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on rather than on what they sounded like. Most of the time, I was pleased with the sound and only once in a while was I disappointed in their music. Their musical journeys were their stories, with notes instead of words. It’s funny because though most of those songs had singers and lyrics, I hardly ever listened to the words. To me, they were just “articulated vocal noises,” to quote Frank Zappa.


My Best Writer’s Workshop (Cont’d) THE POLKADOT SEWER (CONT’D)


Today, music still finds its way into my writing. I have a tendency to plug my favorite bands in my stories (if not listing them up front). Many of them are rather obscure so this is my platform to give them the recognition I think they deserve. They inspired me, so I’m returning the favor.


Music has also inspired me directly. For almost a decade, I’ve been e-mail friends with Joanna Deacon and her husband, guitar virtuoso Tony McPhee from the British blues band The Groundhogs. Tony wrote a song called Bog Roll Blues on his great 70’s album Who Will Save The World. I wrote a short story with the same title. He and the “classic” band members from that album are fantasy heroes in the story. I sent it to him just for a hoot. It’s the only fan fiction I’ve ever written (and completed). They loved it (or at least loved the gesture). It’s never been published, but someday it may show up on my web site.


What inspires you? What fires your muse? To be a writer, you must have the passion, that something that puts the fire in your belly. What is that drive that sets you on your path, that something that focuses you toward your goal? Is it media like music, movies, or other books? Is it the people around you? Could it be inspirational, emotional? Is it something that has affected your life in a positive or negative way?


Whatever it is, grab it and don’t let go. Follow it. Find your own polka-dot sewer! HEY READERS—TELL FRED WHAT INSPIRES YOU AND WE’LL PUBLISH IT IN THE MAY


ISSUE. JUST EMAIL US AND LET US KNOW. 


Fred Rayworth is a technical writer with extensive experience writing industrial maintenance manuals, maintenance software manuals, and Air Force pilot and sensor handbooks.


He also writes for pleasure and has completed 11 full-length novels (working on 12 and 13), plus over 30 short stories (5 published). One of his novels will be published in 2012 and another is scheduled to be published in 2015. Fred is an active member of the Henderson Writer’s Group, and edit novels and short stories for friends and colleagues. Visit his blog The Worlds of Fred Rayworth.


Fred is quick to say that since he has been writing and sending queries, he has received 659 rejection notices, but never gave up. His fantasy novel Meleena’s Adventures – Treasure Of The Umbrunna will be published by Ancient Tomes Press. The date has not yet been announced.


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