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Tales of Power

10 Jun

By Nesher Ehrman

Do you remember the “Realizing Your Writing Potential” series? Well, that series (which you should totally read if you plan on publishing your work) was based on the actual process I went through recently while publishing a couple of books. 

One of those books is called Tales of Power. It’s an anthology of short stories which I wrote a while back, and it contains some of the writing I’m most proud of. This site is dedicated to writing techniques and tips, so I thought it would be appropriate to mention it here. I’m not trying to make money by selling these books – I just want people to read my work and tell me what they think. However, Amazon makes it difficult to “sell” your book for nothing, so the regular price is a dollar. However, I discovered that you can also have a promotion for a few days at a time, making the book temporarily free. 

So, if you want to read Tales of Power, you can download the kindle version for free between June 10th and 11th (today or tomorrow) at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D62W0RU

As I’ve said before, I love nothing more than hearing your opinions on my work. If you download the book and enjoy it, post your thoughts in a short review, or share a link with a friend who you think might like it. 

Thanks

 

 

IMAGINATION

29 May
By Nesher Ehrman 
 
Oh hearken now and listen well
To the dismal tale I will now tell
Of a thing behooved of fickle feature
IMAGINATION – wily creature
 
From her emerge ideas and plots
Woven stories, domestic knots
All not-real and all made-up
When supping IMAGINATION’s cup
 
An author who bends and and sweats at his work
Creating the plight of a hero named Dirk
He calls to his muse, that she may inspire
To her he prays to start the fire
 
IMAGINE one, IMAGINE all,
Like gems dredged up from crystal ball
Ideas come forth, they may not stop
The lifeblood of stories, each ruby drop
 
No matter the language, or of what nation
The bones are the same – it is creation
But no matter the name, or what it is called
IMAGINATION is fickle, a crone all enshawled
 
Sometimes you sit, and write for a spell
Nothing more trivial than story to tell
But hold dear these rare times, they come not often
IMAGINATION is harsh, and seldom to soften
 
To me this rhyme, these words, the whole
Where I beg for ideas, I whine and cajole
To me in my head, I play slave to her master
She is but an idea, but I write all the faster
 
This poem does not make too much sense. It makes sense to me in my head and that’s what important. It requires some IMAGINATION of your own to understand what it means to you. To see other (more comprehensible) poems and stories, feel free to visit nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

Writer’s Workshop – INTRO

23 May

By Nesher Ehrman

One thing which we feel has always been missing on our site is a place for you, the reader, to express yourself. Imagine a classroom or lecture hall where the teacher talks, writes on the board, gives examples and shows diagrams, but doesn’t allow student participation. That’s not a good classroom.

In the interest of improving our situation, allow us to introduce – the Writer’s Workshop. The idea is to have a number of ‘lessons’ (if you’ll allow me to extend the class metaphor), each one focusing on a different aspect of writing. Each time, we’ll explain what the next workshop will be about, and you, our readers and writers, can send in your… Well, let’s call it ‘homework’, and never mind the negative connotations. It’s a metaphor, ok?

Once you send in your writing, we’ll go over what you’ve written, and in the next issue, we’ll talk about what we’ve read, and feature some of the best examples, as well as an example written by us. That will enable us to tackle the subject from varying sides and viewpoints. The results could be very interesting – and I’m sure we all have a lot to learn from each other.

In our first iteration of Writer’s Workshop, we’ll kick off the series with a creative writing essay. Specifically, exploring a cave. Aim for the region of a hundred words, two or three short paragraphs. So don’t be shy – show us your best creative writing! In the meantime, we’ll write an essay of our own, and we’ll break it all down in our next Writer’s Workshop!

Send your writing to our email address at writerscorpworkshop@gmail.com

Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 5

22 May

By Nesher Ehrman

Hello again. Welcome to the fifth and final section of this little series. If you haven’t read the previous four parts of the series, you should. Really, they’re not bad, and the chronology of one to four is flawless.

In this final installment, we’ll talk (finally!) about how to self publish. Self-publishing demands a bit more effort, but depending on no one but yourself can be a bonus – it only takes as long as you want it to take.

Essentially, self-publishing means you find a company which does print-on-demand publishing. These companies often work internationally, so you don’t need to look for one near you. One great example of such a company is Createspace, a subsidiary of Amazon. However, most self-publishing companies have similar ways of working, so what you’ll need to do by yourself is –
1) design the interior of your book, (typesetting, print size, margins, fonts, page numbers etc.)
2) design the artwork for your cover, front back and spine
Both of these parts can be done by a determined layman with some degree of efficiency and intelligence, but if you obtain professional help, the end product will probably be superior.

