Today marks the first guest blogger on Arielswan.com and I am excited to welcome D.B. Sieders. Wanting to get to know the authors from The Aponte Literary Agency a little better, I came up with a mystical listing of writer types, just for fun.
The Clairvoyant: Receives visions of other places, people, and events through the stimulation of unsought scent, sound, light, taste, and texture, sensing the story, for example, in feel of the wind, the smell of dead flowers, or the rustle of fabric.
The Diviner: Practices ritual to create insight; creates a space with mood, lighting, and music to immerse the self into another world.
The Psychometric Writer: Uses objects to create story, by touching, meditating on, or just keeping close, found objects or mementos, used as a cornerstone to build a new reality.
The Precognitive Writer: Predicts and understands future events, creates the future based on a sense of how the world will evolve and change, using patterns, systems, and deductive thinking.
The Medium: Channels the traits and actions of characters, takes on personas in real life, almost the method acting of writing, lives, becomes what or who they are writing at least to a certain extent.
The Astrologer: Draws on a set pantheon of personalities, traits, or archetypes, which embody the essence of human strength and weakness, brings them together into a situation and records the interactions that occur.
The Telepathic Writer: Transfers the thoughts or emotions of other places, people, and times – like a phone wire along which messages are sent back and forth. This can be centered on animal telepathy as well, being able to read and understand the thoughts and feelings of other creatures.
I myself am a clairvoyant writer. But…D.B. what kind of writer are you? And how does this influence your writing?
Thank you very much for hosting me, Ariel. It’s so wonderful to have an opportunity to discuss the creative process. I love the way you’ve broken down writing styles into mystical subtypes. The one that fits my style best would be…
The Psychometric: Uses objects to create story, by touching, meditating on, or just keeping close, found objects or mementos, used as a cornerstone to build a new reality.
For me, though, the influences flow more from surroundings (settings, buildings, physical space) than objects, though I have been inspired by interesting pieces of pottery, jewelry, and other small objects. I am a scientific researcher by day, and as such I tend to be very detail oriented. I constantly observe people and places, absorbing sights, scents, textures, and bits of conversation. Yet as an ‘organic writer,’ to borrow a phrase from Jeaniene Frost (read: total pantser), a story normally begins with an in-the-moment flash of inspiration from a location.
For example, my Nashville-based urban fantasy novel WAKING THE DEAD, began in my back yard on a summer evening in 2010. I was sitting on my deck, enveloped by the golden hues of twilight and cicada song while the surrounding tree leaves flashed their white underbellies in the winds of a brewing storm. A small tree line runs along the boundary of my property, and staring out into the shadows, I thought, hmm, what if a ghost suddenly walked out of the little patch of woods?
Okay, there may have been a few glasses of wine involved…
Anyway, I could see the man in my mind. Interestingly enough, he didn’t look like a ghost. He was solid, not a transparent specter. But I knew he was a ghost. His form cast a shadow, and I heard his soft footfalls on the lawn as he approached someone. He had a low, gravely voice and his soothing Southern drawl was full of concern. Whoever he was talking to needed soothing and comfort. But why? And who was this person who’d called him from the other side of the grave?
That was the birth of my first character, and the framework for the scene in which he introduces himself to a troubled caregiver who is suddenly thrust into the tricky business of afterlife management. All of those sensory elements worked well for the scene, and I’ve been fortunate to find inspiration by visiting other real locations in and around Nashville for this series, from the sprawling Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with its airy Rotunda, to the incongruous Cathedral of the Incarnation (a Roman basilica-style building smack dab in the middle of midtown tends to stand out), to the peaceful trails of Percy Warner Park.
So there you have it – I’m a Psychometric writer who absorbs environmental influences by osmosis and incorporates them into a fictional universe that’s a few shades shy of reality. Thanks for letting me share my process.
Thanks D.B. So cool to get a glimpse into the creative process of other writers. To learn more about D.B. Sieders, visit her blog or website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
And dear readers, what kind of writer are you? Or would you be?