Aphelion Editorial 039
The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
Where do we writers get all our ideas? Has someone pinned you
down with that question yet? No? Well, it’s coming, wait and see. Have
you got an answer? I don't. I've never understood why my mind works the
way it does or from where the inspiration for the characters that I
Sometimes I draw details from my own life, but not often. Most
often, things just pop into my head and demand to be written down.
Sometimes it’s a turn of phrase, sometimes a visual image, and once in
a great while its some frightening, blinding, ego-crushing blast of
creativity being poured into your mind from some
unknowable source- and all the time you're cursing about the funnel not
being big enough or your hands not being fast enough to catch and
record it all before you forget.
That hurts. (And yes, I know that I changed tenses in that
But what can be retained can be woven into a story, if you
work at it.
That's the thing, see? Writing is work, damned hard work, as
hard as anything I do at the factory. The rewards for doing a good job
feel great, but the punishments for doing a bad job feel awful. So, you
try to do the best you can.
The only advice I can give you to help is to stock your mind
with as many different things as you can manage. The more you have to
think with, the better you can expect your ideas to
be. After that, it’s just work, work, work. And never give up.
Thanks for your time.
© 2000 Dan L. Hollifield
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