Short Story “The Light in the Canyon”

A bright light gleams up at the base of a hill miles away. It looks like a flashlight, but from this distance, you know it must not be a flashlight. Over this high desert hill, light pollution rises from the City of Phoenix. Anna and her boyfriend sit opposite this mountain on a cliff that looks over the dark valley between them and the blue light. The two are sitting in lawn chairs, drinking Miller Lite. Anna’s neck leans back, searching for stars in a cloudy sky.

Earlier that day, Anna had an argument with her parents about Jack— her boyfriend. Certainly, there was some validity to her parents’ concerns about Jack— He drank too much and had a criminal record from drug trafficking when he was in High School, But he had changed now, and he loved her. They came out here to escape from that— to be completely separate from human life. Cars drove by on the road beneath them every once in a while, and their headlights would light up the spot where they were sitting, but they were alone— and the only people who knew they were here were the beasts of the desert.

“I’m going down there to see what that light is,” Jack said, standing up and motioning for Anna to come along. 

Anna looked up inquisitively at Jack and slowly rose to take his hand. Looking straight down from where they were at, Jack and Anna could see an elevation drop of perhaps 100 feet. Walking to the left for a while, weaving their way through low bushes, they found a place where the rocked slopes down comfortably to the bottom of the ravine. Reaching the floor of the ravine— Jack searched for five minutes before finally catching sight of the light again— slightly higher on the horizon. The desert was quiet except the sound of an owl, and the dirt crunching beneath Jack and Anna’s feet as they made their way towards the blue glow on the opposite mountain.

Reaching a stream in the middle of the ravine, Anna turned toward Jack— kissing him lightly on the cheek. “Let’s go back,” She said, “It’s too far.”

“Okay,” Jack smiled in the moonlight, “I’ll relieve my curiosity some other time.”

“I mean, if you really want to, you can keep going- Just come back to me here,” Anna said, holding Jacks’ hands. 

“You Sure?”

“Yes, I’ll sit right here,” Anna said, sitting on a flat rock above the creek.

“I should be back in an hour, but if I’m not back by then, just head up to the chairs. I love you.”

With that, Jack leaped across the thin stream of water, landing shakily on the other side. 


The emotionally long day had begun to take a toll on Anna, and the desert was serene. The stream of water cut through the silence, making just enough noise to not make the loneliness eery. Anna lay back against a rock, her bottom on the dirt. She closed her eyes— listening to the running water. At some point, she fell asleep.


Anna awoke with the sun rising behind her. The sun illuminated the budding saguaros and green underbrush of the high desert. Looking at her cell phone, Anna could see that it was six in the morning. She had slept for five hours, and Jack was not within sight.

“Jack! Jack!!” Anna called out, but her voice just sunk into the ravine.

Checking for cell phone service, Anna could see she had one bar. She called Jack. NO ANSWER. 

A second time- No Answer— Voicemail box is full.

Searching for the spot on the horizon where the light had shined at night, Anna found only Rocky hills. And no sign of Jack— She would see him from here if he was out there because there were no trees to block the view. Maybe he was sleeping in the car?

Anna sprinted back up the way they had descended into the ravine. On the cliff, Anna found two lawn chairs and a half-full beer can. Quickly descending to the car parked off the highway, Anna found an empty car with the keys sitting in the front seat. She sat in the front seat under the growing warmth of the rising sun and wept. Anna’s boyfriend has not been found. The desert swallowed him whole.

Intrinsic Truths

Writing a story is one effective way to defend a claim. Of course, fiction is an escape from reality, and a way to illicit emotion. It is also a means of communicating unique or basic truths. In my soon to be published book, “The International Genocide”, I attempted to effectively add input to certain themes through my story line. Through a story, Intrinsic truths can be demonstrated. Authors should strive to know what truths they believe their story communicates.

