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The End of the Right Kind of Writer.

Yes, you have read that right. The RKW’s velvet red curtains are closing, and I’m slipping off behind them to work backstage. In other words: this is the last post on the Right Kind of Writer.

What?! Why??” you might be thinking. Sorry, I guess this might seem really random. I’ve only told a few people, actually, but I’ve been thinking about it for months.

As for the why? There are a number of good reasons, that all boil down to these:

It’s an unnecessary burden, time-consuming, and a distraction.

An Unnecessary Burden

Blogging. . . I can never decide whether it’s been more fun or painfully difficult. I know for sure that it’s strained my logic, creativity, and writing in amazing ways, but it’s been hard.

Who knows how many brain cells I’ve lost from blogging stress! I wish it were all fun, but recently, only a few times have I sincerely enjoyed it. It’s just. . . a lot; even too much. And I know that a lot of the pressure is something I put on myself. However, the way my brain works, this is the best way to lift that burden.

Time-Consuming

I’m a slow writer and a slow thinker. I’d much rather prefer quality over quantity when it comes to blog posts—and another reason I’m quitting blogging is that my blog writing is deeply lacking quality, as I try to reach every deadline, and miss several.

Back to topic, though, both qlty and qty take time. . . lots of it. The RKW has taken time from school and WIP writing mostly, but many other activities else as well. I don’t think I’d want to know how many hours I’ve spent on this platform-building project.

Even as of now, I could be doing several more pressing tasks, but I wanted to get this out of the way as soon as possible.

A Distraction

Not only is the RKW a literal distraction from other activities, but it’s a distraction from the type of audience and blog I truly want. I have a crazy mixed audience, and that’s a big reason why, on average, only about 10% of my followers interact with my posts.

The RKW is more of a lifestyle blog covering a too-broad area of topics. Imagine if I tried publishing today—I’d be super lucky if even 15% of my followers bought the book for motives other than me being their friend or family.

With a very focused, intent, and quality blog, the percentage of interaction and financial involvement per person would probably be much higher. A blog like that is what I’ll be considering when I’m closer to publication.


Those are the chief reasons. I hope you understand why I’m stopping; I’ve weighed the pros and cons several times, and the pros skyrocket the cons. I’ve prayed about it, and I believe this is a good decision.

Then What’s Next for Me?

Concerning writing, I’ll be working on the Work-in-Progress I talked about a couple weeks ago. I’ve been making good progress on it, and I’m excited to see what the finished project will look like!

I’m continuing or planning some other non-school-related projects as well, like driving, guitar, the marathon, and getting a job. Without the immediate stress of a blog, I can better focus on those too.

As for publication. . . I don’t plan on publishing my current WIP. One of my ideas is that I go through a few drafts of my current WIP for practice, write a novella, then focus on a new book for publication. My goal is to get traditionally published. This would be awesome, but we’ll see what God’s plan is, if it’s anything like mine.


Now of course, I need to thank people. I won’t say names (because I don’t have the space, privacy reasons, and I hope you know who you are), but, if you’ve given advice, supported this blog in person and online, shared a post, helped with graphics, and/or if you’ve listened to my stressed-out ranks, I am grateful and indebted. *bows*


To those who have subscribed recently: I’m sorry you get this news so early in your involvement here!

I have good news, though! I’m not deleting this blog—it’s still going to be up on the Internet, maybe forever (or maybe someday I’ll make it private or something; who knows?).

Thus, below I’ve compiled a list of my ten favorite Right Kind of Writer posts (not necessarily in order), for you to (hopefully) enjoy.

1. The Autumn Haven: a Short Story

This was the second piece of fiction writing I published on my blog (but we don’t talk about the first one 😉). I was surprised and humbled by the responses I received toward the story. It’s probably my favorite post.

In this story, I focused on showing, not telling.

