Guest post: author @RWAndresen1974 on the #writing process

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Broadway is easy. Crossing an eccentric billionaire is what's hard. Jeffrey Rothstein discovers this in the dark comedy The Queen and I, about a Broadway playwright who makes one bad decision and then has his life forever changed in the most supernatural way. With the help of the ghost of a 1920s drag queen, Jeffrey sets out to write the next big Broadway hit, while unknowingly being hunted by a sadistic madman with musical aspirations of his own.


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I know that many author's are a bit narcissistic and love talking about themselves...fortunately, I am no different. Writing is an extension of myself. It is my way of releasing the voices that flood my every thought, struggling to find their way out, preferably without hurting anyone. That was a joke by the way.
The ideas for my work can literally come from something as simple as a day dreaming session, a nightmare which I am subject to frequently due to my PTSD. Other times, I have literally come up with ideas for stories by just doing something as mundane as doing the dishes or staring at a glass of sparkling water, watching the cascade of bubbles make their way to the top of the glass.
When the idea for a new novel or short story comes to me, at first it's like a flood. The ideas flow at an incredible rate and have to be held back to prevent me from trying to overdo the story. I usually sit back, think of a title and then start formulating names for the chapters as I find it easier to write when I name each and every chapter.

The next step is after thinking on the story and what I hope to accomplish with it, do I have a connection with the characters? Am I going to find the story one that I can relate to on a personal level or is it just my way of telling a story that I find interesting? Then comes the fun part: Do I relate on a spiritual level with the lead or am I spinning the proverbial yarn.

I have made it a point with all of my writing to stay true to who I am and that person is not always the easiest person in the world to get along with. I am a very opinionated person and I have very little tolerance for stupidity, especially as my late Father used to say, "The deliberately stupid".

I have taken all forms of political correctness and thrown them out the window. Sometimes consciously other times, sub-consciously. I have absolutely no use for political correctness and really don't care of people are offended when reading what I write. The simple fact of the matter is that at the core of EVERY good joke; one that has lasted the test of time has been that there is always an element of truth behind it. That's what makes them so funny.

I am forty-one years old and even as a child as young as eleven, we used to tell Priest and Alter Boy jokes. Why were these funny? We all know the reason for that. Because they were true. This relatively new phenomenon of worrying about offending someone sickens me and in the case of my first book, "Are You Kosher? Memoirs of a Jewish Vampire" I went out of my way to make a full-frontal assault on political correctness. My problem was how was I going to do this? Who the hell am I?

But if you could somehow come up with a voice to speak through; someone who has lived through it all and seen everything, you might have something so I went with the exploits of a neurotic 6,000 year old Jewish Vampire with a domineering grandmother, or Bubbe, and alcoholic mother, and two very loyal yet incompetent friends to share his experiences with. I am very excited to say that I have reformatted and slightly rewritten the first book and combined it with the two sequels into one spectacular volume that I am sure will forever change the genre of the Vampire novel and give people the opportunity to forget themselves for a while and say, "That exactly what I was thinking" or "What the hell was HE thinking?" Either way, it will be a fantastic read.
But back to my writings.

The fun always comes, however, when the book starts talking to me. That is the key. You have to learn to listen to the story because often I find that the book will tell me what IT wants to do. When that happens, I know that I am on to something great. The book will dictate where it wants to go. 
For example. When I was writing "The Queen and I", I envisioned a laugh riot comedy with a touch of dark humor. It soon took an entirely different direction and I had to get out of the books way. It wanted to follow a different  path and I had to allow the book to be the tour guide. 

To me, that is the key to any good book. The book is a living, breathing thing that needs to be nurtured and given room to grow. Each and every one of my works are like my children and like any child, they need to make mistakes, learn from them, and ultimately grow from the experience.
It is a method and a process that I go through with every book I write and so far it hasn't failed me.

Here's to bigger and better things. I just hope that I can keep up.






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