Victor A. Davis

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection . In 2017, he and his wife thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. He is currently adapting his travel journals into a speculative/historical fiction novel, Wick .

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Victor A. Davis I feel like this means different things to different people. For me, it's when I get off track with a story. I have a great premise (or so I think),…moreI feel like this means different things to different people. For me, it's when I get off track with a story. I have a great premise (or so I think), and I've written a few pages, but then I get stuck. I can write, but what comes out feels rushed or stilted or contrived, like I'm moving my characters instead of letting them move themselves. I can abandon a story here for weeks or months or years, and think about it constantly. Then it becomes a puzzle, and I grind away at the solution. Sometimes, the simplest idea can unclog the flow and get me typing again. Freewriting helps.(less)
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Many books feature a fascinating, enigmatic, larger-than-life hero. Think Huckleberry Finn, John Galt, or Atticus Finch. But stories are rarely told through these characters' eyes. They are so larger-than-life, so unrelatable, that the story must be told by a secondary character, someone emotionally conflicted, sensibly grounded, someone "normal," with more in common with the reader. Think Tom... Read more of this blog post »
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