Better website than before

I decided to change my latest manuscript from past to present text.  After reading and re-reading it, I decided it was best for my character to tell the story as opposed to reliving the story.  It’s been much more difficult than I could’ve ever imagined, but it will lead to better writing overall.  Also this is the first blog on my new website http://www.blairredd.com  I”m hopeful that I can consolidate all of my works on this page.

I’ll be bringing weekly blogs from writing, coaching, sports, and all of my other interests in life.  I’ll try and stay away from my family, but sometimes they’re too cute not to blog about.

This next book is some of my finest work, but the marketing will always be my downfall.  I’m not good at it, but it’s almost more important than the actual writing.  Tortured Blues was and still is a good book, but it’s hardly been seen by anyone.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and for the continued support.

Blair Redd

Why I write!

I don’t know how to market, sale, or even promote very well.  Those aren’t my strong suits in life. However, I was blessed to have a love of writing.  I don’t know If I’ll ever sale thousands of books (based on the odds it’s a good chance I won’t) but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing.  Because writing isn’t about making money, becoming famous, or signing books.  If that’s why you want to write a book, then you’re going to be very disappointed.

When you pick up a book as a reader, you don’t read it because that person is famous or rich.  You pick it up and read it because the writing flows, and the story captures you.  The same thing has to be true for a writer.  I write to get to know my characters that are floating around in my head.  I ask myself questions about my characters so I can get to know them.  For example: is Nolan a religious man,  Would Rickey give into temptation and pressures of her boyfriend, would Cory really push it that far?  The more I get to know the characters I write about, the better the story is.  I feel the same way when I’m reading a book.  The better I connect with characters in the story, the more invested i’m into the book

So going back to writing for love, if you don’t love writing, and you get into it for the wrong reasons, you’re probably not going to be successful in the way that you want to be.  However, if you go into writing hoping that someone will pick your book up and feel like your characters are there best friends, then you have the most successful book you could imagine.

Making money on your book isn’t going to happen.  It’s like winning the lottery. You have to hit the right genre, with the right idea, at the right time.  50 Shades of Grey wouldn’t have been as successful in the 1950’s as it is today. The writing would’ve been the same, but we live in a different world today.  Go into writing because you want a reader to love what you’ve written.  If you dream about the almighty dollar from your novel, you’re only going to end up dejected.  And the sky is too blue, the grass is too green, and the summer is too great to feel like that.  Wait until the winter to have a case of the blues.

Passions in life

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First and foremost a very Happy Birthday to my oldest who turned 8 today.  Man where does the time go?

I want to have an open discussion on passions.  I have more than one passion and that’s a good thing.  I love my family first and foremost.  They are the reason worth living in my world.  Then obviously I love writing.  If i didn’t have the passion for writing, then I could’ve never finished an English degree from Weber State, or wrote my book Tortured Blues.  (it’s still on amazon)  Writing can take me to another place and time.  I may never know what it’s like to be a drug dealer, or have a handshake agreement with the mafia, but when I write, I can picture myself in that meeting.  It’s a great thing for me personally, and I hope that readers of my books will feel the same way about reading my works

The next passion of mine is clearly and forever my first love of my life… Football.  My dad signed my up to play football when I was seven years old.  Ever since that, I can’t get enough of it.  I played with my heart, soul, and fire that i’ve never had in anything else in my life.  I know there’s a concussion controversy surrounding football, but the benefits of playing football far out weigh the negatives.  I learned to be a part of something bigger than myself when I was on the football field and lesson’s learned only helped me as I became an author, Husband, and father.  I’ve had some great people in my life because of football,  Billy, Matt, Corb, Kevin, Budge, etc… I can’t tell you the lifelong friends one can make from football.

Finally my lord and savior Jesus Christ.  I wouldn’t be where I am today as a man if it wasn’t for his love and sacrifice for the world.  I don’t hide from my faith.

Keep in mind, you need to follow your passions to a certain extent.  Don’t have unrealistic grandiose dreams that aren’t going to come true.  You’ll only set yourself up for failure, and nobody wants or thrives when one fails.  But also keep on plugging away and working hard at your passions, and you will have joy in your life. Have an awesome week.

 

Hate is like poison

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The thing about me is simple.  I speak my mind.  Some people may talk behind your back, and murmur against you when you’re not there to defend yourself.  However, that’s not me.  If I have a problem with you you’re going to know about it.  With that being said, I also know that there is a time and place and age to let things go.

