Raff Ellis [raffellis]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I've been writing since grade school. My teachers were first and they often read my compositions to the class. All through my business career, I wrote papers, articles,, proposals, etc. After retiring, I took up writing professionally.
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?
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Thinking about a variety of things and then hammering something out on my keyboard, letting it sit and coming back to it for editing, probably several times.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Histories, biographies, other non-fiction.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Human drama, betrayal, redemption, survival.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Lovbe to tell stories in person.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
I believe so. When I read the news or hear of malfeasance in any area, I am impelled to write about it.
Does reader feed-back help you?
I live for reader feedback. It's part of the motivation for writing.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Yes and I recently received an award in the non-fiction category given by the AANM.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes. I feel it's important to have readers whose opinions you can trust.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I believe I have although it changes from time to time, depending on the subject.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
None. I write when the mood strikes me, no matter what time of day.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
My work area is in my office/library.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
On a computer. Print out only when I want a reader to go over it.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Various writers' sites.
What has been your experience with publishers?
Generally below par. The business has been going down hill for a time and it shows. My experience is if you want anything done, you'd better be prepared to do it yourself.
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?
Get over it! Find someone you can trust and ask them to read some of it. Take it from there.