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Beth Inglis Simmons [bethinglis] 

What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I read histories and mostly non-fiction. The first to read what I wrote were my editors at IGOMOGUL.com.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I like anything clearly written and informative. Also, I like poetry. Gto Idooilpainting.com to see my work. thanks
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
If there is too long of a gap, I just feel a desire to write. Also, when I feel as if I have collected enough research on a topic and want to put it all together or clarify an idea. Usually, I get away from my computer, find a comfortable chair and take a pen and write an outline first. Then I will write what I wnat to say after my information is clear in my head.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Fiction inspires me to write because there can be so much emotion to a story. Words are more often carefully chosen and just the meaning of the sentence is inspiring. However, a well-written essay is also inspiring. It is awsome to have good supporting facts and also write a compelling argument or conclusion or insight.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
I don't know. Maybe a plot, lively characters, and great succint descriptions and a gradual ending, not left hanging.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
first person
What well known writers do you admire most?
Nicholson Baker, John Grisham, James Fallows, Naomi Klein, Carson McCullers, Simon Shama,
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
I think a character is beleivable due to a flaw. In my writing, I haven't developed characters yet.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Those whom I love.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes, very much.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
I do not participate in competitions in writing. For other endeavors, I have like painting or drawing.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I am always searching for my voice, that is a process. I have found my voice in small ways and my writing hepls develop my voice.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I live simply, get to sleep before mid-night usually, start my morning with reading, and keep writing. Don't quit.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Good lighting, silence or CDS. Heat and plenty of pens and paper.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write with pen on paper, then type, and make corrections on typed material on a word process program. I always print my work for back-up and reading later.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
WWW.About.com, WWW.DailyPainting.com, Google news, Facebook, www.MetropolitanMuseum.org
What has been your experience with publishers?
Great, I have only worked with WebSiteBusiness.com.
What are you working on now?
Techniques for preparing grounds for oil painting.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Find a good friend, and select a few pieces that you think are good and share them as soon as possible.

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Beth Inglis Simmons
Mazomanie, WI USA

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