Denis Scott [rhoddan]
Do you have a website or blog? How was the process in making it? Does it accomplish the purpose for which it was created?
I have created two websites which offer pictorial poems and articles on humor, Welsh history, Christian faith and help for those seeking peace of mind.
How do you feel about speaking in front of an audience? What experience have you had in this arena?
I have had extensive experience in public speaking through Sermons, Eulogies, Master of Ceremonies, and Master of a fraternal society.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Easy! A pilot. I emigrated, with my family, from the Rhondda Fach in Wales, to America where I never realised I would fulfill my dream by becoming a Private Pilot.
What do you do to manage stress?
Breathe deeply for three minutes and empty my mind of the cause of the stress.
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I guess it was when I wrote a paper for a fraternal organisation, which was published and received praise for its insight and clarity.
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?
It oftens starts while I am trying to go to sleep, or sometimes a phrase I read or hear, prompts my mind in thinking it should be expanded.
It is usually a desire to begin writing in order to preserve the thoughts that are accelerating in my mind.
Creation is building on an inspiration that results in a work that is pleasing to the reader.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I am a voracious reader of historical, fiction and biographical literature.
I enjoy and am excited to research a subject that is pertinent to the work I am working on. For example, in my poem in progress on my father who was a coal miner, I am studying the history of mining in the Rhondda Valleys which was cruel and a terrible hardship on the men, women and children who struggled to make a living deep underground.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Obviously a beginning that captures the readers interest, whether it be a poem or a story or a paper. Realism that makes the story believable even though it may be a work of fiction. It must have a central theme that locks together the beginning, middle and the end. Humour is an important ingredient that should not be overlooked.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Yes. I have enjoyed amateur theatre because of the opportunity to express myself through voice.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I don't write for anyone in particular. If I do, it is a special need to express my thoughts regarding someone special to me.
I am always prompted from an inspiration, right out of the blue. I wrote for example, "A Welsh RareBite" while my wife and I were driving to New Jersey from Florida. It began with a cell call from a friend whose niece had just a liittle boy who was chosen to represent an infant Dracula for the BBC Children's Television. He was three months old and had to join the Actor's Union to appear in the film. The humour of the story drove me to write a small poem, together with photos, about the baby vampire, whose actual name was Osian, a very unusual Welsh name. I still chuckle when I think of the way the poem developed. I also was driven to write a poem in remembrance of my son, Mark, who passed away suddenly at 50 years of age. A parent is not supposed to bury his child.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I do all my creative writing on a computer. I find it is an amazing tool as one can correct your work so easily, and save modifications as a separate file. Also the copy/paste function is a godsend. I have so many iterations I lose count.
The computer is a fabulous tool for what I do, but I find I catch mistakes better off a print than reading the work on the monior screen. When I used to work at mechanical design on computers, it was the same. I have not found an explanation yet.
Naples, Florida, USA.