It all starts with the first page [irwingelding]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
My inspiration was Norman Mailer, Mario Puzo, and Stephen King. My teachers were the first to read what I wrote.
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?
www.onlinechineseastrology.com Anything written (web articles, horoscopes, analyses)
www.firepig.com All web articles
www.facebook.com/pages/Jenny-Bapst/18934346666 Hired to write the bio.
www.helium.com Several articles
www.amazon.com Edited the published manuscript titled "The Patient in Room Nine Thinks he's God," by Dr. Louis Profetta.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
My creative process is like a faucet. I am able to use it whenever I need it and it never stops flowing. There are no rituals or real processes; perhaps a little planning, but I usually know what I am going to write before I write it. Peace of mind and solitude does help.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I am interested in off-the-wall stories; stories that are truly unique and captivating. Character development is important. I am inspired to write without reading.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Strong characters are key to a good story. Without strong charaters and solid development, the storyline seems to go flat. Nearly important is a good premise. If the plot is not captivating, the book reads like a movie full of stars that has no meaning.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I prefer first person-I feel that an audience can relate more to a character if they know his/her thoughts and feelings.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Mario Puzo, Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Brown, Stephen King, John Grisham, Scott Turow, John Steinbeck, John Irving, Hunter Thompson
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
A character is believable if the storyline and the experiences are true to life. If not, then everything falls apart. This is a fine line and takes a considerable amount of research at times.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Sometimes, it depends on the subject. My experiences in life imitate a good fiction novel in some aspects (model, teacher, writer).
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Primarily, my writing is for everyone that seeks hope, to inspire people to live a life of value and meaning.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
At one point, I would've answered "yes" to this question, but that is no longer the case. Writing is a way of life for me. It is who I am. The therapy comes in the early phases of writing (at least it did for me), but my creative force is now inspired by my lack of internal conflict.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Reader feedback is always helpful, as it allows me to hear another perspective. Readers' feedback can assist me in becoming a better writer.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
I don't participate too often in competitions, as I am usually too busy writing for clients or working on my manuscripts.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
I have several individuals with whom I share my writing to gather more diverse feedback.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
In some ways, I have found my "voice," but in other ways, the work is never done. I know what I am meant to do, but the journey is by no means complete.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
My life is filled with constant goals, whether it is a project due next week or a manuscript I want to complete by early next year. My discipline is strong. Without discipline, there is no success, as nothing will ever be completed. This especially holds true with longer projects. It all starts with one page.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
All I need is a computer. All of my projects are online or written with Word. Sometimes, I will listen to classical music to lighten the tone.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
All of my work is on a computer. I rarely ever print. All of my corrections and edit work are on the screen.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
I don't-I am usually too busy to frequent chat rooms or forums.
What has been your experience with publishers?
my experience with publishers has been positive.
What are you working on now?
I am finishing up a fiction manuscript (approx. 350 pages), along with several side projects for clients.
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?
That depends on what your purpose is. If you want to see your work published, then clean it up. Check some sites that offer tips on what to do and what not to do with writing. As cheesy as it sounds, they can be very helpful. I have visited a few sites and have gained some beneficial tips.
It all starts with the first page