Friday, April 28, 2017

The Dark Side of Writing by C. Kevin Thompson


C. Kevin Thompson

“All I want to do is write.”

“If I could just get a book published, then I’d be on my way.”

Ever uttered these words? Or similar phrases?

As a writer, when we delve into art of putting words down on a page, we tend to view life through the lens of the right side of the brain. That’s where art occurs. Creative juices flow like a river from that half. Flowers bloom. Butterflies flutter by. The wind snakes its way through the tree tops. The world is our canvas.

To a writer, evil lives within the left hemisphere. That’s where the horrors of math and science and logic lie. Creativeness can never coexist with these plagues of humanity. They are diametrically opposed in every way. Some non-fiction writers seem to think the two can be blended together, but the novelist scoffs at such naiveté.

Then, one day, the writer becomes a published author. The goal of “all I ever wish to do is write” seems well within his or her grasp now. Left-brained people send this author a thing called a contract. It is some legal agreement to satisfy the ones who have succumbed to the dark side. All they see is numbers, profit margins, and marketability. The author views these things as roadblocks to creative freedom. A necessary evil.

It’s not long before the now published author is asked to market said book. “These left-brained hucksters are simply trying to build their empires. All I want to do is write! That pure, innocent act of placing words in a select order to cause my kindred, right-brained spirits to jump for joy at the sheer awesomeness of my imagination.”

However, the shadowy secret of the dark side has been lurking all around the author. It’s been crouched in the branches of the beautiful trees the author paints with his/her “wordbrush.”It’s been swimming under the surface of the rhetorical river pieced together by the author’s prose. The left-brained have kept it hidden. They obscured the author’s view. They waited until the right time, when the right-brained author was at his/her weakest, most vulnerable point. They waited until the author was sitting in front of a contract. The pen of publication, like a tractor beam, snagged the author’s hand, dragging him/her into the fold without a whimper.

Before the author knew it, he/she was partnered with people who are more concerned with numbers, profit margins, and marketability.

Now, fully embroiled in this thing called a publishing relationship, the wretched, left-brained lowlifes placed further demands on the author. Facebook author pages must be created. Twitter accounts need to be launched. Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Hootsuite…to the author, the words of left-brained sound like the languages spoken in a bar on Tatooine.

The author feels like he/she has been sucked into a vortex—The black hole of business. All that awaits is the face-to-face meeting with the Emperor himself, informing the author he feels the author’s anger.

And we all know where anger leads, don’t we? Pain. The pain of sending out tweets and being a member of LinkedIn. Then comes the suffering. The author buying his/her own Facebook ads. Traveling a hundred miles away from home to sign books for people he/she doesn’t know. Telling novice authors who don’t market their books that he/she “finds their lack of faith disturbing.”

It’s then, in that moment, when the author realizes he/she has succumbed to the dark side of writing. The author is now a small business owner.

It’s inevitable, my right-brained friend. Don’t fight it. Embrace the left brain.Otherwise, end up on Dagobah, living in a hut, all by yourself, you will. Hmmm?





Book 2 of The Blake Meyer Thriller Series

A Looming Attack. A Loathsome Abduction. A Lethal Assassin.

Supervisory Special Agent Blake Meyer has an impossible choice to make. After thwarting a massive biological attack on the continental United States, the contagion is still missing and in the hands of the enemy. So is his family. Abducted as an act of revenge.

The clock is ticking, and the chances of finding his wife and children wane with every passing second. The assassin behind it holds all the answers.

Or does she?

Three demands. Three choices.

Blake Meyer knows what must be done...but can he accomplish it before it’s too late? Time is literally of the essence. And double time will not be fast enough.



C. KEVIN THOMPSON is an ordained minister with a B.A. In Bible (Houghton College, Houghton, NY), an M.A. in Christian Studies (Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS), and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL). He presently works as an assistant principal in a middle school.

His latest book, 30 Days Hath Revenge - A Blake Meyer Thriller: Book 1, is now available! Book 2 of the Blake Meyer Series, Triple Time, is now available! Book 3, The Tide of Times, will be out in August 2017! Also, the second edition of The Serpent’s Grasp will be out in May 2017 through Hallway Publishing!

Kevin is a huge fan of the TV series 24, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, and Criminal Minds, loves anything to do with Star Trek, and is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, too.

To connect with Kevin and learn more, please visit:

Website:                                www.ckevinthompson.com/
Kevin’s Writer’s Blog:        www.ckevinthompson.blogspot.com/
Facebook:                              C. Kevin Thompson – Author Fan Page
Twitter:                                 @CKevinThompson 
Goodreads:                           C. Kevin Thompson




6 comments:

  1. I laughed all the way through this one, Kevin. We fight so hard to get there, then yes, all we want to do is write! Sometimes, I'd love to be in Yoda's cave. Oh, wait! I have my own! Never mind.

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    1. Write, you must. Necessary evil, marketing is.

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  2. True! Loved this, Kevin! I am so there. I've come to the end of the writing process and the business end is taking over. I remember when writing used to be fun! LOL. Thanks for the laughter!

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  3. Patricia J. Keough-WilsonApril 28, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    I far prefer the right brain activity but spend much time on left brain tasks. Won't bore you with a career in communications that ended up using lots of left brain stuff. I am known for doing well with all kinds of left brain tasks but inside the irritability grows. Today I was comparing last year's home insurance with the new one, slightly higher premium, but thick with pages. Halfway through, I tossed it. May regret that but... Next I dealt with buy out of a car lease on the phone where people are charming but answers not forthcoming. And the answers given vary. Come on in, they say. When I am ready, I respond, eager to do some right brain free flight, hard work but more rewarding to my heart.

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