For the reader in you.
Why did I write The Bridge? Short stories are hard for me to write. Usually whenever I try to write a short story the damn things take on a life of their own and end up far too long.
When I write I simply start with a concept or idea. For example The Bridge started out with a question. How would an act of cowardice in another age be viewed by our modern society?
I sat down thought of a time in history and began to write. The story, like nearly all my writing, played like a movie in my head and I wrote it down as I watched it.
Of course it has been edited by myself, my wife and Christine my publisher but essentially the story is as written. This how I write, even for full length novels. I have no plans, almost no structure, and only stop when I need to Google something.
This short story was written in an afternoon and one evening session. I have written more and would be interested to know if you would like to see this short story evolve into a full length novel.
I have only a short high school education and I am an atrocious speller at times. From telling completely made-up stories to my children at bedtimes, some which went on for many nights; I am always amazed how my writing tells itself and I just seem to be the stenographer.
Are other writers the same?
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