Multiple Media Writer [writerpoetpenny]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
The first book of meaning that I can remember was "A Wind In the Willows" by Madelaine L'engle. I have read all of her work and as an adult read her memoir. What a gift to be invited into the soul of another human being!
I began writing as a 6-year old by rhyming and asking my mother to help me spell words. My father helped me to stay in the lines...and voila-a poet was born!
My parents were always the first to read my writings. My mother demanded rigorous consistency and my father expected near perfection! I do not turn in any work today without at least 10 edits and a few thumbs up from others.
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?
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
My creative process is a metaphoric process...like making spaghetti! How so? I throw all of the different ideas (noodles and stuff) into a giant collander (myself) and then shake it half-way to hell...the gooey stuff rinses through and I am left only with the most pristine pasta (thoughts) to be written. It takes a few days for me to process and sift through all of my ideas...then the material emerges through me...from brain and body to fingertips...my keyboard is the recipient translator...a new work is born!
What type of reading inspires you to write?
None! I take inspiration strictly from my own experiences and topic choices. I avoid other people's work to remain unique and true to my own voice.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
The basic ingredients of a story...hmmmm....sugar, flour, water...oops, that's cake!
A story has to have a beginning, middle, and end. It has to have a point. It has to have meaningful dialogue. It must show the meaning, not tell it. Too many writers tell a story...by writing a scene and allowing the characters and events to tell the story, you achieve a higher level of credibility and your story can effect change in others.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I do not have a preference...however, when I am writing memoirs, which are my speciality-I use first person with imagery to convey the story.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Madelaine L'Engle, John Lithgow, Mary Shelley, Anais Nin, Ann Rice, Mitch Albom, and soooo many more! I love the honesty and integrity of their works.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Quality imagery, a well developed character, dialogue, direction, and most of all, a well-rounded, 3-dimensional character.
I create my characters by effectively articulating the character until you would be able to imagine him/her stepping off the page into real life. You NEED to feel your character, and have a human relationship with 'it' to be certain the reader will, too.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
100% yes...even better orally. I have also performed stand-up.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Truth be told...? Me!!!
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Does reader feed-back help you?
Not that often. Most who read my work love it and cannot tell me what to tear apart, what to rewrite, what to eliminate. I need a strong editor with good knowledge of what sells and what is meaningful to the public in order to edit my work.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No. And, no!
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
No. I share it without the intention of receiving feedback...just to share it.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
A writer's voice is always evolving as we age, grow, endure life's lovely little hardships...and survive them. The writer has a unique way of baring witness to all of life's little mishaps, joys, and moments. It is not just something we do...it is what we were born to do!
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Nothing special. When I feel the urge to write...it could be on a napkin or on the back of my kid's homework in the car...you cannot keep a writer from writing!
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I have a faster flow of ideas on the computer because I can type faster than I can move a pencil...however, I can write with any medium...I notice that on the computer, I sometimes get too audience focused and fall away from my intention and clarity, so I need to be ever mindful of that.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
What has been your experience with publishers?
I have only worked with newspaper and magazine publishers. They all run like chickens with their heads cut off, call in the middle of the night, and interrupt meals without one iota of compassion for your family time...G-d bless 'em! A jobs's a job!
What are you working on now?
I am ghost writing 4 novels, a doctoral dissertation on clinical psychology, and working on 2 new manuscript ideas of my own.
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?
Find someone you can trust and share it! At the very least, it will help you to grow and heal as a human being. None of us can exist inside a vacuum and none of us can grow without the influence of nurturing and guidance of others. Be brave! You can do it! You never know the goog you will experience without taking this little risk! Good luck!
Multiple Media Writer
Boynton Beach Florida-USA