Life and Writing
Life comes at you funny, sometimes. As I grew into adulthood, I tried to make decisions based on how good the story would be. Sometimes, it was a mundane decision, like whether to eat steak or chicken. Sometimes it was a more dramatic choice.
These choices shape us. As I read from various authors and genres, I picked up personality traits from beloved characters. As I spent more time around my role models and my friends, I did the same. All the while, I was learning who I wanted to be, and eventually, I realized that we never truly become that person. We always find something different to improve upon.
With my writing, sometimes, I get blocked up. I have great inspiration for a story and I start writing but then I lose it. I lose sight of where I wanted it to go. Because characters are as dynamic as we are, and sometimes it is difficult to see how they are going to react to a given situation.
For example. Jack has an opportunity to sneak out of his parents house and take the girl he likes to the drive-in. But Jack is grounded. Should he be a diligent son and do as his parents demanded? That would make for a pretty boring protagonist, but maybe in some cases, it is prudent for him to be that way. But if he goes to the drive-in maybe he gets the girl. Maybe he messes up and learns a life changing lesson he wouldn´t have if he had stayed at home.
There are a few important rules I try to follow as a writer.
1: Use your life and the people you´ve known or observed as inspiration
2: Use your imagination. It´s fiction. Have fun with it.
3: If you get writer´s block, write something else. The important thing is to keep putting pen to paper. Or fingers to keyboard, whatever the case may be.
Here is a little about me. I am in my early 30s. I am in a relationship with a wonderful woman whom I admire and love with all my heart. I have two children that are my joy, and the balm for any bad day.
I do my writing mostly on a raspberry pi. I like open source software, and the pi is compact and I prefer it to either of my two laptops.
I use my laptops for research and to manage social media. I also use them to watch television shows and movies. The internet is a marvellous invention.
When I´m brainstorming or outlining, I tend to use an old five star notebook and pen.
I have a huge list of influences, and I will list many of them here, so that you can find something new to read, if nothing else.
Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Stephen King, Tolkien, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Douglas Adams, Timothy Zahn, Dungeons & Dragons, George R.R. Martin.