I thought I’d share a typical day in the life of me – as a writer.
In other words, how a book comes to be.
To put it into perspective I need to give a bit of background.
At present I have the following open projects
- Rebranding Event Horizon App
- Waiting to get The Isle of Future Past from beta reader
- Working on Daemon, next in the Dragon Core Series.
- Working on Aton, next in the Colony Series
Event Horizon. In addition to content I need to shoot several videos.
The Isle of Future Past. This rounds out the series.
Damon. This is a book that will set up for the next two in the series.
Aton. As of last night I realized this book is actually going to be split into two with Aton being the 2nd.
Come Together. In the midst of all this is the heart of the Creative Process.
For me at any rate.
It Happened One Day. A few months back I answered an email inquiry. This led to my meeting the author and his spouse. A number of subsequent conversations showed we had a few things in common, the most notable being a passion for music.
Including a love of hard rock/heavy metal and 80s bands.
In the course of discussing favorite groups I admitted that I have a huge music gap due to the years spent in the Corporate Black Hole.
I basically traveled 6 days a week for years which eventually led to me cancelling cable since I was never around to enjoy it anyway. As many of the areas I traveled to had only two things on the radio – country music and preachers – I ended up missing a lot of music.
As was pointed out to me, I missed the Grunge years.
Though Aaron has been helping me fill in the gaps for the past two decades, I have a Grand Canyon sized hole in my inventory. Fortunately, my new friends were happy to help fill in the gap.
Music to the Rescue. I’m used to music as inspiration.
So much so that I create playlists for books long before I’ve started the manuscript.
Though this generally works out, when it came to the follow on to Adrift, I was left floundering. Something was missing.
Not even listening to the Colony playlist could resolve the issue.
Creation Begets Creation. All the while I was working on projects like publishing Ignoring the Rules: An Intriguing Approach to Resolving Calcium Toxicity, and discovering a natural remedy for tinnitus that resulted from the Covid-19 vaccine, I was continuing to evaluate music recommendations shared by my friends.
In particular, making an effort to explore Depeche Mode.
I had a few songs by the group but my friend, who has a passion for this group, along with great perspective of who they are thanks to reading up on their story, took the time to suggest a number of recommendations.
I just needed to find the time.
It was while listening to them that I realized what was wrong with the Colony book. Wrong music! I quickly edited the list adding a few Depeche Mode songs to what had been a collection of instrumental music.
In a follow up conversation I was given other recommendations including a group called Erasure. Though I’d heard of them, I wasn’t really familiar with their stuff. Thinking I was going to work on the follow on to Adrift, after lunch I sat down at the laptop, plugged in the headphones, and proceeded to play a variety of Depeche Mode songs and though I grabbed a couple for my iTunes library, a little voice in my head suggested I go investigate Erasure.
A Story is Born. I wasn’t even thirty seconds into the first song on the Ne: EP album when a “movie” for an entirely new story began playing on what Jose Silva calls the mental screen.
I often play scenes on the mental screen in a type of scene rehearsal.
As I continued to listen to the song I knew that, even though it didn’t fit into any of the current series, I needed to do this story and I needed to bump it in front of all the other novels.
I could kick this out in a matter of days if I pushed myself. It’s that much of a living thing inside.
As I listened to the second song on the album a title for the upcoming story popped into my mind. As you might have guessed, I created a playlist for it and though a number of Erasure songs went into the playlist, the story is far from done.
Especially as the story itself hasn’t even been started.
A true Day in the Life of a Writer.
This writer at any rate.
I will continue to update on project release dates as appropriate.
A number of songs from Shinedown’s Leave a Whisper Album are making it onto this playlist! I discovered them while listening to WRIF.