It came from Taylor Hornig

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Taylor Hornig’s story “The Doctor’s Mask” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 December 2016. I’ve always enjoyed writing about the woods, and one day I wondered if I could write a story that readers might classify as treepunk. It would look a bit like cyberpunk, I figured, but with technology that draws its power from the natural world. To make the concept more interesting, I decided to include two societies: one that uses this…

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The Doctor’s Mask – Taylor Hornig

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I let Cameron take me to him, but I already knew where he was. I smelled him as clearly as I smelled old Barty’s woodsmoke. He had a bad scent. Sweet and sick, like rotting flowers. “Did you touch him?” I asked. It was a frigid afternoon, the sun clear and bright, the air frosty and still. When Cameron spoke, his breath bloomed in a cloud of white. “No, Dr. Slatewall.” The boy clambered onto…

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A question for Taylor Hornig

Q: Are you an outline or discovery writer?

A: I’m mostly a discovery writer. I usually have a basic idea of the plot before I start writing, but it changes and grows as I work my way through the draft. I often realize that details I thought would be minor become crucial to the ending, or that I need to add a plot point I could never have imagined at the beginning of the process. I really like writing this way, but it does make my work days less efficient, so I’ve been trying to outline a bit more lately. Hopefully I can learn to have the best of both worlds!


Taylor Hornig’s story “The Doctor’s Mask” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 December 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

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