Why Do We Write?

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by one of my favorite authors, Beem Weeks. It’s part of his 4Wills Publishing blog tour.

Why Do We Write?

Welcome to Day 2 of “A TRIP DOWN THE STRANGE HWY” Blog Tour

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Strange HWY by Beem Weeks | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Strange Hwy by Beem Weeks

Why do we write? It’s a simple enough question. The answer, well, that’s not quite as cut and dried. Every writer has his or her own reason for putting pen to paper in an effort to entertain, educate, or just let off a little steam.

I’ve been writing since about the age of eight. It’s just something I’ve always enjoyed. My motivations have changed over the years. Early on I wrote with the notion that I’d be the only one reading my work. I’d put down on paper some grand idea I’d find wandering through my head, an event from the day, or…

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The 2019 Author Interview Series Featuring Phyllis Staton Campbell

Author Don Massenzio

header - phyllis campbellI’d like to welcome Phyllis Staton Campbell to my blog as today’s featured author. Phyllis was given 20 questions from which to pick 10 of them to respond. I’m enjoying this format as we get a different insight into each author and it’s interesting to see which questions are selected.

Please enjoy meeting Phyllis and consider checking out he work.


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  • What do you think are the elements of a good story?

I feel that the elements of a good story, short, or novel, are: Interest point, a conflict, question not answered, action toward the solution, presented by interesting characters and action, and the solution, that leaves the reader thinking.

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  • You’re invited to a dinner party are you:
    • The center of attention
    • Off in a corner talking to one or two people
    • Standing by the door waiting for a chance to leave
    • At home reading or writing your latest work Off…

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2 #FREE #Kindle romance novels JAN 17-21 The Single Daddy Club: Jason and Reece By Donna Fasano @DonnaFaz

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

My friend Donna Fasano is offering 2 romance novels FREE Jan 17-21. Don’t miss your opportunity to get The Single Daddy Club: Jason and Reece for free.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say: “Readers who enjoy Debbie Macomber’s writing will feel right at home in a Fasano novel.”

The Single Daddy Club: Jason

Blurb:

For widowed police officer Jason Devlin taking care of his baby girl is usually a piece of cake–until his housekeeper quits, leaving him desperate enough to hire the first qualified person who rings his doorbell.

Runaway heiress Katie Smythe is a pampered debutante about to take on her greatest challenge, her very first job–as a nanny.

Jason is thanking his lucky stars that Katie has shown up at his house. She’s the perfect nanny for his little girl–and beautiful beyond belief, leading Jason to rethink his single status. But just wait until he discovers who…

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Derailing Bedlam: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Dammit! Part 3 #fiction #adventure

As usual, here is your warning that this story has cursing, sex (not graphic), innuendo, and violence.  It’s my Rated-R action adventure called Derailing Bedlam.  This is the fourth outing (third official) for Cassidy and Lloyd, so feel free to click on one of the two covers to see how it started.  Each one is 99 cents!

Cover by Jon Hunsinger

Cover Art by Jon Hunsinger

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Non-Fiction – The Universal Mind by Peter Weisz (Dip. Psych, HND, BACP)

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Delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore, Peter Weisz, with his recently released The Universal Mind.

About  Peter Weisz

Peter Weisz (Dip. Psych, HND, BACP) was born in London, England in 1961 and practices as a psychoanalyst and therapist, specializing in psychodynamics and the study of the subconscious and unconscious mind. He majored in psychology, music and English language and literature. He is the founding director of “One 2 One Counseling”, an organization offering personal therapeutic support to those with emotional and psychological disorders. He has worked at a number of private clinics and treatment centers since 1996 including the world renowned Priory Clinic in London.

Peter is knowledgeable in ancient and contemporary philosophy, transcendental thought, general science, theology and mystical & esoteric writings, both classical and modern. He is also known as a musical performer, singer/songwriter, producer and stage director and is the founding director…

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Witty Banter

A great post on witty banter!

Rick Ellrod's Locus

Clever Conversation

Billy Joel famously remarked, “I don’t want clever conversation; never want to work that hard” (“Just the Way You Are” (1977) at 1:30).  For my part, though, I find I do want clever conversation.  (And I’m willing to work at it.)  Witty wordplay is one of my favorite things to find in a story.

