A question for M. Douglas White

Q: How has your writing evolved over time?

A: I believe every author’s writing evolves over time, whether that’s through purposeful practice or simply as a reflection of one’s life experiences. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and some of my earliest memories involve sitting down on the floor with a pile of children’s picture books and flipping through the pages until I fall asleep from exhaustion. As a child, I’d tell my own stories to family and friends, mimicking the books I enjoyed. As an adult, my reading interests have expanded, and, like everyone, I’ve also collected quite a few life experiences from which to draw inspiration.

I feel that the biggest evolution of my writing over the years has been considering the audience more with each project I start. Whereas in the past I’d write a story simply to describe an interesting plot, these days I try to actively put myself in the reader’s shoes and attempt to understand what message or emotion they may receive. How can I make the plot more interesting? How can I make the reader care more about a certain character? How can I clarify the action, theme, and tone more effectively?

Seeking to improve clarity has not only improved my fictional stories, it’s also proved to be a beneficial exercise in communicating with others in my work life and personal life, too. I’ll forever be a student of writing, because it’s a craft that one can continually improve throughout their life. That’s what I love most about it—it’s always evolving.

M. Douglas White’s story “Good Boy
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 October 2020.
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October 2020


Table of Contents

  • Good Boy — M. Douglas White
  • Cactus and Lizard — Hannah Costelle
  • Lingua Franca — Amelia Fisher
  • Holding — John Adams
  • Tower of Mud and Straw II: The Adversary — Yaroslav Barsukov

Cover art by Caleb Costelle.

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About M. Douglas White

M. Douglas White is a former sports journalist and magazine editor, and a current marketing professional. But he’s always preferred getting lost in tales of speculative fiction to any regular job. He holds degrees in English and History, as well as an MBA with an emphasis on business writing. An avid outdoors enthusiast, he lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, a new baby that will probably have been born by the time you read this, and a dog named Luna.

mdouglaswhite.com, @mdouglaswhite

M. Douglas White’s story “Good Boy
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 October 2020.
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