Blogging is WORK… Just Saying!

I want to make an official mention: Blogging is work! Sheesh!

I’m working with my editor to finalize the summaries for Nhakira’s 3 books, so in the meantime I’m building this blog to be in time for the official launch of NHAKIRA “Chosen” (August 2012, Amazon Kindle)

Dude… I totally get how blogging can be a full time job! MUCH respect to you bloggers out there! Giving you guys the ‘bro fist’… But have no idea what to give you girls? ‘the knowing pout’? Or… ‘high heel click’? Or…ideas please?

OK, this is me for now…I have summaries to write! 😉

Over and out!

Jen Henning

@JenVinci on Twitter

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6 Unique Tips For Writing… The “other” Tips…

No I am NOT going to list the Top 7 tips for being a successful writer… No I am NOT going to quote anyone OR punt my own books… No I am NOT going to sound all wise and sage-like.

But I WILL share certain tips which I personally use… And these aren’t really ‘tips’. They’re ‘things’ I do. Things you might be doing already – or if you’re not – you will because its FUN. And FUN is truly the Nr. 1 Writing Tip EVER.

TIP #1: Get out!

No I don’t mean ‘leave’ my blog, silly. I mean take your laptop/iPad/whatever tablet – and go to a coffee shop. Or a park. Or a restaurant. Or to a Magic The Gathering event, or a graveyard, or a lingerie shop (who knows what tickles your genre!?). I find the white noise in a coffee shop to be very writer-friendly. I order my favorite flat white coffee, open my Macbook, and TYPE. Awesome things then flow from these finger tips. And when my creative flow needs a break – I check people out. I love people watching. By observing your environment you actually create new ideas – you just don’t know it yet.

TIP #2: Also read the Great Greats

We’re in a world where we are blessed with amazing talents like Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Kathy Reichs, James Herbert – and many many more. I personally find that reading the mental meanderings of the ‘Greats’ inspires me greatly. Yes, I do read William Shakespeare! I love how he used words like his own brush on a canvas that speaks. Lewis Carroll? C’mon – that’s just raw genius! The ‘Greats’ were there when our industry truly began growing its skin. The knowledge they shared in later works is precious. Their imaginations were unaffected by modern social media, thus I believe their stories and worlds were so much more part of THEM, their true selves. And I find that to be refreshing.

TIP #3: Tweet-tweet-tweet!

Twitter. It is a wondrous tool! NOT just for marketing. In fact, I use Twitter for everything BUT marketing. I literally Tweet stuff that just randomly pops up in my head. Most of it is pretty weeeirrrd but based on my Follower count – my Followers like my random Tweet-bursts. I won’t ‘sell’ on Twitter. I will however share my work and journey. And when my journey includes the release of a book – HELL YEAH I’m going to share that! I really am not on Twitter to push product, I’m there to interact, chat and learn – and yes, share my work. ALSO, Twitter is the ultimate linguistic gymnastics for any writer because you must say something funny, insightful or intelligent in just 140 characters… And WOW, some of the conversations on Twitter is sometimes ingenious in its random creativity!

TIP #4: Get weird

Yeah, I actually mean it. For some of us ‘weird’ comes easy. And when I say weird I actually mean – loosen up! Even better, why not meet up with a group of like-minded people on a regular basis. A group of creators and writers. I have an awesome group of creative friends. We get together for ‘creative meetings’ – but somehow it always ends up with chilli poppers, beer and lots of laughter! But – we always walk away with fresh ideas. And very importantly – we feed each other’s imaginations with intelligence, humor, creative blabbing, brain storming – and honesty.

TIP #5: Experience

Nah not the type of ‘experience’ employers ask whether or not you have during interviews. I’m talking life. New things. New places. New people. New food. Challenges. Thoughts. Treats. Books. Music. Cow photos (#joke). I thrive on new experiences! Some have been amazing, some [CENSORED], some delectable, some inspiring – even life-changing. A creator NEEDS experiences because you are constantly creating new worlds and universes, right? So go out – EXPERIENCE… But please, I’m not saying go swim naked in the mall’s fountain, or slap a hyena on its butt, or believe you can fly after drinking chai tea… Keep it constructive people!

TIP #6: Write with your organ

Hey, eew, what are YOU thinking?! I actually mean it in a most sincere way… Write from your HEART. Lately a lot of authors write for money. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But I believe in writing a story and creating characters that are infused by tiny parts of you. And with that I mean – write with honesty. Believe in your stories, believe in your characters as if they’re real people in your life. Yes, you HAVE to write FOR  a specific target audience and niche. But keep it real. I’m a fantasy writer – but I promise you – there is truth in my fantastical worlds. The truth lies in the words… As long as you are congruent with your writing and intentions, your readers will pick up on it. And they will like YOU, the creator…

TIP #7: I like – big – BUTTS – and I cannot lie!

Heehee… Just kidding 😉 No, Tip #7 – WORK. Yeah, hard work. Writing is dedication, persistence and discipline. Yes you make it fun and I’ve given you awesome reasons to walk around and have coffee in various places. But writing – STICKING TO THE STORY – takes discipline. Writing your book is the easy part. The work that comes after that is the true bulk of your journey. Especially if you self-publish on Amazon and the like. Once you accept that you will be working everyday to achieve your goals – you’ll have FUN! You’ll be proud. You’ll be so excited… And you’ll absolutely love the journey as writer and creator…

Thanks for reading you awesome reader you 🙂

Jen Henning

http://www.jeaninehenning.com

Why will you buy my books? Because I think about Unicorns…

Why will you buy my books? Because I think about Unicorns…

Really! I DO think about unicorns… and Smurfs. And jelly-obsessed Orcs. And squirrels that fight crime at night in mini-Batman suits…

Lately I think about unicorns a lot. I’ve always thought about unicorns, mostly because I love magic – and I have a horse – and voila! Unicorn!