I could spend my entire life agonizing over something or someone who I feel has wrong me, been a back biter, or or out and out I don’t like.  That’s not going to solve any problems though.  It’s like drinking poison and hoping the other person you’re mad at gets sick.  Venom and hate are only going to drag you down.  So what do I have to do?  I can have hard feelings, but that won’t do anything.  Kindness and forgiveness is what our life should be about.

I’ve known a lot of people who have chased the almighty dollar, and they may have all the material possessions in the world, some of those things may even bring them joy, but what fun is a massive boat if you don’t have anyone to share it with?  I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that life is too short (I know really bad cliche) to have so much anger.  Do what makes you happy.  Sure not everyone is going to have a job that they jump for joy when they get up in the morning, but that doesn’t have to suck the life and happiness  out of us.  Go outside and take a walk through the park, take your kids fishing, read a book, do service and good for others.  These are all things that can bring us true happiness.  I’m not saying not to provide for your family or buy nice things.  In fact if you have the means then do so, but make sure you have someone in your life to share all the awesome things with.  This world is a lot more fun when you have a travel partner.

Pre-school

I attended my sons pre-school graduation today.  It seems odd that there is a graduation for ever level that a child advances in school now, but that’s neither here nor there.  I don’t remember much about the time that I went to pre-school but I always remember the book orders that we could do.  This was way before the internet and getting a book in the mail from one of those orders was always the most exciting part of school for me.

My sons school also did the book orders, and he was always ecstatic when a new Sponge Bob book came in the mail.  It’s the little things like this that make being an author so much fun.  I hope there’s someone out there who is excited to get my book in the mail, or download it on their tablet.  Being able to take someone to a place they’ve never been before while they’re reading my book is the only reason I write.  I’ve never been to London, but I can imagine I’m there when I’m reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.  I hope that my son is in Bikini Bottom when he’s trying to read his new Sponge Bob books. Have an awesome day.  Until next time


LA Clippers WTF?

It’s not very often that a team can lose a series when they’re up 3 games to 1.  That’s exactly what the Los Angeles Clippers managed to do.  Not only that but they managed to blow game 2 as well.  This could’ve been a sweep from the Clippers, but instead, they’re sitting at home today.

A lot of questions have to be raised.  Should they trade Blake Griffin?  Should they fire Doc Rivers?  I don’t think they should do either of those things, but I know some fans will be shouting from the roof tops for changes.  With so much money tied up to their stars, it will be hard to add anything of significance this off-season.   The Cap is expected to jump way up for the 2017 season, so my unsolicited advice is, make a few minor tweeks, and see if you can cash in when the salary jumps and you can make your moves.

Remember the Stockton and Malone led Jazz.  Patience will pay off if you let it.  PS couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of guys.

Marketing a book

When I decided to write my book Tortured Blues, I never realized how much fun and stress it would cause me.  I know those two things usually don’t go hand in hand, but for me they did.  The creating something from nothing aspect and imagining somebody grabbing my book on a beach and reading it as the waves crashed down made the entire experience of writing so much fun.

The stressful part is marketing and selling the book.  I read a bunch of websites on how to get onto the  amazon best seller list, I subscribed to emails from people who claim they made best sellers, and I bought books on how to market your self published book.  All of the research and struggles has led to not many downloads or sells.  That’s life.  Nobody has it easy, so I’m going to keep plugging along.  This is just the beginning in a marathon not a sprint.

Roseann my awesome wife, and my three children are the reason that I keep going.  Love you guys.

Writing a book. Pretty cool!

Recently I decided to publish my book Tortured Blues. I spent countless hours writing, editing, and proofreading. It took time away from doing other things I enjoy. Coaching football, hunting, and fishing. I’d never let it take time away fro my wife and kids because they are really what this life is all about. In the middle of writing my book, i decided that this was actually pretty cool. I recently talked to my Brother in law whom I respect more than anyone in my family, and he wondered how I had the patience to finish a book. I really didn’t have an answer for him other than I legitimately enjoyed the process. This is one of my passions in life, and there isn’t anyway around it. So for those of you who want to cross writing a book off of your bucket list, I would suggest that you better enjoy reading and writing. If not, then the frustration of editing or writers block will drive you insane. Thank you all
Blair Redd