world around us. Every new thing was fascinating to us (perhaps a little scary too). Not knowing what an item was, whether it was cold or hot, smooth or rough, we would reach out and touch it. We used to do this with almost all aspects of our childhood, slowly but surely discovering what we like and favour. Hence why, we now know ourselves to a certain degree, based on all the tried and tested interactions of the past.

Self-knowledge is a beautiful thing and anybody who achieves a deep love and understanding of their body and character deserves huge respect. However, upon achieving this, could we sometimes fall into the trap of stopping our personal development, by no longer giving new opportunities a chance? Of course, there are some things that are set in stone and cannot be changed (such as my distaste for tomatoes). At the same time, there are a plethora of things about us that do change, yet if we don’t give ourselves a chance, we will never truly know. I thought I would only ever write fantasy novels, and never gave any other genre a chance, until most recently. Now a new set of ideas come to me, because I have taken the bold choice to try a new genre, and it feels refreshing too! 

What new thing could you try this week?

Thanks for reading!

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Ricky Baxter

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Low Points

So – my turn has finally arrived. I read cases of such a thing, happening to other authors – however, I never dreamed that it would happen to me. I am talking about the dreaded 1 star review! *holds chest*


Just to give you some context, I had recently completed and released my 9th novel: The Seventh Blessing. It was supposed to be my best work to date – combining all of the best elements of my previous novels, all into one amazing masterpiece. It had taken me 2 whole years of my life to put together, and I was certain that it would be an instant hit with fellow bloggers and readers.

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Just some of my titles proudly written in the past

My first 2 reviews were on Amazon and they were fairly decent. However, on Goodreads, I received an abysmal 1 star review! Even worse still, the reviewer wrote an in depth account of all the things wrong with my title. Yikes! When talking about one of my characters who supported the main hero, the review added “it seems like a weak attempt to diversify the cast of characters”. This was a mild comment, compared to some of the other scathing comments this particular reviewer expressed. I felt crushed and disappointed.

Perhaps it was a one off, right? Wrong! Only a few days later, I received a 2 star review, which although wasn’t as brutal as the first, it painted me to be an amateur who had never written a novel before! *Grabs chest again*

Of all my 5 years being a self-published author, I had never felt so low and a genuine failure. So upon a few days of sobbing, I decided to read negative reviews of many famous authors, throughout the past and present. For some strange reason, seeing their negative reviews helped to lift my heavy heart. I was beginning to understand that I wasn’t the only one to experience this situation. I won’t be the first and I won’t be the last. It was a tough little period, which caused me to slightly resent my own work. However, I have regained my confidence again in my craft and novel.

Moving forward, especially with this current title of mine, I face the reality of both positive and scathingly negative reviews. However, I will continue to do my best – holding my head up high as a self-published author.

Thanks for reading

Ricky Baxter

Author of: The Seventh Blessing 

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No more marks!

So

I recently picked up an amazing book titled: Keep Going, by Austin Kleon.

It’s an amazing self help book, for writers and various other creatives. One thing that he mentioned in the book, was that of leaving our marks in this world.

You know the common thing that ambitious people say?

“I just wanna leave my mark in this world”

The problem is, the world is already littered with people who have left their marks in this world.

The world doesn’t need any more marks, rather it needs more healers. So, instead of “leaving a mark”, why not try something like: Leave the world in a better state than when you found it?

In all honesty, the meanings are not too different from one another. However, the latter sentence invokes a somewhat more positive and selfless meaning.

Well what do you think?

Whatever your thoughts, just keep creating!

Ricky Baxter

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Using your Art to find yourself

Art in any form, is truly an amazing thing. It allows us to express ourselves in a crazy world of ever changing situations. Art allows us to view the world differently and bring many things into perspective.

It also can tell you who you are. That’s right. Make enough art and you’ll notice certain patterns and traits that will reveal to you, what kind of person you are.

Going over my own previous novels – I realised a certain trend in my stories. The main points within my plots were always: Gods, faith and friendship. For some bizarre reason, my tales always seem to contain these key points. Funnily enough, I have always seemed to stray away from characters falling in love with one another (At least as a main focus of the story). Also, my characters seem to almost always be without parental families; Something that I once again was shocked to realise. I don’t know why this is, but it’s obvious that it is most likely as a result of various experiences in my life.

Thanks to the beauty of creativity and art, I am able to observe this about myself.

What does your art say about you?

Ricky Baxter

Writing a Novel is fun and all, but…

So, since starting this journey of writing fantasy books I have learned a ton things about myself and the amazing world of writing.

One of the most recent things I have observed is how useful short stories and novellas are, especially in today’s current situation.

Many writers like myself prefer to write fantasy, based off of real world events. However, if you want to use a novel to tell your story, it may not always be the wisest choice. This is because writing a novel takes at least a year, which means that the message you originally wanted to focus on would not be as interesting anymore.

If I were to tell a story on Brexit and write a novel about it – by the time I finish the actual novel, the issue of Brexit would be an after thought. As such, perhaps a better solution would be to write a short story or novella instead?

Not only do short stories and novellas take up less time, they also provide just enough room to get the plot and story across.

Food for thought.

See you soon!

Ricky

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