Interview part 2

Here is part 2 of the interview with Adam Booth.

What is your inspiration for writing?

>>I have always loved mythology, legends, and folktales. I borrow heavily from their themes, characters, and conflicts. I enjoy giving them a fresh coat of paint in my own stories. In my current work, I’ve often reflected on my characters, noting how one is much like Artemis, or how a plot line is very similar to a Bible story that I loved as a child. While I’m writing, I am not really conscious of these inspirations. In other words, I’m not deliberately trying to re-hash the old myths. It is only after conscious reflection of my own work that I recognize their presence within it.

What piece are you working on now?

>>I am currently in the prep-stage for writing the third installment in my “Nightbreaker” saga. The story follows the quest of Valerie Zeta, a young woman struggling to protect the world from the evil of the undead, and the rise of their lord, the Dracula. Nightbreaker and Soulstealer are the fist two books. I’m still working on a title for the third. Soothsayer or Necromancer? Which one?

What advice would you give to beginning writers?

>>First of all, be honest. Don’t try to be anything that you are not. You are not J.R.R Tolkien, nor should you try to be. Write what you love. Write what is IN you. Let. It. Get. OUT!

Second: Do it. Even if you think your writing is terrible. Even if people tell you that your writing is terrible, do it. Do it especially for that reason, because…it just might be terrible. The only way to get better is to get back at it and write. That is how you improve. Be honest with yourself and with your writing. Most importantly, however, don’t ever stop.

Has being a teacher helped your writing?

>>Yes, in that teaching exposed me to the truth that I offered in the previous question. In my teaching career, I have caught myself pulling my hair out trying to find clever ways to turn bad writers into good ones. I thought it was all on me. I was the teacher, right? After years of teaching, I discovered that the more I got out of a kid’s way, the more that kid improved. The less I sat there and tried to hammer the craft into his or her mind, the more they were allowed to struggle on their own and discover their own style, their own confidence, and their own words.

Where is your favorite place to write?and Why?

>>Any place where I can be assured the quiet that I need to travel into whatever world I’m trying to build. Interruptions often frustrate me, so anywhere I have the promise of prolonged isolation is preferable. Last summer, I was blessed with the great luxury of a quiet living room and a couch all to myself. It was there that I lost many hours of the day pawing at my keyboard.

Anything else you would like to add?

>>Just an echo of what I’ve said so many times already. If you want to write, then do it, and love what you do. Write because it makes you feel good, and not because you can’t hack it as an actor.

Author Interview

    Adam Booth is a writer in Florida.  He has been writing for many years and teaches English.  He is currently working on getting his writing published. He is the father to two little girls and happily married. He is also my uncle.
When did you decide to become a writer?

>>I decided to become a writer when I realized I wasn’t attractive enough to be an actor. Seriously though, I love the world of make-believe, and I have always experienced a feeling of wholeness in creating or participating in imaginary worlds.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

>>As I reflect on how I started out, I can see where I did a lot of regurgitation. If I was reading The Lord of the Rings, for example, I might feel inspired to write my own story with elves in it, and dwarves, and terrible, world-rending powers. All artists are inspired by the work of others, this is true, but there was a point when I felt like I needed to be more original and honest. I needed to step out of the shadow of others and start building my own original stories, and as a writer I feel that I have evolved into that phase.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

>>Confidence. When I first started out, I was brimming with confidence. I was positive that I would be next big name, but reality set me straight, and I felt horrible as a result. For a while, I kind of lost sight of writing, and, well, quit. With time–and a little maturity maybe–I picked it back up. It was horrible at first. I would read my own writing and cringe at how bad I thought it was. I still do, actually. With time though (and with the encouragement of loved ones) I built a hardened confidence in my ability to connect with a reader.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

>>Once I get into “the zone” writing becomes as simple as thinking. As long as the conditions around me are set the way I need them, I can go into that world and immerse myself. The words flow freely and I often lose hours. So, the easiest part is probably the actual writing itself–but only if I have prepared before hand.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

>>Do it. Don’t have anything to say? Put your hands on the keys, or your pen, or whatever you’ve got and do it. The words will cut through the cloud eventually. To put this problem into perspective, think of it like this: the words are there, waiting. It is something about you that is getting in the way, blocking them. The only way the words will ever get out is to write. Sure, it might take a few terrible paragraphs, maybe even whole pages, but that hard push through the sludge is the best way to revive your creativity.

When did you first start loving to write?

>>I was maybe nine or ten when I found a big cardboard panel in my dad’s workshop. I had this vision of a story play out on its surface, pictures and all. So, I wrote the story out. I remember the plot was something about some winged monster that travelled to our world from a dark realm. I’m pretty sure a hero killed it, or banished it into a soul-sucking vortex. Whatever. I was nine. Anyway, I remembering working on it for hours, drawing pictures, writing dialogue, developing characters that somehow became so real to me. When it was finished, I stood over my work like it was the wall of a Pharaoh’s tomb. I had never before felt so successful at anything. I knew then that writing was what I was born to do.


Writing prompt 2

lemer thing YellowThroatedMartenWho is this creature? Where is this picture taken? What is the creature thinking? Why is it there?  How do the creature get there? Where is the creature going? What is the creatures  motivation?

Answer all these questions and write a story, poem or song about it. Feel free the send them to me.