Matt Spencer

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Matt Spencer is the author of the novels The Night and the Land, Summer Reaping on the Fields of Nowhere, Cult of the Stars (illustrated by Deirdre Burke) and The Drifting Soul (illustrated by Stephen R. Bissette), as well as numerous novellas and short stories (including award-winners The Red Duke and Petticoat Lane), and the collection, Story Time With Crazy Uncle Matt.

Mister Spencer has been a journalist, New Orleans restaurant cook, factory worker, radio DJ, and a no-good ramblin’ bum. He’s also a song lyricist, playwright, actor, and martial artist. As of this writing, he lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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Matt Spencer "Writer's block" is that moment when you've spent all day doing other stuff, while all sorts of vivid material is flashing through your mind, harping…more"Writer's block" is that moment when you've spent all day doing other stuff, while all sorts of vivid material is flashing through your mind, harping at you to get away from all that "real life" shit so you can sit in front of a word-processor and write it all down...then you finally get there to put in the writing hours, and it's just not happening. It's pretty frustrating, but there are ways around it.

First response: take it one sentence at a time, 'til the words start flowing freely.

Second response: Okay, missed that window, so write something else.

Third response: Open something you've already written but haven't polished up, and spend some time whipping it into shape, then look around online for markets to sell it to.

Fourth response: Maybe you just need to decompress from the rest of life a bit more. Go sit and read a book, watch a movie, eat, fuck, clean your apartment, call up some of your martial-artist buddies and fight/spar out in the back yard for a while. That sort of thing.

Repeat steps 1 through 3, reaching into your brain-meat at random, and just keep throwing what you pull out at the wall 'til something sticks.(less)
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The Night and the Land

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Chapel of the Falcon

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Dragons of the East End

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Changing of the Guards

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Editors’ Note: Matt Spencer is the author of numerous novellas and short-stories, as well as the novels The Night and the LandThe Trail of the Beast, and Summer Reaping on the Fields of Nowhere. His latest book is Changing of the Guards. He’s been a journalist, New Orleans restaurant cook, factory worker,...

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