Conversational sparring comes in a number of varieties—and especially in exchanges between romantic interests.  This post may run a little long, because in order to get my point across I’ve got to quote some dialogue at length.

The Well-Chosen Word

Verbal comedy can arise spontaneously in comedies of errors—misunderstood conversations, double meanings and double entendres, the confusions to which language is ever prone.

Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster

It helps if one character is an airhead.  Bertie Wooster, the amiable narrator of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories, has been described…

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Luke Callindor vs Clyde: The Angel and Devil in My Mind

Spider-Guy and Poison (I’m kidding!)

Perhaps two of the loudest voices in my head have been Luke Callindor from Legends of Windemere and Clyde from War of Nytefall.  A big reason for this is because they could be considered my two first ‘real’ protagonists.  It’s a tough one to really call since I made them in my freshman year of college, but I designed Sin in high school.  Unlike Sin, Luke and Clyde rose to a higher level for one specific reason:

I became them for a few hours every week.

Not to the extent where I would dress up . . . Well, I did play as Clyde in a live action role-playing game.  Anyway, I’ve mentioned many times on this blog that I played ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ and ‘Vampire: The Masqurade’.  In high school, these games were just fun adventures with action, comedy, and very little character.  Once I hit college, the purpose of the games included telling a story.  First, I created Luke (Callindor would be given to him a year later) and set out to be an inexperienced youth who is determined to prove his worth as a hero.  It was fun acting as him during the sessions and I got better at it as the game progressed for 2.5 years.  He went through a lot of growth while I did the same and there were times I enjoyed escaping to his world when classes got tough.  Yet, Luke probably wasn’t my main stress reliever since he had a nasty habit of getting into tense situations.

No, the one who ended up taking me to a point where I lost most cares and found myself in a comforting abyss was Clyde.  That sounds pretty dark, but there was an odd freedom to playing this vampire.  I’ll admit that I went too far at first.  The guy who played Nimby wanted to run a Vampire game, so I agreed to help him practice being a GM.  I made Clyde and basically went on a wild rampage, which resulted in my friend threatening to drop my humanity level to 1 if I ever did that again.  This continued the trend of Clyde being a force of destruction whether he tried or not.  My rolls with him were oddly lucky, so he developed an arrogance.  Things got even more amusing when everyone else wanted to switch to Mage and I was allowed to carry Clyde over.  He was made a day-walker and that put an enormous target on his head, which resulted in some massive battles.  Unlike Luke Callindor whose game ended with no closure, I was forced to retire Clyde because he simply became too powerful.

Now, this is all a lot of background, but it explains why I hear their voices more often than other characters.  I’ve always considered Luke and Clyde two sides of the same coin, which is me.  At least, the me that I wanted to be.  Through Luke, I got to be a noble hero who sought to make a mark in the world and save others.  He was brave and always found a way to get back up after falling.  On the other side, Clyde was brutal and itching for a fight just to be entertained.  He had no interest in saving the world unless he got to feed his ego and become stronger.  There was a stubborn defiance to the way the world wanted him to go that I envied.  Have these traits carried over into their books?  I think so, but I’ll admit that Luke Callindor came off more fragile than I expected and Clyde has odd bouts of mortal humility.  Guess parts of the real me keep slipping in.

One thing I remember distinctly is a problem that still turns up and that’s when the voices get crossed.  Not sure how to explain this exactly, but it really only happens with Luke and Clyde.  There were times in college where I would play one in the morning and the other at night.  Whoever I was first would linger and there would be a problem for a bit where the wrong personality was being used.  I actually never noticed this when I was Luke first because it came off as Clyde trying to be nice.  When I was Clyde in the morning, Luke would suddenly be aggressive, mouthy, threatening, and about as heroic as a drunken gangster.  This would usually end when a player who knew both characters would stop me and bought out that I wasn’t Clyde at the moment.  Oops.

This taught me to compartmentalize the voices a bit more, but they don’t always listen and continue to mingle.  I keep getting this feeling that Luke and Clyde want a chance to tangle with each other.  Both of them at full power would be impressive and it’s something I wanted to write for a long time.  Stuff like this gets me wondering if there are individual entities in my mind because I have to argue with them about this.  I nearly had Lost create a fake Luke Callindor to fight Clyde, but realized Luke hadn’t been born yet.  Those two are fairly persistent and it’s probably going to get worse if I ever get to the other half of ‘The Four’.

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