By: Ren Westerman
Due to a technical malfunction, I (Ren) will be posting two blogs this week. The first will be in response to last week's topic, and the second will be in response to this week's topic.
What can I say? I'm excited to see our first publication come to fruition. It will be our first major milestone aside from launching the journal. It has been a little bumpy. Considering the time constraint for submissions, it was questionable at times if we were going to get very many submissions at all. Luckily some wonderful writers pulled through and wrote some wonderful pieces for our journal.
The wonderful part about all of this is that it is a learning experience. We will be able to move on into our second submission with lessons learned. This will be the case for every submission moving on into the future. We will be able to continue improving on the journal and perhaps even offer more content as it grows.
This journal submission will also serve as a memory. Many of us will either be graduating or in some shape or form parting ways. Others of us including myself will still have a couple more years before we graduate. We'll be able to look back at this journal and think of fond memories. It has been a pleasure to read all of the submissions to the journal and to talk with some of the writers. In a sense this first journal entry will solidify the experiences we've all shared during this semester and perhaps even the past couple of years of knowing each other.
.I can't really say that I have much of a set method of writing. Whenever the inspiration hits, I write until I can't write anymore. Do I have unfinished pieces? Well yes. Not every idea comes to a conclusion. There's no set requirement in writing that something must have an ending. I suppose in a sense it just means there's more to the story that is yet to be discovered.
I absolutely love writing psychological stories. This doesn't necessarily equate to horror stories or something where a character is brought to the brink of insanity. Though I do enjoy playing around with the emotions of my characters. It's always interesting to see how characters react to certain situations. It's almost as though they become their own person. They become actual people. As such they will react to certain situations differently than other characters. This sort of approach becomes a lot easier to play around with considering how I write based on inspiration. I don't really have a set plan for what I write or where the characters are going. They create their own story; I am merely documenting their experiences.
It sounds somewhat surreal in text, but I rather enjoy letting my characters experience the world in their own way. If I have a predetermined path set for them, it limits their ability to explore and adapt to certain situations.
Lately I've been trying to expand my genre of writing a little bit. I'd like to write a successful romance story at some point. A murder mystery would be fun to write too. Once in a while I feel the need to return to my roots and write a fantasy story or two. For now I'll wait and see what my characters want to show me next.