Maybe it’s just me and my limitations but I was wondering how many writers choose a genre before they start to write?
Do you sit down at your computer with a cheese sandwich and a pint of gin and say to yourself, ‘I think I’ll write me some Science-Fiction.’ And off you pop to other worlds and multiple tentacles very cleverly using our social problems as catalysts for metaphor and parallel.
All my inspiration comes mainly from a single line and I go where that takes me. I would love to be able to plan something out and intertwine certain points that I want to make into my stories but that very seldom happens.
I also wonder about our more descriptive writers. Do they do the same with an image as I do with a line? Do they want to *tackle a feeling in visual form? Is it a case of a gnarled tree with a red hue before the plot takes shape?
There’s no point questioning the romantics as their answer to everything is ‘Aren’t clouds fluffy. But not as cuddly-wuddly as true love and babies.’
I wonder if you can actually teach writing? Obviously, the mechanics can be taught but I’m not sure about content. Everyone of us is different and I’m sure that there may be similarities with the way certain writers approach their work but overall, they go their own way.
You see many creative writing courses and by the very title, you would think that this is all description heavy. So that may suit some but not others. If you’re going for a more rustic and realistic approach, would this benefit?
Most people can learn to write and as Diane says at times, ‘There are words and they are in order’ but not so many can put across an interesting story.
We then come to the huge question of validation.
Do you need to be published in some form for you to believe that your work is any good?
If you’ve submitted your work and it’s never been accepted, does that mean it’s bad?
I believe that all art forms need talent, first and foremost, there is no doubt about that. But you also need a helluva lot of luck. You can be the best ever but you have simply sent to those who don’t get what everyone else would.
And the opposite sadly applies too many times.
We’ve all seen examples of the terrible becoming a fad simply due to initial acceptance. This doesn’t mean that it’s any good.
I would have loved to have made a living out of writing. Not because I wanted to be famous. I just, for one time in my life, wanted a reasonable income for doing something I love.
If you want to become famous and rich, you go for it. Ambition is ambitious and there is nothing wrong with that. But with great ambition comes the need for acceptance of great disappointment.
No matter your nationality, you need to find some inner Scots, you need to be ready to embrace the shitstorm of negativity.
Okay onto this week’s stories.
We had three new writers, one very deep author and one very shallow man.
To all our new writers, we welcome them, hope they have fun on the site and as always, we want to see more of their work.
Our topics this week included; an empty stage, joining, retirement, a hitman and paranoia.
As always our initial comments follow.
First up was our first new writer.
It’s been a pleasure having Jane as a part of our selection and publishing process. She is a delight to work with.
We think there is an awful lot more to come from this very talented lady.
‘Walk On By‘ got us off and running.
‘Super pace, excellent tone and even though it is long, it’s enthralling.’
‘The MC’s inner thoughts are brilliantly portrayed.’
‘The MC tried so hard it was heartbreaking.’
I was next up on Tuesday.
I hope that the idea of this story becomes the norm. Memory rooms should be available to every poor soul who is afflicted by this bastard of an illness. Us going to where they are is the way to go. Too many of us try to drag them back into these times and that just doesn’t work.
As always I need to thank Diane and Nik for all their support over the years.
‘Where They Are‘ was published on Tuesday.
On Wednesday we had one of our deeper writers.
Harrison Kim’s work always leaves you thinking and considering.
‘The Line Man’s Last Drive‘ broke the back of the week.
‘I love that every single set-up is open to interpretation.’
‘I guess that he’ll be cleaning up in the clouds or maybe sweeping up in the other place.’
‘So much to ponder on.’
New writer number two was published on Thursday.
‘The World From This High‘ was Andrew Jason Jacono’s first story on the site.
‘The capitals through the dialogue were interesting. Was this to show separation??
‘Dark scary and sad.’
‘You can’t convince yourself that he’s ultimately going to be fine, but he’s okay for now.’
And we finished with our last new writer.
‘A Sunset Of Blue Smoke‘ was Katriana Bryant’s offering on Friday.
‘I kept going back to this.’
‘The scene setting was excellent.’
‘I was intrigued by the white suits.’
Well, that’s us as done and dusted as a clean freak at an ash scattering.
I’m getting a repetitive stress injury due to writing this section.
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And have a go at The Sunday Re-Run. (Or tell us why you won’t have a go! – That also could be interesting.)
Just pick an older story that you’ve enjoyed, send us an introduction or spiel and throw in a few questions for the writer. We’ll publish exactly what you send us.
Just to finish off.
I see that our version of The Borgias had a wedding this week.
I don’t know if it is a myth about Americans being jealous of Britain having a Royal Family – Trust me guys, if this is true you aren’t missing much. When you think on it, you are going against your idea of The American Dream. British Royalty is a born privilege and not an equal opportunity turning into a self-made success.
There was much Hoo-Hah about a missing Prince and where he was when the photos were being taken.
He was out the picture offering a flower girl a tenner.
Not being in a previous photograph would have been a better idea.
To all our American Friends – Liberace was as much royalty as you’ll ever need!
*This is two weeks in a row I need to thank Mr Kluger for giving me inspiration.
Last week it was his story that we were considering that gave me the Marvin Gaye idea.
And this week his answer to one of Leila’s questions in the Sunday Re-Run gave me the catalyst for this.
Cheers my fine friend!!!
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