William Thomas Tucker [wtuckerlll]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I was writing my book "Miracles Made Possible" in my head for 20 years, while I was experiencing the most unbelieveable miracles one could imagine, before put the words on paper (actually, word processor). I was/am a huge fan of Neale Donald Walsch ("Conversations With God"), and when he learned of my miracles, he sponsored me with his Publisher.
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 guess you could call me a "New Age Spiritualist", although I detest such labels. I am an Individualist who thinks for myself. It just turns out that my own personal "religious" philosophies are in tune with other so-called "New Age Philosophers". I have come to understand that anybody can get any miracle they want whenever they want it from God IF they "do it right". My book shows everyone how they can do that. www.miraclesbook.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
"Writers" trying to write are susceptible to "writer's block". That comes from trying too hard. One must write simply from the heart and have something they think is important to say to others. I leave my mind blank and then allow God to write my books by just letting His words flow through me.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I read Spiritually-related books, such as Neale Donald Walsch's "Conversations With God" trilogy and others. A skeptic by nature, I only read that which resonates with me and my own belief system. If a book fails to capture me, I just toss it out without finishing.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
PASSION. You must be passionate about something (your subject matter) to write about anything (your subject matter). You simply must have something unique to share. Then, just write as if you were telling just one other person your story...so, it has a beginning, a point or points, and a conclusion to those points. You must be a story-teller that can hold people's interest. But, be cautioned: Your reader is intelligent, so don't overwrite or over-explain. Assume they can keep up.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
FIRST PERSON. People love to hear other people's stories. Telling your own story adds credibility (unless you're writing fiction, but even then, you must know your subject thoroughly).
What well known writers do you admire most?
Being a student of history, Thomas B. Costain ("The Black Rose") is my favorite fiction writer. James Michner ("The Source") comes a close second. But, for non-fiction, Neale Donald Walsch ("Conversations With God") is the very best! And, H. G. Wells ("The Outline of History") is a close second.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I believe that all people have a "calling" in life...a "Gift from God", if you will. Frequently, it is hard to identify it because you are so close to yourself. I have been a story-teller from childhood who always held my "audience" spell-bound, but didn't realize until adulthood that that was my "Gift", and that it could acutally pay money (as an Author).
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Obviously, for myself, to capture my thoughts and philosophies. And, if they're important enough, I simply want to share them with whomever is interested.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
I don't believe so -- at least, not directly. For me, I have to gel the thoughts/concepts completely in my mind before putting word to paper, so to speak. That way, when I start to write, the words just flow.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Absolutely! In fact, my next book is almost completely questions posed to me by my readers, and my answer responses.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Yes, but not for my book...only for the movie I produced and directed (from a script I wrote).
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
No. No need to. I know what I'm writing is good and important. (Otherwise, I don't write it in book form. I just toss it when I realize it's not going anywhere important. But, that rarely happens because I have already written the entire book in my head before sitting down at the computer.)
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I decided I wanted to be a writer wen I turned 21. Made a few attempts throughout my life while pursuing my business career, but didn;t find my "voice" until I retired at age 60. That's when it all came together for me. I, finally, had something important to say, and it just flowed.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
No "discipline", per se. I won't force anything. You must simply love what you are saying. If you do, the words just flow, and it's hard to stop working (for sleep), and, when you wake, you rush to the computer to continue sharing.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write on the word processor, and backtrack and edit as I go. Once completed, I print it out and edit it again, on paper. Then, my Editor gets it, and after he's done editing it, I re-edit. For example, my Editor made 7,000 changes to my first book. I put 6,000 of them back in!
What has been your experience with publishers?
They won't give you the time of day if you don't have either an Agent, or a "sponsor" (someone they respect, like another of their authors, who recommends you). The biggest mistake (in my humble opinion) authors make is to self-publish. The hardest part of being a writer is NOT writing, NOR getting published. The biggest challenge is marketing your work (finding people to buy your book)!
What are you working on now?
A half-dozen more books and a dozen screenplays...simultaneously. What I mean by that is, I complete a work, and then let it sit while I write another. Then, after some distance, I'll go back and edit the first one.
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?
Ask yourself, "Why am I hesitating?" Is it because you are afraid of criticism, or do you know in your heart it's not good enough. An honest answer is required. If the former, so what? Throw caution to the wind and put it out there. If it's criticized, take that as constructive and improve the work. If it's the latter, improve it, or, if unimproveable, dump it and start over on something else.
William Thomas Tucker