Certainly though, it is not only authors who should begin their arguments with basic facts and expound upon those. All world citizens have a responsibility to search for truth in the world, so they can purposefully interact in it. After finishing my book, i did some light philosophy as I believe everyone should do, in order to examine my premises. Especially as authors, it is important to follow exact thinking patterns, so we can not only construct better arguments, but also not mislead people. I have listed my theological premises and deductions below as an example of effective thinking.

1. Man Needs to express himself.

2. No Man fully Knows himself.

3. Man is made in God’s image.

4. Man is born with a sinful nature. (From a Christian perspective, this is because Man introduced sin into the world when he originally disobeyed God.)

5. Because man is both an image of God and a rebellious man, man is a mixture of both good and evil.

6. Man is confused by this constant inward struggle between 2 sides of himself. Perhaps, just as Jacob separated and wrestled with God, each man is and needs to struggle against himself.

7. Man’s boredom comes from an inability to recognize his complexity. Every man has body, soul and spirit. Every man can understand themselves in a unique way. There is a world within that is unique and explorable only to God and the individual.

8. Man’s perception of the outside world is faulty.

-Some are born color blind, some are born completely blind.

-Some are born tone deaf, some are born completely deaf.

-Sometimes man’s sense of smell is messed up with a stuffy nose.

-From the Christian perspective- Man’s perception in general is tarnished by sin.

9. Man only has access to his own mind and emotions. Only through language, one can partially understand the case of another.

10. Since man’s perception of the world around him is faulty, the only thing in the world that he can possibly, (if only to a small degree), 100 percent spectate clearly is the world within himself.

11. Since man’s biology is extremely complex, his thoughts anywhere within the realm of language, and his emotions infinite; Man could explore himself without boredom,until his death.

12. If a being lives forever into eternity, they will likely spend it exploring themselves, exploring God and worshipping God.

*My first point was that Man needs to express himself, I would like to explain how and why this process takes place.

13. In every interaction since the beginning of time, there is at least 1 spectator, and 1 active object.

-Before the earth, the triune God appeared, and communicated, and loved himself. The Father, the son and the Holy Spirit were in communion before creation.

-When God made the Earth, he watched.

-God made Adam to be a participant, and spectator, and to be spectated.

14. Since God is always watching, man is never alone.

15. Since man lives in a world of objects, man is never alone.

16.Singular does not exist.

-There are countless demonstrations of this truth. In fact, all of reality is this truth.

God himself is not singular. He is three separate entities with one identity.

The individual is not singular.

There is no base unit, because every whole consists of many parts.

The molecule is made up of atoms.

Atoms are made up of Protons, Neutrons, and electrons.

A unit smaller than these has been found, and it is likely that smaller units will continue to be found.

17. The main reason for understanding is a case of degrees. The more appropriately one understands the world, the more appropriately one can interact with the world. Conversely, the more inappropriately one understands the world, the more inappropriate they will interact with it.

18. Thus, evil does not derive from a lack of any understanding. Evil derives from wrong understanding.

19. A very low intelligence person with little inappropriate understanding (conclusions) will live a more virtuous life than an extremely intelligent with inapropriate understanding and likely wrong conclusions.

20. In order to avoid wrong conclusions, intelligent persons should begin with basic and undeniable truths, which can incrementally be expanded upon.

21. Man’s search for understanding should begin on the inside, because it is his most immediate object.

22. The interior search should be accomplished carefully, so as to destroy man’s previous misconceptions.

23. Any exterior evidence for truth should be holistic in its approach, so as to avoid opinionistic thinking. In essence, subjective perceptions provide an unstable foundation.

24. Since human perception is fallible, it is important that we examine the statements of other humans.

25. It is possible that many people have not thought to question conclusions from their friends and from authority.

26. Such a possibility is why words are important, especially from those in authority. My words are important because my neighbor could blindly mistake them for truth.

27. If I don’t mistake my thoughts for truth, then all those around me benefit from me having less immature conclusions.

28. There are some cases where universal truth is unfounded. In these cases, it is important for men to settle upon basic principles.


