by Andy Peloquin
I was born to missionary parents, traveled around Japan and Mexico, and have never seen the inside of a traditional classroom. I have no formal education beyond high school. The closest I've come to "taking a course" in the craft of writing was participating in a Writer's Bootcamp held in 2015.
But I have something that a lot of "more educated" people don't have: I have the drive to work hard, to take every opportunity to study my craft, and to be the most professional author I can be.
I know a lot of authors who have years more experience writing, marketing books, and telling stories. Many of my author friends have a background in English literature, journalism, and creative writing. They have everything that I wish I had but don't.
But am I letting it stop me? Hell no!
Why am I saying this? Is it to pat myself on the back and make myself feel better? Not even a little.
The point of this post is to share the one skill you need above all others. That skill is the ability to DO.
When I started writing, no one told me I couldn't do it. So I started doing it. I sat down and wrote first a graphic novel script, then a full-length novel, then eventually the book (Blade of the Destroyer) that became the first in my six-book series. That book spawned an entire world, which I have used to create other short stories, novel series, and future projects. Because no one told me I couldn't do it and I never stopped to question whether or not I could, I DID and AM doing.
There's a quote from The Bronx Tale I love: "There is nothing more useless than wasted talent." I'm not going to claim that I have some magical talent that outshines all others. What I do have is a creative mind, a will to work, and a desire to be the best I can be. That is what makes me an author, and it is what has led me to whatever modicum of success I've had.
You might be the kind of person who has a story or an idea kicking around in the back of your head, but you're hesitating to write it because you're not sure you can. Well, there's an art to writing an amazing book, and it's one you'll have to learn, hone, and continually improve. But if you can master the art of DOING—of bull-headedly plugging onward, defying the odds, and doing whatever it takes—you'll put that story out into the world.
Perhaps the story will be the next American masterpiece. Perhaps it will be a piece of rubbish. But so what? You've gotten one story out of your head and down on paper. You've mastered the art of finishing a story/book, something many people never manage to do. Now it's time to keep practicing the art of doing by continuing to do: tell more stories, learn how to write better, create a schedule that helps you create, write down all your ideas, and study marketing.
All you have to do to be a writer is WRITE. It's the simple task of sitting down and DOING that makes it work.
Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion,race, or lifestyle--it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!
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Andy's New Dark Fantasy Release: Child of the Night Guild
Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves' trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.
The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman's rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.
What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?
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