It’s Mason Thursday. Method of the strange kid.

The more I get to know other writers the more I realize, I’m the strange kid in the group. Some of you may have come to that conclusion much faster than I did. What can I say, you’re just sharp cookies.

Why do I believe I’m the strange kid. Here is an example:

I don’t read books by other authors on the same subject I’m about to write about. Nor do I want to watch a movie on the same subject matter. Does this make me strange? Yes. Why I have I come to this conclusion? Because every time I set out to write on a subject and I make note to other writers they tell me about books and movies I should pick up. Part of me is convinced I’m self-absorbed. I don’t want to read how such and such author tackled the same subject. And I don’t want them to unduly influence my voice or the tone of my novel.

How I work on my manuscripts.

I have an idea. A single scene forms. I stew in the ideas and the world needed to create the story. I lay, sit and stand floating off into the world of make-believe. I write the scene. Sometimes I force myself to write a two page synopsis. If the story is very complex with more than four subplots the synopsis is longer up to four pages.

I start to work my way to the first black moment. I write to the second black moment. I continue to write to the Mother of Black Moments. I take a day off maybe two and begin the rewrite. And that’s my methodology. It works for me.

Back to writing.

Darkness ♀♂ Desires

About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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3 Responses to It’s Mason Thursday. Method of the strange kid.

  1. Isobael says:

    You aren’t the only one. I don’t read fantasy/romance or modern paranormal romance…

    I read historical romances and Amanda Quick’s version of paranormal (which is historical romance with a paranormal element…)

    I WANT to write historical though! Does that count? =)

  2. cmkempe says:

    That’s actually not odd at all. I generally don’t read any fiction while I’m writing it (which is most of the time), unless it’s very very different. I mostly read non-fiction, particularly if it supplies background for something I’m writing.

  3. Mason says:

    Thanks Isobael and C. Margery Kempe it’s good to know I’m not alone.


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