But this renewed unicorn-thinking could be 1 of 2 possible reasons. One – because I recently visited beautiful Scotland where the unicorn features almost everywhere! And Two – because I think outside the box. No, not even outside the box. I choose to NOT see a box – because to still be inside or outside a box – that’s still limiting, isn’t it?

And I do not want to be limited. I don’t want to think limiting or live limiting or act limiting or illustrate limiting or write limiting!

I cannot sit and attempt to write anything akin to Terry Pratchett, John Locke, Patricia Cornwell, Karen Slaughter, Paulo Coelho, JK Rowling – or the Greats like Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. Seuss etc etc. I can admire all these writers though for their talents and clever sales acumen…

But then I’ll go back to thinking about unicorns. And still write what I write. And no – I don’t write about unicorns. Not yet anyway. I MIGHT add a unicorn in a book I’m currently planning with dragons in it…Meh, we’ll see.

What I DO do though (love that; “DO do) – is write from the heart. I just want to tell you a story. I want you to download my book onto your Kindle, go to the beach, have a cocktail…or 2…or 3…or more… And still be able to read my book and not have to reread whole chapters cos I lost you in detail or saga twists.

I want you to have a giggle at conversations not really ‘apt’ for Fantasy. I want you to RELAX. I want you to forget about the war on CNN. Or how guilty something made you feel. Or about all the STUFF that bugs your brain. Hey, it’s all about you…

I want you to have FUN when reading my books.

Yeah sure I too have serious moments in my books. Heck, I ‘teach’ as much as fantasy-swear. And I absolutely have some subliminal social commentary. BUT, its all done in a fun way. I have weird heroes. Very evil villains. Almost over the top villains…Cos yes, I base my characters on people and situations I know or have heard of. How REAL is that? Very… And I share it with YOU. In a fun easy-read way… I do not limit my writing in trying to be the next big award winner of some big prize. I let my imagination go to strange places and bring back stories for you to read.

And all because I think about unicorns…and Smurfs… Smurfs still boggle me even though I collect them (feel free to send me Smurfs as ‘thank you’s’ for enjoying Nhakira so much! 😉 #joke …

I’m just a storyteller. I do not aim to win accolades. Yes I want good reviews though, but I will learn from the bad ones too. I just want as many people as possible buying my books and having fun with magic, adventures, odd characters, really evil bad guys… And some surprising soul-touching depth…Because a teeny bit of my soul goes into every character I create and I share it with you.

Maybe I’ll write a whole book about unicorn trials and tribulations later. Or, a world where unicorns are normal and wear suits, drink beer, text on Smartphones, read on Unikindles (how clever am I !? ) and ponder whether humans ever really existed… Now THERE’s a future best seller!

And with that unicorn thought – I bid you adieu for now! I have unicorns to think about…

Cheers awesome reader!

Jen Henning

PS: I owe someone unicorn eggs… o_O Not even joking…

NHAKIRA “Chosen” NOW Available on Amazon Kindle:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/NHAKIRA-Book-Chosen-TRILOGY-ebook/dp/B0091JGKFA
US: http://www.amazon.com/NHAKIRA-Book-Chosen-TRILOGY-ebook/dp/B0091JGKFA

Not just a writer – draws pretty pictures too…

Yep, that I do – I really do 🙂 (draw pretty pictures that is)

Although, ‘my’ pretty and a few other peoples’ ‘pretty’ might be a teeny tiny wee bit different. BUT nonetheless I love all my freaky little creations! Some of them are now available to be bought in various media for various fun things! Like iPhone & iPod (touch) cases and skins, Hoodies & T-Shirts, Laptop and Mac skins, iPad skins. My ‘bigger’ pieces are also available on canvas and framed prints.

Go have a look! Society6.com really deliver terrific products (that’s why I signed with them!) Le voila!  http://society6.com/JeanineHenning

Jen’s mini-freaks 🙂

…And so it begins…

I’m sure you’ve been where I am at now… Staring at a screen – trying to come up with the first totally and most compelling thoughts you can muster for your 1st ever official blog – on a REAL Blog site… Well, here I am, thinking of YOU, and wondering what you’re wondering right now…

Ah well! This is me, Jeanine (Jen for all my friends and you too), posting for the very first time on my brand new Blog – specifically to introduce not just myself – but also NHAKIRA, the kick-ass leading lady for my upcoming Young Adult Trilogy! To be released on Amazon Kindle. And yes, it is Fantasy Fiction.

OK so I have written Nhakira’s whole trilogy and story, starting with her as a slave in pretty crappy circumstances. Now, who will like her books? Well, if YOU enjoy fun, fantasy, magic, freedom of thought, refusal to conform to external expectations not of your choosing, adventure, motivation, strength, awesome fight scenes, really evil antagonists, humor and fantasy worlds – yes – you’ll enjoy Nhakira’s books!

But let’s leave all that for future blogs! For now, I just wanted to say HELLO (please nod your hello back – Nhakira won’t nod though, she’d just give you a raised eyebrow…attitude you see. Lots and lots of attitude…and she swears, but in her language…)

Hey this blogging thing is not bad… I do believe I shall have fun! And it will be a great outlet for Nhakira too… Just saying.

Type you soon!

Jen Henning

When I’m not Blogging I’m Tweeting @JenVinci

http://www.jeaninehenning.com