I loved Doctor Who Confidential and was disappointed when the BBC axed it in 2011. I enjoyed hearing from writers, actors, producers and others associated with the show as they shared anecdotes or talked about what motivated a particular scene or storyline. I felt like I knew the story better because of it.
Likewise, I’ve devoured tell-all books about some of my favorite science fiction TV shows and movies—not for prurient interests, and indeed I deliberately avoid such tomes, but rather for the “story behind the story,” the tale of how a tale becomes reality. (Among the best: On Writing by Stephen King, the storytelling master; and The Writer’s Tale, a hefty and fascinating read by Doctor Who executive producer and scribe Russell T. Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook.)
That’s my motivation with this blog series, “Inside The Nook.” I’m often asked what gave me the idea for a particular story, how it evolved during the writing process, how characters formed, what I want to say and whether I’ve said it, etc. I realize that others have the same interest in the process that I have.
“Inside The Nook” will include my thoughts, ideas and memories linked to my creative writing. It might offer you a deeper understanding of a story, or maybe a perspective you hadn’t considered. Who knows? Maybe I’ll learn something new along the way.
We’ll start with a story-by-story look at my latest book, Random Precision. Watch this space for the next installment.