The winner of the “Rock the Boat” short story “Creature suggestion” contest has been decided. The rest of you poor unfortunate souls are going to have wait until the story is complete to learn who it is. Sorry, but I’m just cruel. And actually, I’m not sorry. I’m sitting in my chair, laughing the laugh of an evil genius.
I’ve not gotten fully into the story, but once I chose the winner, everything started falling into place. I should be done with it in a week or two, at which point you get to read it. Fairly soon after that, the artist starts work on the cover and it’ll get delivered.
But enough with the updates, to the real post for today.
I’ve been writing fairly regularly for the past week; nothing spectacular, no 2K a day streaks, but definitely steady writing. In that same time, this last week has been kind of exciting and not necessarily in a good way. However, after spending three straight hours under the greasy chassis of my awesome 87 Ramcharger and doing assorted other not-so pleasant things, I discovered something. The more “interesting” your day is, the more you enjoy writing at the end of it. Also, it makes your writing that much more interesting.
Nobody particularly enjoys dropping a bolt in their eye while jammed under an oil pan; doing it DOES make you a lot happier to be writing rather than pulling wrenches and it gives you so much food for comedy that it’s incredible. I mean, when was the last time YOU dropped a bolt on your face? Or discovered that engine oil in your eye doesn’t hurt as much as you expected it to, but more than you wanted it to.
My preferred genre is the action/adventure/comedy blend that I call the “Hunter Stories”. I’ve never fired a shotgun at a charging rhinocerous-monkey, or made snippy remarks at my arch-rival in the Hunting business. But the little stuff, the stuff that really makes you laugh, or cringe, or cry… most of that stuff comes from stuff that happens in my everyday life. The secondary antagonist in “Eye in the Storm”? Her lightning wit and no-nonsense approach to Hunter’s disarming banter is a dead ringer for my oldest sister’s approach to…. me. Blowing out a fuse in the middle of a Pyre-ant nest? Yeah, car fuses can go at the worst possible time… or they could save you 100$ because that expensive turn-signal controller didn’t actually need to be replaced; it was just the fuse.
So, next time you’re complaining because “life” gets in the way of your writing, drop the act. A REAL writer knows that you don’t have to do research in the library, on the web, or on some pricy “field-research” trip. A real writer knows that the research, the inspiration, the realism of writing comes from the experience we get everyday. Learn to use it.