Tracy Davis [tracytdavis]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I adored reading from 2nd grade on. I couldn't get enough of it. BUT, there have been times when my attention span has been so scattered that to get through a magazine article takes effort. No, I try to concentrate on taking time to read good books.
I started writing little stories around 3rd grade. My teachers were my mentors. I only showed my parents and family these stories a few years ago and I am 51! They wer.e all based on family
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 hope I can come back and edit this --I am building a web-site and forget it -- if someone is an expert my e-mail is tdjski@aol. Hopeless techy
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
pace around, make phone calls, do all errands even if I hate them, finally put on George Winston, swear alot and then face blank page. If I am on a roll, though, I get up and write for no problem. I nibble a great deal and unfortunately smoke and occassionally attempt to throw computer out window
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Anne Lamott Bird By Bird The Writer's Wife, Virginia Wolf and anything about how tortured writers are and how they all nearly would rather be dead. It cheers me up.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
basical things: grab interest immediately, try to have a believable plot, get the audience to care what happens to those little clueless people who have taken over your head, and let bad things happen to them, don't be predictable, and I do not read any books the same genre as mine. I am a great mimic
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
first. very limiting, though
What well known writers do you admire most?
again not too original F.Scott, Anne Lamott, Erma Bombeck, Herman Wouk, Salinger, Virginia Wlf, Dosoyevske (lousy speller) Anne Morrow (The Rising of the Lark) Dr, Seuss, Hemmingway, and a ton others
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
write what you know
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Myself in the most selfish of ways -- hard to explain but all the characters have a little n me in them and they are amazingly flawed and yet so lovable. I try really hard to pretend my parents and friends are unable to read or I would never write anything good
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Absolutely. It is also a compulsion. Something makes tiy do it that is stronger than you are. But the best feeling is when you finally get yourself out of the way and that thing sady, I'll take over for a while
Does reader feed-back help you?
no. everyone has different suggestions.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
yes, although it takes me months to speak to them afterwards.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
got the voice. i am very lucky that way
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
break things up into small goals, procrastinate, hate myself, have anxiety attack, then do all at once
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
chaos minus people
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write by hand if I am out somewhere and I do this frequenty. I do not print things out until finished 1st draft. I love to write by hand but hate putting it into computer so i now usually write on computer from the get-go
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
mediabistro, writers market, my space and then I get violently ill at all the information
What has been your experience with publishers?
the worst possible -- the editors change houses, the agent gets married and moves to hong kong, the marketting department can't remember who you are, and you have to practically take a gun to get your advance.
What are you working on now?
MY HUSBAND RAN OFF WITH THE NANNY AND GOD DO I MISS HER is finished, jsut received publisher's book copy to re-read and then-- blast off. Not ready fro that part. Trying. But snce I do not even have a web-site, I could be in trouble
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?
Keep them and go through them once in a while! You will use some of it I bet. No writing is a waste of time
East Hampton, New York