I worry sometimes that I’m running out of things to write about.
Not in the books! No, I’ve got enough material for the Hazzard novels to run through at least book #7, and plenty of material for short story fodder.
No, I’m talking about on here. The blog. What the heck should I talk about here?
I don’t want to do the usual, “Here’s what I think every writer should do,” or offer tips on how to write the perfect first page or craft the best dialogue or whatever. Folks that wanna do that stuff? More power to ’em. There’s lots of new writers out there actively looking for that kind of blog post, looking for that support in getting started. But I don’t think that I’m the best for any of that. My usual writing method is, “Oh, this idea seems entertaining/cool. I think I’ll jot it down and then try to build on it.” That’s how most of the novels got started: a single scene popped into my head and wouldn’t go away until I wrote it down and then wrote down more stuff around it.
My approach to plot and dialogue is best described as, “Throw stuff at the page and see what sticks.” There’s nothing wrong with that; I think it serves me quite well. But that’s not exactly inspiring for other writers, is it? “I just write stuff down until I’m done writing it down, and I think most of the words are in the right order,” does not a poster slogan make. Though maybe…
Nah. That’d be silly.