Taking a step back

It has been quite a while since I posted here at 2 Drops. I love this blog. It has a small, steady following. It gets a comment or two here and there, but it`s a blog that was designed to discuss, share, and reveal intimate, realistic, and passionate experiences about literature, poetry, and writing.
Recently I was struggling to write my new book. The book was inspired by a dear friend of mine that read one of my short stories and said, “You didn`t do this character justice…he is worthy of a novel.” I have to say, this statement coming from a published writer of over 30 years’ experience humbled me. He has been a “guru” in my life…a mentor…and a dear friend, and so, I began my journey writing “Twisted Ride.”
I came to a place that wasn`t quite “writers block” but nevertheless I was unable to write. I know…you’d say—“that`s writers block”; however, it wasn`t writers block as we all know and have experienced, instead—I was in need of perspective…a step back.
I decided I needed to read. Just plain old grab a book and read. I needed to read as a writer not a reader. I needed to once again expose myself to other writers, their style, the way they put a sentence together, their voice, and their experience. I read some old stuff, like `For whom the bell tolls’ by Ernest Hemingway (1940), and some new stuff—Frank Peretti. I also read some indie authors, some good some bad, and gained some perspective there as well.
I remembered some of my college courses and some of the books I had read by authors about writing that told me to read like a writer not a reader. I found some answers. I feel invigorated once again. I realized that as a Christian I was struggling with the narrative, themes, and language in my book. The story in my book is fiction based on true experiences. It is about the “Outlaw Biker” subculture and without the truth of the violence, strong language, and testosterone of that world—the story would fall flat. I found my answers in prayer and in reading other authors.
Not sure if any of you will relate, but that is the purpose of 2 Drops of Ink—to share experience, strength, and hope in the world of the writer. God bless. WP 
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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

3 comments

  1. I wanted to give an update to this post. At the time I wrote this post I was considering writing a fictional book about the biker world that I lived in real life. I was also writing under the pseudonym William Power. Since this post was written, I decided to write a memoir of my real life story as a biker and the title will be twisted ride. I’ve had some people ask about this cuz there was a bit of confusion. I hope that clears up the matter God bless

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  2. I actually don`t think that, however, his style makes up for the use of language. My book “Twisted Ride” will need strong language to be effective in conveying the true emotion and danger of the Outlaw Biker Subculture. Sorry for the Looooong delay in my response. WP

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