About the Stories – Write in Time

It’s that time again (see what I did there?)! It’s time to talk about the third short story in my new collection, Abstract Clarity! The third story in the book is entitled, Write in Time.

I wrote Write in Time in my senior year of college. I’ve always loved writing and I wanted to tell a story about something magical. I’ve also, over the years, accumulated tons of pens and notebooks. My favorite brand of pen is the Cross. While in the first draft of Write in Time, I didn’t name a specific brand of pen, I decided to do so this time around.

I originally hadn’t planned on including this story in my collection. I was planning on simply writing new stories. However, after realizing that the book was a bit too short how it was, I decided to add another one of my works. I remembered how much I had loved the concept of Write in Time and decided to dust it off of the shelf.

I’m going to be honest here – the story needed some work. I started reading it and I just wasn’t in love with how it was written. I still loved the concept of the story and felt that I could make it into something amazing. So, I started from scratch and here we are!

I’m very happy with the outcome of the story. I took something that I already loved and cleaned it up a little to make it something even better! Yes, it took time and patience, but it was quite enjoyable. I already had the main characters mapped out in my head and knew the main plot points to the story, so all I really had to do was add a few things here and there and improve upon the writing!

I think what re-writing Write in Time taught me was that practice really does make us better at what we’re already good at. Write in Time was already a good story when I first wrote it, but after honing my craft as a writer, I had the opportunity to improve upon what I had already written. Suffice it to say, it was worth the effort! If you ever find yourself deeply in love with one of your stories, but feel that it could be better in terms of the way it’s written, don’t sell yourself short! You have the capability of making the story the best it can be!

I hope you enjoyed another small look into my short story collection. If you wish to purchase your own copy of Abstract Clarity, please feel free to visit Amazon.com. Thank you!

About the Stories – October’s Rein

October’s Rein is the second story in my short story collection, Abstract Clarity. It’s a horror story about how a woman’s love for Halloween goes horribly wrong!

With October’s Rein, I really wanted to write a good, creepy horror story that was short but gruesome. For a while now, I’ve been watching shows like Supernatural that include scary elements and I wanted to create my own horror show through writing. I never really used to be into horror movies, but then I started watching them with my dad. The first real ‘horror’ movie I saw was Secret Window, based off of Stephen King’s Secret Window, Secret Garden. From then on, I started watching slightly scarier movies and shows (Storm of the Century, The Night Flier, The Skeptic, etc.).

When it comes to a horror writer I really like, I really enjoy some of John Saul’s works. I like Stephen King as well, but haven’t really delved into a lot of his books yet. I have, however, seen quite a few of the movies based off of his works.

Getting back to October’s Rein, I really wanted to write a short, scary story. I wanted to make it imaginative and horrific. I used something that I was slightly scared of as a child and got creative with it, turning imagination into reality for my main character!

As for the title, October’s Rein, I have to thank my dad. I couldn’t seem to think of a title that wasn’t already taken and then he suggested this one. To say the least, I was very pleased with it!

I hope that you’ve all enjoyed this short look into my short story, October’s Rein, from my new collection, Abstract Clarity. To check out more about the book or purchase your own copy, please feel free to visit Amazon.com.

Thank You For Your Support!

-B.W. Ginsburg

Short Story Collection Now Available!

Hey everyone! My short story collection, Abstract Clarity, is now available for purchase in Kindle and paperback format on Amazon.com! To check it out, please feel free to do so by clicking on the link below! Thank you for all your support!

https://www.amazon.com/B.W.-Ginsburg/e/B01MU5Y0YL/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

About Abstract Clarity:

“The real meaning of Hell, a woman’s love for Halloween gone horribly wrong, and a magical pen. A mysterious place called Dream Land and an inanimate object that, with a little luck and hard work, helps change the world. In these five fantastical, terrifying, and beautiful stories, you will discover that there is more to life than the ordinary and explainable.” – Description written by B.W. Ginsburg, found on Amazon.com

Collection Includes These 5 Stories:

Historical Hell

October’s Rein

Write in Time

Dream Land

Clarity

Cover Photo: B.W. Ginsburg

 

 

Guest Post & Interview!

Hi friends! I recently wrote a guest post for and was interviewed by the talented and kind author, Diana Tyler-Anderson! Diana is the author of two novels – Moonbow (which I am currently reading) and the first book of The Orchid Series. She also has a number of fitness books available for purchase! For more information about her work, please feel free to click here! Thank you!

 

Just Another Update!

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a little while. I just want to let you know where I am with my writing.

1.) As many of you probably know, my first novel, Rest in Piece, is available for purchase on Amazon.com! I also have a Goodreads account and Instagram account!

2.) I am currently working on a short story collection! I have one more story to finish writing for it and then need to go over everything one last time. I will continue to keep you updated as my progress  continues!

3.) Thursday I will be reblogging an interview that I did with author, Diana Anderson-Tyler, who has been so kind as to help me get the word out about my book. I hope to share a review of my book today for you as well. Stay tuned!

Thanks again for all your support! If you have any questions about my writing, etc. , please don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks,

B.W. Ginsburg

 

Writing Process: Research

Research. I have to admit, that when it comes to writing, this is one part that I am not fond of. In my opinion, it’s a pain and it’s boring.

If you’re writing fiction, you may be lucky enough not to have to do any research. Many times, I don’t do any. For example, in three out of four of the short stories I’m working on now for my collection, I didn’t have to do any. The stories are either horror or fantasy and have very little to do with real events that took place. One of my short stories, however, does require a little bit of research.

Now, it is true that the story is fiction and that not everything has to be perfectly correct. After all, fiction does mean ‘not true’. However, at the same time, the story deals with time travel and Paris in the 1940s, so I do want some stuff to be accurate. For this, I do have to take the time to look stuff up. I want to know about the hotels, stores in the area, restaurants, etc. I also want to draw an accurate description of the apparel worn back then. So, I stopped being lazy and started working!

The real point of this post is for me to explain that while research can be important, if you’re writing fiction, it’s not the most important thing in the world. Fiction doesn’t have to always make sense and it doesn’t always have to go by the book. If you want to fudge a little about what went on in history, then you can. It’s your work of fiction after all! So try not to stress yourself out about it!

Also, even authors as talented and as famous as Stephen King make historical errors. He admits that not all things are perfectly accurate. The most important thing in my opinion, and maybe even his, is that the story is well-told and enjoyable!

So next time you’re doing research for a work of fiction, do the best you can to get stuff right but try not to stress out about it too much!

My First Published Book, Rest in Piece!

As many of you already know, I am officially a published author! My first book, Rest in Piece, is available on Amazon.com in two formats: e-book and paperback. I thought I would give you all some information on each format and why you may be interested in reading my novel!

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT:

“Louise, though young, has never been one to believe in the supernatural, fantastical, or surreal. However, when she sees something unusual in a puzzle left by the previous residents of her new home, she begins to wonder if there really is something to the stories that only some have read about in books.

Louise soon realizes that she needs to save Catherine Adams, a girl who disappeared twenty years ago. With the help of angels and loved ones, Louise will be able to do something that she would have never imagined possible.” B.W. Ginsburg, author of Rest in Piece