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Author: Jay Long

The One Thing That Changed My Writing Career

I have been writing since I can remember. In fact, when I was a young child I would emulate my mother’s writing. I’d take a black felt pen along with a yellow legal pad and simply pretend I was making words. Line after line I’d scribble in blocks of ‘cursive’ writing. To this day, I have a love affair with pens and pads. I even get care packages from friends and fans sending me different types of notebooks, journals, and an assortment of pens for writing. To me those little packages are priceless. So you can say writing has been a lifelong journey.

5 Questions With New York Author Jay Long

I recently asked the followers of my Writer Jay Long Facebook page to submit questions they’d like answered by me. These are the top 5.

  1. What are three (3) of your best qualities, and one (1) thing you’d like to work on?

So many see questions like this and their answers are usually physical in nature. But to me my best assets are who I am. What makes me me. I think my imagination, my light-hearted nature and ability to communicate and listen are my top qualities. I personally think they are some of the most important traits to possess. As far as what I’d like to work on, I have to say my undeniable procrastination. I’m not sure why but I always seem to hold things off to near the ultimate ‘deadline.’ I’m my own worst enemy, so I think it stems from always wanting things to be as ‘perfect’ as possible. We all know perfection is objective. What’s perfect for me may be trash to another and vice versa. I definitely am working on that. I recently started using bullet journal in hopes to stay on track with my daily grind.

Love Never Breaks the Same

We have all felt it. In fact, I’m sure many of us have experienced it several times. I know I certainly have.

Love, by dictionary definition is, “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.” To me there is no question we fall in love the same, give or take a few subtle differences. And I don’t mean circumstances surrounding when or who. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be enough internet left in order to discus all the ins and outs. What I am referring to is the feeling we have when we find love – the butterflies and the overwhelming emotion of seeing everything again for the first time.

Does Atticus’ Poetry Promote Self Harm

Recently a piece written by the poet known as ATTICUS came under attack by several fellow writers online. The subject matter written was that of a female who used cutting as a way to self-harm. I saw at least four poets, and writers, along with their followers tearing the post apart on Instagram as glorifying self-harm. Their stance seemed to think readers, especially younger, more impressionable young girls, would use it as a way to be ‘seen’ and accepted. I touched on it with my fan base and followers of my Facebook page shortly after it occurred. The overwhelming majority…

I Didn’t Choose the Writer’s Life

It’s amazing just how different the life we live is from the life we thought we would have. Growing up I wanted nothing more than to be a lawyer. I love debate. I love proving my opinion right. I love finding fault or holes in arguments which directly contradict mine. I am a naturally born litigator. Fast forward 35 years with a few food service jobs, 10 years of bartending, and 15 years of self-employment as a web designer and here I am, naturally, a writer. Some could argue, and I probably would be the first in line to concur…

We Can Never Forget the History of Pearl Harbor

On the morning of December 7, 1941, as many of the men and women stationed there slept in their beds the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. When the attack, which lasted just over 2 hours was finally over, 2,402 had lost their lives and another 1,282 were wounded. As news spread to the states it came as a complete shock to an entire nation. In FDR’s speech declaring war against Japan on December 8, 1941, he spoke the words that still echo today ; ‘December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy’ – and as a nation mourned it also prepared to go into battle against the Japanese Empire.

Making the Most of NaNoWriMo

As many fiction writers know, November is known as National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for those in the industry. It’s a fun little word and I’ve finally mastered the pronunciation. Until this year I never really paid much attention but because my next project is a more traditional book, rather than poetry, I have been following along. I have to give credit where it’s due. I have been following Derek Murphy on YouTube for the past six months or so. It’s there where Derek creates short videos offering sound advice on writing – anything from cover design, to properly…

My Personal Annual Writer’s Retreat

As with any type of employment, writers need getaways just the same as anyone else. Although work schedules may seem a bit unconventional at times, the hours put in for any artist is just as tedious and at times very stress inducing. Many of us are a one man or woman operation; taking on the roll of several individuals. My down time is cherished and each of the past 3 years, since I turned to writing full-time, I have planned a week long writing retreat in Wildwood, New Jersey, during the middle of September. I originally found this particular slice…

Write Yourself Through Writer’s Block

As an active writer and one who has somewhat of a presence on social media, mostly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I am always interested in what other writers biggest issues may be. Astonishingly enough, aside from coming up with time to actually write, writer’s block is the biggest enemy of many a scribe. I say astonishingly because I personally don’t feel writer’s block actually exists. I feel it’s a crutch or an excuse used by writers who feel the need to justify lazy days. And before you go scrolling down to leave a comment telling me how nuts I am…

Creative Minds Need to Unwind and Relax

As a creative individual, I find the need to reset to be such a vital part of my process. It’s truly amazing how outside forces impact the thought process and more importantly how it can stifle creativity. Being a writer my work space is about 9 inches above my mouth and thankfully those thoughts make it to the paper without too much of a detour. But when the ideas are jumbled or stress levels rise, concentration is the first thing to suffer. At least once a year I ‘escape’ and enjoy a getaway to a place with the least amount…