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Jon BradburyHello, my name is Jon Bradbury and I wrote the story Jump for the Forbidden Future Anthology.

Writing is not as easy as it sounds. Think about your life. Think about all the million and one distractions zipping through your busy little mind right now.

Drives you a little bit crazy, doesn’t it?

Now, imagine, just for a moment, having to dampen down all those distractions. To write. A story. A novel. A fictional story where everyone and everything isn’t real, doesn’t exist, or is used in a fictional manner.

Sounds hard, doesn’t it?

Writing a blog is hard enough. Writing a quick status update on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter is a little bit easier. But to write a book, a whole story, to quiet down all that mental chatter for just one moment, so you can concentrate, is nearly impossible.

So that is why writers need to have a place where they can drown out the rest of the world, if only for a little while, and write.

A private space, devoid of any distractions, helps. Listening to music helps me a lot. If I’m really having trouble focusing, a meditation recording of some kind helps even more.

If solitude is too much to ask for, a time of day when you can at least work without interruptions is the next step. Have a comfortable chair to sit it. Wear your favorite old t-shirt or sweats. Have the room as cool or as warm as you prefer.

While writing, JUST WRITE. Don’t answer emails, and for Pete’s sake, DON’T go on any of the social media sites. Don’t tell yourself, “Oh, just a few minutes won’t hurt.”

You know as well as I do that “a few minutes” will turn into an hour and before you know it, you’ve wasted all that time you should have spent writing.

Don’t pay bills, don’t shop, just write. I know, sometimes it’s difficult to concentrate, but you’re here to write.

Having an operational computer helps, one that is at least free of malfunctions of hardware malfunctions or software glitches, regardless of make, model and installed software. Doesn’t matter if its the latest and greatest or if it’s on its last microchip, a computer is essential to writing in the digital age, as is reliable internet access.

Yep, writing is so easy.

Think about that next time you decide to post a one star review or post how much you think an author sucks.

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Life will come to do what it’s supposed to do


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Today started out like any other day, until I did my normal routine of checking for reviews on my first novel.  It would happen at the very moment that my second novel is to come out that I would receive a very negative review. I had to laugh at myself because my first reaction was “Huh?” I thought maybe the reviewer had placed the wrong review on my book’s page.  Shocked by the review, I realized that it was real.  I sent the link to the three people who mattered most with regards to my book; my editor, my #1 fan, and my partner.  I decided in that moment that I was going to be okay and that this is something to be expected because everyone is not going to like everything. I had a good laugh about it and then asked myself “What are you going to do about it?” I told myself that I would press on and let it roll down my back just enough to keep me in check; to keep me motivated, to work harder, and to do better.

For the past two years, the Creator has been toughening my spirit so to speak. He has been preparing me for the trials that are going to come because I know that there will be many. He has been putting down in my spirit all of the necessary tools I’ll need to do my job. He has also been faithful to place the right people in my midst to help me to continue on. You see, I believe in my heart that I have a purpose as a messenger and I cannot let anything get in the way of doing that. There are going to be times that people may not agree with what I am doing or what I have to say but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I say it.

One of the toughest things in life is to do what you believe that you are called to do in the face of opposition.  But the key is to not question yourself, but to move forward. There will be many obstacles but I know that I must remain calm, and know that life is coming to do exactly what it is supposed to do; challenge me.