Philip J Webb [blankethouse]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I didn't like reading as a kid, but my mom enrolled me in a reeadng/writing class at school and I aced it. I started off with short stories, usually about members of my family. Then went to poems. Well my mom used to read all my stuff and still does to this day. She is also a writer and I have several family members that write.
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 drama. I love real/true stories that touch the heart.
My blog is on Wordpress: philwebb.wordpress.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I am Always thinking of new ideas. Soon as something pops in my head, I write it down or if I'm out, i'll email it to myself. I probably have 60-70 ideas for a screenplay right now. Its just a matter of which one is next. I get very excited just prior to sitting down to write, like a natural high.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Its not so much as reading that espires me, but life itself inspires me and propells me forward.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Basic ingredients: the main character must have a goal, encounter conflict, over come and reach their goal using their last once of umph.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I've written both ways and first person suits me just fine. Third person takes a certain skill to pull off! That's what Philip said to the person on the other side.
What well known writers do you admire most?
I admire any writer that struggles with a project to make it the best they can, then has great success with that project. I respect Christopher Nolan and George Lucas
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
A character must has certain traits to be believable, but it depends on the story line. The character must stay true to their goal.
Most of my main characters are formed the instant I think of my idea for the screenplay. There always has to be a character driving the movie, its up to the writer to get the audience to believe.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Yes, if I'm just making up a story in my head as I tell it, say if I'm telling it to my kids, they get really into it. I should have recorded some of the whoppers I told them. Ha
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Deep down, wow that's deep! I write for myself. I have plenty of poems, stories in a large box that I've kept over the years, even one from my writing class in school. Now, if I can let others read and maybe even make a buck or two, that's just icing on the cupcake.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Writing is a nice escape. Not so much therapy, but a chance to enter a new place, a new area and explore.
Does reader feed-back help you?
The only reader feed-back I get would be for screenplays that I'm looking to send out, so in that case yes, very much helps.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
I only entered one contest for Bluecat screenplays when I first started writing script, I didn't know much at the time, just had a good story I felt. I didn't win, but got some great feed back that got me to the next level of writing.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
I share thr rough draft with my wife. She is straight out blunt with me and has read scripts and workex with producers, so yes she will flat out tell me it stinks and need more...or she will tell me its great keep going.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I hope I never find my voice, I feel, and this is my opinion, if you get locked into a certain genre or certain character trait, then your not expanding yourself to greatness. You have to keep them guessing to come back for more.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I make goals depending on personal interest. I'm pretty free or open to a schedule, so I may sit down and write for 5 hours one day and 1 hour the next, it all depends on what's happening in my life.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Haha, nothing special. I can write in a thunder storm of people or total quiet. I can write with just a laptop in an empty room or a desk top at a crowded cafe. If I'm into the story, it I don't need certain things to help.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I mainly use a laptop. I used to print a second or third draft and correct on paper, but now I do it all on the laptop. I hardly print any more, except for the final draft. Most producers want the script emailed anyway.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
ScreenwritingU and the screenwritingU facebook page. That's all
What has been your experience with publishers?
My experience in earlier years of my writing has been, thanks kid but we only take big names with big stories so hit the road. However, as of late its been, a great learning exerience and a building of my network.
What are you working on now?
I just finished editing a story called Trend Breaker, its a drama with light comedy, two days ago. I'm about to start on a high concept idea that will be a comedy, no title yet.
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?
Go back, reread them, pick out 3 that you would want to show a close friend and let them read and give you feed back on it. You just may be surprised!
Philip J Webb
charlotte NC - USA