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My Writing Process Blog Tour: How Do You Come Up With This Shit?

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August 11, 2014 by Nathaniel Tower

Thanks to April Bradley for tagging me to join this literary blog tour about the writing process. I answer four questions and then pass those same four questions to a few more writers. We do this until every writer in the universe has had a turn (or something like that).

April Bradley is a native of Goodlettsville, Tennessee and lives with her family on the Connecticut shoreline near New Haven. She is a feminist philosopher and an American Southern writer. Her work has appeared or will appear in Thrice Fiction, Narratively and other publications. April serves as an Assistant Editor for Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine. You may find her online at aprilbradley.net

Now it’s my turn:

1. What are you working on?

I have three main projects in the works right now. The first thing is a new short story collection due out later this year through Drunk Monkeys. The collection is called Nuclear Mouth and features a handful of my wildest stories. From nuclear bombs implanted in a mouth to a revolutionary new penis system designed to eliminate STDs while enhancing pleasure for all, this collection should prove to be even crazier than my last one. We are in the final editing stages right now.

The second project is my serial novel Misty Me and Me. It’s been running for over two years over at JukePop Serials. It tells the wild tale of Jacob and his bizarre and dangerous love triangle with a couple porn stars. There are only a handful of chapters left, so now is a great time to catch up on the story.

The final project is a novel called The Funeral Attendee. I’ve been sitting on a draft for over two years now. It’s time to go in there and hack this thing up. When it’s all said and done, I hope it will be funny as hell. It will be the next great American funeral novel.

2. How does your work differ from others’ work in the same genre?

Is there really a genre for what I do? My fiction tends to fall somewhere between literary and bizarro (probably closer to bizarro, but not quite hardcore or out-there enough). Okay, it’s probably not very closer to literary. Surreal humor. That’s what I like to call it. What makes it different? I think the way I throw the reader directly into the scene without any explanation behind why this is happening. Total immersion. That’s my style. You don’t even have time to question what’s happening.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Because it’s a damn fun hell of a ride. I enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy what you write, then stop.

4. How does your writing process work?

I don’t force anything. I don’t have daily writing goals. I might go days or even weeks at a time without writing any fiction (I do write non-fiction stuff almost every day, mostly freelance work). I write when an idea is ready to burst out of my head. Sometimes I store up a collection of little ideas for so long that I go on a crazy writing binge where I can’t stop creating story after story. Interestingly enough, many of those stories go unfinished. Hell, I’m not really a writer. I’m just a vessel for telling the stories that need to be told. The stories are told through me.

Next week look for posts from Jeffrey Miller and Joseph Michael Owens.

Jeffrey Miller has spent over two decades in Asia as a university lecturer and writer, including a six-year stint as a feature writer for The Korea Times, South Korea’s oldest English-language newspaper. Originally from LaSalle, Illinois, he relocated to South Korea in 1990 where he nurtured a love for spicy Korean food, Buddhist temples, and East Asian History. His work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including A-Minor Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, Boston Literary Magazine, Caper Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, Full of Crow, Grey Sparrow Journal, Short, Fast, and Deadly, Thunderclap and the Toasted Cheese Literary Journal. He is the author of eight books including War Remains, A Korean War Novel, Ice Cream Headache, and When A Hard Rain Falls and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. His eighth novel, Paradise Lost: Love, Drugs and War in Panama will be out in September 2014. He lives in Daejeon with his wife Aon, his three sons Bia, Jeremy Aaron, and Joseph and daughter Angelina.

Joseph Michael Owens is the author of the ‘collectio[novella]‘ Shenanigans! and has written for [PANK], The Rumpus, Specter, HTML Giant, Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow & others. He is also the blog editor for both InDigest Magazine and The Lit Pub. You can also find him online at http://categorythirteen.com. Joe lives in Omaha with four dogs, one wife, and a son.

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