Terence R. Seward [tere]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Periodical monthly and weekly magazines (Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Life, Redbook, et. al.) my mother used to teach me to read. My mother, school teachers, friends, etc.
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?
Mainstream fiction. Story verse. Poetry (rhyming and free verse). Nothing of note in print. Poetry on line. Web site www.paintandpoetry.com exhibits some artwork and some rhyming verse.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Mostly relaxed - until the "Muse" visits. Then, energy begins to flow and the words come. Sometimes, not my own, but usually worthy of note.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Since my stroke, I have difficulty reading so my inspiration comes mostly from memory.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Reader interest. Hopefully enhanced and encouraged by an author who is having a good time.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Depends on what fits the situation. Third person is easier for me since it allows distance.
What well known writers do you admire most?
McMurtry . . . Proulx . . . Thurber . . . Nash . . . The list goes on.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
They must be believably real. Mostly from life experience.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Not so much since my stroke. However, I continue to enjoy story-telling.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Writing is a great release. Art/creativity is my therapy. Conflict is always a source for writing interest.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes. 1st and 2nd readers often re-direct an entire work. I find feed-back quite helpful.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
From time to time. Mostly poetry. Only awards have been academic so far.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes. My wife is usually 1st reader on all work. 2nd &3rd readers are usually prose only.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I've found my "voice" changing with circumstance. Lately, more feminine.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I write every day and keep a calendar of deadlines.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Just me and my Mac.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Yes, but initial writing is usually in longhand on yellow pad. Poetry is more longhand and prose (novels, short stories, essays, etc.) on computer.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
What has been your experience with publishers?
Close, but no cigar.
What are you working on now?
Re-writing all three novels in a "Depression-Era" trilogy. Poetry.
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?
Show them, already. Hopefully to someone who can lend constructive criticism.
Terence R. Seward
Port Townsend, WA 98368-6213