In my first two posts, I took a stab at the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of the stuff I write. Now, those are respectable questions, well behaved, manageable and destined for a solid middle-class life on a comfortable planet somewhere. My third question isn’t manageable at all. In fact, like a tiny highly localized black hole, this question is going to consume my blog. You see what I really want to figure out is ‘how’ I do this writing thing. I get plenty of advice – mostly read a lot and write a lot. I’ve tried that, I’m still trying that, but I’m a scientist and I love protocols. Break it down. Distill it. Kill it. Can that approach work with fiction? Perhaps. I’ve recently gotten some inspiration from a friend of mine who has a web site where she provides a step-by-step view of her painting work (http://minipainterjen.blogspot.com/). Inspired by Jen, I’m going to try my own experiment. I’ve started a project tentatively named “The Fable of Old Flat Head”. “The Fable of Old Flat Head” was born when a friend of mine posted a link on my face book page. She simply said, “You should write a story about this:
http://imgur.com/zunq5b2. I looked at it and said, “Awwww. Kittens! I can write something super cute about kittens!” Six months later, here I am. I’m going to try to put my brainstorming, drafts and a finished project up here. Stay tuned for part two in which I ramble about fables, Sluggy Freelance and horrible childhood memories.