Doug Simpson: The Unorthodox Writer
I write books involving the survival of souls and spirits after the death of a human body, and the reincarnation of souls. I am not a fantasy writer. I believe that my books represent a fairly accurate picture of the world on-the-other-side, a world that most busy humans have no time to speculate anything about so they simply presume it is fantasy. If we want to acquire knowledge on a subject we know little about, we must undertake some serious research. I spent years researching souls and reincarnation, and continue to do so today, but there is no doubt in my mind that both of these exist.
If writing about a little-known reality that the majority of people think is fantasy is not unorthodox enough, my writing technique is going to drive the writing instructors right around the bend. The best way I can describe it is off-the-cuff. When I started writing my first novel, Soul Awakening, I had only a general idea of where it was going, and then it turned out that I was even wrong about that. None of my three completed novels were planned out in any detail ahead of time but simply developed as they progressed one chapter after another. Of course, there were times when the events in a chapter led right into the next chapter but when that segment of the story was concluded I often did not know where it was headed next.
I know some writers cannot imagine writing without a plan, which, I’m sure is fine for them, but I cannot imagine writing with a plan and this system works just wonderfully for me. I have always enjoyed a good mystery story where the reader does not know how it is going to turn out until the end, but try and imagine the fun involved in writing a mystery story when the author does not know how it is going to turn out until the end. A good mystery story keeps the reader wanting to keep reading to find out what happens next. A good mystery story also keeps this author wanting to keep writing so I can find out what happens next.
Is that unorthodox enough for you?
© Doug Simpson 2012
Doug Simpson is a retired high school teacher who has turned his talents to writing. His first novel, a spiritual mystery titled Soul Awakening, was published in the United States in October of 2011, by Book Locker. Check it out at http://booklocker.com/books/5754.html. It is available in print and eBook format through most book stores around the world. His magazine and website articles have been published in 2010 to 2012 in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His articles can be accessed through his website is at http://dousimp.mnsi.net.