Below are the key components to my writing style.

1. Character

My focus on stories is character. This is based on my view that without people a writing project won’t be a story, it’ll be an essay, or a lecture. From that perspective these stories I tell are typically written in either first person or third person personal. This ensures that character is front and center, their thoughts, feelings, perceptions and actions are made immediate to the reader. This expands out to include past actions, future plans, opinions and interactions with other characters they encounter over the course of the story. This can also include multiple characters and viewpoints in a narrative as well, and I strive to ensure that each voice is clear and distinct. This does not preclude the inclusion of other kinds of POV, But the majority of any story I write will be in one of my preferred points of view.

2. Movement

I write stories that never grind to a halt for exposition, whether it be for long and detailed descriptions, explanations, philosophizing etc. I write stories that keep moving, and keep the reader turning pages. I vary paragraph size, do not lay out long winded sentences, and generally like to introduce new ideas on a regular basis.

3. Metaphorical Levels

I believe that a fiction novel is more than just a document of facts. As I develop stories, mine or yours, I looks for how I can add metaphorical levels to the narrative, to make the storyline deeper without sacrificing readability and accessibility. This comes from consideration of character, plot, environment, where all three come from and where all three are going.

4. Solid Narrative Structure & Payback.

Some stories start slowly, or meander in the middle or end weakly. Part of this comes from poor story structuring, and/or a poor idea of what the story is actually about. I prefer to write stories that start strong, engage the reader from the beginning. I see the purpose of a story’s middle is to come at the central theme from different directions, building on what the story is about. Then when I conclude the story, I look at the progression of the narrative, and refine the ending so that it is a suitable conclusion to what has been building and an effective reaction to what the story is about.

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