Many self-publishing companies give you a free ISBN (publishing number) when they publish your book, and some require a small fee, depending. The choice, of course, is yours, but don’t forget to take it into account. Once all of this is done, publish your book through the company by sending them the files of your book interior and exterior. You may be required to buy a single copy of the book.

At this point, you might think your work is done – far from it. If you choose to self-publish, you should be aware that any advertising that is done for your book comes exclusively from you – mention it on your social media, tell your friends, arrange book-signings, talk about it on book sites, comment about it on appropriate blogs. Make sure as many people as possible are aware of your published book in order to get it going. Word doesn’t spread by word of mouth if no one has ever heard of your book.

This has been the final part of the Realizing Your Writing Potential series. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and be sure to glance through when you publish your next book. If you just read the series in order to publish a book – good luck!

This series was written by Nesher Ehrman, an oddity who prefers speaking with a keyboard rather than the more accepted channels. To experience more of his keyboard-speech, pay a visit to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

You’ll Never Be Perfect

5 May
procrastination

“Because to procrastinate is easier than working.”

It’s true. You never will be be. But you can use the gold standard of perfection to better yourself, to push yourself forward. How? One word – procrastination. Let’s explain that. Procrastination is something we do in order to avoid working. It’s natural, but it can be pretty habit-forming and time-consuming. You might find yourself  with six spare hours, a quiet house, and a blank computer. You’ll think – ‘Perfect! All the peace and quiet I need to polish off the last three chapters of my thriller mystery novel!’. Six hours later, you’re still on Reddit. Or Facebook. Or whatever you do to waste time. Because to procrastinate is easier than working.

The subject of procrastination has been, as we say in the field, ‘run into the ground’. So we won’t go into too much detail about the subject. In fact, we’ll cut the procrastination and get right to the point – how to avoid it.

If you write a lot, or even a little, there’s probably several projects you’re working on, a few separate things you’re writing. So write them down. Make a little list of what you could be writing. For me, it goes something like this – a post for The Writer’s Corp, a Hebrew short story for a book, a chapter in another book, a post for my site, or an article for a newspaper. These are all things I need to write. So I make a list of them.

The secret to solving procrastination is to define your goals. Knowing exactly what you have to do is the first step to getting them done. So write down all the things you have to do, and start with the one that looks the most enjoyable to write. Try to do all the things on your list.

Now, the point is that you will not accomplish everything on your list. You might only do one or two of them. Don’t let that discourage you – remember, just a minute ago you were having trouble starting. The trick is to get going, to start writing – to start is the hard part. Aim higher than you can realistically do at once, and just knowing what you want to write can be an excellent way to get yourself writing.

At the end of the day, you may not have accomplished all your goals. Not every checkbox will have a check in it. But you’ll have made progress, and you’ll have beaten your procrastination.

When Nesher Ehrman succeeds in beating his procrastination, he also writes poems and short stories, which can be found at his site.

Spiderman Could Destroy Superman in a Fight

5 May
superman imageLet’s open with a question. Why would I give a post on The Writing Corp’s page a title like that? Spiderman has nothing to do with writing. Neither does Superman. How are they related?
Good question. The thing is, though, it’s not about two random superheroes, each of which either could or could not hypothetically take each other in a fight. It’s about the title itself. (And, anyways, Spiderman doesn’t really stand a chance against Superman, we all know that. What’s he going to do, shoot web at him?)
Let’s talk about titles.
Why are titles important? They’re just a way of telling stories or books apart from each other, aren’t they? Well, no. Titles are much more than that. A title is to a short story what a face is to a person. Whether you’re writing a short story, a novel, an article – even a blog post – the title is always the part people will see. Whether the title is good will determine if the title is just the first part that people will see of your work, or the only part.
I’m sure you’ve heard it said “don’t judge a book by its cover”. That saying is patently false. You should always, completely and absolutely, judge a book by its cover. The cover is what the author chooses to show you as an illustration for his book. An author makes an informed choice about his cover art and design in order to pull in potential readers. The cover is there so that you can judge the book. And the same rule holds true for titles.
So when you write something, whatever it is, make sure that the face of your work is the best part. Make the title engaging, informative, or even provocative. Don’t forget – people are choosing whether to read your writing based on those few words which you choose for your title. So make it good. Steal the stage. Provoke. Dare. Intrigue. Inspire.
And absolutely never, ever, forget, that Superman would beat Spiderman any day of the week.
To read more words by Nesher Ehrman, pay a visit to his appropriately titled website at nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

 

Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4

25 Apr
By Nesher Ehrman
 
Hello once again. This is installment number 4 in the series Realizing Your Writing Potential. Like most fours, this one has a one, two and three, so if you haven’t read those yet, you should do that first. In this part, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details of how to publish with a recognized publishing company.
 
