David Boucher [davidb]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
The first "real" book I remember reading was Dicken's "David Copperfield." It's the first book that I remember the title, anyway. Before that were the usual kid's books, but the titles and authors escape me.
I guess I've written things all my life, but never for publication or even for distribution to anyone. However, about 10 or 12 years ago I began writing a Christian Daily Devotional that I sent along to a small group of friends. I almost hate to say that it's me doing the writing, however, as I feel I just hold the pen and it is really God giving me the words to write.
So, I would say that the first to read the things that I "wrote" would be those who were included in my orginal e-mails. Probably not more that a half dozen or maybe ten people.
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?
My writing is dedicated to a daily devotional message. It's what I have felt led to do for many years and I've tried to be obedient to that calling. I began a blog about 10 months ago. The address is: http://davidsdailydevotional.blogspot.com/
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I have to laugh a bit at this question as there really isn't much of a "process" to what I do. I receive several e-mails each day that have Scripture as their basis. I read the Scripture and then simplly wait for God to give me what it is He wants written. Then, I just start to type. As I said, not much of a process there, just obedience to what the Lord has asked me to do.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I don't know that any particular type of reading really inspires me, other than reading Bible Scripture and letting it speak to me. So, reading Scripture, I guess, is what is inspirational to me as it never doesn't speak.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Okay...I don't write "stories" as such. I've never really tried that aspect of writing.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
As I don't write stories, I guess I can't answer this.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Now THIS question is impossible. I love to read. I read many kinds of work and I admire just about anyone who can put enough words together in order to create a novel. Oh, yes, it IS novels that I read most, other than the Bible Scripture I read each day.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Can't answer that as I don't do "characters" or "stories" in what I write.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I can relate experiences fairly well, so I guess one might say that I can tell stories.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Anyone who can be helped in how they live their lives by what God has given me to send along. And, of course, I certainly hope that I please God, as well, by not inserting too much of me into what He gives me to write.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Because of what I write each day, then, yes, of course, what I write is for me as well as those I send it to.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No and no.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
No, I just send along what I've typed and hope that it's exactly what God has desired me to send.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
My "voice" is what I hear in my mind when I sit down each morning at my computer. That "voice" I hear is, I firmly believe, the Holy Spirit of God speaking into my brain.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
My only schedule is that I have my morning coffee, read the newspaper, then come into my office, look at my e-mails, and wait to hear what Scripture verse, verses, or sections of Scripture I ought to send along and write about. That's all there is to any kind of "schedule" for me. My goal is to send God's words each day. My hope is that what I've sent along is directed at someone, or perhaps "someones", who need to read that which has been written. And, of course, that what I've sent has helped someone in his or her life.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Just a bit of quiet time is all I really need or desire to do as I've been directed.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write on a computer and almost never print on paper. The only time I ever print anything is when I need to speak a message for some reason in a ministry I might be involved in. I correct as I go and, occasionally, when I read what has been written, I might make a few changes. Nothing to the context of the message written, but usually just the change of a word or two for clearer meaning.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
None yet. I've never really thought about that.
What has been your experience with publishers?
I have never been published or even tried to be published.
What are you working on now?
Only that which I write each morning. One day, perhaps, I would like to sort of compile some of the messages that I've been blessed to be able to write and maybe make a book out of them.
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?
Read them. Then read them again. If you like them, then make whatever changes you feel necessary and share them.