#141 Mike Hembury
Mike Hembury has a permission slip for you.
In speaking with Mike about his novel New Clone city and the wild ride of a story that it is, he mentioned that when he writes, he likes to cut out all the boring bits. This struck me as a piece of true freedom: as writers, some scenes feel like taking vitamins, thinks that have to be included, but what if that wasn't true?
If you are not having fun writing a scene, it's quite likely that your reader won't have fun reading it either. Instead, let Mike be your guide this week as you connect with your characters and let them lead you through their adventures. Mike's book is a steampunk alternate reality romp that carries a full cast along through interconnected discoveries and mishaps. Our conversation was a wide series of discoveries as well as we covered character, plot, politics and writing about place in a way that isn't reductionistic, but captures the spirit of the setting.
Happy listening and happy writing this week!
Discussed in Episode 141 with Mike Hembury
Mike’s newest novel, New Clone City
The need to avoid easy categories for countries and cities in life and in writing
Publishing in a foreign country, especially when the book is in a non-native language
The desire to defy convention
The process of creating different characters and how we get to know them as writers
Bringing multiple characters together in complex plots
How to just get on with your writing
Maintaining a fast paced plot
Creating visual aspect for your readers
Writing during a tumultuous time in the world and incorporating it into your work
Setting your book and your characters free
Responsibility as a writer