David John Griffin
Read LifeOfWriters.com interesting and inspiring interview with author David John Griffin. He writes page-turning stories with a literary depth. He has written three novels, one is The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb and a nother is Infinite Rooms, a psychological thriller. He also writes short stories. Read the full interview below.
What does your typical writing day look like?
I’m inconsistent with my writing pattern. That used to bug me but I go with the flow now. When in the throes of getting a novel first draft onto the page, I’ll write at different times of the day. I have been known to wake up at three in the morning to carry on writing too…
How do you manage to write page-turning stories?
I always try to leave a “cliff-hanger” at the end of each chapter. Another aspect I try with my writing is to pose questions in the readers’ minds during a chapter which hopefully will want them to read on to find the answer later.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
The freedom to write what I want to write and when I want. Of course, too much freedom with creative pursuits can be a bad thing sometimes, I think; it allows for lack of discipline if one has plenty of time and opportunity to write. Discipline is something I try to keep and not be distracted by other things when I am writing.
Do you find it easy to come up with the titles for your stories?
It has varied: my first two novels had titles which I changed at least three times each, once I had finished them. The title of my novella – Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn – came to me one day (while I was on holiday staying at an old creaky inn) before I had written even one word of it. This happened with some of my short story titles too: although writing to a title is much easier for short stories than it is for novels.
What is the best writing advice you have got?
Two pieces of advice: write as often as you can… it’s like exercising your writing “muscles”, the more you write the stronger you will get. That’s not to say it gets particularly easier each story or novel you write. Each one poses its own particular problems and situations which need individual treatment and thought. The second piece of advice I would give, whether it’s a short story, a novella or novel, is to write the first draft from start to finish without going back to correct anything. Leave that to the editing process for the second and subsequent drafts.
What are you writing on at the moment?
Having finished my third novel last year, I set about writing a science fiction novel. So I have finished the first draft of that and am about to start on the second draft. The title is secret at the moment but I can tell you it involves time travel.
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2017-05-01 [ 04:16:21]