Links in this episode:
John L Monk's Hell's Children
My Bradbury Challenge Story List
I definitely have crutches as a writer. For example, my first instinct when I'm coming up on my short story deadline is to just write a murder scene. I'm not going to get into what that says about my psychology, it just is what it is.
Early on in the Bradbury Challenge, though, I decided I wouldn't let myself rely on my crutches. The entire point was to stretch my creative muscles. I'm still trying to find the exact niche, my narrative voice. I think I'm about 78% there, so this may change in the future, but for now, I'm just looking for ways to expand.
So, I can't let myself use my consistent go-to's, yet. In the future, I might decide to specialize in one type of story or another. It seems like a good way to perfect one aspect of the craft. But, for now, it's intentional chaos up in this joint.
It also serves another purpose. I post all of my short stories on MABrotherton.Com. There is a