How to build massive arms like Dwayne Johnson

Guest Post on Fearless Motivation

Fearless Motivation is a great website with motivational quotes, videos and music. They also have resources for all things fitness related. Here’s an excerpt from my guest post which featured on their blog.  6 Steps To Massive Arms Like Hercules Dwayne Johnson With These Simple Exercises What inspired you to start weightlifting? For most of us, it was to build massive arms. They’re the first thing most people notice, so they’re also the first thing most people work on. The idea of achieving monster arms like Dwayne Johnson is a powerful motivation. Build Arms that get attention Whilst the best physique is a well rounded one, the fascination for defined arms never disappears. There are hundreds of exercises, all claiming to be …

How to tell great stories, courtesy of the Japanese rugby team

How to Tell Great Stories (Courtesy of the Japanese Rugby Team)

Yesterday I saw the best story of the year. It was better than any film, novel, or TV series I’ve seen in the last 12 months. And it all took place on the rugby pitch. In case you’re not aware, there’s a small, little tournament known as the Rugby World Cup going on at the moment. And yesterday, in what has been called the biggest upset in the World Cup’s history, Japan beat South Africa, 34-32.  I could not have written a better story if I tried (Actually, I have tried, and you can read the first chapter here). I was sat on edge of my seat, screaming at the telly like a Banshee overdosed on caffeine. Supporters in the …

Battle of the Ads - Arm Wrestling

Battle of the Ads – Broadband

Companies spend thousands for the chance to talk to you. To get their message in front of your face, to play you their jingle. Advertising is massive money. A 30 second advert during the X-Factor finals costs £200,000. To get a 30 second spot during the Super Bowl, that would set you back a cool $4,000,000. Crafting the Million Pound Message There’s no doubt about it, advertisers will spend big money to have a shot at persuading you to part with cash in exchange for their product or service. The ethics of advertising is a subject best saved for another day, but if you’re selling (and most of us are), or being sold to (all of us are), then it’s worth taking …

A woman closely examining a picture in a gallery

Why Making Art Is so Damn Hard (and What to Do About It)

You sit, staring at the blank screen (or paper, if you’re so inclined). You type a word, then quickly delete it. You chug back some more coffee, hoping the muse is drawn to caffeine. You google ‘chug,’ then decide maybe you should just stick to sipping coffee and stop trying to be clever.  Still, the blank page remains, taunting. It’s tough, this whole writing thing. Fiction, a blog post, someone’s website: it’s all the same problem. Even as someone who adores writing, I still go through that same routine whenever I start something new. Every. Damn. Time. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s the same for every creative endeavour, from sculpture to painting. I suppose we writers have it easier; at …

Chess board, with pieces at the ready

Why Your Story Needs More Fight

Most of us will put a lot of effort into avoiding it. We’ll go out of our way to stay out of it. Yet, if your characters do the same, your story is going to be flatter than a pancake that’s been flattened by a flattering steam roller. In Holland. It’s time to get in a fight. We’ve taken a look at motivation in a previous post, and how it’s vital for your main characters. But motivation is only half the story. Motivation is the beginning. Its evil twin, the ying to its yang, the Bonnie to its Clyde, is conflict. While motivation will intrigue readers, it’s the conflict that keeps them turning the pages. Conflict is the story. I …

Pain & Gain: Chapter Two

Pain & Gain: Chapter Two

Catch up on Chapter One HERE. The door creaked open, and Eddie’s silhouette filled the room. He shuffled forward, looking like an unenthusiastic extra in a b-movie zombie flick. “Jamie.” His voice groaned like the door, and Jamie looked up from her book. “What the hell happened to you Eddie?” He stepped out of the dark corridor and into the dulled light of the office. Water dripped from his clothes, and an impressive size puddle was forming at his feet. One of his eyes was so swollen that it wouldn’t open, and all you could see was a narrow slit. A bruise was starting to develop that would look lovely in the morning. “I want to you find a cardboard box, and I want to you …

Pain & Gain - Chapter One

Pain & Gain: Chapter One

I’m excited to share with you the first chapter of my latest story. Pain & Gain is a futuristic thriller, set in 2040’s London. Eddie Walker specialises in finding people. But when he’s hired by the Salve corporation,  it’ll be his toughest case.  Salve want Eddie to find who’s been stealing their industry secrets. The only problem is that the man Eddie’s looking for is an old army colleague, David Stone. And David died five years ago. I’m still working on polishing the story, but I wanted to let you have a look. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. I’m also looking for beta readers to help me get the book in the best shape possible before it’s …

Old letters, hand written

This One’s For The Mind Readers

I admit that most of the time when I blog, I write to the void, throwing out words without much thought as to who’s reading them the other side. I bash away at the keyboard, trying to put my ideas and thoughts into words and then publishing them on the web for the world to see. Except most of the time, the world doesn’t see it. Out of the 7 or so billion people on this planet, a negligible number see these words. Every so often, a friend will say they enjoyed what they read on my blog, and it always takes me back. ‘Woah, someone actually reads this? A real breathing person?’ This is quickly followed by a moment of panic …

A red rose

A Rose By Any Other Name

I’m on to the second assignment of ‘Blogging 101.’ Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline. Looks easy, doesn’t it? Nice and straightforward, 30 seconds and you’re done. Uhuh. Not quite. I first set the title and tagline when I started the blog, and hadn’t really thought about them since. Daniel G Rose – Aspiring Author . Technically it’s accurate. That is indeed my name, and I am indeed an author, of the aspiring nature. But man, is it boring. Seriously, be straight with me. Does that make you want to read one word more on the blog? Whatever brought you here, I’m betting it’s not that tagline. Suitably frustrated, I thought I’d look at how other authors have dealt with this. First …

Who I Am & Why I’m Here

As part of my goal to grow my author platform and blog, I recently signed up for this Blogging 101 course, designed for helping new bloggers get a head start. While I’ve already been blogging regularly for a few months I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my blog, and figured this would be as good start. The course started today, and the first assignment has gone live; write a post about who I am and why I’m here. It’s a good question, especially bearing in mind my previous post about how important defined motivations are for fictional characters. If it’s important for made up people, how much more important is it for me, a living and breathing soul? So, allow me to introduce myself. My …