The Joys of Writing

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So in the current Lazarus Gray story I’m writing, it’s been a series of connected scenes so far with no real plot… I had only a vague idea of what I wanted to do here and I started with two scenes that I wanted to write, then spent a few thousand words with people reacting to the events of those scenes. But this morning while writing, it all came together. I now know what’s happening… and it’s very exciting! I love it when the characters can surprise me. This may end up being a seminal story in the Lazarus Gray saga.

I’m very much a by-the-seat-of-the-pants writer. I hate outlining a story and only do that to a minimal degree if the story is very complicated. I almost always have the beginning in mind, a few story beats and then a vague idea of the ending before I start but beyond that, it’s a journey of discover for me. I love it when it works.

The image here is by George Sellas and features Femi, a character first introduced in “The Corpse Screams At Midnight” from The Adventures of Lazarus Gray. She will pop up again in Volume Two: Die Glocke.

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