1. There is a political debate over whether communism or capitalism is true.

2. There are decent defenses for both.

3. If one can’t settle upon an intrinsically true system for organizing society, organize it around basic truths.


No man deserves control over another man.

Coercion is wrong because it is initiation of control.

Government’s goal should be to minimize coercion with a minimal amount of force.

29. Religion is faith based, thus it should not be enforced.

30. Man’s faith means a lot, but it does not deny him the inability to get along with other men.

If faith does deny him a nonviolent or honest approach to his relations with other men, then it is immediately questionable.

31. Since men settle upon basic principles, it is important that these principles are examined for intrinsic moral value.

32. Since principles often deal in the abstract, it is important to find common ground for abstract ideas.

33. To found some universal truth, I will start with the phrase, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This phrase is for mentally abled people. Most men would not harm themselves, so if we were to follow this phrase, society would be mutually beneficial.

34. It is inevitable that there will be differing responses to this question, so the best implementation would be the simplest, in the fashion of Occam’s Razor.

35. The most common experience is that man is naturally uncomfortable with the unknown, afraid of death and doesn’t enjoy paint. (There are cases in which men have eternal assurance and are not afraid to die.some are more adventurous and more thrilled by the unknown. Nevertheless, no one with a rational mind wants their life taken prematurely by another human.

36. Since man only has the right to take his own life (which is debatable, especially for the religious), and nature only by virtue of its inevitability.

-Violence and murder are wrong, and should be prosecuted.

37. The social contract is composed of non-violence and honesty. In the style of Locke, I add protection of private property to this list.

38. At some point it becomes inappropriate to make further deductions. At this point, it is appropriate to start with a completely new base.

Example of New set:

1. Natural disasters kill a variety of people with random results.

2. Every person will eventually die from natural causes.

3. Nature impersonally inflicts damage on all.

4. Nature is man’s source of life and death.

5. Objects in nature transform or dissolve into a new form unless they have no life force to begin with. Thus inanimate objects are proven to be the most permanent of known matter.

6. Since inanimate forms last beyond humans, it is important how humans utilize matter.

7. Because of spectatorship and reason, men are what makes other objects important. Besides their creator and other outside spectators, men are the most important life.

The Editing Process

I often find that the hardest process of anything I write is the editing process. I realize how extremely difficult it is to change a work of art, you feel that you have perfected. As authors we have to be willing to take advice, and to change our wording around to make things flow more smoothly, which is easier said than done. I’m not going to pretend that I can change that or make it easier. However, as I go through the process of editing my Novella, there is some advice I can offer to attempt to make this process quicker and less painful.

#1- Do a good job the first time. This advice may seem obvious, but it is something that many authors often overlook. There is a balance between being able to articulate ones thoughts before they escape their head and being able to correctly articulate ones thoughts. Take enough time on the first draft that you feel as if, it could almost be ready to publish the next day if all grammatical and spelling errors were fixed. As you write your book or screenplay or whatever it may be, take the time to think through word usage and sentence structures. This may seem strenuous, but it will make for a less painful editing process.

#2- Avoid some embarrassment, and do a couple self-edits before turning it over to someone for editing. when I was doing my self-edits i realized some unnatural dialogue, and one chapter so poorly structured that an editor would have torn it to pieces. Make your changes before an editor gets the opportunity to suggest what they would do. This ensures more originality in the writing, and more tonal consistency.

#3- Choose your editor’s wisely. This one almost goes without saying, yet it’s importance can be overlooked. Don’t have your mom or your grandma edit your new book. It is important to chose someone who can be objective and equally important to chose someone who sees your potential and understands not only the genre of your writing, but also the themes portrayed through your writing. Maybe even consider , having multiple people give their advice. Not only will you get faster results, you will also get more accurate results.

