What Is the Writing Process Like for Writers?
Q & A With Author of Texas Heat, David Matthews
There are lots of individuals interested in writing a novel, but only a few who complete the feat due to lack of motivation, direction, or true understanding of the writing process. Therefore, in this article, I focus on up-and-coming author David (Kouri or Matthews), who has recently released a new novel called Texas Heat. In this piece, I ask him about his writing process as it pertains to creating this fictional and entertaining novel.
What is your writing process like?
Before I start any novel or script, I create a treatment, or an outline, I find it impossible to get into the meat of the story without it. That way, by the time I sit down at my computer to write, everything that I put down, flows extremely naturally.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your books?
The most surprising thing that I have discovered about my writing my books, or scripts, would have to be the ease in which I write them. Just the ability to sit down, for at least thirteen hours a day, every day, in front of my computer, and feel like you are composing a symphony of words, it's an incredible feeling, and one I get every time I write.
You recently launched Texas Heat. What is something you hope readers take away from this book?
Probably the most important thing for me, the writer, is that I hope the reader takes away a sense of purpose. No matter our situation in life, it is beyond important for us to chase our dreams and our heart’s purpose. Don’t let anything or anyone stand in the way of your dreams, especially those that want to see you fail.
Were there any challenges in writing this book?
It's funny, I think that the most challenging thing, for me anyway, was keeping my timeline flowing in the correct order. Dates, times, things like that became an issue for me. The way I combated that was to write every date, time and place in a notebook, and right away, my issues were fixed.
Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
By all means, yes, and that character would have to be Avry Harris. Avry is everything that I wanted to be when I was growing up. A pitcher who can throw over one hundred miles an hour with regularity, a pitching phenom, if you will, who is drafted by his all-time favorite baseball team, and with the overall number pick in the draft to boot. It was my dream to play in the Major Leagues, but sadly, I was just never good enough.
What advice would you give to a new writer that is just starting out?
Write! Write every single day because you never know when you are going to create that a masterpiece, and I believe every true author has at least one masterpiece inside all of their minds, and most likely, even more.
What can we expect you from you next?
Well, I have now finished up my eighth novel, but the next book will be the sequel to Texas Heat. I plan on at least four books in this series, of which I have already written the first three, so most likely there will be five, at the most, but we hope to have the sequel out in the spring of 2021.
What are your thoughts on the Astros controversy? Do you feel this would have changed your story if the story had broken while you were still writing this novel?
In response to the question, I am beyond broken-hearted to know that the Houston Astros, at least the true-life version, have been found guilty of cheating from 2017, through 2019. However, when I began writing the novel, it was 2010, and the Astros had not cheated at this point. They were, at the time, one of the worst teams in baseball. If it had been found out that they were cheating at the time I had started writing the novel, I feel that I can honestly say that I most likely would have gone in a slightly different direction. Now, saying this, I love my Astros, and in this world, there are such things as forgiveness, redemption, and proving to the world, that even though they are in the wrong, there is no reason why they can't put things right.
To learn more about David and his book, click here. (https://davidmatthewswriter.com/)