So, how do you contact a publishing company? Who should you go with? How do you even find them? 
 
Google knows. No, seriously, Google knows everything. Utilize the all-knowing search engine to cast your net. search for publishing companies close enough to work with. No matter where you live, there are a lot of publishing companies in your area. (Unless you’re in Antarctica, in which case, how are you getting an internet signal?)
 
Compile a list of all the publishing companies near you, and slot them into a chart. Some companies will charge money just to read your manuscript, so decide whether – and how much – you’re willing to pay for that. If not, strike them out. Cross out companies if they don’t publish the kind of book you’ve written – companies are generally very clear about which genres they publish. Keep crossing out companies until you have a list of places which you think might want to publish your book. This list can range from two to twenty, depending on how picky you are, where you live, and how industriously you’ve worked on your list.
 
Some of the companies on your list might accept entries by email. This requires the least effort, so send to those first. What do you have to lose? Next, send printed copies to the rest, according to their requirements. Different companies might ask for carbon copies in a specific font or text size, so pay attention to that. Don’t forget include your details, so that the company can get back to you if they like your manuscript. Finally – and do not, on any account, skip this step – heave a sigh of relief.
 
The final item on your agenda is to wait. Publishing companies are notorious for taking their time in processing manuscripts, in order to choose the best. Not to worry, though, because you write brilliantly, so it’s just a matter of time.
 
In the next and final installment of this series, Part 5, we’ll talk about self-publishing, who you should do it with, and how to it correctly. See you there!
 
Nesher Ehrman is an author for The Writing Corp, and when he’s doing anything other than refreshing the view stats for that website, you can find him (and his work) over at nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
 

What Is Writing?

24 Apr

 

Writing is different from everything other

Qualities possessed by means of no other
To write is to set down the whims of your soul
To proudly lay bare every wish aim and goal
 
Words are at once dynamic and static
A series of symbols; words starkly dramatic
No more than letters just signs on a page
But none can express more of anger or rage
 
To write is to set down words for forever
They will never forget; though the bonds of life sever
In writing you use what is private and sacred
What you never would say; be it love be it hatred
 
All of our wisdom and all that we know
Is passed on by people who wrote long ago
And all between us and the beasts of the field
Is the letters we have and the knowledge they wield
 
It is this which I say; and I cannot stress more
This is all that we; it is all we strive for
To write is to share, is to teach, to be moved
And I hope in this piece my point I have proved
 

Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 3

24 Apr
By Nesher Ehrman
 
Hi. Welcome back to Realizing Your Writing Potential. If ‘welcome’ would be more suited than ‘welcome back’, then you should read part 1 and 2 first. If you have read the first two installments of this series, then get your work cap on, because work is going to happen today.
 
In the previous parts, we covered all the stages up until the point when you have writing material ready to publish. Let’s assume that material is a book. Whether it’s an anthology of short stories, a collection of poems or a general breakdown and dissection of 16th-century literary achievement which six people would want to read – your book is ready to go. Now what?
 
The first step is to decide how you want to publish your book. In general terms, there are three accepted paths to get a book published:
 
1) Pay a company or an agent to get it ready, publish it, and sell it
2) Contact a publishing company and produce it together with them, after which they’re in charge of publication and sales
3) Producing and publishing your book yourself and then selling it through an internet medium
 
In Part 4 we’ll cover the second path, and the third will be adressed in Part 5, the final installment in this series. 
 
‘But what about the first path?’ Good question. The simple answer is, ‘don’t do that one’. If you’ve never published a book and you’re not a celebrity publishing their biography, chances are that this course is not the right one for you. Having someone design a cover for you, edit your work and publish your book costs a lot of money for uncertain return. Additionally, once the book is out, the company doesn’t neccesarily care what happens next. Chances are, you’re better off choosing the second or third course of action. 
 
In Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4, we’ll get into how to contact and publish with a recognized publishing company. See you there!
 
To see more of Nesher Ehrman’s work – mostly short stories and poems – feel free to free-fall to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
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