After a childhood in academia, J. Daniel Sawyer declared his independence by dropping out of high school and setting off on a series of adventures in the bowels of the film industry, the venture capital culture of silicon valley, surfing safaris, bohemians, burners, historians, theologians, adventurers, climbers, drug dealers, gangbangers, and inventors before his past finally caught up to him.
Trapped in a world bookended by one wall falling in Berlin and other walls going up around suburbia and along national borders throughout the world, he rediscovered his deep love of history and, with it, and obsession with predicting the future as it grew aggressively out of the past.
To date, this obsession has yielded over thirty books and innumerable short stories, the occasional short film, nearly a dozen podcasts stretching over a decade and a half, and a career creating novels and audiobooks exploring the world through the lens of his own peculiar madness, in the depths of his own private forest in a rural exile, where he uses the quiet to write, walk on the beach, and manage a production company that brings innovative stories to the ears of audiences across the world.
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Thanks for answering my question. That was a very clear way to explain what really matters and how people identify characters through more than simple labels.
If you would like another question:
I’m about 4/5 through my 100k estimated story length and about 1/2 of the way through my story. I don’t feel my scenes are particularly long, in fact I’d been wondering if they were a little short. I’ve been using the word count to help motivate me, and am not sure what to do when I exceed it but still have much to write.
I really appreciate you sharing your craft.
Best wishes (and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays)