Saturday, August 24, 2013

Utah Books Guest Post: F.W. Adams

What If?

The first question you may be asking is what could this guy write that hasn't already been written, that you haven't already read or perhaps already thought?

The answer may likely be nothing. Whoa, end of post, right?  No, not quite yet.  True, you may not read anything new in the next few words, sentences and paragraphs, however, you just may be reminded of something that you have previously read, something that inspired you and then perhaps the details of day-to-day living simply pushed to to the back of your mind--until now, that is.

So, I'd like to share two things that inspired me, two things that made me stop and think and got me putting pen to paper, so to speak.  The first is that writing is work. Yep, work.  I remember reading an essay in one of L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future series to this effect, wherein the author basically noted that writing is work and that it takes time, effort, energy and then more time, effort and energy.  Being an author is a job and a good idea may be had by most anyone, but it is only a start and creating characters with which we want to identify, creating believable worlds and then crafting an engaging story takes, well work.  That has been with me since I read it and I only wish I could recall the author to give him or her the credit due that great essay.

Second, and I believe it was from another essay in that same series, though perhaps a different book, wherein the author noted that asking the question of "What if..." is often the start of a wonderful literary journey.  I know for me that it has been.  Had I not read that essay and had that question not been at the forefront of my mind, then I would have simply passed by that storm drain in the middle of the street without a second thought.  Instead, it caught my attention, I asked "What if..." and now I'm writing a Young Adult Sci-Fi series all based on that "What if..." question.

And yes, it is work!

So, ask the question, "What if..." and then go ahead and put in the effort and then write something!

About the author: F.W. is working on a three part science fiction series for young adults, titled "The Storm Drain Chronicles." His first published work, "The Unfortunate Tale of Little Mary Jenkins" can be found in digital format for all platforms on Amazon or Smashwords.  To learn more about what may be lurking in your storm drain, visit him here on his official website and, of course, feel free to like and follow on Facebook,


  1. I love both of these points. Writing is some of the hardest work, I think. And "what if" is a question I need to ask more.

    Thanks for the guest post!