Lawrence Christopher

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LAWRENCE CHRISTOPHER is the author of eight books, including All about Mary, Dog Em, Marys Little Lamb (Mick Hart Mysteries), the Tickle Fingers children's book series, Ghettoway Weekend and Later Days & Nights represents years of his work. In each of his books, Christopher applies what he's coined as fact-based fiction to engage, enlighten and entertain his many reading fans." ...more

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A fellow author/writer posed and answered the title question to other writers and to his readers.

Honestly, I’ve never been asked this question, so I had to take a moment to give it some thought. In the past I have shared some of my habits when I’m working on a writing project; I write during the baseball or football season. Why? The games themselves are like white noise that I don’t focus on. If something interesting happens during the game there is always instant replay. There are also the scheduled breaks, between quarters, the 2: 00-minute warning, halftime, and the seventh inning stretch, etc. So this is how I stay on schedule.

How do I start a story? The answer to that question has varied since my first book. It also varies based on how the story idea is introduced or comes about. To borrow a biblical phrase; “in the beginning,” I would write a short story and post it online. Based on the comments and feedback I received from the readers, I became encouraged to expand on the storyline or answer questions about the characters. Short stories turned in novellas or novels.

Since the beginning, I’ve tried tips from other writers like using an outline or index cards to give a structure to my process. I found it too restricting to my creative flow. As ideas or scenes come to mind, I would have to jump around in the outline and hopefully there was a place in the outline for the idea to fit. So I’ve sort of abandoned the outline idea.

Here are two process items that I follow regularly. 1) I pull out one of the Family Dollar composition books and write the title of the project on the front. I must have a title to work from. 1A) is I to have a through-line that coincides with said title. A through line is; a connecting theme, plot, or characteristic in a film, television series, book, etc. The composition book is to capture character development, supporting quotes and songs for a soundtrack. If there is a dependency on the order of events, there might be a light outline so that I don’t lose track.

2) Because I’m a visual person before I can get too far into the project I have to have a mockup of the book cover. I do have some artistic talent. I drew the cover for my first novella. In fact, I illustrated my children’s “Tickle Fingers” books. If I don’t create the cover first hand, I work closely with the artist or graphic designer.

After steps one and two are in action, it’s then pretty much a go with the flow of ideas. Ideas come from a vivid imagination (according to my elementary school teacher), life’s observation, day and night dreams, commercials, supported by news and social media. I write what I have coined as “fact-based fiction.”(less)
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Later Days and Nights

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Mary's Little Lamb: A Mick ...

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Ghettoway Weekend

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Out of the Barrel

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Dog 'Em: A Mick Hart Mystery

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