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(c) Arike van de Water 2007-2009


The main focus of my writing is, and has been from the start, the longer projects. My writing style naturally tends towards the verbose, and I can't write a story without delving into characters' mannerisms, habits, pasts, brain twists and all these other things that make a person interesting. I write fantasy, and I can't write about its magic or its creatures without describing them. Most of the time, after all, they're nothing you or I have seen before. At least, I hope they're not.

Every lengthy piece of fiction that I've written easily divides into three sections: what I've written during the novelling month of November, under the banner of NaNoWriMo, what I've written in spring for ScriptFrenzy, and the pieces I'm working on. You will gather that I've not finished anything decent in the novel-length category. That is correct. The truth is, when I started writing back in 2005, I was, not only as a beginning writer, but as a beginning writer who wrote in a second language. Novel writing requires a whole different level of fluency than, say, ordering a burrito at a CalMex restaurant. As a result, I'm working hard to fix those mistakes in the pieces I think worth it.

I have gained the fluency now, albeit in a Mid-Atlantic accent. That's a cute way of saying I have several varieties of English all mixed up, shaken, stirred and boiled until it's a garbled mess of literature-degree-Sunnyvale-summers-and-a-Dublin-vacation, with Indian flavouring.

Please note that when I'm talking about NaNoWriMo or ScriptFrenzy, this is a personal account, not an official story. For the real stuff, visit the respective websites, of which there are plenty of links throughout this website.

In the NaNoWriMo section you will find the several stages of my writing experiences documented, purely for the heck of it. The ScriptFrenzy section contains my attempts at being a writer of a stage play/screenplay. Both are amusing. Works in Progress are exactly that. Below is an alphabetical list of all nine pieces, with links.