photo courtesy of daughter, Shannon
I think it's fair to say that as a speculative fiction writer, having a great imagination is imperative. Needing to exercise that imagination, like any good muscle, makes us as authors/writers better equipped to deal with the worlds we build and the extraordinary characters and creatures who've come to inhabit our page.
While having a good imagination is stock standard for every author and all genres, creating an entire new world (world building) and making it believable with often un-wordly characters means having to flex our minds that extra nine yards; thinking outside the square.
As a bit of a dreamer as a child, my imagination is just fine. But I do suffer with a short attention span and have bouts of overwhelming tiredness (anyone without a thyroid will understand). Perhaps that's one of the reasons I enjoy writing shorter stories and novellas, and why I almost always (unless there is a deadline) have a good three of four stories on the boil at once -- my imagination never dries up and my creativity is never leashed. Having said that, I seriously admire anyone who can focus on one manuscript at a time and finish it while other 'voices' or 'pictures' are jostling about in their heads, screaming to get out and have their own story.
So far I've written gargoyle characters, vampires, werewolves, dragons, aliens and shape-shifters -- as well as some contemporary, and now I'm looking to delve into some other creatures. Yes, the paranormal world is our oyster!
Anyone have any ideas for my next paranormal creature? I'm offering Galactic Burn or any book, either upcoming or back list, for someone who offers a suggestion.
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