I Write For Life

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This is an essay outlining my views and creativity of writing.

Submitted: July 02, 2011

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I close my eyes, taking five deep breaths. Zen meditation at its finest, I assure you. I follow this practice every time I write anything of any length. I clear my mind of all distraction, focus on the task, and before you know it boom. I have already pounded outfour sentences. I know, that does not sound like very much, but the beginning… the foundation… that remains the most important part of any project, whether that project is writing or building a skyscraper. Poetic, aren’t I? Anyway, the reason I know all this: I am a writer and a damn good one if I do say so myself. Writing is the way I express myself, and that is the plain truth.

Trust me when I say that while I have a great number of experiences writing, I have not always been the paragon of proliferation of paragraphs that I am today. In fact, my early forays into writing were so bad that I have pretty much expunged them from my memory. However, I do quite vividly remember when I began my modern writing career. The turning point occurred about four or five years ago, when I had just finished reading a fantasy novel for the umpteenth time. Now, I had always enjoyed this particular series, but I knew the next sequel was at least a year away (three to be exact). The way I see it, this is what happened next: Apollo, the Greek god of music and the arts, appeared before me, and we conducted this conversation:

He said, “Write!”

Then I said, “Come again?”

Smack! “I said WRITE!”

“Okay! Okay, jeez…”

While this may or may not have happened, the result is the same. I decided that if I was going to have to wait half a century for the next book, I might as well write my own book. Thus began Moonshadow, my first major work. I never finished it, but what I did learn was the basic structure of a story, how to use plot twists, figures of speech, and most importantly, I developed the one major ability that has propelled me into the writing industry as a whole: world creation. In Moonshadow, I created a world and then placed blank archetypal characters into that world and let them evolve into fully developed beings. I eventually adapted this method into what I call “brain mapping,” where I use the principles of world creation to map a character’s brain, making him or her complex and deep because of the amount of detail I put into the design. When I discuss Memoirs, Quasar and The Hunters, my current works, later on I will explain in more detail how I use this technique to bring characters to life, as well as the world they live in. Sometimes I even surprise myself on how much my brain and world mapping techniques change the original premise of the story.

While I always march to the beat of my own drum, I have found that reading other author’s books has contributed greatly to the development of my style and how the story progresses. The first author I really considered a writing mentor was Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series and other stories. I began his first book, Redwall, when I was twelve. His way of showing complex emotions in woodland animals was endearing for sure, but his real skill lies in the level of detail he puts into the stories, especially the food and the setting (I found out later that Jacques originally wrote the book for a blind school, thus the high level of detail.). Consequently, my writing became much more visual description based, as opposed to leaving the details to the reader’s imagination. I further learned the importance of description when reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit. However, I must point out that as far as influence in my overall reading and writing career, the authors that affected me the most are J. K. Rowling and Frank Herbert. Harry Potter, Rowling’s epic seven book series, was the first “real” series I ever read, and since they had been around since before I was born (or thereabouts), I basically grew up with them. Rowling’s masterful use of foreshadowing and symbolism is on par with some of the greatest literary figures around, and I know that already her books are climbing the ladder to become classics. Now, I come to Dune. This book can only be described as a complete transcendent of space-time, plucking the reader from whatever point in time they are and whisking them away to the far-off world of Arrakis. The character development, intricate plot and the careful probing of the subtleties of political maneuvering, along with well put together anecdotes with subjects ranging from ecology to eugenics, Herbert molds together a world, a universe really, so cohesive and so full of life it is hard not to get lost in it. This is the kind of environment I attempt to create in my flagship work: The Memoirs of the People’s Fascist.

Ah, the Memoirs. Truly, a testing of my skills if there has ever been one. Before I begin the section on my own works, I will state a word of warning: I tend to ramble when I talk about these books. Moving on. Memoirs of the People’s Fascist has really been in the making for some time now. I had originally planned for the book to be centered around a leader who comes to power through military might, and tries to improve his small country’s lot by industrializing and launching large science programs. He rules peacefully for a while, but ends up losing his life to a group of misguided extremists, who believe he had been planning to commit a mass killing of his citizens. This belief has its roots in foreign ‘civilized’ nations, who fear the emergence of another world power. The moral was to be that even when your intentions are good, jealousy is very hard to conquer. However, after reading Dune, I decided to remold the book into a more traditional story about a young man who goes through a series of power struggles and trials to become a powerful leader. The plot mainly focuses on the political wrangling done within the various governments, and also the military might and strategies that he inevitably brings to bear. As opposed to this, the second of my current projects, Quasar, is a Sci-fi story set in deep space, but within an attainable period of time (2020). Quasar focuses on the story of Jupiter Scepter, a military super-soldier experiment who his creators incarcerated on a completely unknown space station around Jupiter at the exposition. When the President dies at the hand of Jupiter's creator, a self-aware A.I. named C.A.I.N., who tries to seize power, Jupiter and an ancient alien race work together to stop him from bringing an incredibly powerful and dangerous race down upon Earth. Exciting, right? Next, we have The Hunters. While Quasar is a Sci-fi, Hunters is a fantasy novel set in a far-away land where magic is might and those who question the power of the sorcerers do not last long without banding together. The Hunters is really my way of showing an epic journey and the resistance of evil that was so central in The Lord of the Rings and The Ranger’s Apprentice. One of my other most ambitious works is titled Finding Hell: The possibly true history of an immortal. This story, written as a memoir (as opposed to The Memoirs, which is written in third-person), is a story of the life of two men born under a certain astrological sign that makes them immortal. The two then embark on a nearly 17000-year journey from Atlantis to Japan to New York and everywhere in between, trying to discover why humans exist, why they were made immortal and eventually trying to find a way to end a literally endless existence.

Now, what do I want for my future? Well, I would like to get my books published. That would make me extremely happy. Nevertheless, in the end, what I would really like is to be able to support whatever family I have and myself. A Pulitzer or Nobel Prize would be nice too.


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