2. Change of Environment = Increased Productivity

You should see the original piece. 😅 Again, I was mildly shocked by the number of people who liked this post. I was a beginner and my writing was horrible. Since its first publication, I’ve continued to edit it to make it a much more readable and helpful post! It’s probably my second favorite post.

3. From Reign to Ice: a Short Story (Full Version)

This post served as a cover reveal, second half, and full version, of a short story. I had released the earlier half that ended in a cliffhanger. I really enjoyed writing it!

In this story, I focused on character development.

4. When Your Hardest Doesn’t Go Highest (Society’s Secret Scandal)

This post didn’t get a huge response, but I felt it was a healthy reminder for me personally. It’s short (for me), but I think the message is important.

5. Kingstorms: a Flash Fiction

I released Kingstorms during the summer because I had no other post prepared. I’m glad people enjoyed it! I guess it’s one of my more popular posts.

In this story, I focused on emotion.

6. Quantity vs. Quality: a Question of Ethics

This is an ethically, logically-focused post on some thoughts I had in my mind. I hope it inspires thought and debate!

7. Why Fasting is Better Than You Think

My Church family had just concluded 21 days of prayer and fasting when I posted this. I didn’t think it was very well written, but my parents shared their thoughts and edits on it, and when it was published, people seemed to like it! I hope it made them think.

8. I Finally Finished Beyond the Wolf

A celebratory (and advice) post!!! Throughout my blogging history, I brought up my two-year Work-in-Progress Beyond the Wolf several times. I expected it to be 50-70K words. It was over 100K. Goodness, I was so relieved to have finally typed up the ending.

9. To The Discouraged Writer

I wrote this post of encouragement when I had been doubting myself. It’s not very good, but emotionally, it helped me and I guess several other readers.

10. Yellow Balloons: an Album Review

Among all of these, this is my most recent. And, honestly, it is my tenth favorite out of the top ten. This is a review of one of my favorite albums, Yellow Balloons, by David Dunn. It’s *cough* not short, but I put a good deal of my heart and thought into it.


And here we are again. This post is long. . . but did you expect anything different from me? 🙃 Goodness, I think I might actually miss blogging. Who knows. Well, God does.

I could ramble on, but indeed, I don’t have anything else of importance to say.

So, farewell, and God bless!

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Blogging Life, Relevant Updates, Tags & Awards, Writing

“What’s Your WIP?” Blog Tag

Hello hello and welcome to August! Today I’m doing the “What’s Your WIP?” Blog Tag that I saw my friend Kaley do! WIP stands for Work-in-Progress, which is what writers refer to as the main project they are working on.

Presently, I’m at the Ydubs Conference (hear more about that from me in a week or so!), and so I’m quite busy and probably won’t be responding much for a few days. Now, let’s carry on!

Rules:

– Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog (thanks, Kaley!)

-Link back to the creator, Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus, & add the tag graphic.

-List the rules.

-Answer the questions.

-Feel free to add snippets.

-Tag as many or as few people as you wish & let them know they’re tagged.

-Add a clean copy of the questions at the end of your post for the tagged.

*ahem* I present to you. . .

The Questions

1. Has your WIP a working title?

*cough* No, not actually. I’ve had some ideas, like Search for Peace, A Blaze Worth Quenching, Pyromaniac’s Dream, Finding Peace, Seeking Peace, but I don’t like any of them. I’ll keep working on it, I guess.

2. Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?

Yeah I actually don’t have a professional synopsis yet either. I will explain a bit of what it’s about, though.

There’s a 15-year-old boy named Pax living in the desert with his family (mother, uncle, and little sister Talia). They’re foreign to the northern deserts, but they moved there for two reasons:

Pax’s mama, her husband, has a rare condition: an addiction to blood. His son, Pax, has a different addiction: one to fire; he’s a pyromaniac. Eventually, the father’s condition forced his kids (Pax eight, Talia newborn) wife, and  her brother to flee for safety from him.

