But, since I am in the Dhabiland desert and not the Arizona desert, First Friday now means: Author Radar.
Well, I had to keep the culture going, after all 😉
I find writing to be a great release. To me, writing is like when a dam releases water to prevent a breach-writing helps to release the pressure of life. Some people travel, some people work hard on their fitness, some look for sexual partners, I find the best release is putting pen to paper.
I love it when a character comes to life, and the events in the story are real events happening to the people I have created. It is this feeling of flow and creation that the writing becomes so realistic and leaves any sense of hard work behind. My least favorite part of writing is the editing. Editing is looking at the passion from a cold scientific perspective. It requires clear sober thought, like cleaning up after a wild party.
How do you keep yourself on track? Do you have any special ‘writing routines’?
I like to sit down at my desk, surrounded by the same environment at the same time. I find that disruption to my life, such as changed work hours or travel throw my writing out as well. I do not create well working at random hours. I have heard President Obama works on his documents each night from 7 pm to midnight, I find that a similar routine is helpful.
There are huge numbers of people trying to be successful writers. You have to work harder than all of them if you want to be the best. You need natural talent, passion and a desire to work hard.
I have heard that you should not read the reviews people leave on your work. What’s your take on this?
I like to read what is said, but I follow three rules:
- What can I learn from this opinion so that I can become a better writer.
- Is what is being said excessively kind and flattering or unfair and cruel? If so treat them both as harmful and not worth your time.
- Once I have taken the opinion on board and seen if I can become a better writer, forget the review and do not let it live in your mind. You can ruin your sleep at night by thinking about reviews.
Your book Anvil Soul JUST launched. How exciting! Tell us about the process.
I form the idea and plan it out with many notes and written thoughts. Then I settle in to write and try to get a set number of words per day. I let the writing grow organically, and if I do not love the world I have created on the page, I stop writing and do something else. I have to love what I am doing.
I am working on a book of poems. I aim to write 2 or 3 well worked out poems per week. I think the poet is the most precise of writers. I am going to start on a new novel on the 19th of this month.
Pen Name Publishing supports me 100%. The people involved are committed and passionate, the editor in chief is a great friend, the editiors are committed to great writing, and the other authors make the publishing house feel like a wonderful community. I love my publishers.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Develop a passion for what you do; many people never have passion. Let it drive you crazy, so at nights you are either writing or screaming at the moon. Passion is the difference between the amateur and the professional.
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