What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I first read a lot of Dr. Seuss and now it is mostly Redwall stuff.
Began to write? Well in early school (elementary level) it was mandatory to some degree and never stopped. Wasn't until I left high school that I started writing to write. Unless you count some of my old comics.
As for people reading what I wrote, that was friends. Supportive friends, people I knew could give me the thumbs up but at the same time point out my "their/there" mistake.
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?
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I get the urge to write then do it.
Maybe put my media player on random, that's about it.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Nothing specific. Sometimes I see something interesting and think "Hmm, I wanna try that." Otherwise, not much.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Character, plot and setting.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Depends on the character.
The more like myself a character is (meaning he is cynical and rude) the more often I write in the first person. Everyone else gets a view from omnipresent third.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Admire a writer? The last thing I wanna do is inflate any egos!
Dr. Seuss was always good cause he didn't care. Can't think of a rhyme, just make it up. Brian Jacques (Writer of the Redwall series) paints a beautiful picture.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Faults make characters believable. Don't matter how much anyone can identify with a character, if they don't have some faults they stick out very obviously within their own world. Unless that is the point (Superhero fiction) you shouldn't want something like that.
My characters are people I know or myself. I base them somewhat off real people. I do this so much so that I rarely even name them simply because if I did, nothing would fit other than the person name they are based off.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Can I lie, you mean?
If I'm hell-bent on telling the story, I get the point across and people tend to believe me. However if I'm sitting down to tell a story, not so good at doing that.
Lies are easy, and they are nothing more than stories, but trying to sit down and tell a story everyone knows is a story doesn't work to well.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Each event is based off something I had to deal with, experience or live through in some fashion. A vent when nothing else works.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Didn't I just answer that?
Yes, writing is a form of personal therapy and yes internal conflicts are a creative force. Isn't every author some brooding sociopath?
Does reader feed-back help you?
Until the day comes when I've a personal editor, reader feed-back is very helpful.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No and yes.
I don't participate in competitions and have received an award or two. However those awards always came with some form of dirty feeling. Always I become someone's whore so they can pimp where the writing came from (site/school/whatever).
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Nah, I just go for it.
I let people who feel like reading read but nothing special is done unless they point out something odd like the "their/there" issue or something similar.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
"My voice?" What kind of pompous- nevermind. I suppose one could say that, "Yes, I've found my voice," but the very notion of it feel like some sort of awkward self discovery.
You are not your art people! Your art is you. "Your voice" shouldn't be heard, it should be expressed.
Kids today, really.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
Although I do "need to" get working and finishing my pretend book.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Stuff that smells like me. I'm really sensitive to smell, don't ask.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
On a computer and I don't print at all.
Open up a word document and just go for it. Then read whatever it was and edit from there. Once I'm happy I give a quick dA posting and move on. Not much worry on my end when it comes to anything.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Now this is a varied question as I'm a varied person.
I hit www.backloggery.com for my game situations-
www.roleplayerguild.com for RPing and things of that nature-
and poke at www.twitter.com to see what is about.
However in writing terms www.deviantart.com is probably what this question is applying to. The only problem is I don't really share experiences or information all that much. You know, brooding sociopathic artist and what-not.
What has been your experience with publishers?
I've zero intention to "be published". This is the reason my book is "pretend". Not to mention I take writing, or anything I do, not to serious.
What are you working on now?
My pretend book "Novella".
Pretty much writing a short-novel ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novella ) while playing off every bad novel stereotype I've seen. The people who have written it seem to be enjoying themselves but the "project" is mainly a statement about how any jackoff could write a book about anything.
However if you are really curious, you can view and read the thing here.
As of right now, it is only twelve chapters.
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?
1) Keep them hidden and try something else.
2) Post them somewhere and see what happens.
I'd suggest number two but it is your writing, do what you will with it.
What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
Blog Address: http://unamusement.blogspot.com/ The subject would be "anything amusing" or to help "Solve Unamusement". Generally that makes subjects a wide variety in nature. However they mostly stick to games, music and movies... but ranging to obscure internet art and some outdoor activities.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
A friend of mine was really into blogging (He doesn't' blog anymore) and did the "Dudel, you should try it!" Out of literal boredom and needing a project to do, I decided to create Solve Unamusement.
Date I started it: 6/11/09
I do have older posts than that but they are for blog structure and are only a few months old.
What blogging system have you adopted and why?
Blogger cause it looked and felt to be the easiest.
I'm a "stick with the horse I picked" kind of guy.
How many visits a day do you get? What type of comments do you receive?
Per day is something like 5 - 10. Most comments are along the lines of "That's cool. I'm glad you shared." With a bit of their own personal experience with the subject, whatever it was/is.
How has 'having a blog' contributed to your life?
Kept me busy and gives me always somewhere to post that "really cool thing I found" without being annoying about it to anyone who doesn't want to be annoyed by it.
Generally keeps me more open to other people's options/opinions as well. I'm ALWAYS looking for new amusements. Actually I usually find more than I can blog about.
Have you created relationships with other bloggers or readers of your blog?
Friendships are the only ships that Solve Unamusement have created or helped grow stronger. I get a lot of people who share their blog once they realize I have one.. and I'm more than happy to read it once in awhile.
How often do you post? Does regular posting of your blog require a lot of effort on your part?
Until about a week ago I was posting every day. However after seeing my statistics and understanding reader behavior I'm finding that 2 - 4 posts in a week is plenty. Not to mention that daily posting started to become a chore.
Er... regular posting can be a lot of effort if I don't use the schedule option for posts. Meaning I actually DO have to post everyday. As it is now, I can set a day aside and do several days worth of posts. Lot of fun when I do it that way.
Does blogging bring in income for you? Can one make a living from posting?
No and no. I don't do anything for the income other than normal-person type work. 9-5 grind type of stuff.
How do you promote your blog?
I post it in my forum signatures and site profiles so whatever community I'm more active in is probably my target audience. If I share their views, then obviously they share mine. I don't go out of my way to share my blog unless I have a post relevant to the topic.
How would you define your readers? Have you got a faithful audience?
My readers are basically just friends. We read each others stuff. They are faithful... as faithful as is expected for my little blog.
Are there any blogs you follow daily or regularly?
Have you ever received gifts for blogging about your opinion of products or services? What do you think of bloggers who do that?
No I have not. Bloggers who do that... I, I don't know. Something about personal values being skewed in the name of a product name... or something.
How do you see your blog evolving in the future?
Eh... I don't. It'll get more posts and slowly grow in size but otherwise it will remain as it is.
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
JUST DO IT!
Really, nothing stopping them. There are a billion ways to start one. Pick a subject and roll with it.... but pick a subject you know.