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Darran M. Handshaw

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Darran M. Handshaw is the author of The Engineer - his debut novel. In addition to writing, Darran works as an R&D Engineer where he designs and invents new products and holds more than 20 patents. In his spare time, Darran is also a firefighter and EMT with his local fire department where he was recently elected as Assistant Fire Chief. When Darran isn't writing, inventing things, or responding to emergencies, he enjoys his time with his wife, Stefanie, and son, Corwin.

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Darran M. Handshaw Great question! Even as an engineer, I've never been a great fan of plan and schedule. Too much planning absolutely can stifle the creative process.…moreGreat question! Even as an engineer, I've never been a great fan of plan and schedule. Too much planning absolutely can stifle the creative process. Probably why I ended up moving to an R&D role at my job, where we call the product creation process the 'fuzzy front end'.

I apply a similar approach to my writing. I'll jot down some notes, key character descriptions, and a list of cool scenes that I've come up with in my head. Usually I'll have a cool opening scene that I start with, and from there I try to fit in all of the other great scenes and characters I've envisioned. This invariably changes some things. As I write, I begin to outline and the outline gets tighter and tighter as I go along (which makes sense, because there is less you can deviate once you've chosen a course without going back to make changes).

Even if I'm working toward certain scenes in my outline, those scenes are still in flux until I write them down, but if I change them, they need to fit in with the rest of my outline at that point.

So, to answer your question more simply: I develop a plan in parallel with the creative process.(less)
Darran M. Handshaw The works of Roger Zelazny, of course! I love his writing, and plus, I could learn to create the Pattern on the island - which I could then walk,…moreThe works of Roger Zelazny, of course! I love his writing, and plus, I could learn to create the Pattern on the island - which I could then walk, allowing me to reach into shadow and pull anything I needed from it.

As for music, I've been enjoying Eluveitie a lot lately. They are a Swiss folk metal band that is just phenomenal.

And last but not least, and assuming the food could preserve indefinitely, I'd bring sashimi with me. Though, being on an island, I might be able to procure it myself!(less)
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Darran Handshaw is on page 76 of 604 of Dune: I always knew this was a classic, but it is surprisingly well-written. I love the far future world-building and the characters are so detailed.
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I don't typically read non-fiction books, and I almost never finish them. This was a different story though (pun intended). Williams' writing pulled me in from chapter 1 and I felt as though I was reading an in-depth story instead of just an historic ...more
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A classic Zelazny adventure as told by the master. This one was a bit hard for me to keep interested in. Virtually every Halloween trope is used in an entertaining manner and there were a few twists I didn't see coming, leading up to the usual Zelazn ...more
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No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried.
Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone."
And what difference does that make?”
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