Before I began writing Westward Prophets, before I even came up with the extremely vague ideas it would hold, I watched three demon related movies/TV shows: The Exorcist (on Fox), The Conjuring, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
I'm going to focus on romance today, because there's nothing better to discuss on such a wonderful day. Below is a short, tender moment between Lt. Sarah Bryson and her husband, William Bryson, from Ruby Caves. This is an important scene. The hug, the quietness- a moment to let everyone relax before the extreme, inevitable violence. This is one of the parts where I actually (mostly) stray from putting my characters into emotional turmoil. Here, Sarah is fighting the past, even while remembering it. Remembering helps her keep focus of what's ahead of her.
An old coworker of mine from Camp Dogwood used to read my stories when there was a pause in our work. When she read my horror stories she always found them frightening. They weren’t overtly frightening though. I asked her on a walk after work one night what she had always meant. She explained that what I had in my stories was a slow creep factor. Everything would be normal, but at the same time something was obviously very wrong with the scene. I put focus on certain things that would make sense in our natural world but still have a feeling of wrongness and ebbing dread. Little things too. A sentence of oddness, and then I immediately move on to something normal.
Good anxiety exists- it is the feeling I have as I draw nearer to completing my magnum opus. I see that finish line. I can see people cheer me on as time goes on. It is not drawing away, as if in a dream, it is staying where it is, waiting for me because it knows I will get there eventually. My fingers are numb from the keyboard and my wrists hurt as I continue to write with pencil and pen on notebooks. As do my eyes, staring at a computer screen for long periods of time. But man oh man is it worth it! No pain, no gain right?
When I first began writing in full in high school, I was concerned with the number of what I thought were unoriginal movies. And then I read about an author saying that a lot of them start with fan fiction of sorts. I do not personally read too much fan fiction. A lot of it just gets too… weird and perverted, and that’s saying something if I’m worried about seeing it. Who knows, I could just be looking in the wrong places. None of that really matters now anyway. I write my own fan fiction, or that’s where some of it started!
If someone makes a scene in public I watch. r/PublicFreakout on Reddit is great for videos like that. Anyone would watch, because it is mostly hilarious even though sometimes it is quite frightening. As long as it is not happening to me it is funny. At any rate, some of these videos result in the cops being called, if they are not in the area already. The moral is- do something disruptive/dangerous/indecent in public and a government official (or everyone) will probably know about it. In my stories, this will even take into account a monster attack. Of course, when they arrive the authorities will have it look like nothing abnormal/paranormal/supernatural was happening in the area so everyone can move on with their relatively simple lives.
There will be a lot of recurring themes, plot points, or characters in my stories. Mind you, these are only recurring, they won’t feature in every story. A lot of them are actually themes I encourage myself to write, because I am really, really tired of seeing them in other stories (of any medium).
I have written for nine years of my life; long enough to backspace on my mistakes. I am writing this because if you are serious about writing, even if you never intend to publish, there are certain things you need to understand. Storytelling is a very personal action. We all strive to be proud of something we create, even if we are our own audience. Learn from some of my mistakes and explore what has gone right.
Pop culture has provided us with many snarky heroes, insults, and comebacks. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with a good threat or warning. When I watch Arnold Schwarzenegger threaten a much smaller guy, I start laughing at the ridiculous ways directors and screenwriters have to find to physically harm Arnold. When Liam Neeson threatens to kill his daughter’s kidnapper, his icy exterior and later bloodbath make it terrifying.
I am an author. I am a fan of horror, thrillers, and comedy.