About Lance Murphy:
Lance Murphy is a freelance writer; Penny For Your Thoughts is his inaugural online publication. He studied media production in Atlanta, Georgia and needless to say Creative Writing was his favorite course in college. He has served on various television and music video sets. Lance has also directed several stage productions and taking his passion for writing to create short stories. Stories that are being shared today
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write is the aura and activity of life itself. There is so much happening around us each and every day and everything has its story. Building anticipation using descriptive language has been something I’ve possessed since a young child. Having a platform to express thoughts and aspirations for the entertainment of others is satisfaction beyond belief!
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process begins with everyday activity, the stories shared with friends, the ball game, the evening news etc. If an event is full of laughter or peeks interest I begin outlining a fictitious story behind it. If I’m out, I usually type notes into my phone and I use that as my mini-journal, or simply jot them down on a large notepad that I have on my desk.
Once the day has wound down, I rush to my computer and begin typing the beginning, middle and the ending to the story. As the days and weeks progress, somehow for some strange reason, simple life events will build the details to the story for me. Naturally, I gravitate towards the interesting things, ideas or stories that cross my path and when the moment presents itself, I have an “ah ha” moment and say, “this would be great if I placed it in my story about______”. This is why great stories take time. It’s very rare that I can type out an entire storyline in a day or two.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often listen to my characters. Because my stories originate from everyday life, it becomes easier to listen to that inside voice of the characters when they speak. I’m always in tune and focused on my next story and listening has become second nature.
What advice would you give other writers?
The advice that I will give to other writers is to keep a journal or log of ideas and commit to writing a given number of words each and every day. It doesn’t have to be best seller status, but just write something, no matter what.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
What influenced me to self-publish books was the process of removing fear and uncertainty out of my thought process and replacing them with the chance of having unlimited opportunities. There once was a time when fear and the “not-good-enough” syndrome plagued my brain, but when I discovered that there was a way for my stories to be heard without a reputable publisher, I started tweaking my stories releasing them.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is bright and promising. There are so many authors that have been recognized over the past few years and it hasn’t slowed down.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Suspense
What formats are your books in?: eBook
Link To Lance Murphy Page On Amazon