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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

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How the Ydubs Conference Went

They announced the ‘22 Conference sometime around Christmas, and I knew I wanted to go. I talked with my parents and signed up that February.

Greetings! I hope you’ve been enjoying August! I have.

In fact, At the beginning of the month, God blessed me with the opportunity to go somewhere amazing—the 2022 YDubs Conference! Their first was in 2019, and then the Corona Virus kept them from hosting any later in-person ones, but I can’t remember if they had one virtual conference, and for which year, or two.

They announced the ‘22 Conference sometime around Christmas, and I knew I wanted to go. I talked with my parents and signed up that February.

Really, this is one of those many blessings I don’t deserve but get anyway. Today I’m going to share with you some daily progressions, highlights, and thoughts.

The Speakers

We had six amazing speakers (and a Q&A with another), three of which were published, but all were definitely qualified. The five in order:

Chuck Black, author of nationally popular series such as the Kingdom Series and the Wars of the Realm Trilogy. He was supposed to be there in person, but I guess things didn’t work out, and he spoke virtually. He spoke about worldbuilding.

Juliet Artman, member of the Author Conservatory. She spoke on loving your writing journey (?).

Kellyn Roth, member of the Author Conservatory and author of the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, among others. She spoke on outlining (?).

Jenna Terese, author of Ignite! She shared thoughts on different aspects of writing, mostly trusting God, through sharing her writing testimony/journey.

Josiah DeGraaf, one of our very own Ydubs Instructors!! He spoke on story structure.

The Author Conservatory hosted a virtual Q&A with Christopher Paolini, author of the internationally bestselling book Eragon! Brett Harris was leading it and we got the chance to see the whole thing!

Charis Rae, member of the Author Conservatory, gave a convicting speech on writing habits.

Mr. Josiah spoke again, this time about fitting writing into your school schedule—or rather, fitting your school schedule around your writing. 😛

Day-to-Day Progressions

Pre-Conference Day. Earlier in the day when my dad and I began toward Tennessee, I had run my second half-marathon ever and he had preached, so we were both tired and got a late start.

Thankfully, the couple that hosted us that night was very generous and waited until around 12:30 am—when we arrived.

Day One. We started sometime during 9 am, I think. We ended up arriving just a few minutes before 3 pm, when the conference was to start (or at least, when sign-up was opened). Most people were there already, because of the short parental meeting, but that was alright.

I met some awesome friends from Ydubs! That was cool. We had a brainstorming session, which went kinda well, then Chuck Black spoke.

I wandered a lot with my dad, going down a stream path, which was fun.

Most of the evening was me wandering around by myself—I enjoyed that, though, and got to know the site a little better.

Day Two.

Ms. Artman and Ms. Roth spoke that day! It was a full day, and I spent a lot of my free time talking and hanging around in “awkward groups,” as we called ourselves.

I purchased some soup that the emcee and Ydubs Instructor Ms. Marita Wilson and others prepared, and had some fun, awkward conversations with friends!

The day concluded with Ceili dancing (an Irish dance Ms. Marita taught), which was better than I thought! I don’t like dancing, but it was alright. Despite me stepping on quite a few heels, I had some fun.

This was probably my favorite day!

Day Three. Mr. Josiah, Ms. Terese, Ms. Rae, and Christopher Paolini (via a Q&A) all spoke that day. *taps temple* I learned some really good stuff from them.

We also had a critique group session, and I got to give and receive thoughtful feedback. That helped a lot to get me out of my WIP’s writer’s block.

Day Four. *shakes head* Alas, all good times come to an end, and this was true of the conference as well. Mr. Josiah gave a wonderfully practical lesson, then we took a group picture, and most people went to eat lunch (that Ms. Marita prepared) in the cafeteria.

The “goodbyes” were a little awkward for me, but eventually, my dad and I were on the road again.


Now, I had a great time and learned indispensable lessons, but you may (or may not *shrugs*) be thinking, “is it worth the hassle of paying, getting there, and all that?” Er, well, I didn’t actually do any of the driving or paying (maybe next year?? Permit and job, here I come), but I believe a conference is invaluable for a serious writer!

Why Attend a Conference?

A couple years ago, my comfort zone was so much smaller. For the past year +, I’ve been trying hard to grow my horizon. Some ways of growth have been socializing more with adults and strangers (not in a creepy way), teaching kids the Gospel throughout the summer, speaking at church, speaking more boldly about my authorship plans, and taking a Speech Class.

Engaging with people in person and public speaking are super helpful skills for authors. Many writers (a whole lot of us are introverts) like to stay in our comfortable corners while we write our wild fantasies, engage on a blog with readers worldwide, and publish our writing whenever we get the chance.

But we can’t hide forever. Sure, the online world is big, but you’ll end up one lonely fellow, because you can’t (or, rather, shouldn’t) have your phone on you every time you step out of your door.

I know writers who are hardcore introverts. However, one of those writers in particular left their comfort corner and met new people for book signing events and other gatherings. This friend says that, though the experiences were extremely mentally draining and stirred up anxiety, they were worth it.

With conferences, you not only meet in person like-minded writer friends who you previously knew only by their online avatar, but you can meet published authors, hear inspiring lectures, and practice social skills.


The Ydubs Conference 2022 was amazing; I would share photos, but I don’t actually have any. 😛 I’m so thankful for the organizers and speakers who put in all that work! I can’t wait for next year.

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“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 father 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 wife and her older brother to take her kids (Pax eight, Talia newborn) and 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 devasting 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, get comfortable, make friends, find work. 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? Who knows. . . .

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.