Tobias Roote

Science Fiction Writer

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 Out with 2017, in with 2018

2018I thought I'd blog about my writing for a change. It's not that my writing is particularly interesting, just that it's sometimes harder than expected, but almost always, more rewarding than I imagined.

My current work for example, is on the Clone World stories. They develop as I go along and I'm rarely in a situation where my knowledge of the plot or the characters can tell me in advance what is about to occur. The books develop a life of their own. It's the same as writing this blog. I don't know in advance what will result, whether it is going to end up being readworthy enough to go onto the website. My online library is littered with articles that never made it to publish.

 Inspirational Writing Challenge

 Out with 2017, in with 2018

2018

I thought I'd blog about my writing for a change. It's not that my writing is particularly interesting, just that it's sometimes harder than expected, but almost always, more rewarding than I imagined.

My current work for example, is on the Clone World stories. They develop as I go along and I'm rarely in a situation where my knowledge of the plot or the characters can tell me in advance what is about to occur. The books develop a life of their own. It's the same as writing this blog. I don't know in advance what will result, whether it is going to end up being readworthy enough to go onto the website. My online library is littered with articles that never made it to publish.

Writing, for me, is a release of mental energy. I don't even know it's there, but when I begin it either takes off and burns brightly, or dwindles and fades out. I also have the attention span of a gnat, but when I'm writing that disappears and I become focused on pushing the story to wherever it's going to go. Mutant Hunter was like that. The experiences of Grady as much of a surprise to me as to the reader. The underwater scenes were something else, some of it probably from my childhood where I spent a lot of time underwater, free swimming with snorkel and flippers. 

Inspiration to write comes from many things, a chance conversation. A news story, or reading something in another author's book. Something they missed, or did that sparked the idea in me and sets my mind off on a journey where I don't know the destination nor the route. It's why my books are sporadic. I'm not organised like some of my friends who write X hours every day and produce a book every month, or three. Some of my stories stay in my head until they've developed into something that I feel is interesting or original. Others just 'happen' as if tapping my fingers idly on the keyboard. Pattern Ship just 'happened' so did Aaron, First watcher. 

Having got the book out of my system and onto the digital paper I quickly lose interest as other stories clamour for attention (like the bells in Dirk's mind). I have to take a spell to regain the enthusiasm to revisit the story and get down to editing. Then, I'm in a rush to get it published and 'out there'. A real dichotomy between thought and action.

As 2018 approaches at the speed of a skull-shaped asteroid, I can only hope that my desired writing discipline allows me to produce more books than I dream up. If I can I will work harder and get books out faster, but then I'm sure I said somerthing similar last year, and the year before.

Oh Well! I wish you a Happy New Year anyway. Hopefully you will stick around to see if I make good on my resolution next year.

Tobias RooteWelcome to my new website where you can buy my books knowing all the proceeds are going to the author and not a large corporate monoply. 


I mainly write Space Opera and speculative SF books that encourage the idea that a future world with AI is not necessarily a bleak place.


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Tobias Roote

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