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Robert A. Black

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A long time ago - well, in the 1980s - I was a college student who landed a job writing for Nickelodeon's hit children's TV show, You Can't Do That On Television. Today, I still write for the same age group, but with a lot less green slime.

Recently, I've developed a new style I call "Mathematical Fiction," which uses storytelling to demonstrate math concepts. Night of the Paranormal Patterns is my first book of this type, with more to come. I've also written historical fiction, and at some point in the future I plan to try combining the two genres.

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Robert A. Black As I said in my "how do you get inspired" answer, I try to write two or three longhand pages early in the day in order to give myself some writing…moreAs I said in my "how do you get inspired" answer, I try to write two or three longhand pages early in the day in order to give myself some writing momentum. When I'm stuck on something in my manuscript, I'll use those pages to ask myself why I'm stuck and try to figure out a way through it. Sometimes the answers that come out of my head can surprise me.

Even so, there are still some days where the story just doesn't want to move, the characters want the day off or the words just don't want to come out. Everyone has them. Sometimes when you're in that situation, the best thing to do is just leave it for the next day. Getting yourself worked up and frustrated will only make things worse.(less)
Robert A. Black Be patient and persistent. Start writing and stick with it, even if your writing is bad at first. In fact, you should expect your writing to be bad at…moreBe patient and persistent. Start writing and stick with it, even if your writing is bad at first. In fact, you should expect your writing to be bad at first. That's how it is for everyone. It takes time and practice to learn how to take an idea and turn it into a full-fledged story. It takes time to figure out what does and doesn't work for you. And it takes time for you to find your own individual writing voice. If you're in a hurry, you'll just end up frustrated. Take it step-by-step, day-by-day, and you'll get somewhere.(less)
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