William F. Aicher

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William F. Aicher is an independent author who primarily writes what he describes as "philosophical fiction" and holds degrees in journalism and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. A proponent of the value of creative work, he is also a champion of intellectual property rights.

A Wisconsin native, he currently lives in the middle of Iowa with his wife, three sons, and a trio of crazy cats.

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William F. Aicher So I work full time as a marketing executive, am married with three young boys, and am also an author. I totally know what you mean about how it can…moreSo I work full time as a marketing executive, am married with three young boys, and am also an author. I totally know what you mean about how it can be overwhelming - it definitely can be.

What I've done is try not to force things too much. It's why some of my books take so long to write - for example, I'm finally getting near the end of writing my third novel, which is really my 2nd since I started it 8 years ago, but will be my third to complete. I take a lot of notes, and fill up notebooks with different ideas and then when I get a chance to sit down and write, I put those together into a draft.

The other thing that does help is that when I decide it's time to write, I just say "okay it's time to write." I don't go onto twitter or anything else while I'm doing it, and even though they're only bits of an hour or two here or there, having specific time focused on just writing really helps me make progress. I also recommend having a separate space where you can write, whether it be a place in your house, or a coffee shop - it helps to make you focus on just what you are trying to accomplish at that time.

Basically it's a balancing act, but above all try to avoid multitasking and instead focus on one specific thing at a time - even within a specific day. When you start jumping around doing everything at once you can end up getting nothing done.

Finally, set a goal for yourself. It's what I've started doing at work, in my writing, etc. Just a simple thing of "I will sit down and write for a half hour" or "I'll put analytics together for this specific marketing campaign." Then when I accomplish my one goal, I have positive feedback for myself in having accomplished something, which makes me more positive in my views as to if I can really do the things I want to. Small successes can be important for your self-confidence.

Hope this helps. I know it's kind of rambly.
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Every night at 11:17 p.m., Johnny would fall asleep. He’d sink down into the mattress of the twin-sized bed of his little cabin in the woods.


As he descended and sleep came, the world around him disappeared. The forest. The trees. The crickets and wolves. Folding in on one another then fading away like an origami suitcase, until nothing remained but Johnny, floating in the deep black of nothing....

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Robert Smith Hi William,
Thanks for connecting with me on GR.
Hope you have a great week.
Cheers!
Rob


Martha Perez Thanks William for the request.
Best Wishes


message 5: by Billy

Billy Masters Thanks for the request :) Cheers to a new friend!


message 4: by Kira

Kira Hawke Hey there William! Thanks for the friend request - I recognize you from twitter and it's nice crossing paths again. ;)


message 3: by Zetta

Zetta Hello fellow AWaY mate!


message 2: by Joan

Joan Hi William,
Thanks for the review!



message 1: by Alan

Alan Baxter Hello mate. :)




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