Craig Daniels [sitbyme]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
The first two books I remember reading were Electric Koolade Acid Test by Ken Kessy and then The Pump House Gang from Tom Wolfe. I had read tons of magazines and comics but these two books given to me as a present one year exploded my imagination.
I began writing when I came across an article about something called a drabble or a 100 word story. My first thought was Dios Mio this is everything I have been searching for. Once I got into the 100 word world for a while I started expanding into pages and continue to expand.
I remember a sending my first stabs at writing to a couple of friends and was encouraged to keep going.
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 love fiction and fiction that has edge and grit. I love short and tough mystery and detective novels like Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson, I think the hardboiled nature of this writing speaks to all of us inside.
My blog entitled Wash The Bowl has over 110 short pieces of mine and most have audio to go along with each piece. http://www.washthebowl.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I keep a pad of paper next to my bed as many times just as I close my eyes something will jump into my head to write about. In the morning I may type out my notes and then rearrange the thoughts in to sections and build a story around the thoughts.
Other times a feeling may compel me to drop three or four words on to the computer screen and go from there. Music will pull stuff out of me as well.
If I sit in front of a blank piece of paper or a blank screen I will get something to start with, not always something that gets finished but some always shows itself and I start writing.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
emotional descriptive colorful and funny
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Basic ingredients? Now that is a complicated thing, I guess a beginning, a middle and and end would sum it up. Of course I'm being a bit flip but if you craft a good beginning then fill in the middle and wrap it up with a believable end then you have accomplished quite a bit.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
myself, sure I admit it I like feedback but if I'm happy with sitting back and reading it then I have accomplished what I set out to do.
Does reader feed-back help you?
I was just talking to someone about this the other day. Being read helps propel me to write and feedback is welcome. If I had to choose between feedback and just being read I would choose the later.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I think I'm close to finding my voice. In the beginning I thought I knew but that turned out to be pure arrogance on my part. Now I'm becoming comfortable with the twists and turns the writing takes itself and less concerned with being a certain type of writer.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a couple of short stories along with my daily (most) blogging and podcasting of work. Once the short stories are sent out I want to do a hardboiled mystery novel.
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?
I would tell you to rad though them being honest with yourself and throw out anything that does really speak to you. Second I would say pick out the 3 or 4 that you see as something you can either publish or work on and third put the rest way for another year.