Disclaimer: This author and I share a publisher, and I consider her a good friend. However, I purchased this short story for full price.
“Method Writing” is one of those short stories that covers characters and events that deserve to be a novel. However, it is the rare sort of writer who knows that sometimes a better story can be told through short fiction.
The main character is fascinating, and as a fellow speculative fiction writer, I can more than identify his irritation at a former teacher’s insistence that writers can only write what they know. But rather than more “normal” sorts of research, John goes above and beyond to inhabit the worlds of his characters. Despite the fact that I also write about vampires, you certainly won’t find me sleeping in a coffin or switching to a liquid diet!
Thought I expected the ending, it was still well executed. I wanted a bit more of it, but making it any longer would have overbalanced the rest of this story story.
Well-worth the read for anyone who wants reassurance that the writers in their life are actually fairly normal people.
Currently reading: The Jinni’s Wish by B. Leslie Tirrell (40%)