If we think our life has no consequences, we are absolutely wrong. It has more consequences to more people than we realize.
I could not resist including that happening and built an entire chapter around it. Thus, yet again, life as the stuff of novels.
As a writer, one tends to think ahead too. I find now that I am getting on with the new book, appearing in the back of my mind is what happens after it.
And if I run into the “aspiring author” stuff one more time on social media, or well, anywhere, I may, uh, well… I just hate seeing it.
Yes, I will admit that today is my birthday.
That is the sort of thing that comes from my approach to each day: “So, friends, what are we going to do today?” I consider what might be “happening” with “them.” And then I may just run with whatever comes to my mind.
There is so much that is good writing out there, I am a firm believer in embracing what you enjoy in terms of literature.
My bottom line is what you as a reader who has purchased one or more of my books do after having done so is ENTIRELY your business.
This is what may happen as you research to write: I had not examined it before and was looking through the book seeking some more background that might be of use for my own new manuscript. I got drawn in…
I think about this issue now as a writer, and I suspect I’m not alone. If you too write ORIGINAL fiction, you probably also take your copyrighted characters seriously and are protective of them.
As readers, true, we all want to get to “the good parts.” Yet all parts should be, in their ways, “good parts.”
I believe we seek in the past not only what happened then, but are looking for answers to dilemmas of our present: How did they handle similar problems?
Recently I turned down an interview request from a US podcaster because I felt that I could not do full justice to her suggested main subject. I didn’t think it would be fair talking with her merely for the sake of just talking – even if doing that might in some ways perhaps have been usefully self-promotional.
Of course a writer may die with a book unfinished. We will all die with some matters unfinished. Life is always an unfinished work.
Did you ever want to meet George Washington? That’s obviously not possible… and that’s why there are novels…