What’s my definition of writing a good story? A good story makes a reader feel like he or she is actually there—a good author has the ability to effectively describe a series of events in great detail. If a particular character is on a boat, for example, a reader may want to know the river or lake the boat is in, the size of the boat or whether or not the water was calm or turbulent. Details are what make a story sound interesting.
When is a writer most creative? Does he or she create an outline of the story before stroking the keyboard or prefer to write organically? I tend to do a little bit of both. I also love to note whatever pops up in my head at any given time. I’m my most creative late at night, and I’m known to get up a four o’clock in the morning on many occasions when I get that urge to write something down on paper or store something in my phone to add to the story in the future.
I also play with alternate endings when I’m in the outline phase of my writing. I try to make my stories as realistic as I can by drawing from people I’ve known in the past, or by doing research about a particular city or subject. My character Maurice Ousley was created by a combination of different people who have crossed my path over the years. The fact that Ousley started off as a teenaged drug dealer was created by a real-life character I knew in grammar school. He was charismatic, intelligent and feared by everyone at school. He was a fourteen-year-old marijuana dealer who was smalltime, and he was a thug who controlled the school with his mind more so than his fists.
These are a few of the techniques I used to create stories that many of my readers enjoy. I do my best to incorporate my style with the constructive criticism I’ve received in the past. I do this without compromising what I believe makes a great story, and a good writer always tries to improve with each work.