-Feature Column

5:00 o'clock p.m. on any-given-Friday, marks the end of a long workweek for most of the working class—but not for all. In fact, for American businessman, entrepreneur and author, Roger L. Brooks, it's only the beginning.

After a productive week of sales presentations, conference calls, and contract negotiations for his profession in the payments and loyalty sector, Brooks then kicks it into high-gear for the start of his dream work — often a 25-hourlong work-filled weekend — packed with writing, editing and research for his novel.

Each Friday, at 6:00 p.m. sharp, Brooks receives a much anticipated Skype call from his instructor and mentor — James Bonnet — an internationally known writer, teacher and story consultant; the author of Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story For Writers And Filmmakers

Brooks conceived the idea for his novel back in 2004 and has been thinking about it ever since. He began sketching out his story in 2010 — conducting extensive research on his subject — all while formulating his characters and writing the plot. Since teaming up with Bonnet, he's elevated the storyline to new heights—working to include all of the essential elements needed for good story making. Bonnet has been mentoring Brooks since the fall of 2013.

"Ironically, the most important technique I've learned has nothing to do with writing itself, as I believe writing is inside all of us," Brooks stated. "The hard part, I found, is developing the conviction and patience for the story to mature. In order to write a great story, patience is not only a virtue—it's a necessity."

Bonnet's teachings suggest great stories develop when the conscious mind works in conjunction with the creative unconscious. "Jim has mastered this technique, which I'm slowly catching onto," Brooks said, adding, "It's a marriage between what we perceive as reality and  the world beyond, and I'll be pleased if I'm able to attain a fraction of his knowledge at the end of this journey."

Although the subject matter of his novel is confidential, Brooks maintains it will be worth the wait. "I'm working to create something new... something fresh that to my knowledge has yet to be done."

A release date for the novel will be announced later this year. 

"The story itself has already been written. Now it's up to me and my creative unconscious to bring it to life—for the world to read!"