This month, we’re delighted to feature author Sandy R. Stuckless on our 5 Questions post. Sandy writes fantasy, sci-fic, and paranormal fiction as well as anything else his self-described ‘twisted mind’ leads him to write about.
1) Where and when do you write?
Wherever I can, whenever I can.
The mornings are when I have the most energy, but with a day job, family, and other commitments, sometimes I don’t get the opportunity to write until the evening.
Saturday mornings in my backyard with my coffee is probably my favorite time and place to write.
2) What aspects of writing are easiest for you?
Definitely the drafting. When that spark of inspiration hits and scenes are speaking to me, that’s magic, right there. Learning about structure and story beats has helped me organize my drafts a lot better as well.
3) What themes do you find yourself revisiting in your writing?
I find I’m revisiting redemption quite a bit. I can’t explain it, but a lot of my work features characters that have done something bad for which they seek forgiveness.
4) Do you find yourself compelled to write or do you have to coax yourself into it?
A bit of both, I think. Some days, I can’t wait to pick up the pen. Others, I’d rather cut the grass with toenail clippers.
On the days when it’s difficult, I remind myself of the goals I have for my writing and get my butt into the chair. For me, that’s the only way to do it.
5) What practical advice do you most often share with other writers?
Seek feedback early and often on your work. In my opinion, it’s really difficult to improve the storytelling craft if you’re not aware of where readers are having issues with your work.
I used to be very self-conscious about my work (still am to a degree) so it took me a long time to do this as well. Trust me, though. You’ll be glad you did.