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D. Wayne Dworsky [flywriter] 

What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
My first readings were very haphazard. I enjoyed a thirst for learning about science. I was fascinated with nature and wanted to know how it all fit together. I first jotted down stories of men I observed in bars playing cards and drinking whisky near coal mines along the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania. I must have been around 9 years old. Also, during that time, I wandered into the woods spending a lot of time alone. There, I observed nature and wondered how everything seemed to work so well. That's when I realized that nature was not the paradise it seemed to be. There was violence around every tree and under every rock. It was a struggle for survival. That’s when I also realized that a parallel exists between the two worlds. In the very beginning, no one even knew that I composed anything. Among the first, were young girls with whom I corresponded. Sometimes I would secretly read what I wrote about nature to my “girl” friends. I had many, who, seemingly also relished nature as I did.
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?
Science fiction without a doubt. Such masterpieces as Arthur C. Clark’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek were two of the greatest. Below is a player where you can listen to my latest talk shows: Listen to internet radio with D Wayne Dworsky on Blog Talk Radio You can also visit any of the following sites that display my written work: D. Wayne Dworsky's blog Sacramento Book Review San Francisco Book Review American Chronicle Author's Den Book Masters D. Wayne Dworsky Sacramento Book Review Alpha Centauri & Beyond
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I never “sit down to write.” It comes to me with passion. I am driven to write. I can feel it pouring out of me. Often story plots come to me in dreams. At other times, I figure it out like a mathematical problem.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I love the way Les Edgerton put it in his book, Finding Your Voice, “I don’t read while I’m writing.”
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
The character, the character and the character. Specifically, the protagonist, antagonist and their arguments.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I notice that the second person (you) has gained in popularity in recent times. I would like to experiment sometime with writing in the second person. Also, some writers have even tried to present their fictional accounts in the present tense. I suppose that it gives the reader a sense of now, that something is happening as it is read. Getting back to the premise: it's like runners at first and third with two out and the star hitter's at the plate. First person is for personal tales, like "Do I have to murder my wife?" and hard boiled mysteries. Third person is for drama and science fiction, which is drama with props. I write in both forms.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Dennis Miller, Bill O’Reiley, Aldous Huxley, Dick Morris.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
What the character hates, fears and loves.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Oh yes. I get animated when I tell stories orally. I approach them the same way I approach writing.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
The rhetorical answer is, “me,” but the real answer is, “to your audience.” After all, I want to be published.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Writing is no doubt a way of acting out internal conflicts. When you write these out, it’s a way of giving life to it. Whenever I find that I have engaged someone in an argument, my reply is generally, “This would make great dialogue for a novel!”
Does reader feed-back help you?
There’s nothing like reader feedback. The only trouble with it is directing the reader in terms of what kind of feedback is helpful. The worst feedback is one-worders.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Competitions are always an uphill battle and I still believe that many are fixed.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
I try to, but finding someone willing to listen is harder than it seems.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
Voice! That’s the trickiest thing a writer can write about. Voice is that inner attitude that spills out into your writing by virtue of word choice and usage.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I oscillate between fiction and non-fiction and then between creating and reviewing others’ creations. I always aim to write more than a reasonable goal.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I have two large volumes, one on either side of my seat. A substantial dictionary sets open on a table to my left and on my right, a thesaurus and Flip dictionary. Against one wall, I have an unabridged dictionary, always open. In the back of my seat, I have a bookcase, which hosts an array of books on writing techniques.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Two computers: one for my on-line communications and research for which I never compose work and the other is for my work for which I never use it to go on-line. My process is multifaceted, utilizing both pen and paper and word processors. I do frequent print outs, sometimes editing as I go or review and other times, I edit a printed page.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Amazon.com, where I compose reviews of books I’ve read, Authorsden.com , where I compose news, articles and announcements. And I write articles for an on-line journal entitled, AmericanChronicle.com.
What has been your experience with publishers?
Negative. Publishers are way too distant now-a-days. But I am optimistic that one day that will change. Someone will recognize that I have something to say, and will acknowledge it.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a science fiction novel about anger and power, which is about 99% complete. The hardest part is pitching it to a publisher. I have put a lot of time into composing a brief synopsis (300 words), a comprehensive summary (1,200 words) and a storyboard, which consists of primarily of a list of scenes that guide you through the story. One publisher requested a 25-word summary, which I have compiled as a hook that I use in my intro letters.
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?
Save it for someone who is desperate to read your work.

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