Jon Waters is a Seattle published author who has his first story in publication. Relic #87 is a great new fantasy Sci-fi/Action adventure.
How does a new writer answer all these question? What genre do you write or what inspires you.
I caught up with Jon to tell us his tips for a new writer:
“To be perfectly frank about writing, I am still considerably new at the art form. But I, like many of you readers, am eager to learn anything that I can about the craft and to hone my abilities. The best I can do for you, currently, is go through what I suppose would be called my “method”.
Firstly, I would guess the question is: What do I write? There has a been a lot of talk on the subject, and it seems the main factor is simply: write what you know. And to that end, if you don’t know something in a particular genre, you can always research it through google. I tend to try to focus into the realm of fantasy. Here many things have been created already through myth and legend, and adding to them is really very fun. I have been wanting to branch out into many other genres such as westerns, historical fictions, and erotica. For first time writers this task is a hard one, finding what you want to write and can write well. To that, all I can say is practice and try it out. If it doesn’t work, well, you know it doesn’t work for you. Also, a helpful bit of advice that was given to me is to write for yourself. If you love the story there is no way you’ll tire of it, which helps in the long and sometimes painful editing process.
I am inspired by music more often than not to write a story. A good portion of the stories I intend to get started on in the not too distant future are based off of music both modern and classical. Some writers don’t like writing with anything else but the story in mind, saying that the external inspiration, like music for example, gets in the way. To a degree I agree, but writing, like many other art forms and crafts, there are multiple ways to achieve success. I personally think it keeps me focused on what I intend to give my audience, if any.
Through some classes in college, and it’s taken me some time to admit that the professor was right, I’ve begun trying to find the irony in stories. As well as trying my best to have an ironic twist. If you have a story that hinges on the main point of say: a boy, in trying to save his girlfriend, ends up killing her, you have a big impacting story that immediately effects both the characters and your audience. It, for one, makes life easier on the writer who doesn’t have to sit at their desk going: “Well….where do I take this?” Once you have the main ironic or at the very least main path of the story, you can add or sorts of devices in there to help and hinder your characters. So long as that one main and crucial idea is there the story should tell itself. Sometimes the irony is easy to see, sometimes it is not so easy. I personally love foreshadowing in stories and try to use it as often as possible.
The hard part, and I suffer from this as well, is simply sitting down at the computer or pad of paper and writing out the story. Sometimes you have a story that is just mulling around in your head for days, months, years, and it simply hasn’t come out yet. The only cure I can find for it is to pull up my big boy pants and just sit and write it. Stephen King in his book on writing, which I very much recommend, talks about setting your own schedule for writing. Doing a thousand words a day whether you want to or not. After a while this will get you into the habit and you’ll be writing all the time as all writers should. Although, procrastination does get in the way a majority of the time, but if you can power through it you’ll be a more powerful writer for it.
The rest I can say is write, and write often. “
You can purchase Jon’s story Relic #87 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Android Marketplace
Jonathan Waters is a theater major at Boise State University. He enjoys writing and acting and currently resides in Boise, Idaho. He does a little audio book work on the side and Relic Number 87 is his first publication on Bookstogo.com. Recently married, he looks forward to a future filled with writing, acting, and fun.