#4- Keep your integrity. Editing is an essential step in the process, but you must remember that no one understands your writing better than you. Don’t ever listen to anyone who tells you that your story is to dark, or the ideas portrayed through your novel are well represented, but a little out there. Many great writers are progressive thinkers, whose work and ideas were not appreciated until they were dead. Keep your voice in your novels and set a mood of some sort. The job of a writer is not to gain fame or money, it is to write a message to the world; It is to leave a legacy, in print. Whether or not the universe listens, it doesn’t matter. Better is the one who shares his wisdom with the world, though he may have little, than the man with much wisdom, who does not allow the world to view his treasure.

The Importance of Literature

There are thousands of different ancient cultures and every single one of them had a language, most even came up with some form of a written language. If communication wasn’t important than man wouldn’t have come up with language nor would have God confused the people’s language at the tower of babel. Nor would the have almost every different religion made some sort of holy book.  Literature is communication and perhaps the most effective form of communication, due to the fact that it needs not be repeated, It can clearly summarize a point, and it can last forever without it’s nature changing. The importance of literature does not mean that nothing else is important. It only proves to be an effective legacy and for authors it is our gift to the world that will be left behind.

Written Communication needs not to be repeated or remembered. It is concrete and can be passed to multiple different recipients and multiple different times. When speaking, speech is not always as well thought out and it is reserved for the ears of the present. As many copies of written communication that are made are as many different locations that a message can be understood at one time.

When speaking a person can only be so precise with their words, however when writing a person can be as precise as they like. Making certain, that they get as close to the right message across as possible. Written word also brings enjoyment and elongates our thoughts. It is impossible for any human to recite a four hundred page story from memory, let alone even fifty pages. Written literature assures a clear message that is told in the same exact way every time.

Perhaps most importantly literature leaves a legacy. It can be enjoyed thousands of years after an author has passed away. Many times an author’s work is not respected until after he is dead, because an author does not have to be alive to speak for his work. Good literature with a powerful message speaks for itself.

By making a written message, a person can literally make a creation that will change the world for  the rest of it’s existence. For these reasons humans should never stop righting and never stop reading.  The messages that man leaves behind is important and the messages that our generation leave behind are important. If each generation can draw a pound of wisdom from the last, each generation should inherently be ten times greater.

Self Motivation

It is difficult not to be complacent in areas we deem unnecessary. If there is no valid reason to perform a certain task, there should never be any expectation for any man to perform that task. With that said this post is for all humans, even those who have no interest in writing. Outer motivation is necessary for many men, there are very few who have the self-motivation to finish large projects on a timeline without sufficient outside pressure. An outline of how any human finds this sort of self-motivation is abstract. This type of motivation can best be found through reason, clear goals, and an undistracted environment.

It is extremely vital that people know the reason why they are doing certain things. If someone does not question the morality and purpose of things they do on a regular basis, they run the risk of becoming ignorant and lazy. It is perhaps more important for authors to question the purpose of what they are writing or doing than it is for the average man. The purpose for each different piece of writing varies slightly, but there are a few general intents in almost all writings which are similar. If a writer is able to keep in mind the end desire for their writing it is much easier to stay motivated. A chief function for a majority of literature, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, is to inform the reader. In fiction this may represent itself as informing the reader of an issue or idea; in non-fiction it would represent itself as informing the reader of an event or a way to do something. Another less prevalent purpose of most books is to make money. Last, it is important that a book or screenplay be created to be artistically successful and engaging. From a general perspective it is important to always know the reason for doing something so that one’s work might be more direct and purposeful, therefore increasing the quality.

After one has discovered the objective behind a certain task it is important that they set barely obtainable goals. These goals should be self made deadlines that are as flexible as a deadline for work or school would be. My personal goal has been to finish one big project by the end of each summer. For my forthcoming novel my goal is to finish the writing phase before May 2017.  My encouragement is to never let these self made deadlines sneak up. However, set aside time to work on these projects every week or maybe every day. As a fictional author it can be difficult to deal with these timelines. This is due to the fact that it can seem nearly impossible to speed up the creative process. This is a struggle I would personally not understand to it’s full extent. My advice towards those stuck with writers block is to avoid perfectionism. Force yourself to start typing, and get something down. By forcing themselves to continue on with the story a writer is awakening the creative juices and reminding their mind of the direction that a story needs to, or needs not to take.

