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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. P…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, allo…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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“It is rare for certain to find two things that, without modification or alteration, can fit together with a perfection that is usually only manufactured.”
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“We are born in the shadow of fading memories and fallen dreams, living our days within the decaying bones of an age long gone.”
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“My mind is my sword.”
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“He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
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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“I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.”
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“No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words.”
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“Occasionally, there arises a writing situation where you see an alternative to what you are doing, a mad, wild gamble of a way for handling something, which may leave you looking stupid, ridiculous or brilliant -you just don't know which. You can play it safe there, too, and proceed along the route you'd mapped out for yourself. Or you can trust your personal demon who delivered that crazy idea in the first place.
Trust your demon.”
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