Dale L. Netherton [tuner38]
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?
When writing fiction I prefer mystery. When writing non-fiction I enter a wide range of topics which can be viewed under my name at www.americanchronicle.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
The creative process requires activating your subconscious. That proceeds from pouring enough into your consciousness and integrating it until you produce a thought you hadn't considered and which, when analyzed, is satisfactory.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Integrated focused and creative writing. That which excites your curiosity and induces you to read on.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Ayn Rand and Victor Hugo.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
To see in print what I would want to see but cannot find.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I have spent a lot of time and experimentation and tossed a lot of paper before settling on what I believe is the style I wanted to achieve. Now I can sit down at the computer and produce a document without a lot of soul searching which means to me that I have found the voice I sought.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
When I get an idea , particularly on an issue, I write an essay or blog to cover that issue. I have no timetable except to write at least on a three day basis for blogs and twice a month for essays. As for fiction I simply write as time permits and ideas are generated.
What has been your experience with publishers?
Unless you strike a chord with a publisher or are willing to replicate what he publishes your voice will not be heard via this venue. Publishers are rightfully interested in that which can make them money and if they have had success they will pursue that genre. No one can fault a publisher for reducing his risk. If you don't want to self publish then how can you ask another to take that risk?
What are you working on now?
I have an ongoing passion for essays and hope to compile those I have published into a printed volume. My fiction has three ongoing stories that I pursue whenever it strikes my fancy. Poetry is confined to yearly submissions to the Lyrical Iowa publication.
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?
File them or dump them. Writing requires an ongoing process of growth and old material that you didn't think enough of to publish in the past is probably not going to be adequate for you now if you have grown. Some poems I wrote I look back on and see value in. Most essays are dated and are simply not pertinent other than to see if predictions were accurate.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
To you, what is objectivity?
That which you can verify by observable facts and irrefutable conclusions from verifiable premises.
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
Yes. Other than John Stossell you see mostly pandering and soft interviewing.
What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
It is like problem solving. Seek out the root of the issue and frame your questions to get a response that addresses that root. For example: If someone says, " My position is for government funding of better housing for everyone." The interviewer should ask, " Where is that government funding going to come from?" Are you saying more taxation is necessary?" HOw will more government funding affect the $12 Trillion debt we are now faced with?" The interviewer is a taxpayer and should recognize his evasion of this issue affects him and the viewers who want to know more than just a politician's attempt to dodge the central issue.
Is there a motto or ethical principle that clarifies your decisions in moments of confusion?
Yes. Sort it out. Take it a step at a time. Prioritize. Consider the short and long range consequences. Remember and clarify your objectives. Consider alternatives. Consider adverse consequences. Make the best balanced choice. If wrong, review the process and find the error.
Dale L. Netherton