Hello There [johnnyrose]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Good question. In school, like first grade. A story about a leaf that held on to the tree last. Forgot the name. But at the end of the book, the leaf let go. It had too, it was the season. It made me sad. So sad for the little leaf. I would take my sisters typewriter and punch away, then ask her if I wrote any words. She would tell me 'almost' every time. Teachers were the first to read what I wrote. Sometimes right in front of the whole class.
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?
No, not yet. But I should. I would love for people to give me feedback.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I think I have adhd or add. There's a lot of chatter that goes about my head. A lot of thinking. An idea is born and I go nuts thinking about it for like fifteen minutes. Then I pace. Then I think some more. Put it away, then if it has a chance at life, it comes back to my head and I think about it all the time...Then I write.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I like glancing at other writer styles. But a lot of times just reading something that I love. If it's out there and wild, I will love it. I'll start pacing. Start thinking. Start going nuts. But they're few things that just gas me up in an instant. Sometimes my old writing can get me going when I need a push.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
What well known writers do you admire most?
I should read more. My answer sucks. I wanna say Palahniuk. But I don't know.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Honesty. I fight against what I don't believe. If you can look at life with an observant eye, you can write honest.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I've been told I am a good story teller. Equally, I don't know.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Everyone. But I write honest.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
No. and no. I pull from what I know. What I see. And only sometimes what I feel.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Lots. I love it. It's terrible and amazing. You never know what you have. At least I don't. I know enough to keep going. But that's it. It is a great feeling when a seperate pair of eyes can open up ideas that you never would have thought of on your own.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Once. And no.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes and I love it.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I believe I have finally found it. I have been told that I needed to find it. Goes back to your last question. Out of everyone who has read my work, only one person told me I needed to find my voice. It meant everything to me. I never even thought about that before then.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
If I feel it. I write it. I have an average. About two screenplays a year. It also depends on what I am writing. If it is something that I have all worked out in my head, I should be writing everyday, even if it's just a page or three.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Nothing. If I have nothing around me, I can get a lot of good writing done.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Computer. I'll sometimes whip out a paper and pencil and scribble. But I just write on the program. I like it. Makes everything faster. Write. Revise. Write.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
What has been your experience with publishers?
Never been published. N/A?
What are you working on now?
Writing a script that centers around the media, it's love of sensation and celebrity culture. Making celebrties out of whatever tragedy they're covering.
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?
Be honest. Maybe they suck. Maybe they'll change someone's life.