The First Cut

 

For a long time, I have talked a good game when it comes to my writing. I’ve sat in on the This Is Horror podcast with some brilliant writers and discussed the craft of writing, but I’ve done relatively little in terms of getting my own writing out there. I’ve always been writing, tapping away at the keyboard and producing stories. That has never been in question but until now, I’ve never believed I am a writer.

For me, writers were always professionals, people like Stephen King who spend all day churning out books that sell millions of copies. They weren’t people like me, sitting at home writing stories to amuse myself. Or so I thought until a conversation with my good friend Michael David Wilson and stumbling across a quote from Chuck Palahniuk which validated everything we had discussed. It was (and I paraphrase) –

“Do you write every day? Yeah? Then dude, you’re a fucking writer.”

And that was all the encouragement I needed.

As it stands, I have a number of credits to my name as both a writer and an editor. I’m incredibly proud of all the books that I have been involved in.

My aims for the future are to get as many stories and books out there as I can. I am currently in the final editing phase of producing my first novel. I’ll post about that separately over time. I also have a number of short stories out for submission so hopefully I can use this site to broadcast some good news from time to time!

As well as posting about my own writing, I will be using this site to post about the writing of others. I’ll be posting about things that inspire me, books and films I’ve enjoyed as well as things I’ve learned about writing, editing and publishing over the last few years.

Thanks for stopping by and here’s to the next time.

Dan

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