Mason is an author and a teacher. He loves to write and read and will always be a life-long learner. https://www.patreon.com/masonsabre

Why you should write a series

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When I say series, I am talking a series of books containing individual stories that all tie into one, but each book is a complete story on its own. Nothing drives me crazier than authors breaking one book down into several installments and calling it a series. That is NOT a series. That is a serial.

A series is Harry Potter, or The Hunger Games, or Me Before You.

Each book in those series has their own beginning middle and end. They have their own story. You can see the character start with the inciting incident that puts them into the world, and by the end of the book, the story arc is complete. Sure, there might be more of a story for the characters. Harry Potter is a good example of this. While in the Philosophers Stone, there is resolution for the actual story of book one, the readers want to follow Harry through his next adventure. …

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Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. Perhaps I’m not meant to be a writer after all.

These are things I’ve said to my wife in the past week or variations of them. It seems that whenever I get a good run with my writing, something comes along and takes my writing time away and makes it virtually impossible to get time to get the words down.

It makes me understand why perfectly good swimmers drown because that’s how I feel. I’m treading water, but the water is getting rougher, and I’m getting tired of trying to swim upstream. …

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There are some writers out there who just seem to churn word after word out. They can sit down and, in an hour, have produced 3,000 words. And it’s hard for those who struggle to even get 300 words in that time, let alone 3,000 words. I get it. I used to be like that. Trying to get down every perfect word. Trying to make myself sound coherent. I’d edit, and tweak; I’d go back and re-read. I’d immerse myself in my piece until it got to the point where anything I wrote, sounded terrible.

But then I learnt to writer fast, and it was like taking off the shackles. …

What it takes to make it as a full-time working writer.

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I’m not at the top of my game, and I don’t claim to be anywhere close. In fact, I’m probably so far down the list, I can’t see the peak, but doesn’t that mean I haven’t made it as a writer.

I sold my university texts books yesterday. It might seem, like nothing, but in truth, it was a monumental moment in my life because what it was saying was, I’m not going back.

I graduated from university five years ago with a degree in Neuropsychology. I then went on to do another degree in Forensic Psychology, with the plan to earn my doctorate and work with sex offenders. Unfortunately, as I started my forensic studies, my father had a seizure. …

It changed my life

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I admit it; I am a notebook junkie. I have an entire cupboard dedicated to storing all my unused ones. I also have three wooden chests filled with notebooks I have completed. I use them for everything and probably have a good four or five notebooks on the go at any one time.

Even sitting here now, I have two open on the desk beside me. One is my ideas journal, where I record ten ideas per day for articles I want to write . The other is a Happy Planner my friend sent to me for Christmas. …

It’s not selfish; it’s necessary.

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Putting yourself first in any kind of realtionshop does not make you a bad person. I think we all have the potential to be harmful to another, not because anyone one of us are nasty or horrible, but because it just happens through circumstance.

I know in a past relationship where my mental health has caused issues for the other person, and my behaviour and way of thinking has led us down a very dark path, finality of the relationship was the only thing that could happen. Either that, or we were both going to live in this toxic place where we hated each other, but yet had fallen into a co-dependency trap. …

It is possible to write a novel in a month when you're busy

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As I’m heading into this year’s NaNoWriMo, I’m thinking to myself, how the heck am I going to find the time to get all my words in?

I work as a full-time author, but this last month, getting my words down has been a challenge. So many things have come up in my life that has prevented me from getting into the office and stopped me writing. Our entire family is self-employed, and this time of year, is always busy, but add to that the restrictions due to coronavirus, and that busy has turned into absolute chaos, which means, I’m needed to help. …

How National Novel Writing Month freed my writing.

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Photograph Credit: NaNoWriMo.Org

Back in 2004, I was a member of Author Kelley Armstrong’s website. She had a forum at the back end where readers and writers alike came to chat about Kelley’s books and their own. Kelley was very supportive of all the would-be-authors on her site, and they talked about something called NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. I had never heard the term before, or the idea. …

Some people don’t wear masks because they can’t.

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“I’d rather be uncomfortable for a few moments than catch coronavirus.”

Is a phrase I have heard often to people who learn I don’t wear a mask.

About a month ago, I was in the supermarket picking up some general things we’d run out of. It wasn’t a big shop. I was literally running in and out to get what we’d needed. It took me no longer than fifteen minutes or would have.

A woman approached me and yelled, “Get your f*****g mask on.” Startled, and not wanting to get into anything, I shrugged and walked off and carried on with what I was doing. She saw me on another aisle and did it again, shouting louder this time when she saw me. …

Just because she’s the mother, doesn’t mean she’s fit for the job.

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It is assumed that out of both parents, the mother is the best one to raise the child, after all, it is the mother who carries and births the child, it is the woman who nurses it and the woman who has that maternal bond. …

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