Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
THE FEAR
“It’s an engine. And what’s frustrating is we don’t really know how to start it or keep it running.”

So – having gotten back into the thicket of my notes, and the story design I attempted to do previously, I can now officially report: I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to write this next book. (Which would be my fifteenth.) At the very least it's going to be harder than hell; and the prospect of attempting it is, right now, totally terrifying.

And I can't imagine anyone has ever been here before, or had this particular problem.

“And he had learned another lesson, right down to his bones: ‘Writing doesn't get easier, it gets harder. Writing is harder each time. Each time you write a script it's more difficult.’”
“Fear doesn't go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates the battle must be fought anew every day. The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome.”
- Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
“The power to resist makes the hero journey affective. And for the audience to undergo that journey, it's essential that the writer undergo the journey. That's why writing never gets any easier.”

Even more here.

Hell – how'd I miss this one?

“I love to write. But it has never gotten any easier to do and you can't expect it to if you keep trying for something better than you can do.”
- Ernest Hemingway, On Writing

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about
close photo of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
DON'T SHOOT ME IN THE ASS, AND OTHER STORIES by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
ARISEN : Odyssey
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