Jay Kerschner

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Jay Kerschner has always been a storyteller. Even before being able to type, he dictated stories to his parents, who struggled valiantly to catch and record every word in writing.

Now, years later, his first widely published endeavor is The Parasomnic Chronicles, a collection of stories grown out of the possibilities he saw in countless fantastical realms but rooted, as ever, in the real world and in his own interests in such things as music, art, and the course of human culture and evolution. Even though these tales may all occur in a far and foreign place, they come from a part of him closer to the heart than he had ever imagined possible.

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Jay Kerschner Generally, I experience writer's block in two different situations: When I can't decide on something new to write, and when something I'm already…moreGenerally, I experience writer's block in two different situations: When I can't decide on something new to write, and when something I'm already writing comes to a standstill.

When at a loss for something new to work on, I tend to actively look for inspiration. I look through my music collection, or think back to life experiences, books I've read, and shows I've watched, and I look for something that sparks some bit of inspiration. When I find something, I just start writing... no planning, no outlining, just start writing, and see if it goes anywhere.

When I hit a total standstill while actively working on a story, I tend to put the story aside. Some of these I later resume, some I don't. If something doesn't feel right for me to work on, I just start searching for something that does.(less)
Jay Kerschner For me, writing is a process of discovery and understanding. My favorite thing when writing is when I can really get into the mindset of a character…moreFor me, writing is a process of discovery and understanding. My favorite thing when writing is when I can really get into the mindset of a character (especially that of a character very different from myself) and I can almost feel my thought patterns shifting to be more like those of the character. I love discovering characters, figuring out who they are, putting myself in their shoes, and letting the story flow from them.

The Muse also exhibits her presence most strongly to me through certain sorts of characters, who are often the ones I most often finding myself dwelling on or returning to in new story ideas.(less)
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Character Portraits from “The Death of Us”

Early on during the creation of my short story The Death of Us, I commissioned some character portraits from the wonderful Sarah De Buck, with the intent of including them in the story. Since then, my ideas of what artistic "look" I want the Chronicles to have has changed such that I no longer feel these belong in the story itself, but I'm still quite happy with them and think it would be a sha... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 12, 2019 10:43

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