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Dayton O'Donnell

Dayton O'Donnell

Denver, Colorado

Dayton O'Donnell is a writer that believes in the unseen magic of everyday life. His philosophy is that we, right now, live in a magical world and often forget it.

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Dayton O'Donnell: Some guy who writes words

Dayton's key philosophy on art is that it should always be used to say one thing. One idea. One important burning lesson that you want to teach someone. Having learned much about life through the filter of music, he equates writing to the relationship between melody, harmony and rhythm: The main idea of your story - your theme - should be like a strong melody and this is what you want to get stuck in the audience's head. This theme can be twisted, inverted, reversed, contrasted etc... but everything one does in a work of art is to deliver this one idea - in tact - to the audience. 

Harmony and Rhythm are important only in the fact that they work to support your melody. In writing, these are things like emotions, steaks, adding time constraints for tension, using descriptive details etc... A nice harmony is good in and of itself but it's not a strong piece of music. A good rhythm is nice as well, but it's not something that will get stuck in someone's head. 

Dayton, through his adventures, has found that this idea bleeds into every form of art and even into everyday life. In photography, the main goal is to get the viewer to look at one thing. The harmony and rhythm in photos comes by way of using framing, the rule of thirds, contrasting colors, layering the image etc... all of this just to make the subject - the melody - pop. In comedy, it's leading the audience to listen to your one punchline at the end of the joke. In business: all of the advertisements, sales promises, value stacking, branding etc... is all just to say, "I can do this for you." 

In all of his writing, Dayton uses this universal artistic concept to force his readers to learn what he wants them to learn. To see what he wants them to see. To feel what he wants them to feel. 

All of this, essentially, is to simply share the melodies that are stuck in his head with the people around him

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Update #1 - First couple days of the Pre-Order Campaign! Feb. 4, 2019

Hey again everyone!

Just wanted to give an update on Mr. Strickham's! As of right now, I'm 2/3rds of the way through my own editing and rewriting of the book. Aka, I've revised 220 out of 320 pages´╗┐. This round of edits involves making sure all of the plot lines are clear; deleting chapters that totally suck or are just unnecessary; The next step is to send the manuscript to Beta readers to see if there are any other major edits that need to happen before I send it to an editor; lastly, of course, I send it to an editor to proof it for things like style and grammar! Then I format it and publish it! I've found a few hybrid-publishing companies that help self-publishing authors like me deal with things like the distribution and marketing of the book. 

In short, there is still a lot of work to do, but if I can keep up the pace I'm working at, you can expect to see the book you pre-ordered by this coming Fall! Woo! 

Thanks again :)

Dayton