Cessation by David L. Atkinson
David L. Atkinson
Are you sure you want to step into this mysterious realm? You may get lost in there and not be able to find your way out.
Cessation is a speculative journey into a possible future that may lie ahead of us all. There is evidence that such a future may not be impossible. We have been warned that unless we increase the ability to produce electricity there could be power cuts in the next ten years. Our modern day lives are permeated through with the need for electricity and its production.
Although Cessation could be categorised as a dystopian story I find that rather a negative word and the purpose of writing the tale is to allow elements of hope in a seemingly desperate situation.
The story begins in 2023 a couple of years after the lights go out for the last time. Our group of survivors are thrown together on a farm in the low Pennines north of the M62 motorway and within striking distance of a number of northern towns which could prove useful for supplies. Initially the group is small and live on a farm called Serendipity but as time passes the size of the group waxes and wanes for a variety of reasons.
About David L. Atkinson:
Born in Sunderland many years ago, David L. Atkinson went to college in Bradford and trained to be a teacher, a profession he followed for 34 years. Then he worked in a bank for five years before retiring completely.
David remained in Yorkshire and that is where he writes. He points out, “I have always had the ambition to write and eventually began in 2009 and have completed five novels since then and I’m working on a sixth. I blog daily on http://david-latkinson.blogspot.com and there are short stories, poetry and recipes as well as commentary on the writing process.”
David L. Atkinson on Writing:
The Plot Thickens is often used ironically to indicate that a storyline has taken an unexpected turn and become more complicated. It sells books and screenplays etc. Every writer would love to find the new version but folks it is going to be tough. Wilkie Collins is reputed to have started the process in 1868 in his book ‘Moonstone’ which is supposedly the first ever detective novel.
I had spent quite a considerable amount of time over a couple of days writing what would be closing chapters of Cessation. While in the midst, I heard someone on TV say that you don’t think up a plot but that the plot comes to you and you end up wearing it! It reminded me of yet another ‘Monty Wildhorn’ quote on imagination and story writing,
Are you sure you want to step into this mysterious realm?
You may get lost in there and not be able to find your way out.
I love writing so getting lost in the plot holds no terrors for me and in fact if you accept that it is a part of the writing process then say goodbye to block. If you can live in your created scenario then you know every corner, every nook and cranny so understand what is necessary to exist in there.