All The Time In The World

The Twilight Zone scene with Burgess Meredith sitting amongst the ruins of a city surrounded by a pile of books would probably be me. I was introduced to reading at an early age and really have never stopped. I once had a copy of Princess of Mars taken from me during a math class, probably wouldn’t have happened in English.

I actually consider reading to be the best learning tool for a writer. Seeing how others have turned a phrase and what you like about it can help you in your own writing. Now don’t just copy how another writes, find your own voice, but to quote Heinlein, “Stealing from one person is plagiarism, stealing from many is research.”

I have spent many days lost in my books and just as many telling stories, in the form of role playing games. All of this has helped to craft dialog and try to fill in scenes, I feel my weakest point is description.

My whole point here is reading what others have written can help in building your own skill as a writer, and its fun too.

Published by David McGillem

David, only son, but third child of Robert and Barbara McGillem, lives as a simple Methodist in Indianapolis Indiana. A long time fan of classic Science Fiction, David has attended conventions throughout the states around Indiana. Proud father of four, that all have some stories to tell, his family has always come first. David has studied geology, architectural drafting, truck driving, has a degree in PC troubleshooting, and currently works as a CNC Machinist. David has been a writer all his life, first forming stories for his friends to put on in the backyard and onto many hours of tabletop RPGs. David lives with his two biggest supporters, Cynthia and Nichole, in a small Victorian house on the near southside spending time roleplaying and upkeeping the house.

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