#1, How do I come up with ideas ?
I guess the best way to answer that would be to first describe what I mean. I really can’t explain it other than what I call, “personal imaginings”. I “imagine” myself in the main characters persona(?), and try to identify with his personality. Then I “imagine”, if placed in any given situation (given the character and story content) and given the opportunity to “handle” said situation, what I be most likely to do, how, and why. Is it relevant? Will it advance the story? Does it fit, can it fit, will it fit some where or some time later? Hard to explain.
#2, How did I get interested in writing this particular “genre” ?
Okay, first off, I’m not even sure I know what a “genre” is, except for a snobbish way of say “a category type of writing”. Second, I really have no idea what you would “classify”
“Mr. Bonner and the Amazing Adventures of Poseidon’s Charge” as. Adventure? yes, there’s adventure in the north seas to be had. Action? Again, yes. there is some intense action. Romance? Oh yes, quite steamy I might add. Mystery? Indeed, I’d tell you if I could, but I have sworn secrecy to the Cap’n.
2b, My take on what someone in my “category needs to know?
Good question. It is; Don’t be afraid. Be nervous, apprehensive, concerned, sad, optimistic, bummed, excited, stoked, scared even. You WILL experience those emotions in due time. But never be afraid.
#3, What kind of research, and where did I begin…hmmm
When I finally decided the who, what, when, where, and why, I began at the library. There, and the internet.
#4, What is a typical writing day for me, when and where do I write, and last, do I set goals.
I really have no “typical writing day”, nor do I have much of a time schedule with it. I sit at my desk some days and just stare at the monitor, blank. Other days, I’m lucky to keep up with flow of creativity and will end up twenty hours later.
I try to only make goals I think are reasonable. Set your goals to low, one might get bored with it. Set them too high, recipe for failure, disappointment, and discouragement to set in, dooming ones inner self to consider giving up.
#5 What is the hardest part of writing? How do I get past the difficulties involved.
Me, typing. I suck at it, flunked typing class. No wait, was “suggested” I withdrew, before I flunked the year. hahaha.
Take my time and use the oldest method known to humans. “The HUNT AND PECK” system. Why do you think it took better than a year for me to write “Mr. Bonner and the Amazing Adventures of Poseidon’s Charge” ? (he laughs)
#6, What is the “BEST” thing about being an author?
Expression. One can express their thoughts real or imagined into a tangible thing. Much like art, only art of the written and spoken word.
#7, The “WORST” part?
The mechanics of publishing. The process of turning manuscript into a sell-able physical book .
#8, Do writers get better with practice, or is it a talent from day one?
If I were to say the latter, I might only be saying a partial truth. True there probably many who have a “natural gift” for the pen, but there are so many more one has seen climb through the ranks, and not always due to popularity, but for the time, effort, work, and endless hours “practicing” their “craft”. So yes, I do believe a writer gets better with “practice”. So long as he is willing to learn.
#9, Any favorite authors or books?
I was first introduced to the works of Mr. Earl Stanley Gardner, in his “Perry Mason” series when I was eight. Later Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mesmerized me. Then Mr. Asimov took my imagination to new places. He and others had hooked me. I even dreamed of one day actually writing a book, but life got in the way.
#10, Grammar or content, which should take precedence ?
Actually? It all depends on what you are writing. Obviously if you are preparing a contract, report, proposal, tech. legal, medical papers, or anything that needs to be absolutely clear, grammar is the biggest player. However, content may “over rule” in certain cases where it is necessary for it to do so.
#11, Did I spend much time refreshing my knowledge and writing rules?
Reviews and those who write them, can vary greatly. They are one persons take on what they’ve read or seen, or eaten, etc., subjective at best. You’ve seen it for your self. Critics pan a film as the worst they’ve had to endure, only to see that movie become a blockbuster hit. To me, reviews are a way to get feedback on my work. Give me an idea of what might or might not work for the next project.
#13, Cover or Story more important?
It is true that presentation is 50% of a sale, but if there’s no meat in the sandwich, I don’t care how pretty the package is, once it’s found out, then the sale of those prettily packaged “meatless” sandwiches will no longer sell. So, to answer your question. The cover is key to GETTING their attention, the story is key to KEEPING their attention.
#14, Is harder to write a second book than the first?
To be honest, “Mr Bonner and the Amazing Adventures of Poseidon’s Charge” is my first literary offering, so I don’t really know about that. However, I would think, in some aspects it might be easier simply due to the fact that one has the already done one, but if it is like a sequel or a continuation of another piece, then there could be issues.
#15, Can a book be more than one “genre”?
I don’t really see any distinct black and white lines separating them. To me stories are like paint on a palate an artist uses. Sure you have each of your specific colors separate to begin with, but as the masterpiece unfolds, the colors become mixed and mulled together, with hues and shades of each. Same so with stories. So yes I believe a book can be multiple “genre”.
#16, Are “intelligent reads” better reads?
Now that all depends on your interpretation of “intelligent reads”, and the what and why of the reader. Are they reading something that demands “intelligent thought”? Why? Are they preparing a presentation of facts? Or, Is the reader reading for recreation. Again subjective.
When writing dialogue, I try to keep in mind the who, where, when and what of it. The who, is the character from a particular ethnic background? The where, where are they, location. The when, what time period. The what, What is the situation that character is in?
#18, Characters based on me?
I think all writers tend to (even unconsciously) put a bit of themselves into some of their characters. It seems to help make the character more believable.
#19, How do I know if something is right for the book, and do I rewrite until I get the perfect mix?
A writer goes through a lot of thought processes when constructing a story. When something clicks for it you just know. And yes, I rewrite a lot. One has to make sure the idea flows in and with the story.
#20, How does it feel to hold a finished manuscript in my hand?
The final print to manuscript of “Mr Bonner and the Amazing Adventures of Poseidon’s Charge” was like giving birth. full of anxiety, then relief. What a rush to hold something that on the outset was just a thought, but now is a real and tangible item, something you put forth the efforts and thus reap the fruits of that labor.
I would like to take this time to thank you for inviting me here to showcase my debut of my literary offering of, “Mr. Bonner and the Amazing Adventures of Poseidon’s Charge”. It has been a real pleasure.
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