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5 Questions With New York Author Jay Long

I recently asked the followers of my Writer Jay Long Facebook page to submit questions they’d like answered by me. These are the top 5.

  1. What are three (3) of your best qualities, and one (1) thing you’d like to work on?

So many see questions like this and their answers are usually physical in nature. But to me my best assets are who I am. What makes me me. I think my imagination, my light-hearted nature and ability to communicate and listen are my top qualities. I personally think they are some of the most important traits to possess. As far as what I’d like to work on, I have to say my undeniable procrastination. I’m not sure why but I always seem to hold things off to near the ultimate ‘deadline.’ I’m my own worst enemy, so I think it stems from always wanting things to be as ‘perfect’ as possible. We all know perfection is objective. What’s perfect for me may be trash to another and vice versa. I definitely am working on that. I recently started using bullet journal in hopes to stay on track with my daily grind.

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Love Never Breaks the Same

We have all felt it. In fact, I’m sure many of us have experienced it several times. I know I certainly have.

Love, by dictionary definition is, “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.” To me there is no question we fall in love the same, give or take a few subtle differences. And I don’t mean circumstances surrounding when or who. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be enough internet left in order to discus all the ins and outs. What I am referring to is the feeling we have when we find love – the butterflies and the overwhelming emotion of seeing everything again for the first time.

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Making the Most of NaNoWriMo

As many fiction writers know, November is known as National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for those in the industry. It’s a fun little word and I’ve finally mastered the pronunciation. Until this year I never really paid much attention but because my next project is a more traditional book, rather than poetry, I have been following along. I have to give credit where it’s due. I have been following Derek Murphy on YouTube for the past six months or so. It’s there where Derek creates short videos offering sound advice on writing – anything from cover design, to properly utilizing keywords on Amazon. And although with my web and graphic design background I knew a lot in the way of online content marketing, Derek’s videos have given me new light on not only book promotion but self-promotion.

Recently the subject of NaNoWriMo has filled his feed and I’ve been following along as he and several others rented a castle for the setting of their writing retreat. In the latest post to his website CreativINDIE, he shared several pics of the surroundings as well as a brief background of each guest enjoying their Austrian NanoCastle retreat.

What is NaNoWriMo?

To summarize it best I can, NaNoWriMo is an online writing project held annually during the month of November. The goal is to complete a 50,000 word manuscript or have 50,000 words towards the completion of a longer manuscript between November 1 and November 30. There are no official prizes but anyone who completes the 50,000 words is declared a winner. According to the NaNoWriMo website, approximately 600 novels have been published as a result of the month long project, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Although all genres are accepted, I did not participate officially in the 2017 NaNoWriMo project as the book I am working on currently is more a self-awareness style book, which is outside the norm of my previous two poetic prose style books, and does not fall into the fiction category. I still feel it helped light a flame under me. I won’t finish the entire manuscript by the November 30th deadline but I am on my way to putting together an inspiration filled self-help, self-awareness book I feel many will relate to. I am only about a third of the way through with hopes to be complete around the first of the year.

The beauty of NaNoWriMo is its concept can be used during any month. Simply set your goal and get to writing. Each word you get down is another word closer to completing that manuscript. Don’t forget to check out Derek’s NaNo Castle post, maybe you’ll find a bit of motivation – if you can overcome the jealousy of not being in a castle for a month.

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Also check out Derek Murphy’s Guerrilla Publishing on Amazon.

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Write Yourself Through Writer’s Block

As an active writer and one who has somewhat of a presence on social media, mostly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I am always interested in what other writers biggest issues may be. Astonishingly enough, aside from coming up with time to actually write, writer’s block is the biggest enemy of many a scribe. I say astonishingly because I personally don’t feel writer’s block actually exists. I feel it’s a crutch or an excuse used by writers who feel the need to justify lazy days. And before you go scrolling down to leave a comment telling me how nuts I am and how dare I say such a blasphemous statement, let me explain.

I write daily or at least try to. There are days when I have so many ideas running through my mind, I can’t get anything to make sense. It’s as if the mind is an expressway: fast moving, bumper to bumper and these extra thoughts are trying to merge into the mix. It just isn’t happening. So my thought on writer’s block is actually there are TOO MANY thoughts rather than not enough. Depending on just how full my mind gets determines how long the ‘traffic jam’ lasts. I have been able to free myself of this type of writer’s block within a day and there has also been times where it lasted several days. Luckily, it occurs very rarely.

As far as ridding myself of writer’s block, I simply free write until the thoughts start to make sense again. I just write whatever comes to mind; allowing each and every thought to fill the page. I write for five or ten minutes and then let it sit. After the short brainstorming session, I give myself a few hours to see if any strong ideas come to mind. If there are no immediate results, I free write once again. I continue these short flushes of my thoughts until ideas start to flow freely without forcing anything. I am always pleasantly surprised when I look back at these pages only to find several wonderful thoughts I am able to turn into writing pieces.