As for Pax’s pyromania, it earned him a permanent scar across his whole left side. With the northern deserts’ wilting heat and glorious glaring sun, Pax’s uncle and mama thought it could keep his emotionally-stimulated addiction at bay—if not extinguish [wordplay intended] it.

But with the appearance of a strange stalker, the army, and a large accident (the result of a pyromaniac session of Pax), the four are forced to move again.

After much travel, they find a lovely town. They begin to settle in, getting comfortable, making friends, finding jobs. But is everything really going to stay slow? Is it peaceful within Pax’s own mind? What happens when he runs straight into the thick of  inevitable religious and life questions? I’m glad you asked! 😉 I guess you’ll have to wait to find out.

3. Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?

Not yet. I have several projects I’ve been working on, but again, I don’t like any of them. Some themes I’ve been working with are: desert, sun, fire, fleeing.

4. How did you get the idea for this story?

It sprung up from the thematic questions of peace. Where is it found? What does it mean? Is it acquirable? Also, I think the idea of Pax just popped into my head. I first called him Jarvis, but the sound and meaning of Pax is so much better.

For more, refer to #12!

5. How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?

I’m planning for it to be a novella, maybe 30K words, but you know me. It’ll probably end up 60K or something. 😅

6. Who’s your favourite character so far?

Oh, that’s a good question. Maybe Talia, Pax’s 6-7 year old sister. Or Maia, one of the friends Pax makes at the aforementioned small town. Conley (another friend like Maia) is up there, and Pax is great too.

I’d tell you why, but I really haven’t gotten far, and without much being written in stone/on Docs, I can’t exactly word my thoughts just yet.

7. What’s your favorite memory related to this WIP?

I don’t have one.

8. Any special person(s) who helped create it?

Um, not really. Some characters are loosely based on friends and family, but I haven’t shared it with anyone just yet.

9. What’s your favorite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?

I can’t. 😎

10. Can you give us a snippet?

Sure, why not.

I shivered as one of the last fresh breezes of the morning slipped through my clothing and pricked at my skin. Like with every day, soon the goosebumps on my limbs would be replaced with beads of sweat. This was weeks from the day I reached fifteen, and my work had been carrying on for some time.

Up ahead from the path I was meandering down lay a small lake, surrounded by bushes and plants. A few trees dotted the little oasis, and behind it spread several yards of farm, some, empty fields to be hoed, and others, crops to be sparingly watered and picked. Farther still were the herds of animals we watched.

Several men and women were already there, nursing the plants, working the fields, and tending to the animals.

11. Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?

It’s generally what I’d thought it’d be, but to keep it that way, I have to overcome the few curveballs that are shooting at me 90 mph that want to mess things up.

12. Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, or quote that has helped shape this story?

Yes! Actually, the whole story is based on a verse in the Bible.

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68, NIV, emphasis mine.

I forgot where I first saw this verse, but it hit me hard. As for context, it occurred shortly after Jesus fed a whole lot of people/the 5,000. He was proclaiming Himself as the Bread of Life, and it was a hard message for a lot of his disciples. Many left Him. When they did, he turned to the Twelve and asked if they would leave. Simon Peter responded with the above. Find the whole section in John 6:60-71.

It’d take a while for me to explain the verse (I had thought about making a post on it), but essentially, it’s saying that Jesus is worth it. “Truly truly,” more worth it than any earthly pleasure, glory, or wealth.

Another huge inspiration for this WIP is the song You Got It by Trip Lee. It’s one of my all time favorite songs, and heavily based on John 6:68, I believe. Give it a listen!

13. When and where have you done the most of the writing so far?

At my cousin’s house, my own, and whenever. I have bad writing habits which I need to work on.

14. Where do you get inspiration for this story?

Refer to question 12.

15. Are you a plotter or a planster?

Plantster! I usually start with a light outline, then let it guide me but I end up going wherever I feel is best.

16. Do you have a little ritual you do before writing?

*cough* No. As in #13, I need to build writing habits.

