Complementing my blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and ninety-first, is of comic fantasy (and a little horror) author Will Macmillan-Jones.
Will Macmillan Jones is a fifty something single parent who lives in Wales, a country with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by shouting loud encouragement at the TV whenever Wales are playing International Rugby, and drinking local beers,
Whenever those desirable occupations are off the menu he writes fantasy novels and avoids being an accountant.
And now from the author himself:
I’ve had a few arguments with a writing friend (who for the sake of this piece I will call Doctor Sam. Those who know her, will know who I mean). She claims that I am wrong, insufficiently medically aware and probably stupid. Charges that in most cases I would be unable to contest from her. However, in this case – even though she is right, she is most definitely wrong. I have been describing imagination in terms of a muscle.
When Wales recently humiliated the English rugby team (sorry, couldn’t resist) in the climax of the Six Nations tournament, the losing coach talked about fitness levels and physicality. I’m convinced that we writers need to consider our imaginations in the same way that a professional sportsman considers these aspects of their game. I’m a fantasy writer. So to me, my imagination is the most important weapon I can employ in the fight to produce an entertaining book. And the empirical evidence has shown me that the more I make my imagination work, the more I exercise it, the stronger it becomes.
See, Doctor Sam? Just like a muscle.
And one way to exercise your imagination is to write a lot of flash fiction. As a reader of Morgen’s excellent blog, you have probably read quite a few of the flash pieces she has posted from authors. To write a convincing story in a very few words is a test of the imagination, and if you have never tried it then I strongly recommend to you a diet of flash fiction. Try writing a totally different short story every week for a month or so, or even longer. It’s really tough at first, but you will be amazed with yourself after just a few weeks, and who knows? Some of those pieces may be worth expanding into full novels. That’s worked for me. It can work for you, too.
Your imagination. Use it, or lose it. Just like a muscle.
It is, absolutely. I write a short story every day for this blog’s 5pm fiction slot and I love it. Knowing I have to post them is the best way to get me writing (as is NaNoWriMo). Thank you, Will.
You can find more about Will and his writing via…
and a little about Will’s latest book…
Dai the Drinking Dragon has been kidnapped by the Dark Lord for nefarious purposes, and by his Receptionist for even less reputable reasons. Without their bass player, The Banned Underground are in deep trouble with their record label. They have to produce the recordings for an album, and someone has stolen the tapes from the last gig. Can they make some more recordings, or will Freya, the renegade dwarf bass player, distract the boys while the Dark Lord’s evil schemes come to fruition?
The Dark Lord has found some thugs to help him in his latest plan to invade the Dwarf Mansion, but they have other things on their minds–like looting and pillaging–and it’s all going wrong again.
Will record-producing Adam set his Ants on The Banned? Or will it all come good in the end? Time is Tight on this one for the Banned Underground…
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