Shantell Sterrett [neorganicsoul]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I first read poetry. I began writing as an outlet. I suffered lots of physical and emotional pain as a child and writing was an escape. The first people to read what I had been writing were my teachers and they encouraged me to continue writing.
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?
My favorite genre is inspirational writing and anything political. I have over 100 notes linked on my facebook page. Shantell.Antoinette@facebook.com.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Usually something will just hit me, but generally, when I am around other creative entities, watching movies, looking at art, reading then I am inspired to create something of my own. Before sitting down to write, I will have just re emerged from something creative.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Reading short stories or other works of art inspires me to write.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
The basic ingredients of a good story are strong characters, intriguing story line, and a message or life lesson, something that can be applied to life for progression.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I find that first person makes it more relatable to the reader, they can place themselves in the place of the characters that speak to them the most.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Emerson, Shakespaere, Frost, Hughes and the best writer of them all GOD!
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
In order for a character to be believable they should be human, have emotion, hurt, cry, laugh, have dreams, goals, overcome struggles. I create mine from the things that I have gone through, and currently aspiring to overcome.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Yes, often times people love for me to read to them!
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for myself.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Writing is the best form of personal therapy. I believe this is the reason why social media is so addictive, because people get to write their feelings as they are having them and get feedback or support from others experiencing the same thing so people don't feel alone in their struggles. Internal conflicts are an extreme creative force for me, ironically, when things are going well, I tend not to have anything to write about.
Does reader feed-back help you?
I need the feed back, it helps me to grow as a writer.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
NO to both questions
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I surround myself with music. I think my music and writing definitely go hand in hand. One influences the other.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I tend to use pen and pad more than the pc. BUT when inspiration hits I can type all day just as easily as I can write.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
What are you working on now?
I am working on getting my first book published...I have a series of short stories and poems I would like to share with the world.
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?
Begin to share as often as you can to the people who are doing or have done what you would like to do. I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by nationally recognized spoken word artists, singers, actors, writers and musicians and they have been instrumental in helping me reach my creative goals!