So yes, I do believe there is a writer’s block BUT not in the traditional sense most think of it. I consider it more of an over abundance of thoughts rather than a lack of thoughts. However you define it, every writer at some point has certainly experienced it. The next time you find yourself jammed up, try some free writing. You may just find yourself full of ideas.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you remedy it?

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Creative Minds Need to Unwind and Relax

As a creative individual, I find the need to reset to be such a vital part of my process. It’s truly amazing how outside forces impact the thought process and more importantly how it can stifle creativity. Being a writer my work space is about 9 inches above my mouth and thankfully those thoughts make it to the paper without too much of a detour. But when the ideas are jumbled or stress levels rise, concentration is the first thing to suffer.

Wildwood New Jersey

At least once a year I ‘escape’ and enjoy a getaway to a place with the least amount of stress I can imagine. I jump in my car and head down to enjoy the sun, sea and air of Wildwood, New Jersey. A place I have visited since the mid 90’s, usually smack dab in the middle of summer. For the past five years however, I have changed my time away to mid September. I decided that time of year for its peace and quiet. School is back in session and most of the summer hoopla is over. I am at times the only one in the pool or relaxing on the sun deck. I usually bring a couple of books and of course a notebook and trusty pens. I keep my online interaction to a minimum and try to stay off the grid as best I can. It truly is a time to re-align.

 

Although I allow myself a few day trips or sometimes 2 days to getaway during the year, this week in September really is a bit of a calm before the storm. I seem to get much more done during the Fall and Winter months than I do in Summer and late Spring. I’m sure I’m not the only one but the week I take is my kick off party. I double if not triple my output in the four months following the break than the four months prior to it. It works for me. It comes at just the right time and it affords me the relief I need.

What do you do to relax or relieve stress? Where do you go to unwind, even if for a day?

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10 Songs and Famous Quotes I Wish I Had Written

As a writer I always feel like I’m my own worst critic. I scour over what I write. I second guess my thoughts and reasoning until I finally give in and send my pathetic words out to be picked apart and thrown to the wayside by all that read them.

Or at least that’s how it feels.

For me my words are my babies…and I hate feeling like an inadequate parent. Anyone that has ever created anything, whether it be a song or a novel or a painting or a sculpture – anything that you put yourself into – knows exactly what I am talking about.

If you haven’t ever created something then allowed the public to see it, hear it, read it – I implore you to do it. At least once. It’s a most humbling experience. But when you get it right and you connect with your ‘audience’ it’s the most invigorating feeling in the world.

I’m sure every artist sits back and thinks; “Man I wish I had painted ‘The Mona Lisa’ or ‘The Starry Night’..how cool would that have been?!”

For me as a writer there are a few things I wish I had written – songs and quotes in particular. I’ve put a small collection of each that really have connected with me and I’m sure others as well.

These are the things I daydream about and say “I wish I had written that.”

My Top 5 Wish I had Wrote That Songs

Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Yesterday by The Beatles
Behind Blue Eyes – The Who
Beth by Kiss
Thank You Led Zeppelin

My Top 5 Wish I had Wrote That Quotes

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
— John Ruskin

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. — Erica Jong

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. – Robert F. Kennedy

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless,unencumbered acts of kindness and of love. – Wordsworth

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. – Hans Christian Anderson

There are really countless additions that could be made to these two lists but I included the five for each that really stick out for me. Ill finish with a quote of my own so maybe someone, somewhere, someday will say, ‘I wish I wrote that.’

All my wrong turns have gotten me to the right place – Jay Long

Do you have a favorite quote or song lyric? What is it?

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12 Poetry Books You Didn’t Know You Should Read

The internet, and more importantly, social media has made sharing the written word much easier. I myself found Facebook a very easy platform to share my writing. In December of 2014 I created the Writer Jay Long page and since that time, it has been liked and followed by tens of thousands. Today Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, are filled with hundreds, if not thousands of pages of poetry, quotes, and prose by prominent old school writers as well as many unknown or up-and-coming writers. Certainly they all don’t stand out but they are finding their voice and that’s more important in my opinion. Not only was I able to share my own writing with the world, I was fortunate to discover so many other talents along the way. I have put together a list of writers who I find to be powerful voices in today’s modern writing movement. Of course, this list is not definitive, as there are certainly more than a dozen influential writers, and poets gracing the world today with their words. I am sure there will be follow-ups that will include even more strong writers in the weeks and months to come.

Michelle Schaper : Soul Kissing: A Collection of Playful Poetry and Prose Paperback – August 26, 2016. This volume of poems, prose, and musings is the first published work from Michelle, encouraged by her family, friends, and followers of her Facebook page. Michelle’s writing is heartfelt and unique. Her words will have you thinking.

