February 6, 2012
I write an eclectic mix of high fantasy, and low-brow science fiction. I have dabbled in a SteamPunk setting, as well as a post-apocalyptic one.
I like to write in terms of answers. I am always asking why? Why is something the way it is? Why would my characters want to do this over that? So my stories often, at their gooiest centers, are really driven by singular questions, or by one possible answer to a question.
Split answer; Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss. They are both modern day writers--I don't read old stuff too often--and they each represent something fantastic. Brandon is a writer of great talent, able to build a story off of deep, layered, thoughts that constantly keep you wondering what is coming next. Patrick is also a gifted writer, though in a different way, but his true talent is being a public figure within the writer's field. His blog, and community involvement are an endearing feature to his otherwise craggy persona.
Edgar Allen Poe, if for no other reason than to demistify him.
I want to write engaging stories full of imaginitave wonders. I want to write the most enthralling pieces of escapism entertainment so that when readers pick up my work they become ensconced in the story, read to the end, and say, "Whoa!" That's what I want; and then I want to publish because...if I am writing that well, then I should be sharing my work with the world.
Here I would place a great quote about daydreaming, though it'll never suffice to say enough, and will pin the act of it down too complete. Here I write, as I am want to do. You'llread it or not, either way, I'll enjoy having written it.
Last night was my introduction to BWG, and anxious as I was, unprepared as I was, it was a great experience. As a critique group I found it well structured and tight knit, adhering to a simple set of guidelines that allows for a free range of open criticism designed to enhance each writer's skills. As a group of like minded people trying to connect, it was a relax group welcoming new comers. I look forward to repeating the experience, and adding my own mix of character, critique, and writing skills to the group.