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Interview with:

Alex Dobre [sofistricat] 


WRITING
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
My first read book was Gestapo, by Sven Hassel. It was the first time I had read a book with real pleasure and it's what got me hooked, I think. Writing for me started in high-school, when I started keeping a private journal, which was more like what my blog is today. I didn't write stuff in it everyday and the stuff that got written was not about daily stuff, but just some interesting ideas that would come up to me from time to time. Naturally, my first readers were some of my classmates, who had the permission to look in it, whenever I had written new stuff.
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 like when reading to be amazed and stunned. Sometimes it's a Sci-fi book, other times something philosophical or even erotic works. Most of my writings so far are in my native language, Romanian and they're not something I would consider worth publishing, but here it goes: http://sofistricat.blogspot.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Most times, it's just an idea occurring in my mind and then I write about it, but there are some times when I try composing stuff and it takes me at least an hour to be satisfied with my new article.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Reading my mind. Literally.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Ideas.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
First person, I hate thinking outside myself.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Nabokov, Shakespeare, Sven Hassel, Mircea Eliade, J.R.R. Tolkien and I.L. Caragiale.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
By making it think.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Yes, but only if I know everything there is to know about the story.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
It's a way for me to show myself to the world, so it eventually comes down to writing for myself.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Yes, it's what got me started way back when I was in high-school.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Since I mostly handle ideas, it always helps me to know at least that the people who read get the point.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
I never participated or received awards for my writings except for good grades in school.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
I never use rough drafts.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I'm still searching for it, but it's not something I'm hurrying up to do, yet.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I'm a multitasking, multi goal oriented person and my motto is: What's the hurry?
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
With Silence and Night. I get a lot of Silent Nights.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Mostly computer and I never print. I keep my writings on the internet and I rarely correct them. Sometimes I mistype on purpose, though.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
http://toateblogurile.ro I don't like social websites like Facebook & other.
What has been your experience with publishers?
Zero.
What are you working on now?
On impressing someone I want to know.
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?
Whenever I write something, it's no longer mine to keep. It's for me, but through other people.
BLOGGING
What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
http://sofistricat.blogspot.com Mostly, it's personal ideas and thoughts. I find daily stuff to be boring.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
Creating a blog was just a new way of letting my ideas loose. I started blogging in September 2007.
What blogging system have you adopted and why?
www.Blogger.com It was the biggest and most known blogging site I had knowledge about and so I've become a blogger on Blogger.
How many visits a day do you get? What type of comments do you receive?
In my history of posts that lasted 2 years so far, I have become a proud owner of 700~ views. I get comments on funny stuff or very serious stuff, but rarely. They are mostly positive comments.
How has 'having a blog' contributed to your life?
It recently helped me get back in touch with an old friend. Also, my mind is more free every time I write something down.
Have you created relationships with other bloggers or readers of your blog?
A few, but it's enough for me.
How often do you post? Does regular posting of your blog require a lot of effort on your part?
I'm more of a mood-determined-blogger so I write stuff according to my moods, which is rare. When I write, my only concern is to write exactly how I feel. It's pretty hard.
Does blogging bring in income for you? Can one make a living from posting?
I don't even have any idea on how to make money from it, but it seems people who stop blogging for themselves get all the money and views.
How do you promote your blog?
I keep a link to it on my status function on Y! Messenger.
How would you define your readers? Have you got a faithful audience?
My readers are people who i like to think about having a blindfold lifted off their eyes. I never came close to what is called a faithful audience.
Are there any blogs you follow daily or regularly?
No. I'm not the follower type.
Have you ever received gifts for blogging about your opinion of products or services? What do you think of bloggers who do that?
I don't care about that. Or them.
How do you see your blog evolving in the future?
It gets bigger and I get paid.
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
Don't follow advices. It just makes you think less.
 

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