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WRITING TECHNIQUES

This was an assignment for my writers group.

WRITING TECHNIQUES

HOW I AVOID THE

‘WRITING FUNK’

I think the ‘writing funk’ depends on the individual. Writing is a difficult profession. To constantly write takes a high level of dedication and fortitude.
So what is ‘the writing funk’? It could be the lack of ideas or the daily grind of life, or a combination of both. It could also result from having too many ideas and not enough time to see them through. I suffer from the latter.
I write science fiction and horror stories. My sick mind provides the horror; however, science fiction ideas come from another source. I constantly search newspapers and online science websites for anything that may speak to my imagination. When I come across something interesting, I print it out and store it in a folder marked, ‘future stories’. Periodically, I will go through this folder and group articles with a common theme that may build a story that speaks to my imagination. From there, I go to a notebook entitled, ‘future stories’, where I keep the articles and any of my first impressions and thoughts. This way, I am never at a loss for material for a story.
Also, whatever I’m going to write, whether it is a short story or a novel, I constantly think about it before I put pencil to paper. That’s right, all my initial drafts are written out in longhand.
Now for the process that goes into building a novel. At this point, I have written three novels. One of which will be published early next year.
When writing a novel, I start with an outline which is dynamic. I record this initial outline in a steno pad which I keep with me until the novel is completed. I constantly rewrite the outline with new ideas and changes to the plot, constantly adding details as the writing progresses. At times, I can hear the characters talking. I add those conversations to the pad and sometimes they eventually make it into the novel.
I can honestly say, in the ten years I have been writing – two fulltime, that I have never felt a funk for lack of material. Rather, when I’m in a ‘funk’, it’s for lack of time.

June 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

WALT’S LATEST PUBLICATION

THE GIG OF A LIFETIME

Here is another story, one which I have had a special affection for.

Toasted Cheese, a literary journal, liked it too and published it.

Go to ‘current issue’ and enjoy the story.

http://www.toasted-cheese.com/

June 11, 2010 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

WALT’S LATEST PUBLICATION

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIMENT

My reluctant readers.

I have had another story published, this time, by Aphelion.

The story concerns the use of physics to prove the existence of a concept man has sought to understand foe millennium.

I hope you find it intriguing.

http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/shorts/2010/05/TheUltimateExperiment.html

June 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

UPDATE

UPDATE

I have not visited my blog for some time now due to a computer meltdown, literally. With two cats and a dog running around the house, my computer ingested a hairball that proved to be fatal. Now, thanks to a new computer, and my good friend, Nick, I am once again up and running.
The big news is that my novel, New Moon Rising, has been accepted for publication by Midnight Showcase. I do not yet know if it will be presented as e-book or print, but I am very excited. It should appear early next year. My reluctant readers, I’ll keep you updated.
There is plenty more to follow, so stay tuned.

June 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment


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