17. Are you thinking of publishing this story?

Nope. I thought about it, but I’ve temporarily decided against that. I’m just not ready yet—time, knowledge, and skill-wise.

18. What things have you learned while writing this story?

That summer can be mean. It hardly allows me time to write. XD

But actually, I’m learning how to create fantasy cultures using the geographic knowledge I already have, more tips and tricks of map-making, and what makes characters interesting, compelling, and relatable! Those are a few things.


I’m not going to tag anyone—I’ll just leave it open—so feel free to do this yourself!

Here are the questions:

  • Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?
  • Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?
  • Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?
  • How did you get the idea for this story?
  • How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?
  • Who’s your favourite character so far?
  • What’s your favourite memory related to this WiP?
  • Any special person(s) who helped create it?
  • What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?
  • Can you give us a snippet?
  • Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?
  • Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?
  • When and where have you done most of the writing so far?
  • Where do you get inspiration for this story?
  • Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  • Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?
  • Are you thinking of publishing this story?
  • What things have you learned while writing this story?

We have now come to the ending. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and also found my WIP idea interesting! Sorry for being so late! See you next week.

Blogging Life, Randoms, Relevant Updates, Specials

100 Followers???

Guys. My goodness, THE RKW REACHED (and surpassed!) 100 FOLLOWERS!!! This… wow, many thanks to everyone who has followed and supported me. I really appreciate it—it means a lot. 🙂

And thank you, Jesus! This is a very generous gift. Thanks for always being there in this blogging rollercoaster.

To all you faithful readers and followers, I do hope I bring you insightful, quality content, and I hope following is worth it for you! 😀

Now for some celebration. Of course, we all need chocolate…

Chocolate!

I’ve also compiled five great “you know you’re a writer when” moments, turned them into fun little graphics, and made this small slideshow for you. So here you go!

You know you’re a writer when…

I hope you liked them! Of course, they’re not super professional or anything, and maybe a bit flashy, but I really enjoyed making them!

Now, time for the…

Q&A!

The difference with this is that it’s a Question and Answer for you guys, my readers! You’ll hear from me at least three times a month consistently, but unless you have a blog I follow, I don’t hear much from you.

So here are three questions I’d really love for you to answer!

1. What’s your favorite genre—for writing and reading? I’m only assuming that you write, but because you’re reading this I know you read something.

2. What’s one virtue you want to grow in this year? It doesn’t have to the one. Just one of them if there are multiple.

3. What’s your favorite indoor and outdoor pastime?

Don’t feel obligated to answer all or any of them, but I’d really like to hear your answers if you don’t mind! 😄

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Blogging Life, Writing Advice

Four Awesome Tools for Young Writers

Throughout my journey of blogging and writing seriously, I’ve found a few tools that have been extremely useful! Here they are, if you’re considering!

  1. The Young Writer’s Workshop. My goodness, without this online program, I don’t know where I’d be. I ‘d probably have given up. It’s so amazing, but I’ll let the actual creators explain it. 😉 Click on the link earlier to find all the information you need. Let me just tell you, from Alaska to New Zealand (west to east, not east to west 😆) , this community has been so helpful. There’s aid in all areas, blogging, characters, graphic design, alpha and beta readers, you name it! I’ll stop ranting—my words don’t give it enough justice. You get the idea. 🙂
  2. Reedsy. I was introduced to Reedsy by a published friend of mine, and I love it! Reedsy is a website focused on the creation, improvement, and publication of books. One section has a book writing format, organized by chapters and parts, and it also provides stats 🤩 which analyze your progress in words, paragraphs, etc. You can also make writing goals, and it tracks how close you are to reaching them! Friends, it’s incredible. And that’s just the book writing part. It also offers reviews to agents, editors, cover designers, etc. And it’s free! I have a free account. For the first weeks Reedsy also offers free and not-free courses to help you! Check it out, please. 😉
  3. Canva. With this online tool you can make all sorts of images and such for all sorts of things. You can make logos, flyers, book covers, posters, and much more. With a free account (which is what I have) you have access to plenty of images. With a paying account, though, you have access to all the images they offer, and other convenient things, I believe. This is what I use to make my blog graphics. 😄
  4. The Most Dangerous Writing App. Now, I’ve only tried it a few times—I’m planning to use it more often—but I can definitely see how it could really help someone get faster at writing! Here, just try it out a few times (no risks, completely free), and you’ll see what I mean.

