They tell beginning writers they should write about what they know. Maybe that’s the reason there are so many short stories and novels about writers. They write about themselves. While I hope I never write a short story or novel about a writer, I certainly intend to continue to draw on what I have come to know through observation and experience during my now getting-to-be-quite-lengthy lifetime.
A quick review of my stories and memoirs posted here will show that I have written about, for example, one of my law clients (names and circumstances changed, of course), a hunting trip gone wrong, a trip to Dubai, a Chekov short story, and weapons inside San Quentin. I have personally known all of these situations (well, maybe not a pharmacy in nineteenth century Russia, but I do speak Russian). Other short stories in the works include ones about a would-be starlet looking for her first role, terrifying fear, a successful LA lawyer’s trip to Arkansas to see his parents, and overwhelming, uncontrollable anger. I have known some of these.
In the future, among many, many other things, I intend to explore my southern roots, the growing up in LA phenomenon and, yes, love.
I would appreciate your comments. Let me know what you liked and what you didn’t, what worked for you and what didn’t. I’m trying to become the best writer I can be and the judge of that is you. Above, all want to be interesting and relevant. Please tell me how I’m doing.