T.W. Iain

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Married, kids, job; the usual stuff. But there has to be more. Music, and books. Especially books. Fuel for the imagination, energy for the mind.

When I was younger, I’d go outside ‘to play’, but I’d take a book with me, find somewhere to sit, and read. I can recall holidays not through what happened, but through the books I read at the time.

But it’s never one-way. All those stories, all those ideas – they ferment. They build up, and they need a release.

TW Iain is the part of me that acts as a release valve. TW types away, crafting tales to put out into the world. There are Dystopian thrillers (the Dominions series) and sci-fi horrors (the Shadows series). And then there’s the short fiction, in anthologies and on twiain.com.

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T.W. Iain I'm not sure if I believe that writer's block exists. Not as some huge artistic barrier to creativity, anyway.
I have times when stories aren't…more
I'm not sure if I believe that writer's block exists. Not as some huge artistic barrier to creativity, anyway.
I have times when stories aren't working. I have times when the words aren't flowing as well as I would like. I have times when the plot is becoming muddled, and I'm working myself into a corner. But these aren't writer's block. They're just problems I need to work at.
Like all problems, they need different solutions. Sometimes I simply need to push through, and the words will start coming (and I can always delete the ones that were causing me to stumble). Sometimes I need to take a step back and return to my planning. Sometimes I need to move to a different scene, maybe writing from another character's point of view for a while. Sometimes I may need to put that particular story away and work on something fresh.
But I don't think any of this constitutes writer's block. They are only a block if I don't try different things to solve them.(less)
T.W. Iain Am I qualified to answer that question? This is still a 'work it around the day job' thing for me at the moment. But three books out - that has to…moreAm I qualified to answer that question? This is still a 'work it around the day job' thing for me at the moment. But three books out - that has to count for something. And writing is taking up more and more of my spare time.

Maybe I should answer by looking at what spurs me on to write. Why do I get up early each morning? Why do I spend so long tapping away?

I used to play quite a bit of guitar, and I really enjoyed recording the strange sounds that came out and playing with them. I've got hours of stuff somewhere. I don't know if it's good or not, but it felt really good to create this stuff.

Writing's like that. I get to create worlds and people. I get to mould how these characters develop. Sometimes they do things I didn't expect, and I have to react to that. When I reach the end of a book, and I look back at what I've created, I feel proud. It might not be good (especially in that first draft), but it's something I've created.(less)
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