Don’t be afraid of writing down your thoughts and expressions. Of course, clear and understandable communication is helpful, but don’t let this stand in the way of creativity. There are tons of books that lay out the “rules of writing.” Who gave them the “authority” to dictate creativity? Many schools treat these books as if what’s written in these books are pure “law.” Hence, what you have are fiction written the same, with the same style and structure using different patterns of words – boring! Did anyone tell Pablo Picasso that there were rules to follow when he painted the “Guernica?” What’s written in books are only suggestions from an author’s perspective. The mistake is where some professors treat them as absolute law. This stifles creativity. What should be encouraged is the development and nurturing of individual creativity. Each person has their own identity – his or her own unique story to tell. Let the uniqueness of the author shine and don’t take measures to suppress it.
2. Till now how many books have you written?
I’ve written one creative book. Why, because most of my professional career was dedicated to writing technical publications and training manuals for corporations. I’ve written some white papers for conferences and workshops as a guest clinician, but when I retired, it freed my time to concentrate on my creative ambitions.
3. How much time do you take to finish a book?
This science fiction novel took me over 30 years to complete. Why? Because I completed more shorter technical books during this time span for companies that typically took a couple of months on the average. The novel actually started as a screenplay project but encountered the issue of writers block and procrastination. Then professional interferences set it and forced the work to be set aside for a long time.
4. Where do you get ideas for your writing?
Societal issues like homelessness gave me my impetus for my novel. But as the novel sat for 30 years, political issues and events added to the mix. The destruction of the World Trade Center in New York is one example. The unpopularity of the Bush Administration was also another example.
5. Tell about your first book?
Kami Jin is a tale of two worlds according to the diary of A. Gordon Sakata II of the 23rd Century. Gordon records an era of despair and misery on Earth as life in the Republic of North America includes a jobless rate of 95%. People are homeless: poverty and starvation is global and governments around the world are ineffective in solving the crisis. Corporations have taken over governments, taken away the basic rights of citizens such as freedom of speech and expression and have replaced many people with droids and robots. Citizens of nations who once lived comfortably in homes, now struggle to survive in streets lined with cardboard condos. When war breaks out, Earth finally meets its doom, but through the miracle of time travel, it is given a second chance. Gordon is saved and taken to a utopian planet mirroring Earth’s orbit. There, inhabitants are treated equally: poverty, homelessness and starvation are non-existent, and everyone is paid $25-million annually in universal life credits by the Universe, regardless of social status. The quality of health care and education is next to none. Inhabitants’ brains are so advanced that they travel by merely willing themselves to their destination, rather than using conventional vehicles, yet, they do not manufacture any weapons of any kind. The world is one planet, one nation. Gordon vows to right a sinking ship – at least provide hope for the disadvantaged of the world. He returns to Earth to fulfill his life’s promise.
Currently, I’m working on two concurrent projects. I just completed the adaptation screenplay to Kami Jin and preparing this work for market. And I’m working on the prequel, Legend of the Crescent Eagle, which takes place in the 21st Century and focuses on Gordon Sakata’s ancestors and their migration from Napajan to the United States via Mexico.
6. What is the hardest part of writing?
Trying to remain focused and dedicated to a working schedule. I used to treat my writing as a hobby without an established. But now, it’s become more of a legitimate work with a working schedule. This is hard since I am retired – it’s easy to sleep in. Once I get on a roll, the words start flowing like a river and there’s generally no stopping me for hours, even into the wee hours of the morning. So I would say that the hardest part for me as a writer is getting started each day, and knowing when to stop once I get going. The other hardest part of writing is the interference and annoyance that occurs during the day – especially from political solicitation calls the break your concentration of thought.
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