Even with a perfect timeline, and self-drive, there are certain tasks that can only be done in a perfect environment. I have found that in order to work on an intellectual basis, I must completely free myself from the distractions of this world. An undistracted work environment looks different for all types of work, and all types of people. I personally have two environments that never fail to work for me. The first environment is for all work that is not creative writing. I close my door, put on music to overpower the sounds of the outside world, and sit down to work.The second method I use for all creative writing. I close my door, prop up some pillows on my bed, against the wall, and I lay upright on my bed typing on my laptop, completely oblivious to the world around me. When I write creatively I must be comfortable, and I must be so free from distraction, that I can almost put myself in the story. These are only methods I use, but neither of them would ever work if I didn’t turn off all social media, and throw my phone across the room.

In order to be completely self-motivated it is absolutely necessary to know the purpose behind all tasks, to set clear goals and to work completely undistracted. Doing these things looks different for every human. Figuring out how to do these things is a matter of experimentation. It is essential to learn how to work when no one is in your face telling you to do it.  It is also a lost art in modern day society.


Convincing Characters

It seems like an extremely daunting task to create convincing characters. However, creating convincing characters is essential to a powerful fiction, of any type. Satisfactory characters can be created through establishing convincing motives and a clear personality. These traits are as rewarding as they are difficult. Books and movies that create authentic characters entangle the mind in a fascinating way.

The initial step to establishing authentic characters, especially main characters, is to create plausible motives. There must be a central motive that drives every one of a story’s characters. This motive must be set up effectively or else it will not be psychologically convincing. In order to set up a characters motives, an author must dive into the human thought process, not forcing the character to reason like themselves, but instead pressing themselves to reason as their character would. These motives must be understandable to the common man, and also unique from the common man. I have never read a popular novel or watched a popular movie where I could not bring myself to understand why a character thought something. In order to create an understanding of the characters motives, an author must make all of his actions spring out of an understandable, not necessarily sensible, thought process.

Until a clear personality is created in the characters of a story, it is unable to flare to life. It is truly fascinating when an author creates characters that the reader literally feels like they know. To really understand how this works, It is essential to read classic novels that do this really well. It is difficult to explain exactly how a clear personality is created in a character, but there are a few results that will come from these great characters. First, a characters actions will always spring as directly from who they are. Second, a character with an established personality will leave the reader either wishing they were like that person, or wishing they will never become like that person. Most importantly, the readers should always hope that something bad happens to the character,  or that it all turns out good for the character. To me it is even more impressive when an author creates a truly despicable character, or a character that the reader knows is despicable, but they are still able to love that character. One of the best examples of a despicable character, driven by his cowardly personality is saving private Ryan’s corporal Timothy E. Upham, played by Jeremy Davies. This was a soldier who refused to shoot any of the opposing side, and ran from all war in the midst of the battle. There is a moment where he is cowering on the stairs and a German soldier slips up the stairs right past him because of his insignificance. The awesome sniper at the top of the stairs is brutally killed because Upham refuses to fight, and by the end of the movie every one hopes this coward will just die already. An amazing example of a lovable character that readers are able to feel like they truly suffer with when he is persecuted, is Winston from 1984. The best example of a lovable but despicable character, from any book I have read is the murderous Rodion Romanovich Rakolnikov, from Crime and Punishment.

In essence, it is essential to create characters that have convincing motives and unique personalities. There is no precise formula to creating these characters, yet the characterization is what separates an okay story from a great story. It is important to always remember as a fiction author that the main goal is to get the reader engaged and send a specific message to the reader. There is no better way to do this than through the actions of characters, and the the thought process defining those actions.

Establishing Themes

It is very important to establish convincing themes in any story. It is also extremely difficult to establish satisfactory themes in a story. In my personal experience, I have had a tough time not ignoring themes when I jump into a story. I also find that when I don’t think about the question “What is the point I am trying to get across?”, stories can easily bore the reader. I have found that in order to build a successful story the writer must first settle on a primary purpose and also some secondary motifs.

