Channing Whitaker

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Channing Whitaker

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Centerville, Iowa, The United States
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Channing Whitaker is a novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker originally hailing from Centerville, Iowa. An alum of Indian Hills Community College, Channing went on to study cinema, screenwriting, literature, and mathematics at the University of Iowa. His college years were also spent tending bar and in bar security, which he considers a valuable study of humanity, and an indispensable supplement to his formal education.

Post graduation, Channing began his career in the production of television news, independent films, and commercial videos, as well as writing for websites, corporate media, and advertising. His career has taken Channing from Iowa to Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, and to California where he currently resides.

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Channing Whitaker I really find inspiration in almost everything I do. When my garbage bag splits open on the way to the curb and all my neighbors are watching, I think…moreI really find inspiration in almost everything I do. When my garbage bag splits open on the way to the curb and all my neighbors are watching, I think "wouldn't this make a great plot point for a killer with a bag full of body parts? I'll have to remember this." Or I think "what if the bag was full of embarrassing items right in front of a love interest? That could be funny." Those little ideas don't make complete stories but sometimes several come together and form a bigger premise, worth flushing out. So far, I've never experienced a shortage of inspiration, but rather an overabundance, where the challenges becomes finding the time to write, and selecting which potential project to focus on. (less)
Channing Whitaker Though I can't say I've suffered writer's block severely, I have run into stopping points in projects. For example, after the first draft of my recent…moreThough I can't say I've suffered writer's block severely, I have run into stopping points in projects. For example, after the first draft of my recent novel and another pass of rewriting I sensed the book was bloated and needed to be edited down for a better reading experience but I was too in love with the rich details to see what might be redundant, implicit, or overly explained. Rather than force it, I set the book aside, letting it rest, and began work on a first draft of a new screenplay. I chose a project that was thematically dark as the book was, in order to keep my creative mindset in that territory. After a few months I returned to the book with a more fresh viewpoint and saw rather easily what could be and needed to be edited. I completed the next draft very quickly and found the bloating I sensed was cured. This would be my approach for writer's block. If one plans to have a career as a writer, you likely intend to write more than one book, so when you have the writer's block, set the book aside and go start or continue work on something a little different, something you're coming to fresh, even if it's just an outline or synopsis for a future project. I think in many cases you'll have new ideas for you book pop into your head, demanding you get them on paper, and you won't be able to get back to that book fast enough.(less)
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What I've Been Reading: October 2021

Stephen Graham Jones's The Only Good Indian has kept popping up, algorithmically recommended to me on Amazon, Goodreads, social media, and you name it. However, anytime I considered it, mixed reviews pushed me in another direction. However, after the book won Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for best novel earlier this year,  I decided I'd give it a try. I, for one, enjoyed the book

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“it,” Harlan said with a smile.”
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“is hardly a challenge. I’ve done”
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“Miss?” The woman is bold.”
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