Posts Tagged ‘American Ninja Warrior’

I recently took the challenge of dragging my carcass through the Savage Race mud a few weeks ago and it reminded me how I’ve learned to “cross apply” (rhymes with ‘multiply’) different aspects of my life. Finding Focus
This obstacle course race was a good tune-up for American Ninja Warrior. Aside from having an immense amount of fun, I learned something. Actually, it really reminded of something.
It’s easy to get caught up in the 7+ miles and 26 different obstacles you have to traverse, but if you don’t focus on the one at hand, if you don’t focus on one step at a time, you stumble.
Duh, we should all know that.
But taking the same focus, that same intensity elsewhere in our lives reminded me how I need to push the ‘outside’ away and focus on the item at hand. At the Savage Race, if you lose focus, you’ll probably splash into a cold mud puddle, quickly scraping to get yourself out.
When I’m writing, I need to be ‘inside’ the story. So focused that I don’t miss the special details that can make a scene memorable.
The acrid scent of burnt gun powder floating from the tip of the antagonist’s gun after he just shot a character I love.
The screeching, almost scream-like sound that pierced the air as the antagonist sped away in his throaty Mustang still colored with two enormous black racing stripes running from hood to bumper.
If I’m not focused, I don’t see, hear or touch these vibrant elements. And neither does your reader.
That’s not to say that the reader’s imagination won’t fill it in with his own details, but you should still control the high-level aspects of the scene.
And yet, we should learn to apply focus to all areas of our life.
At work, it’s easy to get distracted. Conversations, walk-by’s. You have 128 new emails in your inbox and an instant message blinking its way into your attention.
But stay focused. Finish one thing at a time.
Humans cannot multi-task. So don’t try.
In human terms, multi-tasking really means interrupting one task to start or do another. You’re really just bouncing around. Switching contexts. Because you switch contexts so easily, you think you’re multi-tasking. But you’re really not.
Want to test it?
Go ahead.
Put a pencil in each hand and write your name.
It won’t come out good.
But if you focus with one hand and do it to the best of your ability, you’d be surprised at how beautiful you can write. Michelangelo painted with one hand at a time and look where it got him.

One last time. Had to do one more free promotion. Free giveaway today – The Carrington Event

ThrillerFest is less than a month away. I talk with authors. I meet famous authors. I listen to successful authors talk about their craft. I meet new Agents. I network. I have the time of my life. If you want to publish big, go to New York.

The first question my agent friends will ask is how many downloads I’ve had. So I want this number to be as big as I can make it.

And…A few months ago I was called by American Ninja Warrior. I submitted a great video and can do most of the obstacles. And the first question they asked? How many books have I sold or had downloaded? Well, apparently not enough because they didn’t select me to participate this year. So I’m building up for next year.

So do a guy a solid. Download this one for free. If you like fast-paced thrillers, you’ll like this book. It was incredibly fun to write and my reviewers say it’s incredibly fun to read. A real page turner.

AMAZON FREE eBOOK The Carrington Event


I’m punching this blog out on my phone, so bear with me.

As an author, indie or traditional, it’s extremely helpful to have a strong social media spine to your business plan. My first goal was to learn to write good enough to have something worthy to sell. I never intended to be on the bottom of the indie or traditional slush pile just to call myself an author. I want to write good books. Good stories.

Once I was comfortable with my work, I began navigating the social media ocean. I was never really interested in tweeting. It’s a twist on the publish/subscribe model with tiny messages. Whatever. But I knew it was important. Through my initial discovery I met many interesting and like minded authors. I’ve even purchased quite a few eBooks based solely on what I found on Twitter. Then I started to love It. Really cool.

One of the next steps was to start growing my followers list. You follow people in the same vein, post good messages and hopefully people will follow you. Sometimes it was just a numbers game. Click, click, click. Type something, anything, and watch your numbers grow. It gets silly at this point. So many times you follow or tweet without caring. The followers list was all that mattered. That’s when I hate Twitter. I hate when it’s just a game.

But something changed. I’ve been busy with the final edits of my book, training for American Ninja Warrior, and everything in between without getting time to blog. I cringe at this because I know it slows my site traffic. Nonetheless, I checked my traffic to see how bad it was.

I was shocked.

Traffic was good. Many new blog followers. How? Why?


Twitter followers were kind enough to visit. Kind enough to peruse my content. Kind enough to follow. I was back to loving Twitter again.