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Stephen R. Burns

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Stephen R. Burns grew up in a small town in Southern Ontario. He penned his first story when he was ten, and has been writing ever since.

THE LAST ANGEL is the first in the Desolate Kingdom Series, and was followed by CITY OF SLAVES. Book III, WINTER, is due out in late spring, 2017.

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Stephen R. Burns I don't actually believe in writer's block. Bestselling author Ted Dekker says that writer's block is rooted in fear, and I tend to agree with him. I…moreI don't actually believe in writer's block. Bestselling author Ted Dekker says that writer's block is rooted in fear, and I tend to agree with him. I think writers can suffer fatigue, particularly when the emotional parts of their life are pulling them in different directions. Writing fiction requires empathy, which requires emotion. If your personal life is bleeding you dry, than it can be difficult to create.

Otherwise, I'd suggest it's a fear of writing badly. The blank page can be intimidating. We want to write well, right away. This is natural. It is also impossible. Writing is re-writing. The best way to avoid writer's block is to write quickly. Get the story out as fast as you can. Once you've laid the foundation, you can go back and edit it more slowly. There's a chance that the story may not pan out, for a variety of reasons. In that case, cut it off and start again. Give yourself permission to write crap, and instead of being intimidated by the blank page, be encouraged by the possibilities. :)(less)
Stephen R. Burns Be patient, read, and put in the time. That sounds cliche, I know, but the only way to become a good writer is to write. A lot. There really is no…moreBe patient, read, and put in the time. That sounds cliche, I know, but the only way to become a good writer is to write. A lot. There really is no such thing as "overnight success" in this industry. It is a craft that needs to be honed over the years.

In his book, On Writing, Stephen King suggests that a writer must spend 4-6 hours a day reading a writing, and they should be producing at least 1000 words a day. (If they aren't editing.) I have followed that advice for nearly twenty years.

The other suggestion I'd make to young writers is to find either an established author or editor to give them guidance. Writing groups are excellent for support, but if you're only working with people who are at a similar level to your own, it will take a lot longer to improve.

(Shameless plug: I double as a professional editor and offer ten free pages of editing -- no strings -- to any young writer who would like help. Simply email me at stephenrburns@gmail.com if you'd like me to take a look.)

And lastly, I'd say that you have to learn to love constructive criticism. All writing is re-writing, and if you don't learn to not only handle it, but love it, it will be a difficult journey. Writing is very personal, regardless of the topic or type, but in this, we have to learn to get past the feeling that someone is criticizing you as a person and not your work. If you can do that, and if you're willing to put in the time every day, you'll get better. (less)
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“Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.”
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“I would love to say that I wrote (Good Will Hunting). Here is the truth. In my obit it will say that I wrote it. People don't want to think those two cute guys wrote it. What happened was, they had the script. It was their script. They gave it to Rob [Reiner] to read, and there was a great deal of stuff in the script dealing with the F.B.I. trying to use Matt Damon for spy work because he was so brilliant in math. Rob said, "Get rid of it." They then sent them in to see me for a day - I met with them in New York - and all I said to them was, "Rob's right. Get rid of the F.B.I. stuff. Go with the family, go with Boston, go with all that wonderful stuff." And they did. I think people refuse to admit it because their careers have been so far from writing, and I think it's too bad. I'll tell you who wrote a marvelous script once, Sylvester Stallone. Rocky's a marvelous script. God, read it, it's wonderful. It's just got marvelous stuff. And then he stopped suddenly because it's easier being a movie star and making all that money than going in your pit and writing a script. But I did not write [Good Will Hunting], alas. I would not have written the "It's not your fault" scene. I'm going to assume that 148 percent of the people in this room have seen a therapist. I certainly have, for a long time. Hollywood always has this idea that it's this shrink with only one patient. I mean, that scene with Robin Williams gushing and Matt Damon and they're hugging, "It's not your fault, it's not your fault." I thought, Oh God, Freud is so agonized over this scene. But Hollywood tends to do that with therapists.

(from 2003 WGA seminar)”
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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”
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message 2: by Kelly H. (Maybedog) (last edited Sep 08, 2012 12:02AM)

Kelly H. (Maybedog) We really do have a lot in common! I even went to grad school in Waterloo. I love Toronto.

Thanks for the friend request!


Sandra I did like your review. I lurk a lot on these threads, but on occasion I speak up. And yes, we should be friends. Looking forward to perusing your shelves. :)


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