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About

The Writer


Sometimes September C. Fawkes scares people with her enthusiasm for writing and reading. People may say she needs to get a social life. It'd be easier if her fictional one wasn't so interesting.


Fawkes wrote her first story on a whim during a school break when she was seven. Crayon-drawn, poorly spelled, and edited so that it contained huge, fat, blacked-out lines, the story (about chickens seeking water) changed her life. Growing up, she had a very active imagination; one of her best friends accused her of playing Barbies wrong when she turned Ken into a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde mad scientist love interest. Her passion for stories led to her playing "pretend" longer than is socially acceptable. It was partially a symptom of never wanting to become an adult. Luckily she never did. She became a writer instead.

Fawkes has a soft spot for fantasy and science fiction, but she explores and reads anything well crafted. She has a passion for dissecting stories and likes to learn from a variety of genres, so you may find her discussing classics in one blog post and animated shows in anotherTry not to be afraid of either. (And do be sensitive to the fact she never did reach adulthood.)




September C. Fawkes graduated with an English degree with honors from Dixie State University, where she was the managing editor of The Southern Quill literary journal and had the pleasure of writing her thesis on Harry Potter. She was also able to complete an internship in which she wrote promotional pieces for events held in Southern Utah, like the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, and she participated in a creative open mic night, met some lovely people in a writers’ group, and worked as a tutor at the Writing Center. Her college experience, although demanding, was rewarding.

She liked it enough to consider getting her M.F.A., and she got accepted into a couple of programs, but decided to pass on it.

Since then, she has had the opportunity to work as an assistant for the New York Times bestselling author David Farland, and used to edit novels or proofread promotional pieces on the side. She regularly does work for MyStoryDoctor.com. And once she had the chance to meet J.K. Rowling in New York City, but mostly she hides out in her room, applies her butt to her chair, and writes. Other than that she reads fiction and books about writing fiction. She has also presented and has been a panelist at Salt Lake Comic Con.

She has had poems, short fiction, and nonfiction published. Her main writing project right now is a young adult fantasy novel she plans to publish traditionally.

Some of her favorite things include, but are not limited to, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Les Miserables, The X-Files, The Office, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, rock concerts, Muse, pugs, cherry blossoms, Ethel M. Chocolates, and anything yellow. She's a Hufflepuff at heart.





The Blog


I'll be honest. I started this blog for myself. I wanted to write down my thoughts about writing and everything to do with it, have it in an organized place where I could look it up through a search feature when I needed it, and figured I'd do it publicly for anyone who wants to come along for the ride. It doesn't hurt as an online home base for my career either.

Secondly, I did do this blog for you. I try to tailor my thoughts so that the general person can read and follow along, so it's not just a "note to self." I also take post suggestions and questions from friends and followers. 

One of my top goals as a writer is to write fiction with intention and control (so by extension, one of the top purposes of this blog is to teach that to myself and others) This means bringing things we (or I) notice from the subconscious experience of reading and writing into the conscious part of the mind, learning how it functions, and gaining control over it so that we can give our readers an accurate story experience of what we intended. Some discovery writers may read that and say "This is not for me," but even discovery writing benefits from being conscious of story elements. In fact, being more conscious means you may have more elements you can discover.

Other than breaking down writing, I enjoy breaking down my favorite stories and learning how their parts work. I call these "story dissections." In some posts, I like to just share my thoughts on life or review books and shows I like or share adventures I've been on.

As with all writing tips and advice, take what rings true to you and feel free to leave the rest. Let my thoughts and opinions help you define your own as you agree or disagree with me. People learn and write in different ways, and no one has to do it the same way I do.

Blogging isn't a top priority in my life. I don't have time to make everything perfect. I'm working and writing a book. So you'll probably find typos from time to time or the occasional oddball sentence. Some people may be flabbergasted by this but hopefully they can see beyond my mortality to the idea I'm trying to communicate. As the sum of sentences and paragraphs, the idea is always more important than the typo.


1 comment:


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    Thanks!
    Ariadna Arredondo

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