William H. Balzac [will592]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I began like anyone who has a love of books: I read whatever I could get my hands on. I even would sneak into the Adult Section of the local library. I began seriously writing when I was 14 years old. I wrote poems and short stories, with illustrations. My friends & parents were my first readers.
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?
My favorite genre is poetry; however, the Novel has emerged into second place.
My book of poetry has recently been published by Publish America, and is available on Amazon.com.
I have a blog (@Blogger.com) for new poems & excerpts from my novel-in-progress. You can find my blog at http://windsomepoems.blogspot.com.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I write for three hours, each day, usually in the morning. I try to get at least three pages done. This system worked for Flannery O'Connor, and so far it's steadiness & stick-to-it-ness has paid off. I use a binder, and write by hand. The three pages go through a process of revision, as I go.
Before I sit down to write, I read over the previous days work, getting into the flow, the voice.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Writers that I've admired have been an inspiration; however, it has taken me a while to read like a writer, and find my own voice. All good writing inspires.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
The situations a character finds himself in has to find resonance with the reader. The tone has to match the theme of the story. There has to be a driving element, a cohesiveness, to the story (It cannot play games with the reader..no such thing as loose ends.)
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
First Person is what I'm writing lately. The Novel I'm working on is a "Fictional Memoir," set in the 1980's Art world of The Village, New York City.
What well known writers do you admire most?
I have many favorite writers. Admiration's Short-list would include, John Irving, Salman Rushdee, and John Gardiner ("The Sunlight Dialogues). Stephen King has always been on my reading list, as well as Poe & Lovecraft. Robinson Davies is magical--an excellent storyteller. There are so many, this list could be an endless scroll.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for the joy of writing. I love creating characters. I hope others will enjoy my work.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Most definitely, when writing, you open yourself up to some inner churning; this takes the form of emotions, or subtle areas of "self" you realize your "character" are living through story-telling. Experience, is a good platform for seeing elements you might not have given voice to before.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes! Reader feedback (even the most harsh/critical) is well worth listening to.
I've modified my writing (through, revision) based upon commentary from readers.
It is very helpful to have some good readers. Without a doubt, it keeps you focused upon the work.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I've found my "voice"..and, it's become so much a part of what I put on paper.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a second book of poetry. This one is a sequel to "The Wind Shall Hear My Words...," entitled, "...and The Stars will speak them."
I'm also busy upon a Novel-in-progress, which I hope to have completed in 2010.
William H. Balzac
Deer Park, New York