Alfa : Abandoned Breaths: Poetry, Quotes, and Poetic Prose (First Edition) Paperback – May 1, 2017. Abandoned Breaths is the debut poetic collection from Alfa. Between these pages she has gathered the warehouses of the unsaid, and weaved together the voices that have remained silent in our heartbroken hotels. Alfa was one of the very first writers I found on Facebook. Her pieces are quick and very powerful. I am looking forward to her next release.

Tyler Knott Gregson : Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series Hardcover – September 2, 2014. Tyler Knott Gregson has released several books of his brilliant writing. Chasers of the Light has always been my favorite of his. His Typewriter Series: is a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method.

J.M. Storm : In My Head Paperback – August 1, 2017. This is J.M. Storm’s debut book published by Monarch Publishing and immediately found it’s place among poetry best sellers. In My Head, dives below the surface of love, loss, and life.  J.M. Storm has crafted a haunting yet hopeful poetry collection that is meant to be felt as much as it is read.

Nicole Lyons : Hush Paperback – April 10, 2017. HUSH written by author and poet Nicole Lyons, is a searing collection of poems that takes the reader on an emotional ride through a tunnel of mental illness and reckless love. It is Nicole Lyon’s debut book of poetry.

Zachry K. Douglas : A Journal From The Sea Paperback – August 30, 2016. A journal from the sea is poetry through the eyes of a man who had been lost and finds his way back by the love a woman. These poems are intended to bring hope to those looking for answers and peace for those who are restless.

N.R. Hart : poetry and pearls: romantic poetry Paperback – November 27, 2015. N.R. Hart leaves small pieces of herself on each page of ‘poetry and pearls: romantic poetry.’ Reading her words, one definitely understand who she is. Each page holds a memory, creates a setting or lays out dreams full of wants and desires. Romance has certainly not died and if N.R. Hart has anything to do with it, never will.

Atticus : Love Her Wild: Poems Paperback – July 11, 2017. Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus. Within its pages, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life.

Michael Faudet : Bitter Sweet Love Paperback – October 25, 2016. Bitter Sweet Love is the much-anticipated second collection of internationally best-selling poet Michael Faudet. Michael’s poetry and prose explores the many different facets of love and relationships.

Dena Daigle : Scattered Ashes: A Collection of Poetry and Prose Paperback – August 18, 2017. This is the debut collection of writing from poet and author Dena Daigle. It shares her journey of struggles and ultimately triumph.

Fiona Summerville : Typos and All: A Collection of Poetry and Prose Aug 29, 2016. In her second release, Typos and All, Fiona Summerville once again addresses life’s poignant nuances through poetry. Delving deep, as she dares the reader to revel in every sweet and bittersweet moment, while never losing sight of the hope and love always waiting on the other side.

Christina Strigas : Love & Vodka: A Book of Poetry for Glass Hearts Paperback – December 2, 2016. Love & Vodka is Christina Strigas’ third poetry book. A contemporary poetry book that will not disappoint you and that will restore your faith into the power of poetry again. Christina writes romantic love poetry in a stream of consciousness story-telling prose.

The list is just a sample of the talent out there today. I also have been fortunate enough to have two books published; Timeless Chatter Between the Heart and Mind and Eternal Echoes. I am proud of the writing I released. Each page is part of my journey and I hope anyone that reads through those pages will see the growth and enjoy the experience. More information on where to find is on the BOOKS page or if you’d like signed copies, they are available in the SHOP section of the website.

Who are some of your favorite modern writers?

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The Loneliness of the Midnight Writer

As a writer it seems I am constantly at a crossroads of what to write about. I often feel that a roulette wheel with different subjects would benefit more than my own thought process. I find myself jumping from personal experiences to writing related tips and everything in between. Many of the posts I create have a motivational type of feel to them. That’s not by accident. Writers and artists in general I think have a very solitude way of living and at times we all need that extra push. I can only hope when others read certain pieces I write, they sit back and say, ‘hey someone out there gets me.’ Although our craft is shared with the world, it is most times created within ourselves, by ourselves. That doesn’t mean I feel writers and artists are lonely. In fact, I myself have countless muses. I write from my own experiences, wants, and wishes. But I also pull those experiences from friends and family and even strangers I meet. Each one of us holds a story – usually many stories which need to be told.

I am fortunate enough to have two books published of my poetry and prose which I am ever grateful to so many for giving my words a voice. I will always share my writing with those that wish to enjoy it. These days I find myself wanting to reach more than just readers. I want to connect with other writers as well; to contribute my knowledge and inspire them to follow their dreams. I have always had a need to share and help others grow and at the same time continue to enhance my own understanding of different genres or formats. I feel a true motivator and mentor should learn as much from the experience as those seeking guidance. I will contribute what I can, in hopes to make someone else’s journey a bit smoother.

I won’t ever abandon the written word; I love it. I will only be adding to my portfolio. My ideas are many and the messages I want to share have a wide range of topics. If my words are stumbled upon and become motivation or inspiration for other would be, current or aspiring writers, then I have contributed to the beauty of the craft.

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