When writing a fiction work of any size it is important to first ask the question, “What is my main point in writing this?” If the main point of writing your story is to write a thrilling story, than a question you may ask yourself is “How can I make this story as suspenseful as possible?” However, no fiction work ever has been artistically or commercially recognized without at least one strong theme that it drives at. A main theme can be as simple as you want or as profound as you prefer. Lots of outstanding fiction movies, and books simply drive at Good vs. Evil as a main theme. Others may allude to problems in society. Some even analyze the functioning of human psychology. All great themes have one thing in common. They all make their readers question something deeply. In a thrilling action viewers typically ask the question “Are they really going to make the good lose?” It always seems like the good is to fail until the very end. After reading a book that deals with the problems in society, a reader may question”What does equality look like?” Authors can chose whatever main theme they like. I would just encourage them to ask whether their theme is original and it makes readers ask many questions.

Equally important are secondary motifs. In order to successfully create a secondary motif the same questions must be asked. It actually may not be as easy to come up with secondary themes. They must make sense in the context of the story and also be recognizable enough that they are not seen as identical to the main theme.  It is preferable for secondary motifs to go along with the main theme at the same time. They should not be so out of nowhere that readers are confused. For example, a reader should never have to ask why a work of fiction has a secondary theme on the importance of exercise when all the other themes detail problems in communist society. If you have to change the direction of you’re story just to fit in a random motif, please do not do it. My main advice in creating secondary themes is to use common sense and also not be afraid to think outside the box.

Ultimately it is extremely important to establish definite themes in a story. My first screenplay turned out to have far lower quality, for the reason that I did not consider thematic elements beforehand. Thematic elements help to drive a story plot forward and engage readers. Just by figuring out what the main point in writing a fiction is, writers increase the clarity and message of their writing. A novel with a powerful message literally has the potential to change the world.



Short Stories

I decided to give you guys a little treat. Instead of explaining writing short stories I decided to give you guys a really short story I wrote a year and a half ago. This story inspired me to write, The International Genocide, the book I am working on right now. I hope you all enjoy, and buy The International Genocide when it is released.

Manic Miss Takes

The switch stared at me intently, wondering if I was going to flip it or not. All I would have to do now is flip the switch and it would all be over. Years of careful planning would come to an end. The world would no longer treat me unjustly as it had before. I started to wonder what it would be like to be treated fairly in a world of my own. The comfort of soft white sheets on my queen bed embraced me. I was slowly drifting away into the reality that might soon be to come. Just before I was enveloped by this reality I heard a panicked knocking on my door.

Soon the knocking had come to a standstill, and I was unlocking my latched bedroom door. I stepped into a pool of warm blood; the blood of a young man who had been one of the men working for me, not too long ago. I recalled the ginger molasses cookies he made me every Christmas and the generous presents he bought me on my birthday. He had been a hope to me that there were still decent people in the world. I could see the miniature hole in the back of his head. The sight was just too much, I was forced to look away. After reaching the end of the hollow hall I now faced a dilapidated wooden door. I slowly walked outside into the bright sun of Cancun, Mexico. It was not the sun that blinded me, it was the sight of completely still tourists who had died tanning in the sun.

In my mental insanity, I had taken this too far. The original plan was to build  a kingdom of my own larger than that of the one I had hated so very much. I felt like I was always looked down upon by the rest of humanity and I was becoming bored of the world. My decision was to a new world. Over the course of many years microscopic bombs had been secretly installed in the heads of everyone over the age of two. The bombs were run electronically on a highly encrypted frequency. I couldn’t bear having destroyed six billion human lives instantly. I bent to my knees in the burning sand and pulled out a long sharp dagger. The dagger reflected the sun straight into my eyes as I blindly stabbed myself in the heart.

