Dynamo Stories...

Dynamo

Tool of the Trade...

Fiction!

I will be posting the latest installments of my "fiction in progress" right here at Dynamo. I don't know how many other writers let their readers see their creative process at work...but I find that by committing to regularly posting at Dynamo, I'm spending more time at the keyboard.

A few notes on these stories...

First, they are not the "submission-ready" final edits. They are generally about one rewrite shy of submission to an editor (sometimes more). Once a complete story is posted, I generally leave it up until I finish the "final" rewrite. In most cases, at that point I submit the work to an editor and pull it from the site.

What do I post?

On occasion I post a complete "very short story" in one post.

Sometimes what was supposed to be a "short story" starts growing into a novel in progress. (This is what happened with both No Cognitive Defect and From The Sky).

In most cases, though, what you see here is posted in segments. That generally means I haven't finished the story. It also means that while I may have a general idea where things will end up, I am as much "along for the ride" as you are. I let the stories unfold on their own, within a loose framework. (I find "micromanaging" the plot in advance simply doesn't work for me...though it might for other writers). There is a degree of risk with this approach, and occasionally I do get "stuck" on a story. But this is the technique that works for me, despite the risks.

Why do I write? Because I am compelled to write. I must write. I have no choice. You might as well ask me why I breathe. It's write or go mad, I suppose. I am past being concerned with what anyone thinks of my work, because life is far too short to write to please others. In fact, I can't even be sure I write to please myself. At times I think I write because the characters in my stories insist that I do so. They've chosen me as their medium. If I falter, I feel I've done them a disservice. I've let them down. And so I try harder the next time. And the next. And the next...

I hope you enjoy what you read here... God Bless and pay your blessings forward.

James M. O'Meara...