And there you go! I hope you’ll consider and that they’ll prove useful. Next week I hope to provide you with some good writing advice. Have a good rest of the day!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Blogging Life

Before You Launch Your Blog

When I first started working on my blog back in October, I had close-to-no idea what I was doing. I created my blog for the purpose of sharing my thoughts, writing, and having a platform. Looking back on it, I don’t even remember how I found out about WordPress. Maybe it was through my coauthor’s blog.

Do you remember? You were there, right?

*Crickets*

Oh yeah, I forgot, I locked you up. My bad. Not about the locking-you-up part. I don’t regret that. I’m talking about the asking-you-all-the-while-forgetting-you-were-locked-up part.

Some of my blogging history: Anyway, I somehow discovered WordPress, and began designing my blog. Like I said, I had no idea what I was doing. If you know me, you know that I am terrible at managing technology (thankfully, though, this blog has given me the chance to learn more). Several times I nearly ripped the hair out of my head trying to get it all to work, trying to understand. I nearly gave up. But, thankfully, I didn’t. I kept working on it, persevering, and being consistent. As I said once, consistency is key.

Finally, my blog was launched. The Right Kind of Writer was public. Little did I know how unprepared I’d be for RKW’s future. I would be tripping over myself to try to get an article posted on time; I would be making major changes months in from the theme to the color scheme to the tagline. Just recently have I gotten a good hold on the reins and been able to manage things well.

So, to try to keep you, the soon-to-be blogger and the newbie blogger (okay, I myself have only been going for around 5-6 months, but I don’t consider myself a newbie anymore) from making the same mistakes I did, below are several tips, suggestions, and advice that you should know and put into action before you launch your blog (or to do ASAP if you’ve already launched your blog).

I’ll start by going through the most common pages, explaining them, and giving suggestions about what to put in them.

Contact page. Obviously, this is the page people can go to if they want to contact you. There isn’t really much you have to do for this, but you can (and should) customize it by adding a picture that represents contacting. Maybe a picture of a phone or two people talking. It’s up to you. You could also write your own quick subtitle. For example: “Send me a message anytime about anything, and I’ll reply ASAP!”

About page. This is the page people go to when they want to know more about you and/or your blog. Here you can tell people about yourself- I just suggest not making it too long or people might get bored and give up, as they are expecting a quick yet informational bio (mine is 83 words). Here, you can also give a little information on what you will be posting on your blog, whether book reviews or life updates. You can also share past experiences, and what makes you so qualified. I would recommend putting a picture of yourself there as well.

Blog page. This is the page where people can find all your blog posts. There isn’t much to this besides maybe a photo at the top of the page and a short explanation, such as, “Here is where you can find all my posts!”

Homepage. This is the homepage. If each page was spaceship, this would be the mothership. The first impression on a visitor. It can often be a mix of all the pages. It can list the most recent posts, a bit about yourself and/or more commonly what you’ll post in your blog, a short welcome, a sign-up for your newsletter or subscribe button for your blog, a few quotes and/or more.

Now that we are done with going through the pages, I’ll list several things you should do before you launch your blog, and how to do them.

Come up with a good title. Every blog needs and normally has a title. I doubt every blog has a good title. You want a short yet descriptive title. No one wants to visit a blog called “A Blog About Christianity, Writing, and A Lot of Other Things You Might Want to Read”. Don’t overthink it, but don’t underthink it. This is something you do want to think about before you start any of the tech stuff. Literally the first thing that pops up when you’re starting a blog through WordPress is a question asking you what your blog will be called (of course, don’t stress about it; it gives you the chance to change it later if you really don’t like what you have). I’m not even going to make a suggestion, because I don’t want to take the time to contemplate a good title. You should also make a tagline. A tagline can be an extended version of your title, or something related to your title. This is where you can use “A Blog About Christianity, Writing, and A Lot of Other Things You Might Want to Read”.

