What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
To write when you feel something coming to mind and to put it down as fast as possible. Some times by the time you remember what it was it is gone from the old mind of time. I have seen little pieces of paper that someone says, "do not throw away, that is my title for the book."
I knew a priest whom I cleaned the Rectory for and in his office I would never throw away anything laying on the floor. He would say that was his app book. match tops, register tapes, napkins, even Kleenex, clean ones of course. What is written down small or long, will be there when the gathering of lines to lay across the page, takes place later.
What are your favorite writing and research tools?
The world around me the world in me the life I greet each day are the tools I use for the writing I do.
I write about what I see what I feel what i encounter as I head out to the world each day if only here at the old blueberry farm. I write about what I know and work on learning more each day to advance my knowledge of the world and how it works in the end.
Print books or e books; which do you have a preference?
I prefer print books for when you get another twenty years ahead and the world is not making them any more you can walk over to the table and pick up the book and still have the copy. e books are okay but nothing has even been created that will ever replace in my mind the physical feel of a book laying in your hand or even in your lap as you dose off words written with pencil or old typewriters will never be more elegant or meaningful ever.
I'm a school teacher. What can you offer to help me prepare 6th graders to appreciate writing now and rest of their lives?
Sometimes the simplest tales are the best. Did Jack really run up the hill? Action stories maybe are the best for the first time writers. What did you do last night ???What did mom do yesterday when you got home? Where does dad work?? examples of taking life and turning it into your story as you see it..Your version of time right now.
Do you ever write naked?
Now how is that your business??? That would not be beneficial to anyone to know about this old Grandma and maybe "R" rated or on comfortable to say the least.
What is your best advice for beginning writers?
Write what you see around you in the world as you travel the trails of time.Then research some more and take it one line as one line from behind.
What was your favorite scene or poem to write, and why was it so enjoyable?
I wrote a poem about the standing pine. there is, well was a huge old pine tree in the yard by the old farm house and it was about 80 years old. It went so high into the air and in the winter when the snow would cover the ground and you would get out of the car in the yard, you would be able to hear it blowing back and forth. It would sing as it did. It was so special but last year we had to have it taken down for safety reason like the sake of the house every time the wind came up it would worry me for sure..might have been even older but we counted 80 close rings when we admired the trunk as it lay then across the yard. We cut rounds and wrote 'the farm' in letters on five of them. They hang now on the old garage and the young fellow who cut the tree down got a copy of the book signed from me.He seemed touched. The poem in the book about the tree was very special for me to write for I would feel talked to in the cold winter wind as i would pass it by.
How do you react to a negative review of one of your manuscripts?
Negative reviews of my book I don't worry about.for if one person reads any of my written thoughts and feels a little better today or is lifted on to a another try at life through today, then I have done my quest of goal.
I write for the other guys and sometimes for myself too to encourage my self and others forward to take what we have been through and make a new plan a plan ahead and to know that we are not alone in that task.
Which three authors (alive or dead) would you most like to invite to a dinner party and what would you talk about.
Emily Dickinson and ask her if she really was that reclusive. Robert Service and ask him if he really put Sam in. And The Pope just to be honored to be in His Holiness presence for maybe some of His Humility will rub off a little on me.
To what extent is your fiction or poetry autobiographical? Have you even seen yourself as a character in one of your poems and has that been a help or hindrance?
Many of my poems are drawn from my life on the old this blueberry farm as the view out the old farm house window of time as retirement afforded the chance to write about my experiences and observations of nature and drama of live or not.
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