Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release
Today I’m chatting with Nathan Burton about his writing and books. Welcome to the tearoom. My first question is what would you like to drink?
Thank you for this opportunity, Paula to talk about my writing. Could I have a Ginger Beer, please.
Now we have our refreshments may I ask when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
I was drawn to sci-fi from my love of TV shows and movies like Doctor Who, Star Wars, The Fifth Element, etc. There is so much innovation and potential for great stories within this genre and I was excited to try to add to it.
Do you write a synopsis first or write the first chapter, or let the characters lead you?
Even though I have a rough synopsis in my head, I tend to begin by writing the first chapter. It’s always nice to have a plan to stick to but I do find that ideas for the plot tend to spring up as I am writing it.
When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?
That’s an interesting question! In general, I would say no, but when I know that I am going to write a particular scene, I may choose to listen to a certain type of music so that my mindset reflects the tone of the scene that I am writing.
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
Yes, some of them by intention, and some of them when I was halfway through creating the character and noticed the similarities.
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
As much as I hate to admit it, I have at least 4. I haven’t completely sworn off of them but I wasn’t satisfied with the way I was going about them and lacked the enthusiasm that I have felt for other ideas that I have thought of since.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
My latest project is one that I have been mulling over for some time. It’s a bit of a departure from the normal sci-fi that I write and so I find it a bit more challenging. Without giving too much away, it revolves around a man who has recently had his eyes open to the possibility of controlling his own destiny, as opposed to being a victim of chance. It may also include some religious overtones.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
As much as we would all like to be disciplined and get as much done in a day as we can, I’ve come to understand the importance of taking breaks and making sure I’m in the correct mindset to work. If I can say to myself that I have definitely made visible progress in the story every time that I sit down to write, then I am happy.
How do you select the names of your characters? & do you know everything about them before you start writing their story?
Depending on the setting of the story, I may take ordinary names and spell them differently in an attempt to give them an extra-terrestrial twist. I tend to know enough about the characters in terms of how they fit into the story or how they affect it, but the small details that make them stand out will often present themselves to me along the way.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I can’t think of a very specific one, but I know that I tend to have difficulty writing scenes that are in the middle of critical plot points. For example, when characters have to get from Point A to Point B but nothing really exciting happens in that time.
What writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?
I’m proud of the way I do action scenes and generally tie the plot together so it reads at a good pace. I suppose I would like to elaborate just a bit more in terms of the world-building of my stories, especially as I plan on doing a fantasy trilogy one day.
Thank you for joining me today, Nathan. If you would like to find out more about Nathan’s work please click on the links below.
Amazon Author’s Page: Nathan Burton
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