SO, SO SORRY FOR ALL YOU WHO HAVE FOLLOWED JUNE M. PACE’S BLOG http://benjaminmctish.blogspot.nl/ AND CLICKED ONTO FIND NOTHING YESTERDAY THE 13TH OF AUGUST…I WAS SIDE-TRACKED WHILST CHASING UP MY PASSPORT FROM THE UK! BETTER LATE THAN NEVER AND APOLOGIES AGAIN! THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN, JUNE, FOR BEING THE FABULOUS YOU ~ !!!
HOW DO I START MY WRITING PROJECTS?
I basically have to stop working, take a break and stop thinking rationally. I have to stop thinking and let it all flow out. That, and a combination of research and life experience make it easy for me to write. I’ll write some notes down, I’ll get the arch then work through the sub-plots and get a complete piece. I often write with the end in sight after I have sketched out the main thrust of the story.
HOW DO YOU CONTINUE YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
By not giving up. You need to have some sort of autistic streak in the sense that you have to be able to obsess about completing it. I used to stop and start and never get far and delete everything. I started writing short stories because I was afraid I could never write a full length story but I was too ambitious then and didn’t have any life experience (at the age of 20). Then I didn’t write anything for 10 years. Then, when I left the UK in August 2012, I basically had the time and the headspace to put out ”Zeek and the Hoodies” and then the next one, ”The Cull”, was written in two months then I put it down because I had to find work as a lecturer and then, once I had done that, I went back to it and spent a full month (40 hours a week) editing and then published that. ”The Cull” came about in my mind the same time the concept for the ”Zeek Series” came about (in the summer of 2007) but I never had the time to sit and write because I spent 6 years renovating an old house and turning that into a home whilst then starting my teaching career. I always have concepts in my mind but I put them on paper somewhere or in the back of my head but, essentially, it’s a case of piecing together the pieces of the puzzle. It’s just time, energy, timing and emotional support and being in the right place in your life. You know what they say about the universe conspiring to give you what you want once you’ve set your sights on a goal…
HOW DO YOU FINISH YOUR WRITING PROJECTS?
Well, I’m sure lots of authors will agree with this and I’m sure Josh Stanton, Andrew Knighton and June M. Pace will also agree – that it usually involves, or should involve, some sort of celebration – often with loved ones…
INCLUDE ONE CHALLENGE OR ADDITIONAL TIP THAT OUR COLLECTIVE COMMUNITIES COULD HELP WITH OR BENEFIT FROM:
Do you know why traditional publishing is threatened by the digital publishing revolution? Because they are no longer going to be the guardians of what is ”acceptable” in terms of writing. It’s a tremendous release akin to emancipation and this emancipation of the arts, where we no longer will have to suffer the critique of big publishing houses in order to be ”accepted” for print. Those who write for the love of story-telling are successful in their own way. I love that the power has been handed back to the readers. They are going to be the ones who decide and act as curators of literature. Those whose primary aim is to make mega bucks will be sorely disappointed because the industry isn’t there yet. However, for me, as a new author I think this is the best time to be a writer: young, old, new or established. I think the challenge will be to sustain it.
WHO’S UP NEXT?
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