Some Habits of A Sleepless Writer
Please return for further updates about every 12 to 14 days. Thanks
for following me in this endeavor. I enjoy the chance to share some
of my thoughts and techniques in creating speculative fiction. My
way isn't necessarily easy, but it's a sure way to "jump-start" your
own writing efforts and gives you a look at one writer's road map
through a very intriguing genre.
I love to write. And being a writer it just makes sense for me to design
this website in the form of a book. Each topic will have a new chapter.
Each chapter will open a new page on the site. And since I write
fiction and make revisions as I go, I might slip in a few subchapters
within these main chapters.
Table of Contents
for this Site
One of the most fascinating things about a piece of writing is
how it was created. We readers see it as the final stage,
everything having finally come together in its best
presentation. But how did it get there? How did J.K. Rowling
set about to unhinge the world with her mood-altering
characters? How did Ernest Hemingway cut his words down to
a lean but elegant frame of reference? Each writer has a
working style, complete with preoccupations, unusual
circumstances, perhaps fetishes. I’ve learned a lot about
writing through the half-hidden life of the writer. And I do
say half-hidden. Because most of the time there is a portion of
her secretive world she’s willing to share.
Over the next few Chapter's I’ll tell you some of my hidden
stuff. It’s been a long time since I put Quick Fall of Light
together, so some of what I mention might have more to do
with how things turned out than how they started. But I can
tell you this. I’m going through it all over again currently
with another book project in front of me. I’m blogging now to
tell you how it goes together as it goes together. I can’t do any
more than encourage you to write your own way through a
novel (or book of nonfiction). But, perhaps, somewhere in
these secret passages that I’ve never written before you’ll learn
something that may help. . . maybe even enough to close your
own book deal. That makes it worth it for both of us.
Last update: 04 28 2013
Gray Dog Press/2010
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm especially grateful to Barb Adams of Radio Amerika Now for her interview with me on April
13, 2013. Her questions about the passenger pigeon, de-extinction, and the worrisome topic
of bird flu were informed with her own observations and concern. I found her to be a
wonderful talk-show host for the hour I was with her. Please have a listen to this lively
commentary about Quick Fall of Light, its beginnings, and the story behind the story that
continues to unfold to this day.
Listen to it here.