R. K. Clark [keythsea]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I first read Stephen King, then I tried to emulate his style. The first person to read what I wrote was my mother. She gave me a couple of tips, and I have been trying to perfect my skills ever since.
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?
I don't have anything published on the Internet yet, but favorite genre is fantasy.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I just turn on some music and just start typing. Sometimes I get good material, sometimes I don't -- but it's better than just doing nothing.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Anything. I'll read anything printed.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Conflict. Everything else serves to fill that one aspect out.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Third Person. You can see the world through the character's eyes and pick up on things that you would not have noticed before.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, William Shakespeare, F. Paul Wilson and Tad Williams.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
When they do something, the reader (or me) can't say 'That makes no sense'. To every character, there is an internal logic that drives their choices. No matter how strange it may be to us, we have to follow that logic.
I create my character by putting them in situations and asking them "How are you going to get out of this?", then sitting back and watching what happens.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
No. I can't stand the sound of my own voice.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
That one reader who's standing in front of a towering bookshelf with no idea what to pick next.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Isn't any creative undertaking really nothing more than productive therapy?
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes -- reader feedback keeps me from falling into the same ruts and making the same mistakes over and over again.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
I've participated in a couple of small competitions... second place in both, but I learned a lot about what I needed to fix as far as style and grammar.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Always -- my wife will never lie and will never sugar coat it.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I'm not concerned with "my voice" -- I'm more concerned about telling a good tale.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
2 hours a day -- every day. Even if all I do is move a comma, I have 2 hours to write something.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Research material, pictures of what the characters look like and headphone for music to drown out any distractions.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I always write on a computer, but I never print something out until it's a completed rough draft. Once it's printed, then I begin my editing, but not before then.
What has been your experience with publishers?
I have yet to find a publisher.
What are you working on now?
Finishing outlines to 2 novels and developing 3 more novels.
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?
Hang on to them -- they could prove to be seeds for other projects.
R. K. Clark