Choose a design/theme. This will be the format of your blog. The layout. When you start the process of making your blog, it will give you a list of themes to choose. Take time to go through them, and find one you like- just don’t take too much time. You can change it later. (Remember, do it before you launch your blog.)

Choose a plan. When you start making your blog, you’ll have to choose a plan. I recommend starting with the free plan. Maybe when your blog is bigger and you want to make money or just have a better quality site, you can choose a different plan.

Make a logo. This is something you do on your own time, and isn’t really largely mentioned in the blog-building process. This is particularly for the favicon, but it can also be placed at the top of your blog (like mine) or something of the like. Make sure to really work on this and get good feedback. Particularly if you are making it. You could also ask a friend to make one for you, or quickly make one through a logo generator. A good one is BuildMyLogo. If you’re like me when I was a newbie, you’re probably wondering “HOW ON EARTH WOULD I MAKE MY OWN LOGO???” I’d then direct you to Canva. When it comes to graphic design, Canva is my hero. I’m sure from there you can find your way around that site, and get started with your logo.

The dashboard. If you’re starting to make a blog through WordPress, and they’ve taken you through most of the steps, then you’re probably right here (format varies by what you chose):

I suggest going to your dashboard first. How do you get to your dashboard, though? You click on the black square in the top left corner with the white W. It will give you the option to go to the dashboard.

You should browse through this for a while. A good, long while. Get very familiar with everything, till you understand the works and purposes of at least a good deal of the things in the dashboard. This is very important.

Images. You’ll notice that practically every blog has images. Photos. I’ve never found a blog without any. You probably already understand the purpose of images. What you may be wondering, is, where to get them from. I started by using my own photos. That was a mistake. Unless you’re actually a professional photographer or something, I do not recommend using your own pictures. Though several of my pictures weren’t horrible, they weren’t that good or attractive either. Start by using professional pictures. You can find plenty of good photos from Unsplash. You can also get really good images from Pexels. Though I would suggest clarifying that you are getting these images from these sites.

Make a blog post schedule. Trust me, this will save your sanity, or at least a good deal of it. Make a blog post schedule. This you won’t make public on your blog, unless you want your viewers to know what’s being posted when. And that’s just what it is. It allows you to know what will be posted when. It will also allow you to be consistent. Here is an example: “Wednesday, April, 4/14/21, post ‘How to Fly A Kite’. Wednesday, April, 4/21/21, post ‘How to Run a 5K’. Sunday, April, 4/25/21, post, ‘Birthday Special’. Wednesday, April, 4/28/21, post ‘How to Deactivate a Nuclear Bomb’.” You could even take another step ahead and begin writing some of those posts before you launch your blog or way before the post is supposed to be published.

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There you go. These are just a few tips and recommendations. I’m sure that you’ll be able to figure out many things on your own, though. A warning: whatever you do, whatever you click on, don’t click “Launch” until you are really ready to launch. If you do by any chance accidentally launch your blog when you’re not ready, just don’t send out any links or anything like that. Keep this mistake fairly private, and fix up whatever you need to fix. I’m pretty sure, though, that you can un-launch (there’s probably a good word for that somewhere, but I can’t remember any; heehee) your site as well.

Another thing to note is that WordPress will be a dear and help you out a bit by sending emails with tips and suggestions as well.

Finally, DON’T FREAK OUT. Know that this will take time, and if you’re horrible at tech like me, just be patient and breathe.

If you ever need advice or anything, just message me through the contact page. 

Also, I will likely make a part #2 to this.

I hope that your future blog will thrive, and that you learned a lot from this post!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador