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Phillip Harrison's about page is more of an ongoing rant regarding the things that I feel like sharing about me moreso than it is a compilation of interesting facts and information. In an effort to keep things more "fresh" I have opted for an updateable / scrolling mini article format for this website. Where most about pages spoon feed the visitor a bunch of details about the author, I prefer to stash those same information bytes within a story or short essay for readers who might be interested to discover. However, it has been pointed out to me that this format may contain repetetive inscriptions of details, but it builds searchable web content, and that is fine with me! On most websites I feel the author is often overly concerned with facts and presentation or the format of their details for the reader. In my opinion this is the wrong approach when trying to appeal to "a reading audience". Readers want to read and a writer or authors website should be as much an interesting read as any of their other works. Consistency is important, but the page and website should also be interesting or at the very least, contain interesting aspects about the author.

Scene Writing and Editing Chapters - February 2019

Editing is tough work. Any writer will tell you that and any writer can edit a 500-word blog post, but most of us absolutely freak out at the thought of editing an entire novel, especially our own. It’s tough. Many writers even think it’s impossible to edit an 80,000 plus word novel. This is especially true for those of us who enjoy the writing but don’t like doing revisions; ours, the editors or our beta readers. But editing and proofreading are essential and will come more easily if you develop good grammar skills and become proficient in  spelling, and punctuation. If you can understand basic concepts like story structure and plot lines & story arcs,then editing will be even easier for you. If you have begun to figure out some of the various fiction writing elements, that’s just makes your writing that much more awesome.

In fiction, a scene is a unit of drama. A sequel is what follows; an aftermath. Together, scene and sequel provide the building blocks of plot for short stories, novelScenes are indispensable when writing a novel. A novel is lengthy, about 80,000-130,000 words. Scenes are usually only 400-500 words long. You can easily edit a scene rather than editing the whole manuscript, which makes editing more manageable. During the editing process, you can check for structure, flow, characters, and plot holes. You can also break up one scene into two or more scenes if you want the editing process to be even more simplified.s, and other forms of fiction.

Creating scenes and chapters is one of the very first challenges that every new writer faces. If you can create effective scenes and chapters in your first draft, you’ll be well on your way to better writing and easier editing. How do you effectively create chapters in a novel? It depends on the story, the writer, and how you want things to unfold for the reader. In adventure and mystery novels, some people like to end chapters on cliffhangers. However, the bottom line is that you should end chapters whenever you feel a major shift in the story, whether it be a change in point of view or a new scene.

Shorter chapters are easy to write, and simpler to edit. They often consist of a single scene and therefore rarely become boring or complicated. Long chapters can become dull and pointless, if not executed properly. As you write your novel, try to strike a balance so that each chapter is interesting to the reader, and interesting to you.

Chapters make ideal blocks of text for editing and proofreading for the same reasons that scenes are indispensable. You can create separate document files for each chapter (or scene) to help you focus on smaller chunks of text. I’ve done this a few times, and it works well for me. But then, in creative writing, there is no such thing such as one format or style fits all. It becomes an exercise in finding out what you and ultimately your readers want. Experiment with various techniques and test your results before you get too deep into the plot. Its much easier to change the writing format and style early, than to discover it halfway through a novel and have to rewrite 40,000 words.

Remember that while writing the first draft of a novel, planning effective scenes and chapters will make the big chunks of editing much easier. By including scenes, chapters, and other shorter blocks of text in your fiction writing, you’ll be off to a great start with your novel or other long-term fiction writing project. Your reader is reading your fiction because you provide him or her with a powerful emotional experience. If you’re writing a romance, you must create in your reader the illusion that she is falling in love herself. If you’re writing a thriller, you must create in your reader the illusion that he is in mortal danger and has only the tiniest chance of saving his life (and all of humanity). If you’re writing a fantasy, you must create in your reader the illusion that she is actually in another world where all is different and wonderful and magical. And so on for all the other genres.

Once you understand how to craft your scenes into a row of dominoes each one that falls forward will knock into the next, and you’ll never write an extraneous scene again. Whats even better? You’ll be able to craft each moment in your story to tap its maximum potential in the plot and you will be able to gain the most powerful reaction possible from your readers. Happy writing, editing and rewriting!

Writing - January 2019

Writing is something I personally love. I have an active imagination and ideas flow constantly into my head and theoretically with a little planning & some hard work, a decent story can usually be made out of them. The stories are fun to work on especially if they plop themselves down onto paper quickly. I don’t believe that writing should be hard work, but if there is an element missing in the story or the writer, or both, it can become a daunting task to be sure! I love getting to watch how my characters progress and when I complete a difficult part of the story it gives me a great sense of achievement.

Even if I don’t share the book with others, post it on websites, or try to publish, it doesn't stop me from writing more. It is actually the process that is really enjoyable to me. Writing can be quite a calming experience too. I like the opportunity to focus on a project. Even if it means that I have to develop a whole world, ultimately I become its creator and overseer, the story then becomes much more something that I created and must try to control. Control over the characters and storyline are seemingly an illusion however, and no matter how much a writer tries to hem in or constrict a characters development, the really good ones (or truly evil ones) always seem to find a way to circumnavigate my efforts.

While I can write about almost anything at all, like most people who choose the pen as their craft, the truly great pieces of writing follow in the footprints of familiarity and or great interests. Of course there are no limits, and we can run as free as we wish in the story, however there is expectation from readership, and if we desire to someday be read by small multitudes, we must decide on the content as well as the theme and genre very carefully. For the most part however, writing can be done anywhere and anytime, and that’s another reason why I love it.

Even though "enjoyment" is the number one reason why I do it, there are reasons that force my hand. There are times when the characters and ideas won’t leave me alone. It’s as though they are trying to come to life in the words and demand to be acknowledged by me. By writing them down, at least they are exorcized from my mind, and in this way perhaps there will be short periods of peace between stories. Sometimes I get characters in my head that demand to be written about and they seemingly force the story back and forth through my mind like a movie reel on fast forward and auto-rewind. They just suddenly start narrating, and implore me to write their story. I have always loved stories, be it a film, book or verbally told. I enjoy reading and the thought processes involved in getting it all down in ink or print.
Being able to step out of my shoes and view someone else's story in some fantastical backdrop allows the writer to be able to feel as though they are actually there. I've always been a visual person, seeing things clearly with my eyes and inside my head, because some people can't build a vivid picture in their mind as easily as others, and that in many ways can affect the ability to compose decent storylines and plots. When writing or reading, there are times when I don't even see the words. I don't remember if it's in present or past tense. I just see pictures inside my head. A movie, basically, that's uniquely viewed by me, and can only be written by me as I see it. It’s a fantastic process! I love writing and the false sense of being in control of a story that is starting to take on its own existence, its own form and shape! Writing allows me to create my only worlds and modify the parameters of the existing one I am in. Its this semi-conscious ability to modify small pieces of my own imagination apply some heat to them and fashion or forge them into something others might want to read.

Travel and the exploration of history - January 2019

History plays a pretty big part in my writing. My own family tree has many interesting facets that I enjoy uncovering and including scraps of truths about in any fiction projects that I am involved with. I believe its important for writers and authors to be inclusive and not dismissive of their own world when it comes to building and rebuilding the worlds their imaginations construct. While travelling I enjoy finding the unexplored and uncommon places along with the popular vistas. Its those places those hidden gems that really have a story to tell!

Without looking back, it becomes far too challenging to move each story each plot forward, and the story can stall. So if our roots become just one of our prime motivators in either our journey or  the storyline we are telling, or both, we have a pretty good understanding of what both story & character development should look like. When we find out about the lives and stories of others through history we can more easily build a good cast or troupe of players around which our main story can revolve. In a sense we are building on the stories we discover and perhaps altering them to suit the plot and outcome.

Manifesto, A Work In Progress - January 2019

I, am a writer, and this, is my manifesto. I write to explore and I publish to share those explorations. I try to write to develop an intimate relationship with my mind, and to make sense of that which doesn’t. To explore the intangible in its many tangible forms. Writing, for me creates a conduit, a channel that guides,  gives focus and outlets to sporatic turbulent deluges of thoughts. I seek to understand, but to realize I must first learn. In learning, I must first listen to those under currents within. By listening, I  first empty myself of old stagnent works, through writing; so that new ones may follow in the channel of the flowing waters of my mind.

A mind which is not emptied periodically, has no room to listen, or grow, or flourish, and there will be no new works. I respect the power of language because I am a craftsman of words. I build cathedrals of letters and paint cities with vibrations. I am always striving to improve my craft. I treat it with care, because my craft holds the magic of me. I do not rush, because here, there be dragons. I honor those who have come before me, but I recognize that we all drink from the same potent river of timeless wisdom, a place from which all writers quote. I publish to share my creations, to give life to the lifeless and wings to the wingless. I release only the most flightworthy of work because I take pride in fine craftsmanship.

I know that my perspective adds value to the life of my reader. I know that others read with anticipation because, as I’ve learned firsthand, finding someone who sees the world through our eyes gives validation to our very existence. I share my work to set it free and to amplify its potential to change the world. I, am a craftsman of words, and this, is my manifesto.I write to explore and to understand the intangible. I publish to share and inspire freedom. It , as I am is a rough work in progress.