As I woke up I felt a searing pain in my chest. It couldn’t happen. Immediately I disconnected the bombs and turned off the server. I knew that I would most likely suffer the death penalty for my actions when I turned myself in. That didn’t happen. When I opened the door, I was immediately struck by a taser and dropped to the ground. Now I sit in a room with no doors, windows or lights; never to see human life again and never to see the light of day. I’ve gotten used to the dark though and that is why I write this account today: To make sure nobody goes down the same path that I have gone down.

Breaking Into Screenplay and Book Markets

It is no question to anybody that the screenplay and book writing markets are both extremely saturated. The only way to successfully break into either of these markets is mainly through quality writing or great marketing. This post will explain my opinion on a few effective ways to make a name for yourself in each of these two markets.

Especially in the screenwriting industry it is important to have writing that is not only quality, But also is formatted to industry standards. To figure out how to format a screenplay to industry standards, I would recommend downloading the open office screenwrite format which is free. If there are any additional questions after this, google them. After you have familiarized yourself with the art of writing screenplays, and you write your first screenplay, it is important to make sure it is perfect. There are tons of great screenwriters in hollywood already. Hollywood could keep pumping out movie after movie forever. The only problem is that the majority of these movies are remakes, knock offs, or sequels of other movies. The screenwriters already in the industry seem to come up with very few original ideas. This is the reason why it is important for some to step with some well developed original screenplays. Script readers at film studios like universal studios and lucas films literally are requested to read a hundred plus screenplays in a day. If you do end up getting an agent to read your screenplay it needs to capture them in the first ten pages or else they will throw it in the trash. There are certain arts that must be learned in order to market a screenplay. Michael Hauge explains the arts of writing query letters and marketing yourself as a screenwriter great in the book Writing Screenplays That Sell.

In my opinion the book industry is a much more saturated industry, but also a much larger industry. There are thousands of books out there and only a select few authors will ever become extremely famous. That being said people do continue to buy books and it is an art, that I don’t believe will ever die. I believe that people will buy books for two reasons. First, people are willing to pay for quality writing. A lot of books don’t make it because, quite frankly they suck. If quality writing is discovered people will buy the book. This leads me to the second reason books become commercially and artistically successful.  In general, books will never be discovered unless they are well marketed. There are plenty of ways to go about this, but as a consumer I find the most successful marketing tool to be the cover of the book. If I find a book that looks interesting in Barnes and Noble or on Amazon the first thing I do is look for professional reviews. I typically don’t read a book unless there a few specific reviews about the books great quality. Even then there is one more check for me, and it is the summary on the back of the book. If there is an amazing summary on the back of the book I believe it may even cause the author to double their sales. I believe it is worth it to pay a few professionals to write a good review on your book. Also do not forget about having an intriguing name and a great grabber on the back.

If one were to search for all the information there is in the world about successfully writing and marketing books and screenplays, they would find hours of useful information. I have detailed the most important information in this post. As important as marketing is, it will never work unless there is something great to market. Quality writing will always win over poor writing.

Screenplay Editing

As an author the hardest part about writing any project is turning it over to other people. After writing Reaching The Start, almost two years ago I have only had two people read the screenplay completely, and only myself has edited it. I’ve found that it does not work to wait on family members to edit book length documents, unless you plan on waiting a few years. This is because most people don’t frequently read  in the first place, and they have a busy life. It would be a great thing to find an acquaintance or friend that understands how to read screenplays. This I find to be nearly impossible unless you happen to live right in the heart of the film industry, simply because very few people actually read screenplays. I have received a few helpful suggestions from those who have read the screenplay, but I find those hard to take into account. I find it is important to just suck up my pride and make some amendments. I took into account my brother’s suggestion of reading the whole screenplay aloud to change some things. After this, my screenplay was improved significantly. I find that after a great self-edit my screenplay is almost ready. The only aspect that needs serious work is the beginning, so I am sending my script in for a 20 dollar first ten page analysis. I hope that I will not have to spend 200 dollars on a full on edit, but that may be an unavoidable case.