Originality in Writing
K. Trap Jones
Writers have the ability to create anything they want. A blank page is a massive sandbox; a canvas before a brushstroke even adds color. My favorite part of writing is the brainstorming aspect of the process. I will daydream for days regarding a potential topic and won’t write a single word until I have all of the details organized. In my opinion, there is nothing better than when a story comes together and works. Let’s face it, unless you are making a living at writing, it is a hobby and hobbies should be fun. Otherwise, why do it? Just get another hobby. The fun and creativity in writing keep me coming back to create new tales.
Originality plays a big part in my writing. I refuse to write what others write. An author I look up to is Wrath James White. I read an interview with him back in the day and he said, “If another writer can write your book better than you, then you shouldn’t write it.” That quote conjures up during my brainstorming sessions. I’ve discarded a lot of cool stories because I just didn’t think they were original enough.
Stick three people in a sandbox and instruct them to build a sandcastle. One will push the limits and try to erect a masterpiece, one will play it safe by building a standard castle and the last one will try to copy the others. Originality is the key to any of the arts whether you are a painter, sculptor or writer. Find your voice and carve out your own niche. After all of the fascination of being a ‘published author’ wears off, that is when you truly become a writer.
A few years back, I wrote a short story which completely changed my outlook on writing. It was a story I never thought would see the light of day. The concept was insane, but I had the most fun ever writing when I created it. From that point on, every story was about me having fun at a hobby I enjoy. One Bad Fur Day is a book based on that particular mindset. It was extremely fun to construct this story and push the limits of not only the horror genre, but characterization as well. In order for the book to work, each animal needed to be unique and still keep with the stereotypes of their real life counterparts. In the end, One Bad Fur Day is a unique rollercoaster ride through the beauty and harsh reality of the animal population through times of turmoil.
ONE BAD FUR DAY
Call it odd, call it off-beat, call it fantasy; but don’t think for a moment that One Bad Fur Day is anything other than a suspense driven horror ride that blurs the lines between harsh reality and brutal imagery…
As Hurricane Katrina barrels through the Louisiana bayous, the animal population is forced to deal with the tumultuous upheaval of their world. Sheriff Sid and his wife are caught completely off-guard by the natural disaster unfolding around them as they battle not only the turbulent winds and flooding waters, but heinous acts committed by other creatures inhabiting the backwaters. Following a brutal assault on his wife, Sid is forced to fight off voodoo-priestess snakes, a junkyard raccoon, deceitful badgers, and a band of roving power-hungry alligators. While clinging to his tenuous hold as sheriff, Sid must find a way to recapture what is rightfully his and exact his revenge.
K. Trap Jones does a fantastic job of pairing the genuine horror of a natural disaster with a story of deceit, betrayal and vengeance that pulls you in and forces the reader to identify with Sid as he journeys through the darkest reaches of the bayous, facing deadly encounters, on One Bad Fur Day!
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About the Author: K. Trap Jones is an author of horror novels and short stories. With inspiration from Dante Alighieri and Edgar Allan Poe, he has a temptation towards narrative folklore, classic literary works and obscure segments within society. His short stories have appeared in various anthologies and magazines. His novel, The Sinner won the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award. He is also a member of the Horror Writers Association and can be found lurking around Tampa, FL.
“Today, there’s a new generation of horror writers bursting onto the scene, and Jones is one of the leaders of the pack.” –Edward Lee, author of City Infernal, Header, and The Bighead
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