Friday, March 18, 2011
Tag: Fresh Voices
What is your ultimate writing goal?
My ultimate writing goal is to write the best book I can.
Why do you write?
I write in order to be true to myself because writing is what I was meant to do.
I've always written, poems, songs, short stories, scripts, internet forum posts, stream of consciousness and, occasionally, on bathroom walls. Initially I wrote as an outlet for my own emotional needs and came to realise that writing was becoming a increasingly important part of my life. I decided that I should pursue writing professionally in order to achieve the highest expression of the ability that I have been given.
Have you worked to achieve your voice or is it just a natural style for you?
It's an ongoing process.
I have cultivated my voice to the extent that I am comfortable with putting it on display which, yes, involved hard work.
Who are your favorite authors and why do you like them?
I'll give you five off the top of my head...
Douglas Adams, for his irreverent style, visionary perspective and extraordinary insights.
J.R.R. Tolkien, for his vivid and incredibly polished realisation of the creative impulse.
George Carlin, for his faultless wisdom.
Janet Evanovich, for her incredible ability to entertain.
John LeCarre, for the undiluted humanity of his characters.
What most attracts you to the life of a writer?
Essentially, being the captain of my own ship.
My attraction to writing stems from the fact that artistic pursuits revolve largely around the ability of the artist to communicate their ideas in a way which elicits a response. This is something that I am able to do without having to conform to somebody elses' idea of how it should be done. I refuse to live life on any other terms than my own and accept the responsibility to develop myself so that those terms serve to improve the world around me.
If you couldn't be a writer but knew you were guaranteed success at a different career, what would you choose?
A pilot, preferably flying aerobatics.
I love to fly and I see the pure, physical expression of aerobatics as being the ultimate type of flying.
If you had to describe your writing in one word, what would that word be?
What's the best writing advice you've ever gotten?
I woke up with this thought in my mind one morning,
If you're going to be a writer then WRITE! Stop fooling around and do it.
The actual wording was a little more colourful than that but you get the idea...
This from a friend- "When you're writing your first draft just let go and pour it all out onto the page." (Hi Paxton!)
Stephen King- ""The road to hell is paved with adverbs."
He came, he saw, he quickly realised that it was all a joke and tried to help people laugh at it.
Facebook: Search for 'Jimmy Blonde' and look for his picture as posted above. He killed all the other pirates called 'JimmyBlonde' so finding him should be simple.
Posted by Sue London at 7:00 AM