My Writing Life

If you were to ask me when I knew I wanted to be an author, I’d probably have to say in high school. However, if you asked me when I began to love writing, I’d have to go back way further than that.

I always remember being in first grade and, with my finger, tracing in the carpet a letter. Maybe it was the letter ‘B’, I’m not totally sure. I even think my teacher at the time commented about it and how it showed I was interested in letters or writing or, something like that. It was a long time ago so the memory is a little fuzzy. I do remember tracing in the carpeting though and I remember loving to write.

As time went on, my best friend and I would write stories together in elementary school. We’d pick up a notebook and just start writing. I also remember distinctively writing poetry – maybe not very good poetry (it centered around a crush I had and I remember just repeating the same lines over and over again), but poetry nonetheless.

Above all else, I’ve always liked to write stories. I’ve tried my hand at writing poetry and even song lyrics (some have come out okay), but neither of these have felt as good and as right as when I write stories.

When I was younger, I read a lot. I still read today, but not as much. Sadly, I think I’ve become what is  known as a ‘mood reader’, a term I’ve recently learned means that, well, I have to be in the mood to read. Unfortunately, I’m often not in the mood. This is going to make me sound old, but I think due to the internet and TV, I sometimes tend to choose that over reading. It’s instant gratification and takes less thinking. Plus, it’s a lot more visual. I’m not saying that I like it more, it’s just how things have turned out. Trust me, I still love to read and find it way more essential than watching TV or surfing the web.

My point is that I’ve always loved to read and have found it extremely important. I think the love for reading is what made me love writing. Being a writer helps you become part of the literary world. I’ve admired so many authors over the years and have enjoyed reading their work. Now, as a writer, I can express myself and my ideas through words and literature. Hopefully, just as I’ve enjoyed many books over the years, readers will enjoy my writing.

The thought that someone could read a book that I wrote and fall in love with it makes me so happy. It’s not about the money or the fame (though those are nice things), but rather it’s about being able to give something to others that they will enjoy. Also, I love the idea of being part of something so wonderful.

So that’s my writing journey in a nutshell, or a post for that matter! What’s your writing journey? When did your love for writing begin?

 

 

Inside Abstract Clarity’s Historical Hell (A Quote)

Hi everybody! I just recently posted a quote from my short story, Clarity, on my Instagram page. The story is one of the five short stories that can be found in my collection, Abstract Clarity, which can be purchased on Amazon.com.

Here’s a quote from another one of the short stories included in Abstract Clarity. The quote is from the story, Historical Hell.

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B.W. Ginsburg, Abstract Clarity – Historical Hell

 

About the Stories – Clarity

Hi everyone! I’d like to talk about the fourth and final story in my short story collection, Abstract Clarity.

The short story, Clarity, was in my opinion, one of the more difficult stories I’ve ever written. I really liked the idea as it was imaginative and fresh, but it wasn’t the easiest to write. For one thing, since it was so imaginative, it took a lot of thinking through. At the same time, however, it was the type of story that had a life of its own.

While a story that has a life of its own tends to be exciting, it’s also a bit hard to control. While as I writer, I tend to just come up with an idea and go from there, I still like to know where the story is going. I knew where I wanted Clarity to go and how to end it, but not every step of the way was, well, clear! Ironic, I know!

It was a bit difficult to figure out how to write Clarity in a way that was both fantastical and realistic. While the story is fiction, I still think that fiction needs to seem a bit realistic. In other words, I think it’s important that a reader can say to themselves Okay, this is different but really good and not this is so far fetched, it could never happen! I think fiction needs to have a balance of unrealistic, but at the same time – you have to be able to imagine it actually happening.

Like all my short stories included in this new collection, I’m quite proud of how Clarity came out. I really think I did a good job of creating something fresh and original, while still making it interesting and believable. I think that when reading Clarity, the reader can truly feel like they’re part of this magical world that I’ve created!


Let’s Review!

The Book: Abstract Clarity

What: Short story collection containing five short stories; Historical Hell, October’s Rein, Write in Time, Dream Land, Clarity

Published: June 2017

Synopsis: 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.

Genre(s): Fantasy and Horror, Adult Fiction

Available: Amazon.com ; Kindle and Paperback

Thank you for all your support!

-B.W. Ginsburg

 

About the Stories – Dream Land

Dream Land is the fourth short story in my new collection, Abstract Clarity.

Along with TV shows like The Dead Zone, Haven, and Supernatural, I’ve seen and enjoyed a few episodes of The Twilight Zone. The first episode I ever remember seeing is The After Hours with my dad. It’s been a little while since I last saw the episode, but I remember thinking that it was quite creepy.

My favorite episode of The Twilight Zone is A World of His Own. I love the idea behind it and plus, it helps that the main character is a writer! I just think there’s something so creative about the episode.

I wanted to write a story that had the same feeling to it as an episode of The Twilight Zone. I wanted to write something surreal and strange; something that’s unexplainable and has an eerie feeling to it. That is what I’ve hoped to accomplish with the short story, Dream Land.

The reason I chose to use dreams as the topic in my story is because I’ve always found them a fascinating phenomenon. Even the most intelligent of scientists aren’t completely sure what the nightly thoughts mean. I’ve always wondered what lies behind the true meaning of dreams – if they do in fact mean anything at all.

Once again, I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak into another short story from my collection, Abstract Clarity. If you’d like to read the stories, feel free to pick up your own copy of my new short story collection on Amazon.com. Abstract Clarity is available in both paperback and Kindle format.

Thank You,

B.W. Ginsburg

 

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