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Nugget of Truth

Came across this from Bibliophile Stalker.  I dig this particular Q & A from this Robert Freeman Wexler interview:

In your own words, how would you describe your style of writing? Or is Robert Freeman Wexler his own sub-category?

Every interesting writer is their own sub-category, and every interesting writer has been influenced by a lot of other writers. I don’t know how to describe my style of writing. I read things I like and try to write something that I would like to read. I like surrealist art and try to incorporate a surrealist feel into most of what I do. Is that a style-box I can fit into?
Amen, brother. Nice distillation of the why. If I’m writing something I’m not interested in reading, what’s the point?

Write, write, write

I’m coming up on 60k words today. I feel like I’m finally on the downhill side of the story, if only just. Things are beginning to come back together and the end of the first draft is in sight. I’m amazed at the changes that have already taken place from the original premise, but have enjoyed the ride thus far. It’s business time.

Music to Write By

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Gladiator - Soundtrack of Choice for Writing

Gladiator - Soundtrack of Choice for Writing

I like me some music. All kinds. But, I can only write with instrumental music playing, preferably at a low volume. If there are lyrics, I’m sunk because they divide my attention keeping me from immersing myself totally in writing.

I usually write to a nice mix of soundtracks from Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and Black Hawk Down, as well as some stuff from the Shadowbane video game (which I do not play) and Eberron RPG (which I do). Those work for me pretty well. Sometimes the exciting, tension-building moments start playing at the wrong times, but that’s okay.

I’ve recently included a jazz-esque playlist that includes some Miles Davis, Ernest Ranglin, Hanneke Cassel, and Ibrahim Ferrer. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write with that going on, but it’s working just fine. My next playlist will probably go the acoustic guitar instrumental route. I’ve got some Hawaiian slack key guitar stuff, some Bruce Cockburn instrumentals, Tone Poems and a few other odds and ends that should be a nice way to mix up my music.

Do any of you write with music in the background? If you’ve never tried, I would recommend giving it a try. Music can be wonderful for setting the mood of your scenes, you just have to make sure you like what you are hearing.  If you already listen to music while you write, what are your faves?

The Search for Inspirado

I’m taking a little break. I just worked out about six hundred words that aren’t horrible and I felt like telling someone. Of course I’m assuming that someone might actually be reading these posts. I’m all about the fantasy.

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

I’ve read a number of places (Steven King’s On Writing and Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy immediately come to mind) that writing is a lonely job.

I am committed to having my first draft by the end of August. I am committing to increasing my actual writing time each day. I thought I would originally be shooting for 100k words, but it looks like I may have to eclipse that a bit to tie everything up. I’m okay with that (at least now. I’ll probably be despairing sometime later this week on my rollycoaster ride that is writing).

Stephen Kings On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I would love to get published on my first effort (not first draft, first effort), but I understand it is a long shot. I consider my current work to be, at the very least, an awesome learning experience. It’s a great way to let me know what works for me (scheduled writing time) and what doesn’t (totally winging the story). It also helps me wrangle my inner critic enough that I enjoy even the clunkers and the hard days.

Jack Black once said in Tenacious D, The Search for Inspirado (HBO TV), “I could manufacture Inspirado, but that would be false.” Of course he’s dead wrong, but still funny. The best way to manufacture Inspirado is to sit down and write. I’d love to hear any anecdotes of your search for Inspirado and enjoy this little Tenacious D video. ***Coarse language warning and irrevocable loss of the next 9 minutes and 10 seconds of your life.***