Good News for Readers!

Dear readers,

Good news!

Starting on Monday, February 11th, The Dead Boy’s Legacy in eBook format will be AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon for three (3) months as part of the KDP Select Program.

During this time period the Kindle version of my novel will be available to AMAZON PRIME members in the KDP Select free lending library; if you are an Amazon Prime member, you will be able to read the book for free and recommend it to friends through the free lending library on Amazon.

PLEASE NOTE that my novel will be unavailable in eBook format on BARNES & NOBLE and the iTunes store during this three (3) month time period. This is only temporary, and the book will once again be available across all channels and for the Nook eReading device following the completion of this promotional period.

Print versions of the book will continue to be available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores.

As part of this promotion, please keep an eye out for SPECIAL GIVEAWAYS advertised by my publisher.

Happy reading!

Cassius Shuman

(Author of “The Dead Boy’s Legacy”)

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The Journey Into Story Land

I stare at the blank page…

The sheer power of the vacuous white realm confronts me like an abyss.

What will be the first letter that I type on the page? Will it be a ‘T’? Will it be a ‘W’?

These are the things that I think about when my mind starts playing games, tricks really, with me as I embark on a new journey into story land.

The void is intimidating if you look at it this way, isn’t it?

Think about it… You only have thousands of words to write and it all begins here on the first page, first word, and first letter.

Not to make you feel any pressure (Lol!) or anything, but this will be the first impression that you make upon a reader.

So, how will you muster the courage to begin?

Maybe close your eyes, take a deep breath and start typing? That should produce some interesting results, right? :)

The ironic part is that I never seem to suffer from writer’s block (Knock on wood!), so the starting of a new writing project is not usually a problem for me. If I’ve done my homework, research, plotting, then I’m usually off and running without regard for trivial things like the first word, sentence, or paragraph. The only thing that I suffer from when beginning a new story is that I can’t get the words down on the page fast enough. And, I am not a fast typist. So, usually my two index fingers are pecking, bouncing off of the keyboard in almost every direction at a fast and furious pace trying to translate my dreams to the page.

The journey into story land can be a daunting one, especially if you’re just winging it and ill-prepared to fashion a multidimensional tale. The imaginary landscape can be a forbidding foreign place which overwhelms and confounds at every turn. So venturing into this alien world can be a treacherous endeavor if you’re not prepared. At the same time, the uncertainty of this strange world can lead to some happy accidents; things that you stumble upon and discover which add a new dimension, or plot point, to the story that you’re trying to build, create, and tell.

I write this blog asking you a question… What do you take with you into story land? Do you take a detailed road map? Do you take a rough outline with guideposts? Are you really brave and only take an idea or thought? Or do you take a detailed synopsis with complete character development? Or, is there something else that you take into story land that people would find interesting and appealing? Please let me/us know. We (speaking for everyone) want to know your process. It intrigues us how other writers approach their craft.

This sort of reminds of that game that I played when I was younger where someone, a friend perhaps, asked you, “If you were trapped on a deserted island what is the one thing, or tool, that you would want to have with you to survive?” That was a really cool game to play with your friends, and conjured up some unusual and creative ruminations. It was fun hearing what other people thought would be valuable to them in that predicament. I loved the resourcefulness of the exercise. You were forced to be creative. You had to. Your life depended on it. Which brings me back to the art of story telling… I always feel as if my life depends on it when I write a story. I want the stakes to be that high. And, that leads me to this point: If the stakes are that high, then wouldn’t I want, or require, to take with me into story land a thing/tool that is important, or valuable, in order to tell/produce the best story that I can?

I would love to hear your thoughts about this. What is the valuable thing that you take with you on your journey into story land? And, how do you approach the first words on paper? Tell me your secrets. Tell me what you wish. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this aspect of the writing process. :)

“You must not come lightly to the blank page.” — Stephen King from On Writing

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