The Red Road to Hades

This is a guest post by author Charles W. Massie

DON'T LET THIS FACE FOOL YOU Author Charles Massie, a caffeine-addicted life form, is actually a serious writer. He attended college in Syracuse, New York and graduated with a B.A. in Engineering. During his pre-author life, he worked for several engineering companies as well as being self-employed. Throughout this time, he submitted articles to a variety of publications such as Readers Digest, Redbook and Twilight Zone magazines. When it comes to attitude, he believes you should always give 100%, except when you are donating blood. His recent books include The Boy in The Bin, A Cauldron of Spirits and The Red Road to Hades and several cookbooks. He currently splits his time between Kentucky and New York State. You can find out more information at

Suggestions for beginning authors.


When I go out do a book signing or tour, one of the most asked question is ‘how do I find ideas to write about’. My answer is simple.


Let your fingers do the talking.


I have found that when I sit down at my computer and place my fingers on the keyboard, a magical thing happens. I just start typing about something in my head. I keep putting my thoughts into each sentence of the topic until I can’t go on any further. Sometimes, I get nowhere with this tactic and sometimes, the paragraph begins to take the shape of a story.


If I get stuck and cannot go any further with the topic, I will save what I have written and start the process again on a new page. My goal is to write 500 words per day.


Often, when I go back and revisit these chunks of prose at a later date, I find that I can actually continue a few more paragraphs.


I repeat this ritual over and over until I have a workable structure. Sometimes, I end up with a piece of writing that is 4000-5000 words in length and is going nowhere. This gets shelved for a future review and I find another project to work on or start something new.


The point is, I never give up. Nothing is ever thrown away.


I don’t write for fame or fortune. I write, or try to write, something that will be entertaining to my readers. I write, to promote an idea brewing in my head and need to get out. I write, for good or bad, to bring light to something that needs discussion.


Once you get something published, (and eventually you will), you then have to develop a network of followers who can help you get exposure. After all, you put a lot of hard work into your finished project. Why not let others share in its message. Develop a group of followers. These can obviously be friends and family, but equally important is the rest of the world.


Social Media is one of the fastest ways to get people interested in what you write. It can be FaceBook, Twitter, Linked-In, Google Plus, Instagram or any number of other networks. You following is not going to develop overnight, but with constant attention, you can continually grow your network. And the plus is, there are many automatic methods to do this.


The important thing to remember is to never quit. Just by virtue of the fact that you are reading this post, indicates that you are serious about writing. Whether you are writing for your own vanity, or to eventually be featured on the New York Times best seller list, you can be a writer if you take the time to follow a strategy for success. Like anything worthwhile, this task is not going to be easy in the beginning. But with diligence, there will come a time when you can call yourself, an author.


Charles W. Massie

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