Saturday, July 30, 2011

Confidence in your Imagination Guest Post with Bryan Cohen

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A possessed cheerleader. A cursed gang of criminals. Mysterious telekinetic powers. An angry ex-girlfriend in gym class? One second, sophomore in high school Ted endures his first breakup in his favorite place in town. The next, a mysterious blue light turns him into a worldwide superhero sensation for taking down a posse of grisly murderers. As his views on YouTube increase and his friend Dhiraj tries to capitalize on the marketing potential, his dangers increase as well when a presumed-dead cheerleader begins taking a personal interest. Can Ted survive his first week as a superhero in the public eye? This novella is the first taste in a series of full-length novels about the adventures of Ted Finley and Erica LaPlante. The book is also available on">Barnes & Noble and ">Smashwords for $0.99.

Confidence in Your Imagination
By Bryan Cohen

Most people think that they need a degree or to have studied with some guru in order to become proficient at a particular subject. It's as if someone told them one day that anything that's worth its salt must have been passed down from generations and generations of learned brilliant people. This is one of those twisted viewpoints that comes from hundreds of years of formal education being praised as the pinnacle of all learning.

Unfortunately, I think that this diminishes the amount of confidence that people have in the power of their own imaginations. In one of the first fiction writing classes I ever had, the instructor told me that my style of writing was not conducive to fiction. At first, I believed him and concentrated my writing in other areas like film and play scripts. Years later, after getting into the self-publishing world, I realized that it didn't matter that I hadn't received my teacher's blessing. It mattered that I enjoyed writing and that other people might enjoy it as well.

There haven't been that many reviews yet for my first fiction book, Saves the World, but nobody has had the similar complaints that my teacher did. My work didn't go through a publishing company and get the blessing of their higher ups either. What I do have going for me is that I'm confident that those reading my book will get a kick out of it.

Just because we haven't been certified in something or if we haven't taken a course in a certain field, it doesn't mean that we can't be extremely successful at it. Plenty of people who haven't finished college have become mega-billionaires using the power of their imagination and confidence. Some writers have been rejected dozens of times and then have become huge sensations like J.K. Rowling and more recently, Amanda Hocking, because they kept at it. They believed in themselves.

The important thing is not the certification or the degree. What is most important is having confidence that you can put out a good product that people will use or enjoy. If you have that, it's only a matter of time before you succeed.


Bryan Cohen is giving away four $25 Amazon gift cards, one for each week of his month long blog tour. To enter, simply comment with your e-mail address (feel free to substitute @ with (at) or other tricks to stop spammers from getting it). Bryan will draw the four names at the end of the tour, picking one entrant at random from each week’s set of blog posts. Entries will be counted through Monday, August 15th, 2011. Enter on as many sites as you want, follow the tour at;Build Creative Writing Ideas. If Ted reaches the Top 100 on Amazon at any point during the tour, a fifth $25 card will be added to the giveaway.

Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He has written seven books including;1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More. Contact Bryan through">his Ted Saves the World blog,">his Build Creative Writing Ideas site or">Twitter.


Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

I really needed this post. I think that most college professors get to the point in their careers where they really start believing they are the beginning and the end of all things that have to do with whatever topic they teach. Allowing nothing else, but their opinion, to matter. In the writing arena, I really wonder if professors teaching writing even know what it's like being in the trenches, trying to get published. OR what is currently expected. I think there is a lot to be said for street smarts when learning how to write. I've learned so much from the online community alone, and saved so much money in the process, that I really feel like I have a good grasp on what is needed to get published.

Anyway, long response made short: Thanks.

kprwrite at hotmail dot com

donnas said...

Great post. Looking forward to picking up your book. Thanks for sharing!!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

bryandavidcohen said...

@Kathryn - So glad the post was helpful for you! You are very welcome. Good luck with your publishing endeavors.

@Donnas - Thanks! I look forward to you picking up my book too ;). You'll have to let me know what you think.

The links seem to be a little funky right now, so here's another attempt at them.
Ted Saves the World
1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More
Blog Tour Hub Page

marybelle said...

Self- belief carries a lot of weight I always feel.

I'm the kind of person who like a bit of a challenge.


Llehn said...

I'd love to play please


TheGirlOnFire said...

This is so great!

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layen said...

Lovely post. I agree with the fact that the formal education system seems to be stifling imagination and seems to be producing more robots!

Thanks for the giveaway as well :)

lincalc at gmail dot com

Vivien said...

Great post, thanks!

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Mami2jcn said...

Sounds like an interesting read.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Some Lucky Dog said...

Great post, Bryan! Congratulations! That hard work is paying off!
someluckydog at gmail dot com

anji beane said...

thanks so much for the giveaway

Dovile said...

Thanks for the chance!

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Elizabeth said...

NEW your blog colors and blog name.


xmd5 said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

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Sally A Wolf said...

Only a few more blogs to go then off to read this great sounding book!!

Krystal said...

I think you're completely right. Self-belief goes a long way. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

latishajean said...

Thank you so much for the great post! I can't wait to read this book sounds so good! Great giveaway thank you.

TheReadingOwl said...

This book sounds really interesting!
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Vojalyn said...

Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

Krissie said...

Good luck with your tour and please enter me.
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Anonymous said...

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Abby said...

Woo sounds wicked cool!

Thanks for the giveaway too.

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Infuse said...

you absolutely right in that our confidence can be so negatively impacted by the academic world of thought, "comes from hundreds of years of formal education being praised as the pinnacle of all learning" that we are stymied from producing or even following our God given giftings . glad it hasn't stopped you!

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