- DIVER: Art Brown
- NATIVE COUNTRY: USA
- CATEGORY – Artist
- DIVE: Published Author
- LEVEL: 1
- REQUIREMENTS: Level 1 (Has a completed title, outline, TOC, and back cover blurb)
When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive & Level?
I’ve been writing since at least the age of 11. I was heavily influenced to write by two main factors. First, my mother. She was not only extraordinarily literate but read to me constantly from a very early age, acting out all the characters in theatrical and entertaining voices. She not only read to me from children’s books but shared stories from history and mythology. Two books I remember her frequently sharing from were “Bullfinch’s Mythology”, and Norton’s History of English Literature. I kept the chain going – reading and dramatizing constantly to my daughters as they were growing up.
The second factor influencing my early love of writing was the beauty in words themselves. Poetry spoke to my heart and always seemed the ideal vehicle to describe the human condition. I learned to read at a very early age – which created a hunger for marvelous stories.
How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?
While I’ve written poetry and stories my entire life, the first book I published professionally was “Vegetarian Dining in NYC”. Being a vegetarian at the time I wrote it (1992), I saw that NYC, where I grew up and lived, had no guide to veggie restaurants. I chose to fill the gap. I researched it, wrote it, edited it, laid it out, and published it. This was before the days of online self-publishing. I paid a small press to physically publish a run. Once published, I changed hats and promoted it, writing and sending press releases to radio and tv stations, newspapers, and influencers. I was reviewed on a number of major TV shows and also in The NY Times.
What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?
The most difficult part of many projects is getting started. I didn’t really have that problem since I saw a need and passionately began to fill it. I suppose staying committed until the money came in. I did not start this particular book with a TOC, or Outline, but began writing and collecting reviews (in a database), and let the function dictate the form.
What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?
There were many parts I found easy. Dining out and writing about it. Under the guise of authorship, I gave myself and my family permission to eat out – a lot. I enjoyed writing about it in particular since I’d decided to give it my voice – a very New York voice – accentuating the point that the reader is being let in on information from a knowledgeable native.
What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
- I’ll share a brilliant idea given to me by my friend Monroe (of this website): Write the back cover blurb first. That will give you a target and focus as you develop the project.
- Also, create a regular time to write and write. I’ve found over and over that when I simply sit down at my computer and start moving my fingers, the pages come.
What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive at This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.
There are so many how-to resources available that a danger is getting so caught up in studying how-to that one never actually starts writing. The focus should always be this: write, write, write, and then write some more. To get really good at anything, one needs to do it a lot, fail a lot, and learn from mistakes. Then get back on the horse. That being said, here are a few links.
- Goins: Writer’s 10 Simple Steps to Writing a Book https://goinswriter.com/tips-writing-book/
- How To Publish a Book: An Overview of Traditional & Self-Publishing https://writersdigestshop.com/pages/how-to-publish-a-book-an-overview-of-traditional-self-publishing
- Writing a novel: 7 Tips From Bestselling Authors https://www.nownovel.com/blog/writing-a-novel-bestselling-authors/
Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive & Level.
Writing this particular book took a great deal of research. Once the first edition was published, promoted, and gaining national attention, I noticed and appreciated that I now had some influence. I could rave about a great restaurant that needed more customers – and actually see their business increase. I could also tell the truth about an awful restaurant and watch them close. I did the latter very rarely and usually told them before writing so they had a chance to fix things.
Between the 2nd and 3rd editions, after the book had garnered some attention, NY1 (a very widely watched NYC cable news station) asked to do a segment on me and the book. They were sending a crew out to Brooklyn to interview me. They asked me to recommend a restaurant where they could film. Knowing this would be valuable publicity I spoke to the owner of a local restaurant a week before and told him when we’d be coming.
The day of the interview, with a tv crew there, and in spite of the invaluable tv coverage I was getting him, he serves me a stale and inedible meal with old rice, seemed reluctant to let us try other menu items, and asked me to pay for anything else. For the next edition of my book, I shared my honest review. A few months later, his restaurant was gone.
How Did You Prove You Met The Requirements for this Level?
- Vegetarian Dining in New York City – by Arthur S. Brown
- Good and Cheap Vegetarian Dining in New York – by Arthur S. Brown, Barbara Holmes
- Everything I Need to Know: I Learned from Cartoons!– by Arthur S. Brown
- Break Diving founder Monroe Mann confirms that he has seen copies of these books.
Will you be pursuing the next level? If so, what is the next level, and what is your plan? If not, why not?
Since writing Vegetarian Dining in NYC in the 90s, I’ve written and produced many plays and screenplays. I also wrote and published a history of the American television cartoon (and send up of the self-help genre) entitled “Everything I need to Know, I learned from Cartoons!” It’s available on Amazon.
My third book is nearing completion. It’s a collection, and brief annotations of my daily gratitude lists from the day I began to approximately 2018. It’s meant to inspire and illuminate. The title is “1001 days of gratitude and counting – becoming my own beloved.” It will be available this year (2020).
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Art Brown is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: ARTIST – PUBLISHED AUTHOR – LEVEL 1. Congratulations Art! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
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