Write a bio they say! Now there is a challenge. Stories, books, even articles are easy to do as they are held at a distance, admittedly short but still distant. A ‘biog,’ that is another thing altogether. Why anyone would want to read about the writer I can’t envisage, writers lives are really rather boring, it is the tales they tell that have such wonderful abilities. I am often told that fateful sentence, ‘I could be a writer’ or ‘I would like to write a book’. To these people I always say do it, write it, it does not matter whether it is a good book or a bad one, because it is your book, well it is until you contact a publisher, then that all changes.
At roughly fourteen years of age I was carted off to Bangor for an excruciating length of in-depth testing, where they discovered that I was severely dyslexic and reasonably intelligent. The first was new to me, the latter something I had naturally known, but it did explain why I could not write. Then along came the computer and thanks to a good friend I acquired one, and that was the start of a long, long road.
Just to put things in place, let me point out that the computer in question was made by Amstrad and it had no, yes I said no, hard drive. In fact it used five and a quarter floppy disks and had the processing power of about 56 K. Now that sounds shocking these days but consider that 56K was about what N.A.S.A had when they put a man on the moon!
Back to a biog. To my readers I would like to say that I hope you enjoy my work, because for me to say anything else would be a lie, as is clearly shown by the fact that I place my work out there amongst you, obviously I want it to be read, but more importantly to be entertaining for you the reader.
The more you write the more you open yourself up for criticism, but also the more you learn and the better your writing becomes. Writers call this learning the ‘craft’ or developing it. In my case as with most, the more I developed the craft the better the stories construction became, so old stories are never as well constructed as new stories but the editing process improves with practice, that is one of the drawbacks to posting on the net, you are always stuck with the old stories. Those older stories will have a greater number of problems than the newer ones, but it is not the style that matters but the content and of course the improvement.
For those of you that just need to know more about your pet authors, consider that writing at any level is a serious commitment in both time and lifestyle. Books take a long time to develop; they are mostly created in the loneliness of an office or a chair. Sometimes, if you are very lucky they grow by a fire-side with a nice coffee and perhaps biscuits. You know, the nice oat ones or perhaps rich chocolate, but I digress, more often than not they are eventually written in the dark wee hours of the night and have little input from others during their actual writing. I say eventually because for me, the writing of a tale starts long before I get to touch the keyboard.
The story forms from an initial idea; from there the idea expands haunting my thoughts and is slowly constructed in my head in full. This period can make the writer very dull as company I am told, then each step of the way, each twist or turn of the plot is worked out in detail and only then is it given life on paper. Once the writing starts life returns to something like normal as there is nothing else to do but type.
Finally the tale is expunged and the manuscript created, but that is not it for the story, it demands editing and that is the long dull process that challenges the writers perspective on the story. One fine day you get to type those twin magic words ‘The End’ and before you is the story in full ready to face the world and the critics.
Therefore a writer must be able to be alone with only their characters for company and to be dedicated to whatever tale they are creating at the time. Or as a friend of mine so succinctly put it ‘you need to be a touch mad,’ I think my wife would agree with my friend, but she has never so far commented.
As I said quite boring in reality, so instead may I suggest that you acquire a good book, preferably one of mine but not essentially and enter into the world the writer has created for you, and hopefully enjoy it.
All the best David Stevens.
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