Travelling Muse

Inspiration strikes at the oddest times and comes from the most innocuous sources. It’s one of those things that can’t be forced and no matter how long I sit in front of my computer pounding my head on the keyboard, I can’t make it happen. Sooo I have to accept those gifts when they come.

That said, on the way home from Blue Mountain today, I had one of those moments. The main characters and the plotline of my next book Appetites fleshed itself out in the vast emptiness of my head as I drove. To break it down for you, it was a series of ‘what-ifs’ and ‘what-nexts’ and everything seemed to just fall neatly in place. But just as with everything good, there is a but.

The book has become a much darker book than I had originally envisioned. My main character is not a nice man and writing from the ‘looking out’ side of his eyes is easier than I had thought and that scares me. I am not him and I never will be, but will the reader know that? I know I have a hyper-active imagination and apparently an innate intuition, AND I know that the character is a refection of the baseness of the male psyche, but should I be able to write him so easy?

I suppose that I shouldn’t gripe about such things as it can be viewed as how strong the writing is, but true to every writers angst, I’ll worry it like a loose tread on my sweatshirt.

Did I say the story was dark? Well, aspects of it are creeping even me out and I haven’t even written the gory parts yet.  And the work to keep it authentic is mind-boggling.

Enough of my bitching and moaning, I have some writing to do and a critique group that will help ground my fears.

Digging inside people’s heads is scary stuff. Pass me the pick axe?

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About Dale Long

Writing ambushed me from the shadows. At first I pushed it aside as nonsense, but luckily my wife and two girls saw the potential. Since then I have had an article published by Metroland, placed as runner-up and in the top ten in humour writing contests and various other contests. The icing on the cake was placing as runner-up in the WCDR's Wicked Words contest (130 entries) and having my entry published in the contests anthology of the same name. My entry was an exerpt from my upcoming novel, Echoes.
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4 Responses to Travelling Muse

  1. mary long says:

    Stop analizing yourself———–go with the flow.

    • Dale Long says:

      Thanks mom, I plan too, but it makes me wonder…. Not that I’m overly worried about it, but when it is something I hope people will buy, it does cross my mind every now and then.

  2. Theresa says:

    Alright, enough phsyco analyzing yourself. If I worried that people would think I was like my characters would I have written much of anything last year? There’s your answer – unless of course you think I’m like Darius.

    Anyway, I found writing the bad, the evil & the horrific was a lot of fun. Just enjoy the experience because you know it’s not you writing the story – it’s your characters leading you through it. That’s how I always feel.

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book as it progresses.

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