Bruce de Mink [brucedemink]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
First thing I read was David Eddings Series The balgariad. I was house sitingat a friends place and watchingg the early morning light dance and play on the pool water while sitting in the lounge, I sat at the computer and started to punch our what I was seeing. Couple of friends were the first to read my writings...
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 wrote on worth1000.com and on my site www.mutationstation.co.za, you can view both on my site.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I first sit down and create a feeling in my body and mind, then see it in my minds eye and write down what I see. Nothing more
What type of reading inspires you to write?
As of late I am enjoying german engineering and physics during the second world war, Vedic writing and prehistory of the human race. I love fantastic reality.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Characters, circumstances, and the small things in between
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
First person, the viewer or the reader become personally involved,
What well known writers do you admire most?
David Eddings, Raymond E Feist, Henry Sevens, Joseph McMoneagle, Ingo Swan, J R R Tolken, Leo Tolstoy, Terry Pratchet
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
I beleive the characters flaws are far more interesting and far more reveling than his good attributes.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Not really, I really get flustered
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for me, I write to get that sorry that is yearing to get out, and breath the light of day
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
No, its an enjoyment not a release for me
Does reader feed-back help you?
Sometimes it does. I'm like most writers negative critasizem in not what I enjoy hearing especially when its about Syntax.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
TO me worth1000.com is competition I enjoy it.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes only those really close to me, I dont like my ideas spreading
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I am not looking for a platform to voice oppinions but rather to take the reader on a journey I steer away from non-fiction
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I do not of the above , I write till its completed.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Noise, I turn the TV on and play a movie or put any type of music on so I can concentrate on the task at hand
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write on a laptop and correct on a laptop
What has been your experience with publishers?
I havent started looking for a publisher, I need and editor first!
What are you working on now?
3 novels, 1 fantasy 2 science fiction
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?
keep them safe, and dont publish it on the web.
Bruce de Mink
Pretoria, South Africa